When you look for inspiration, when you want really getting things real, it can be useful to remember that… ” constrains and dead lines make you creative, different opportunity and having anything you want they kill creativity.” by Jack White
see the full interview Watched by Jason Z. about inspiration and constrains
What if we designed a social network to be small, self-supporting, and independent from the outset? How would it look, work, and feel? I bet it would come out looking nothing like the ones we’ve got now, the ones still trying to turn water into gold.
Markdown is a shockingly simple markup language that allows you to write, using an easy-to-read, easy-to-write, plain text format. This format can then, in seconds, be converted into another markup language, such as HTML!
There’s a great youtube in the original article. John Cleese starts to sound a lot like Tim Ferriss. Probably the closest thing he has to a TED talk. On second thought, here it is (there’s a longer version in the original article though):
I’m always trying to be lighter and more efficient. In doing this I noticed a trend on the clothing I own: through the years they gradually became lighter, simpler and can adapt to any occasion. I own less clothing.
How to balance the desire of readers to filter ads with the desire of publishers to have embedded ads in works?
Weiner, the founder of Read It Later, tries to make the point that the innovators — like Weiner, Marco Arment of Instapaper, and John Tayman of Byliner — are just doing what readers want. The trick will be figuring out a way to make the publishers happy.
In a fluid world, the notion of web pages (except as an archival mechanism) is changing rapidly. A URL is a unique ID referencing an object, most importantly, a handle that can be used to dereference: to access the object being referenced, and pulling its contents into some context.
The issue is, then: Are the ads associated with works part of the work or an additional bit of stuff?
From the viewpoint of the reader, the ads are extraneous, and not inviolably part of the work, because filtering them in no way degrades the experience of the article, photo, video, or audio.
I believe that a new sense of ‘fair use’ will have to evolve, and it will be somewhere to the left of what publishers like. For example, something like the reverse of the model for online newspapers, where I can access the NY Times without fee for up to 20 times per month. Perhaps a model would evolve where I can skip NY Times ads in Read It Later for 20 times per month, after which I have to see at least one of their ads in subsequent viewings?
At last we can buy and use iA Writer for Mac. iA Writer is the best minimalist distractions free writing tools. No preference to choose, only a beautiful typeface Mac optimized and a focus mode to better concentrate on what you are writing on. Now who likes to write has an other choice besides Writeroom and OmmWriter.
The plain truth might be that we’re living beyond our means because our way of life atrophied our means. And it may be that way we live, work, and play requires deep transformation — if we’re to upgrade our means to live, work, and play better tomorrow.
An interesting theorem about how our own desires to live beyond our means is creating a “superbubble” that is the real root of overvaluation. Fascinating and, I’m swayed to believe, true.
This is all well and good and I enjoy reading through different ideas and opinions but at what point is enough enough. When does minimalism start to become cluttered and excessive in itself.
You are simply not allowed to read any of the rest of this site until you read the link above. Go. Now. See you back here in a few minutes…
Are you back now? Good. Now, stop dinking around on the Internet! Go get something done. Make something. Anything.
I could show you a pizza and beer joint with better tips, tricks, and lifehacks than anything you can read online, carved into the 150 year old wooden booths, written long before the Internet was a thing. Do you know how they got that way? Well, every day it fills up with people. Some of these people have something to say, especially after a pint or two. Then, they use whatever sharp object at their disposal to say it as quickly and clearly as possible on any available semi-soft surface.
So, why am I here doing this?
Hmmm… Fair question…
This is my booth at the pizza joint. I come here all the time with something to say. My Mac is nothing more than a overpriced pocket knife for me to scrawl stuff into it. And if I did not have that I would find a way. Because I have something to say. It’s what I do.
Find that thing that you do and do it. If it is, in fact, what you do, no tool will make you and no tool will stop you.
MIN is a bookmarklet that will strip any decoration from a site. All color, borders and backgrounds are removed instantly, helping you identify the successful and unsuccessful uses of typography and layout.
The tech world is obsessed with what’s next. It has become so used to the constant flow of new products and new companies that newness itself has been placed on a pedestal. But outside of a few breakthroughs here and there, most things that are good are good because they got there slowly.
“Our culture is borderline obsessed with the focus on productivity and getting things done. And while I am certainly an advocate for those, at my office, and on my team, unity is far more valuable than productivity. Where there’s unity there’s people who love their job. And a lover will always out-work a worker.”—What’s Better Than Productivity in the Office? — Shawn Blanc
“In a conversation years ago, [Steve] Jobs said he was disturbed when he heard young entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley use the term “exit strategy” — a quick, lucrative sale of a start-up. It was a small ambition, Mr. Jobs said, instead of trying to build companies that last for decades, if not a century or more.”—Quote: In a conversation years ago, [Steve] Jobs… - (37signals)