Feb 22, 2011

less, but better

more of us must learn the art of living better with less that lasts longer.

Feb 19, 2011

madison, nh

the big time

they take simple things and make them special … extraordinary even. in this instance, a few moments during your day when you can sit down to a slice of cake and a little nip of madeira. isn’t that the good life?
[thx bferry]

Feb 17, 2011

Feb 11, 2011

a man for all seasons

To a customer, a custom frame can mean 'I pay you money and you let me design the bike,' but that's not what custom means here. We've turned down 'custom' orders when it's meant all we do is collect the money and facilitate the customer's own design. It can be seen as not customer-friendly, but in the end it means I know that every custom has the qualities I value and a certain amount of integrity. If you stand for something and are committed to it, then you dilute it if you introduce something that's less pure or hard-core.
grant petersen, rivendell (thx 37signals)

Feb 10, 2011

chaos vs complexity

Chaos deals with situations such as turbulence that rapidly become highly disordered and unmanageable. On the other hand, complexity deals with systems composed of many interacting agents. While complex systems may be hard to predict, they may also have a good deal of structure and permit improvement by thoughtful intervention.


Artists have always focused on their passions. The Greeks created images of the body, the Egyptians of their Pharaohs, the medieval painters of the Crucifixion, and the Impressionists of nature, color, and light. Modern artists do this, too, but their passions are no longer external. In this age we care about what is inside us.
jackson pollock
also see: arthur ganson, on getting the idea out of the head and into the world; and lawrence weschler, reporting robert irwin and frank stella.

Feb 7, 2011

a just balance

Fortunate indeed, is the man who takes exactly the right measure of himself, and holds a just balance between what he can acquire and what he can use.

Feb 6, 2011


168 non-standard tomatoes, by uli westphal.


wonders never cease

Feb 5, 2011


tasty but incoherent. it is acceptable for truffles to not make an appearance. uguisu is nightingale droppings, sterilized with ultraviolet light. the mind continues to boggle.

giant bread!

Feb 1, 2011