Drum breaks: Those small patches of space within a song where the singer shuts up, the guitarist backs off, the bass rumbles down, and the percussionist is given a moment or two to shine.

Via: The A.V. Club

Date posted: August 26, 2015 | Filed under music, shortlinks | Leave a Comment »

Here’s a fascinating look behind the design and adoption of the NASA “worm” logo, and why it was replaced with the original “meatball” logo:

Our Logotype was quite the opposite: it was clean, progressive, could be read from a mile away, and was easy to use in all mediums (it later survived much of the inferior printing furnished by the GPO (U.S Government Printing Office).

Via: Display

Date posted: August 22, 2015 | Filed under art/design, shortlinks | Leave a Comment »

Interesting–a history of why American beer is so bland:

Restrictions on grain use during wartime ruled out the widespread production of hoppy ales in the ’40s, and the palates of a generation of American soldiers grew accustomed to the weak beer that was standard in military rations.

Via: The Atlantic

Date posted: August 22, 2015 | Filed under brewing, shortlinks | Leave a Comment »

Pizzolatto tried to shove a David Lynch movie into a crime novel and adapt it into an eight-episode prestige cable show that was often paced like a 22-episode network television show and performed like a screwed and chopped soap opera.

This. How unsatisfying the conclusion to this show was. Decisions made at the end made no sense, and characters who should have been smarter acted against their own self-interests. I hung in until the end, and it was a letdown.

Date posted: August 10, 2015 | Filed under entertainment, shortlinks | Leave a Comment »

There’s a lot of good stuff here: some site called Fact has a list of the top 50 albums in trip-hop. Metafilter has a list with streaming links for your listening pleasure. Naturally, I disagree with some of the choices (UNKLE is way down on the list; Luke Vibert is way too high).

Date posted: August 9, 2015 | Filed under music, shortlinks | Leave a Comment »

Type Hunting: An on-going archive of typography, found, photographed, and curated by designer Jonathan Lawrence. Hours of good stuff here.

Date posted: August 4, 2015 | Filed under art/design, shortlinks | Comments Off on Type Hunting

Man, where was This article about underwater photography from the Wirecutter about 10 years ago when I needed it?

Date posted: August 1, 2015 | Filed under photography, shortlinks | Leave a Comment »

File this under “Ain’t that some cheap-ass bullshit:” If you send your film negatives to be processed by any big chain store–Wal Mart, Costco, Walgreens, CVS, etc., they won’t return your original negatives.

Date posted: July 29, 2015 | Filed under photography, shortlinks | Leave a Comment »

The ability to disconnect and not constantly check Facebook statuses and work emails has become something to aspire to, as more and more designers create technology to help us move away from technology.

I love this idea, and this is the first stripped-down cellphone I’ve seen that I’d actually consider using.

Date posted: July 27, 2015 | Filed under art/design, shortlinks | Leave a Comment »

I remember walking with my friend Kevin past a woman whose long hair had fused into a single filthy dreadlock, like a thick spout of vomit that had been bronzed. We were dumbstruck. We had no witticisms to offer. It’s a city that defeats efforts to ironize.

This woman used to stagger through my old neighborhood during the summertime; her hair was some kind of beehive that had been encased in decades of product until it was a hard waxen shell hanging off the back of her scalp. (Via The New York Times)

Date posted: July 10, 2015 | Filed under Baltimore, shortlinks | Leave a Comment »