“I wanted to try to capture the intelligence of the design, not just the outcome of the design.”
“In 1977, [Donald] Knuth halted research on his books for what he expected to be a one-year hiatus. Instead, it took 10. Accompanied by [his wife] Jill, Knuth took design classes from Stanford art professor Matthew Kahn. Knuth, trying to train his programmer’s brain to think like an artist’s, wanted to create a program [TeX
] that would understand why each stroke in a typeface would be pleasing to the eye.”—from a profile of Knuth
in the Stanford Magazine (May '06)
calls him “computing’s philosopher king
” (Sep '99)
. NPR’s Morning Edition
interviews Knuth as “the founding artist of computer science
” (Mar '05)
. Perhaps a MeFite somewhere has one of these
posted by Ethereal Bligh
on Apr 23, 2007 -
Kotaku interviews Dez
, the producer of Whores of Warcraft
), as well as Mia Rose and Hannah Harper, 2 porn stars recently added to the rolls of addicted World of Warcraft
players. Apparently, Dez has at least 2 level 70 characters, and plays in a guild with Hannah's husband, where she's taken her Blood Elf Priest to level 26 already. Talking about Phat Lewt not getting you hot? How about some Bare Maidens
? (gee, NSFW, you think?). Dez also has a fascinating MySpace
page, mostly for his ...interesting mix of friends.
posted by thanotopsis
on Feb 7, 2007 -
In a rare interview out of character,
Sacha Baron Cohen discusses his reaction to the controversy over Borat:
And the reason we chose Kazakhstan was because it was a country that no one had heard anything about, so we could essentially play on stereotypes they might have about this ex-Soviet backwater. The joke is not on Kazakhstan. I think the joke is on people who can believe that the Kazakhstan that I describe can exist -- who believe that there's a country where homosexuals wear blue hats and the women live in cages and they drink fermented horse urine and the age of consent has been raised to nine years old."
Maybe this Kazakhstan doesn't exist--but Borat's antics sometimes aren't far off the mark from other parts of the world where gang-rape and stoning are meted out as punishment.
Is it so silly to appreciate Borat as a comical icon from these dark corners of the world? Who is ignorant of what is really happening in the world--Cohen or his unwitting interviewees?
posted by Brian James
on Nov 16, 2006 -
cancers are so bad that I think I've arrived at the end
of the road. What a pity. I would like to live
not only because I love life so much, but because I'd like to see the result of the trial
. I do think I will be found guilty
posted by felix betachat
on Sep 15, 2006 -
Science Live site
I found this because of the live coverage of the Festival of Science 2006 from Norwich, but found lots of other great links! Great for kids, but good for anyone curious about science.
"What if you could watch any popular science lecture you wanted to? What if you could participate in any popular science event? What if you could find out what scientists themselves have to say about the issues that are important in society today? ScienceLive is an initiative that seeks to bring some of the best popular science events (discussions, lectures, interviews) directly to your home, so that you can watch these events whenever and from whereever you can.
posted by k8t
on Sep 6, 2006 -
On May 14th, 1967, the new British pop group The Pink Floyd makes one of their first ever TV appearances. Despite a stellar performance of the song Astronomy Domine, the pretentious host of the show, Hans Keller, has nothing good to say about the band. During the interview
(youtube, performance comes first, interview starts about 5:50 in. transcript here.
), he chastises the band for their "continuous repetition", "terribly loud" volume, and their "proportionately a bit boring" sound.
However, it seems that all Hans' show will ever be remembered for is this single interview
. Pink Floyd, on the other hand.. Well, we all know what happened to them
. Syd Barrett, on the other hand, was not so lucky
posted by Afroblanco
on May 29, 2006 -
BBC interviews news editor
regarding the Apple/Beatles verdict. Only one problem: the gentleman in the hotseat was the news editor's driver. Hilarity ensues. (video of the interview here
- the driver's expression when he realizes he's been mistaken is priceless.)
posted by aberrant
on May 14, 2006 -
is an online "magazine" featuring vid and podcasts of musicians such as Mark Kozelek, American Music Club, Les Paul and Tony Visconti. Plus: Todd McFarlane, Sir Richard Branson, Henry Rollins, Gisele, David Cronenberg and more.
posted by edlundart
on Mar 30, 2006 -
, a new[ish] feature of the Onion: A.V. Club
. They ask a rocker/writer/comedian/whatever to set their MP3 player to "shuffle" and comment on the first few tracks that come up. This probably could have been very boring
, but it actually ended up kind of interesting. See Isaac Brock of Modest Mouse
call Belle and Sebastian a “one-fuckin'-trick pony”. Enjoy David Cross
waxing poetic about R.E.M.’s Murmur
. From the main link, read the description of the raw sexual chemistry that existed between David Berman of the Silver Jews and the actress that played Ginger on Gilligan's Island.
posted by ND¢
on Mar 1, 2006 -
"The iPod’s a great product. However our experience in dealing with them, as regards licensing music for iTunes, has been quite depressing." Coldcut
member and indie label Ninja Tune
co-founder Matt Black in a pixelsurgeon interview
about the new album, the relative relaxation on sample licensing, and iTunes. For another independent perspective on iTunes see The 99c Question
- addressing the pressures on iTunes from major labels to raise prices.
posted by nthdegx
on Feb 2, 2006 -
Live in Boston? Need a ride to (or from) work? You could be a guest
on Ravi Jain's weekly video blog/talk show/commute. Episodes 1
, and 6
, (QT .mov)
posted by steef
on Nov 20, 2005 -
Chomsky gets his apology.
The world's most famous public intellectual would appear to have been vindicated back
after the hatchet job done on him in the Guardian by Emma Brockes
two weeks ago. The Guardian has had to withdraw the offending article from its site and Ms Brockes has made no comment after her employer's Correction & Clarifications tore strips off of her article.
The original article was previously discussed here
posted by ClanvidHorse
on Nov 17, 2005 -
They are feeding the public a line of bull, and they are spinning, and people are dying down here:
A post with a link to MP3 of an explosive WWL radio interview in which New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin has a message for politicians: "I don't want to see anybody do any more goddamned press conferences... put a moratorium on press conferences, don't do another press conference until the resources are in this city, and then come down to this city and stand with us... Don't tell me 40,000 people are coming here - they're not here; it's too doggoned late. Now get off your asses and let's do something...
posted by taz
on Sep 2, 2005 -
Guggenheim lecture on John Baldessari
in his own words:
"People shaking hands, you know: congratulating each other, what have you in a standard shot. I really always found them objectionable and then I realized that these were people making decisions about my life while I was in my studio so there was a kind of uneasiness on my part and one day after carrying these photographs around I had some circular price stickers and I put them on their faces. And I really felt that leveled the playing field somehow."
posted by Mme. Robot
on May 5, 2005 -
'This website presents interviews with over 300 people who live in mountain and highland regions round the world. Their testimonies offer a personal perspective on change and development.'
posted by plep
on Apr 10, 2005 -
Ann Coulter and the facts on Vietnam Its nice seeing Ann Coulter squirm
. While being interviewed by the CBC's Bob McKeown, Coulter displayed her lack of historical knowledge on Canada's involvement (or lack of) in Vietnam. What's even more telling is her inability or refusal to back down even when she is dead wrong.
Here is the video
posted by mountainmambo
on Feb 1, 2005 -
The DNA of Literature. The Paris Review
, with a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, makes available free .pdfs of fifty years of interviews with leading writers.
posted by rushmc
on Jan 12, 2005 -
Voice of a Superpower
--Foreign Policy magazine puts together an interview with John & Jane Q. Public on us, the world, terror, and stuff--based on our responses to public-opinion polls from a wide variety of sources.
posted by amberglow
on Jun 7, 2004 -
magazine isn't one I'd normally turn to—for anything, really, let alone a serious story such as this. But a writer has interviewed Colin Powell, Condi Rice, various Pentagon insiders and some unnamed friends of Powell, and they all (save Condi, whom one of the GQ writer's sources calls "a jerk") agree: Colin's tired
posted by emelenjr
on May 4, 2004 -
A conversation with Marianne Pearl
is one of the more moving interviews I have ever heard and was certainly a highlight of the weekend. She is a beautifully calm person with seemingly the right approach to an awfully violent world.
posted by specialk420
on May 2, 2004 -
The Dave Sim Misogyny Page
- and a recent Onion interview
I find Dave Sim (comic book artist, notable for long-running, multiplevolume Cerebus
) to have deeply troubling, almost poisoned ideas
about women.(despite his efforts, these bitter screeds are almost unexplainable,unless someone here can explain them, that is - please!)Beware if you've never read them. And laugh with me, an apparentlyweak male-feminist (and lovin it!) if you have. Viva la Void.
posted by Peter H
on Mar 31, 2004 -