“Et quand je la pschiiiite mon eau thermale sur mon visage, c’est un vrai moment d’orgasme publicitaire de première catégorie. Wooooouh, aaaaaaaaah… Je le vaux bien.”—Garance Doré (reading in the original French in prep for Paris next week!)
“In the space, Drexler saw opportunity. He installed the loudspeaker system because, he says, “I couldn’t waste a second; I couldn’t be waiting for people to call me back,”…”—Lunch with the FT: Mickey Drexler - FT.com
As the maker movement marches forward, we’ve hit a lot of milestones: a place to share what you make (MAKE magazine/MAKE blog/Maker Faire, Make: Projects, Instructables), places to meet up and build things (hackerspaces, TechShops, meetups/DorkBots), tools to create (Inkscape, MakerBots, laser cutters, gEDA, kiCAD), places to sell what you make (Etsy, kit businesses, Maker Shed, direct), and now ways to fund your projects (Kickstarter).
It really is true: if you can dream it, you can make it, and now you can probably get funding for it. And if you use open source hardware, you have an advantage and a way to give back value at the same time. That’s what’s so exciting to me right now, and I hope we see more open source hardware fueling great Kickstarter projects.
The first thing that people usually notice about Jill Abramson is her voice. The equivalent of a nasal car honk, it’s an odd combination of upper- and working-class. Inside the newsroom, her schoolteacherlike way of elongating words and drawing out the last word of each sentence is a subject of endless conversation and expert mimicry. When she appeared on television after her appointment as executive editor, the blogger Ben Trawick-Smith wrote, “Speech pathologists and phoneticians, knock yourself out: what’s going on with Abramson’s speech?” He was deluged with responses. One speculated that, like a politician, she had trained herself to limit the space between sentences so that it would be hard to interrupt her; another said she had probably acquired the accent in an attempt to not sound too New York while she was an undergraduate at Harvard. The writer Amy Wilentz, a college roommate of Abramson’s, has said that the accent probably has something to do with trying to sound a bit like Bob Dylan.
As always, Charlie Rose instinctively knows about whom I read in the blogs every day, and then has them in as guests that night.
I’m watching him interview her now, and yes, her voice is sort of insanely self-conscious sounding. But what she’s saying is charming! In regards to her first conversations about assuming her new role at the Times, she confessed that:
She [bad Jill, as according to Arthur Sulzberger, Jr.] needs to work on listening.
No not really. The only one I look at is my girlfriend Garance Dore. To me she is the game-changer right now. She is a great writer, she does video, illustration, and photography. I look at her and I get jealous because she is so artistic in so many different ways – she does great illustrations, heart-felt writing, beautiful photography, and inspiring videos. She is funny, consistent, and her point of view on fashion is great. So that is the only blog that I look at on a consistent basis.
Daria didn’t give an F what she looked like…except you know that she secretly did. And she managed to pull together an ensemble that conveyed to the Kevins and Brittanys of the world (and the Beavises and Butt-heads, too) that, no, high school in Lawndale was not doing it for her. Here,…