Very nice article by The Guardian on Allen Ginsberg, with accounts by some friends and colleagues on how he was like. Anne Waldman remembers:
I think he was fully used in this lifetime. Some people saw him as this egomaniac – there was a lot of jealousy because he took up a lot of attention, a lot of space – but my view was always that he took so many others with him. He was a great, loyal champion of his friends and, beyond that, the family of his friends. When he was dying he was calling round to see who needed support: our final conversation had to do with taking care of people. “Don’t forget the human and the first-person experience,” he said, “we have this job to wake up the world to itself.”
I’m sitting in the airport in Nelson, New Zealand, and when I look around me, everyone is relaxed. “This is not how airports are supposed to work,” I say to myself. Airport security was an airline employee weighing my bag to see if I needed to check it or not. Her name was Glenda. She smiled at me. Thank you, Glenda.
A cool breeze blows through the terminal. Everything is fresh; the air is new. There is no recycled air here. The gate is a sliding glass door to a sidewalk that leads to a plane. Security is a room beside the gate where a guy is solving sodoku puzzles with a pencil that has one of those crazy rubber pencil toppers over the eraser. He probably doesn’t make mistakes. How could he? Everything seems right here.
I started Egg Freckles with the goal that all of my entries would be written on a Newton and presented on a website that resembled a Newton. I choose a CMS that would keep my content and presentation separate but its database kept getting in between me and my writing, and its programming language kept getting in between between me and my design. My goal was a gimmick, but I was convinced there must be a CMS where my content could be uploaded straight from my computer or Newton, and my presentation could be written in straight forward HTML. Stacey is the CMS I found for Egg Freckles.
By the way, have I ever talked about Egg Freckles? My bad. It’s one of those rare places where you only find intelligence. Bookmark it, will you?
Disregarding the unreasonable magnitude of the 30% cut, there’s another reason I find this change troubling.
The intent behind Apple’s policies always seemed consistent to me in the past. The policies themselves may have been opaque and sometimes confusing, and were often inconsistently and capriciously applied, but the intent behind them didn’t seem to change. I certaninly didn’t agree with all the policies, but they at least seemed reasonable. I could respect them. Apple seemed to have integrity. With this change though, that’s no longer true. Apple has simply changed the policy for what apps are allowed to do to one that’s not only different, it has a different intent behind it.
For what it’s worth, I had the same impression when I learnt the news.
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