Sparse updates from Brendan Berg
If you’re a software company developing programming languages and you have ads in airports, I am suspicious of you.
Idiots, the Whole Lot of ’Em
I’d like to talk about how idiotic this is. Ignore the trademark symbol for now. I’ll come back to that.
How the fuck do I type this shit? I’m assuming (correctly, as it happens) that the check symbol is U+2713 CHECK MARK (✓). But it could just have easily been the visually similar U+2714 HEAVY CHECK MARK (✔) or U+221A SQUARE ROOT (√). (I’ll stop here before devolving into the madness of BALLOT BOX WITH CHECK or NOT CHECK MARK or WHITE HEAVY CHECK MARK.)
- Sir Thomas More: What would you do? Cut a great road through the law to get after the Devil?
- William Roper: Yes, I'd cut down every law in England to do that!
- Sir Thomas More: Oh? And when the last law was down, and the Devil turned 'round on you, where would you hide, Roper, the laws all being flat? This country is planted thick with laws, from coast to coast, man's laws, not God's! And if you cut them down—and you're just the man to do it—do you really think you could stand upright in the winds that would blow then? Yes, I'd give the Devil the benefit of law, for my own safety's sake!
Programming Languages as Fashion Labels
Hat tip to @zackwurst for planting the seed of this analogy.
Crude, Sexist, and Televised
I still don’t know what to say about last night’s Oscars show that the critics haven’t already pointed out. (Amy Davidson puts things much more eloquently than I could in this New Yorker column.)
The few moments of good fun hardly made up for MacFarlane’s crude humor. It’s easy to focus the lens of criticism on the show’s host, but we must remember that his behavior was a reflection of our culture at large. We were watching ourselves on that stage, and it’s heartening to know that some of us were mortified by what we saw.
What continues to strike me is that Michelle Obama had three and a half hours to refuse to support of such overt sexism, and yet she chose not only to present the award for Best Picture as planned, but also to remain silent regarding the evening’s mean-spirited tone. Her implicit approval of MacFarlane’s antics undermines the promise our President made in both his Inaugural Address and the State of the Union to promote women’s equality. I’m disappointed to say the least.
We have a lot of work to do if we want to promote greater equality in our culture. I see people pointing out shortcomings in my own corner of industry almost every day. I hope we can direct some of the outrage back towards ourselves and do what we can individually to put an end to a disgusting trend.
The Metabolists: Kisho Kurokawa. Nakagin Capsule Tower, 1972.
It’s Nakagin Capsule Tower Week on The Metabolists! Follow over there so you don’t miss any updates.
Color swatches from the New York City Transit Authority’s Graphic Standards Manual.
This has been brewing in my head for some time now, but I’ve decided it’s time to start a new project.
We had to invent science before we could have science fiction.
↪ Feb 1, 2013#quote