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Microsoft Responds to Dick Brass’ NYT Op-Ed

and it’s hard to imagine how they could’ve done a worse job. As Gruber notes, not only was there no reason to respond, but they don’t even engage the original article in a meaningful way.

Microsoft’s reply is the equivalent of saying “Well, yeah, but… look over there at this other thing.” but with a lot more words.

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How Aaron Swartz Hires Programmers

This is pretty much how I do it, too.

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Who Sent The Sentinels?

Andrew Rilstone takes a long look at fandom, comics, WATCHMEN, Idea Space, adaptations, and much more. It’s a PDF, and for some reason there is no HTML version, but it is completely worth it.

This guy is good.

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‘I’m going to tell my son the worst swearword in the world’

My eight-year-old son, Joel, comes into my office to ask if there’s a worse swearword than fuck. “No,” I say.

There’s a silence. “You’re lying,” he says.

“There’s none worse than fuck,” I say.

Joel narrows his eyes. “I know you’re lying,” he says. He leaves the room.

With a setup like that, you know it’s going to be good.

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A Concise Summary of Charlie Booker’s Recent Anti(?)-Apple Rant

Cleversimon gets to the heart of Charlie Booker’s strange rambly piece from earlier this week:

Finishing the sentence “I’ll never buy a Mac because” with anything but “it doesn’t meet my needs” means you don’t get to accuse Apple users of making irrational purchasing decisions based on slavish adherence to an ideology.

It’s not surprising that Booker’s view is purposefully self-contradictory. He makes his living being a contrarian. For him It doesn’t have to make sense so long as it is rabble-rousing.

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Hypercritical

John Siracusa on his childhood art career, mechagodzilla, Steve Jobs and what criticism really means to design.