Monday, January 31, 2011

Mooch: Fashionably Early

This photo was taken a few days before the cartoon was published.  

Seven Squared

Some links and ramblings on forty-nine:

Interpreting The I Ching - Hexagram 49 Ko
Keyphrase: Revolution.
Formed By The Trigrams: Lake over Fire.
verview: Ko appears at a time of potential radical transformation. Although fast, decisive, action is often the best way this is not necessarily so when Ko appears. Timing is crucial. Any action needs to be thoroughly thought out and based on very solid foundations. Action should only be taken if absolutely necessary. Resist the temptation to act impetuously as that will undermine your efforts and quite possibly have a negative affect.

. . .

Shakespeare’s Sonnet 49 (Addressed to the Unidentified Young Man) 
Against that time, if ever that time come,
When I shall see thee frown on my defects,
When as thy love hath cast his utmost sum,
Call'd to that audit by advised respects;
Against that time when thou shalt strangely pass
And scarcely greet me with that sun thine eye,
When love, converted from the thing it was,
Shall reasons find of settled gravity,--
Against that time do I ensconce me here
Within the knowledge of mine own desert,
And this my hand against myself uprear,
To guard the lawful reasons on thy part:
To leave poor me thou hast the strength of laws,
Since why to love I can allege no cause.

Here is what Shakespeare says, on the surface, to the young man: 
Suppose a time comes when my flaws become annoying to you and, as a result, you evaluate our friendship–weighing the pluses and minuses as a bookkeeper does. Suppose a time comes when you walk by, hardly even noticing me, because your regard for me is no longer what it was and you have settled upon reasons to break off our relationship. Well, if such a time does come and our relationship ends, I will still hold you in fond memory and, like a soldier, defend your reputation against anyone who criticizes you for your action. I will defend you by pointing out my faults, noting that they are good reasons for you to go your own way. With all my defects, I will not be able to make a good case for you to stay.

. . .

Atomic Number 49: Indium; In
A rare soft silvery metallic element; occurs in small quantities in sphalerite. Its major uses are in low-melting-point alloys that replace mercury in thermometers, and in flat screen televisions. Indium was discovered in 1863 and named for the indigo blue line in its spectrum that was the first indication of its existence in zinc ores, as a new and unknown element.

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True indigo in its spectrum, I like that.

Official Green Hornet Agent

Sometime after 1964, I became a Green Hornet Agent. I apparently had to sign the back of the badge for it to be official. Even though the badge is 4" across, it still wasn’t big enough for my signature at the time, so I had to add the S above the M and the E.

Morgans Hotel Inspiration

via notcot

Morgans Hotel Penthouse in NYC leaves The School Of Life quote postcards on your pillow. Fun, inspiring, and nice clean typography. Makes me smile.

See them here.


via Design Observer, John Foster’s Accidental Mysteries, 01.30.11

“Accidental Mysteries is an online curiosity shop of extraordinary things, mined from the depths of the online world and brought to you each week by John Foster, a writer, designer and longtime collector of self-taught art and vernacular photography. “I enjoy the search for incredible, obscure objects that challenge, delight and amuse my eye. More so, I enjoy sharing these discoveries with the diverse and informed readers of Design Observer. All images link to their original source and are copyright their original owners.”

See the rest of John Foster’s Accidental Mysteries here, link to original image here.

Steampunk Memory Keys

via retronaut

See other steampunk flashdrives here.

TED: Jake Shimabukuro

This is a follow-up to an earlier post of mine;
Jake Shimabukuro was recorded at TED2010, February 2010, in Long Beach, CA playing his cover of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody.”

Watch it here, duration: 7:08

Sunday, January 30, 2011


On our travels today, we saw at least two male bluebirds. Pretty exciting that we saw some of the earliest arrivals of the annual spring pilgrimage to the Northeast.

Business Cards: Page II

The top row of cards: Dianetics, the John Birch Society, and the National Socialist White People’s Party. I’m not entirely sure where I acquired the first two radical cult cards, but the third I remember vividly.

It was an early morning in 1979, probably around 7:15 a.m. I was walking across the newly completed Dorcas Street bridge in Lewistown on my way to high school. Lightly masking taped to the bridge was this card. I stopped in my tracks and looked around me. It felt like I was being watched as a removed the card. I quickly tucked the card in my pocket and continued to school, still feeling that I was being watched all day long.

Though not specifically listed on The Southern Poverty Law Center’s site, Mifflin and her neighboring counties have their share of hate groups.

. . .

Center card: “Bettie the Bookie”—Would anyone really go to have their legitimate bookkeeping done by someone who refers to themselves as a bookie? I like that it lists among her skills, Girl Friday. There is a term you do not hear anymore. Below her card, is “The Killers Inc” which I assume is an extermination service. The guy with the gun seems just a little too happy.

Click on the image for a larger view of the cards.

Image of the Day: Rabbit Statue

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Earworm of the Day: k.d. lang’s Constant Craving

“Even through the darkest phase
Be it thick or thin
Always someone marches brave
Here beneath my skin . . .”

The rest of the lyrics can be found here. Watch a video of the song here.

Image of the Day: Pterodactyl Ice

In our travels today we came across several of these ice-covered grape vines; they reminded me of mini-pterodactyls in flight.

Shorpy: Shave Yourself

via shorpy

Atlantic City, New Jersey, circa 1908. The Boardwalk at night. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.

View full size here.

First Editions of Peter Rabbit

via The Cataloguer's Desk

“One of the most popular children’s books of all time, The Tale of Peter Rabbit has sold more than 45 million copies over the past century.  As well as being a beloved children’s story, the book’s publication history is very interesting, with two private printings appearing before the first commercial edition. ”

Read the rest, and see more images from the private printings, here. Perhaps it is just the angled view of the pictured spread, but the expressions on the rabbits faces reminds me very much of Rosemary Wells’ series of books featuring Max the rabbit.

BBC’s Dimensions

via veryshortlist

“According to its creators at the London-based BERG firm, Dimensions is a Google Map–based ‘experimental prototype’ designed for the BBC’s always-expanding, ever-impressive website. ‘We want to bring home the human scale of events and places in history,’ the designers write. ‘How far would the Titanic stretch down your street?’ You can pick dozens of structures, or other space-based things or phenomena, which are split into nine categories—Space, Ancient Worlds, Cities in History, WWII, and so forth—and lay them over your own address, or any other. Some, like the area affected by the Chernobyl cloud, are unfathomably large—much bigger than we imagined them to be before plugging our hometowns into BERG’s prototype.”

Visit the Very Short List here; the BBC’s Dimensions site here.

Topps Nutty Initial Stickers, 1967

via we love typography

Norman Saunders’ original paintings for the stickers, high resolution version here.

I remember having a few of these stickers as a child. I think that they were only like about an inch tall, came on a sheet with several others, and were in a pack of trading cards.

Cire Trudon Stink Bombs

via notcot

Read all about Cire Trudonthe oldest candle company in the world, and their stink bombs here; lovely photography at the site. 

Friday, January 28, 2011

Business Cards: Page I

For many years I collected business cards. After trips near and far, close friends*, family, and dysfunctional relatives would pass them along to me. I collected the ones that struck my fancy in a binder with sleeves that were designed for trading cards.

What strikes my fancy? Font use, color choice, kitschy clip art, poor design, etc. I do not think business cards will ever go away from the landscape of America, but it certainly is a dying breed of communication.

My partner in life scanned these in for me a while back, and I’m glad they were not lost in RGBisMe’s Great Self-Created Blog Disaster.

Of note, middle card, third column: Rick Williams was the District Justice that married us in December 1984. The magenta cow above it just makes me smile. Click on the image for a larger view of the cards.

*P.S. I try not to use the “F” word nowadays, it leads to far too many tangled issues with complications beyond belief.

The Adventures of the Muddle-headed Wombat

via BibliOdyssey

“[S]ome delightful scratchy illustrations from the 1962 book by Ruth Park, The Adventures of the Muddle-headed Wombat. The illustrator for this book was Noela Young.”

See more of illustrations from the book here. Nothing beats wombat illustrations from 1962. Nothing.

All The World’s A Page

via ministry of type

“Once upon a time we asked ourselves a peculiar question: could you fit an entire literary work onto a single poster? Would it still be legible? What would it reveal about the hidden structures and rhythms of the text? . . .”

Visit the site, here, to see all four posters in the series so far. Image is Homer’s The Iliad two-color offset print (thunderous black / Aegean blue), printed on 120g Alster Werkdruck, typeset in 3.25pt Malaga.

Geometric Pattern

via the ephemera society item of the month

“Sheet of paper with hand-painted blue edge and crisp embossed border by Dobbs, London. Circa 1820s. This page shows how a complex shape can be created from simpler shapes working only with a compass. A companion piece on the same paper bears the watermark ‘J Budgen 1821.’ ”

Visit the site here to explore more ephemera.

100 Tips #46: Invert Your Mac’s Display Colors

via cult of mac

“Here’s a fun one. Whatever you’re doing on your Mac, from any application or any document, try hitting all these buttons together: Control+Option+Command+8. Bam! Your screen colors are inverted. Don’t worry, you haven’t broken anything, and this isn’t a bug. It’s a feature. To switch things back, hit the same key combination again: Control+Option+Command+8. The same command toggles this feature on and off. The inverted colors feature is one of the accessibility tools that are built into OS X (to see more of them, go to System Preferences and click on Universal Access).”

Read the rest here.

Word On The Street: Photos Of People With Words

via npr

“Photographer Richard Nagler writes in his new book, Word On The Street, that in the late '70s, he was wandering the streets of Oakland, Calif., working on another project:

‘I came across an old building ... that had the single word TIME bolted to it in large letters. ... As I looked up, an elderly woman gazed out a window near TIME, but she quickly closed the curtain when, I thought, she saw me across the street with my camera. I was struck by the power of the scene I had just witnessed, and frustrated at not having been able to record it on film.’

Nagler went back to that very spot several times over the next few weeks trying to capture the moment. "The scene evoked in me thoughts of mortality and the relentless passages of time and life. The juxtaposition of the person and the word held a quiet poetic beauty in its pathos and sadness."

Read the rest here, see more on Nagler's website.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Non Sequitur: Repent

See more comics by Wiley Miller here.

Savage Chickens: Neighbor Noise

Visit Doug Savage’s site here for more of his humor.

Xavier Antin’s Just in Time, or A Short History of Production

via printeresting

I’m pretty sure that this was one of the last posts in my previous blog, but I wanted to include it in the new version as well.

“Like a waterfall of printing technologies, Xavier Antin’s Just in Time, or a Short History of Production is an installation that was used to produce a book about production. Each of the four printers is from a different era and each is set to print one of the CMYK colors. The stencil duplicator does magenta, the spirit duplicator does cyan, the laser printer does black, and the inkjet does yellow. The resulting book is like a misprinted dream (or nightmare depending on how compulsive you are about registration).”

Find out more about it here.

George VI: The Reluctant King


“The last king of England (so far), George VI was an unlikely monarch, ascending to the most high-profile throne in the world when his elder brother, Edward VIII, abdicated in December 1936. The tale of his kingship -- and of his struggle to overcome a lifelong stammer while inspiring Britons during the bleak early years of World War II -- is told in the Oscar-nominated 2010 film, The King’s Speech. . . ”

Visit Life here to read and see more about George VI. Official site of The King’s Speech, a movie I highly recommend.

Typefaces of the World

via swissmiss

“Typefaces of the World is a poster Shelby White created to show the typefaces that are most commonly used in a lot of today’s design. The poster includes information for each typefaces such as the year it was made, the location and the typographer. These 50 typefaces were chosen based on popularity and usefulness in present design.”

Read more here.

Sleeping Protects Memories From Corruption

via wired
“Replaying memories while people are awake leaves their memories subject to tinkering. But reactivating memories during sleep protects them from interference.”

Read the rest here.

Jake Shimabukuro: ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ On The Ukulele

via npr

Bohemian Rhapsody is high on the list of songs least likely to be covered by a solo ukuleleist. Yet when Jake Shimabukuro delicately yet assertively plucks out the opening notes of the quasi-operatic, hard-rocking power ballad, the 34-year-old Hawaiian is clearly out to show that there are no limits in the world of covers, and that even a seeming stunt can sound both musical and emotive.”

Read more about Shimabukuro, and listen to his version here.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Pantone Cookies

These were part of a birthday celebration; original link here.

And even more Pantone chip cookies can be found here. Designer Kim Neill took client gifts a step further this year after stumbling upon Pantone Chip Tins. In case you’re wondering which cookies went first (we know we were), Kim reports that PMS 485, PMS 183 and Silver 877 seemed to disappear first. Visit’s Kim’s blog to view the recipe.

Edgar Allen Pooh

I’m not sure it this got posted before I deleted my old blog or not . . . 

Visit Dan Piraro’s blog here to read more about the background of this cartoon.

The History of the Ampersand

spotted on we love typography, via webdesignerdepot

A nice simple intro on the history of the ampersand, and a gallery of ampersand designs from a variety of different typefaces.

Visit it here.

Monograms à la modern

via felt and wire

A nice piece on monograms, from modern cards by Lunalux filled with humor to stationery from the 20s.

Visit the site here.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Alison Bechdel & Jack LaLanne

via Alison Bechdel’s blog

Alison writes: “I just heard that Jack LaLanne died. He was my fitness idol as a young child. If I was home sick from school, this wild muscle man was on tv, showing housewives how to tone & trim. He had the most amazing arms, the most amazing polyester jumpsuit, and the most amazing white dog. I was spellbound. I wanted to be strong like him.”

I remember his TV show as well; I think it came on some crazy hour like 6:30 in the morning. Visit Alison’s blog here to see her sketch of Jack LaLanne and his dog, named Happy.

Quote of the Day: Lee Krasner

via bobulate

Lee Krasner: “I think for every level you go higher, you slip down one or two levels, and then come back up again. When I say slip back, I don’t mean that detrimentally. I think it is like the swing of a pendulum rather than better or back, assuming that back means going down. If you think of it in terms of time, in relation to past, present, and future, and think of them all as one an oneness, you will find that you swing the pendulum constantly to be with now. Part of it becomes past and the other is projection but it has got to become one to be now. I think there is an order but it isn’t good, better, best.” —Art Talk: Conversations with 15 Women Artists.

Visit the bobulate site here for links on Kranser and the book Art Talk.

The Knight Life: Drive a Zamboni

via The Knight Life
Go to Keith Knight’s site, here.

Kokichi Sugihara’s Optical Illusions

via npr

“You have two eyes. Each eye sees a slightly different world. (Put a finger in front of your face, switch from one eye open to the other and that finger will shift, just a little bit.) But rather than walk around all day seeing in double vision, your brain pulls the world back into one-ness. Brains decide what we see. Kokichi Sugihara knows this better than anyone. He makes videos that trick your brain into seeing things that you know, you absolutely know, can't happen.”

Read the rest, and watch his videos, here.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Sunset Crows

The sun prepares himself to set
and fills the horizon with colors 
that would have delighted sailors of yore.
My friends fly off to join the local murder of crows 
dotting the top branches of the thin tree line.
Like tiny beads of thick black acrylic paint 
on the very tips of a paintbrush,
they are poised above 
a newly stretched canvas of sky.

Painting by Sara Rogers

The Three Private Graves In Manhattan

via Scouting NY

“If you’re ever up at Riverside Park around Grant’s Tomb, be sure to take a moment and visit a slightly smaller grave nearby. Consisting of a simple urn and pedestal surrounded by a small fence, it’s easy to miss if you’re not looking for it. But in a way, it’s a pretty important monument: this is one of only three private graves on public land on the entire island of Manhattan. The first is Grant’s tomb. The second, located in Worth Square north of the Flatiron Building, belongs to military General William Jenkins Worth, who fought during the Mexican American War. And the third…

…belongs to a five year old boy.”

Read the rest of this great blog, here.

Daily Drop Cap: P

via Jessica Hische’s Daily Drop Cap

Gutenberg and Wine

via delancey place

“In today’s excerpt—for Johannes Gutenberg, it was the ubiquity of winemakers nearby that helped lead to the invention of the printing press around 1440 CE . . . Sometime around the year 1440, a young Rhineland entrepreneur began tinkering with the design of the wine press. He was fresh from a disastrous business venture manufacturing small mirrors with supposedly magical healing powers, which he intended to sell to religious pilgrims. (The scheme got derailed, in part by bubonic plague, which dramatically curtailed the number of pilgrims.) The failure of the trinket business proved fortuitous, however, as it sent the entrepreneur down a much more ambitious path. He had immersed himself in the technology of Rhineland vintners, but Johannes Gutenberg was not interested in wine. He was interested in words.”

Read the entire post here.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

A New Start

An afterimage or ghost image is “an optical illusion that refers to an image continuing to appear in one’s vision after the exposure to the original image has ceased.”

While trying to link applications at home and at work, the original version of my blog After Image was inadvertently deleted by me. So today I begin working on creating a new version, adapting it as I find time, which there never seems to be enough of. Much thanks for all of the love and support from my partner and best friend on this endeavor.