It has been one hundred and forty one years since James Clerk Maxwell proposed the idea of the electromagnetic spectrum in his 1873 Treatise on Electricity and Magnetism and still — still! — there is not ONE non-ugly, completely understandable visualization of the spectrum and its wavelengths. Either it’s gorgeous and too full of information, or it’s simple and hideous. We live in the era of visual communication. SOMEONE OUT THERE: PLEASE FIX THIS.
(If I have somehow missed a lovely and clear electromagnetic spectrum graphic, please point me to it. I’m looking at you, jtotheizzoe.)
“ Here comes your childhood.”
Nicole, as she pushed play on Paula Poundstone’s 1990 San Francisco show. I haven’t smiled so big in a while. I remember so many of the bits: the Whole Box of Pop Tarts, the Left Side of the Plane, and of course, the Snickers routine. “Along about noon, when your appetite’s, uh, pokin’ atcha, pokin’ atcha…” Also, her crowd work is some of the funniest I’ve ever seen.
Also also, can we have a year in the fashion industry where we celebrate Paula Poundstone? Poofy sleeves and oversized ties and vests and mom jeans? Because it’s hilarious and perfect. I declare 2015 the year of the Poundstone look. Get Armani on the phone.