Missing GeoCities

Basically, I miss Geocities. I miss the feeling of any given webpage being a moment in time, a familiar blaze on an unfamiliar trail, a place where URL hacking was a shortcut and not state manipulation. I want apps to look like I’ve been there, not like the Ghost of Material Design has. I want the web to look like my living space, which is neither clean nor limited to a six-color palette. The one-page webapps that neatly shunt us into text areas do so beautifully, but all the content we can ever create won’t break the surface of their style guide. They tell us to make more things that look like this and act like this. There’s comfort in consistency, sure—but that horizon in the distance is only a landscape, painted on a sheet.

Source: Bless This Mess

Props to Kevin Barrett from Postlight for the pang of nostalgia.

We’ve got all this hype around authenticity and individuality and being creative. Meanwhile we’re rearranging grey boxes on our screens and calling it cutting-edge design.

Fearless Girl

I love the little statue of the girl in the Peter Pan pose. And I resent that she’s a marketing tool. I love that she actually IS inspiring to young women and girls. And I resent that she’s a fraud. I love that she exists. And I resent the reasons she was created.

Source: seriously, the guy has a point | gregfallis.com

I wasn’t aware of the marketing aspect to Fearless Girl until I read this article. And I wonder how many others are just as unaware as I was.

On a hamster wheel of working more to work more.

Unless all this productivity is making us all exponentially happier or more fulfilled, it just feels like we’re working our asses off to work our asses off more. Without some bigger purpose or grander goal, like getting work done faster to spend more time not working, it feels like a hamster wheel of working more to work more to spend more so we need to work more.

Source: What’s the point of productivity?