To Another Dimension

Yesterday I broke the news to Margaret that Madeleine L’Engle had died. We had read many of her novels (Margaret more than I), and we had been part of her receiving an honorary degree from Berkeley Divinity School at Yale, where Margaret was working as the Dean’s secretary (back in the days that was called…

Two Letters

First, Pippa rediscovered the William Steig book C D B at the library yesterday. And I discovered (through Typophile.com) this Italian cartoon, apparently from 1958, in which the animated speaker’s mouth forms the letters of the word he is speaking.

Between the (Product) Lines

There are important topics rumbling around Blogaria — nuclear missile surprises, terrorist arrests, Tim Burke’s post “Angry at Academe” (with The Little Professor’s codicil about “Immobility”) — but let’s descend to the muck of consumer indulgence: what about the new iPods? By and large, Apple seems to be developing the product lines in telligible ways.…

Second the Motion

Good coverage of the economics of digital music files in C-ville and the New York Times Magazine’s portrait of Rick Rubin. Rubin is wrong about subscriptions — I don’t want to pay for someone else’s selection of what I might like, thank you very much — but at least he understands that the industry as…

Looking It Over

I’m checking out Colorate, the donationware application for suggesting color schemes. Since I’m already equipped with Pippaware, I probably wouldn’t rely on a digital color generator, but it may be useful in circumstances when Pippa’s not available (as, for example, to some of you).

Failed Me

Yesterday Pippa and I walked to Princeton from our sub-boro-ban home, three miles up and down some mild hills. The temperature fell on the warm side of “lovely,” and the company was nonpareil. It’s a good walk, long enough to extend your patience but not interminable. The difficulty arose when we needed to get back…

The Unsinkable Allofmp3.com

Back when I wrote an article about what theoloogical educators should learn from Napster, I noted the music oligopolists’ efforts to suppress the file-sharing network. Even back then (while the original Napster was still going strong) it seemed clear that if someone shut down Napster, other modes of file-sharing would supplant it. First was Napster;…

Keeper

Tim Bray, on an oversimplified analysis of differences between men and women: Statistics are useful; essential, even, to understanding. But everybody is an exception, in at least one statistical minority, and the human mind is so prone to overaggressive pattern-matching. I know I’ll use the phrase “prone to overaggressive pattern-matching” sometime, so I want to…

Novel to Sink Your Teeth Into

Margaret prodded me into reading Steven Hall’s The Raw Shark Texts this latesummer, and it serves as a wonderful reminder of how well she knows me. Raw Shark mingles romance, semiotics, conspiracy, and conceptual ichthyology in an engrossing plot that oscillates from supernatural adventure to elegiac descent into madness, and back, and from there to…