Litmapped, Week of June 22, 2012: The Paralysis of Choice


If you wanted to slap a theme on this week’s Litmapped, I’d say it’s methods of dealing with perceived limitlessness. There’s retreat (nostalgia and preservation), embrace (a whole new system of web navigation), and tempered evaluation (You don’t know how she does it? She doesn’t).

Nick Martin, Software Engineer (@n_w_martin)

  • Read: Why Go Out?
  • Source: Brick Magazine
  • Pull quote: “Maybe we go out in order to fall short . . . because we want to learn how to be good at being people . . . and moreover, because we want to be people.”

Sean Kermes, Software Engineer

  • Read: The Information, by James Gleick
  • Pull quote: “Every new medium transforms the nature of human thought. In the long run, history is the story of information becoming aware of itself.”

Christina Nguyen, UX Engineer (@chrnguyen)

  • Read: Why Women Still Can’t Have It All
  • Source: The Atlantic
  • Pull quote: “I still strongly believe that women can ‘have it all’ (and that men can too). I believe that we can ‘have it all at the same time.’ But not today, not with the way America’s economy and society are currently structured.” 

Claire Willett, Marketing and Development Manager (@clairedwillett)

  • Read: Homepagesickness
  • Source: Parsley blog
  • Pull quote: “A set of values visibly inflects web nostalgia: an anti-corporate and open source ethos, geekdom, nerdcore, and Luddism—a sense that imperfections in older web technologies disclosed the necessity of a human presence in the machine.”

Jim Stallings, Systems Administrator (@james_stallings)

  • Listened to: FLOSS Weekly, Ep 214: LibreOffice
  • Source: FLOSS Weekly
  • Pull quote: “We want to get people into a world of open software, of course, and open document formats.”

David Wihl, CEO (@davidwihl)

  • Read/Explored: Endangered Languages
  • Source: endangeredlanguages.com
  • Pull quote: “The disappearance of a language means the loss of valuable scientific and cultural information, comparable to the loss of a species.”

Paula Marciante, Senior Talent Acquisition Manager (@paulamarciante)

 

 

 

 

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