March 16, 2004
Where Are the Pretty Pictures?
I’m totally grooving on the free KeepMedia RSS feed, which brilliantly includes a few links to old but still-relevant magazine articles every day.
Today, there’s a link to one of my favorite Atlantic Monthly articles of all time, a “desktop narrative” from an author exploring all of the super-high-res cosmic imagery available on the Internet.
Except it’s totally lame on KeepMedia, because there are no pictures. The whole point of this article was that it was printed alongside the pictures: stars, planets, supernovae. And there’s no reason you couldn’t do that on the web; it’s just that all these archiving systems — seriously, like all of them, from Lexis-Nexis to the NYT — toss images, graphics, and layout aside like so much stale garbage. Whazzup with that?
Anyway, here’s a picture of outer space: