Unrequired Reading: Dec. 1, 2006

Since I moved this blog up to a new version of the WordPress platform, I can do some neat stuff, like putting the rest of this post inside that “more” section, so it doesn’t take up so much space.

The guys at Design Observer posted their holiday reading list. It looks suspiciously long, like the time my buddy Tom lifted my “every book I’ve finished since 1989” list and posted it on a forum as his summer reading list. We got some laughs outta that.

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Ron Rosenbaum is more enthused about that new Pynchon book than I am, but he seems to be enthused about the existence of Pynchon fans, rather than about the novel itself, which I’ll bet he won’t get around to reading for a while.

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Todd Seavey at Reason wants to see some tradition infused in the new buildings at Ground Zero:

The sad truth is that the World Trade Center, while ostensibly an icon of a hectic and diverse world of ever-changing commerce, was also a bland modernist structure—though it certainly didn’t deserve its horrible fate.

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Despite being cutthroat competitors, Samsung and Sony have a joint venture to manufacture panels for LCD TVs. I’m always interested in the success of this sort of thing, especially in a field where the margins have grown so thin.

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Tesla rocks! (okay, wrong Tesla, but still. . .)

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Cricket will destroy the world.

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It’s all mine!

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Go, orange! Ukraine president Viktor Yushchenko writes about how things are going, post-revolution.

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And finally: what’s parallel parking?

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