“You are not David Remnick with his ninja production team. You are Ben Franklin with a creaky printing press that takes hours to rebuild each page and the plate gets your hands dirty and the paper smudges and type cracks, and, yet, you have a thing at the end of the night, for the world to see.”—I love this line from Paul Smalera’s essay on Medium, outlining a few good reasons why journalists should learn how to code: https://medium.com/editors-picks/3bf7c0c88be1
“There is an aesthetic crisis in writing, which is this: how do we write emotionally of scenes involving computers? How do we make concrete, or at least reconstructable in the minds of our readers, the terrible, true passions that cross telephony lines? Right now my field must tackle describing a world where falling in love, going to war and filling out tax forms looks the same; it looks like typing.”—Quinn Norton’s ACM Web Science talk - http://www.quinnnorton.com/said/?p=721 - discovered thanks to a tweet by Robin Sloan
“Delight means testing your code like an adult rather than moving fast and breaking things like an energetic, baby hippo. Baby hippos are cute but you don’t want one holding your credit card is what I am saying.”—Andre Torrez, on making software that delights users: http://torrez.org/how-about-some-fucking-whimsy.html
We’re moving to a new apartment in early November. This will be a pretty big transition for us … Not only is it a new city, but it’s a significant downsize. (I haven’t lived in an apartment since I was single.)
Already, six weeks from the big move, I feel I have enough material to write my own self-help book. Please tell me I’m not the only one who has such a complicated relationship with “stuff.”
“Changing something from “draft” to “published” is like climbing a hill and looking down. The change in perspective makes certain things obvious. It’s why editors often still print things out in 12 point Courier and edit with a pen. Every time we simplify, we take a step out of the creative process. Sometimes that’s a good step—it’s easier to move boxes on a screen than to do manual paste-up with an X-Acto knife and hot wax. Still, we risk losing chances for analysis and reflection.”—
The Rumblr’s in-house astrologer, Madame Clairevoyant, presents her latest dispatch from the stars:
Aries: This week you are going to feel powerful, you’ll feel quick and strong and right. This week is a great week for you to make things happen, for you to get what you want—a lucky time. It’s also a time when it’ll be easy for you to be selfish, for you to be distracted, for you to do small cruel things just because you aren’t paying attention. Move through the world with your windows open, feel the sun fall gentle on your face. Feel your power and let it light you up, but be careful with the ways you let it reflect all around you.