Friday, March 4, 2011

Digital Detox

via utne reader

“The National Day of Unplugging (NDU) is observed from sundown Friday, March 4, until sundown on Saturday, March 5, NDU challenges us to turn off our smartphones, shut down our laptops, and unplug our televisions to observe a modern day of rest. Developed by Reboot, a nonprofit organization that aims to reinvent Jewish traditions, the NDU is for people of any faith or no faith. The 25-hour period is guided by Reboot’s Sabbath Manifesto, which encourages a weekly “time-out” following ten principles: 1) Avoid technology; 2) Connect with loved ones; 3) Nurture your health;     4) Get outside; 5) Avoid commerce; 6) Light candles; 7) Drink wine; 8) Eat bread; 9) Find silence; and 10) Give back.”

Read the rest here.

Making Faces: Metal Type in the 21st Century

Via creativepro
The documentary film, Making Faces: Metal Type in the 21st Century, is now ready for DVD release and select theatrical screenings.

Read the rest here, more on the documentary here, and preorder a copy here.

The Fading Sounds of Analog Technology

Via NYTIMES by David Pogue

“As digital technology takes over, we're losing the sounds of analog technologies. And sometimes that's a real loss. A dial tone can serve a useful purpose . . . ”

Read the rest here.

Letter Heads

via the daily heller

“You’ve heard of Dead Heads (followers of the Grateful Dead), well now there are Letter Heads (grateful followers of letterhead designs). I don’t think there are as many of the latter as there are of the former, but I heard a rumor that Jerry Garcia might have collected letterheads (but then again, it is just a rumor)...”

Read the rest, and see more great examples of 1940s letterheads here. I really like how the smoke curls up through the type on this letterhead. 

Finch Paper: 1930s-era Papermaking Film

via finch

“Newsprint was Finch Paper’s stock-in-trade when this film of the papermaking process was prepared in the early 1930s. The film traces the creation of Finch Paper from New York’s Adirondack forests to our mill in Glens Falls, where logs were mechanically ground up into pulp and then made into newsprint and, ultimately, newspapers. Although our basic approach to papermaking remains remarkably similar today, the technologies and our products are far different.

Watch it here, and contrast it with making premium printing papers here.

Green’s Dictionary of Slang

via cnn

“The publication of Green’s Dictionary of Slang—a product of 17 years of work that make it the largest slang dictionary ever published in English—is for anyone who loves words and likes to laugh.”

Read the rest of the post here.

“The three volumes of Green’s Dictionary of Slang demonstrate the sheer scope of a lifetime of research by Jonathon Green, the leading slang lexicographer of our time. A remarkable collection of this often reviled but endlessly fascinating area of the English language, it covers slang from the past five centuries right up to the present day, from all the different English-speaking countries and regions. Totaling 10.3 million words and over 53,000 entries, the collection provides the definitions of 100,000 words and over 413,000 citations.”

Priced at $450, you can order it here.

Business Cards: Page XIII

[Middle Row] Great color choices for the Newport Bay Restaurant card; it fits the rustic feel.

[Bottom Row] Middle card: A sample card again. The angled torn paper really helps to make this card stand out.