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Nighthawks is a detective story. Like most of Hopper’s paintings, it is more about what is not there rather than what is.

Frank Chimero’s thoughts on Nighthawks, one of my longtime favorite works of art


From a practical point of view, it will be as if we are simply adding one person to the organizational hierarchy, except that one person will just happen to be a billion-dollar company that could buy and sell each and every one of you like you were office furniture.

— Matt Rutledge of Woot, on the company’s acquisition by Amazon

6.20.2010 The Louis, by Crystal Ayala

Yesterday, I received a painting from Crystal Ayala in a splatter-tastic envelope

The Louis, as my wife and I have begun referring to it, is absolutely gorgeous. Louis was my Betta fish throughout college, living with me in my dorm room inside a decommissioned old blender. He was, if a fish can be called so, a noble and faithful fish. Louis died some time ago and is probably somewhere in the ocean now (all drains lead to the ocean). 

Crystal’s rendition/memorial of “Louis the Betta” is perfect. I absolutely adore it.

Thanks so much Crystal.

4.22.2010 Digital Book Rentals

Why hasn’t this happened yet!? I mean, really I know why–it was more of a rhetorical-throw-hands-in-the-air type of question.

iTunes does the exact same thing for movies. Paying $9.99–15.99 for digital books sounds expensive to a lot of people (myself included). I would love to see the iBooks store implement a 30 day rental period for a book. It would give you enough flexibility to finish the book leisurely and could be protected by the same style of DRM that Apple uses for its movie rentals. This could be brilliant–kind of like a public library, where you pay up front, instead of through taxes.

Granted, the publishers would likely be hesitant, but I think there’s a large percentage of the e-book market that thinks the price is too high. I wonder if a rental pricing system might capture the portion of the market that would otherwise just wait until their local library picked up the book.


My wife loves me, so she humors me and joins me for the unboxing.

— Shawn Blanc, Diary of an iPad Owner