This movement, a good movement, is accelerating at an ever-increasing rate.
Jesus Christ. For Adobe to be the company that creates the applications for designers to use, their new Creative Cloud icons are, at best, insane, at worst, atrocious.
Can’t say I disagree with their choice; Bloomberg Businessweek has been doing some excellent design work over the past couple of years. Very much to my taste.
Adobe will be offering their Creative Suite, now to be known as Creative Cloud, apps only through a subscription starting this summer. They can claim it is for better cloud integration amongst the suite, but we all know it is to cut down on piracy.
This very much reminds me of the transition Apple made from the original iPhone, to the iPhone 3G. That is, the original iPhone was offered without a subsidy for an astronomical price, but the service was cheaper and the the end-user came out ahead in the long run. With the move to the subsidized model, the entry cost was lower, enticing new users, but the there was a higher cost of ownership over it’s lifetime.
This will cost $49.99 a year for the full
Creative Suite Creative Cloud apps. Not bad, I guess.
Images from the carnage at a Marathon in Boston. Unbelievable.
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On the occasion of Francis Ford Coppola’s birthday as well as the passing of Roger Ebert, let’s look back at Ebert’s 1979 review of Apocalypse Now. He gets to the nub of why it’s sort of fruitless to debate the historical precision of a film:
I am not particularly interested in the “ideas” in Coppola’s film. Critics of “Apocalypse” have said that Coppola was foolish to translate Heart of Darkness, that Conrad’s vision had nothing to do with Vietnam, and that Coppola was simply borrowing Conrad’s cultural respectability to give a gloss to his own disorganized ideas. The same objection was made to the hiring of Brando: Coppola was hoping, according to this version, that the presence of Brando as an icon would distract us from the emptiness of what he’s given to say.
Such criticisms are made by people who indeed are plumbing “Apocalypse Now” for its ideas, and who are as misguided as the veteran Vietnam correspondents who breathlessly reported, some months ago, that “The Deer Hunter” was not “accurate.” What idea or philosophy could we expect to find in “Apocalypse Now” — and what good would it really do, at this point after the Vietnam tragedy, if Brando’s closing speeches did have the “answers”? Like all great works of art about war, “Apocalypse Now” essentially contains only one idea or message, the not-especially-enlightening observation that war is hell. We do not go to see Coppola’s movie for that insight — something Coppola, but not some of his critics, knows well.
Coppola also well knows (and demonstrated in the “Godfather” films) that movies aren’t especially good at dealing with abstract ideas — for those you’d be better off turning to the written word — but they are superb for presenting moods and feelings, the look of a battle, the expression on a face, the mood of a country. “Apocalypse Now” achieves greatness not by analyzing our “experience in Vietnam,” but by re-creating, in characters and images, something of that experience.
Fun pictures and fun writing.
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My dear friend Sam Lyden offers up some of the best words written yet regarding Roger Ebert’s passing.
Roger Ebert succumb to his cancer today at the age of seventy. A film scholar and a true Chicago legend, his writing informed the movie decisions of millions over a period of decades. One of the most exciting parts of a Saturday morning for me, as a child, was waking up late and eating cereal as I watched Siskel & Ebert, and later Ebert & Roeper. I didn’t always agree with Mr. Ebert, but I always appreciated the simple beauty of his articles and film analyses. He planted the notion of an objective standard in films—not leaving this art form to a arbitrary matter of subjectivity—something I maintain to this day. With his passing, so goes one of the most accessible, erudite film critics to ever give his impressions on this young art. I will miss his articles dearly. His passing is like losing a close pin-pal; a pin-pal who knew just how to give a stripped down perspective of the coming feature films. RIP, sir, and thank you.
Everything in the title irks the shit out of me. However, there is good advice within.
College teaches you two thing- how to deal with people, and how to deal with bullshit. Sure, you pick up practical skills and knowledge in your area of interest, but more often you learn how to manage your time, other people, and meet fluctuating goals and deadlines.
Always strive to make something perfect. Porsche has been doing just that for 50 years with the 911.
My generation, the one born in the 90s, seems to think that this gives them an advantage, or at the very least some sort of entitlement. Although it was nice to grow up in a time of stability, it’s really no better than any other time period. But I digress.
Microsoft has put out a new ad for Internet Explorer, and ti is one of the better ads the company has put out in some time. It’s tastefully done, and invokes nostalgia, which at least to me, goes a long way to selling someone on a product, regardless of the products merits.
Brandon Martin-Anderson and gang created something very cool. A map featuring 454,064,098, or one dot for each person represented in the most recent US, Canadian, and Mexican censuses.
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From The Matador (2005).
I try to find the appeal in all things, but I must say that I am not that impressed with either the hardware or the software. Unfair to judge at this stage, and without hand-on time, but it strikes me as a Android clone and little more. Plus, screaming “open” more often and louder doesn’t make it better.
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