Moleskine overload.

This has really gone too far: When the WSJ starts writing about how cool Moleskine notebooks are, and even BoingBoing starts drooling over the things and talking about how many bloggers love them, you know something is amiss. Really, now: Moleskines are cute, black, metrosexual notebooks with off-white paper and clever-ish folders in the back […]

Moleskine overload.

The Classics in the Slums.

This interesting essay in City Journal examines how classic literature — often disparaged as a “canon” of irrelevant works by long-dead white males — has in fact been profoundly liberating for more than a century of working-class autodidacts in the U.S. and Britain. In fact, the article points out some real correlations between awakened class-consciousness–leading […]

The Classics in the Slums.

Evolution sticker smackdown!

I love it when judges smack down the fundamentalists. It happens so infrequently that it’s especially gratifying when it does happen. In this case, a judge saw through the transparent creationism lurking behind a Georgia school board’s “evolution warning stickers,” (see parodies here) and ruled that they unconstitionally crossed the line separating church and state. […]

Evolution sticker smackdown!

Partying with Steven Tyler.

It’s not like me to brag too much, but at the recent Vegas trade show CES, I got to party with Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler and American bike racing hero Lance Armstrong. OK, I didn’t actually party with them–but I did get to party *near* them, and that was pretty cool to me. Also cool: […]

Partying with Steven Tyler.

California coastline.

Gabrielle and Kenneth Adelman have been flying up and down the California coastline in a helicopter, with a Nikon D-1 digital camera and a GPS receiver. They’ve photographed almost the entire coast, and put their images online. It’s an amazing project! California Coastal Records Project

California coastline.

Canon EOS 20D

Film-camera snobs, cower in fear. The Canon EOS 20D is a shot across the bow of your beloved 35mm camera. More than that: It’s the first digital camera we’ve tested that has the mettle to go head-to-head with high-end film cameras and come out on top. Make no mistake: This camera is for serious photographers. […]

Canon EOS 20D

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W1

Flexibility and ease of use are not mutually exclusive, though most camera makers don’t know that. You shouldn’t have to choose between pocket point-and-shoot cameras and larger, bulkier, and complicated models that let you make manual adjustments to ensure the perfect shot. It’s a bogus trade-off: There’s no reason camera manufacturers can’t let you have […]

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W1