Lorin Hochstein has a great, short post about the distinction between modernism and post-modernism, and the connection to software engineering. In short, modernists believe that the world is turbulent and dynamic, and can be constantly remade anew; while post-modernists believe that “we can never cast off our history and start…
It took Netflix more than a decade to demonstrate that a personalized experience improved retention. But consistent growth in…
“Why did I do this? It seemed like a weird gimmick and a fun challenge. Like with many of my weird creative projects, for most of the time I assumed that this will fail — after all, I have heard of anyone doing something like this, and I had no idea if the tech was even available — but at least I will learn something.”
If you haven’t watched it yet, you should. I won’t spoil it for you.
This post from Cory Doctorow is one of the best pieces on blogging I’ve ever read. Twenty years of a sustained practice of thinking in public; Cory’s ongoing work at Boing Boing and on his personal sites is inspiring. I loved his notion of writing to build an audience, instead of writing to serve an audience.
Keep a domain around long enough, and unsolicited spam hilarity ensues. From a recent email:
Hi Michael! I’m [[redacted]]. Your site, theobvious.com, has sparked my interest to contribute articles and resources in the various topics that you cover. I especially enjoyed one of your latest posts, and therefore decided to reach out to you.
My latest post on theobvious.com? September 2003.