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ASCII by Jason Scott / Yahoo!locaust
I am, frankly, a mixture of disappointed and sad that after Yahoo! shut down Geocities, Briefcase, Content Match, Mash, [...5...], Yahoo! Podcasts, Yahoo! Music Store, Yahoo Photos, Yahoo! Design, Yahoo Auctions, Farechase, Yahoo Kickstart, MyWeb, WebJay, Yahoo! Directory France, Yahoo! Directory Spain, Yahoo! Directory Germany, Yahoo! Directory Italy, the enterprise business division, Inktomi, SpotM, Maven Networks, Direct Media Exchange, The All Seeing Eye, Yahoo! Tech, Paid Inclusion, Brickhouse, PayDirect, SearchMonkey, and Yahoo! Go!… there are still people out there going “Well, Yahoo certainly will never shut down Flickr, because _______________” where ______ is the sound of donkeys.

What, because they take your money? Because they’re so big? Because so many people use it and like it? Because it works well? Because it would make Yahoo! look bad? Go ahead, give me some more reasons. Flickr allows you great ability to export all your data. Get used to using it regularly.
flickr  web  opensource  essays  freedom 
january 2011 by pfctdayelise
Lockhart's Lament
This month's column is devoted to an article called A Mathematician's Lament, written by Paul Lockhart in 2002.
mathematics  beautiful  awesome  essays 
july 2009 by pfctdayelise
A Dress A Day: You Don't Have to Be Pretty
Prettiness is not a rent you pay for occupying a space marked "female".
feminism  essays  awesome  beautiful 
december 2008 by pfctdayelise
In Praise of Melancholy - ChronicleReview.com
Melancholia, far from a mere disease or weakness of will, is an almost miraculous invitation to transcend the banal status quo and imagine the untapped possibilities for existence. Without melancholia, the earth would likely freeze over into a fixed state, as predictable as metal. Only with the help of constant sorrow can this dying world be changed, enlivened, pushed to the new.
essays  philosphy 
august 2008 by pfctdayelise

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