summing up 43

a more or less weekly digest of juicy stuff. please find previous editions here.

  • kill math, it's the responsibility of our tools to adapt inaccessible things to our human limitations, to translate into forms we can feel. microscopes adapt tiny things so they can be seen with our plain old eyes. tweezers adapt tiny things so they can be manipulated with our plain old fingers. calculators adapt huge numbers so they can be manipulated with our plain old brain. and i'm imagining a tool that adapts complex situations so they can be seen, experienced, and reasoned about with our plain old brain
  • so it's different symbols, but it doesn't mean anything, computers aren't a short-cut to something useless: they are a way of making your single-functioning brain more efficient. they are, in fact, an extension of your brain. you can figure out how to do something, explain it to the computer, and then forget how to do it because the computer now does it for you. which is how the world now operates
  • sweep the sleaze, if readers are too lazy to copy and paste the url, and write a few words about your content, then it is not because you lack these magical buttons. if you provide excellent content, social media users will take the time to read and talk about it in their networks. that's what you really want. you don't want a cheap thumbs up, you want your readers to talk about your content with their own voice
  • programming and depression, so at the end of several days worth of programming, and problem-solving, and forward-thinking, all a programmer might get is a "thanks, now here's the next thing i need you to do"
  • be nice to programmers, programming builds an acutely negative mindset over time. i'm always asking the question "what's wrong with this?" positive people are always focusing on "what's good about this?"
  • the joy of programming with bob ross
  • it architecture, the usual suspects, hilarious
  • your 60-hour work week is not a badge of honour, we need to stop being proud of overworking ourselves. it's unhealthy, it stunts the growth of the business, and it's unsustainable. instead, we should be proud of creating or working in an environment that is efficient, organized, and diligent enough to allow people to work regular hours on meaningful work
  • both sides of, photography project by alex john beck

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