The litter in littérateur. Ricky Opaterny on Books, Music, Art, and Sports


Twitter Weekly Updates for 2009-08-28

Filed under: General — Ricky @ 8:18 pm


Twitter Weekly Updates for 2009-08-21

Filed under: General — Ricky @ 8:18 pm
  • Just gave my board presentation using Air Mouse on iPhone as a PowerPoint remote. Wish it didn't drain my battery so fast! #
  • Saw a whale on my way to the meeting yesterday. #
  • Sandwich showdown: Mike & Patty's vs. Darwin's. #
  • RT @norton_fiction: RT @elliottholt "Don't trust anyone who doesn't own books." #
  • Was at Darwin's and sold a woman on "Camus, a Romance" from @groveatlantic after she asked what I was reading. Didn't even have the jacket. #
  • Boo to @museumofscience for not admitting AAM members but stealing the AAM's code of ethics–this merits a letter. #
  • Lots of drivers at the airport with signs that say "Connect." Wonder what that means. 😉 @joshto #


Twitter Weekly Updates for 2009-08-14

Filed under: General — Ricky @ 8:18 pm
  • Multi-page online articles inflate pageview numbers at the expense of user experience. @NYTimes, etc., allow us to default to single-page! #
  • "People who say that all this content wants to be free aren’t paying talented people to create it." #
  • Are there any good tech blogs that aren't rabidly pro-technology, if that makes sense? #
  • I don't have a problem with this: #
  • Obama's reading list: Joseph O'Neill, Dave Eggers and Jeff Sachs (via @melvillehouse) #
  • Ginevra King's–the inspiration for Daisy–Chicago home was for sale. Who bought it? #
  • "…the loss of identification so profound as to be constitutive of one's self…." #
  • Edmund Wilson responds to requests: #
  • ePub? Yuck! Can someone explain to me why we can't get books in PDF with embedded fonts? #
  • Lots of new sections just appeared in my NYTimes iPhone app, including "Pro Basketball" and "Start-Ups." What is up with that? #
  • The cover for Commencement looks so much like the one for Demonology. #


Author websites

Filed under: Books,Technology — Tags: , , , , — Ricky @ 2:01 pm

I’ve visited countless author websites over the years, but, perhaps, none that I enjoyed more than Rudolph Delson’s. His Frequently Asked Question page alone is worth a click. Why he is no longer linking to it from his homepage, I’m not sure.


The price of a logo

Filed under: General,Technology — Tags: , , , , — Ricky @ 1:44 pm

I had a few logos made for projects over the past four years. Fortunately, I’ve been able to work with friends on many of them. However, I continue to encounter the misconceptions that logos should be cheap, say a couple hundred bucks, or involve a lot of constant feedback from the client to the designer on all possible designs. Here’s why neither is true.

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Learning Adobe Illustrator

Filed under: General,Technology — Tags: , — Ricky @ 9:08 am

I like to learn how to use software by finding things online that I want to make and then figuring out how to make them. Currently I’m learning Adobe Illustrator with the help of Smashing’s  50 Excellent Adobe Illustrator Video Tutorials.


Twitter Weekly Updates for 2009-08-07

Filed under: General — Ricky @ 8:18 pm


Listen to new Radiohead song, “Harry Patch (In Memory of)”

Filed under: General,Music — Tags: , , , , , , , — Ricky @ 5:27 pm

Radiohead has a new song, “Harry Patch (In Memory of),” which Thom Yorke wrote after seeing an interview with Patch, who was the longest living World War I veteran. You can buy the song or listen to the song on the BBC’s site here. (more…)

Artists’ Moleskines

Filed under: Books,General — Ricky @ 11:42 am

Check out a bunch of artists’ Moleskine journals that are part of the Detour exhibits on this Flickr Photostream.

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