“When you’re operating on the maker’s schedule, meetings are a disaster. A single meeting can blow a whole afternoon, by breaking it into two pieces each too small to do anything hard in. Plus you have to remember to go to the meeting. That’s no problem for someone on the manager’s schedule. There’s always something coming on the next hour; the only question is what. But when someone on the maker’s schedule has a meeting, they have to think about it.”—Maker’s Schedule, Manager’s Schedule
“I believe that [Eyes Wide Shut] is the one film he made just for himself. He didn’t appear to be trying to impress anybody, just creating a personal work of art he’d been planning for 30 years — filling it with subtle references to his own life.”—In-depth essay on Eyes Wide Shut. The sort of fascinating film dissection I love to read, and wish I had more of a mind for.
“City officials will soon debut Boston’s first official iPhone application, which will allow residents to snap photos of neighborhood nuisances - nasty potholes, graffiti-stained walls, blown street lights - and e-mail them to City Hall to be fixed.”—
“I asked the sales rep if it was a 6bit or 8bit display. They didn’t know. (Nobody seems to know, Apple doesn’t give out this information to the sales reps, geniuses, tech support, nobody.) They told me it was upgraded from the 13″ MacBook’s screen, so they assumed it was better, it had a “wider color gamut” so… it must have been?”—Louie Mantia details his experience getting someone, anyone at Apple to tell him whether the MacBook Pro screens are capable of 8-bit color. Mantia » MacBook Pro, Thousands of Colors
“Twenty years ago, Mark Darin would gather with his friends to drink beer and play computer games in the coastal town of St. Mary’s in southern Maryland. Mr. Darin and his pals found the world of Monkey Island, a collection of several games about luckless adventurer Guybrush Threepwood, so captivating that they would imitate the voices of the characters.”—
How weird is this, to see a friend of mine quoted in the Wall Street Journal. I can’t even fathom an inkling this would ever happen. But thanks to Mark’s single-willed determination to make the kind of games that he always loved, here it is. Wow.