• NaBloPoMo - November 1

    Posted November 2 by TreeSweater

    I decided that for this year at least, I'm not even going to pretend to participate in NaNoWriMo (which for several years has amounted to writing for a few minutes on day 1, then giving up because I have nothing to say). Instead I'm going to try making a blog post every day. Haha, yeah. My last po...

  • Hitting me hard

    Posted October 30 by Suni

    So my dear sweet TALL uncle Tom passed away on the 27th of October. It is hitting me harder than I anticipated. He was the last living uncle that remdinded me directly of my father, with his facial features and expressions. He was different, though. Not just because he was so tall, but his warmth an...

  • QotD: laughter, the best medicine

    Posted October 28 by Jack Yan

    QotD: when did you last laugh until it hurt? And, what was the reason?Probably seven years ago, watching Matiaha Paku’s stand-up routine at a bar in Cuba Street. I taught Matiaha design many years before that. It was the funniest routine I have ever seen. Shame he’s not doing stand-up an...

  • Jacinda Ardern sworn in as 40th prime minister of New Zealand

    Posted October 26 by Jack Yan

    Jacinda Ardern was sworn in as the 40th prime minister of New Zealand today. There seems to be more celebration around this, with crowds gathering outside Parliament to welcome the new PM and Cabinet.   For those unfamiliar with our constitutional arrangements, our head of state is HM Quee...

  • Four in Thirteen

    Posted October 23 by Jack Yan

    Finally, we get the official shot (although the BBC already shared it on Twitter): Mandip Gill as Yasmin, Bradley Walsh as Graham, Jodie Whittaker as the Doctor, and Tosin Cole as Ryan. Going to be an exciting season 37, débuting autumn 2018.

  • QotD: Home is where the heart is

    Posted October 22 by paikea

    I love living in an apartment, but I think I would also like a garden...I have zero green thumb, but I keep accumulating plants. Here in Germany, we don't have to chose tho. Often, people have garden space in a communal garden arena. They have little mini-cabins and hang out in their garden. It's su...

  • What the terrorists wanted—as told in 2009

    Posted October 22 by Jack Yan

    I wrote the below to commemorate the 9-11 anniversary in 2009. I was surprised how relevant it remained today (apart from the blog thing—we do that in social media now). Yet we forget those face-to-face lessons. We see the pettiest squabbles delivered in blog comments. We sit comfortably lect...

  • Behind the scenes of a certain New Zealand TV show

    Posted October 16 by Jack Yan

    Agent: Yes, that’s correct, we promise we can find you a job, no matter what.Applicant: That’s great! You can help me?Agent: Of course. Now, let’s look at your academic transcript.The Agent studiously examines the transcript.Agent: Oh, dear, this isn’t very good.Applicant: Um...

  • When someone you know got ‘Harveyed’

    Posted October 12 by Jack Yan

    ‘Repugnant’ is a very good word, used by the Academy of Motion Pictures and Sciences to describe producer Harvey Weinstein’s sexual harassment and assaults. It’s a small world when someone you know was ‘Harveyed’, and it all follows a very familiar script.&nb...

  • Modern stills

    Posted October 7 by Jack Yan

    A couple of these grabs from movies are on my hard drive, done in 2014. I can’t recall why, but they must have been significant to me at the time and I would have wanted to make a point about them. Most likely it related to design.   The first is from Maurice Binder’s titles fr...

  • Political things happening in places I love

    Posted September 25 by paikea

    I have Hugo the ReiseBunny here, because you need to see Berlin in the evening at sunset.  Berlin is one of my most favorite cities in the world. I always say that it is my Paris. Next to Prague, Los Angeles, Zurich (Switzerland), Vancouver (BC), and Wellington (NZ), it's right up there.&nbs...

  • YouTube insensitivity—even after all these years

    Posted September 18 by Jack Yan

    This can’t be right: YouTube’s advertising algorithm planting a video of my friend right next to the obit I wrote about him. Thanks for commercializing my friend after his death, Google. Tim would have understood it, and tolerated it, but not approved of it.

  • Black Mirror’s shared universe

    Posted September 12 by Jack Yan

    An interesting video on the shared universe between most Black Mirror episodes. Seems like I’ve barely scratched the surface with the few references I’ve spotted. Season 4 returns in December, on Netflix. I hope it’s better than season 3, which I felt lacked the cleverness of the f...

  • First world problems: new computer stuff always breaks down

    Posted September 12 by Jack Yan

    A very good tech subcontractor, Manfred (got to be good, he has a German name), sorted out my new modem and router, though we never managed to get the promised speeds of 700–900 Mbit/s. The best we saw was in the 600s. If I used Firefox, it would drop to 80 Mbit/s, which vindicated my decision...

  • Redoing JY&A Fonts’ website

    Posted September 9 by Jack Yan

    Finally, after eight years, we updated our font business’s website from this: to this:   You can tell how the philosophy has changed in the last decade: people don’t mind scrolling any more, so the page is tall. Back in 2009, we were still trying to cram as much into the first...