In which a group of graying eternal amateurs discuss their passions, interests and obsessions, among them: movies, art, politics, evolutionary biology, taxes, writing, computers, these kids these days, and lousy educations.

E-Mail Donald
Demographer, recovering sociologist, and arts buff

E-Mail Fenster
College administrator and arts buff

E-Mail Francis
Architectural historian and arts buff

E-Mail Friedrich
Entrepreneur and arts buff
E-Mail Michael
Media flunky and arts buff

We assume it's OK to quote emailers by name.

Try Advanced Search

  1. Seattle Squeeze: New Urban Living
  2. Checking In
  3. Ben Aronson's Representational Abstractions
  4. Rock is ... Forever?
  5. We Need the Arts: A Sob Story
  6. Form Following (Commercial) Function
  7. Two Humorous Items from the Financial Crisis
  8. Ken Auster of the Kute Kaptions
  9. What Might Representational Painters Paint?
  10. In The Times ...

Sasha Castel
AC Douglas
Out of Lascaux
The Ambler
Modern Art Notes
Cranky Professor
Mike Snider on Poetry
Silliman on Poetry
Felix Salmon
Polly Frost
Polly and Ray's Forum
Stumbling Tongue
Brian's Culture Blog
Banana Oil
Scourge of Modernism
Visible Darkness
Thomas Hobbs
Blog Lodge
Leibman Theory
Goliard Dream
Third Level Digression
Here Inside
My Stupid Dog
W.J. Duquette

Politics, Education, and Economics Blogs
Andrew Sullivan
The Corner at National Review
Steve Sailer
Joanne Jacobs
Natalie Solent
A Libertarian Parent in the Countryside
Rational Parenting
Colby Cosh
View from the Right
Pejman Pundit
God of the Machine
One Good Turn
Liberty Log
Daily Pundit
Catallaxy Files
Greatest Jeneration
Glenn Frazier
Jane Galt
Jim Miller
Limbic Nutrition
Innocents Abroad
Chicago Boyz
James Lileks
Cybrarian at Large
Hello Bloggy!
Setting the World to Rights
Travelling Shoes

Redwood Dragon
The Invisible Hand
Daze Reader
Lynn Sislo
The Fat Guy
Jon Walz


Our Last 50 Referrers

« Travel Advisory | Main | Advertising and Taste »

July 14, 2008

Linkage from DO

Michael Blowhard writes:

Dear Blowhards --

Some fab links from the observant crew at DesignObserver:

* Watch a designer pull together a magazine layout.

* The latest art-stunt from Improv Everywhere featured sets of identical twins. Is it wrong of me to notice that Improv'ing Everywhere appears to be a very White People thing to do?

"Design" seems to be accounting for ever more of the world around us, doesn't it?



posted by Michael at July 14, 2008


Re the art-stunt thing. When I see these things, I think: "Don't these people know that college is over?"

This performance art thing is for people who refuse to believe that Rhetoric 101 happened years ago. They are addicted to receiving gold stars from the teacher. This stuff is so lame, so unnecessary and so thoughtless that you'd think they'd give it up for a real job.

I didn't even watch the subway twins video. As soon as I saw the picture, I thought: "Shit, more rich kids with time to waste."

Years ago, what we now call "design" was called "layout." Design seems to be the gayification of the term. I'm a designer, but it seems to me, most of the time, that I'm doing layout. Why is the term "design" so preferable? Evidently, designing is thought to be more "creative" than laying out. Why, I don't know.

Posted by: Shouting Thomas on July 15, 2008 8:58 AM

One of the strangest things about White Culture is that it is full of taboos about acknowledging its own existence. Oddly, I think that both right- and left-wing perspectives shed some light on why we White People don't like to even admit we White People, that is.

Posted by: PatrickH on July 15, 2008 9:51 AM

Post a comment

Email Address:



Remember your info?