Thursday, 28 September 2017
The American Annual of Photography (1911)
Posted by Matt at 21:59
Inside the Painters Studio (2009)
Inspiration is for amateurs — the rest of us just show up and get to work. And the belief that things will grow out of the activity itself and that you will — through work — bump into other possibilities and kick open other doors that you would never have dreamt of if you were just sitting around looking for a great ‘art idea.’ And the belief that process, in a sense, is liberating and that you don’t have to reinvent the wheel every day. Today, you know what you’ll do, you could be doing what you were doing yesterday, and tomorrow you are gonna do what you did today, and at least for a certain period of time you can just work. If you hang in there, you will get somewhere.
From an interview with Chuck Close by Joe Fig in his book - Inside the Painters Studio.
Posted by Matt at 21:54
How to fit an elephant (1953)
A superb story HERE by Freeman Dyson about how a meeting with Enrico Fermi changed his career. At the heart of the story, Fermi quotes John von Neumann, who famously said:
With four parameters I can fit an elephant, and with five I can make him wiggle his trunk.
An example of how to actually do this, with Python code is HERE.
Posted by Matt at 21:43
On the Disposition of Iron in Variegated Strata (1868)
More of these images HERE.
Posted by Matt at 21:33
Wednesday, 27 September 2017
On Exactitude in Science (1946)
By Jorge Luis Borges. More HERE.
Posted by Matt at 13:06
Compassion, Empathy, Flapdoodle (2017)
An excoriating, but highly entertaining, review in the Dublin Review of Books by Seamus O’Mahony of three books on empathy and neuro science. HERE.
O'Mahony is perhaps not the most typical book reviewer - he is a Consultant Gastroenterologist at Cork University Hospital who also writes on medical humanities.
Posted by Matt at 12:53
Monday, 18 September 2017
Peer review: not as old as you might think (2015)
Peer review - is not as old as you might think (HERE). Above the Google ngram for `peer review'.
Posted by Matt at 19:35
Best Practices for Scientific Computing (2014)
A really good, readable paper. HERE.
Posted by Matt at 19:24
Saturday, 16 September 2017
The Book on the Floor (2016)
This book begins with an in depth, but entertaining, analysis of the famous picture of Malraux and one of his books spread out in front of him in his salon taken in 1954. HERE.
Posted by Matt at 07:45
Wednesday, 13 September 2017
Unendurable Line (2017)
Unendurable Line: A Fun Short Film that tracks the Movement of Everyday Objects as a Real-Time Graph. HERE.
Posted by Matt at 09:49
Saturday, 9 September 2017
Draft No. 4 (2017)
Here is Michael Durda's review of John McPhee's new book:
“Creativity lies in what you choose to write about, how you go about doing it, the arrangement through which you present things, the skill and the touch with which you describe people and succeed in developing them as characters, the rhythms of your prose, the integrity of the composition, the anatomy of the piece (does it get up and walk around on its own?), the extent to which you see and tell the story that exists in your material, and so forth. Creative nonfiction is not making something up but making the most of what you have.”
Posted by Matt at 23:22
John McPhee - Structure (2013)
A great piece in the New Yorker by John McPhee on how he structures his long non-fiction pieces. The image is a series of the illustrations he has of his structural motifs. From HERE.
Posted by Matt at 23:05
Thursday, 7 September 2017
Sunday, 3 September 2017
Harmonics, Patterns, and Dynamics in Roman and Italic type (2016)
The website for Frank Bloklund's PhD Thesis at Leiden University - On the Origin of Patterning in Movable Latin Type. (HERE).
Posted by Matt at 20:32
Saturday, 2 September 2017
The Shape of Design - Frank Chimero
Frank Chimero's "odd little design book", The Shape of Design, is available to read online HERE.
Posted by Matt at 19:14
On Margins Podcast (2017)
On Margins is a podcast by Craig Mod on Book making (HERE).
Posted by Matt at 19:09
The Data Visualisation Catalogue
The Data Visualisation Catalogue HERE.
Posted by Matt at 18:58
Friday, 1 September 2017
To Make a Book, Walk on a Book (2017)
A great essay on the practicalities of designing a book, by Craig Mod (HERE).
Posted by Matt at 09:58
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