Obviously, we're big fans of the Japanese aesthetic here, but it's still striking to me how much care goes into the design and packaging of media in Japanese culture. It's one of the few books I'd buy just to have on the shelf as art.
Another minor milestone for me is the new TypePad beta badges that are popping up. It's really exciting to see people connecting with each other through the service already! You can grab the graphic and put it into a links TypeList to put it on your own site.
I'm getting so impatient, I can't wait until everybody can jump into TypePad and be part of the little community that's forming.
I suppose it should just be a music TypeList so I can mention it, but holy crap the hook on Beyonce's "Crazy In Love" is working. It's a sample from the Chi-Lites' "Are You My Woman", which is not that great a song. (The Chis are known for their ballads for a reason...) Truly elevating the one great part of a sampled track to a new level. Considering how thin Beyonce's voice is and how fantastically inane the lyrics are, the way the song works is really a tribute to its production. A new high water mark for Rich Harrison.
So I'm down in Washington, D.C., and, as always, it's swamp-ass weather here in the summertime. Air conditioning is the second best technological advancement, after the creation of simple weblogging tools, in all of humankind's history.