2013 recommendations

Recommendations for January 25, 2013

Here we go: Article: “A Mixed-Use Megacomplex In China, Built On Humanism” by Kelsey Campbell-Dollaghan http://www.fastcodesign.com/1671643/a-mixed-use-megacomplex-in-china-built-on-humanism This piece describes a new building complex designed by Steven Holl in Chengdu. It is called “Sliced Porosity Block,” which rolls right off the tongue. I don’t know that I quite buy the author’s frame for the piece— that …

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Recommendations for January 18, 2013

Kind of a long list this week: four article and three songs/videos. All good stuff. Article: “A $1 Billion Project To Remake The Disney World Experience, Using RFID” by Mark Wilson http://www.fastcodesign.com/1671616/a-1-billion-project-to-remake-the-disney-world-experience-using-rfid Disney has a plan to replace tickets to its amusement parks with RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) wristbands (called, inevitably, “MagicBands”) which will not …

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Recommendations for January 11, 2012

A relatively long list this time, with some interesting things to read and some new music. Somebody on a podcast I listen to, who writes for NPR Music, said recently that the beginning of the year is when record labels tend to push new or lesser-known artists, which might explain why I am hearing a …

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Criterion Project #1: “Late Spring”

This is the first in what will hopefully be a (long) series of posts about films in the Criterion Collection. (If you have never heard of the Criterion Collection, there is a description of what they are about on their website, here). As I said in my post about my movie-watching in 2012, I tend …

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Recommendations for January 4, 2013

First recommendations of 2013. For the record, I posted 33 sets of recommendations in 2012; my goal was to do one a week, so I fell quite a bit short of that (I guess that’s about every week and a half?). We’ll see if I can keep it up better in 2013. Toward the end …

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My Year in Reading, 2012

I read 105 books in 2012. That is unusual; it’s the first time (at least since I have been keeping track) that I have read more than 100. I am not really sure why or how it happened this year, except that for most of the year reading was how I usually felt like spending …

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My Year in Movies, 2012

I have never been a very disciplined movie-watcher; much more than with books or even music, , I have no ability to make myself watch the next thing on the list if it is not what I am in the mood for at the moment. So my list of movies is always unsystematic, and the …

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