- Coins and Experiments
I started off writing a piece with a couple of interesting quotes from a recent London Review of Books, then realised it was much more suited to going on the Pepys site. So there it is. But it’s well worth a read even if you’re not into Pepys, particularly the bit about how coins were changed in the 17th century to foil counterfeiters and people who’d clip bits of the edges off…
- Misfits is Buffy good
Paul Mison wrote a bit about Misfits, the E4 drama, which reminded me that I’d meant to dash off a quick “isn’t Misfits great” post when series two was on air. So here it is.
- Papanek on clogs
There’s the tiniest of barneys going on at BERG’s blog post about Nike’s Mayfly running shoes. I won’t reiterate my comments in detail here — I’m kind of ambivalent about the products, but find knee-jerk “they’re terrible!” reactions too simplistic — but they reminded me of a (not entirely related) bit from Victor Papanek’s 1984 book Design for the Real World.
- Whoops! by John Lanchester
Whoops! is very good indeed. It explains the recent financial crash in clear and entertaining terms, and puts the size of the problem in perspective. An easy but very interesting read. Recommended. The bits below are mostly tangential to the details of the crash itself, but are the bits that I’d have turned page corners down for if I wasn’t unduly precious about my books.
- Embarrassingly pimping
On Friday I spoke at The Story about The Diary of Samuel Pepys. I really enjoyed giving my presentation but even aside from that, it was a fantastic day — the other speakers were amazingly, consistently, interesting and delivered their thoughts well. A life where I get to spend a Friday at events like that can’t be a bad one.
- 1950 suits
- Flexible with strong faces
Tidying up, I came across a text file I was updating while signed up for a couple of services that sent out casting calls for adverts and short films. This was a couple of years ago. Some of the descriptions of the actors required were bizarre or, occasionally, delightful. So here are some of the most interesting.