Here are some snapshots of local color during the fantastic EyeO Festival held in Minneapolis earlier this week… I cajoled (little arm-twisting required) a couple of friends into joining in on a field trip / vacation to this event. Call it a “mental spa weekend”. Read more
Upon returning from travel, friends often tell me, “you take great pictures!”, and I think this happens often and enthusiastically enough that it’s more than just being polite.
Unfortunately, I know that I don’t really take great photographs … what folks are reacting to, I think, is that I’m developing the ability to find and compose interesting photographs, but that’s a long way from the technical skills needed to really “close the deal”. Maybe when I retire! Until then, I’m building a good inventory of “things I would have done differently” from existing photographs. Read more
It’s been a little while since creating a new memeogram, so to get back in the groove, I’ll pick a crossover topic: space.
Mandatory refresher training: these memeograms plot the year at which a given word or phrase peaks in frequency within the Google Books database.
If there’s a story to this graphic, it is that apparently there have been three “eras” of publishing on space-related topics: early in the space race (early 1960s), in the wake of Challenger (late 1980s) and millennial (turn of the century). Read more
- It’s an island chain of twenty six atolls in the Indian Ocean, south of India and west of Sri Lanka.
- We spent a few days there in March 2011. The full photo album is here.
- The cool boat below is called a dhoni.
- My share of jet fuel to get there was comparable in energy content to my entire automobile gasoline consumption for 2010. So much for “ecotourism”.
There’s not alot I can add to the array of commentary on the phenomenon that is Dubai. Drive-by culture critics sneer at its new money. They are promptly chided and put in their place. More thoughtful economic commentary puts its boom mentality in context as a stern warning against optimism and excess (OK, you’ve got to click on this last link just for the fabulous graphic). But at the end of the day, the Little Emirate That Could simply has to be experienced, in all its excess, to be believed. Read more
Well, OK, technically this isn’t a memeogram as I’ve officially defined it, I just borrowed some of the design motif. And it’s of interest to just about no one but me. But on the 8th anniversary of using iTunes, I thought I’d have some fun with my cumulative play counts. Read more
This week, a compilation of the all the Words of Labor, of Sale, of Capital, and of Perfidy.
For those just joining, these memeograms plot the year in which various words and phrases “peaked” in frequency in the database of all books scanned and stored by GoogleBooks. The last few weeks have been devoted to ‘words of the workplace’.
Third in my series of Monday morning memeograms. This week, the captains of industry prevail and king Capitalism is the theme. As memeograms, capitalism is a little boring, so I’m also including a peek at its dark underbelly.
I’m now going to have to find a way to re-insert bunco  into my working vocabulary. The proliferation of flavors of white collar crime in recent years is particularly interesting.