"We don't have a content strategy" is sometimes just most polite way of saying "we have no vision" or "I don't know why this product exists".
[T]o truly be Good, you have to stand in that group of people and say, “No, I do not agree with your lie. I will not participate in your lie passively just in order to make this a happy party or to make everybody feel fine.” And I feel like a lot of times I am accused of being an asshole or, you know, a caustic presence, because in every situation I try and stay the course of what I think is my own ethical responsibility and that is the pursuit of what is Good, not the pursuit of what is nice.
- John Roderick on an early episode of Roderick on the Line.
Between a high, solid wall and an egg that breaks against it, I will always stand on the side of the egg. - Haruki Murakami
I'm back on that "can't stop reading interviews with Bob Mould" kick.
You can't look at a half-finished piece of magic and know if it's any good or not. — Teller (of Penn & Teller)
“I don’t really notice I live in the pod anymore.”
An art show I was in freshman year. Many folks from the Drake theatre community volunteered to participate. I sat in the back office, draped in that white squishy shelf-liner material and wearing some sort of mask, as the sun god or sun king or some such thing. Weird and fun.
They judge us by our failures and not our desire to improve. They judge us by our tools and not what we can accomplish with them. They judge us by their own standards, without a breath given to the possibility that a different perspective might exist.
Which is pretty much the Internet in a nutshell, isn’t it? Exposed to the entire spectrum of human enthusiasms, it’s basically impossible not to judge. Our empathy overloads and gives up and we sit, staring at the screen aghast, that somebody, somewhere might actually believe that what they’re doing is OK, is acceptable, is even appropriate.
Everybody is somebody else’s monster.
One of my principal objections to the pundit-prophet is that he is always an agent of the Zeitgeist, whose function it is to 'inspire' (to drill and to discipline) a generation. The Zeitgeist means fashion; and I do not think that the best work is done when the compulsion of fashion is at its intensest. - Wyndham Lewis, The Demon of Progress in the Arts, 1955
When not to use humor in your app: when it has suffered an "unrecoverable error"
"This sender can still add you to future email lists" yeah I'm not sure it's supposed to work that way?
Bikeshare adoption by communities of color and low income populations primarily a communication/marketing problem, not lack of interest.
Cryptomnesia occurs when a forgotten memory returns without it being recognized as such by the subject, who believes it is something new and original. It is a memory bias whereby a person may falsely recall generating a thought, an idea, a tune, or a joke, not deliberately engaging in plagiarism but rather experiencing a memory as if it were a new inspiration.