Telling the news on Twitter is different than telling the news in a magazine or...– Nick Kallen, on Mat Honan’s desire for the ability to edit tweets
Whimsy is not a quality we usually associate with computer programs. We tend to...– Jacob Harris on the quirky yet delightful Times Haiku
Listen to your users more than the press. Don’t get sucked into the...– Josh Williams, on his experience taking Gowalla off the ground, and eventually setting it back down
That’s how My Bloody Valentine’s deeply destabilizing queasiness,...– Mark Richardson, on the new My Bloody Valentine album, mbv
Writing a novel is like writing a computer program. The goal of this program is...– An update from Jack Cheng about his experience of writing his first novel, These Days. I suspect it will be wonderful, but that really won’t matter because it’s been worth it just to follow along with him in the process.
I'm smitten with Vine
Bernal fireworks vine.co/v/bJh0qUdKF1x— Bill Couch (@couch) January 27, 2013
It was while standing at the Embarcadero a few years ago, imagining concrete...– From Marcin Wichary’s beautiful and eloquent piece on why he chose to become a Code for America fellow this year.
Solve your first-world problem →
I’m generally quite bothered/fatigued by people using reductive phrases like “first-world problem,” “humblebrag,” and “white people,” but there are some truly abhorrent sites featured in this, many of which I had never heard. Pitchbox and Sparkology are especially grating, and generally represent much of what I hate about Silicon Valley. When motives are rooted in status and wealth and not...
There is a digital noise surrounding us, invisible chatter, and we spend time...– Nate Larson, who, together with Marni Shindelman, looks at tweets from trending topics, finds the physical location from where the tweet was posted, and photographs the space.
There’s a whole class of human communication that happens through decorational...– Paul Ford
If I look at everyone I’m following on Twitter, by and large they are peers I’ve...– Matt Haughey, highlight the key difference between Twitter and Facebook
Places mean much more than their locations on a map. Places are the ways we...– Karina van Schaardenburg
In times of hypergrowth, people tend not to document; they just build. They make...– Patrick Ewing, from a discussion he and I had about cultures and historians
A Real San Francisco Tech Dude
In many ways, I feel at home in San Francisco, but I still sometimes feel alienated among my friends and peers. Here are the ways in which I’m not A Real San Francisco Tech Dude: I am not skinny I can’t grow a beard I ride a bike with gears I ride Uber only if absolutely necessary I have more than 50 co-workers I am comfortable working with more than 50 co-workers I have worked...
Glass has always been identified as a New York City composer, and his music has...– Mike Powell, on Philip Glass’ new album, REWORK_
Regret, I think, is part of your life when you’re introverted.– Jason Kottke
a new endeavor
couch: i am starting a podcast with a friend
brittany: I KNEW IT FROM THE WINE BOTTLE MICS
A city speaks to you mostly by accident—in things you see through windows, in...– Paul Graham
GUYS I DIDNT MEAN HIM I MEANT MY COUCH IM SCREAMING twitter.com/asdfghiall/sta…— hailey lln (@asdfghiall) August 18, 2012 This may be my best troll ever.
…here is something I’ve been thinking about a lot lately: how the only real...– My friend, Erin Watson, has written a series of poems, lightly inspired by @horse_ebooks and she wants to turn it into a proper chapbook. Erin’s writing is beautiful and eloquent, as evidenced by this bit from her, so I’d encourage you to take a look.
At this moment I don’t have anything smart to say, because my feelings are...– Ira Glass, on the passing of David Rankoff
If you’re in the Valley for any amount of time, you’ll have missed...– Robert Cezar Matei, who declined an offer to work at Instagram
Last summer there was one listing in a really hip, desirable part of the...– Sheri Castilyn, a leasing agent with Rentals in SF, on San Francisco’s absurd housing market right now
But one day, you’ll get out of school and go somewhere besides the small...– Joe Peacock This is what it has felt like to move to San Francisco.
About a month ago, I launched http://designfromthegut.com for our SXSW session to allow audience members to submit and vote on questions/comments for our panel through Twitter. The site was powered by an app I wrote with Dustin Senos called Osprey, which I wrote a bit more about here. I was hoping to open source it but didn’t have time to before SXSW even though others started asking to use...