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Falling Down | Talking Points Memo

I’ve seen a number of stories and comments over the last couple days suggesting that our society and politics is more polarized today than at any time in recent memory or perhaps even at any time in American history. But while these are pretty curdled times we’re living in, that seems like a dramatic overstatement. The late 1960s come to mind as a real contender in the polarization department. But I do not know that you need to go back that far. I would just look back to the early and middle 1990s. Apropos of that, I was just looking up the 1993 movie Falling Down, which seemed to prefigure what was coming down the pike politically in 1994.

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marco:

What makes me optimistic about iPad sales is just how delightful it is to use one. That’s a factor that makes sales truly viral: people who didn’t plan to buy it tend to change their minds as soon as they try one.

No feature checklist will ever convey user delight.

Jan
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staff:

Inspired by Wordpress’ seriously clever use of Loren Brichter’s new Tweetie options, we’re launching our own Tweetie and Twitterrific compatible API. This Twitter-like API should make it easy for a lot of existing Twitter clients to start supporting Tumblr.
The really cool thing - because our following models follow a lot of the same principles, we’ve been able to take advantage of a ton of native features:
Retweeting = Reblogging
Replying = Reblogging w/ commentary
Favoriting = Liking
“@david” = ”http://david.tumblr.com/”
Conversations = Reblogs
To try out Tumblr in Tweetie 2, tap “Accounts” → “+” → enter your username and password → tap the gear icon → enter “http://tumblr.com/” in both fields.
For Twitterrific, tap ”Sources” → “Edit” → “Add a New Account” → enter your username and password → tap ”Advanced” → set “Base URL” to “http://tumblr.com/” and disable “SSL”.

staff:

Inspired by Wordpress’ seriously clever use of Loren Brichter’s new Tweetie options, we’re launching our own Tweetie and Twitterrific compatible API. This Twitter-like API should make it easy for a lot of existing Twitter clients to start supporting Tumblr.

The really cool thing - because our following models follow a lot of the same principles, we’ve been able to take advantage of a ton of native features:

  • Retweeting = Reblogging
  • Replying = Reblogging w/ commentary
  • Favoriting = Liking
  • “@david” = ”http://david.tumblr.com/”
  • Conversations = Reblogs

To try out Tumblr in Tweetie 2, tap “Accounts” → “+” → enter your username and password → tap the gear icon → enter “http://tumblr.com/” in both fields.

For Twitterrific, tap ”Sources” → “Edit” → “Add a New Account” → enter your username and password → tap ”Advanced” → set “Base URL” to “http://tumblr.com/” and disable “SSL”.

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Motivated by the popularity of games, designers of social systems sometimes adopt scoring and ranking systems simplistically, with counterproductive results. The easiest design mistake is to throw up a “leaderboard” ranking all participants by a single dimension. Tom Coates explains that this simply discourages most participants. “Competitive charts, particularly at scale, basically are disincentives! Why compete to be #134,555th best at something!” Jane McGonigal agrees: “Cumulative allplayer scoreboards/ranks/achievements are fail, should be stopped like blink tags ^_^”
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Cynically speaking, one could say that it is true to life to be cynical about it.
— Paul Tillich
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Three levels of knowing

tlvx:

Simplicity is the world view of the child or uniformed adult, fully engaged in his experience and happily unaware of what lies beneath the surface of immediate reality.

Complexity characterizes the ordinary adult world view by an awareness of complex systems in nature and society but an inability to discern clarifying patterns and connections.

Informed Simplicity is an enlightened view of reality founded upon an ability to discern or create clarifying patterns within complex mixtures. Pattern recognition is a crucial skill for an architect, who must create a highly ordered building amid many competing and frequently nebulous design considerations.

This is my favorite page (#45) from Matthew Frederick’s 101 Things I Learned in Architecture School. It is simple, casual reading with intelligence and substance. If you want to borrow it let me know.

(Posted previously as an image of words, instead of useable text.)

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It does not matter if you already have the talent to save your company among your current employees. If you do not have the vision, will, and power at the highest level, then that talent is almost certain to remain as wasted as it is frustrated
— Bill Buxton
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The financial sector subtracts value from society.
— John Bogle