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We Have To Stand Up To Evil

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“If our leaders are evil, what does one do? . . . If God gives us free will, we are responsible for what we do or what we fail to do . . . . I can’t do what I believe is wrong. We have to stand up to evil.”

Timely quote from the stunning movie A Hidden Life by Terrence Malick

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emdot
12 days ago
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word(s).
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Redesign: On This Design

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A quick note about the current “naked” design of this site: it is kept intentionally default-ish—no webfonts, no Javascript, and only a dash of vanilla CSS to constrain the body width and aid reading. I don’t intend to have my site’s redesign turn out like this; my thought is that the more boilerplate this blog feels, the easier it will be to see and consider the posted designs and sketches.

Over the last few years, I’ve found myself repeatedly making a comment about websites: you can design a blog that’s superior to most with a couple lines of CSS.

p {
  font-family: Georgia, serif;
  line-height: 1.5;
  max-width: 33em;
}

And that, pretty much, is the design of this site. (Though, this page’s stylesheet clocks in at about 80 lines to make slightly more legible.)

Why does all of this matter? Most experienced designers want concision—clear, robust, consistent, elegant systems that avoid redundancy. Concise designs are smoother to implement, faster to render, quicker to understand, and easier to hand-off and maintain. Achieving a simplicity with clarity means that you’re engaging with the fundamentals of the problem (and of your craft) at the correct fidelity. You’ve cut through complexity with insight, understanding, and committed decision-making. That third one is critical. A lot of complexity comes from an unwillingness to commit to the things that insight and understanding surface. This is one of the things that makes design so frustrating—it can act as a truffle hog for incongruencies in message, materials, and expectations, while also frequently being left without a means to resolve those incongruencies. (Maybe this is a quality of any field that deals with the practical realities of decisions made in the abstract.)

That said, it’s nice when different disciplines share a common goal. Designers, engineers, and writers all agree on the importance of concision. Sometimes I think that if we all had our way, there’d be hardly anything at all, which is sort of how I think of the design of this particular blog.

Anyway, I’ve strayed from my point: Georgia’s a good font. I still like it, even after all these years.

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emdot
15 days ago
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Sharing bc I just want to read it again and I tend to forget to check my saves.
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Subtract | Derek Sivers

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The least successful people I know run in conflicting directions, are drawn to distractions, say yes to almost everything, and are chained to emotional obstacles. The most successful people I know have a narrow focus, protect themselves against time-wasters, say no to almost everything, and have let go of old limiting beliefs.

Source: Subtract | Derek Sivers

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emdot
33 days ago
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True! But... narrow focus is tricky and not always best.

So perhaps the truth is in the middle.
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Finding Joy

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“There are souls in this world who have the gift of finding joy everywhere, and leaving it behind them when they go.”
— Frederick William Faber

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47 days ago
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The Ideal Place

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“I’ve been searching for years for the ideal place. And I’ve come to the realization that the only way to find it is to be it.”
— Alan Watts

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47 days ago
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The Cost of Being Wrong

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“The cost of being wrong is less than the cost of doing nothing.”
— Seth Godin

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emdot
53 days ago
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swiss miss brings all the truth bombs lately.
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