Out now for iOS. So beautiful. First game I’ve insta-bought in a while.
When I was 10, I had a thought. Maybe I was the only person living in this world, everything and everyone else is just a figment of my own imagination — a visual representation and visual response of my own interpreted emotion. I am the only person living and everybody else and everything else is…
So the thing about solipsism is it doesn’t really have an impact on how life is lived. Extra-personal reality is indistinguishable from one you made up in your head. That is, people still react autonomously whether they are real or made-up. You still have no control over them. The world is still just as rich, unpredictable, exciting, boring, tragic, glorious, meaningless.
Are they truly as alive as you? It doesn’t matter. This is the world you’re in whether it’s in your head or not.
Fight scene panels from Young Avengers v02i03, Jamie McKelvie, Matthew Wilson
Avenging Spider-Man #7
You’ll be missed, Peter Parker.
Are video games art? They sure are, but they are also design, and a design approach is what we chose for this new foray into this universe. The games are selected as outstanding examples of interaction design—a field that MoMA has already explored and collected extensively, and one of the most important and oft-discussed expressions of contemporary design creativity.
What I have witnessed happening in the last twenty years is the aesthetic equivalent of the Industrial Revolution in the 19th century. The wholesale industrialization and mechanistation of the creative process.
Flower skirts via Reddit
Marco Arment talks about how he’s stopped being such an evangelist of his tech choices as he grew older.
I choose to fit myself into most of Apple’s intended-use constraints because their products tend to work better that way, which makes my life easier. But that requires trade-offs that many people can’t or won’t make.
Previous-me tried to persuade everyone to switch to my setup, but I now know that it’s not worth the effort. I’ll never know someone else’s requirements, environment, or priorities as well as they do. I don’t know shit about Windows or Outlook or architecture.
You should use whatever works for you. And I no longer have the patience or hubris to convince you what that should be. All I can offer is one data point: what I use, and how it works for me.
I find I’ve undergone the same thinking, and I’ve been applying this not just to tech but other subjects I used to feel strongly about.
In my teens and early 20’s, I would get into rows with my mom because my neo-liberal University-educated cosmopolitan idealism clashed with her values. Which I now understand to be a product of her rural, less-wealthy upbringing, but which doesn’t make them any less valid than mine.
In fact, everyone’s values and beliefs are products of the entirety of their lives. Despite all this talk about an individual’s infinite capacity for freedom and choice, some people just can’t change how they think. That’s just the state of their minds are at this specific point in time, because they are uniquely wired in a specific way.
Once I’ve accepted this, I found myself more at peace with everyone else’s beliefs and decisions. Sure I still find some of them incredibly stupid, but that doesn’t frustrate me as much as it used to. They’re perfectly valid to them, and I can respect that.
In a Vanity Fair profile of Obama by Michael Lewis, the president advises against putting effort into meaningless decisions:
“You have to exercise,” he said, for instance. “Or at some point you’ll just break down.” You also need to remove from your life the day-to-day problems that absorb most people for meaningful parts of their day. “You’ll see I wear only gray or blue suits,” he said. “I’m trying to pare down decisions. I don’t want to make decisions about what I’m eating or wearing. Because I have too many other decisions to make.” He mentioned research that shows the simple act of making decisions degrades one’s ability to make further decisions. It’s why shopping is so exhausting. “You need to focus your decision-making energy. You need to routinize yourself. You can’t be going through the day distracted by trivia.”
Reminds me of why Steve Jobs always wore black turtlenecks and jeans.
via The Wirecutter