Sunday, February 25, 2007

The Spine is Evil

[reading: Skippy Blair, "Disco to Tango and Back"; recently: Simon Lovell, "How To Cheat At Everything"]

Drat; forgot to add extra space on the inside margins of my current typesetting project, so I had to go back through all of the chapters and re-set everything. Like the man said, the spine is evil.

Thursday, February 15, 2007


[reading: Scott Lynch, "The Lies of Locke Lamora"]





Also, a frustrating visit to the Pompidou centre. This involved:

  • queueing at level 0 to have our bags checked and get in
  • a couple of minutes trying to figure out where to get tickets
  • buying a combined "museum + exhibitions" ticket
  • going up to level 1 to get into the museum, only to be told my bag was too big
  • back to level 0 to deposit my bag at the cloakroom
  • back to level 1 to get into the museum
  • up the escalator to level 5 for the first half of the permanent collection
  • looking at modern art, also known as 'doodling' or 'rubbish'
  • discovering the second half (level 4) of the permanent collection was closed
  • looking for signs to the temporary exhibitions, but not finding any
  • going back down the escalator to level 1
  • …to discover a sign indicating that temporary exhibitions were on level 6
  • reascending the escalator to level 6
  • …to discover that both temporary exhibition halls were shut
  • redescending to level 1
  • going back down to level 0 to retrieve my bag
  • leaving.
All to be reminded that I don't really like modern art.

Wednesday, February 14, 2007


[reading: Karl Schroeder, "Lady of Mazes"]

Unexpected bonus from the French tendency towards strikes: the ticket collectors at the Louvre were on strike, so entry was free.

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Monday, February 12, 2007

La Defense

[reading: Charles Sheffield, "Between the Strokes of Night"]



We also went to the Musée D'Orsay, but it was shut on account of being a Monday. So we walked on to the Musée Rodin…which was also shut on account of being a Monday. The Eiffel Tower was still there on a Monday though.

Sunday, February 11, 2007

Le Métro

I'd forgotten how wonderful the Paris Métro is—cheap, clean, quiet and efficient. The pricing is particularly nice: a single cash ticket for a central journey is €1.40 (around £1), compared to £4 in London.

Of course, it's heavily subsidised: for every euro I spend, the French taxpayer coughs up another two euros. Which practically makes it my patriotic duty to take the Métro everywhere.

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Scanned Scan 2: The Return

[reading: Ben Willmore, "Adobe Photoshop CS2 Technique"]


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Saturday, February 03, 2007

Blah blah blah

[reading: Kingsley Amis, "Lucky Jim", Adobe Creative Team, "Adobe InDesign CS2: Classroom in a Book"; recently: Adobe Creative Team, "Adobe Illustrator CS2: Classroom in a Book", Alan Moore, "Promethea Books 1 2 3 4 5"]

I came across a really useful observation in Steve Krug's "Don't Make Me Think*" the other day:

Happy talk must die. If you're not sure whether something is happy talk, there's one sure-fire test: If you listen very closely while you're reading it, you can actually hear a tiny voice in the back of your head saying, 'Blah blah blah blah blah….'

What's more worrying is when you get that same tiny voice repeating "blah blah blah" when you're writing.

*Excellent book, BTW; up there with Joel's UI book for accuracy, humour and pithiness.

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