Monday, February 1, 2010

The Waiter

Car park mural, Dublin

Good things come to those who wait. But better things come to those who don't, which is why I'm ready to put an end to all this hibernation and launch Ampersand Seven into the new year. There's something to be said for taking time off, but the longer I let my brain fly south for the winter, the more afraid I am that it won't come back. So I'm happy to announce that as of next Monday, I will officially have the blog up and running again.

After much heavy drinking contemplation, I've decided to keep the basic theme intact, which means you can continue to expect cool numbers presented in pleasant sequential order. However, the format is loosening up a bit, as you'll soon see, allowing for more freedom as I pick the images I choose to share. The number-a-day format was reliable, but she was also a cruel mistress, as A. Mesh proved to us all. So every Monday I will post a new number, starting with #1, continuing on Mondays throughout the year. Tuesday through Friday will present visual treats related to Monday's number, and weekends will host occasional musings and curiosities related to stuff I like and want to share: typography, city stories, books, notebooks, music, and so on. I'll do my best to faithfully post daily, but there will be occasional days off as I need them. I've decided that my brain likes to fly south every now and then.

In short, the new &7: a cool picture a day, every day, from buildings, street signs, murals, clocks, clapboard shacks and more, with a focus on interesting typography, odd details, and delicious, mouth-watering design. Stories, essays, and digressions as per usual. Comments and visitors warmly welcomed. Wander. Hunt and gather. Keep calm and carry on.

12 comments:

Adam said...

Welcome back!
However, in the rhyme from my childhood, one magpie represented sorrow!

Julie said...

Mmm ... not sure it is a magpie, is it? Are you an expert on birdies, too, T?

It could be a currawong but would need a yellow eye. It could be a white winged chough but would need a red eye. It could be a crow but then it could not be a waiter cause it does not have a white waist-coat. It could be a Raven but they too are totally black.

I think this is a deformed penguin.

Julie said...

Oh ... yes ... good to be back in the saddle again.

Giddy up ...

Radge said...

Welcome back to the fray. The fray has missed you.

Patrick said...

I've been eagerly awaiting February first, hoping to see a new post. Huzzah!

Pierre said...

Punctual as promised.
You're number one!

Jackie said...

I know it's not a Raven. Because just like Julie said, it would have to be all black.

But still- I was saddened when your numbers were nevermore.

Welcome home, T.

Therese Cox said...

Folks, that's no magpie or raven. That there's one of them newfangled iBirds, which renders all other birds obsolete.

All kidding aside, I'm sure there's already an iPhone app that can identify the damn thing. I'm hopeless.

I've missed you all muchly. Thank you for your warm welcome and witty repartee. It's good to be back. Frayward we go!

Therese Cox said...

Jackie - Less than 24 hours into the new &7 year, and already an Edgar Allan Poe reference. Aww...

Julie said...

Imagine, if you would, a stately iRaven rapping at your chamber door, ploughing its beek into your heart.

designslinger.com said...

We were afraid to look yesterday and not find you there.
So, we waited till very early this morning and are so happy to see you back.
Looking forward to more magpies, crows, penguins, ravens, signs, numbers, fonts and lots-a-copy.

Jim & Mitch

Therese Cox said...

Hallelujah to all that.