Recommended reading

I read a lot of blogs every week so you don’t have to. Welcome to the Saturday blog roundup!

Dilbert creator Scott Adams thinks that for most of us, that is, people who aren’t fully anti-immigration or fully wide-open-borders, don’t have enough information to know how much immigration is a good thing. He says someone needs to do the math. Read Where’s My Immigration Prediction Model?

Typography fascinates me. And I love Berlin, from my brief visit there in 1984. And so I find a blog about Berlin’s typography to be compelling! This week it considered the typography of the city’s S-Bahn train stations. Read The Many Faces of the S1

A software developer is building an app that lets you scan film negatives using your iPhone and a light source. Seriously! What an exciting experiment! James Tocchio at Casual Photophile got an early look — and shows some scans. Read We Go Hands On With FilmLab, A New App For Scanning Film With Your Smartphone

The first blogger I ever followed, Mark Evanier, lost his partner recently. He is beginning to write the stories of her end, including a real love letter to the palliative care industry. Read A Month Later…


10 thoughts on “Recommended reading

  1. Heide says:

    Scott Adams is a pretty brilliant guy. I’d never thought about immigration as a mathematical problem — because human lives are involved — but he’s given me much to think about. And that Berlin typography. Wow! Although I associate blackletter with a particularly horrible time in history, it’s really interesting to see it in a different context. As for that photo-scanning app: Sign me up! It’s an absolutely brilliant idea, and so elegant in its simplicity I can’t believe no one thought of it sooner. Finally, thank you for sharing Mark Evanier’s piece. My heart goes out to him for his loss of Carolyn, but I was relieved he (and she) as least had a good experience with the palliative care near the end of her life. His saying that he had already gotten over her death before she died also brought comfort, because that was my experience also with two friends I’ve lost over the past year, and I’d been feeling a bit guilty about having said goodbye in a sense before they were really gone. Well, Jim … you’ve done it again! Thank you from this Minnesota Roadie.

  2. DougD says:

    Good article on palliative care. My wife works in hematology (leukemia, bone marrow transplants etc) and you have a 50% chance of exiting that ward under your own power. The other 50% eventually encounter palliative care.
    She occasionally considers moving her career in that direction, as without the pressure of “going for the cure” there is less stress to jump through futile treatment hoops and more opportunity to comfort the patient and the family.

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