Stuff to check out from the last week


It’s a rainy Friday morning over here, I’ve had way too much coffee already and I’m just reviewing stuff that I’ve done over the last week. I thought it might be interesting to try something new and see if it sticks. Every Friday I’ll post some of the more interesting links that have been passed on to me or I’ve just found through other means that I haven’t already blogged about. Most of the sites are already on my delicious site, but making them a bit more readable seems like a good idea.

+ This — more than any other time — is the age of personal expression, for good or bad. Facebook, MySpace, blogging, camera phones, reality tv, etc., etc., etc., have created a worldwide generation of shrewd and shameless self marketers. The internet has become a far reaching and cheap forum for personal projects, visions, and ideas. The niche genre of personal magazines, existing outside the realm of the commercial hoard, has been experimenting with this ethic for years. But, can it, or does it, still have a place in our ever more electronic world? I chat (ironically, via email) with a couple of magazine mavericks, Neil Feineman (original editor of RayGun) in LA and Brit magazine guruJeremy Leslie in the uk, about the state of the personal magazine, and other things too…

Pixel Perfect
+ For a charity auction a few years back, the photographer Patrick Demarchelier donated a private portrait session. The lot sold, for a hundred and fifty thousand dollars, to the wife of a very rich man. It was her wish to pose on the couple’s yacht. “I call her, I say, ‘I come to your yacht at sunset, I take your picture,’ ” Demarchelier recalled not long ago…

Can You Become a Creature of New Habits?
+ HABITS are a funny thing. We reach for them mindlessly, setting our brains on auto-pilot and relaxing into the unconscious comfort of familiar routine. “Not choice, but habit rules the unreflecting herd,” William Wordsworth said in the 19th century. In the ever-changing 21st century, even the word “habit” carries a negative connotation…

Reason Magazine

Why Dell will not bounce back
+ I love Charles Cooper of CNET and I respect the fact that he’s got to print so many column inches per week in order to earn his paycheck but I have to take issue with his latest effort…

110 best books: The perfect library
+ From classics and sci-fi to poetry, biographies and books that changed the world… we present the ultimate reading list…

The Content Manifesto
+ The Content Manifesto is a collection of posts, a conversations and thoughts about the future of content, brands communications and agencies. I’ve started to put a series of posts together…

Love on Girls’ Side of the Saudi Divide
+ RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — The dance party in Atheer Jassem al-Othman’s living room was in full swing. The guests — about two dozen girls in their late teens — had arrived, and Ms. Othman and her mother were passing around cups of sweet tea and dishes of dates.

Society of Publication Designers : Pub 43 Winners

Color Project
+ As I mentioned the other day, I’m doing a color project for a lovely couple who are about to get married. They own a 2 bedroom, 2 bath condo in Mountain View, CA.

Eisenman’s six point plan
+ Peter Eisenman set out his thoughts on architecture at RIAS 2008

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  • David Airey

    Thanks for piecing this together, Michael. Lots I'm interested in, but haven't seen.

  • Greg

    And the Google Image Search for “Fennel”, is there a story there?

  • michaelsurtees

    yes – it's for a post tomorrow, you'll have to wait till then – oh the suspense…