I wanted to write about what this election is about to me… and I assure you it’s not about parties, candidates, media news cycles, or predictions. Here’s what I think this is about… it’s about getting small. It’s about realizing that growth is not the only answer to how you improve your life. It’s about… Continue reading What it’s about — moderation, preservation, and gradualism.
Planned Obsolescence: I’ve long felt that everyone who eats meat should slaughter and butcher and animal in order to get in touch with where meat comes from. I now add to the list that everyone who creates trash needs to go to the dump and take a good long look at where trash goes. So… Continue reading Planned Obsolescence
Congratulations! You’ve Been Fired – The New York Times: Treating workers as if they are widgets to be used up and discarded is a central part of the revised relationship between employers and employees that techies proclaim is an innovation as important as chips and software. The model originated in Silicon Valley, but it’s spreading.… Continue reading Congratulations! You’ve Been Fired
Some comments on The Anarchist’s Design Book: Which brings me to my final point. Schwarz has been one of my favorite go-to writers for matters of technique for well over a decade. With this book, (and to be honest, this really snuck up on me) he’s also suddenly sitting as one of my favorite designers.… Continue reading Some comments on The Anarchist’s Design Book
Why Apple Defends Encryption: Now is the time when we get to decide if we have a right to privacy and security, and the limits of our government for the digital age. It won’t happen because of public statements by tech leaders. No, it’s up to us to make our opinions about online privacy and… Continue reading NY State bill that bans the sale of smartphones
Ringling Bros. elephants to get an early retirement says CNN. Even this makes me uncomfortable… but maybe we know just enough about these animals to keep them relatively content and happy. Maybe. I can easily recall the excitement as child of going to the zoo and the circus and seeing all the greater than life… Continue reading Ringling Elephants, the price of freedom
More Apple Car Thoughts: Software Culture | Monday Note: Just because the software running inside Apple’s personal computing devices is considered high quality doesn’t mean that the culture that produces it is capable of producing the high-reliability, real-time embedded software needed for an electric car. I am one of the many who believe culture always… Continue reading Apple Car Thinking