The Google+ musings of

Philip Durbin

open source geek: greptilian.com
July 14, 2014 3 comments 0 shares 1 plus ones
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"The voices that we hear more often these days, I think, the voices that are amplified by the organs of our industry, magazines or whatever, tend to be the voices that are from the so-called "user experience" side of things. They're not talking about, and they're not amplifying the voices that talk about creative work. Creative messages or strategy or even pure creative work in terms of visual design and proportions and typography and layout and color and all of those things. Those conversations are as important, if not more important, depending on the context, than so-called "user experience." My issue is that those voices, our voices, our creative voices, are being stifled somehow or amplified less than others. I think that's it's important for everybody in the industry, particularly people that are coming into the industry new, to realize that actually the web is a place where we can do that work. It isn't a place where we just focus on the mechanics of a product and whether it works and whether people can use it. And that's my issue." -- Andy Clarke in an interview with +Jen Simmons at http://transcripts.thewebahead.net/75/ and http://5by5.tv/webahead/75

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July 05, 2014 1 comments 0 shares 0 plus ones
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"In looking for unique facts or clues, clustering helped since members of the dense communications networks effectively split up the work and redundant facts were quickly weeded out, making them five percent more efficient. But the number of unique theories or solutions was 17.5 percent higher among subjects who were not densely connected. Clustering reduced the diversity of ideas."

Want to Brainstorm New Ideas? Then Limit Your Online Connections - NYTimes.com

The digitally connected life is both invaluable and inevitable. Anyone who has the slightest doubt need only walk down the sidewalk of any city street filled with people checking their smartphones for text messages, tweets, news alerts or weather reports or any number of things.

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July 04, 2014 3 comments 0 shares 3 plus ones
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July 03, 2014 0 comments 2 shares 1 plus ones
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June 15, 2014 1 comments 2 shares 10 plus ones
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May 18, 2014 0 comments 0 shares 4 plus ones
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"I have been in a lot of online communities over the last 20 years. I have never seen a community fall apart due to excessive banning of trolls, but almost all of them have fallen apart due to excessive trolling. I’d strongly encourage any online community to adopt a similar policy... I want people in the world to be nice to each other, and I believe that part of the way to get there is for more communities to have reasonably low tolerance for bad behavior."

-- +Isaac Schlueter at http://blog.izs.me/post/30036893703/policy-on-trolling

via https://openhatch.org/wiki/IRC_code_of_conduct from +OpenHatch 

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May 14, 2014 0 comments 1 shares 1 plus ones
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checking out http://dumb.domains

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May 14, 2014 0 comments 2 shares 2 plus ones
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"“The API” as the fundamental point of integration between parts of a distributed system is an anachronism, a hold-over from other, simpler programming contexts that predate “distributed systems” as a discrete concept"

http://writings.quilt.org/2014/05/12/distributed-systems-and-the-end-of-the-api/

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May 10, 2014 0 comments 0 shares 6 plus ones
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At the park reading Mytro by +John Biggs (illustrations by +Bryce Durbin ).

My wife said she really enjoyed it.

http://mytro.info

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May 10, 2014 0 comments 2 shares 2 plus ones
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So funny. One of many from http://tylervigen.com

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