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April 20 2016


BALLE 2015 Closing Plenary Speech at adrienne maree brown

This is a wonderful articulation of a really important aspect of being human. Our imaginations are incredibly powerful in shaping our behaviours. We create spaces in our culture where our imaginations intersect. These can have positive and negative effects on our collective behaviour.

This speech is from the perspective of a mixed-race sci-fi author. Adrienne Maree Brown has some very profound things to say about how prevailing collective imaginations negatively impact people, but also about how imagination is a source of hope.

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The realisation of imaginary bicycles. Gianluca Gimini creates 3d models of people’s bicycle sketches.

(via Gianluca Gimini - *product design & visual communication - homepage)

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The right addition can make all the difference. Susana Blasco transforms vintage photos by laying new elements on top. It’s a simple idea but she executes it beautifully.

(via Vintage Photos Appropriated in the Most Absurd Ways - Feature Shoot)

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Rad American Women – Athletes, writers, rock stars and other heroines who helped shape our world

Rad American Women A-Z: Rebels, Trailblazers, and Visionaries Who Shaped Our History… and Our Future
by Kate Schatz (author) and Miriam Klein Stahl (illustrator)
City Lights Publishers
2015, 64 pages, 7.3 x 9.1 x 0.4 inches
$10 Buy a copy on Amazon

Activists, artists, pioneers. Rad American Women A-Z takes readers on an alphabetized journey through the lives of women throughout the country and across time “who fought,” “who led,” and “who soared.” Every woman’s story begins with an action: there are no passive heroines in this historical feminist primer.

Each biographical sketch by Kate Schatz is accompanied by a crisp, black and white print from Miriam Klein Stahl. The author and illustrator team create a tone that is both conversational and immediate. The brightly colored background of each portrait seeps across from image page to text, highlighting each woman’s name and drawing readers into her story. This alphabet book meets call to action lends itself to a wide range of readers, using accessible, explanatory language (“A union is an organization that helps protect the rights of people who have the same kind of job.”), bold, dynamic illustrations, and a traditional walk through each letter of the alphabet (“J is for Jovita,” and “K is for Kate.”). I’ve been reading it with my three year old knowing that even on the days we use it only to practice the alphabet, she’s getting a dose of empowerment and diverse herstory. Though many of the women profiled are easily recognizable agents of change, Rad American Women introduced me to others I hadn’t heard of and began to flesh out the origin stories and broader social contexts of the women I already knew. Through the work of greats like Billie Jean King, Angela Davis, Temple Grandin, and Maya Lin, this book does an excellent job introducing the concepts of identity, intersectionality, and straight-up girl power, simply by telling the stories of real, radical women.

It’s easy to forget that “rad” is short for radical, and even easier to forget what being a radical really means. In addition to the snapshots of rad women that make up the bulk of the book, there is a brief resource guide at the end for further reading, as well as the alphabetical acrostic, 26 Things That You Can Do To Be Rad! Armed with this list of ideas for cultivating social change through basic, individual actions, Rad American Women readers, no matter their age or identity, will connect with, and aspire to be like, one of the athletes, organizers, writers, or rock stars whose actions shaped the world we live in today. – Marykate Smith Despres

April 19, 2016

This book looks awesome. Don’t think it’s only for girls either. The folks in here are just cool and everyone should know more about them.

March 31 2016


How Well Do You Know Your Gear?

New blogpost, How Well Do You Know Your Gear?

I recently watched a video of Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks showing off their home studio. As you can imagine it’s pretty swanky. You could say it’s in a shed at the end of their garden, and that would be true except that their shed is nicer than most people’s houses and it is packed full of lovely instruments and recording gear. Susan is interviewed and asked why they have mostly vintage gear.…

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February 20 2016



the other thing that upsets me about kesha’s case is that this is once again the music industry showing a blatant disregard for the health of female artists, physical/emotional/mental/otherwise. if it’s not kesha being assaulted by her manager and having her career in perpetual purgatory, it’s rihanna’s abuser having a thriving career when back in 2009 it was rihanna’s career that was on the line when news broke out about her assault. if it wasn’t rihanna, then it was mariah carey’s and britney spears’s mental health being completely neglected and made a spectacle of when pressures from the industry are most likely to blame for their poor well-being. and if it wasn’t mariah carey or britney spears, then it was most definitely the lack of compassion towards whitney houston and amy winehouse which ultimately led to their untimely deaths. kesha’s case is significant because, once again, it echoes a much larger and much scarier reality that women in the music industry, or women in any job sector, face year after year. like honestly how many more women need to be put in harm’s way before something is actually done??

November 27 2015


Is Jazz Better Than Rock?

Is Jazz Better Than Rock?

Value judgements about music genres are complex. I recently got into a discussion about the relative virtues of bassists in jazz as compared to rock. The premise put forward was, broadly, that jazz players are more skilled and that the genre as a whole is more demanding to work in. This intersects with several prejudices about music that are interesting and perhaps useful to look at. Is…

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November 19 2015

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Sauce for the goose…

November 03 2015


Unlikely simultaneous historical events




A poster on Reddit asks: What are two events that took place in the same time in history but don’t seem like they would have?

Spain was still a fascist dictatorship when Microsoft was founded.

There were no classes in calculus in Harvard’s curriculum for the first few years because calculus hadn’t been discovered yet.

Two empires [Roman & Ottoman] spanned the entire gap from Jesus to Babe Ruth.

When the pyramids were being built, there were still woolly mammoths.

The last use of the guillotine was in France the same year Star Wars came out.

Oxford University was over 300 years old when the Aztec Empire was founded.

Pablo Picasso died the year Pink Floyd released “Dark Side of the Moon” (1973) 

Prisoners began to arrive to Auschwitz a few days after Mc'Donalds was founded. 

Coca-Cola is only 31 years younger than Italy. 

Marilyn Monroe and Queen Elizabeth II were born in the same year. 

The Ottoman empire still existed the last time the Chicago Cubs won the World Series.

October 30 2015

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Martine Franck. Bibliothèque pour enfants, Clamart, France, 1965

October 08 2015

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The industry of providing ill-informed subjective advice is booming. It’s a pyramid scheme of absurd proportions. This promotion of a suposed alternative is actually based on the perpetuation of rabidly exploitative capitalism. Unless its perpetrators are enacting an elaborate joke I hope the karma so many of them believe in comes back to bite them in their conceited arses.

September 29 2015

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A metaphor for the ages. From Nina Vandenbempt.

September 17 2015

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Being clever should not be a crime. Clever people are useful. They make the things that allow the rest of us to sit on the sofa distracted by flashing lights and beguiling sounds while scratching out itchy bits. The arrest of 14 year old Ahmed Mohamed for bringing a homemade digital clock to his school is a sure sign that our society mistrusts clever folks, particularly if they are not white (and preferably wealthy). He wanted to show his teachers what he could do. Instead they taught him what they can do. The most important lesson from all this is that, most of the time, idiots are in charge and they will gleefully do stupid stuff. Making things is cool. Listening to kids is cool. Being a racist idiot is not cool.

September 16 2015

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The magic of female fantasy armour explained

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The history of pigment

September 06 2015

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*Stack convergence

Is this regression to the mean?

September 04 2015

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“This has nothing to do with the debate about whether Brady is the greatest quarterback of his generation. But rules are rules, sportsmanship is sportsmanship, and cheating is cheating.”

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September 03 2015

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Complete workout.


We’ve heard a lot about deep links so far this year. from Google at I/O and Apple at WWDC. My employer, Bitly, threw its hat in the ring, too. But I feel like the industry is stuck talking about how to implement deep links—and not why.

With 70 percent of mobile commerce taking place inside apps, marketers need to take control of app re-engagement—with deep links. Similarly, deep links make it easier to move users from app to app.
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