A collection of visual and textual artifacts, intended to be updated daily.

Thursday, August 7, 2003
Park Slope, Sunday Night
A woman and a dog.
Wednesday, August 28, 2002
DUMBO, Saturday Afternoon
A man, coming across another man, one of the men having entered into a strange posture.
Friday, August 30, 2002
The Tarsier Afroth
A wonderful image received via email, provenance unknown, of one of nature's stranger jokes.
Saturday, August 31, 2002
Filling the Bathtub
A picture from the dark.
Monday, September 2, 2002
Mystical Chair
One evening south of Canal St...
Tuesday, September 3, 2002
Make money!
By Scott Rahin
Make it now! Make it! At home! Do it! You must!
Wednesday, September 4, 2002
Building in Chelsea
Snapped on the way to see a client, over a year ago.
Thursday, September 5, 2002
This last weekend I met a woman who was proud of her tattoo. I'm not sure how the French translates.
Thursday, September 19, 2002
Cut Trees
Near Trenton, NJ. I don't know why they cut them.
Friday, September 6, 2002
This is a pal, at the Flaming Lips show in August. He's a music critic, cool fellow.
Saturday, September 7, 2002
Free Willie Nelson
I've seen this RV about 3 times, as it's driven around midtown.
Sunday, September 8, 2002
The hands, they move
Watch them. Are they sending you a signal?
Monday, September 9, 2002
The Woolworth Building
The once-ubiquitous antenna of the WTC rising behind.
Wednesday, September 11, 2002
The Symmetry Project
Two ancient sketches from Deluxe Paint, a drawing application for the Amiga with which I sorely miss playing.
Thursday, September 12, 2002
Open Subway Door
Representing infinite possibilities, but devoid of humans.
Thursday, September 19, 2002
Penn Station
Everyone trying to get somewhere...
Saturday, September 14, 2002
They raised the rates to 50 cents, the bastards, and still half the calls don't go through.
Sunday, September 15, 2002
On 34th St., I think, or right around there - a huge picture window, and there they are, the massive innards of some skyscraper or hotel.
Monday, September 16, 2002
Rat Valentine
Rats need valentines, too.
Tuesday, September 17, 2002
Sky Corner
Always there, sliding into their destinations, or departing for greater heights.
Friday, September 13, 2002
Democracy is in an undisclosed location.
Protest signs from last Saturday's march.
Tuesday, March 25, 2003
Weekend in Cambridge, Mass
Tuesday, September 10, 2002
14 sections.
How to Make Something from Nothing
Cuttings from one of the best craft books ever.
Saturday, September 28, 2002
2 sections.




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@20, by Paul Ford. Not any kind of eulogy, thanks. And no header image, either. (October 15)

Recent Offsite Work: Code and Prose. As a hobby I write. (January 14)

Rotary Dial. (August 21)

10 Timeframes. (June 20)

Facebook and Instagram: When Your Favorite App Sells Out. (April 10)

Why I Am Leaving the People of the Red Valley. (April 7)

Welcome to the Company. (September 21)

“Facebook and the Epiphanator: An End to Endings?”. Forgot to tell you about this. (July 20)

“The Age of Mechanical Reproduction”. An essay for TheMorningNews.org. (July 11)

Woods+. People call me a lot and say: What is this new thing? You're a nerd. Explain it immediately. (July 10)

Reading Tonight. Reading! (May 25)

Recorded Entertainment #2, by Paul Ford. (May 18)

Recorded Entertainment #1, by Paul Ford. (May 17)

Nanolaw with Daughter. Why privacy mattered. (May 16)

0h30m w/Photoshop, by Paul Ford. It's immediately clear to me now that I'm writing again that I need to come up with some new forms in order to have fun here—so that I can get a rhythm and know what I'm doing. One thing that works for me are time limits; pencils up, pencils down. So: Fridays, write for 30 minutes; edit for 20 minutes max; and go whip up some images if necessary, like the big crappy hand below that's all meaningful and evocative because it's retro and zoomed-in. Post it, and leave it alone. Can I do that every Friday? Yes! Will I? Maybe! But I crave that simple continuity. For today, for absolutely no reason other than that it came unbidden into my brain, the subject will be Photoshop. (Do we have a process? We have a process. It is 11:39 and...) (May 13)

That Shaggy Feeling. Soon, orphans. (May 12)

Antilunchism, by Paul Ford. Snack trams. (May 11)

Tickler File Forever, by Paul Ford. I'll have no one to blame but future me. (May 10)

Time's Inverted Index, by Paul Ford. (1) When robots write history we can get in trouble with our past selves. (2) Search-generated, "false" chrestomathies and the historical fallacy. (May 9)

Bantha Tracks. (May 5)

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