A cloud that floats leisurely around the country? Where do I sign up?
(via Tiago Barros)
(via The Fox Is Black)
Though I’m sure it must be an incredibly difficult job for only the top in the field, I can’t shake the impression that the people who work for the New York Public Library, must sit around coming up with truly nerdy things to do and then execute them. Take this as evidence. It’s a very thoroughly researched Google map of significant literary spots in the west village. It must have taken hours to put together.
I hope they do this on the clock. It’s marvelous to think that someone gets paid to be this nerdy.
(via NYPL Blog)
Just back from the Geoff Manaugh talk @SVA, “Designing the Post-Terrestrial”. Great stuff. Oddly enough I found it a very visceral experience. Not necessarily what I was expecting from a lecture on architecture.
BLDGBLOG, Manaugh’s blog on architecture and design, is clearly intelligent and well written and there’s a sense of wonder when reading some of the articles. In person Manaugh revealed a kind of exuberance when discussing hidden burial structures found accidently by tractors or on purpose by muons, the possibilities of a tour bus with ground penetrating radar like a glass bottomed boat and ancient Native American hills being incorporated into golf courses. His allusions to fantasy/sci fi and gaming culture made the weight of his material less heady and more fantastical. More than once he made a reference to Blade Runner.
Aside from his excellent discussion on post terrestialization (essentially architecture that passes for earth or is the earth), however, Manaugh did take a few minutes to argue passionately as a blogger. He quoted a interlocutor as saying (I’m paraphrasing) “Twitter is the end of civilization.” Manaugh stated (again paraphrasing) “I don’t understand that. Blogging and Twitter are just like a ball point pen. You can write a poem or a ransom note or anything your mind can come up with.”
Perhaps saying that I enjoyed that part of the lecture immediately upon meeting him did make it seem as though I wasn’t paying as close of attention to the bulk of the content. But as with seeing any writer speak what was interesting was getting a glimpse of his personality, which as with most of us in the blogosphere tinges on the nerdy but cool.
John King’s assessment of 8 small parks in San Francisco looks pretty complete. When I was last in SF I played on some of the questionable playground equipment in South Park and figured it was a great find. Certainly a fun day with good friends. Fond memories.
“The problem with shining the spotlight on a handful of San Francisco parks is that too many remain in the dark.”
I love the typography and layout in this old school poster but, honestly, what bridge is this supposed to be? The placement and vantage point suggest it is meant to be the bay bridge but it looks like a big, white slab with dangly support cords.
Still, all this modernism just makes the over-all design that much more intriguing.