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Alexis Madrigal: One thing I’ve always loved about the Pinterest interface is that when you hit the button to pin something, it breaks the page down into its parts. How much do you think the design of the interface has defined what Pinterest does?

Evan Sharp: My background industry is design—I code a lot, too—but there’s been this narrative of design in technology becoming more prominent. What the UI enables on Pinterest is this human activity that ends up creating a great database. And it’s that knitting of front-end and back-end abilities that will power our products. We’re not going to be exclusively the best engineering company—though we have some the best engineers—and we’re not going to be the world’s prettiest, best designed company. What’s interesting is how those things interact, over and over, and back and forth. That’s where the magic comes out. That’s where the best new products are coming out on the Internet.

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I see god in the instruments and mechanisms that work reliably.

Buckminster Fuller

Stowe Boyd, Pew Internet Digital Life in 2025

Stowe Boyd, Pew Internet Digital Life in 2025

The ever accelerating progress of technology … gives the appearance of approaching some essential singularity in the history of the race beyond which human affairs, as we know them, could not continue.

John von Nuemann

The collar of the future is a hoodie.

Amy Webb, Pew Internet Digital Life in 2025

Judith Donath, Pew Internet Digital Life in 2025

Judith Donath, Pew Internet Digital Life in 2025

Into every tidy scheme for arranging the pattern of human life it is necessary to inject a certain dose of anarchism, enough to prevent immobility leading to decay, but not enough to bring about disruption.

Bertrand Russell, Skeptical Essays

We don’t need tough guys. We need wise guys. We’ve tried tough guys, and it always ends in tears.

Adam Gopnik on Presidential toughness: (via newyorker)

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Every dictator thinks he’s Lee Kuan Yew.

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