Bibliosaurs and bingo

Still at it – Wonderful portraits by Christopher Payne of New Yorkers who’ve been doing the same jobs for fifty, sixty, seventy years. 

Bibliosaurs – Wonderful thread in which London Review Bookshop match publishers with their corresponding dinosaurs. Surprisingly informative. 

Money, money, money – 404 Ink offer a brutally honest insight into the finances of a small publisher. The cut they get from books sold on Amazon compared to those sold directly is rather startling.

So silly – From Dada‘s abolition of logic to Mr Bingo’s hate mail, Harry Grundy looks at why designers should take silliness seriously. 

How SimCity inspired a generation of city planners – Loved this game so much growing up; it definitely had a lasting impact on how I view the world around me and contributed significantly to my griddy path in life. 

Cities are not people – One of my favourite video game easter eggs, a Neil Gaiman essay hidden in the SimCity 2000 library. "Don’t ever take a city for granted. After all, it is bigger than you are; it is older; and it has learned how to wait …"  

The lab discovering DNA in old books – “It was in the archives of the Archbishop of York that he had an epiphany: he was surrounded by millions of animal skins.” Michael Collins is filling in the gaps of written history by studying what it’s written on.

Deborah Bishop – Steven Heller talks to the New York Times For Kids art director about her work on one of the best looking magazines around. 

Greg Ruth – Little bit obsessed with the art of Ruth, particularly the film-based pieces. His artwork for Criterion’s release of Notorious is sublime. And keep your credit card handy: Mondo are selling prints of his Twin Peaks series later this month. 

High Life – Just discovered that you don’t have to set foot on a plane to read British Airways’ really rather good in-flight magazine. Worth getting the app if only to read Hayley Campbell’s interview with Michael Sheen and David Tennant about the forthcoming adaptation of Good Omens.

Regarding the thoughtful cultivation of the archived internet – In which Jason Kottke raises interesting questions about the problematic permanence of blogging. What do you do when you no longer agree with the you from twenty years ago?

That is all.