Quick bites about whatever interests me, amuses me, or not.

 


Leaving the Opera in the Year 2000
A print from around 1882 depicting a futuristic view of air travel over Paris as people leave the opera. Many types of aircraft are shown including flying buses, limousines and, what are presumably, police vehicles.

Leaving the Opera in the Year 2000

A print from around 1882 depicting a futuristic view of air travel over Paris as people leave the opera. Many types of aircraft are shown including flying buses, limousines and, what are presumably, police vehicles.

nprchives:

A memo from 20 years ago, today.

Key quote: “The internet is a collection of computer networks that is connected around the world…A code of ‘netiquette’ exists among users and within user groups, but otherwise, you pay your money, find your niche and take your chances.”

via Johnny Kauffman at NPR 

pasttensevancouver:

Graphic designer, 1946
Source: Photo by Jack Lindsay, City of Vancouver Archives #1184-2755

I’m going to stop complaining about my lack of desk space.

pasttensevancouver:

Graphic designer, 1946

Source: Photo by Jack Lindsay, City of Vancouver Archives #1184-2755

I’m going to stop complaining about my lack of desk space.

An 18 second flick through a first edition NYCTA Graphics Standards Manual designed by Massimo Vignelli of Unimark International in 1970.

theparisreview:

The last poem in Selma Meerbaum-Eisinger’s notebook, via the Writers No One Reads Tumblr. The niece of Paul Celan, Meerbaum-Eisinger died at the age of eighteen of typhus in the Mikhailovska labor camp. Fifty-seven poems survived in a notebook titled Blütenlese (Harvest of Blossoms).

Tragedy:Dec. 23, 1941This is the hardest: to give yourselfand know that you are unwanted,to give yourself fully and to thinkthat you vanish like smoke into the void.

Translation by Pearl Fichman.

theparisreview:

The last poem in Selma Meerbaum-Eisinger’s notebook, via the Writers No One Reads Tumblr. The niece of Paul Celan, Meerbaum-Eisinger died at the age of eighteen of typhus in the Mikhailovska labor camp. Fifty-seven poems survived in a notebook titled Blütenlese (Harvest of Blossoms).

Tragedy:
Dec. 23, 1941
This is the hardest: to give yourself
and know that you are unwanted,
to give yourself fully and to think
that you vanish like smoke into the void.

Translation by Pearl Fichman.

explore-blog:

The birth of emoticons, one of 100 diagrams that changed the world: Emoticons made a discreet entrance, arriving in print for the first time in this March 30, 1881 issue of Puck magazine. The small item in the middle of this page gives four examples of ‘typographical art’ – joy, melancholy, indifference, and astonishment.

explore-blog:

The birth of emoticons, one of 100 diagrams that changed the world: Emoticons made a discreet entrance, arriving in print for the first time in this March 30, 1881 issue of Puck magazine. The small item in the middle of this page gives four examples of ‘typographical art’ – joy, melancholy, indifference, and astonishment.

Is everything topsy-turvy these days? Even oil on the troubled waters produces storm instead of calm—and one by one time-honored institutions and conventions go by the board, but if the subjunctive mood goes, then all is lost.

Ida M. Mason (New York, March 12, 1924)

(Source: The New York Times)

Make sure you have the backing of your family and friends.” “Surround yourself with the right people.” “Call in all favors.” “Build a wide base of support.” “Promise everything to everybody.” “Communication skills are key.” “Don’t leave town.” “Know the weaknesses of your opponents — and exploit them.” “Flatter voters shamelessly.” “Give people hope.

Cicero’s advice to candidates – how little has changed in 22 centuries. (via explore-blog)