“In the first encounter, I think you made the right move: you looked around for the owners and moved on when they could not be located. You’re not the pollo police. You can’t report every renegade chicken you stumble upon, and you didn’t do any damage to the one you saw. Those responsibilities change, however, when a chicken is ripped asunder. I don’t blame your friend’s dog (because it’s a dog), and I vaguely appreciate the hound’s take-no-prisoners style — but its owner is partly liable for the bird’s destruction. The owners of the chicken are not without fault (they allowed the creature to strut free for several hours, knowing that dogs were present in the area), so your neighbor’s fiscal responsibility (if any) would need to be negotiated. I’m not sure what the street value of a live Spanish chicken is. But the dog’s owner must tell the chicken’s owner that her dog was the murderer, simply for the sake of social honesty. Her transparent attempts at avoidance are proof of her guilt.”—
I love that Chuck Klosterman is the new Ethicist.
…and also I saw him at a bar on Wednesday and it was awesome…
“Most news sites have come to treat comments as little more than a necessary evil, a kind of padded room where the third estate can vent, largely at will, and tolerated mainly as a way of generating pageviews. This exhausted consensus makes what Gawker is doing so important. Nick Denton, Gawker’s founder and publisher, Thomas Plunkett, head of technology, and the technical staff have re-designed Gawker to serve the people reading the comments, rather than the people writing them.”—Clay Shirky - Pay attention to what Nick Denton is doing with comments
01. Keep good company 02. Notice the ordinary 03. Preserve the ephemeral 04. Design not for the elite but for the masses 05. Explain it to a child 06. Get lost in the content 07. Get to the heart of the matter 08. Never tolerate “O.K. anything.” 09. Remember your responsibility as a storyteller 10. Zoom out 11. Switch 12. Prototype it 13. Pun 14. Make design your life… and life, your design. 15. Leave something behind.