The State of the Art is Terrible

The Real Zack Morris published a lament about the state of computing today that actually brought me to tears:

The State of the Art is Terrible – 10/3:

The real secret they won’t tell you, heck, that I think is only dawning on a few people, is that today’s computing can’t take us into the future. It can’t provide true artificial intelligence or bring the kind of multiplication of effort that hackers take for granted to the masses. Computer science has utterly failed to tackle the real world problems, things like automating jobs so people don’t have to work, or working hand in hand with humans to explore solutions we have trouble seeing ourselves. We are so far from a Star Trek-style future utopia that it breaks my heart.

How to write good hyperlinks

Helpful Web writing advice from Iain Broome at Write for Your Life on creating links that convey meaning while remaining scannable for readers:

How to write good hyperlinks – 9/29:

When you write links, it may not feel like poetry, but you do have to engage people. What’s more, your primary job is to help them get from one place to another, all with the minimum of fuss.

All of life has been utterly, profoundly changed...

The Real Dan Lyons is like the messiah of the Internet right now.

All of life has been utterly, profoundly changed thanks to Facebook’s new features, and nothing will ever be the same, and all I can do is sit here and weep at the beauty and magic that Mark Zuckerberg has brought to this world – 9/23:

I go outside and stand in the yard and gaze up at the sky and I say, Why? Why, sky? Why do you look like shit? You look just the same as ever, just blue sky and white clouds. Why can’t you change the way Facebook changes?

Good to Know

This is a little self-serving, but Shawn Blanc linked to my post about helpful Web automation tool ifttt from last week, and I want to return the favor. Shawn’s main site, as well as his fun side-blog Tools & Toys, are daily RSS musts for me, and his B&B Podcast with Ben Brooks and Creatiplicity with Chris Bowler are weekly listens. Thanks for the link, Shawn!

For the record, I’d never take the time to do it, either, but it was fun to learn how.

Good to Know: ifttt is Pronounced “Ift” (Like “Gift”, But With No G) – 9/21:

If you’re still discovering ifttt, Jon Mitchell has a nice writeup at Read Write Web about how to use it to pretty much automate the backing up of your entire online life. I don’t think I would ever take the time or energy to go this far with the service (I’m anti-digital-packratiness), but this does give a nice idea of just how powerful and versatile ifttt already is.

Caterpillar

Sometimes, being a blogger feels like being a caterpillar afraid to enter the cocoon because one can't decide whether to come out as a designer, a developer, or a founder.

The only way out is to remember that the world also needs writers... for something.

Death Spiral

Great post from Benjamin Brooks last week that’s inspiring my work on RWW this morning:

Death Spiral – 9/14:

This is a memo to all business owners large and small: pull your heads out of your asses and stop racing to the bottom. You cannot make a sustainable business by selling goods and services at a loss. You must — completely — ignore sales data gained by holding fire sales, that data is irrelevant to your normal operations.

What the Social Web Can Learn from Burning Man

When surrounded by such works of human days and hands that deserve complete attention, framed by a vast and serene natural environment, the last thing I want is for a white number in a red box to pop into my field of vision and distract me.

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