Linked List: January 2016

Love is a Better Teacher Than a Sense of Duty #
The Website Obesity Crisis #

Maciej Ceglowski:

Everything we do to make it harder to create a website or edit a web page, and harder to learn to code by viewing source, promotes that consumerist vision of the web.

Pretending that one needs a team of professionals to put simple articles online will become a self-fulfilling prophecy. Overcomplicating the web means lifting up the ladder that used to make it possible for people to teach themselves and surprise everyone with unexpected new ideas.

Vladimir Horowitz in Moscow, 1986 #

His performance of Scriabin’s Étude in D-sharp minor, Op. 8, No. 12 at 45m 12s is especially moving.

The Web We Have to Save #

The rich, diverse, free web that I loved — and spent years in an Iranian jail for — is dying. Why is nobody stopping it?

Please publish on your own site and syndicate elsewhere.

The Serious and the Smirk The Smile in Portraiture #

Why do we so seldom see people smiling in painted portraits? Nicholas Jeeves explores the history of the smile through the ages of portraiture, from Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa to Alexander Gardner’s photographs of Abraham Lincoln.