Byte Size Bites: Issue #3 - Dame David, Trains, Gifts and $1B Valuations!

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Despite spending hard earned "moola" on editors, copy proofers, grammar correctors and comma checkers
 
December 8 - Issue #3

Byte Size Bites

A cultural dispatch for digital workers in email form by Keir Whitaker

Despite spending hard earned “moola” on editors, copy proofers, grammar correctors and comma checkers it appears a typo slipped through the net in last week’s edition. On the upside, I guess being told of such improprieties shows that folks are reading — on the other “what the heck am I paying $0.23 an issue to Amazon’s Mechanical Turk for?” Sincere apologies to Roy - it appears I spelt your last name incorrectly.It’s Roy Ayers, not Ayres!
This week it’s all about The Dame, trains, holiday gifts, and crazy tech valuations. As always a bit of a mixed bag covering the varied selection of bookmarks from my weekly archive and playlist. 

History in Pictures
Occasionally, just occasionally, Twitter will throw up an account that really grabs you. Once you move beyond the snark and fierce debates about which JS framework you SHOULD be using this week, there’s a photo or link that really gets your attention. “History in Pictures” is one of those accounts. A case in point was this recent tweet — a pari of E-4 Streamliners in Chicago circa 1945. 
Don’t’ worry if trains aren’t your thing (I think it’s OK to admit liking trains, right?) as there are plenty of other great photos to brighten up your day.

British Rail Corporate Identity Manual
On the subject of trains here’s a read I am hoping gets fully funded on KickStarter. There’s been a trend in recent years to republish brand identity manuals including the legendary NYC Transit Authority Graphic Standards Manual which funded 8x last year — all being well this homage to all thing British Rail will be next.
If you are of an age where you look back fondly at the plastic dry white bread sandwich, bad time keeping, and a warm can of McEwan’s on your way home then this is for you. The book, if funded, will reproduce the British Rail brand identity guidelines introduced in 1966 and updated in 1970. That the logo endured for so long is a real testament to its originality. Go back it now so I can get my copy!
Wild is the Wind by David Bowie
For this week’s “Easy Listening”, I remain firmly camped in the 1970’s with perhaps my favourite David Bowie track of all time — his cover of “Wild is the Wind”. The original studio recording featured on the classic six track album “Station to Station” — an album often overlooked but for me an absolute must have addition to your playlist. I seem to recall Bowie once say that the vocal was the one he was most proud of. Sadly I can’t find the source so you’ll just have to believe me! Enjoy.
Recommended Reading
The Ultimate Holiday Gift List for Tech Enthusiasts
Woodbuds
77 Letter M Transit Logos
The Day I became a Millionaire
Basecamp Valuation tops $100 Billion
David Bowie for 40 Years
Blue Bottle Sabbatical Travel Kit
How Europeans like their Chips
And Finally …
So I made it — an edition sent out one week after the last. Whatever next? Who knows maybe I’ll manage three in a row. What’s on your gift list? Feel free to hit reply and let me know. As always thanks for reading.
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