“Oh, that’s a good question. I like to say that creative people are confident in only one thing: their own doubt. I think there’s a huge lack of self-confidence in a creative person because, by nature, the definition of a creative person is someone who is trying to make something new. They know, if they are professional creatives, that the likelihood of doing that—making something new and significant—is hugely unlikely, so they build within that city of doubt. From doubt, they get to iterate and work extremely hard, hoping to find something new; it’s all about hope. I’ve never met anyone who is good at what they do creatively and is super-confident. Maybe they pretend to be confident in front of their agent or the media, but I’ve never been confident in that way.”
“Being both soft and strong is a combination very few have mastered.”
— Yasmin Mogahed  (via thatkindofwoman)

(via thatkindofwoman)

georgp:

Matthew Chen answers “What is programming?” and infuses art into science in his own special way, by finding truth in metaphor:

We tend to think that only children play pretend, but everyone does it, all the time. We are creatures of meaning. […]
In the audience’s mind, the actor IS a prince, and that bit of paper IS the moon. That’s what matters — that one thing transforms into another in our minds. The lie becomes the truth.[…]
Programming is much the same. It is an elaborate exercise in imposing meaning, usually onto small electrical charges or flashes of light. A programmer builds elaborate fantasies, but she too has to remember not to tear the moon.

Read his course notes here. This was part of a brown bag series at FiftyThree. 
georgp:

Matthew Chen answers “What is programming?” and infuses art into science in his own special way, by finding truth in metaphor:

We tend to think that only children play pretend, but everyone does it, all the time. We are creatures of meaning. […]
In the audience’s mind, the actor IS a prince, and that bit of paper IS the moon. That’s what matters — that one thing transforms into another in our minds. The lie becomes the truth.[…]
Programming is much the same. It is an elaborate exercise in imposing meaning, usually onto small electrical charges or flashes of light. A programmer builds elaborate fantasies, but she too has to remember not to tear the moon.

Read his course notes here. This was part of a brown bag series at FiftyThree. 
georgp:

Matthew Chen answers “What is programming?” and infuses art into science in his own special way, by finding truth in metaphor:

We tend to think that only children play pretend, but everyone does it, all the time. We are creatures of meaning. […]
In the audience’s mind, the actor IS a prince, and that bit of paper IS the moon. That’s what matters — that one thing transforms into another in our minds. The lie becomes the truth.[…]
Programming is much the same. It is an elaborate exercise in imposing meaning, usually onto small electrical charges or flashes of light. A programmer builds elaborate fantasies, but she too has to remember not to tear the moon.

Read his course notes here. This was part of a brown bag series at FiftyThree. 

georgp:

Matthew Chen answers “What is programming?” and infuses art into science in his own special way, by finding truth in metaphor:

We tend to think that only children play pretend, but everyone does it, all the time. We are creatures of meaning. […]

In the audience’s mind, the actor IS a prince, and that bit of paper IS the moon. That’s what matters — that one thing transforms into another in our minds. The lie becomes the truth.[…]

Programming is much the same. It is an elaborate exercise in imposing meaning, usually onto small electrical charges or flashes of light. A programmer builds elaborate fantasies, but she too has to remember not to tear the moon.

Read his course notes here. This was part of a brown bag series at FiftyThree. 

It’s parody, but one of the very New York moments for me *was* very randomly crying on the street. In Helsinki this would never happen, but personal space is much bigger here and people assumed to behave in a certain manner.

(My favourite place to cry? Maybe the JFK.)

“As the people talked, we started to get a sense for why they thought Excel is cool - Excel enables people to be rockstars at their jobs and get recognition from their peers. Excel makes people feel powerful. Excel is a work tool that people love to use.”
littlebigdetails:

Google Hangouts - typing “/ponystream” will make ponies run across the chat window.
More info

littlebigdetails:

Google Hangouts - typing “/ponystream” will make ponies run across the chat window.

More info

Grit is the disposition to pursue very long-term goals with passion and perseverance. And I want to emphasize the stamina quality of grit. Grit is sticking with things over the long term and then working very hard at it.

Grit is living life like it’s a marathon, not a sprint.

— (via explore-blog)

Q

aairabella asked:

Hi Linda! Since you support open source software, wouldn't be a good idea to release a shorter but free version of "Hello Ruby". Regards!!

A

I’m very much looking forward to building Ruby’s world in the web as well and planning on content specifically for the online audience (as well as teaching kids about what open source is!). And I still want to continue drawing the short stories seen on the blog :)