Interesting and/or cool stuff I've come across from art, design, technology, photography, movies I've watched and liked and, occasionally, my thoughts.

Noted, December 2023

Collected bits and pieces I’ve noticed this month.

Like many other platforms, Letterboxd posted their 2023 Year in Review.
Maybe I’m not using as many services anymore that can compile personalised a wrapped-style look back at a year, but I feel like I’m seeing fewer of them each year, which is a bit sad.
Speaking of movies, here’s an over-analytical analysis of the styles (authors words) of two batman movies – The Dark Knight and The Batman – by P.J. Onori.
via Sidebar
What I’m seeing more of than before is lists of 52 things (one for each week) someone has learned over the past year. Last year I found a list by Kent Hendricks, most probably via Jason Kottke who this time published his own, via which I discovered Tom Whitwell's.
For even more lists, here’s The Atlantic’s 81 Things That Blew Our Minds and a of The Best Articles We Didn’t Publish jealousy list by Rest of World.
I was watching the 25th Anniversary of Half Life documentary and found Gabe Newell’s “Late is just for a little while. Suck is forever.” version of a quote often attributed to Shigeru Miyamoto – “A delayed game is eventually good, a rushed game is bad forever.” – funny and no less educational.
Lightbeam by Anton Repponen is a beautiful photo essay.
via Readymag

Augustus Pablo and friends in New York City, 1975
Photo: Ted Bafaloukos
via Vogue

Some old photos of New York City

I love New York and I love colorised old photos. Here's one plus the other.

Herald Square sometime between 1900 and 1915, colorised by reddit user u/Zahulie (original photo)
Mulberry St. in 1900 (original photo).
The Manhattan Bridge under construction, 1908 (original photo).
Banana Docks in the 1910s, colorised by Marina Maral (original photo).
Clam seller on Mulberry Bend (Little Italy), New York, ca 1900, colorised by reddit user u/mygrapefruit (original photo)
Pell Street, Chinatown around 1910, colorised by reddit user u/anamarcorporate.

Nayenezgáni (Killer of Enemies) is a mythical hero from Navajo mythology who, along with his brother Tobadzischini, rid the world of the monstrous evil gods, the Anaye.
via reddit

Noted, March 2022

Assorted bits and pieces I've noticed this month.

Lux, the makers of the excellent iPhone camera app Halide, have penned a long piece on the camera module of the iPhone 13 and where (phone) photography is headed, with lots of pictures, too. Highly recommended reading if you too are thinking about the future of cameras.
via pixel envy

Lisa Whittington-Hill likes biographies and memoirs and, having read a bunch of them, noticed that they tend to be gender-biased – all the dirty, spicy, private details are expected from women, at the same time, men can pretty much write about whatever.

The Wire is cool, but some of the prototypes for the detectives might have been kinda bad cops in reality.

Back, way way back, phones, the kind that are for making calls only were the electronic service. Hacking these telecom systems, be it with the help of electronics or social engineering, or both was called phreaking. This The Verge story is about one of the best phreakers of her time who suddenly pulled the disappearing act.

While it undoubtedly helped spread some great ideas and inspired people with stories of human tenacity, the TED talk has also been rightfully mocked for being blind to its own hubris. Oscar Schwartz for the Drift mag on the history and legacy of the conference with notable moments, both good and bad.

Held in the notorious Silivri prison, 90 kilometers from Istanbul, for the past six years, Fevzi Yazıcı designed a unique typeface. He drew it with a pencil in his dimly lit solitary-confinement cell and named it “Firdevs,” for his wife. - "Letters from a Turkish prison"
via Jeffrey Zeldman

Japan is littered with vending machines, always beaming, always ready to (mostly) quench your thirst, or appetite for pretty much anything you can think of. And not just in the cities – I once came across one, very conveniently, halfway up the hill at the Fushimi Inari-Taisha.

The photo above is by Eiji Ohashi, who has been photographing the lonely-looking machines – here's
part one, part two, part three and part four.

Jimi Hendrix in Ringo Starr’s apartment in London, 1966
via Miksa

The photographs taxi driver Joseph Rodriguez took while driving around New York City are now available as a book. I've previously shared this series, published by New York Magazine.

What the FFT

Marcin Wichary wonderfully writes about discovering an obscure technique for sharpening and de-moiréing old images using FFT or Fast Fourier Transform.

I also loved this bit:

I’ve always had this theory that any long-term project requires two ingredients: things you’re good at, and things you want to learn. The first group gives you a feeling of accomplishment and mastery. The other one? It keeps things interesting.

via Pixel Envy