“We cannot expand our self, and our collective self, without making holes in our heart. We are stretching our boundaries, and stretching the small container that holds our identity. Of course there will be rips and tears. Late-nite informercials, and cavernous CES halls of unsellable gizmos, are hardly uplifting techniques, but the path to our enlargement is very prosaic, humdrum, and everyday. The only real progress that sticks is boring.” —Kevin Kelly responds to @mat’s Gizmodo piece about CES: Making Holes in Our Heart
“One of the things I love about the Momofuku restaurants is that I get the feeling that everyone who works there — bartenders, folks behind the register, and waiters — all embody and promote a culture of enthusiasm for the food and passion for doing things the right way.” —hello typepad: The Bo Ssam Miracle
“I’m forever wanting something new. Something I’ve never seen before, that no one else has. Something that will be both an extension and expression of my person. Something that will take me away from the world I actually live in and let me immerse myself in another. Something that will let me see more details, take better pictures, do more at once, work smarter, run faster, live longer.” —Mat Honan: Fever Dream of a Guilt-Ridden Gadget Reporter
“Hunter’s rule: Any communication service which publicly displays a metric serving as a proxy for popularity will cause users to take steps to increase that number.” —Hunter Walk. He makes a compelling argument for why Path, which is supposed to be about intimacy, should only be displaying view / like / comment count type things to the creator of the thing being viewed, liked, commented on. Intimacy is not a popularity contest. In fact, quite the opposite.