Month: May 2014

Relics of My Childhood

This morning I couldn’t sleep and was scrolling through Facebook only to see a wild, deserted blast from my past. Seph Lawless has written a book called Black Friday: The Collapse of The American Mall. His photographs blew me away because like Seph, I spent time in two of the malls featured- Randall Park Mall and Rolling Acre. I have… Read more →

Met Releases Huge Collection Online

Wow, this is a VERY large trove of images. Via Kottke: NYC’s Metropolitan Museum of Art has made a whopping 400,000 high-resolution digital images of its collection available for free download. You can browse the collection here. Amazing stuff- non commercial use only, sadly. But for personal projects and the like, it’s an excellent resource. This image is one that… Read more →


This is a fascinating artifact. In 1692 an artist known only as “A. Boogert” sat down to write a book in Dutch about mixing watercolors. Not only would he begin the book with a bit about the use of color in painting, but would go on to explain how to create certain hues and change the tone by adding one,… Read more →

Patent Silliness

It’s maddening to see how badly the US Patent Office functions, at times. And here’s another entry into the “Really? REALLY?” category for the USPTO. Despite the technical detail in the patent documentation, the DIY site says, Amazon is ultimately claiming exclusive rights to a basic version of an extremely common practice: “The patent number is 8,676,045B1 and you can… Read more →