Ask Me Anything Highlights

There are some great questions and answers by some very interesting people in Reddit’s Ask Me Anything page. But, If you of you are one of the many people maddened by Reddit’s ugly threaded conversations, you may want to give AMA Highlights a try instead.

Here are a few good ones to start with

UPDATE: Jimmy from Twitter just linked to Interviewly which looks even more robust.

I think there could be an entire industry of reformatting all the great stuff from Reddit to make it more readable and discoverable.

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The History of Graphics in Video Games

A five part look at the history of graphics capabilities of video games. I remember when Star Fox and Pilotwings came out for Super Nintendo and I thought. “That’s it. It won’t get better than this.”

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This Paragraph Should Be At The Beginning Of Every Book

Use strong words to communicate your ideas. There will always be caveats and one-off counter examples. But putting those things in your writing or speaking simply confuses the message.

Getting Real

This is from a book called Getting Real. It totally changed the way I thought about the world.

They cleverly disguised it as a book about software development, but it’s ideas have changed almost every part of my life.

Halfway though reading the book, I had to stop bookmarking pages because I realized I was bookmarking every page.

Also recommended by the author – Rework

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Everything is Not for Everyone

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Hitting Publish Again

So, here is the third time I’m committing to writing this blog.

It used to be called MakeCoolShit in 2009 or so. Then, I renamed it to in 2011. Both times, I started posting a lot and then… Nothing.

I just stopped. More on why I stopped in another post (I hope).

Recently, I got the bug to start writing here again. And, of course, I needed a new design. Maybe I should switch to Squarespace? Maybe I should update this WordPress and clean it up? I wanted to change the CSS and make the line spacing on this site a bit more open. Maybe make the typeface larger?

While I was messing around with all this stuff last night, I had to tell myself to stop and think about why I was doing all this work. The last two times I committed to this project, it faded out. What will be different this time? Why was I futzing around with font sizes and icons again? This isn’t why I wanted to restart this project.

I realized, that I had to start actually writing. Tweaking the design or renaming the site didn’t do shit.

So, here I am writing.

I’m going to try and give myself permission to share more thoughts again. I will try to hit the Publish button more often and to not worry about making every post better.

Here we go, I think.

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