Four short links: 8 July 2009

  1. Stop Whining About Facebook’s Redesign (Slate) — How can I be so sure that you’ll learn to like the redesign? Because you did the last two times Facebook did it. The conclusion is that sites don’t say why they’re redesigning, and that causes the resistance.
  2. C# and CLI under the Community Promise (Miguel de Icaza) — Microsoft have announced they won’t pursue patents relating to C# or the .NET Common Language Infrastructure (CLI): It is important to note that, under the Community Promise, anyone can freely implement these specifications with their technology, code, and solutions. You do not need to sign a license agreement, or otherwise communicate to Microsoft how you will implement the specifications. Good news for Mono and other .NET-compatible projects.
  3. app-engine-patch — a patch that lets most of Django work on Google App Engine. (via caseywest on Twitter)
  4. Scope — talk by Matt Webb, given to Reboot 2009. Every ten slides I sigh happily as new mental connections slide into place, as only Matt can make them. Worth it just for finding this Stewart Brand quote, “We are as gods and might as well get good at it.” That one sentence could direct a lifetime of action.
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  • Matt was really great at Reboot11 (yeah, numbering scheme instead of year ;)

    I just want to mention that instead of just browsing his slides, you can see the full video of his presentation. It’s available from the link you posted, but hidden away way over to the right.

    reposted here:

  • Yes! That quote has resonated with me for decades, ever since I first saw it in The Whole Earth Catalog. A couple of ETechs ago I suggested to Tim that “We are as gods and might as well get good at it” would be an excellent theme for the conference.

  • Miguel Marcos

    Chris beat me to the mention of the Whole Earth Catalog as the source of quote. Brand (and Kevin Kelly and others) were the brains behind the WEC. I got into it by picking up an issue of the quarterly Whole Earth Review 22 years ago which changed my life.

    For those interested, back issues of Whole Earth Review are available as PDFs here:

    For me the WEC and WER were the Internet on paper!