“So long as we find anything beautiful, we feel that we have not yet exhausted what [life] has to offer […] That forward-looking element is … inseparable from the judgment of beauty.”
— Alexander Nehamas, Only a Promise of Happiness: The Place of Beauty in a World of Art, via The Beauty-Happiness Connection - The Atlantic

This blog records the investigatory work of Garson O’Toole who diligently seeks the truth about quotations. Who really said what? This question often cannot be answered with complete finality, but approximate solutions can be iteratively improved over time.

Stefan Sagmeister @ FITC: You are not a storyteller

“In this sense, authors and publisher-curators are in the ‘civilisation business’, trafficking in the knowledge that provides the building blocks for culture and society. They probably shouldn’t go around talking about ‘civilisation’ too often, but it’s true nonetheless. Books are a different class of object, profoundly unlike magazines, newspapers, blogs, games or social media sites. The world they evoke is richer, more dense and, literally, more meaningful.”
“What changes as we move from the scarcity of wartime Warsaw to the abundance of the First World isn’t the nature of the anxiety, it’s just the nature and significance of the choice itself. In one case, it seems heart-wrenching; in the other, trivial. Our brains, though, don’t make those kinds of value judgments: to them, a difficult choice is a difficult choice. And difficult choices mean anxiety.”
“We have come to think of the actual as one among many possible worlds. We need to repaint that picture. All possible worlds lie within the actual one.”
— Nelson Good, Fact, Fiction, and Forecast, 1983, p.57.
“Her has the same defiantly wistful manchild regression Jonze showed in his version of Where the Wild Things Are – a singular exercise in imagination, almost a postmodern pastoral.”
“Internet addicts like me will see the film as a bang-on indictment of how so many of us use technology as a form of escape from our lives, while trying to convince ourselves it enhances it. In the film, everyone is bent over their phones, avoiding eye contact. And when I came out of the cinema, what did I immediately do? Bend over my phone and look for people online to talk to instead of talking to the actual people next to me with whom I’d gone to the cinema. But that was OK because they were doing the same: staring at their screens, white buds in their ears, blocking out the world. We all know this, of course, but sometimes you need to see a film about a man having sex with data for it to clarify.”


Droopy is a mini Web server whose sole purpose is to let others upload files to your computer.

This was the 2012 performance of the year for NPR’s “Snap Judgment.” If you try to find Noah St. John on the Innerwebz, you will see that there’s some motivational speaker guy with that name. That is NOT this guy. Try Googling Noah Silverman St. John instead. You’re welcome.

[via This Kid Thought His Parents Were Breaking Up After 20 Years, But He Was So Wrong]

Odyssey. A simple way for journalists, designers, and creators to weave interactive stories.

The odyssey.js library is being developed to help journalists, bloggers, and other people on the web publish stories that combine narratives with maps and map interactions. The library is open source and freely available to use in your projects. It is initially being built to work with most modern browsers.
“This is a big deal—it’s a big, official reinterpretation of what it means to be Christian and married. That’s the interesting thing about churches: They’re in the business of teaching truth, but that truth is open to cultural change. There was a nod to this in the General Assembly’s vote: The new “authoritative interpretation” of marriage would include a note saying something along the lines of “in ‘tradition,’ those two people were only opposite-gender loving people or heterosexuals,” according to the LGBT advocacy group More Light Presbyterians. The Church can change, but it still has a history; it can wrestle with modernity only by acknowledging its past.”

Whenever you see me somewhere succeeding in one area of my life, that almost certainly means I am failing in another area of my life. …

If I am succeeding at one, I am inevitably failing at the other. That is the tradeoff. That is the Faustian bargain one makes with the devil that comes with being a powerful working woman who is also a powerful mother.

You never feel a hundred percent okay. You never get your sea legs — you are always a little nauseous. Something is always lost, something is always missing.

—Shonda Rhimes ‘91 Delivers Dartmouth’s Commencement Speech (by Dartmouth) [via Shonda Rhimes on Dreaming vs. Doing, the Tradeoffs of Success, and the Blinders of Entitlement | Brain Pickings]
Ghost, is my idealistic and fictional concept for a WordPress-lite fork. It has one purpose, and only one purpose: enabling digital publishing for the masses. Enabling people with more important ideas and things to say than I ever will to publish content online - quickly, easily, beautifully and efficiently. Ghost is about breaking down the same barriers that WordPress originally did
—John O’Nolan