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?”
Le Chateau de Vouilly, Isigny-sur-Mer, Normandy.
Kodak Ektar 100 film.
New government-issue “selfies” include artistic pointillism filter, perfect for sharing.
“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.”
I’m slowly catching up on some photo editing tasks. This one is from last summer in Estonia.
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?
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.