Sunday Reading 07/09/2013

We scour the web to find passionate people talking about what they love

My stars, a new one-sheet and a new Sunday Reading in the same weekend? Well fan my peaches, or mint my julep, or something. It’s almost like I’m making content for the website.

Where’d the Southern thing come from? No idea. Let’s get into some fun things to read with your coffee.

Geeking Out on the Logo – Marissa Mayer, Marissa’s Tumblr

Putting together a new logo for an iconic brand? Sounds like AT LEAST a couple of days’ work. Image via Marissa’s Tumblr.

Yahoo is a weird thing. I still don’t fully understand the brand or the company myself, but it seems to be popping up with increasing regularity since Marissa Meyer’s appointment as CEO. And here she’s popping up again, getting into the trenches to update the brand’s logo. Personally, I think that they’d have been smarter going with a flat design instead of a beveled one, but hey — that’s just my two cents. Read More

It’s time to renovate our capital – Lawrence Martin, The Globe and Mail

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I’ve always thought Ottawa is a good-looking town, but there’s definitely room for improvement. Image via wikimedia commons.

Hey, what’s this? A local story? From an Ottawa-based blog? This really is the Mirror Universe, isn’t it?

The National Capital Commission is looking for a new head honcho, and with that opening comes a question: what’s Ottawa going to look like under the next administration? What do you think, folks? What should we do to make Ottawa a better-looking city? Read More

 Star Trek Into Darkness Writer Slams Naysaying Fans – Rudie Obias, Giant Freakin Robot

Star Trek Into Darkness

No matter how good everything looked, let’s be real — STID had some issues. Image via GFR.

So, apparently Bob Orci is a nut. To be fair, if I wrote a movie that was getting panned by the franchise’s fans as much as STID has been, I doubt I’d be very happy either. Then again, I never would have written Star Trek Into Darkness, the way it broke the universe twice — once by making starships utterly unnecessary with Cumberbatch’s beaming from one side of the galaxy to the other and again by making death a curable condition. Still, the man has apparently been getting the business for quite some time, and he’s lashed out in a big way at the film’s detractors. Best case scenario, this is the beginning of a sea change in Star Trek. I love the franchise and want to see a different writing team take a crack at it. Two people just isn’t enough to write Star Trek, if that makes any sense. It’s a universal future, which means it needs a diversity of viewpoints coming in. Read More

8 Abandoned Arctic Whaling Stations and Bases that are Still Amazing – Vincze Miklos, iO9

So, apparently Antarctica is pretty cool. Image via io9.

This is one that’s been kicking around for a long while, but I’m glad I stumbled across it again. These Antarctic bases are abandoned, left to the ice and elements, and they’re all incredibly cool. I love settlements and things that people have just walked away from — no destruction, no tragedy, just moving on. There are stories there that you can find just by looking, and in spite of the bittersweet loneliness of the places, the stories are always wondrous. Read More

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Until next time, paddle your own canoe, folks.



Sunday Reading: 07/04/2013

We scour the web to find passionate people talking about what they love

Who’s Responsible For The Obesity Epidemic? – Massimo Pigliucci, Rationally Speaking

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You are what you eat, after all. Image via Rationally Speaking.


To set the stage here, I’m going to quote directly from Massimo’s article:

The current situation in the United States is hard to believe: one third of
adults are clinically obese, and so is one fifth of all children; a whopping 24
million Americans are affected by type II diabetes, usually the result of a poor
diet. And the numbers are getting worse in much of the rest of the developed
world as well. This is going to cost a lot in terms of lives, pain and
suffering, and of course financially, to the nation as a whole. It’s a good
question to ask ourselves who bears responsibility for all this, and the answer
is not at all obvious or simple.

Health care is, in my opinion, the single most important policy issue as more and more boomers enter retirement. It is my generation’s make-or-break issue. And this is a great skeptical examination of how we should be addressing the most visible scourge in health care – the obesity academic. Read More

A Device That Could Save Lives– Without Ever Doing What It’s Meant to Do – hipstomp, Core77

Gerber's GDC Hook Knife

The Gerber GDC Hook Knife — lifesaving design for no use at all. Via Core77

Functional design fascinates me. Whether it’s smart textiles, green buildings, or engineering based on microbial microecosystems, it’s super fascinating stuff. How is our design of things informed by the knowledge we have of how it interacts with the world around us? Now, here’s an interesting twist. This tiny knife may in fact never be used for its intended purpose, and yet may in fact save lives. It’s design for dysfunction, and it’s brilliant. Read More

Redesigning the Save Icon – PJ Onori and others, Branch

Redesigning the Save Icon

via branch.com

Something that’s bugged me for ages is the save icon we’ve all come to know and love. You know, that 3.5″ floppy disk that keeps cropping up in apps in spite of the fact that we are living in the future? My students don’t know what a floppy disk is, so the visual metaphor falls apart. And when we operate primarily in the cloud, we’re not locking up information on a local disk, so the metaphor falls apart. How do we redesign that symbol, so iconic and so much a part of the visual lexicon, and yet have the replacement be immediately understandable? Join the conversation on Branch and see how a handful of designers and tech enthusiasts took a stab at it. The image above is just one of many from the thread. Read More


Thanks for reading, folks! As always, if you have suggestions for Sunday Reading, let us know! Reach us by email us at sunday@spillway.ca, on Facebook, or tweet us @spillwayca!

Paddle your own canoe,