Are you quite sure that all those bells and whistles, all those wonderful facilities of your so-called ‘powerful’ programming languages belong to the solution set rather than to the problem set?Edsger Dijkstra, (1976) A Discipline of Programming
Every lie we tell incurs a debt to the truth. Sooner or later, that debt is paid.
— Valery Legasov, Chernobyl (HBO)
Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.
Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rage at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.
Dylan Thomas, “Do not go gentle into that good night” (opening stanza)
Facebook wants us to — and, really, forces us to — conduct our digital lives with singular identities: identities that can be harnessed and streamlined (and sold to and analyzed). We, however…tend to expect that identities will be what they have been since the advent of society itself: prismatic. Varied. Contextual. These tensions will inevitably clash. The Atlantic,
“Are Your Facebook Friends Stressing You Out? (Yes)”
We set sail without an anchor, we count upon that never stop / An anchor’s just a coffin nail, waiting for that hammer drop.
Andy Bothwell (Astronautalis), “The River, The Woods”