This is a post in a series appearing each Friday, setting out some articles, videos, podcasts and the like that contributors at Slaw are enjoying and that you might find interesting. The articles tend to be longer than blog posts and shorter than books, just right for that stolen half hour on the weekend. It’s also likely that most of them won’t be about law — just right for etc.
Please let us have your recommendations for what we and our readers might like.
leocaillard.com – Street stone – Léo Caillard – We’re told the ancient Greeks painted their sculptures bright, some would say garish, colours. This photographer photoshops clothing onto the now etiolated Greeks, making them look surprisingly like people you might know (only better looking).
berfrois – The Life of Mr Richard Savage – Samuel Johnson – Not quite so ancient as the Greeks, that Sam Johnson nips through the unhappy life of Savage from the moment of his birth as someone having missed an earldom by bastardy to his conviction for murder and the elegant but futile plea by friends for mercy from the court.
Brooklyn Brainery – A Handsome Atlas – Government of the United States of America – “The Amazing and Incredible Statistical Atlases of the United States of America compiled in the final decades of The Nineteenth Century.” If you think that the careful visual display of data is a recent phenomenon, these programmers put a good interface between you and the graphics from the Library of Congress to show you otherwise.
The Atlantic – Canada’s Rail System May Have Peaked…in 1968 – Mark Byrnes – If you think that the crummy state of rail travel in Canada is a recent phenomenon . . . you might be right, or close to right, perhaps.
The New Yorker – METZ’s Debut Album and a Q & A with the Band – Sasha Frere-Jones – Canada’s up to date about some things, though, and one of them’s music: “The Toronto trio METZ is rude, severe, and excellent.” And bonus: for the next five days you can listen to a cut from their new albumn.
mtonic.com – How Accurate is Apple Maps in Canada’s Largest Province? – Jason – But when it comes to being up to date here, it’s one step forward and a dozen steps back — if Apple is to be believed. This site ran more than a couple of thousand Ontario (he meant “most populous” not “largest”) towns through IO6’s new mapping system with disastrous results.
The Atlantic – Percy Bysshe Shelley Frets About Information Overload … in 1821 – Megan Garber – A couple of thousand towns multiplied a couple of thousand times . . . and you still haven’t captured the info that a mapping program needs. Too much information? For Apple, certainly. And way too much for the rest of us, Shelly — er, I mean, surely.
Willard’s Wormholes – Brian Eno Textures (1989) – Brian Eno – So when it does get hectic, and it does, chill out to the e-strains of Eno. Here’s a hitherto-unrealeased 2’17” of Soft Dawn. Ahhh.
Vimeo – Paris vs. New York – Tony Miotto – Enough chillaxing: pump up with some big city sounds and an amusing set of left-screen, right-screen graphics that seek to “compare and contrast” this pair of burgs.
The Caravan – The Growing Tuberculosis Threat – Prayaag Akbar – There are big cities and too much information — and then there’s India, with too much of everything it seems at times. This newish online Indian mag takes a look at the country’s struggle with TDR (“totally drug-resistant”) tuberculosis.