I have found that all ugly things are made by those who strive to make something beautiful, and that all beautiful things are made by those who strive to make something useful. Oscar Wilde
- […] The steam from the coffee rose slowly and mingled with the breath from my mouth. On the school playground that lay squashed between two blocks of flats twenty meters up from my office the shouts of children suddenly fell quiet, it was only now that I noticed. The bell had rung. The sounds here were new and unfamiliar to me, the the same was true of the rhythm in which they surfaced, but I would soon get used to them, to such an extent that they would fade into the background again. You know too little and it doesn’t exist. You know too much and it doesn’t exist. Writing is drawing the essence of what we know out of the shadows. That is what writing is about. Not what happens there, not what actions are played out there, but the there itself. There, that is writing’s location and aim. But how to get there?
You know too little and it doesn’t exist. You know too much and it doesn’t exist.
Karl Ove Knausgaard, My Struggle
The difficulty lies not so much in developing new ideas as in escaping from old ones.
John Maynard Keynes
“Ideas improve. The meaning of words plays a role in that improvement. Plagiarism is necessary. Progress depends on it. It sticks close to an author’s phrasing, exploits his expressions, deletes a false idea, replaces it with the right one.”
Guy Debord’s The Society of the Spectacle (Paris, 1967)
Out of context, some of these one-liners you’ve probably seen in a dialog box have a deeper meaning. The last one is an honorable mention; a classic, non-tech artifact.
Everything not saved will be lost.
Nintendo “Quit Screen” message
Wait some time and then reconnect
Remove all attachments
Make sure your own mask is secure before assisting others
Airplane safety card
I’m sure you can google for plenty more, but these were my favorites.
And now for a completely subjective selection of interesting tweets in the last week —
Here's the money quote from the federal judge who ordered that Kentucky recognize legal same-sex marriages: pic.twitter.com/KaYg1bUpRW
— Matt Pearce (@mattdpearce) February 12, 2014
— Design UX/UI (@DesignUXUI) February 12, 2014
sniff sniff sniff
— common squirrel (@common_squirrel) February 12, 2014
(╯°□°)╯︵ ʞooqǝɔɐɟ — my feelings about Facebook precisely http://t.co/ffnsY3i7Fw
— Rob Brogan (@robrogan) February 10, 2014
Alarm clock that forces you into waking up by playing songs you've downvoted on Pandora.
— Bored Elon Musk (@BoredElonMusk) January 17, 2014
— The Telegraph (@Telegraph) February 7, 2014
— NASA (@NASA) February 6, 2014
This is a bit ironic, because it goes against my personal goal of writing and sharing more of my self and I’ve head such disdain for the overly recycled web lately. One fun thing about having my own website is that I have the option to not care at all – winkyface.
Either way, I hope you enjoyed the next 5 seconds of scrolling!