June 10th, 2015

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Design

Scott Alexander shares one of my feelings. Yesterday he talked about "the kind of website I hate, with all the information carefully hidden away where it can’t interfere with the sleek design." Since design means two opposite things, I wish to propose terms to distinguish them. Nerd design enables users to see what the thing does and how to operate it. Arteest design appeals to other designers with subtlety, sleekness, understatedness, and other such qualities without pandering to the needs of the vulgar hordes who actually use the thing. The motto of nerd design is Edward Tufte's "Good design is clear thinking made visible." The motto of arteest design is "But that would be telling."
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Policy

Standard corporate policy: If a lawyered-up rich asshole says one of your employees libeled him, dissociate the company from the alleged libel. There are two drawbacks to this:

1. It is disloyal to a valued employee.
2. As appeasement so often does, it just encourages the terrorists.

In the Irene Gallo case, the policy worked even worse because one of the things the fight is about is sexism, and it was a female employee who was abandoned, so I have to say Tor blew this one.

Another point is an asymmetry Martin Amis and others have written about. Earlier in the discussion, Brad Torgersen reveled in the submissive fantasy of the SJWs putting him in a gulag. There was much less reaction than to "N*z*." Godwin's Law refers to Hitler but not to Stalin. The assumption that any move to the left will set us on an irreversible course to the Full Marxy, complete with gulags and/or cultural revolution and/or wiping out all those with the privilege of literacy is as toxic as the easy invocation of Hitler and should be equally condemned.