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Joe Moran's blog: The grip of the paper clip
"‘If all that survives of our fatally flawed civilization is the humble paper clip, archaeologists from some galaxy far, far away may give us more credit than we deserve,’ the design critic Owen Edwards argues in his book Elegant Solutions." An excerpt from a Joe Moran essay on the paperclip.
design  joemoran  objects  paperclip 
september 2014 by infovore
Joe Moran's blog: A lecture on the lecture
"The best lectures are also full of what the Elizabethans called ‘lively turning’ – strange juxtapositions, leaps of thought, rhetorical tricks, jokes and the element of surprise." Very true - a nice piece by Joe Moran on lecturing in the MOOC age.
lectures  talks  education  joemoran 
november 2013 by infovore
Joe Moran's blog: Notes from Overground
"‘In the winter dusk, at successive stations, we peer out to see the wives waiting behind steering wheels, children scuffling in back seats. Daddies descend and are met. Each set of participants knows only of its own little scene … Each welcomed father ought not to learn of the existence of dozens of others along the line, any more than a prisoner should hear of the execution of his fellows.’" Joe Moran on "Notes from Overground". This sounds great.
joemoran  everyday  notesfromoverground  commuting  mundane 
february 2011 by infovore
Joe Moran's blog: Slide rules rule OK
"You never see anyone using a slide rule in a film. Matinee idol scientists always work out algorithms unaided in their brilliant minds, or scrawl them manically in chalk on giant blackboards. By the same token that unfairly condemns people with colour-coded ring binders as the owners of overly tidy minds, slide rules are supposed to belong only to the pedantic foot soldiers of science, the plodders who have to show us their workings out. But slide rules are lovely things: pleasingly solid, elegantly mysterious in their markings, the perfect marriage of form and function." Joe Moran on slide rules and scientists.
joemoran  science  maths  stationary  sliderule 
september 2010 by infovore
Joe Moran's blog: Is anybody there
"I suppose this goes to show that, from an anthropological point of view, the truly interesting part of any human encounter is its beginning. I can instantly identify friends and colleagues from the rhythm of their knock at the door, or the slight pause before they identify themselves on the phone - those tiny gestural and auditory signatures, both idiosyncratic and culturally produced, that make us human." Greetings and openings, principally, to do with telephones.
joemoran  telephones  communication  greeting 
july 2010 by infovore
Joe Moran's blog: The comfort of things
Joe Moran on Daniel Miller's "The Comfort Of Things", which has gone straight onto my wishlist.
joemoran  society  newcross  writing  culture  books 
april 2010 by infovore
Joe Moran's blog: Get your kicks on the A57
"The history of roads is the history of ourselves: our desire for community and our fears about its fragility; our natural instinct to expand the possibilities of life set against our premonitions of death, destruction and loss; and our fierce arguments about what is valuable and beautiful about the world. But this history, like the road itself, is full of loose ends and detours, unfinished stories and stalled narratives."
culture  society  joemoran  roads  uk 
april 2010 by infovore
Joe Moran's blog: Hole in the wall
"The interesting, or arguably uninteresting, thing about this programme is that it is completely lacking in any sort of narrative arc. All the other programmes on Saturday night are a gift for a narratologist: with their judges’ scores, audience votes and dance-offs/sing-offs, they are all crisis, crescendo and narrative resolution. But Hole in the Wall is different. It’s just celebrities going through these differently-shaped holes in the wall, again and again and again... Hole in the Wall is the groundhog day of Saturday evening light entertainment." Saturday-night audiences like a good plot.
joemoran  plot  narrative  tv  entertainment  holeinthewall 
november 2009 by infovore
Joe Moran's blog
Joe Moran (of Reading the Everday) has a blog. I did not know this. Subscribed!
joemoran  blog 
september 2009 by infovore
russell davies: straight lines and the man
Russell on Joe Moran's new book, which I'm clearly going to have to read.
roads  culture  joemoran  books  writing 
july 2009 by infovore
Reading The Everyday
"Originally, I started a generic post on the business or marketing books I’ve read this year. But there’s only really one book I want to write about, because I think the ideas in it are incredibly important to anyone in marketing or product design. "
joemoran  business  marketing  design  product  culture  society  psychology  book  review 
january 2008 by infovore

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