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Published: 2007-11-09T15:28:33-05:00


Sleevage: The Album Design Blog


This is why the Web was invented, as far as I'm concerned: Sleevage, the album design weblog. [via Drawn!]...



Datacloud (in case you haven't noticed) is no longer being updated. You can go to my Work/Space weblog if you want new info....

Graffiti Removal


Artist/provateur Banksy has published a handful (actually, two hands' full) of images of his work for download at his website, including versions of each in 1600x1144 or larger resolution. Serving suggestion: Prints look best when done on gloss paper using the company printer ink when everyone else is at lunch. His stuff just cracks me up....

Workspace Survey


Although I'm no longer maintaining this particular weblog (new posts are now at the workspace weblog), I thought I'd post this survey info here as well.I'm looking for participants to provide me with information about how they interact with and construct the spaces they work within. The survey shouldn't take more than 10 minutes or so to complete (potentially longer if you decide to provide more detailed responses). The survey includes (a) an anonymous three-part section with open-ended and multiple-choice questions about your computer setup and the physical spaces around it as well as (b) a non-anonymous portion that asks you to send me screenshots and/or digital pictures of your workspace (and opportunities for followup questions via email later). You can fill out either section, or both, depending on how much time you have to put into this. Thanks....



I've started a different weblog over at workspace. The topics and content covered are pretty similar to what was on Datacloud, but I thought I could use a change of place....

What a Long, Strange Trip....


Thus ends Datacloud. Thanks to all of you that have been visiting. I'm ending the weblog, at least in this incarnation. I'll be keeping the archives online, at least for the near future, but I won't be posting anything new. So long and thanks for all the fish....

Spam as Market Force


BBC News has a piece on how the rapidly increasing volume of penny stock spam appears to be affecting stock prices. Ironically (or perhaps predictably, I'm not sure—probably both), the profits go to the spammer. Here's how it works, according to researches at Purdue and Oxford: Penny stock spammers buy low-priced stock, then flood In boxes with spam touting the stock (stock spam accounts for up to 15% of spam). Enough people respond by purchasing the stock, which drives up the price a bit. The spammers cash out (with a typical return of 5% - 6% profit) while later buyers lose (up to 8% of their purchase within two days—not counting whatever transaction fees they also paid). Is capitalism great, or what? [via Boing Boing]...



I follow directions well when I agree with the directions. — Les Claypool (Harp, October 2006)...

Jim Rockford's Answering Machine


I learned everything I know about firearms and driving from The Rockford Files. The Rockford Files Homepage has a transcription of the messages left on Jim Rockford's answer machine (a plot device used to open every episode of the show for its six-season run). Here's episode 311 ("The Trouble with Warren"): Jimmy, it's Phil in Puerto Rico. This is real important. Talked to Mr.[line noise], he'll pay $20,000. Call him at [line noise]. And both from the two-part "Gearjammers" (203-204): Jimmy, it's Angel. Don't pay no attention to my other message. You're out of it. You're clean, no trouble at all. Just ignore the first message. Okay, pal, it's Harry. I just checked my car. You kept the battery charged all right, you also put 3500 miles on it. If you hit the main page at the site, you can hear the greeting half [warning: autoplay audio] on Rockford's answering machine. There's also a huge amount of additional info and discussion about the show. (I thought this was a pretty niche topic, but a google search of "'rockford files' 'answering machine' returned 16,400 hits.) [via]...

Cassette Tapes


For those of you (like me) who grew up on analog audio, has images of nearly 140 blank cassettes from a variety of manufacturers online. I pitched several hundred of these about five years ago, but I still have a box of them I haven't parted with. That little box came in handy last year when I did a twenty-hour round trip to Pennsylvania in a rental car that only had a cassette deck and FM radio. The nineteen hours I spent listening to Warren Haynes on the Ritz Power Jam cassette beat the single hour I spent trying to find radio stations worth listening to. [Thanks to Pete Sands for the tape.]) Related: See this NPR Talk of the Nation episode with guest Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth) on his book, Mix Tape: The Art of Cassette Culture. (I thought I'd posted about the book already, but apparently I didn't. So now I am.) I have to say, as probably only people of my generation will, that sharing iTunes playlists just isn't the same. [via notes from somewhere bizzare]...

Search Engine Referrer Logs: Special Edition


I know there's a hyphen in there somewhere. 22 Aug, Tue, 12:28:43 Google: john-dan eilola...

The Evolution of Speechballoons


Too cool: The Evolution of Speechballoons. 300 AD to 1927. During the 18th century, British caricaturists changed the shape of speechballoons from gothic speech-bands or flags into fluffy balloons, our modern speechballoons. I'm using the word speechballoon as the general, inclusive term. (The gothic form of speechballoons are speechbands, flags, scrolls or sheets of paper, the modern form of speechballoons are balloons, but also little rectangles, often rounded at the edges, or simply little blocks of text above the heads of the speaker etc, etc). [via Drawn!]...

Guitar Tabulature and Intellectual Property Law


NYT has a piece today on moves by industry groups such as the Music Publisher's Association to shut down websites where guitarists share guitar tabulature—the low-tech graphic representations of how to play chords or notes for specific songs for people who don't read music. Sites like, one of the earliest and largest sites (which currently offers no guitar tab, but does have the text of the take-down letter they received from the NMPA and MPA's lawyers). Industry groups complain that their income is being affected by the free guitar tab sites in the same way that music filesharing has allegedly damaged the recorded music industry: “People can get it for free on the Internet, and it’s hurting the songwriters,” said Lauren Keiser, who is president of the Music Publishers’ Association and chief executive of Carl Fischer, a music publisher in New York. If you've used tab sites much, though, you probably know there's one major factor not being discussed here: the extraordinary majority of free guitar tab on the Web is so godawfully bad that it bears only a passing relationship to the notes and chords of the song it's covering. Songs are frequently in the wrong key; complex...

Inmates Running the Asylum


From Briem's page on Web text layout: Many of the best people who are shaping the Web are intelligent, ambitious, barking mad, and apparently blind. (Briem is a pretty functionalist designer, so the pages are a little old school. But scannable. Cynical always gets bonus points in my book though.))...

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