Pie charts

What’s a scientific experiment without pie charts? It’s incomplete, that’s what. So: You’ve already been presented with this data in tabular form. But these, you see, are pie charts. First: Story categories. (Previous category analysis, with table, here.) Second, object-function … Continue reading

Categorical Imperative

The holidays are over, and here at Significant Objects we’re back at work, assiduously analyzing the data from our project’s experimental phase. Last month, we finished up our quantitative analysis; in 2010, we’ll focus on a qualitative analysis of our … Continue reading

Happy New Year!

Significant Objects will be back after the holiday. In the meantime, please enjoy the following significant-object poem, titled “The Things,” from the Jan. 04, 2010 issue of The New Yorker. It’s by Donald Hall. Reprinted here without permission. When I … Continue reading

Quick update

As of yesterday, we’ve closed 17 auctions in Significant Objects Volume 2, with total sales standing at $653.04. So we’re on pace to make a nice donation to 826 National when it’s all over. Thank you for the bids! Keep … Continue reading

Upcycling with words

Significant Objects has many obvious virtues — but is it eco-friendly, too? In the early days of trying to drum up traffic, I brought our project to the attention of several eco-blog types. Why? Because we figured that in converting … Continue reading

Charity effects

Probably you already know this, but it’s not a bad idea to remind everyone that proceeds from Significant Objects v2 will go to 826 National. We recently decided we need to add some kind of running total box to the … Continue reading

S.O. on NPR

All Things Considered hangs out with Josh: Check it out here. And should any NPR listeners find their way here as a result, welcome to the site, there is more about the project here. The Russian Figure + Story By … Continue reading

Unappealing objects

We’ve discussed the intrinsic appeal of some Significant Objects – but what about those objects that lacked such appeal? Things inexplicable, but not in a way that doesn’t necessarily make you want to know more. Sometimes objects like the now-notorious … Continue reading