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This Week’s New Yorker Cover, Brought to You by the iPhone

CV1_TNY_06_01_09.inddPublisher Condé Nast gets plenty of well-deserved criticism for its slow embrace of technology and the Web, but some of its individual titles do some interesting stuff.

To wit: The video below, which depicts how artist Jorge Columbo created this week’s cover art in an hour, using an Apple (AAPL) iPhone. Columbo used an iPhone app called Brushes, and he’s been using it for a while to create some interesting stuff. If you like this piece, check out his collection of  “iSketches.”

And here’s the same technique with another sketch:


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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work