Stories

What If Everyone Could Have a Personal Computer?

People who saw my computer could take one look at it and see the future,” Wozniak wrote in his autobiography. “And it was a one-way door. Once you went through it, you could never go back.

This entire article is a great reminder (or a great example, if you're too young to remember the world any other way) of just how amazing all of this is.


The Making of John Mayer's 'Born & Raised' Artwork

You can’t see it, and not want to pick it up and bring it closer to your eye and investigate. And I think in this world we live in where everybody is trying to figure out the next strategy for PR, all we did was make something beautiful.
— John Mayer

Over the long weekend, I've been revisiting some of my favorite short “indie” documentary films. This one shows how the album art for John Mayer's Born & Raised album came into being. Born & Raised is on loop a lot around here, so it's fun to have this peek behind the curtain at the attention to detail that went into the cover.


An Oral History of ‘Batman: The Animated Series’

Oddly enough, it took a kids’ cartoon to show TV-watchers the emotional and visual weight of the Caped Crusader. Debuting on Fox Kids as an after-school show in 1992, the Warner Bros.-produced Batman: The Animated Series changed the titular character’s mainstream profile forever.

Batman: The Animated Series is still one of my favorite stories from my childhood. It's getting a Blu-Ray remaster release in October, and when I heard the news yesterday I thought it would be a good time to share this again.

Lots of great stories in here about how the show challenged the notoriously strict rules and traditions in animation at the time; working with Mark Hamill (who played The Joker); and how Harley Quinn premiered in The Animated Series and went on to be a wildly popular DC character.

The prevalence of the "oral history" format among popular online magazines has been interesting to see this year, too.