Nathaniel Salzman

Chicago area designer, writer, maker and journalist.


March 16, 2012

On the fear of words

If you are sensitive to explicit language, feel free not to read this. Today I noticed a lot of attention being given to the use of particular words. First, there is the ongoing controversy surrounding the movie ratings agency, the MPAA, and the documentary film Bully. The MPAA has given the film an R rating – Read More –

October 19, 2011

NS Recommends: Red State

Chances are, you haven’t heard of Kevin Smith’s penultimate film Red State, which was released on DVD, Netflix, etc. yesterday. That, assuming you’ve even heard of Kevin Smith. Best known for what are affectionately known as the “Jay & Bob” movies, Smith got his start shooting the now iconic Clerks on a lark, for less – Read More –

July 7, 2011

Godspeed Atlantis

Weather permitting, this final flight of the Space Shuttle program will happen around lunchtime tomorrow. I’ll be watching the webcast for sure. To my everlasting regret, I won’t be there to see Atlantis blast off in person, and only because I didn’t really plan ahead and didn’t make the commitment to simply go down there – Read More –

November 18, 2010

Please speak out against the TSA

I’ve steered away from politics on this blog. I just don’t have time, and most of the partisan bickering is pretty meaningless right now. And while I don’t think this is a particularly political topic, it does require the immediate attention of our government. The topic in question is that of airport security. I’ve been – Read More –

February 5, 2010

The golden nose: A mystery solved

About 15 years ago, my dad built a 1/6th scale radio controlled flying model of Charles Lindbergh’s iconic Ryan NYP, better known as The Spirit of St. Louis. In the two years he spent constructing his 91″ replica, dad extensively researched Lindbergh’s life and seminal, 1927 New York-to-Paris flight. This research showed in the meticulous detail – Read More –

September 11, 2009

NPR to feature my tweets [UPDATED]

If I can get in, I’m going to attend the President’s healthcare reform pep rally tomorrow at the Target Center in downtown Minneapolis. Minnesota Public Radio, our fantastic, local National Public Radio station, put a call out to Twitter folk who would be attending.

March 10, 2009

Why don’t more people do this?

I had a short conversation with a colleague today about why I and another colleague both love riding scooters: the economy, the fun or riding, the chic simplicity of it. Her question was “Why don’t more people do this?” America is such an odd place. We pave the way in so many areas, yet when – Read More –

January 8, 2009

Wired misses the point on scooter trends

Frequent commenter RB pointed out this article on about “scooter trends” which turned out to have almost nothing to do with scooters at all. What’s more it appears to be a fumbled rehash of this interview for Taiwan Economic News. I expect more from Wired and am annoyed at the consistent misconception Americans and American journalists – Read More –

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