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science  academic  journal  journalism  writing  ****  knowledge  journals  magazine 
2 days ago by gpe
Kanelsnurrer - Charlotte Pike
Ingredients
1kg plain flour, plus extra for the worksurface.
25g quick action dried yeast
10g sea salt
2g ground green cardamom seeds
150g caster sugar
150g butter
325ml whole milk, warmed
1 large egg, beaten
For the cinnamon butter
200g salted butter
15g ground cinnamon
200g demerara sugar
1 egg, beaten
30g demerara sugar

Instructions
Place the flour, yeast, salt, cardamom and sugar into a stand mixer or large mixing bowl. Stir together to combine the dry ingredients. Add the butter and rub in or process to form a fine breadcrumb-like mixture. Add the milk and egg and stir in to form a wet dough. Knead for 15 minutes. Once you have a light, elastic dough, set aside to prove for an hour in a warm place, covered with cling film.

Meanwhile, make the cinnamon butter, by beating the butter, cinnamon and sugar together to form a smooth, even paste. Set aside, but don’t refrigerate, as you want it to be soft and spreadable to use soon.

Once the dough has proved, it will be about 1.5 times the volume of the original size. Turn it out onto a well-floured worksurface, and roll to a rectangle 60x30cm in size. Spread the butter all over the rectangle and fold one third in, and the other third on top to form a smaller rectangle, with three layers. Roll out to 30x30cm. Cut into 12 evenly sized strips. Twist each strip 6 or 7 times to form a twist and pull it round itself twice to form a snail–like formation. Set the kanelsnurrer on to a large baking sheet, covered with non-stick baking parchment. Cover the 12 buns with cling film and leave to prove for another 45 minutes.

Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 180C/ Gas Mark 4. Brush the kanelsnurrer with beaten egg and sprinkle with sugar before baking for 15-20 minutes until they are a rich, glossy brown and feel firm-ish, not doughy in the middle.

Cool fully before enjoying with a good cup of coffee. They are best enjoyed very fresh.
recipes  recipe  bread  food  **** 
27 days ago by gpe
How to Scale SVG | CSS-Tricks
So forget height and width. You don't actually want to set the exact height and width anyway, you want the SVG to scale to match the width and/or height you set in the CSS. What you want is to set an aspect ratio for the image, and have the drawing scale to fit. You want a viewBox.
#The viewbox attribute

The SVG viewBox is a whole lot of magic rolled up in one little attribute. It's the final piece that makes vector graphics Scalable Vector Graphics. The viewBox does many things:

It defines the aspect ratio of the image.
It defines how all the lengths and coordinates used inside the SVG should be scaled to fit the total space available.
It defines the origin of the SVG coordinate system, the point where x=0 and y=0.

The viewBox is an attribute of the <svg> element. Its value is a list of four numbers, separated by whitespace or commas: x, y, width, height. The width is the width in user coordinates/px units, within the SVG code, that should be scaled to fill the width of the area into which you're drawing your SVG (the viewport in SVG lingo). Likewise, the height is the number of px/coordinates that should be scaled to fill the available height. Even if your SVG code uses other units, such as inches or centimeters, these will also be scaled to match the overall scale created by the viewBox.

The x and y numbers specify the coordinate, in the scaled viewBox coordinate system, to use for the top left corner of the SVG viewport. (Coordinates increase left-to-right and top-to-bottom, the same as for identifying page locations in JavaScript). For simple scaling, you can set both values to 0. However, the x and y values are useful for two purposes: to create a coordinate system with an origin centered in the drawing (this can make defining and transforming shapes easier), or to crop an image tighter than it was originally defined.
css  design  webdesign  scale  svg  ****  howto 
27 days ago by gpe
A Practical Guide to SVGs on the web
This guide aims to give a practical overview of how you can use SVGs on your websites — with some tips and tricks along the way to get the most out of them.
design  webdesign  guide  images  svg  reference  **** 
27 days ago by gpe
Social Media Management Platform | Buffer
Buffer makes it easy for businesses and marketing teams to schedule posts, analyze performance, and manage all their accounts in one place
socialmedia  tools  twitter  facebook  ****  fixagraph 
28 days ago by gpe
The Power of Serverless
A good, well-executed list of services.
tools  webdesign  webdev  serverless  list  **** 
november 2018 by gpe
Drawing Vectors for Type & Lettering ☠️ OH no Type Company
Anagha Narayanan wrote in to say, “I wanted to ask if you could also share your constructions in future posts. Your beziers are killer and it would be a delight for the community to see them. It would teach a whole lot for those like me who wouldn’t mind framing these up on the wall - haha!”
typography  vector  howto  ****  drawing 
september 2018 by gpe
An Interview with Galen Strawson - Believer Magazine
BLVR: Well, let’s move on to the argument then. There’s a famous saying of Schopenhauer’s that goes like this: “A man can surely do what he wants to do. But he cannot determine what he wants.” Is this idea at the core of your argument against moral responsibility?

GS: Yes—and it’s an old thought. It’s in Hobbes somewhere, and it’s in Book Two of Locke’s Essay, and I bet some ancient Greek said it, since they said almost everything.

Actually, though, there’s a way in which it’s not quite true. If you want to acquire some want or preference you haven’t got, you can sometimes do so. You can cultivate it. Perhaps you’re lazy and unfit and you want to acquire a love of exercise. Well, you can force yourself to do it every day and hope you come to like it. And you just might; you might even get addicted. Maybe you can do the same if you dislike olives.

BLVR: But then where did that desire come from—the desire to acquire the love of exercise…or olives?

GS: Right—now the deeper point cuts in. For suppose you do want to acquire a want you haven’t got. The question is, where did the first want—the want for a want—come from? It seems it was just there, just a given, not something you chose or engineered. It was just there, like most of your preferences in food, music, footwear, sex, interior lighting and so on.

I suppose it’s possible that you might have acquired the first want, that’s the want for a want, because you wanted to! It’s theoretically possible that you had a want to have a want to have a want. But this is very hard to imagine, and the question just re-arises: Where did that want come from? You certainly can’t go on like this forever. At some point your wants must be just given. They will be products of your genetic inheritance and upbringing that you had no say in. In other words, there’s a fundamental sense in which you did not and cannot make yourself the way you are. And this, as you say, is the key step in the basic argument against ultimate moral responsibility, which goes like this:

(1) You do what you do—in the circumstances in which you find yourself—because of the way you are. (2) So if you’re going to be ultimately responsible for what you do, you’re going to have to be ultimately responsible for the way you are—at least in certain mental respects. (3) But you can’t be ultimately responsible for the way you are (for the reasons just given). (4) So you can’t be ultimately responsible for what you do.
free  freedom  interview  ****  morality  philosophy  believermag  freewill  counterintuitive 
august 2018 by gpe
The Case for a Breakfast Feast - The New York Times
But the researchers also found that those who ate their largest meal early in the day were more likely to have a lower body mass index than those who ate a large lunch or dinner. Breakfast eaters tended to keep their weight down generally, compared with breakfast skippers. The lowest B.M.I.s were recorded in the fraction of people — about 8 percent of the total sample — who finished lunch by early afternoon and did not eat again until the next morning, fasting for 18 to 19 hours.

Fasting signals to the body to start burning stores of fat for fuel, the researchers said. “It seems our bodies are built to feast and fast,” said Dr. Hana Kahleova, one of the authors of the study, which was done by researchers at Loma Linda University School of Public Health in California and published in The Journal of Nutrition in July. “It needs some regular cycling between having food intake and fasting. This seems to be hard-wired.”

Having the largest meal in the morning appears to have advantages for weight control compared with having a large meal in the evening, she said, since the digestive process and the action of insulin, the pancreatic hormone that the body uses to process the sugars in carbohydrates and store glucose, appear to be at their peak performance early in the day. As a result, “our body can use the nutrients as a source of energy the easiest,” Dr. Kahleova said.
eating  nyt  nytimes  ****  health  food  counterintuitive  time  sleep 
august 2018 by gpe
Paris, Chicago and Beyond: How to Have a Luxury Trip for Much Less Than You Think - The New York Times
The article focuses on luxury travel, but these cities and smart choices can also support regularly-priced travel, too, I'm sure.
paris  nytimes  barcelona  nyt  mexico.city  ****  london  nyc  list  travel  cities 
august 2018 by gpe
Advice on writing | Devon's Site
One is called The Most Dangerous Writing App, which deletes your writing if you stop for more than a few seconds.

The second is I often walk around the city recording my voice on my phone.

The third is actually emails just like this!
advice  writing  howto  ****  tips  list 
august 2018 by gpe
Grand Designs | Netflix
Host Kevin McCloud presents people who take self-building houses to a new level, following every step of their ambitious plans from beginning to end.
television  home  diy  towatch  netflix  **** 
august 2018 by gpe
Kevin Shields of My Bloody Valentine - Part 1: Obsession | Jazzmaster 60th Anniversary | Fender
Kevin Shields of My Bloody Valentine - Part 1: Obsession | Jazzmaster 60th Anniversary | Fender
video  music  sound  process  ****  interview  towatch  my.bloody.valentine 
august 2018 by gpe
What you Create for an Audience of One is Much More Likely to Reach An Audience of Millions
In 2013, something shifted in my writing. Up until that point, I had been writing to impress an audience. I held back, played it safe, and didn’t risk saying anything too provocative or crazy. That year, I took a different approach to my writing. Rather than write to impress an audience, I wrote to make myself happy.
What emerged was an unapologetic, no bullshit, full expression of my creativity. I self-published two books. The first one sold 1000 copies. The second became a Wall Street Journal bestseller and eventually led to a book deal and to rebranding our podcast as The Unmistakable Creative.
When we’re no longer trying to impress an audience, we’re liberated from the need for their validation.
inspiration  creativity  howto  **** 
july 2018 by gpe
Jaron Lanier Interview on What Went Wrong With the Internet
One of the things that I’ve been concerned about is this illusion where you think that you’re in this super-democratic open thing, but actually it’s exactly the opposite; it’s actually creating a super concentration of wealth and power, and disempowering you. This has been particularly cruel politically. Every time there’s some movement, like the Black Lives Matter movement, or maybe now the March for Our Lives movement, or #MeToo, or very classically the Arab Spring, you have this initial period where people feel like they’re on this magic-carpet ride and that social media is letting them broadcast their opinions for very low cost, and that they’re able to reach people and organize faster than ever before. And they’re thinking, Wow, Facebook and Twitter are these wonderful tools of democracy.

But then the algorithms have to maximize value from all the data that’s coming in. So they test use that data. And it just turns out as a matter of course, that the same data that is a positive, constructive process for the people who generated it — Black Lives Matter, or the Arab Spring — can be used to irritate other groups. And unfortunately there’s this asymmetry in human emotions where the negative emotions of fear and hatred and paranoia and resentment come up faster, more cheaply, and they’re harder to dispel than the positive emotions. So what happens is, every time there’s some positive motion in these networks, the negative reaction is actually more powerful. So when you have a Black Lives Matter, the result of that is the empowerment of the worst racists and neo-Nazis in a way that hasn’t been seen in generations. When you have an Arab Spring, the result ultimately is the network empowerment of ISIS and other extremists — bloodthirsty, horrible things, the likes of which haven’t been seen in the Arab world or in Islam for years, if ever.
criticism  technology  virtual.reality  jaron.lanier  silicon.valley  internet  social.media  ****  nymag  algorithms 
july 2018 by gpe
How to make a book – The Creative Independent
There is a lot of writing advice out there, but I don’t find much of it especially helpful. I do not mean that it’s “inaccurate”; I only want to note that a lot of it suggests that there are only a few “correct” methods, and that can endanger the process, or at least make it a lot less fruitful. Writing a book is an individual endeavor, an expression of a writer’s unique and thoughtful approach to inspiration, process, and refinement. The way a book is written is part of what makes it so singular. This guide points to a few approaches that have worked for some writers.
books  book  howto  ****  creativity 
july 2018 by gpe
Jessica Hische - Upping Your Type Game
A sibling relationship example would be a sans-serif and serif from the same super family or a sans-serif and serif that have a very similar skeletal structure. When pairing typefaces that have a lot in common, ask yourself if the second typeface you have chosen is different enough to justify its use. Could you just get by with one typeface? Is this second typeface bringing something new to the table?
For a cousin relationship, two typefaces would have a lot in common structurally but exhibit differences that make them feel only tangentially related. Typefaces from the same type designer that are very different stylistically or typefaces created in the same era that share subtle similarities might be considered cousins. Some of the words you wrote down during your brainstorming session may come in handy now to help you figure out what your typefaces have in common.
To pair distant relatives together you have to get a little loose. Sometimes the only thing that unites a pair of typefaces is their mood or the feeling that you get when you see them. Some typefaces are like married couples that on paper seem like a terrible match but when you see them together it all makes sense.
****  howto  reference  typography  design 
july 2018 by gpe
Nicole Fenton | Interface Writing: Code for Humans
In his essay We Have Always Coded, Tim Maly says:

“It is no coincidence that many women have compared weaving code to instructing a child. With both kids and computers, you must carefully think through what you want them to do, and then carefully phrase your commands.”

From a high level, these are my goals when I’m writing strings:

Be clear.
Be kind.
Be careful.
Be honest.
Focus on the reader’s needs. Think about the implications of what you’re asking for. Be honest about what you’re doing with the data. That’s extremely important.
software  technology  design  writing  code  ****  essay  coding  interface 
july 2018 by gpe
Post-Authenticity and the Ironic Truths of Meme Culture
What I’ve sought to argue in this essay, then, is that we are indeed living in an a strange, surface-centric moment in popular, digital culture right now — where the original “essence of things” has indeed become somewhat unfashionable (or just less entertaining). Social and media technologies, optimised for the diffusion of highly emotive, reaction-generating content, encourage a rapid trade in attention-grabbing ideas over slower-burning systematic, contextualised thinking.
Yet, even as authenticity, both as a claim and an aesthetic feels outdated, deeper forms of realness in our communications still persist. People are still seeking to communicate their deepest personal truths: their values, hopes, and fears with each other. In sharing media, we’re still creating community.
Nonetheless, the kind of truth in play is changing form: emotional and moral truths are in ascendance over straightforward, factual claims. Truth becomes plural, and thereby highly contested: global warming, 9/11, or Obama’s birthplace are all treated as matters of cultural allegiance over fact, as traditionally understood. “By my reckoning, the solidly reality-based are a minority, maybe a third of us but almost certainly fewer than half,” writer Kurt Andersen posits.
authenticity  ****  memes  medium  truth  news  future  politics 
july 2018 by gpe
Liz Jackson | 30 second pitches | CreativeMornings/NYC
This has a great bit about baseball as a sport whose overriding aesthetic is one of beautiful solutions to design for disabled people (see the baseball glove).

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After becoming disabled in 2012, Liz Jackson began to wonder why her eyeglasses were fashionable when her cane was not. This question ultimately led Liz to found The Disabled List, a disability self advocacy organization that focuses on design. The Disabled List is a curated list of creative disabled people who are available to consult, collaborate and support brands that are interested in reaching their disabled consumers. The DL is shifting the disability narrative by ensuring disabled people are treated as the experts in disability. And through a program called WITH, The DL is creating new pathways into design for disabled people.
politics  empathy  design  ****  video  disability  accessibility 
july 2018 by gpe
I have forgotten how to read - The Globe and Mail
For many writers, this is the new wisdom. A cynical style of reading gives way to a cynical style of writing. I've watched my own books become "useful" as they made their way into public conversation. I never meant them to be useful – in a self-help sense – but that was how they were often read. I say this with less reproach than surprise: Almost every interviewer has asked me for tips and practical life advice, despite the fact my books offer neither.

Meanwhile, I admit it: The words I write now filter through a new set of criteria. Do they grab; do they anger? Can this be read without care? Are the sentences brief enough? And the thoughts? It's tempting to let myself become so cynical a writer because I'm already such a cynical reader. I am giving what I get.

In Silicon Valley, they have a saying that explains why an algorithm starts producing unwanted results: Garbage in, garbage out. The idea is that an algorithm can only work with the information you feed it. Aren't writers – all creators – algorithmic in that way? Our job is to process what we consume. Beauty in, beauty out. Garbage in, garbage out.

So maybe that change into a cynical writer can be forestalled – if I can first correct my reading diet, remember how to read the way I once did. Not scan, not share, not excerpt – but read. Patiently, slowly, uselessly.

Books have always been time machines, in a sense. Today, their time-machine powers are even more obvious – and even more inspiring. They can transport us to a pre-internet frame of mind. Those solitary journeys are all the more rich for their sudden strangeness.
trends  books  reading  algorithms  future  writing  **** 
july 2018 by gpe
Encyclopedia of Woodblock Printmaking : Carving Tools
This discussion came in handy when I was selecting my tools.
****  tools  linocut  tobuy  lino 
july 2018 by gpe
4 Art Lessons from Bauhaus Master Josef Albers - Artsy
For Albers, art lessons always doubled as life lessons, and he believed that students who cultivated “visual empathy” would also develop social empathy. “Respect the other material, or color—or your neighbor. Respect the one you weren’t paying attention to,” he told his classes.
howto  josef.albers  art  creativity  list  **** 
july 2018 by gpe
A Book Apart, Accessibility for Everyone
You make the web more inclusive for everyone, everywhere, when you design with accessibility in mind. Let Laura Kalbag guide you through the accessibility landscape: understand disability and impairment challenges; get a handle on important laws and guidelines; and learn how to plan for, evaluate, and test accessible design. Leverage tools and techniques like clear copywriting, well-structured IA, meaningful HTML, and thoughtful design, to create a solid set of best practices. Whether you’re new to the field or a seasoned pro, get sure footing on the path to designing with accessibility.
design  webdesign  book  ****  howto  tobuy  accessibility 
july 2018 by gpe
How to add product features without making it more complex
So what is Default Valid vs Default Invalid? I think rather than explaining it, the best way to articulate this concept is to show you an example. Look at these two forms:

These two forms are gathering the same information. They’re both asking you how many pets you have, and what your favourite pet shop is. The difference is that a user filling out the form on the left can essentially continue through the form without changing anything, whilst the form on the right forces the user to enter something in to progress. The one on the left is by default, ‘valid’ while the one of the right is by default ‘invalid’.
“Uhh… okay..? What’s your point?” I hear you saying. Well here’s the key — by making a form default valid, a user is much much more likely to complete it. Even though a user might need to enter in the same amount of content or take the same number of actions, making the form default valid reduces what I like to call ‘mental friction’.
minimalism  strategy  webdesign  howto  ****  business  forms  design 
july 2018 by gpe
Things are... not good - Lawyers, Guns & Money
To continue with this theme, it is simply becoming impossible to ignore that American political institutions have already entered a pivotal phase—a critical juncture. The unravelling of the Civil War and New Deal reorganizations of the American political system is well underway. The Supreme Court may be the major player here, but the other branches of government are doing their part. In general, we think about this in strictly ideological terms: ‘this is bad for liberal policy preferences, good for conservative ones.’ I think this is too narrow a perspective.

We are talking about the potential for significant decentralization that precludes country-wide policy coordination, even more extensive local variation in political systems between “Red” and “Blue” states, and attenuation of the fiscal capacity to engage in national projects. This kind of system might work for a nineteenth-century federation largely shielded from great-power competition (although, in truth, it careened from crisis to crisis and its survival only looks inevitable in retrospect), but it is likely ill-suited for twenty-first century challenges: environmental, national-security, and economic. Moreover, deregulation of campaign finance, among other things, leaves the country vulnerable to globalizing authoritarianism.
politics  institutions  crisis  usa  ****  2018  trump  failure  democracy 
july 2018 by gpe
FontShop | Paiper
Diana Ovezea's folded paper font.
sans  tobuy  fun  serif  ****  typography 
july 2018 by gpe
Does American ‘Tribalism’ End in a Compromise, or a Fight? - The New York Times
Some people think that dialogue and debate can help the United States defeat its current tribalism. If only we could calmly talk about our differences, the argument goes, we would reach some compromise. But not all disagreements are bridgeable. The Union and the Confederacy did not resolve their differences through dialogue; it was a civil war that put an end to slavery. Jim Crow laws were defeated through mass protests and civil disobedience. Schools were desegregated though a Supreme Court decision, which had to be implemented with the help of the National Guard. The Chinese Exclusion Act was repealed as a political necessity during World War II. Some fights are not talked away; they are, in the end, either won or lost.

This is not to say that tribal impasses of the moment can’t be broken. But it is generally not a good idea to expect people on the receiving end of brutal policies — like families broken apart by police violence, immigration raids, travel bans or anti-L.G.B.T. discrimination — to hash out a compromise over sweet tea. “Maybe we pushed too far,” Barack Obama is quoted as saying in a new memoir by Benjamin Rhodes, one of his closest aides. “Maybe people just want to fall back into their tribe.” What the ever-compromising Obama doesn’t consider is that resolution sometimes requires pushing even further.
politics  2018  ****  nytimes  compromise  nyt  tribalism  trump  usa 
july 2018 by gpe
HWT Artz™ - Webfont & Desktop font « MyFonts
HWT Artz is the newest wood type to be cut at Hamilton Wood Type and Printing Museum. It was designed by venerable type designer Erik Spiekermann exclusively for his own print studio (P98a in Berlin), specifically to be cut into large size wood type. The digital version is being offered to the general public with proceeds of sales to benefit the museum’s ongoing operations.
typography  fun  sans  ****  tobuy 
june 2018 by gpe
Nazare - Webfont & Desktop font « MyFonts
Nazare
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It all started with a Portuguese soap packaging from the first half of the 20th Century. The 5 uppercase letters that spell NAZARÉ were sufficient to drive the creation of this design.
Nazaré fits in a semi-serif category and it has a large contrast. It works outstandingly in display use specially in the bolder weights that have even more contrast. The regular weights have a more moderate contrast and an overall less extravagant design, fitting best in the typographical conventions. this provides a better render in text use.
You can use this font in large headlines, logos, posters, book covers, and general display use as well as short strings of text.
typography  sans  fun  ****  tobuy  portugal 
june 2018 by gpe
Mango, Strawberry, and Pineapple Smoothie Recipe | Anne Burrell | Food Network
1 mango, skin removed, cut into 1-inch dice, frozen
5 strawberries, stems removed, cut half, frozen
1 cup diced pineapple
1 cup orange juice
food  smoothie  ****  recipe 
june 2018 by gpe
The Socialist Case for Gun Control
The argument, made by some that gun control must be opposed because the criminal justice system is irremediably racist, is untenable. It has been argued that the implementation of laws governing sexual assault and domestic abuse are often racialized. Yet few make the case that the state should therefore no longer criminalize sexual assault. The anti-gun-control position assumes that because the racism of the criminal justice system is immutable, it trumps all possible gains of gun legislation. But if its advocates wouldn’t make the same argument about homicide, sexual assault, robbery, etc., the argument is inconsistent. If in the cases of those laws, the answer is to challenge racist implementation, rather than the laws themselves, the same holds true for gun control laws.

Given the history of racialized policing, the call for unarmed police, especially for police on patrol, is certainly one progressives should push. Countries like the United Kingdom, Norway, and New Zealand offer successful instances of the practice. Linking this demand to a wider call for gun control is one way to get it into popular consciousness.
socialism  gun.control  politics  2018  race  gender  policing  **** 
april 2018 by gpe
The first 8 reasons to read Accessibility for Everyone by Laura Kalbag | Alphabettes
2. “Whereas accessible design creates products that are usable by those with disabilities, universal design creates products for the widest possible audience, which includes, but isn’t limited to, people with disabilities.”

Accessibility is inclusive. Perhaps if we could get this right inclusivity might become the norm in design.

3. “Writing simply will broaden your audience—and chances are, it’ll make automatic translations better, too!”

K.I.S.S. (keep it seriously simple) First we shouldn’t confuse simple with thinking we have to dumb something down. Simplicity can mean avoiding too many cliché phrases or too much marketing speak or even being too quick to access the thesaurus just to fluff the text.

4. “Accessibility isn’t a line item in an estimate or a budget—it’s an underlying practice that affects every aspect of a project.“

If it is part of your methodology you will never have to explain the line item. Accessibility will be a part of the conversation from day one. The desire to both include and enable as many potential customers should be something everyone is interested in doing.
list  tobuy  design  webdesign  ****  accessibility  book 
april 2018 by gpe
All That's Solid Melts Into Airports -
This all might sound preposterous: my class spent a full week on this article. I tell my students the point of such an exercise—well, it isn’t an exercise at all—is to slow down and read closely what we are not supposed to. This sort of article is intended for quick digestion and internalization. But I’m showing my students how to stick with something that asks to be disposed of quickly. I’ve stuck with airports and air travel for over fifteen years now—writing, thinking, teaching, critiquing—and I’m more intrigued and baffled by these spaces than ever. We know that commercial airlines are unflappable about their reliance on a strict class system: they brazenly calls certain people “Elite” while relegating others to “Economy”—a not so subtle dig at the true base of this whole enterprise. But when we project this normalized state of affairs out into the near future, what do we see?

Airports of the future? Sure, makes total sense. Common sense. But airports as animate, appetitive agents who feed off the paltry incomes of petit bourgeoisies, only to metastasize and grow larger and larger, biometric scanning bodies who read and consume people, only in order to grow their own tumorous tendrils and limbs? Jetways extending upon jetways, shop-laden terminals leading to nowhere while operating like gigantic ATMs? What Ozymandian future are we building? Is this the future we will choose, as the makers of airplanes and airports? It doesn’t have to be. But for it not to be, we need to acknowledge our complicity in this, and disentangle the strong threads of capitalist fantasy woven around our airports as they are, and as we plod forward into our as yet uncertain future, as a very real species partaking in evolution on this planet that is, itself, airborne.
critique  aeriality  futurism  bloomberg  ****  airport  capitalism 
april 2018 by gpe
Tiny Content Framework · GitHub
This is a tiny content strategy framework focused on goals, messages, and branding. This is not a checklist. Use what you need and scrap the rest. Rewrite it or add to it. These topics should help you get to the bottom of things with clients and other people you work with.
tools  strategy  ****  list  marketing  content  branding  git  writing  resources  mytools 
february 2018 by gpe
Two Cheers for Polarization | Boston Review
In my new book, The Polarizers (2018), I highlight the specific actors who helped bring this change about. In the early postwar years, for example, a group of political scientists led by Wesleyan University’s E.E. Schattschneider provided intellectual ballast for the project by reviving a Progressive-era doctrine called “responsible party government.” Proponents of responsible party government sought to nationalize the party structures that had long been patchworks of state and local organizations. They promoted programmatic parties, organized around substantive issues rather than ties of tradition, patronage, or personality. And to secure democratic accountability, they sought to ensure that the two parties’ respective programs were at once coherent and mutually distinct. The goal, as a famous Schattschneider-led committee of the American Political Science Association (APSA) wrote in 1950, was a system in which the parties “bring forth programs to which they commit themselves and . . . possess sufficient internal cohesion to carry out these programs.”

Most of these scholars were themselves frustrated liberal Democrats, just as Roosevelt had been, and they found an eager audience in the ranks of organized postwar liberalism. Officeholders like Hubert Humphrey engaged with responsible-party scholars and championed party discipline in speeches. Ideological advocacy groups like Americans for Democratic Action featured discussions of the doctrine in their literature while the progressive wing of organized labor took up the cause of cohesive party discipline. Meanwhile, an ascendant generation of issue-driven “amateur” activists—thrilling to Adlai Stevenson’s presidential campaigns in the 1950s—battled to wrest control of Democratic organizations from traditional machines in the north while attacking the outsized national power of the conservative leaders in the south. They valorized party discipline in Congress and majority rule within national party affairs, hoping that many disempowered southerners would leave the party.
2017  democrat  ****  postwar  democracy  republican  party  boston.globe  history  politics  inequality  polarization 
february 2018 by gpe
Finding Radical Kindness in the Face of Chaos and Danger - Mindful
How has working with your heart and mind affected your writing?

With writing, I don’t talk about inspiration much. I talk about showing up and just doing it. I never feel like writing. Ever. So I have a lot of tricks. I give myself very short assignments and write godawful first drafts. And I use bribes. Once my butt is in the chair, if I write for 45 minutes, I get to take the dogs to the park or watch the news at the top of the hour. One thing I’ve learned about writing is that you have to stay with it. If you do that, it will let you know what it needs to be. The most important thing is to keep your butt in the chair. Then something will shift. Something will get back to you. That’s the secret of life: Be where your butt is.
quotation  howto  compassion  work  writing  ****  mercy 
february 2018 by gpe
Workshops - Urlaub
An Utrecht-based craft classroom space.
craft  education  crafts  school  creativity  netherlands  **** 
february 2018 by gpe
Where do kids learn to undervalue women? From their parents. - The Washington Post
Children are gender detectives, distinguishing between the sexes from as early as 18 months and using that information to guide their behavior, for example by choosing strongly stereotyped toys. And family research shows that men’s attitudes about marital roles, not women’s, are ultimately internalized by both their daughters and their sons. This finding is a testament to kids’ ability to identify implicit power, to parse whose beliefs are more important and therefore worth adopting as their own.

But therein, too, lies an opportunity, an answer for the men who are asking with great sincerity, “What can we do?” First, accept at least half the responsibility for this pervasive marital dynamic. Power issues are not often raised between couples, but when they are, studies show that they’re most often framed not in terms of how husbands need to change but rather how wives do — you know, she needs to be more assertive. When juxtaposed against a discussion about rampant sexual harassment, it sounds like another tired version of “She should’ve worn a longer skirt.”

Second, commit — wholeheartedly and without being asked — to examining male privilege. Our culture’s devaluation of “women’s work” has left men with little incentive to shift into less-traditional roles at home, even as women have become ever more successful breadwinners. Women are much more likely than men to report that the division of child care with their spouses is imbalanced, perhaps because, as one study found, men perceive that they are doing their fair share when they contribute just 36 percent of the work at home.
career  parenting  feminism  gender  family  ****  children  behavior  psychology  learning  education 
february 2018 by gpe
Control-Alt-Fail | Chris Lehmann
FOR SOMEONE WHO’S BUILT MOST OF HIS POLITICAL CAREER on the rote demonization of the media, Donald Trump has mastered the studiously inane reflexes of noncommittal corporate reporting. Our forty-fifth president was awkwardly forced by the ugly events in Charlottesville to face the consequences of a penchant for racist hate-mongering that has marked his entire adult life. (To quickly review: Trump’s race hatred stretches back to the segregationist opening chapter of his real-estate career, while featuring a call to execute the innocent black and Latino defendants in the Central Park five case, the notorious truth-mangling Obama-birther crusade, and ugly campaign displays of white-supremacist rancor too numerous to recount here.)

It’s easy, then, to see why Trump’s first reflex, when beholding the unvarnished consequences of his vile blood-and-soil rhetoric in real time, should reach for the most threadbare alibi of hate-enabling discourse in the American mediasphere: the insistence that, in any divisive controversy in public life, all sides, by definition, must be somehow equally culpable.
race  white  charlottesville  ****  trump  the.baffler  protest  2017 
february 2018 by gpe
Better Motherfucking Website
You never knew it, but it's easy to improve readability on your site. Here's how.

Let it breathe

Look at lines 1 and 2 of some shitty website you're building. Assuming they're not married they probably shouldn't be humping. The defaults are trash -- pick a minimum line-height: 1.4 for body copy. Headings should be tighter. If you can't see that...piss off.

If your text hits the side of the browser, fuck off forever. You ever see a book like that? Yes? What a shitty book.

A little less contrast

Black on white? How often do you see that kind of contrast in real life? Tone it down a bit, asshole. I would've even made this site's background a nice #EEEEEE if I wasn't so focused on keeping declarations to a lean 7 fucking lines.

Size Matters

I know your partner says otherwise, but it's true. Bump that body copy to render close to 16px or more. Smaller type works well for print, not the screen.

Line-width, motherfucker

Looking at an LCD screen is strainful enough. Don't make me read a line of text that's 200 fucking characters long. Keep it to a nice 60-80 and users might actually read more than one sentence of your worthless dribble.
****  mytools  funny  howto  resources  webdesign  satire  minimalism 
february 2018 by gpe
I'm Fine How I Am | Boston Review
Kennedy affirms respectability as a strategy for blacks and black success, thus as a thing peculiar to blacks’ conditions. I, on the other hand, affirm this as a general human requirement of virtue—blacks should embrace friendship, courage, temperance, and justice as virtues, just as whites should.

In a truly liberal society, these virtues can take many forms as required by real conditions in neighborhoods, courthouses, employment offices, hospitals, and schools—all environments and institutions that put forth distinct challenges for blacks’ everyday lives. To say that blacks should act proper on account of respectability politics is to confuse the ethical question, “What ought I do?” with, “Why is it a good thing for me to do?” Blacks shouldn’t act well to put on a show for whites; rather, they should act well because doing so is a fine and respectable thing. I listen to my music loud not to disrupt others’ lives. Rather, I like to do so and doing so in a nice car was part of my inner-city socialization. If I should choose to act otherwise, it will be because I think my behavior is out of step with being a fine person—which is why I lower the music when I pass small children—and not because I perceive it as out of step with whites’ ideas of what it would mean for me to be a fine person. Once blacks—elites, non-elites, intellectuals, and lay persons— fully embrace this basic insight without tactical distractions, we can turn our gaze in the morally urgent direction and ask whites, rather, where is your “politics of respect” for our black lives? That is the only progressivism worth speaking of.
****  politics  race  black  white  clothing  music 
february 2018 by gpe
The Bliss Station
“Do not start your day with addictive time vampires such as The New York Times, email, Twitter,” says Edward Tufte. “All scatter eye and mind, produce diverting vague anxiety, clutter short term memory.”

Every morning I try to fight the urge, but every morning my addiction compels me.

“The new heroin addiction is connectivity,” says V. Vale. “The only solution is not one that most people want to face, which is to become lovers of solitude and silence… I love to spend time alone in my room, and in my ideal world the first hour of every day would be in bed, writing down thoughts, harvesting dreams, before anyone phones or you have any internet access.”

Kids, jobs, sleep, and a thousand other things will get in the way, but we have to find our own sacred space, our own sacred time.
****  todo  mytools  austinkleon  habits  connectivity  meditation 
february 2018 by gpe
Kapitza | Colorful Geometric Art
The geometric pattern fonts make patterns in design very easy.
pattern  ****  fun  typography  tobuy  design 
february 2018 by gpe
What It Means to Be on the Left
The socialist project, for me, is about something more than just immediate demands for more jobs, or higher wages, or universal social programs, or shorter hours. It’s about those things. But it’s also about transcending, and abolishing, much of what we think defines our identities and our way of life.

It is about the abolition of class as such. This means the abolition of capitalist wage labor, and therefore the abolition of “the working class” as an identity and a social phenomenon. Which isn’t the same as the abolition of work in its other senses, as socially necessary or personally fulfilling labor.

It is about the abolition of “race,” that biologically fictitious, and yet socially overpowering idea. A task that is inseparable from the abolition of class, however much contemporary liberals might like to distract us from that reality.

As David Roediger details in his recent essay collection on Class, Race, and Marxism, much of the forgotten history of terms like “white privilege” originated with communists, who wrestled with the problem of racism not to avoid class politics but to facilitate it. People like Claudia Jones, or Theodore Allen, whose masterwork, The Invention of the White Race, was, as Roediger observes, borne of “a half century of radical organizing, much of it specifically in industry.”
reform  leftism  jacobin  socialism  capitalism  economics  marxism  ****  leftist  philosophy 
february 2018 by gpe
The Best Bread at Restaurants, Shops, and to Cook at Home - Bloomberg
Yet, in my opinion, the best bread in New York is hiding in a beer bar in Brooklyn’s Greenpoint. From a tiny kitchen in the back of Tørst, Max Blachman-Gentile turns out phenomenal loaves, from a dark Russian rye to pumpkin porridge made with kabocha squash. My favorite is the Greenpoint Sour, a loaf true to its name, with an exceptionally tangy, chewy center marked by good-sized air pockets and a flavorful, charred crust. It’s invariably part of a $9 bread plate on a menu that also includes beer-friendly hot dogs and burgers. Blachman-Gentile credits the general switch from white flour to grains (sourcing his from small, Northeast farms) and from commercial, supermarket yeast to natural leavening from wild yeast mixed with flour and water.

I recommend a bread crawl and urge that you make your last stop here; the Greenpoint Sour is excellent with Evil Twin’s Limits of My Language Are the Limits of My World IPA.
bread  recipes  food  travel  brooklyn  bloomberg  ****  inspiration 
february 2018 by gpe
KinderKulturMonat - Fonts In Use
KinderKulturMonat is a Berlin-based initiative that organizes a monthlong cultural program for children. The project is a spin-off of the Dutch Oktobermaand Kindermaand. Studio Laucke Siebein created a corporate design featuring watercolor illustration and a “vernacular handmade typeface” by Miguel Hernández. As Mija is a little too fickle to work well in longer blocks of text, the more prosaic Neue Helvetica comes to the rescue. Mija is also used as a webfont on kinderkulturmonat.de.
children  education  sans  tobuy  rounded  ****  typography  design  fun 
february 2018 by gpe
It's Nice That | Takashi Nakamura’s exquisite line drawings celebrate the quiet moments in life
Takashi’s illustrations are drawn by hand, and he enjoys this analogue approach. “First I make a draft then erase parts of it so there’s just a faint trace of the image. Then I start painting with aqueous pens from there,” he explains. The use of this ink gives his works a soothing, summery vibe and and offer a welcome break from the mundane grey of reality.
process  drawing  illustration  ****  itsnicethat  interview 
january 2018 by gpe
FF Quixo – Typographica
One of my faves.
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When I first saw FF Quixo, I thought I saw echoes of Oz Cooper’s type.

I asked the designer, Frank Grießhammer, if he was inspired by Cooper’s faces. He said that while studying in the Type and Media masters program in The Hague (where Quixo originated) he did not look at the work of Cooper at all. Subsequently, he learned more about Cooper from Ian Lynam’s talk at TypeCon 2012 and from seeing archival material I showed him. My first hypothesis was proven incorrect.

Grießhammer explained that the unique convex serifs were a natural result of writing with pointed brush-pens. Other than Cooper and Quixo, I’ve found only one other roman face with convex serifs — Anton Koovit’s Aleksei — but it is very different.
typography  fun  serif  ****  tobuy 
january 2018 by gpe
10 Things Your Freelance Editor Might Not Tell You—But Should
Hiring a freelance editor is a significant financial investment—one that can range from several hundred dollars to several thousand, depending upon the kinds of editing you require, the editor’s rate (which may be either an hourly rate or a flat fee, usually charged per page), and the number of revisions/rounds of editing. Freelance editors like me want you to get the most out of your money. We want to leave you feeling enlightened, empowered and excited to be putting your book out in the world. But some of what you need to know to best utilize us can be, well, difficult to bring up. Your writing is, after all, the sum of your energy, time, work and heart. You come to us with enthusiasm and passion—qualities you indeed need in order to survive and persevere in this profession—and we worry that unloading too many difficult truths at once may dampen your enthusiasm or intimidate you.

I love writing, and I love writers. So before you hire someone like me, it’s only right that you know the following:
editing  howto  reference  writing  employment  ****  mytools 
january 2018 by gpe
NORWEGIAN AIR - Google Search
Norwegian Air offers super affordable flights to Europe.
europe  ****  shopping  tobuy  travel  mytools 
january 2018 by gpe
Mad Max: Fury Road might already be the best action movie ever made
From where I’m sitting, Mad Max: Fury Road is, quite simply, the greatest action movie ever made. Miller found a way to tell a moving, mythic, larger-than-life story in a fully-realized alternate world, and he did it without ever letting up on the throttle. He spent nearly 20 years developing the movie, keeping at it through false starts and heartbreaking dead ends. And when he got the chance to make it, he went all in, devising entire societies full of baroquely souped-up death machines and screaming war-cults. He found ways to devise, stage, and film stunts that are like nothing anyone’s ever accomplished. He recorded stunning image after stunning image; practically every frame of Fury Road could be a painting.
****  towatch  australia  list  film  action 
january 2018 by gpe
Why We Must Fight for the Right to Repair Our Electronics - IEEE Spectrum
But as the years went on, this kind of information became scarcer. It’s ironic. We live in the age of information. And yet, at the very moment when information about how to repair electronics should be easiest for owners to get their hands on, it has dried up.

That scarcity is by design. Manufacturers don’t want you to fix that broken microwave or air conditioner; they want you to buy a new one. Some even send cease-and-desist letters to people who post repair information online. Back in 2012, Toshiba told laptop repair tech Tim Hicks that he needed to remove 300 PDFs of Toshiba’s official repair manuals from his website, where he was offering the information for free. To avoid being sued, Hicks complied, and now fewer people have the guidance they need to repair Toshiba laptops.

Toshiba isn’t the only guilty party. Go to Apple’s website and try to find a repair manual for a MacBook Pro. It’s not there. Go to Samsung’s website and look for ways to fix your flat-screen TV. You’ll come away empty-handed. Same for your Keurig. Or your Kindle. Or your GoPro. Or your Lexmark printer that’s always broken. You’ll probably find user manuals and perhaps a few other online resources created by people who figured out how to fix the broken product on their own. But manufacturers by and large remain silent on the topic of repair.
policy  ****  apple  software  electronics  repair  hardware  maintenance 
january 2018 by gpe
When Bad Men Define Good Art – Electric Literature
It matters to have a person with different “tastes” — or rather, with different life experience, prone to noticing and appreciating different things — at the helm. But when “taste” and “good writing” are defined in large part by that network of powerful literary men, the ones clapping each other on the back about making literature matter and then being exposed as abusers one by one, it may not matter enough.
When ‘Good Writing’ Means ‘White Writing’

Once you realize how much the structures of literary power are bound up with the concept of literary quality, it becomes clear — if it wasn’t already — that our entire concept of “quality” is suspect. The Paris Review publishes twice as many men as women; are men twice as good? The New York Times described Stein as “regarded by many as a champion of new talent, including some women writers,” but that “some” is poison. One can’t really make the case that Stein was a champion of women writers generally; under his auspices, The Paris Review went from one-third women writers to… one-third women writers. So who broke through to be part of the illustrious third? This is not to say that the writers who did make their way into The Paris Review’s pages aren’t worthy, but we should illuminate the hand that picked them, and the other work it cast aside. In short, if you weren’t already paying attention to the ways that whiteness and maleness determine what we value in art, you should be now.
2017  ****  literature  sexism  gender  magazine 
january 2018 by gpe
Want To Be A Great Designer? Ban Post-It Notes
“Design thinking is a separation of thinking and design, taking thinking first and design second,” Sison says. “I’m going to be honest with you. I hate this. It basically insults me when a bunch of people strategize, have these concepts, have a bunch of Post-its and bring these notes to a designer. [Designers] are then just the ones coloring in what your idea is going to look like. I don’t think that’s how it is. That is not design to me.”

During the Fast Company Innovation Festival, Sison hosted 60 people at Work & Co’s Brooklyn office and led them through his process, which always starts with sketching. His aim? To move beyond “design thinking” to “design doing.” Work & Co. believes in designing from day one, not spending weeks and months developing strategy.
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“Challenges and hard decisions are discovered by making,” Lindsay Liu, group director of marketing at Work & Co, says. “By waiting for months to start designing, you lose value and insights if you were prototyping and testing with users [from the beginning].”

None of Sison’s projects start from a wall of Post-it notes; they all start with a sketch. “Every time a project comes to me, it’s a blank page,” Sison says. “I don’t know what to do. I don’t have an idea. How do I make an idea? How do I start? There are ways to get over this. One of my favorites comes from Bob Ross. He basically said in one of his TV shows that if you ever get into a place where you can’t start, just put something down. Start doing something, start making so you get over it. That’s what the design process is. That’s my theory.”

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****  design  ideas  brainstorming  counterintuitive  making 
january 2018 by gpe
Dealing with monsters: why adults need kids books now more than ever | Kat Patrick | Books | The Guardian
Returning to the literature that I loved as a kid isn’t just a comforting regression when times are tough. I find that when things feel weirder than usual, I need to find a literary weirdness that’s capable of unscrambling my present tense.

Kids’ books offer ways to make sense of a world that is suddenly spinning so quickly we’re permanently dizzy; it’s one of the few formats that helps you do everything at once in the way the internet landscape demands; escape, understand and take action.

But as much as we need them more than ever, we’re still making the mistake of thinking that kids’ books are transient; that they only serve to get through a bedtime, or prep a child for the responsibilities of being a grown-up. There’s two things wrong with this.
books  guardian.uk  counterintuitive  ****  2017  children  childhood 
january 2018 by gpe
In France’s Dordogne region, a land of castles and caves calls for deep exploration - The Washington Post
Back in 2000, we wandered the town center feeling like time travelers. We bought wooden crusader swords for the kids and hand-spun earthenware pottery that my wife and I still treasure. For dinner, we found a traditional French restaurant whose dining room, to our delight, extended into a natural cavern. Our children, now far-flung and embarked on lives of their own, still remember that day 17 years later.
washington.post  travel  ****  history  tovisit  france 
january 2018 by gpe
Alda
The extreme weights are fun, particularly so given it's a serif face.
****  serif  typography  fun  tobuy 
january 2018 by gpe
Lagrangian point - Wikipedia
The positions in an orbital configuration of two large bodies where a small object affected only by gravity can maintain its position relative to the two large bodies. The Lagrange points mark positions where the combined gravitational pull of the two large masses provides precisely the centripetal force required to orbit with them.
****  physics  outer.space  space  wikipedia 
january 2018 by gpe
Children's books with humans have greater moral impact than animals, study finds | Books | The Guardian
Ganea felt that it would be useful for children’s authors to be aware of her research. “We tell stories to children for many reasons, and if the goal is to teach them a moral lesson then one way to make the lesson more accessible to children is to use human characters. Yes, we should consider the diversity of story characters and the roles they are depicted in,” she said.

Chris Haughton, author and illustrator of animal picture books including Oh No, George! and Shh! We Have a Plan, felt that while “a simple instructional moral message might work short term”, the stories that have longer impact are the ones that resonate deeply. “I read Charlotte’s Web as a child and I know that made a big impression on me. I thought about it for a long time after I read the story. I identified with the non-human characters. That, among other things, did actually turn me into a lifelong vegetarian. I think a truly engaging and quality story that resonates with the child will be replayed in their mind and that has the real effect on them and the course of their life,” he said.
research  books  children  ****  guardian  morality  guardian.uk 
january 2018 by gpe
Fun City - Webfont & Desktop font « MyFonts
FunCity is a family of typefaces designed for multi-layered use. There are six levels of letter thickness from thin to extremely bold and all styles of the family represent basically a different variations of the same letterforms. As the same letters in every typeface in this family use the same amount of space, it creates a possibility of overlaying and using more than one style simultaneously, which lead to almost endless variations.
****  tobuy  fun  typography 
january 2018 by gpe
The Political and the Technical
Rebutting the latest anti–Medicare for All nonsense.
medicare  ****  jacobin  usa  leftist  leftism  politics 
january 2018 by gpe
Eight Slogans to Transform Your Mind - Tricycle: The Buddhist Review
In postmeditation, be a child of illusion
When you finish sitting meditation, if things become heavy and solid, be fully present and realize that everything is actually pliable, open, and workable. This is instruction for meditation in action, realizing that you don’t have to feel claustrophobic because there is always lots of room, lots of space.

Whatever you meet unexpectedly, join with meditation
The unexpected will stop your mind. Rest in that space. When thoughts start again, do tonglen [a meditation on compassion], breathing in whatever pain you may feel, thinking that others also feel like this, and gradually becoming more and more willing to feel this pain with the wish that others won’t have to suffer. If it is a “good” shock, send out any joy you may feel, wishing for others to feel it also. Meeting the unexpected is also an opportunity to practice patience and nonaggression.

All dharma agrees at one point
The entire Buddhist teachings (dharma) are about lessening one’s self-absorption, one’s ego-clinging. This is what brings happiness to you and all beings.

Always maintain only a joyful mind
Constantly apply cheerfulness, if for no other reason than because you are on this spiritual path. Have a sense of gratitude to everything, even difficult emotions, because of their potential to wake you up.

Don’t talk about injured limbs
Don’t try to build yourself up by talking about other people’s defects.

Work with the greatest defilements first
Gain insight into your greatest obstacles—pride, aggression, self-denigration, and so forth—and worth with those first. Do this with clarity and compassion.

Don’t transfer the ox’s load to the cow
Don’t transfer your load to someone else. Take responsibility for what is yours.
meditation  ****  howto  list  mind 
december 2017 by gpe
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