When you want to know how things really work, study them when they’re coming apart.
Good interface design is as transparent as possible, because I don’t want to have to think about it. I just want to write, or do whatever else I’m doing, and not have to think about whatever I’m doing it on.
I have never owned any computers other than Apple, having started with an Apple IIc, marked sharply down to make way for the first Macs. I was never interested in getting any more intimate with whatever made my computer work. I wanted the most transparent interface possible; that is, the one that least required my personal attention. I wanted my personal attention to be elsewhere, focused on things other than my computer.
Bentham’s Panopticon is walking around in our pockets and purses. Like a big powerful robot turns out to be a swarm of titanium ants.
When you love a film, as when you love a person, why isn’t necessarily that meaningful.
I’m sitting here at age 52 with almost all of my own teeth. That didn’t used to happen. I’m a cyborg. I’m immune to any number of lethal diseases by virtue of technology. I’m sitting on top of this enormous pyramid of technology that starts with flint hand-axes and finds me in a hotel in Austin, Texas, talking to someone thousands of miles away on a telephone and that’s just what we do. At this point, we don’t have the option of not being technological creatures.
One commonality about people I follow is that they’re all doing what I’m doing: They’re all using it as novelty aggregation and out of that grows some sense of being part of a community. It’s a strange thing. There are countless millions of communities on Twitter. They occupy the same virtual space but they never see each other. They never interact. Really, the Twitter I’m always raving about is my Twitter.
Influence is more like weather, when you’ve been writing for a while. It blows in from somewhere. You can’t say exactly where weather *is*, but you can say that it’s present.
Our traditional cultural models of creativity tend to involve the wrong sort of heroism, for me.