A University of Chicago psychologist analyzed baby names cataloged for the past 50 years and found a modern right-side bias.
Proust’s madeleine was quite dry. It demanded not just a quick dunk, but immersion to “soften” it (according to the new translation by Lydia Davis, said to be the most accurate). And, you’ll note, Marcel never bites the cookie. The memory surge is triggered by crumbs.
In extraordinary scenes filmed for a new documentary, young dolphins were seen carefully manipulating a certain kind of puffer fish which, if provoked, releases a nerve toxin.
iOS is pinned down by its early interface decisions. Decisions that were made to help users relate older, physical ideas to this new, touch-driven software platform.
Over the past several years, those of us who work in branding or design have heard various authorities tell us that we basically are “storytellers.” For the first couple times, I accepted this neologism without much resistance. But as more and more upper-management types used the word, it seemed…imprecise.
Why are contemporary-art photographs so devoid of smiles? In many cases it’s not just an absence of joy, but a total lack of emotional affect. Walk into a high-end gallery in any major art city today, and—if photographs are on show—you’re likely to see images of people wearing blank, zombie-like expressions. The style, called deadpan, is ubiquitous.