“While Jodorowsky’s Dune is great as a history of a failed movie, it’s even better as a consideration of the role of failure in creation. The fact that the movie didn’t happen (technically - we could argue that the film exists, just in a format in which no other movie has ever existed, the collective consciousness) didn’t stop Dune from having ripples across filmmaking and genre. It’s easy to think that a failed effort is a stillborn tragedy, but the reality - as Jodorowsky’s Dune shows - is that even when you fail you’re still moving the ball forward. The only true failure is not trying.”—from: Why You Must See JODOROWSKY’S DUNE (via theotherwillis)
It is. Complete pop culture. I’m not against pop culture. Developed music, for instance, needs a pop culture. There’s a tendency to over-develop. Brahms and Dvorak needed gypsy music badly by the end of the 19th century. The big problem with our culture is that it’s being dominated, because the electronic media we have is so much better suited for transmitting pop-culture content than it is for high-culture content. I consider jazz to be a developed part of high culture. Anything that’s been worked on and developed and you [can] go to the next couple levels.
One thing about jazz aficionados is that they take deep pleasure in knowing the history of jazz.
Yes! Classical music is like that, too. But pop culture holds a disdain for history. Pop culture is all about identity and feeling like you’re participating. It has nothing to do with cooperation, the past or the future — it’s living in the present. I think the same is true of most people who write code for money. They have no idea where [their culture came from] — and the Internet was done so well that most people think of it as a natural resource like the Pacific Ocean, rather than something that was man-made. When was the last time a technology with a scale like that was so error-free? The Web, in comparison, is a joke. The Web was done by amateurs.
“There are two different elevator museums in the city–the Long Island City Elevator Historical Society and The Museum–both totally different but equally worthy of perusal. However, how would you distinguish one elevator museum from the next? Having been to both, I’ll say this: it all depends on whether you want to learn about elevators or have your understanding of their function revolutionized.”—Sharon Wong for Untapped Cities: A Tale Of Two Elevator Museums. (via blech)
glosses over the issues with package managers, the issues faced by every. data. repository. ever., the issues with package maintainers, and the hilarity that ensues every time anyone mentions data publication.
and that’s before you even get to what happens when the data in the package is like some multi-terabyte raster collection.
“The first computer Go attempts were based on what can only be described as computational exegesis: Go strategies through the millennia are collected in aphorisms and proverbs, and some of them—“Never cut a bamboo joint,” “Don’t go fishing when your house is on fire,” “Never chase a dragon”—can be easily translated into lines of code. For example, “Don’t go fishing when your house is on fire” is interpreted for the computer as “prioritize local responses versus global search,” according to David Fotland, who has been writing Go programs since 1981.”—
“I left Microsoft because I think when you have the ability to be a creative person, you have to take that seriously, and you have to push yourself. And pushing yourself is a lot easier to do if you’re in a life raft that has a big hole in the side, and that’s what I think indie development is. You’re paddling desperately to get where you want to go to, but you’re also bailing out. Whereas if you’re in a big supertanker of safety, which Microsoft was, then that safety is like an anesthetic. It’s like taking antidepressants. The world just feels too comfortable.”—Peter Molyneux
“I did find it interesting to reflect that spring is perhaps the one time of year when you can drink a beer-based interpretation of your local terrestrial conditions, rather than a riff on the country’s shared seasonal shorthand.”—via Edible Geography
“I imagine this ‘UI storage’ area of my brain is like the box in my closet containing a rat’s nest of computer “dongly things” and cables. It retains most of this UI knowledge—and I can get at it—but I have to detangle it from fifty other UI assumptions I’ve gathered over the years.”—Josh Timonen