All this would fit in your pocket now
The photo shows the busy catalog card distribution office at the Library of Congress. There’s no date on the photographic print. Recently, we needed to determine when the photo was taken, so out came my magnifying glass. (LOC: Picture This blog)
Occupy the universities?
With the costs of a college education astonishingly high and youth job prospects incredibly dim in this economy, is going to college worth it anymore?
“The students in Zuccotti Park are right to focus on the injustices of student debt: Many of them are indentured to the very banks that destroyed the economy and along with it the jobs students need to pay their loans back. The banks were bailed out for their trouble, while students are left with debt that, thanks to financial industry lobbying, can’t be discharged in bankruptcy. Outstanding student loans in the United States are projected to reach $1 trillion this year, a larger sum than credit card debt.”
Photo courtesy of Andy Wibbels.
Before the president even gave his verdict on their cook-off, the flower team had begun to imagine the bleak steppes of West Siberia which would soon be their home.
Two Ministry of Internal Affairs juniors struggle to suppress mirth in their snowmen costumes, while their boss attempts to explain to Putin exactly why he has chosen an official Day of Military Honour for the office Christmas party.
CLICK THE SQUARES.
THE WHOLE WORLD NEEDS TO KNOW ABOUT THIS.
THIS THIS THIS THIS!
This is genuinely Microsoft’s idea of a “streamlined”, “optimized” UI for Windows Explorer. They were so proud of it they wrote a blog post about it.
The post is a sort of masterpiece of crazy rationalization, but I think my favourite part may be this screenshot:
Here, they proudly overlay the UI with data from their research into how often various commands are used. They use this to show that “the commands that make up 84% of what users do in Explorer are now in one tab”. But the more important thing is that the remaining 50% of the bar is taken up by buttons that nobody will ever use, ever, even according to Microsoft’s own research. And yet somehow they remain smack bang in the middle of the interface. The insanity is further enriched by this graph:
Again, this is Microsoft’s own research, cited in the same post: nobody — almost literally 0% of users — uses the menu bar, and only 10% of users use the command bar. Nearly everybody is using the context menu or hotkeys. So the solution, obviously, is to make both the menu bar and the command bar bigger and more prominent. Right?
Microsoft UI has officially entered the realm of self-parody.
I read this earlier tonight http://michelelee.net/2011/09/24/dear-dc-comics/comment-page-1/
So I drew Starfire wearing a sweater, cause alien or not, sweaters are fun to wear, and outerspace is cold. She probably misses wearing Earth clothes.
I HAD TO reblog this:
I saw some Boston fans helping out with the post-riot cleanup downtown, and I was so touched. I am aching and sore from scrubbing walls for four hours, but I am so glad that I got to experience the beauty of Vancouver, including the love and solidarity of those who wanted to preserve it… whether inhabitants or not.
(photo credit: 2011 ANDY FANG PHOTOGRAPHY)
People liked this one on @instagram so I thought I’d share it here. I think I need to live near the beach.