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A Christmas message from Björk.

A Christmas message from Björk.

Wishing everyone the curiosity, surreality and poetry of the season.

 
 

Today's must read - "The Scientists who Make Apps Addictive" from 1843 Magazine

When your industry calls the most profitable users "Whales" you know there's a problem.  I keep a copy of Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion around just to inoculate myself from these black arts.

 

 

Tech Industry: upgrade thyself -- How do we reform tech? by @anildash

The industrial scale of todays technology causes tech to become alienated from the very users they are supposed to serve.  (Never mind that we should be talking about People, not "Users").

 

Code Next Opens in Oakland, creating diversity through Constructionism

"From a design point of view it is a truly unique experience that very much leans on an educational theory known as constructionism. This codified curriculum will soon be available to the entire world as an open source."

 

Ethical Design Manifesto

I love how this succinctly captures the values I hold dear.  Delightful design based on open principles with recognition of human effort.  I have a copy printed out at my desk.

 

We practice Ethical Design

 

A reminder from Vint Cerf about the importance of digital preservation

It seems inescapable that our society will need to find its own formula for underwriting the cost of preserving knowledge in media that will have some permanence. - Vint Cerf - We're Going Backward

I've seen this firsthand.  Albums from some lesser known bands I listened to in the 90s are not available in digital format.  When the CDs finally bit rot the music will be gone forever unless someone rips and uploads them.  Some content never made the jump from VHS, also at risk of loss when the tapes degrade.

Support the Internet Archive and other efforts if you value this.  Also work towards a future self-archiving decentralized web where content can live beyond the data silos they currently occupy.

 

My new favorite way to manage home directories with git

And you can avoid merge conflicts by adding entries to your .gitattributes file:

.bash_history merge=union