Bruce Davidson - photos of NYC subway in 1980.
The thing is, if you care about having an impact on the world, the too-early mode is the highest leverage point because you can have an idea, build a mock or a prototype of it, and then have those ideas find themselves in products that other people build that then scale up to massive.
|—||From a really long interview with Jonah Peretti.|
You’re probably a little suspicious. The classics have all been written on paper, or at least papyrus, and they’ve been around for a long time. How good could this stuff possibly be when it’s released whenever the author wants, in whatever shape they figure is ‘good enough?’
|—||Writing on glass - by me.|
This was to be my last lesson, though I didn’t realize it at the time: that he’d willed everything he had into reality with a set of tools no different or better than mine. The earnestness, the effort, the endless self-belief—out of nothing more than that, he created 50 Cent. The guy who is about to put another record out whether anybody wants it or not. The guy whose mother died at the hands of a person she must have trusted; the guy who just jettisoned the oldest friends he had. And yet he’d behaved like a friend to me. Could I say the same?
|—||50 Cent Is My Life Coach, by Zach Baron in GQ.|
There are two ways to interpret Plutarch when he suggests that a critic should be able to produce “a better in its place.” In a straightforward sense, he could mean that a critic must be more talented than the artist she critiques. My mother was well covered on this count. (She denies it, but she’s still a much, much better writer than I am.) But perhaps Plutarch is suggesting something slightly different, something a bit closer to Cicero’s claim that one should “criticize by creation, not by finding fault.” Genuine criticism creates a precious opening for an author to become better on his own terms — a process that’s often excruciating, but also almost always meaningful.
|—||The Perfect Essay.|
It’s relatively hard for a brain to generate pleasure, because it needs to activate different opioid sites together to make you like something more. It’s easier to activate desire, because a brain has several ‘wanting’ pathways available for the task. Sometimes a brain will like the rewards it wants. But other times it just wants them.
|—||'Wanting' and 'liking' are different, and that explains so much about humans that I wanna shout it out from the rooftops. Source, via hackernews.|
The early path dependency/initial-conditions dependency means product-driven businesses create customers in an absolute sense that cannot be gamed. You cannot get from “early evangelist customers” in pain trying to improvise their way around Blackberry problems, to the iPhone, via a codified process. There is an a priori synthetic element that is neither discoverable by outside-in processes, nor negotiable within a codified inside-out/outside-in dialectic once discovered.
|—||Product-Driven versus Customer-Driven, by @vgr. So many gems in here, but I will always share Kant references.|