I spot­ted one of the most famous liv­ing type design­ers in the veg­etable sec­tion of the gro­cery store this after­noon.1 I would have left it at that, but my extro­verted wife loves talk­ing to strangers. “Excuse me, are you Matthew Carter?”

  1. In my defense, he is eas­ily rec­og­niz­able from being in two of my favorite design doc­u­men­taries, Hel­vetica and Lino­type

August 17, 2014 August 17, 2014 design by Scott No Comments

French breakfast Widelux

Le Chateau de Vouilly, Isigny-sur-Mer, Nor­mandy. Kodak Ektar 100 film.

August 15, 2014 August 17, 2014 photos by Scott 2 Comments

New government-issue “self­ies” include artis­tic pointil­lism fil­ter, per­fect for sharing.

Passport kiosk

August 3, 2014 August 3, 2014 travel by Scott No Comments

“Mar­ket research had shown that Mil­len­ni­als wanted food to deliver an expe­ri­ence, not just energy, and the com­pany was search­ing for an inno­va­tion that their cus­tomer base would talk about with friends.”Sarah Yager, “Dori­tos Locos Tacos,” The Atlantic, July/August 2014

I hope I never have to con­tend with the full Taco Bell “experience.”

July 22, 2014 July 22, 2014 food by Scott No Comments

Tallinn street scene

I’m slowly catch­ing up on some photo edit­ing tasks. This one is from last sum­mer in Estonia.

July 20, 2014 July 20, 2014 photos by Scott 1 Comment


My nephew gets a bath.

July 19, 2014 July 19, 2014 family by Scott 1 Comment

I don’t under­stand why there is so much con­tro­versy about Face­book run­ning social exper­i­ments on their users. Stealth A/B test­ing has long been stan­dard prac­tice for large Web com­pa­nies. Have peo­ple for­got­ten that Face­book is an inessen­tial and com­pletely vol­un­tary for-profit service?

Also, when did so many peo­ple get the impres­sion that Face­book was some kind of privacy-minded, altru­is­tic stew­ard of their data?

July 2, 2014 July 2, 2014 in-the-news by Scott No Comments

The Amer­i­can Guild of Organ­ists had their annual con­ven­tion in Boston this past week, which opened up some unusual musi­cal (and people-watching) opportunities.

On Mon­day, we saw James David Christie and the Boston Land­marks Orches­tra at Sym­phony Hall. I didn’t care too much for the mod­ern music on the pro­gram, but his per­for­mance of Guilmant’s Pre­mière Sym­phonie pour Orgue et Orchestre was incred­i­ble. I guess that’s the point of the piece, but the organ really can hold its own against a full orchestra.

On Thurs­day, we saw Peter Krasin­ski pro­vide a pipe organ accom­pa­ni­ment to the silent film Old Iron­sides (1926) at Old South Church. That, too, was an amaz­ing performance–in sur­round sound, no less.

And on Sat­ur­day, we vis­ited the fac­tory of C.B. Fisk, the leg­endary organ-builder in Glouces­ter. I like to tour a good shop, but more than any­thing I love see­ing the sort of spe­cial­ized tool­ing that evolves to serve a par­tic­u­lar craft. In one facil­ity, Fisk builds enor­mous exam­ples of top-quality wood cab­i­netry, casts their own metal for pipe-making, crafts con­soles with com­plex con­trols and link­ages, and sculpts elab­o­rate archi­tec­tural orna­men­ta­tion. Vis­i­tors could walk through a partially-built organ in their ware­house while it was played. Their name­sake founder was a physi­cist who worked with Oppen­heimer on the Man­hat­tan Project before tak­ing up this more peace­ful vocation.

Playing the organ

Part of the organ

Freddie looks in the organ

Welding shop

June 29, 2014 June 29, 2014 activities by Scott 2 Comments