Three links

Making versus hacking

“Some projects are started purely to get the project done. That sounds simple enough, and of course there are many steps along the way from idea to finished work, but the prototypical Maker-mode project can be planned out in detail from the start, accomplished with ‘normal’ tools using skills that you’ve already got, and not a place for yak shaving. For these projects, the biggest obstacle to success is just doing it.”

“Hacker-mode projects are a lot fuzzier from the start. A hacker mode project often starts out with a new piece of gear, and a vague idea that it can be made to do something interesting.” — Yak Shaving: Hacker Mode vs Maker Mode, by Elliot Williams

Scott Adams on persuasion

“Take a look at what Clinton did to change her message. It changed from, ‘Hey, I’m experienced and he’s not — which is not terribly persuasive when people want the outsider anyway — and it went from, ‘Hey, he’s not such a good businessman,’ to, ‘He’s dark, he’s scary, he’s crazy, he’s mentally unstable, he’ll have the nuclear codes.'” — Trump, Dilbert, Wizards, Fear, and Testosterone — Rob Harvilla interviews Scott Adams

“Go ahead, throw your vote away”

“Some of us are persuaded that human acts need not be judged by their political impact.” I can never remember whether Kang is the racist and Kodos is the hitler, or if it’s the other way around.

2 Replies to “Three links”

  1. One argument I’ve heard for voting third-party is that, over the course of several elections, you can get some of the “planks” of your third-party platform quietly absorbed into the platform of the major party — often starting by making a major campaign feel threatened enough to throw some lip-service in your direction.

    I mean, that only works if there’s some third party that you like that can get consistent low-level support (or loud short-term support), but I’ve heard people say that’s largely what the Tea Party has done, and it’s what some Libertarians are going for.

    I realized just last week that one of these two people is *actually* going to be president in January, and I’ve been trying to squirm out of that realization ever since.

    1. There are also the realities of the electoral college to consider. Massachusetts’ electoral votes are going for Clinton. If you live there, you might as well vote Green, or Libertarian. And I agree that a strong showing from the Greens or Libertarians has the potential to, well, to cause the major parties to craft their 2020 campaign rhetoric with an eye toward attracting those voters next time.

      Whoever wins, if the Republicans actually collapse as a party the Democrats will cheer, but they won’t long survive either. Without the threat of a Republican, the members of the Democrats’ alliance will turn on each other.

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