Hi! First installment in my trying this newsletter thing. Here’s some things I’ve been enjoying or made me scratch my head this past month :-)
Meta: Milky is a monthly newsletter of things I’ve found interesting. Consider it a bouquet of links from a friend — pick & choose what strikes your fancy. I call it this because I’m particularly interested in topics that I’d describe as ‘milky’ — opaque and difficult to define, often with no clear answer. It also happens to be my nickname, handle on Slack, and how you pronounce my last name.
Meeting Mr. Kid Pix (video)
A delightful mini-documentary on the wholesome origin story of Kid Pix.
Menus, Metaphors and Materials: Milestones of User Interface Design (article)
This is a killer article on the history of the metaphors we use to this day in software design.
Kevin Kelly on Why Technology Has a Will (article)
A strong and informed perspective on technology that I return to frequently.
The Utopian UI Architect (article)
A rare look at the infamous Bret Victor.
On the Social Media Ideology (article)
Explaining the made-up world of social media.
Aesthetics & Art in the Early Development of Human-Computer Interfaces (essay)
A fascinating look at how early art styles and trends influenced software design.
Avant-garde as Software (essay)
Film x Software! I was predictably perched on the edge of my seat all while reading this piece about how cinematic techniques shaped early GUI concepts.
Letters to a Young Technologist (essays)
A small group of exceptional humans that I feel very lucky to know wrote a collection of essays addressing young technologists. I’ve read each one at least five times and still find more wisdom waiting for me every time I return.
Is Good Taste Teachable? (article)
Quite fascinating and not sure where I stand on this. An interesting perspective nonetheless.
Why education is so difficult and contentious (article)
This article presents the incompatibilities between what it describes as the three prominent educational thinking philosophies. Very revealing regarding how hard they are to reconcile.
Nostalgia reimagined (article)
As it turns out, nostalgia can be made of completely fake memories. Very haunted.
Ramy (TV show)
Every element of this show is really, really good — from the cinematography to the tiny details of the art direction. For anyone who’s ever felt a little lost.
A Message to Young People from Andrei Tarkovsky (video)
I love him and his hell-bent message on the importance of learning to be alone.
Goat on a Cow by RadioLab (podcast)
All-time favorite episode. It’s absurd and that’s what makes it great.
Rare by Nas (song)
Nas’s new album is exceptional. This song and music video in particular is some next-level noise.
There are no hard problems, only problems that are hard to a certain level of intelligence. Move the smallest bit upwards [in level of intelligence], and some problems will suddenly move from “impossible” to “obvious.” Move a substantial degree upwards, and all of them will become obvious.
— The AI Revolution: The Road to Superintelligence by Wait But Why