A wholly original multimedia supernova like Lost isn’t easily replicated. But what’s most disheartening today is to see how little the big four seem inclined to try.

via The Lessons of ‘Lost’: Understanding the Most Important Network Show of the Past 10 Years «.

Date posted: September 24, 2014 | Filed under entertainment, shortlinks | Leave a Comment »

After many years of lusting after these, I pulled the trigger and bought the 2013 Feltron Annual Report. Data visualization is more and more what my job is about, and this is a leading example of the discipline.

Date posted: September 22, 2014 | Filed under art/design, shortlinks | Leave a Comment »

Ars Technica does a good writeup of upgrading iOS 8 on an iPhone 4S, my current cell. The takeaways: they’re refactoring the design to take advantage of larger screens, which means things are getting squished. And because the processor is 3 generations behind, things move slower.

Date posted: September 17, 2014 | Filed under apple, shortlinks | Leave a Comment »

I’ve written about my love for the movie Fandango before; Metafilter just had a nice wrap-up of links both old and new with some great footage and behind the scenes commentary from the actors who were there.

Date posted: September 11, 2014 | Filed under entertainment, shortlinks | Leave a Comment »

I keep meaning to post a link to Open Culture, but I get sidetracked by watching/reading/exploring hours of links of video footage–lectures, documentaries, photo archives, and other great stuff. This site should have a Roku channel of its own.

Date posted: September 9, 2014 | Filed under links, list, shortlinks | Leave a Comment »

WRI was mentioned briefly in this NYT article, only in passing; from the outside it looks like foreign governments could be buying influence, but as an insider, I see it as solid investment in the future by outside parties with no partisan axe to grind.

Date posted: September 8, 2014 | Filed under shortlinks, WRI | Leave a Comment »

I high school, I was a huge Frank Miller fan–based not only on the Dark Knight, but Elektra and Ronin, weird books that weren’t like any of the other ‘comic books’ I saw out there. Miller has gotten strange in the last 15 years or so, and Grantland did a great retrospective of his career which explores where he’s been and why he’s so uncompromising.

The thing Miller admires about his heroes isn’t their power — he’s yanked that away from them, over and over. He worships their certainty. Their moral clarity, their willingness to judge and mete out the punishment that society can’t or won’t, their refusal to back down or equivocate.

via Frank Miller’s Dark Night.

Date posted: September 1, 2014 | Filed under art/design, shortlinks | Leave a Comment »

FastCompany picked up one of our graphics for a short piece on climate change. One of the first things I did at WRI was to standardize infographics with our branding and a URL, and it’s great to see them all here.

Date posted: August 26, 2014 | Filed under shortlinks, WRI | Leave a Comment »

This is sad news. I don’t watch the show on a regular schedule, but Mythbusters is always interesting, entertaining television. And Finn likes it too. I just read that co-hosts Kari, Grant and Tory have left the show after ten years. They’re talking about a reboot of the series, getting back to its roots with the two main hosts; I just hope they don’t fuck the whole thing up.

Date posted: August 22, 2014 | Filed under entertainment, shortlinks | Leave a Comment »

A picture I took of Hillary Clinton is on VICE. I don’t know whether to be happy or irritated with them–but at least they gave attribution (to WRI).

Date posted: August 12, 2014 | Filed under photography, shortlinks | Leave a Comment »