When a man who loses everything in a house fire writes a song called “End In Flames,” you stand up straight and listen. Never mind that he actually wrote most of the song in high school; the effect is still the same. Highly, highly recommended for those who enjoy Bon Iver, Richard Buchner or Lewis & Clarke.
“Our challenges may be new… But those values upon which our success depends — hard work and honesty, courage and fair play, tolerance and curiosity, loyalty and patriotism — these things are old. These things are true. They have been the quiet force of progress throughout our history.”—
“In the same season where Terrell Owens complained about getting just nine passes thrown to him in a game, Dan Klecko was asked to change his jersey number so he could move from defensive tackle back to fullback…for the third time in his career. Perhaps this is why Dan Klecko also has three more Super Bowl rings than T.O.”—
Great story about a great local guy PLUS a dig at T.O.? Perfect. (Fun fact: Dan Klecko’s uncle was my 3rd-grade teacher.)
“Cheap paper, cheap printing, can make something beautiful and interesting. It’s a great form factor. Just because it’s attached to struggling business models doesn’t mean it will inevitably disappear.”—
“… As objects ‘informationalise,’ communication channels are getting built in. … This is what advertising and marketing and media people really need to get afeared by. All this web stuff is going to look like a picnic compared to the horrors that will be dealt to the agency and media businesses when every product has a communications channel built right in.”—russell davies: meet the new schtick
“There is no genuine interest here in using statistical analysis to figure out how the teams compare with one another. The real purpose is to create some gobbledygook math to endorse the coaches’ and sportswriters’ vote.”—
Bill James, sharing one of his four problems with the BCS in a Slate Magazine article urging his statistician colleagues to boycott it.
"There’s a strong argument for leaving well enough alone, and simply specifying serif or sans serif fonts, thus letting the user’s own settings determine the font display. I can understand this philosophy, but personally I prefer exerting more control over the display of my sites.
"Fonts matter more than we may realize; they’re as important a choice in determining the visual impact and informational flow of a web page as the color scheme or the navigation layout. And as a designer (even an admitted amateur), I’m unable to leave these crucial elements to whatever settings a user may have."
Some of this seems a bit overkill-y… While I think it’s great that Microsoft really stepped up to the typographic plate and included some great new fonts with Vista, more choices may just lead to more confusion. I presonally keep my font stacks for this site very simple.
“Simply put, the BCS has failed everybody. Its only job — its only reason for being — is to pit the #1 and #2 teams in America against each other. It’s impossible to do that with one game. The only reason the BCS survives this annual humiliation is that it creates an annual pay day for an elite few, who are robbing the players and fans of a true champion.”—BCS fails again: What about USC, Utah, and Texas? | All Things Trojan | Los Angeles Times