I really enjoyed the link from
raph on taste and beauty. It ranks with
other reading I've pulled from this site, namely Richard
Gabriel's essay on Mob
Software. I found the following quote particularly
In architecture and design, this principle
a building or object should let you use it how you want: a
good building, for example, will serve as a backdrop for
whatever life people want to lead in it, instead of making
them live as if they were executing a program written by
Wow; how true, and one of the driving forces behind
my dig on available source code and a sharing community.
Communities such as these allow the inhabitants to make
their future on a shared canvas.
A friend recently had a "breaking through" point in her
work. I can't help but think, wow, how amazing is it to
be able to watch and share in that point? How often do we
get to participate (whether through creation or
observation) in someone's most creative driving endeavor
and then get to savor the results, knowing the path that
took us there all along? Awash in the possibilities that
have in turn unfurled. The public source scene allows the
same possibility: to partake or watch in something
entirely creative, and to make the outcome more yours.
It's those possibilities that make my life worth living.
Now it's time to water my plants.