Monday, September 08, 2014

Brad Katsuyama

Brad Katsuyama sounds like an amazing guy - clear headed - and he identified an immense problem with electronic trading through careful analysis and team building.  I also admire that he didn't question his initial sense that something was wrong.

Here are two good articles:

Is the US Stock Market Rigged
Flash Boys Fame Sells Upstart Exchange IEX to Big Investors

World War I was hard on Good

Around WW I, the usage of the word "good" began to drop. "Cool" though, has been riding pretty even for the past 200 years.
 Link to the source on Google.

I'd think "cool" would have gone up. But no.

What's going on here is that I am looking for the rise of cynicism and irony. I am also looking to see -if it did rise - was a focus on goodness displaced.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Morris Arboretum Tree House

One of the nicest places to be in Philadelphia is the Morris Arboretum Tree House. Someday I'm going to take a thermos of coffee and a book up there and stay for a few hours surrounded by the trees.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Pocoyo City Scape

I watch Pocoyo for many reasons; the stories are good ones for my kids, I like the sound design, the visual design is stunning.

Most recently, in the "Poczilla" episode, I saw the nicest design of a city I have ever seen. 

Pocoyo's Art Director is designer Pedro Bascon, I was floored by the colors and the graphic layout of the skyscraper facades. Bascon's illustration and design work is amazing. He's a super talented designer and his work is not only on his blog about his design for animation, his larger porfolio is on Behance and there is a personal site that is more geared towards illustrating children's books.

 It's a simple thing and maybe something most don't really care about, but I have had to design cityscapes and have sketched out a few on my own and Bascon's is incredibly original.

 I love it.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Tuesday, May 08, 2012

Friday, April 13, 2012

Philadelphia's Soul

Ah, beautiful Philadelphia. City of River and Sky.
A gritty post-industrial landscape dominates my general image of Philadelphia, but there is a lot to this city that comes from its context in nature. This view across the Delaware River reminds me of that. A nature that is often forgotten but as strong here as anywhere else - even in my old home - San Francisco.

Trees and gardens are celebrated in the city way more than I've ever seen in any city on the West Coast, but the idea that this city is riding on the back of some huge natural event and energy that needs to be honored is missing.

I would love to see that aspect of this city, the natural aspect become more recognized and loved. It's hard to get to due to the freeways that block us from the rivers and the acres of asphalt and houses that lay over the rock and soil, but I think Philadelphia's future relies on it.

I am not alone and Penn Praxis leads the way with actually facilitating an actionable plan to reconnect the city to the waterfront. I hope others can join in and somehow we reach a critical mass that can establish Philadelphia as a city by a river.

This was taken from the Camden Aquarium.

Radio Towers Are AWESOME! #1

RKO interstitial. Love this.

Philadelphia City Hall courtyard

OK. Sorry. But the Philadelphia City Hall is much nicer to look at from the courtyard in its center than from a distance. I took this shot as I walked out of one of the portals and into the central courtyard the other day.

Carmac Street in Spring

Carmac Street in Philadelphia is one of the prettiest and charming streets in Philadelphia. Spring 2012 is definitely out and about here.