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As children sleep, dreaming their materialistic dreams of the privileged classes, Santa – less impressive than his Falstaffian reputation would suggest – twists the narrator’s grasp of reality beyond all recognition. A hilarious tale of Christmas horror by Ryan Iverson, inspired by Warner Herzog. Via iO9.

“This is what you shall do: Love the earth and sun and the animals, despise riches, give alms to every one that asks, stand up for the stupid and crazy, devote your income and labor to others, hate tyrants, argue not concerning God, have patience and indulgence toward the people, take off your hat to…

Today’s Guardian has a very interesting (though long) article by Richard Holmes, author of The Age of Wonder, about the unsung women of science. In the Guardian piece, Holmes shares some of his research for his forthcoming book, The Lost Women of Victorian Science: [M]y re-examination of the Royal Society archives during this 350th birthday…

Edward Tufte auctions off his library

In less than a month (December 2nd), Christie’s will auction off Edward Tufte’s library – an idiosyncratic collection of first edition books, plates, prints, and ephemera that the dataviz guru calls his “Museum of Cognitive Art,” and I call “Jessica’s Christmas List.” I’m not going to sample low-rez images of the lots here, because there’s…

Bag End Dollhouse

My friend Jacob just sent this to me and I had to pass it along.: it’s a Bag End dollhouse by Maddie Chambers, apparently one of the most patient people in the world. Amazing and adorable! Can I have a full-sized one please?

lullabies made of old poetry

In this TED clip, Natalie Merchant sings haunting arrangements of old poetry from her new album, Leave Your Sleep (2CD). If you have limited time, skip ahead to about 8:00 for the beautiful ee cummings poem “maggie and milly and molly and may”, followed by the gently rebellious “if no one ever marries me” by…

I can’t wait to get a copy of Jason Thompson’s brand-new project, Playing with Books: The Art of Upcycling, Deconstructing, and Reimagining the Book. Thompson, the founder and creative director of Rag and Bone Bindery, has long kept a blog featuring the best book and paper artists. Now he’s edited a book art book, and…

Alan Jacobs finds a quote that beautifully expresses why I don’t want a Kindle, and why I wish the iPad were a stylus-friendly Mac tablet: Of course, you can’t take your pen to the screen. When it comes to annotating the written word, nothing yet created for the screen compares to the immediacy and simplicity…

From Richard Waller, “A Catalogue of Simple and Mixt Colours with a Specimen of Each Colour Prefixt Its Properties” Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London, vol. 6, 1686/1687 (London, 1688) Noting the lack of a standard for colors in natural philosophy, and inspired by a similar table published in Stockholm, Richard Waller indicated…

A little Sunday reading: “Mr. Penumbra’s Twenty-Four-Hour Book Store,” one of several wonderful short stories by San Francisco writer Robin Sloan. It’s sort of like magical realism for techies: Back at Supply and Demand. The air is crack­ling with wi-​​fi; Kat and I are hav­ing the only spo­ken con­ver­sa­tion in the entire place. She’s wear­ing…