Posts from December 2002

The Two Towers: Part III:

The Two Towers: Part III
: David Galbraith, a real architect (and smart guy) says of the WTC designs:

The bad news: they are all either mediocre or unbuildable.

The good news: the architects themselves are not all mediocre and the eventual buildings will be nothing like the original competition entries.

Harumph: Rick Bruner calls me

: Rick Bruner calls me “the old man of new media.”

Remember this: The beard is prematurely gray. Very prematurely. Damnit.

But I’ll forgive him because he takes kindly to vlogs (scroll down till you see a prematurely gray beard on TV).

: OK, maybe I am the old man of new media for I remember Linotypes, the wonderful, filthy, kerchunketa-kerchunketa machines that used to set type back when type was type and rewritemen were rewritemen. I was there when we switched to cold type and then to computers (that’s how I got into this whole technology thing in the first place).

Anyway, I loved the old machines. And now here is a site dedicated to Linotype memories. [via ein Blog]

: And here’s more proof that I am the old man of new media. Damn.

I just recalled wowing a consultant type recently recalling that I was there the day WYSIWYG was invented. I was at a conference of publishing technotypes in California for Time Inc. way back when it was still Time Inc. and John Seybold (the patriarch of all the other Seybolds) stood up and noted a trend in publishing systems back then, an entirely new idea, the thought that you could change something on a screen and end up with exactly that on paper. He said he heard a lot of people talking about “what you see is what you get” and he abbreviated it then and there. You may not be impressed. But some are.

Who’s who: I just noticed

Who’s who
: I just noticed that Mickey Kaus has the best blogroll around. It’s annotated. (Scroll to the bottom of the page.)

True multimedia: Visionary and nice

True multimedia
: Visionary and nice guy James Lileks gets a DVD with his New Yorker and ponders the future of maximultimondomedia (nevermind the nice plug for me):


Location, location, location: Next May,

Location, location, location
: Next May, a blog conference in Vienna [via Klog] — in English oder auf Deutsch.

Wien? Ich kann auf Deutsch blog. Blog mit Schlag!

The Lifetime Achievement Award goes

The Lifetime Achievement Award goes to… [hushed anticipation]… Mario!
: The game industry gets its own awards show.

Flesh is good (so


Flesh is good (so long as it’s alive)
: PETA gives you its celebrity calendar and the electronic equivalent of pin-ups: desktop wallpaper.

Modesty: If anybody deserved a

: If anybody deserved a little web triumphalism post-Lott, it’d be Josh Marshall, who dogged the Lott story like a Southern sheriff’s bloodhound. But you can’t sniff a whiff of nya-nya on his site. Liberals are dignified.