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potlatch: Tony Blur
"The Economist has published a deliberately weird 'heroes of New Labour', to mark the end of a political decade that they dominated politically. But I think that New Labour's pantheon can only be truly understood in terms of the band that they modelled themselves on: Blur."
willdavies  indie  politics  analogy  blur 
may 2010 by infovore
This Blog Sits at the: Everything I know about management I learned from TV
"William Petersen as Gil Grissom, David Caruso as Horatio Caine, Gary Sinese as Mac Taylor, Mark Harmon as Jethro Gibbs, Anthony LaPaglia as Jack Malone. These guys are the franchise players of primetime TV. But they are also role models. Each represents a different management style." I'd work for Grissom instead of Gibbs in a flash, personally, but I'm an eccentric and I like eccentric managers.
management  tv  crime  csi  ncis  procedural  analogy 
july 2009 by infovore
Blue Lines Revisited - Peanuts: The Future Of A Radical Price
"Frankly anyone who thinks you need anything else for a working online content model is living in the past." Hah!
socialsoftware  monkeys  tomewing  funny  analogy  media 
june 2009 by infovore
The Brainy Gamer: Put away your popcorn
"...when we step into the shoes of that avatar, be it 1st-person, 3rd-person or otherwise, we exit the darkened movie theater paradigm and enter an intricate, performative, exploratory lab of untested ideas and speculation. We enter a playful space that feels and responds much more like a live theater rehearsal than an interactive movie or a triggered series of movie clips." Michael debunks the games-as-cinema analogy with an interesting take that considers them as more like theatre rehearsal.
games  michaelabbott  analogy  cinema  theatre  rehearsal  stage 
february 2009 by infovore
Tales of the Rampant Coyote: The Black Triangle
"Afterwards, we came to refer to certain types of accomplishments as “black triangles.” These are important accomplishments that take a lot of effort to achieve, but upon completion you don’t have much to show for it – only that more work can now proceed. It takes someone who really knows the guts of what you are doing to appreciate a black triangle."
development  programming  architecture  analogy  metaphor 
january 2009 by infovore
Dubious Quality: Fire
"'Why do you build your own computers?' Gloria asked earlier this week. 'Why don't you buy just buy one that's already built?' ... It's because computers are fire... If I was a caveman (I'd be dead, because I can't see clearly two feet in front of myself without glasses, but that's not the point), I wouldn't go to the guy who discovered fire and ask if I get a light off his torch. I might let him explain the process--documentation, as it were--but then I'd go off, hold the torch backwards, cut myself with the flint, and generally do it wrong."
technology  analogy  progress  computers  billharris  fire 
december 2008 by infovore
McSweeney's Internet Tendency: Physical Theories as Women
"Cosmology is the girl that doesn't really date, but has lots of hot friends. Some people date cosmology just to hang out with her friends." Link of the day, no question. Funny, and just-right-enough to make it funnier.
physics  list  analogy  mcsweenys  humour 
july 2008 by infovore
The Elements Of Style: UNIX As Literature
"...a suspiciously high proportion of my UNIX colleagues had already developed, in some prior career, a comfort and fluency with text and printed words. They were adept readers and writers, and UNIX played handily to those strengths."
unix  writing  text  literature  operatingsystem  analogy  article 
january 2008 by infovore
of this we are sure: Sketching an API architecture
"I'm willing to accept that the API as a model for architecture contributes less to the design of individual buildings than to the function of the city, but it should effect both." Some good stuff in here I need to go back over.
api  architecture  design  web  analogy  systems 
november 2007 by infovore

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