Archive of: quote

  • 10 Rules of Internet

    8. When a company or industry is facing changes to its business due to technology, it will argue against the need for change based on the moral importance of its work, rather than trying to understand the social underpinnings.

    10 Rules of Internet – Anil Dash.

  • Music was my refuge

    Music was my refuge (151/365)

    Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness.

    Maya Angelou

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  • Thoughtfulness

    If you can’t draw as well as someone, or use the software as well, or if you do not have as much money to buy supplies, or if you do not have access to the tools they have, beat them by being more thoughtful. Thoughtfulness is free and burns on time and empathy.

    From a wonderful, thought provoking post by Frank Chimero. Read it, absorb it.

  • People do things

    Agencies, departments, and organizations don’t do things – people do things. People’s names should be on things to foster both accountability and pride.

    Edward Tufte.

    (via John Gruber)

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  • Neil Gaiman on Comics

    And for me, 25 years on, what I love about this is being able to give this to somebody and say, “See, this is what I mean by comics.” It is not a genre. It is simply a medium. And it’s a medium that you can do anything with.

    Neil Gaiman.

  • The line between book and Internet will disappear

    The secret among those who have poked around EPUB, the open specification for ebooks, is that an .epub file is really just a website, written in XHTML, with a few special characteristics, and wrapped up. It’s wrapped up so that it is self-contained (like a book! between covers!), so that it doesn’t appear to be a website, and so that it’s harder to do the things with an ebook that one expects to be able to do with a website. EPUB is really a way to build a website without letting readers or publishers know it.

    But everything exists within the EPUB spec already to make the next obvious — but frightening — step: let books live properly within the Internet, along with websites, databases, blogs, Twitter, map systems, and applications.

    Hugh McGuire on the future of books and publishers as API providers.

  • Dumb solutions

    Kellan Elliott-McCrea on his response whenever he’s asked “How does Flickr do XYZ?“.

    We generally try do the dumbest thing that will work first. And that’s usually as far as we get.

    There’s an elegance to dumb solutions.

  • The authentic has replaced the reproducible

    I notice that, as the Net provides free or cheap versions of things, ‘the authentic experience’ — the singular experience enjoyed without mediation — becomes more valuable. I notice that more attention is given by creators to the aspects of their work that can’t be duplicated. The ‘authentic’ has replaced the reproducible.

    Brian Eno on the question “How has the internet changed the way you think?”.

  • The possibility of technological magic

    I always tell people to send me physical things by email as attachments. The pause while they work out whether this is possible or not is a moment of great mechanical wheel turning beauty and highlights a cultural acceptance of the possibility of technological magic.

    - srboisvert in a Metafilter thread about the UK postcode system

  • Design

    Don’t make something unless it is both necessary and useful; but if it is both necessary and useful, don’t hesitate to make it beautiful.


    - Shaker design philosophy

    (via Joshua Porter)

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