New iMac keyboard – tiny is huge?

I love Apple Computers for their ease of use, interface and design. All that love didn’t mean a whole lot when I unboxed a new iMac and saw this.


You have a clean and open aesthetic in your OS and in your stores and then you jam some poor sap’s hands into a keyboard roughly exactly the size of an Apple laptop keyboard. I guess it helped reduce the overall price but seriously, wtf?

I think Ridley Scott needs to make another video…

I guess I do owe a note of thanks to the keyboard for leading me indirectly to that cool video from the 1983 Apple keynote by Steve Jobs.

The photo is by hyperscholar and I guess that to the caterpillar, the keyboard seemed massive.


SMT: Steampunk Explorations

Nominated for an Oscar and for a BAFTA award, The Mysterious Explorations of Jasper Morello is bringing 110% of the awesome to Sunday Morning Theatre this week.

The silhouette animation was developed by director Anthony Lucas and you can get all kinds of info about Gothia, Jasper Morello and upcoming features & films from and read an interview with Anthony Lucas at Reader’s Voice.

The world of Jasper Morello is one of many works in the genre known as steampunk. Wikipedia says that steampunk:

…is a subgenre of fantasy and speculative fiction that came into prominence in the 1980s and early 1990s. The term denotes works set in an era or world where steam power is still widely used—usually the 19th century, and often set in Victorian era England—but with prominent elements of either science fiction or fantasy, such as fictional technological inventions like those found in the works of H. G. Wells and Jules Verne, or real technological developments like the computer occurring at an earlier date. Other examples of steampunk contain alternate history-style presentations of “the path not taken” of such technology as dirigibles or analog computers; these frequently are presented in an idealized light, or a presumption of functionality.

…Although many works now considered seminal to the genre were published in the 1960s and 1970s, the term steampunk originated in the late 1980s as a tongue in cheek variant of cyberpunk. It seems to have been coined by the science fiction author K. W. Jeter, who was trying to find a general term for works by Tim Powers (author of The Anubis Gates, 1983), James Blaylock (Homunculus, 1986) and himself (Morlock Night, 1979 and Infernal Devices, 1987) which took place in a 19th-century (usually Victorian) setting and imitated conventions of actual Victorian speculative fiction such as H. G. Wells’ The Time Machine.

Like many others, I first read William Gibson and Bruce Sterling’s 1990 novel The Difference Engine before wandering off into Tim Powers and books like The Anubis Gates. I was unaware that steampunk is apparently becoming a subculture that is influencing film, music and fashion.

Curiously enough, a friend messaged me from a large steampunk convention last weekend and I also just read What Is Steampunk? A Subculture Infiltrating Films, Music, Fashion, More.

The photo was taken by Drhaggis and features the steampunk band Abney Park (entry is kind of hidden) – more about Abney Park in their video below. It’s part of his Steampunk & Clockwork set (slideshow). He writes the blog Slashboing, which looks pretty cool.

Yeah, it ends early … I assume that’s some kind of inside code. Check out Abney Park’s videos.

Born again … in a manner of speaking

State Theatre Born Again III

I was contacted by a US government publication who wanted to use this photo. I didn’t think much of the original, so I decided to bump it around in photoshop. I found it pretty cool how a picture that made me yawn was transformed into something that captured a little of the energy and pop of the very cool Traverse City Film Festival (July 31 – Aug 5, 2007, annually thereafter).

My digital photography ethic has been to try and do all the work with the camera. I think that may be changing.

Shout out to the car companies, build me a Studebaker!

Studebaker Lark Wagon

Sooo … one part of the job I invented for myself is spending an hour or so every morning looking through Michigan photos on Flickr to find a photo for the Michigan in Pictures photo blog. I stumbled across the above picture of 1961 Studebaker Lark…

Me: I want one of these … I wonder why a car company hasn’t started building cars using old designs with modern hardware.

Leann: I believe this Lark is for sale…

Me: I thought it might be. Then I thought “where would I get parts for it?”

Still, I can’t see why in this age of modular cars the American car companies wouldn’t leverage decades of cutting edge industrial design and roll out updated versions of classics. How about it GM?

The photo is 61 Studebaker Lark by Paula Morningstar, part of her Monroe Photography slideshow.

Also, via the partial omniscience of the internet (specifically the Institute of Artificial Smartness), here’s a commercial for the Studebaker Lark featuring Mr. Ed.

designporn 8.26:Techdirt

I like it, I like it a lot

I guess it really looks like any web 2.0 site, but I really like it. Clean, lightly chromatic and oh so soothing.

Oh, and there was something about the Woz getting $150 million just for being a founder of Apple with an IPO, starting the “blank check” company of Acquicor Technology. Oh yeah, Ellen Hancock and Gil Amelio are his partners. They’ll be shopping for technology companies, so everyone look your best.