How sharing really hasn't changed all that much in...
When I picked up my 91 year-old grandfather last night from his apartment to bring him back to our house for Thanksgiving dinner, he had a page clipped from the NYTimes magazine in hand. “It’s about martinis. They don’t use vermouth anymore! I want your dad to read it.” My grandfather really likes martinis. In fact, most memories I have of martinis involve some...
NJ Transit unveils new map, designers pissed off
NJ Transit unveiled a the newly redesigned rail map on Wednesday. The most striking features are New Jersey’s weirdly morphed geometry, and cramped layout of lines nearest to New York City where the network is most dense. The map was done by an in-house design team, and the final result helps reinforce Erik Spiekermann’s point that government agencies are awful design clients: We...
This Post has Been Declared a Link-free Zone →
Links in articles are distracting. I thought that links would be a distraction from writing I hoped would be interesting enough in its own right to hold the reader’s attention. But that was a long time ago and I soon came round. Today, when working on a post, I look forward to planting links that will shoot their tendrils outwards from the text. I want the links to be truly useful and I...
The Coffeeshop Fallacy →
This is something that has always interested me, and it’s refreshing to see someone articulate it so well. Basically, it’s easy for us to want something despite a complete lack regard for the work required to get it. The fallacy points out that your penchant for coffee shops is completely disconnected from the responsibilities of owning a coffee shop. The environment created in the...
Bike Snob NYC: The Indignity of Commuting by... →
On how that one idiot biker that cut you off that one time (“Nü-Fred”) is ruining it for everyone: Basically then, a single hapless Nü-Fred (though I suppose calling a Nü-Fred “hapless” is redundant, since the haplessness is implied) has the power to turn five New Yorkers against cyclists every single block. This means that, in the course of a 20 block journey during...
Above Grade: New York City's High Line: Places:... →
Great read that covers the history and significance of the High Line park in Manhattan. Noteworthy bits and pieces follow. City in motion: Manhattan is a place where loitering in one place is done at your peril. Paris has boulevard cafes for cooling one’s heels, Rome comes to a rest at fountains and piazzas, but in Manhattan you keep moving forward. Well and good: I approve. New York City...