Fortune Favors the Bold

Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs even though checkered by failure, than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much because they live in the gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat.

   ~ Theodore Roosevelt 

 

Designers

A designer is an emerging synthesis of artist, inventor, mechanic, objective economist, and evolutionary strategist.

   ~ Wired, R. Buckminster Fuller

 

Modernism

In light of these new ideas [discoveries in space, time, language, and human mind], modernist authors and artists of the period began to wonder whether concrete reality and objective truth existed at all.  They rejected the realists’ obsession with accurate depiction of the world as a futile enterprise.  Instead, they tried to formulate new ways of exploring truth and reality.

   ~ The Intellectual Devotional, Modern Culture, David Kidder & Noah Oppenheim 

 

corcovado

corcovado by beckstei
corcovado, a photo by beckstei on Flickr.

Computing Form Factor

Computers have been getting smaller and closer to our faces since their very beginning.

First they were in big rooms, then they sat on desktops, then they sat on our laps, and now they’re in our palms. Next they’ll be on our faces.

(Eventually they’ll be in our brains.)

   ~ “The end of the smartphone era is coming”, Nicholas Carlson

Revolution in the Making

An object is no longer something you merely consume.  It’s something you create.

   ~ Design for All, Wired Magazine, October 2012. 

 

Sea Sunset

Sea Sunset by ►CubaGallery
Sea Sunset, a photo by ►CubaGallery on Flickr.

The Essence of the Hacker Ethic

The technology has to be considered as larger than just the inanimate pieces of hardware.  The technology represents inanimate ways of thinking, objectified ways of thinking.

The myth we see in War Games and things like that is definitely the triumph of the individual over the collective dis-spirit.  The myth is attempting to say that the conventional wisdom and common understandings must always be open to question.  It’s not just an academic point.  It’s the very fundamental point of, you might say, the survival of humanity, in a sense that you can have people merely survive, but humanity is something that’s a little more precious, a little more fragile.  So that to be able to defy a culture which states that “Thou shalt not touch this,” and to defy that with one’s own creative powers is…the essence.

   ~ Hackers, Steven Levy

 

It’s over, and then it begins again…

Big business may stumble upon and commodify hackers’ breakthroughs, but the hackers will simply move on to new frontiers.

   ~ Steven Levy, Hackers

 

Respecting Life

You have just dined, and however scrupulously the slaughterhouse is concealed in the graceful distance of miles, there is complicity.

   ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson