Nicolas Nova has an outstanding interview with Peter Moosgaard, author of Supercargo Tumblr.
Read the interview first. Great stuff like:
The cargo shaman once said: You build your plane too and wait in faith. the waiting is the hardest part. [...] The cult of the cargo is our world exactly: We perform meaningless routines we call work,in hope for future cargo.
I've found lot of echoes of that sentiment in recent essay by Bogost on algorithms:
Let’s bring algorithms down to earth again. Let’s keep the computer around without fetishizing it, without bowing down to it or shrugging away its inevitable power over us, without melting everything down into it as a new name for fate.
Then head over to Supercargo to browse, or surf or tumbl or whatever it is called.
I am glad I've only read this after the brouhaha only after retro / indie thing died down a bit.
These sort of essays are hard to pull off, but this one worked for me. I enjoyed Paul Ford's re-imagination of Jobs' Stanford commencement speech.
Man, I just don’t know. Wozniak wanted to show off for his nerd friends. I was ready to sell to Commodore. Xerox was so focused on the 1990s they forgot about the 1980s. NeXT, we just got further and further into the quagmire. Pixar, before Toy Story, it was the only hardware company less successful than NeXT. The iPhone launched without an App Store. But people were drawn to me, and I told them what they needed to hear in order to make each other rich. So do that: Go out there and tell people what they need to hear in order to make each other rich. When something works say that was the plan all along.
No, not that one. Rather, the other three and their project.
The project is also an opportunity to catch the real deal "ex-archaeologist but now messing with digital stuff" Vuk - Vuk Ćosić of net.art fame - writing as blogger-in-residence on the project.
I've enjoyed the post on collection & reading - both digital and analog. There's plenty more good stuff there, often riffing on clips from the movie. The story of Miroslav Košuta is great.
If there is better commentary on interface interaction design out there than this Alan Partridge clip, then I am still to see it.
Thanks to Dan Hill for sticking it up on the YouTube and annotating it, back in 2006 too!
Fallen flat on the face when I posted it on Vimcar Slack channel. Not all jokes travel, I guess.
Cover photo by Tim Ross - CC BY 3.0.