The Amazon Kindle

I’ve been trying to read as much as I can about Amazon’s new Kindle electronic book-reader before I posted about it. When I first read about it, I thought it was a cool idea. I watched the fancy demo video and was wooed by the simple side clicking, the dictionary, being able to read websites. But then I really read about it, read reviews on other sites, and the thing is pretty dumb.

Admittedly, I don’t read a lot of books. But I did buy Survivor by Chuck Palahniuk to read on the plane back to LA. Having it in my backpack, reading it on the plane, carrying it around… these are not things that would be made easier by having a reading device. How many books can you read at a time anyhow? I’m sure there are crazy people out there who read like 7 books a day, but would the Kindle really be a benefit?

I’d also like to talk about the price, which is just as much as an iPhone. People gave Apple so much shit for charging so much, so what’s the difference here? The screen isn’t even in color! It’s silly looking! I think Apple needs to figure out a way to make PDFs of books, which would make it a standard format for all, and let people buy them that way. Yes, people will share the book PDFs, but isn’t that what people do anyhow? If I buy a book, you can’t stop me from letting someone borrow it for free.

My favorite response was from Chip Kidd, who writes:

On Monday November 19th, Amazon released something called Kindle, the latest “e-book” reading device. I’ve been asked to comment on what effect I think this will have, if any, on book design as we know it. Here goes.

None.

Sincerely,
Chip Kidd

He also goes on to say:

The reason the iPod took off is that music was never meant to be a “thing” in the first place. It was born as pure sound, and pure sound is what it has returned to. But books were always physical objects, and the printed book as a piece of technology has yet to be improved upon. And won’t. Certainly not by something that looks like a prop from Charlie’s Angels and has, are you ready, a whopping ONE typeface. For everything! Yay!

Here, here! Books are just fine the way they are. Leave them alone Amazon.

Bobby

Bobby Solomon

November 28, 2007 / By

Laboratory Conditions / Part 1 of 5

Coudal Partners has released a 5 part video called Laboratory Conditions, chronicling their journey through Los Alamos. The story is of a real-life man who lives in Los Alamos and runs a place called Black Hole, which collects “nuclear waste”, old computers and parts from the Los Alamos Testing Facility.

The videos are quiet portraits of a man who has quite an odd collection of things, each video giving you a larger picture of who he is and why he does what he does. It’s really beautifully shot as well, lots of beautiful images and wonderful sounds.
Definitely watch the video above, and check out the link above to see the rest.

Bobby

Bobby Solomon

November 28, 2007 / By

Siggi Eggertsson

Born in a small town in Iceland in 1984, Siggi Eggertsson is a graphic designer who just keeps getting bigger and bigger. I saw his work on all sorts of sites last night, and for good reason. His muted lend of colors and shapes really stands out amongst the rest out there. His work feels almost similar to that of eBoy’s, but not really, I think their both just obsessed with tiny details.

He’s only 23 and he’s already worked with Coke, H&M, Stussy, Arkitip, Readymade and a ton more. Color me jealous.

Bobby

Bobby Solomon

November 28, 2007 / By

Kristian Henson

I spotted Kristian Henson’s work in an old issue of Swindle and was really drawn (har har) to his great artwork. Right now his site is being updated, so I couldn’t get a lot of info on him, but it looks like he works with Shep Fairey on a lot of projects. His website also says that his zip code is the same as mine, so that makes him my neighbor as well. So that’s something.

He’s worked with companies like Swindle, Ubiquity Records, Motorola and I’m sure a many more. For right now though, you can go to his site and download a PDF of his work to get a better idea of his style. Really great stuff.

Bobby

Bobby Solomon

November 28, 2007 / By

CMYK Incase iPhone Covers

Incase is expanding it’s line of awesome iPhone cases to now include the CMY of CMYK, Cyan, Magenta, and Yellow. They join Black, Steel Blue, and Red to give the iPhone a bit of color. After holding an iPhone with Incase’s cover, I can say for sure that they work well and look good. I thought they would stick in your pocket, but the material is pretty slick. I really like the cyan and yellow a lot, and I’m sure my mom would love the magenta one.
When I get my iPhone this X-Mas, I’ll definitely have to pick one of these up.

Found through High Snobiety

Bobby

Bobby Solomon

November 28, 2007 / By

Broke Trek

There are a million types of these Brokeback Mountain parody videos, but I think this one takes the cake.
It was supposed to be a 5 year mission, and the one thing they didn’t think they’d find… was love. I really didn’t like Brokeback Mountain, but I love me some William Shatner. Good for a laugh here at midnight.

Bobby

Bobby Solomon

November 28, 2007 / By

Lots of Lomography: Boston & New York

To start off, I’m back in LA, and pretty glad to be home. I missed being here, missed sleeping in my bed, and driving my car. Jeff and I had a great time though, and to prove it, I have a bunch of rad photos.

I’ve been slowly using my Lomo LC-A more and more lately, trying to figure out it’s quirks and the such. Well, I ended up shooting three rolls while I was on the east coast, so I think I’ve finally figured it out. It’s actually pretty fun to use, though I’m still having some trouble judging distance for the focus. But I think practice will make perfect on that issue.

All of the photos were taken in Boston or New York, and I used Fuji 200 film. I love how old and vintage they feel. It’s kind of nice to step away from digital for a while and have some photos with some grain and grit to them. There are 17 more photos under the cut, so I suggest you check them out.

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Bobby Solomon

November 28, 2007 / By

Happy Thanksgiving

I’ve never been a big fan of Thanksgiving. Growing up, it was always slightly painful to see my immediate family. One of my aunt’s would talk incessantly about all the amazing things my cousins were doing, while I was “being normal”, playing video games and reading comic books. The best part of the day was always the food, even though I would fall asleep after dinner, every time.

Nowadays, though, things are quite different. I have a great job, great friends, a blog that I couldn’t be more proud of, a wonderful boyfriend, and a mother and grandmother who love me more than anything you can imagine. At 25, I wasn’t ever sure what I was going to be doing, just “something artistic”. I think I’m doing pretty well, but more importantly, I’m having a great time, and that’s what really matters.

I hope everyone who celebrates Thanksgiving has a wonderful day, and for everyone who doesn’t, sit back and think of all the great things you have in your life.

Bobby

P.S. I really want to make Kitsune Noir Turkey T-shirts based around the stencil you see up there. How rad would that be? It could make turkeys the cool new thing, like deers were a couple years back.

Bobby Solomon

November 22, 2007 / By

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