Web logs, or blogs in the vernacular of our time, seem to occupy one of two spaces: They're either monumentally boring and useless or insanely brilliant and useful. The former category is rampant with self-indulgent musings, but the latter can be enriching, such as this site, for example. It's a running commentary on art and design, and it's chock full of links to architecture eye candy.
For a minor investment, you can create photographic art that will blow your mind. Sure, geeks are doing stunning things with Photoshop, but who has a spare year to get proficient with that monster of a program? If you don't believe me, head over to this site and ogle the wonders in the gallery. Then sniff around on the site should the bug bite you. The FAQ, or frequently asked questions, will tell you how to build a pinhole camera or give you links to more pictures if you just want to be a tourist.
In the spirit of the Works Progress Administration efforts in the 1930s to interview real people, this New York City project is trying to do the same thing. Listen to some of the MP3 files on the site and you'll get the idea. As a young kid, I got to spend a lot of time with seniors and loved the stories they'd tell me. The group behind the site says it will be putting up sound studios across the country, but for now it appears to be available only to residents of New York.
STRIKE A POSE
Ah, old James Lileks is at it again. Here's a wonderful collection of matchbooks from days of yore. This subsection of amusement includes ads for skin treatments, Polynesian-Tibetan fusion cuisine, Old Nick candy and various jobs, including 115,000 more computer programmers needed by 1975.
KEEP AN EYE OUT
I recently got a new office, and I live in fear of my overhead lighting. Thankfully there's a swanky desk lamp to the rescue, or I'd be like the poor souls who are the subject of this article. It seems that I'm not alone in my disdain for fluorescent lighting. But my dislike is not much more than that. If your head hurts at work and it's not your boring job, this might be a good place to start while looking for the cure.
_ Jules Allen has been building Web sites since 1994 and has been writing for Tech Times since 1997. Send suggestions by e-mail to techtimessptimes.com or write P.O. Box 1121, St. Petersburg, FL 33731.
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