Here’s to liberty and justice:
Against all expectation, I enjoyed this.
“There are shops in Paris where nothing is for sale, no matter how hard you beg. I think people get lonely. Their apartments become full, and, rather than rent a storage space, they take over a boutique. Then they sit there in the middle of it, gloating over their fine taste.”
David Sedaris cracks me up with Memento Mori.
Not enough Lucifer in your Linux? Try Ubuntu Satanic Edition.
Cultural norms inform schema design - or is it the other way around? For example, on the subject of gay marriage:
“To be blunt, the systems aren’t set up to handle it. The paper forms have a space for the husband’s name and a space for the wife’s name. Married people carefully enter their details in block capitals and post the forms off to depressed paper-pushers who then type that information into software front-ends whose forms are laid out and named in precisely the same fashion. And then they hit “submit” and the information is filed away electronically in databases which simply keel over or belch integrity errors when presented with something so profound as a man and another man who love each other enough to want to file joint tax returns.”
The Cuil, a unit of measurement for number of steps away from reality:
“1 Cuil: if you asked me for a hamburger, and I gave you a raccoon.
2 Cuils: If you asked me for a hamburger, but it turns out I don’t really exist. Where I was originally standing, a picture of a hamburger rests on the ground.”
“What kind of bike? I don’t know, I’m not a bike scientist. What I am though is a manly guy looking to sell his bike.”
From Manly Bike For Sale
“The conversation was direct. Some would say brutal. [..] It is simply that he likes to accomplish things, preferrably with his own hands, and tends to view conversations as impediments. He would rather do something of an essentially stupid and pointless nature, than talk of something beautiful or momentous. He wants his servants to be like his hands, which which carry out his will immediately and without the tedium of verbal instructions - so much so that if a conversation extends beyond a few sentences, he will grow intolerably restless, his face will become disfigured by uncontrollable tics, and his will shoulder his interlocutor out of the way and take action himself.”
From The System of the World by Neal Stephenson
The recently posted review of Braid captures what’s wrong with the game industry (high development costs stifling the innovation and creativity that typically comes from small dev teams), and how Braid is part of the new wave of indie games which is changing that.