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cautiously optimistic: nathan's tumblelog

“During one of our monthly cast lunches in the first season, Brad Whitford said, “No matter what we do from here on out, this show is the first line of our obits.” Martin, who was in Apocalypse Now, said, “I’m good with that”. Me too.”

The Definitive History Of The West Wing

Did you love the West Wing as much as I did? Settle in, this is good.

“Do we really as an industry believe that how we write software and what software exists should be fully determined by optimizing the Bottom Line? Other professions, like medicine, the law, and engineering, have values and a professional ethic, where certain things are valued for their own sake. “Worse is Better” pushes us to accepting the idea that software is nothing more than a means to an end, and whatever hacks are needed to “get the job done” (whatever that means exactly) are justified.”

Paul Chiusano: The problematic culture of “Worse is Better”

“It feels like there’s some kind of justice that you’re getting closer to with every moment you give a shit. But that’s not true, because giving a shit, by itself, is only thinking — and thinking has little use aside from figuring out what to do.”

The elegant art of not giving a shit