I thought this was going to be the same article I've read a 1000 times - how computers killed writing. But it's much smarter than that; explaining how the thick, sticky ink required to make ball-point pens work made writing, especially, cursive, basically, too hard.
My own hand-writing revived about 5 years ago when I stared carrying a Kaweco Sport fountain pen around wherever I went.
November 21, 2015 | Permalink
Choice little moments from If Then by Matthew De Abaitua.
"And then events accelerated. No, James corrected himself, acceleration implies forward movement. Events lateralized. Events networked."
"Remnants of corporate dialect remained in Alex’s speech"
“Irrevocable decisions form character, James,” said Alex. “It’s a hard decision but by your age, you should have used up all the easy ones.”
"The women spoke in a high questioning tone so as not to disturb the room with assertions"
November 20, 2015 | Permalink
Have just watched this for the second time in three nights. It really is very good. A fine example of a documentary form I love, not a roller-coaster journey into an unexplored world, or startling new angles on familiar territory, just some people telling stories that they've obviously told very many times before - so that they've got very, very good at telling them.
It also strikes me that they're unusually articulate for a bunch of footballers. I wonder if Clough recruited them in his own image.
November 18, 2015 | Permalink
I'm enjoying watching the machines slowly learning how to write. Click-o-tron is a pleasing development - it uses Recurrent Neural Networks to generate clickbaity headlines and they're entirely, grammatically plausible.
Equally intriguing is the phenomenon Max Barry describes on his blog - robots writing novels and putting them on Amazon under the guise of famous authors, hoping to confuse inattentive shoppers. The fake titles would have tempted me: "The Ascension’s Mirror" and "Cry in the Redemption".
November 17, 2015 | Permalink
Tell the truth I'm not sure about the J Dilla. The sounds are fantastic but I think it may have crossed some noodly threshold for me. Nice noises, no direction. The Jamie Woon is rather lovely. Incredibly smooth. Restrained. But with just enough modern texture to not bland-out. Like a post-Dilla Sade.
November 16, 2015 | Permalink
George and her growing cadre of collaborators and advisors have built a splendid "spelunker" for The Waddesdon Bequest at the British Museum.
The How Big Is It? bit is especially nice.
November 14, 2015 | Permalink