“So maybe you’re saying, I don’t want to create a global phenomenon. I just want to write my little book about me and my little friends texting each other and such. And I’ll answer, Jane Austen already wrote that book, but okay.”—How To Write The Great American Novel | The Awl
“Publishing is not evolving. Publishing is going away. Because the word “publishing” means a cadre of professionals who are taking on the incredible difficulty and complexity and expense of making something public. That’s not a job anymore. That’s a button. There’s a button that says “publish,” and when you press it, it’s done.”—- How We Will Read: Clay Shirky
“It is in the nature of gameplay to destroy, and arguably death is the meta-subject of all games. In fact, it has to be this way. Killing a zombie, taking a bishop and digging through the Minecraft dirt are all change-making acts, and that’s why players play games. A game helps you feel successful by causing lasting change, and so death is always nearby.”—On Ultraviolence in Games and the Lessons of Porn - What Games Are
“Demand is not keeping up with supply, and if not corrected, will create a huge imbalance where there is an abundance of art but no audience for it. Or as they so eloquently conclude, “arts policymakers have focused so successfully on stimulating production that they may be contributing to an imbalance between supply and demand that hobbles the entire sector”.”—Crusade for Collecting (via photographsonthebrain)
Barack Obama did win in 2008 running on a platform more liberal than the one he has pursued in the interim. Perhaps he couldn’t move any farther left on immigration or health care and stay viable. But on national security, executive power, and civil-liberties issues, he campaigned and won handily repudiating Bush-era policies, only to govern to the “right” of the Bush Administration.
There wasn’t a political imperative to do so. And I’m tired of that truth being obscured.
“playing live instruments (something we already see drastically less of than even a few decades ago, especially as compared to how many people can play Rock Band vs can play a guitar).”—#shitsiskosays - Charlie’s Diary
“We have the videophones of science fiction past—and no one much cares. We use it sometimes, but it’s far more of a pain to make yourself presentable onscreen, get the kids and dogs to leave you alone for long enough to Skype, and carry on an etiquette minefield of a conversation when a quick text or email will do for most business.”—#shitsiskosays - Charlie’s Diary
“Most transatlantic cables head straight for deep water, to get away from sharks. In what some might consider a case of karmic justice, sharks threaten the financial industry by biting its cables, attracted by the electromagnetic fields generated by the wires that power the amplifiers at intervals along their length. Along the continental shelf, cables must be expensively armored against sharks and if possible buried to avoid damage from anchors and fishing trawls.”—Raging Bulls: How Wall Street Got Addicted to Light-Speed Trading | Wired Business | Wired.com
“We are four years from the first Summer Olympics held in winter, which means hurdlers in snowshoes. Actually, the weather should be fine in Rio (it’s been in the low 80s this August), but this still is wrong. When the Summer Olympics are held in winter, then global warming has won.”—We say Lithuania; they say Lietuva; why not Rainland?
“The quality of software is better, on average, on the Mac than the PC, but software still basically blows on every platform, compared to how it could be. It’s partly that the best software has often gotten worse over time because of bloat and it’s partly that the art of software design has failed to advance in ways that it should have advanced, especially when it comes to usability. There is actual good software emerging on iOS, and I think there are three reasons for this: first, it’s a clean slate, so you don’t need to implement broken designs to keep legacy customers happy. Second, the strict constraints of a touch-based, one-window system force developers to actually think deeply about how their software should work. And finally, the enormous gold rush has brought in new blood to write new kinds of apps.”—The Setup / Bennett Foddy
“That’s what happens when these abstracted people arrive in the workshops of the master craftswoman on Day 1, thinking,
“Gee, I work with fabric a lot. I could totally weave by hand on a loom. People hundreds of years ago did it. How hard could it be?”
The answer, of course, is incredibly fucking hard. Mindnumbingly hard. Weaving is like playing a pipe organ only with the opportunity to break and snap and knot and twist. Make a mistake, and there goes hours — maybe days! — of configuration alone.”—Why Blacksmiths are Better at Startups than You « Unicornfree
“Their fear is justified, because the second you start charging for a product, all of the bubbly bullshit falls away. The market is cold, rational, and effective. It doesn’t care about your lean startup methods, your rockstar team, or your fawning tech press. All of your assumptions, vision, business plans and pitches are irrelevant.”—Fear of Money by Ilya Lichtenstein
“Tablets are a complete luxury item—PURE luxury—and owning one makes you an asshole, instantly, categorically. It’s a wonderful toy. But a toy. A big boy toy. Nobody needs an iPad. Nobody. Not a single person, unless you’re literally so stupid and/or infirm that you can’t use a keyboard and mouse like the rest of the industrialized (or barbaric) world.”—It’s OK to Be a Hater Because Everything Is Bad