Edible Memory

I’d like to read Jennifer Jordon’s new book about the nostalgia of food


Edible Memory reminds us that food isn’t just something we eat. It’s something we feel. This realization shouldn’t be mistaken to mean these feelings and memories are fundamentally an individual and individuating experience. To feel is to be connected. This book, more than most out there that interrogate food cultures, tells a story about food that helps us understand its deeply sociological underbelly. 

—Michael S. Carolan, Colorado State University

Via Ashlie Stevens at The Guardian

“Making your mind and your soul quiet and strong”

An astonishingly young Ashima Shiraishi has just completed on of the world’s toughest rock climbs

Dangling upside down one minute, stuck to smooth rock like a lizard the next, pulling herself up by a finger and jumping from crack to knife-edge up an overhanging cliff, a girl from New York is believed to have conquered the most technically difficult rock climb ever by a female.

It’s also the hardest piece of rock face ever climbed by anyone of her age – 13 years old.

Design is about intent

As a designer specializing in creation of presentations for corporate events, one of the most difficult things to get across to people who are immersed in the ideologies of business process and management is that the supporting graphics I’m creating for them need to have a single focus. I’m often asked to create a graphics template for an event. Or worse, I’m asked to convert an existing presentation to new template. “Clean it up, make it look good,” might be the direction. But design is goes much deeper than the format of a presentation. Good design requires becoming clear about what you mean.

John R. Moran expands this idea to running a company:

The opposite of design, then, is the failure to develop and employ intent in making creative decisions. This doesn’t sound hard, but, astonishingly, no other leading tech company makes intentional design choices like Apple. Instead, they all commit at least one of what I term the Three Design Evasions.

via Daring Fireball