#the new inquiry
Every other time I go out to eat with a group, be it family, friends, or acquaintances of whatever age, conversation routinely plunges into a discussion of when it is appropriate to pull out a phone. People boast about their self-control over not checking their device, and the table usually reaches a self-congratulatory consensus that we should all just keep it in our pants. The pinnacle of such abstinence-only smartphone education is a game that is popular to talk about (though I’ve never actually seen it played) wherein the first person at the dinner table to pull out their device has to pay the tab. Everyone usually agrees this is awesome.
What a ridiculous state of affairs this is.
"This was 1996. The New Republic had just told the world that black people had evolved to be stupid, and it seemed like every week they were saying something just as racist. I was at Howard University, surrounded by a community of brilliant black people, cut off from the Ivies. None of them had the contacts or the resources to reply. They just had to take it. I can’t tell you how much that angered me. I was made in that moment. And when I got my first break in writing, I didn’t think about being ripped off. I thought about whipping ass. I haven’t changed."
Working? What you want on the desk or tabletop isn’t an attempt to reproduce the perfect macchiato or ristretto. That stuff in the huge mug? It’s a great warm bath of instant coffee. Perfect.
A dessert-spoonful of the granules. A slosh of milk and boiling water, and the black scum rises to the surface and slowly dissolves. Writers like their rituals, and almost always, as I carry the mug from the kitchen to the dining table I write on, the first sentence of the morning takes its form. Is it delicious? I really don’t know – you might as well ask the same thing about toothpaste. It’s just a daily presence, and if you ever laid off it, you’d certainly miss it and look forward to its return.
"It’s closest to Tumblr right now — another product that occupies the space between full-blown blogging like WordPress, and ultra lightweight blogging in Twitter. Clearly Twitter is moving more towards Tumblr. If Medium adds templates and CSS they will be aimed squarely at Tumblr."
Thread: Bullet points on Ev’s new startup
Winer on Medium.
Having been thinking this, too:
The more I understand about Medium, the more trouble I have seeing how it co-exists with another Williams startup, Branch. It seems like they’re both camped out in the same space betw blogging and Twitter. That as the two products evolve they will keep colliding with each other.
"I had that gleaming countenance you see on people who’ve just come back from the spa. This is why they do it, I thought. No wonder there are more and more metrosexual men. Why wouldn’t you want to look slightly less ghastly? I bless their rage against the dark, saluting them as they pass by into a future of prolonged sexual plausibility, while I remain hobbled by my father’s midcentury notion of manhood, that any male who spent more than five seconds considering his physical appearance might as well be living in Liberace’s guesthouse."