Last year I bought a used iPad 2 for cheap on eBay with an eye to resell it and make a quick buck. I never actually got rid of it, though. That thing soon became my main reading device, probably because a book or kindle is too divorced from my ADHD-ridden techniques of information consumption. I originally used the app Instapaper to read long articles that caught my attention on the daily web grind. Then I discovered Longform for iPad. It’s a simple to use and well curated stream of long—as the name may infer—articles that are beautifully edited in one central app. It has quickly and naturally become my daily newspaper of choice as it easily builds on my personal feedreader habits. Besides this app I now only have a digital subscription to The Wire. Ingeniously, the developers of Longform have also found a loophole in the process of using content from magazines; a much discussed and highly controversial practice of content reprocessing. The workaround means that the app loads the actual web page which the article is taken from first, so the publishers still get their precious page impressions and ad revenue, as mentioned in this article on the New York Times blog.
You get all this for the affordable sum of €1.59 — or, in other words, about the price for a daily newspaper these days.
We all leave our fingerprints everywhere. Usually they go by unnoticed, because usually they are not that important. But then there is this certain someone that picks up on a simple fact like that and creates artwork that just totally makes sense and makes you think “oh what a witty idea, why the heck didn’t I think about that?”
American artist Kevin Van Aelst had such an idea and recreated fingerprints with every day objects, such as mustard, weenies, wool, pie, yarn, cassette tape, sugar or even simply scribbled it on paper.
Kevin was born in Elmira, New York and currently lives and works in New Haven, Connecticut. Photos of his can be seen weekly illustrating "The Medium" in the New York Times Magazine. But for now, concentrate on these inventive fingerprints.