A media memory palace; a place to put oddments and scraps; a notebook of cuts and slices, protected under fair use.

Boulder Poems
By Ford, Frank Bernard
A small collection of poems about Boulder, CO.
Monday, November 12, 2001
8 sections.
Connecting Light
By Ford, Frank Bernard
A collection of poems by Frank B. Ford Originally from 1990
63 sections.
Who Cares?
By Ford, Frank Bernard
Stories mercifully short Originally from 1990
17 sections.
Bartleby the Scrivener
By Melville, Herman
A Story of Wall Street. Illustrated with contemporary photographs by Paul Ford.
Tuesday, January 25, 2000
Thomas Hardy, Roman Ruins, Casterbridge
By ThomasHardy
A section from The Mayor of Casterbridge that summarizes Hardy's historical vision - a mix of architectural, archeological, and human history, which humans ignore to their ignorant doom or observe to their eternal sadness. The beginning of Chapter 11, typed in from the Penguin Edition.
Monday, November 27, 2000
Lapham, Utopia
By Lapham, Lewis
A virtuouso lambast of consumption culture from Lewis Lapham.
Wednesday, November 22, 2000
Rub it and Love it
Cookery and love, love, love
Thursday, November 2, 2000
Documents Indicate...
Ford motor company has damaged my brand equity, so I'm suing. This is, for those who have a little trouble with the concept and have seen fit to send me death threats, a joke.
Thursday, November 2, 2000
PAC Evil
By Hightower, Jim
Jim Hightower encapsulates the horror of big money politics in a few paragraphs.
Thursday, November 30, 2000
What's the difference between a liberal and a conservative?
An extremely clear definition, from Booknotes, 1994
Monday, November 27, 2000
3 Kinds of Power
By JohnKennethGalbraith
From John Kenneth Galbraith's The Anatomy of Power, Houghton Mifflin, pp. 4-6.
Monday, November 27, 2000
The Atomistic Machine View of the World
By RichardCLewontin
R. C. Lewontin proposes a third approach to analysis.
Sunday, January 28, 2001
The Book of Joshua, Chapter 10
The sun stands still in the sky.
Monday, February 19, 2001
Jealousy and Literature
By PetervanSommers
Pet Van Sommers explains his feelings about analyzing jealousy through the lens of literature; from his 1988 book Jealousy.
Sunday, March 18, 2001
George Washington as seen by William Carlos Williams
By Carlos Williams, William
From “George Washington” in In the American Grain, a collection of essays by William Carlos Williams,  © 1933, (pp 142-144).
Wednesday, June 20, 2001
By JorgeLuisBorges
This poem hung on my wall for years, until I began to look a little like it.
Friday, June 22, 2001
From the Universal Self-Instructor of 1883
It is rude to stare at ladies in the street.
Friday, February 8, 2002
The Fiddler of Dooney
By W.B. Yeats
Folk dance like a wave of the sea.
Wednesday, February 20, 2002
Montaigne's Internet Business Plan
Montaigne - actually his father - predicts HotJobs.com, 430 years before an IPO.
Tuesday, September 10, 2002
Benjamin Franklin on Business Ethics
When in doubt, sleep on the floor and drink water.
Thursday, October 3, 2002
Benjamin Franklin on Moral Perfection
Practical advice on obtaining a perfectly moral bearing. From his autobiography.
Friday, October 4, 2002
My Financial Career
By Leacock, Stephen
A classic from 1910.
Thursday, January 23, 2003
Cooking of Eggs
The table of contents from Many Ways for Cooking Eggs by Mrs. S. T. Rorer.
Tuesday, February 4, 2003
Wm. Gibson on Terrorism
Author William Gibson nearly blows up the world.
Monday, February 24, 2003
Message to the Republican Mob
By ROwens
Rap by a Democratic Congressman from New York, originally published in the Congressional Record, 23 July, 2002.
Tuesday, April 22, 2003




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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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