‘It’s hard for me to judge the animation in Tintin. Photorealistic cartooning—which some will argue is an oxymoron—makes even keyframed CG animation look traditional. Many will say it isn’t even animation. The confusion is understandable.’
‘Although Portland considers everyone who’s ever donned a red, white and black jersey an adopted son (with the possible exception of Bonzi Wells), there are certain players who, for one reason or another, seem to scream “Portland” more than others.’
‘We partner with desired local restaurants to allow their customers to send instant and secure online gifts. When you purchase a gift through Treatful, we notify the recipient of his or her gift on the date that you instruct us. At the same time, we notify the local restaurant of your gift purchase, so that they can expect your gift recipient as a future customer.’
‘The eyes of anthropomorphized cars are the headlights, not the windshield. And there’s no exceptions here. Having a cartoon car with the eyes in the windshield is wrong, just wrong. And that includes you, too, Pixar.’
‘Brettell and Reed-Danahay uncovered how North Texas Vietnamese and Indian immigrants develop their identity as Americans by engaging first within their own communities, where they practice and develop citizenship skills, which they then use in a broader American context.’
“With frequent, silent browser updates quickly becoming the norm, and with browsers popping up on more and more devices, designers and developers must relinquish the idea that we finely control a userě°˝€™s experience and instead must work to ensure that a site will gracefully adapt to any number of circumstances.” ě°˝€“Kimberly Blessing
‘She was the first to apply a dawning new human understanding of the natural world to cities ě°˝€“ an understanding that even now is slow to be grasped by built environment professions. It’s an understanding of “organized complexity,” as she called it ě°˝€“ the dynamic inter-relationships of systems, of processes, of self-organization.’
‘Every “I’m clicking a cow” newsfeed update served as a badge of ironic protest. Players gleefully clicked cows to send a message to their FarmVille-loving friends or to identify themselves as members of the anti-Zynga underground…. And then something surprising happened: Cow Clicker caught fire.’
‘When you’re learning, it’s not wrong to copy people—to learn from them the way that they learned from others before them. What many young artists have a problem realizing though, is that the work you create while practicing and learning is completely separate of what you do professionally.’
‘Another innovative idea was to use mimes to improve both traffic and citizens’ behavior. Initially 20 professional mimes shadowed pedestrians who didn’t follow crossing rules: A pedestrian running across the road would be tracked by a mime who mocked his every move. Mimes also poked fun at reckless drivers. The program was so popular that another 400 people were trained as mimes.’
‘Mr. Kim was a source of fascination inside the Central Intelligence Agency, which interviewed his mistresses, tried to track his whereabouts and psychoanalyzed his motives. And he was an object of parody in American culture.’
‘Mr. Havel spent five years in and out of Communist prisons, lived for two decades under close secret-police surveillance and endured the suppression of his plays and essays. He served 14 years as president, wrote 19 plays, inspired a film and a rap song and remained one of his generation’s most seductively nonconformist writers.’
‘I posted a picture of my skirt on Twitter the other day, because the pattern reminded me of a Pokemon. I was anxious about posting it, in case it seemed like something that would lay me open to accusations of being a camwhore or an attention-seeking flirt…. It has taken me a horribly long time to understand what an insidious impact the fear of attracting the degree of negative attention has on the way I present myself.’
‘So, when a publication like TechCrunch spews some nonsense about what women want, it means that the next time I go into an interview with a male founder… who has read that nonsense, he may be thinking, consciously or subconsciously, “she doesn’t really want to work at this startup because she wants to have a baby.” And frankly, that sucks for me and all the other women like me.’
Semifat Sediment is Josh Lee's weblog. Since 2003, Josh has been using this site to record his thoughts on games, television, reading, writing, and whatever else happens to be occupying his attention at the moment.
And don't try to make sense of the site's name; it's just two words that Josh liked the sound of when he was first setting up the site.