Case Khor

Never read comments again

If you give an infinite number of monkeys an infinite number of typewriters eventually YouTube comments will emerge.

Picks of the Year - Still Untitled: The Adam Savage Project - 1/5/16

Will Smith: If you give an infinite number of monkeys an infinite number of typewriters eventually hamlet will emerge. There is probably a Hamlet level in Super Mario Maker …

Adam Savage: But you know the response to that is now thanks to the internet we know this is not true …

Will Smith: Somewhere in the YouTube comments …

Norman Chan: Hey, the Martian came out of the internet

Adam Savage: Yes it did! Hey is there a Chrome extension which will allow me to never have to read comments again …

Will Smith: Yes

Adam Savage: Good, I need it. Because I don’t want to read comments anymore. I’m done with them.

I don’t bother you - don’t bother me

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Students rethink iTunes

Khoi Vinh:

When one of your flagship software applications is assigned in schools as a case in feature bloat, it’s crossed some threshold for acceptability. Time to fix iTunes, Apple!

I haven't got time, for this Mickey Mouse bullshit.

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Your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit.

Ira Glass:

Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know its normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story. It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions. And I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I’ve ever met. It’s gonna take awhile. It’s normal to take awhile. You’ve just gotta fight your way through.

Don’t think I ever got out of this phase; don’t think I ever will. Doesn’t stop me from pushing on.

An Introvert’s Guide to Greeting Strangers, Vague Acquaintances, and Friends

Stuart Vyse:

I am not a misanthrope. I am never mean to the people I meet. But experience tells me that, in most cases, I prefer my own thoughts to yours. Sorry. It’s nothing personal.

Steve Alibini on why “foodie culture” sucks

Your disdain for the term “foodie” is well documented. Is it the cutesiness of the word itself that bothers you, or the smugness it represents?

It distinguishes the foodie as special because he eats well, and that’s a shitty metric. […] But the cute aspect being tied by association with that waste and class makes it particularly repellent.

Victor Mills speaks his mind on the Singapore mindset

Excerpts from a chat with Victor Mills, who took over as chief executive of the Singapore International Chamber of Commerce (SICC) last June.

The level of materialism - what you wear, where you live, what you drive, what you wear on your wrist - has become a key determinant of the value of human life. This is absolute nonsense.

There are lots and lots of people - more than before - who feel that life, their employer and the Government owe them a living.

Another problem is the unwillingness to accept feedback, even when given constructively. The attitude now is that if you don't like me, I'll go. People think they are great and are unwilling to believe that they can learn something as an employee.

I met a 29-year-old US Silicon Valley technopreneur last year who first came to Singapore in 2012 to launch a start-up […] But when he arrived, he discovered many problems - among them was a shortage of good IT developers, unrealistic remuneration expectations. He was also disappointed with the quality and quantity of output.

Tom Francis on why his latest game Floating Point is free

When Gunpoint came out, and did well, I thanked those who bought it for putting me in a position where I didn’t have to actively chase money with everything I do. In return, I promised to “make new things for you!” […] Floating Point probably could make money – if I was a publicly traded company, it would probably have to. But because I’m just a person, I’d rather just give it away as a thank-you. And because you’ve let me become completely independent, I can.

True Facts About The Armadillo

Zefrank’s True Facts are consistently awesome.

Just remember, if you spend all of your life hiding behind your armour, you’ll most likely spend a lot of time sniffing your own butt.

Patrick Rhone with Shawn Blanc on The Weekly Guide podcast

Remove as much of the work from it as you possibly can, and just have a good time. – Rhone

[shawnblanc.net] started with a hundred people who were reading it. But I wrote it as if 500 people were reading it … if you’re writing to audience that you’re trying to build, in terms of size, in terms of who they are, what they like, what they’re interested in, what their personality is, if you write for them they will find you. – Blanc

So many good thoughts in this episode it’d be pointless to list them all. Great mindset and approach to writing that I will consciously apply to everything I do.