From Brain Pickings: The Story of a Cover Girl

Brain Pickings recently featured an article about the book, Lolita – The Story of a Cover Girl: Vladimir Nabokov’s Novel in Art and Design, which is a compilation of the different covers of one of literature’s most controversial classics: Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov. They describe the different colors and subjects each artist took to create the varying covers and how they incorporated that with the varying interpretation of the theme.

“Lolita is about obsession and narcissistic appetite, misogyny and contemptuous rejection, not only of women, but of humanity itself. And yet. It is also about love; if it were not, the book would not be so heart-stoppingly beautiful.”

Check out more of the covers and read excerpts from the book.

From The Verge: University of California wants to let you read all its peer-reviewed work

Starting November 1st, all peer-reviewed work published by scholars working within The University of California system will be available for free on the university’s eScholarship website. This is a big move toward open access publishing, and comes in the wake of Aaron Swartz’s death as he was on trial for “illegally” attempting to do exactly what UC is starting. An interesting caveat to this move is that scholars can opt-out on a per paper basis. Read more at The Verge.

Swoon! Interactive Gantt Charts

For all you organization geeks (like myself), go-getters who like to plan ahead, frequent group collaborators, and anybody who just appreciates the beauty of a Gantt chart, I give you TeamWeek, a web and iOS interactive Gantt chart. TeamWeek has a pretty simple interface, yet it’s not so simple that it’s boring. Think the colorful drag-and-drop interface of Google Calendar, or even iCal, yet flipped so time stretches horizontally rather than vertically; and tasks are arranged by team member instead of day. And for my Gantt chart geeks, imagine a chart where you can move dates and times without having to redo the whole dang thing!! Whew I think I need a cigarette.

Source: Lifehacker

Boosting Productivity in a Crowd

Latte art from my local coffee shop, GrandRiver Coffee in East Lansing.
Latte art from my local coffee shop, GrandRiver Coffee in East Lansing.

Lifehacker recently reminded it’s readers that working near others can boost your productivity, which resonated with me. I’m a coffee shop fanatic. When I travel, especially for work and school, I don’t look for the coolest bar or world-renowned restaurants, I look for independent coffee shops. Places where the locals go to get some work done while sipping a hopefully fair-trade latte. One of the reasons I love coffee shops so much is that I tend to get a good amount of work done. I’m by myself, but not alone. Check out LifeHacker’s piece about why this is true, then peruse their suggestions for staying productive while working at your local coffee shop.