Democracy, English, and the Wars over Usage, a piece by David Foster Wallace, absolutely won my heart this month. I read it on a flight and by the time I landed everything I heard reminded me of it, from the ideas on Politically Correct English to the fraught concept of purely descriptive linguistics.
This is [Politically Correct English]’s central fallacy — that a society’s mode of expression is productive of its attitudes rather than a product of those attitudes
Everything in Bret Victor’s Links 2013 is worth a read.
Clock of the Long Now, on the recommendation of Mike Migurski. I think it could have focused better on practical elements of design and planning rather than the kind of vague question-asking that it got caught up in. It also makes a few predictions about technology which went all wrong: Java taking over. Motorola being a thousand-year company.
I spent a week at Mapbox’s new office in San Francisco, located on the top floor of Code for America’s building. It’s a pristine, hard wood floor type place filled with great people.
Being in SF also meant meeting a lot of twitter & internet friends - now real life friends, running Twin Peaks at sunrise, and drinking freshly squeezed carrot and ginger juice on my walk from Corona Heights to SoMa each morning.