Monthly Archives: September 2011

HTML….for babies?

When I first saw this photo:

from the blog, curiosity counts,, I thought it was just a joke. But no! Here’s the link to where you can buy it from Amazon! Madness! 🙂

What’s the difference between the Amazon Kindle Fire, the iPad, the Samsung Galaxy Tab and the Blackberry Playbook

Well, you can see how they compare here, thanks to this nice chart from here: Tablets comparison | Pic | Gear

So you want to make an eBook? Good news! It’s easy (at least the publishing part is)

Now, coming up with good material for an eBook is not so easy, but if you want to know How To Make An eBook, then Smashing Magazine has lots of good information to get you going. If you’re worried you will need alot of technical ability, relax. As they say:

Making an eBook is easy, regardless of your coding experience. This is good, because 99.9% of your time should be spent on writing and getting your book out there, rather than on technology.

I highly recommend this Smashing Magazine article. It is packed with good information.

Black Boys on Mopeds and other songs inspired by and against Thatcher

It’s odd: I was thinking about this on the weekend, how Margaret Thatcher inspired many things, from riots to…well, great songwriting. The has this article covering the same thing here (The Iron Lady as Anti-Muse), including A Small Sampling of Anti-Thatcher Songwriting here.

Sadly, they miss one of the better ones by Sinead O’Connor. Here’s a great version of

P.S. One of the things that is amazing about O’Connor, among others, is how the camera can do a tight close up on her face and hold it for along time while she sings. She has a great face, and the emotion that she brings to her songs shines out while she sings them. It’s fantastic.



All of your photo belong to us! A simple chart showing how Facebook dominates photography

From this post, How many photos have ever been taken? | 1000memories comes this chart:

When I first saw that, I thought: that can’t be right. But the author of the post makes a strong case for it.


What can you do with bottle caps? If you are artist Mary Ellen Croteau, something remarkable

Here’s Mary Ellen Croteau and her Bottle Cap Portrait:

If you go over to Colossal, you can see more detail of the portrait (it’s ALOT of bottle caps), as well as get more background on it, and a link to her site as well.

My son is collecting bottle caps now, making this even more appealing to me.

The economics of modeling and why it is alot like professional sports

Reading this, Chloë Schama Reviews Ashley Mears’s “Pricing Beauty” in The New Republic, I came across this:

The greater supply of models has prompted a contraction in rates—even for high-end work—to shockingly low levels. The average magazine shoot, for example, pays about $100 a day. For appearing on the cover of Vogue a model gets an additional $300. “Many magazines,” writes Mears, “pay nothing at all, though lunch and snacks are often provided.” (I’m guessing that most models don’t gain real compensation through snacking.) Payment for walking in a Fashion Week show in London (where rates, admittedly, are lower than in other cities) is $500. The median income across America in 2009 for a model was $27,330—income that includes no benefits.

It’s true that a rare group of models can make incredible amounts of money. But it seems for most, it is a glamourous but low paying job. In a way, it reminds me of professional sports. It too attracts a great supply of people, driving down the cost for most. The few that make it can make alot of money (just like super models), but there are many more in the minor leagues toiling away for little or nothing.

There’s nothing wrong with doing what you love, and if you love modeling or sports, then you should pursue it. But models, like athletes, should be aware that the chance of riches is very small.