Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Sunday, January 18, 2009
Reviews of Mechanical Pencils
I saw the $5 Pentel P205 at Staples the other day, and based on the review I think I'm going to nab one.
Remember these? Photo by mr_t_77.
Saturday, January 17, 2009
Design Advice from Ellen Lupton
Think more, design less.
Many desperate acts of design (including gradients, drop shadows, and the gratuitous use of transparency) are perpetrated in the absence of a strong concept. A good idea provides a framework for design decisions, guiding the work.
Spend more, buy less.
Cheap stuff is usually cheap because of how it's made, what it's made of, and who made it. Buy better quality goods, less often.
(from the appendix titled Free Advice, p.171)
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Portrait of Ginevra de Benci 1479 AD by Leonardo da Vinci
Monday, January 12, 2009
Sunday, January 11, 2009
Let me take you on a quick trip to downtown Victoria
I hear it's sunny and warm in California. Not so in Victoria – we've got typical rainforest weather: cold, wet, and gray, just how we like it. This sidewalk will take us to our bus stop on Quadra St:
The #6 bus will bring us to downtown Victoria for $1.75 CDN. Our buses are made in the UK by the Dennis company.
This is one of my favorite spots on earth – St. Andrew's Cathedral in downtown Victoria. Beautiful vaulted ceilings and lots of stained glass, surprisingly mixed with elements of west coast native art.
After Mass, we step outside into the cool night air. It's 6pm and most shops are closed. McDonald's is, of course, still open.
In 20 minutes, our bus arrives. A handful of people, mostly students, climb onboard.
And we're back where we started. A streetlamp lights our way in the dark.
Why not post some narrated pics of a day in your life? Post them to your blog and let me know.
Saturday, January 03, 2009
Five definitions: diaphanous, hermetic, liminal, sardonic, fabulist
hermetic: Completely sealed, especially against the escape or entry of air.
sardonic: Scornfully or cynically mocking.
liminal: The threshold of a physiological or psychological response.
fabulist: A composer of fables.
(from The American Heritage Dictionary)
- Engaging in regular exercise
- Spending time with children
- Working on hobbies
- Enjoying a beautiful day
- Reading for pleasure
- Making a new friend
- Hearing some good news
- Enjoying free time
- Giving and receiving love
- Smelling pleasant aromas — vanilla, lavender, the smell of fresh bread
- Being entertained
- Spending time with pets
- Doing volunteer work