The Big Think

December 9, 2009


Filed under: Quoth,Woodworking — jasony @ 4:51 pm

When Bauhaus designers adopted Sullivan’s “form follows function,” what they meant was, form should follow function. And if function is hard enough, form is forced to follow it, because there is no effort to spare for error. Wild animals are beautiful because they have hard lives.


Designing a particularly difficult prop right now (no right angles, very organic) and it’s giving me fits. The design of it isn’t particularly difficult, but the execution is driving me nuts. How to make something with no right angles out of basic, cheap materials that are only right angles? I’m having fun, but the moment of execution (the prop or my own) is drawing nearer. I’ll be able to post more in March when all secrets are out.

Well, That’s Logical…

Filed under: Politics — jasony @ 1:48 pm

Economic collapse? Blame the Christians.


Filed under: Quoth — jasony @ 11:01 am

“…when Leonardo painted the portrait of Ginevra de Benci in the National Gallery, he put a juniper bush behind her head. In it he carefully painted each individual leaf. Many painters might have thought, this is just something to put in the background to frame her head. No one will look that closely at it.
Relentlessness wins because, in the aggregate, unseen details become visible. When people walk by the portrait of Ginevra de Benci, their attention is often immediately arrested by it, even before they look at the label and notice that it says Leonardo da Vinci. All those unseen details combine to produce something that’s just stunning, like a thousand barely audible voices all singing in tune.”

Paul Graham,

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