Week 2386

Enjoyed an indulgent party with friends on Saturday evening, well into Sunday morning. This helped me forget a tense week at work, so I don’t have much to note.

4 Notes

Ever since I read this post by @frank_chimero I find myself avoiding like buttons and enjoying the act of small compliments.

We need to be spreading this news to all Americans: they don’t hate our freedom, they hate our solidarity. https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-features/russia-troll-2020-election-interference-twitter-916482/

Jony Ive is officially out of Apple, which was announced months ago.

I am glad for it.

I adore Ive’s aesthetic and appreciate the rigor he maintained for the firm. Yet he was prone to going too far for beauty over function even in hardware, and it was simply a mistake to give him authority over software design.

The iOS 7 reset towards cleanliness may have been necessary, but it took way too long to acknowledge the resulting weaknesses. It should never have even launched with indiscernible buttons and color-only interactive cues, yet we had to wait years, until after his departure was announced, for even these basic mistakes to be corrected.

This segment of This American Life mentions congressional committee rooms are dramatically unbalanced; the majority party enjoys much nicer offices.

I am astonished by this architectural expression of the competitive dysfunction in democracy, but can’t find any relevant history.