samizdat drafting co.

Recently in glitch

Infocom-related mishaps

dept. of side projects

Corduroy is a Python library for using CouchDB with Tornado.

book cover doodle

i have no idea why i made this…

scale error

coordinate transforms will always be a trial and error affair i'm afraid

the rules of the game

13 months and 11k lines of code later, i’ve finished up the choose your own adventure project. all told i ended up cataloging a dozen books from the early-to-mid 80s, looking for patterns in their construction and in the paths made by different readers through them.

these short, simple books had a surprisingly complicated structure with their interlocking pages & choices. as a kid the idea of writing one and keeping all those pages straight boggled my mind. what was lost on me at the time was that even a list of hundreds of page numbers can be comprehensible if it’s redrawn as a diagram. these days i feel like i approach everything that way.

so here is my look back at an obsession from my past, using graphical obsessions of the present to guide the way.


pattern & shape

So glad Tom & Nancy taught me this '3 level' lesson at an impressionable age

discrete "discreet music"

a stellar arrangement & performance

from the days of 'peak ephemera'

the gasoline alley strip is especially gorgeous

to scale

tom bissell taking stock of literary stunt-pilotry

dead-simple and surprisingly illuminating oscilloscope view

This storm is what we call progress

the chiptune singularity cometh…

an incredible cross-section of eastern bloc industrial design

hard to believe this is freely available…

peak h.v.a.c.

making the USGS look shoddy in comparison

export settings demystified


compression palimpsest

Tom Coryat was a man who knew how to title a book

one of my favorite pieces of illegal art, finally legitimized

Jasmin Blanchette making some good points (via QT of all things)

staccato cityscape

12 months of stories in a single deck

bronze age CGI starts halfway through

scroll down for the ‘hats’ montage

the endpapers of black hole but with faces you recognize

eerie and mysterious

would love to hear their version of the assault on precinct 13 theme...

maybe they'll take down the world's worst piece of signage now

the sound of ray davies applying for a job at the radiophonic workshop

i now have a reason to go to seattle

a gift shop that doubles as a history of graphic design

the numerals section is fascinating

the sound of eight confused men getting paid and then...

many personal favorites on this list

there's something almost charming about the early days of computer viruses

ian bogost on nintendo's embrace of fractured attention

nifty parallel between birth years and pin prevalence

luma key magnificence

lovely compilations

adorable and ridiculous

nobody knows

they knew how to make music television back in the day

“old fashion’ but good”

dearest delia

the essential incidentals

metroid meets oxyd

manhattan in 1820

and the boys say ‘hey goo, what's new?’