The exact sequence of the development of civilization depends on who you ask, but it goes something like this: agriculture requires organization, organization requires hierarchy and writing and organized religion. Along with these come a whole bunch of other requisites and implications, and by the time the process is through, you end up where we are now. You’ve also traded 20 hour work weeks for 40 hour work weeks, and your baby screams, and you can’t sleep at night, and you buy things in an attempt to feel alive. —
Techno-anthropology: Utopia’s scaffolding
One of the best feelings of interacting with the internet, finding people who think about things like you do.
43f Podcast: John Gruber & Merlin Mann's Blogging Panel at SxSW -
I remember hearing this when it came out. Just came across it again, more relevant than ever.
when you don’t create things, you become defined by your tastes rather than ability. your tastes only narrow & exclude people. so create. — why the lucky stiff
When you sand off the edges of this stuff it stops being the same piece of furniture. It just becomes sawdust and mistakes. — Merlin
Humans have an endless desire to explain everything in neat abstract frameworks of how the world works, whether that’s religion or that’s business. We just can’t deal with the complexity and uncertainty that is the world we’re living in. So we desperately try to make sense of all of it, preferably upfront, preferable in a way where we feel like we’re in control of future, which is just a mirage in any case. — dhh on 8bit Podcast Episode 14
(1) keep it simple, (2) make it something you’d actually use, (3) iterate — Advice to Aimless, Excited Programmers
xkcd: Major in the Universe
A lot of people never use their initiative because no one told them to. — Banksy
(Source: edroy, via banksystreetart)
Buttersafe - Traps