I have to visit Toronto if only to put coins in this machine:
Google’s Ngram Viewer is a remarkable tool. Essentially, it makes it very easy to search for the appearance of a phrase in the history of printing. Well, the history of printing as scanned by the Google Books project. Ben Zimmer’s article in The Atlantic covers it in more detail.
This morning, I wondered about the history of the phrase “back to the drawing board.” Is it fading from use? When did we start using it? Do people know what it means?
The phrase started appearing after WWII, but really took off in the 60s. And while it doesn’t seem to appear beyond 2008, that may be a limitation of Google’s corpus. 2005 appears to have been the peak year.
Wikipedia has a very good article about drawing boards, and kindly credits this Peter Arno cartoon as the origin of the phrase “back to the drawing board.”
I am very pleased with my new iPad 2.
With a Speck plastic cover snapped on the back of the iPad, and an Apple Smart Cover protecting the front, I am happy to carry it almost everywhere.
It is a great drawing tool, using apps like Brushes or AutoDesk Sketchbook. I love it.
These are the things I will be doing in the coming year: