The mobile graphics model […] is mostly focused on achieving smooth animation by taking pre-rendered textures or layers and zooming, panning and blending them.
— Terry Crowley
(While one of the least generally applicable quotations on this site, the above is nevertheless a remarkably succinct summary of how mobile and web apps are encouraged to optimize rendering/animation performance.)
You should attempt to re-express your target’s position so clearly, vividly, and fairly that your target says, “Thanks, I wish I’d thought of putting it that way.”
— Daniel Dennett, sharing Anatol Rapoport’s rules of constructive argument and debate (via Nagesh Belludi)
You develop an instant global consciousness, a people orientation, an intense dissatisfaction with the state of the world, and a compulsion to do something about it. From out there on the moon, international politics look so petty. You want to grab a politician by the scruff of the neck and drag him a quarter of a million miles out and say, ‘Look at that, you son of a bitch.’
— Edgar D. Mitchell, astronaut
Wheeee, life is a horrible hall of mirrors and I am powerless to do anything but smile about it.
— Emily Yoshida translates this emoji's meaning
I just explain things really slowly and simply to a very fast idiot for a living.
— noir_lord, attempting to dispel the belief that only a “genius” could program.
How can a world have pandas…. and war? It makes no sense….
— David Rule (in internal corporate communication)
Things were getting worse faster than we could lower our standards.
— Carrie Fisher (in her HBO special, Wishful Drinking)
From the outside, Silicon Valley looks like a gleaming tower of technological perfection. Yet, once the curtain is pulled back, we see that behind that shimmering façade is a warehouse of good old fashioned humans, subject to all the same biases and fallibility, but with their results now laundered through the sheen of computerized infallibility.
— Kalev Leetaru (in an otherwise droll article on Forbes)
The new logo retains the rainbow of colors but sheds the grownup curlicues: it now evokes children’s refrigerator magnets, McDonald’s French fries, Comic Sans. Google took something we trusted and filed off its dignity. Now, in its place, we have an insipid “G,” an owl-eyed “oo,” a schoolroom “g,” a ho-hum “l,” and a demented, showboating “e.”
— Sarah Sarson in the New Yorker (archive)
I think just starting to [journal] every day impressed on me how much is going on inside that I otherwise would never have made space for. I know I make space for the ideas that I feel comfortable with, but when else did I take the time to not only have thoughts about other topics and also see them written out? Personal writing is evidence of an inner life that I cannot otherwise shake off.
— Faith Hanna (via private communication)
And though “youth-driven food boom” may sound frivolous, it is anything but. Restaurants and cafes are a big part of the personality of a city. Imagine walking down a street in Paris. What are you walking past? Little restaurants and cafes. Imagine driving through some depressing random exurb. What are you driving past? Starbucks and McDonalds and Pizza Hut. As Gertrude Stein said, there is no there there. You could be anywhere.
These independent restaurants and cafes are not just feeding people. They’re making there be a there here.
— Paul Graham in his essay “How to Make Pittsburgh a Startup Hub”
Most Catholics realize that the Vatican is led by old celibate men who know little about families or women.
— Former nun Mary Johnson, as quoted by Valerie Tarico