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Andy Matuschak
Wonder, blunder, salve, solve! Working on tools that expand what people can think and do. Past: led R&D ; helped build iOS .
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Andy Matuschak Oct 26
Still seems to contribute noticeable boost in energy.
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Andy Matuschak Oct 24
Replying to @alexjeffburke
The main thing for me seems to be to get my head out of tiny details and abstraction. Nature seems to help recapture a sense of expansiveness. Meditation. Also time with anything that triggers my sense of wonder. A week or so has usually been enough for me to reset.
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Andy Matuschak Oct 23
I use , an experimental platform of my own (with a heavy focus on API, among other things).
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Andy Matuschak Oct 22
Replying to @Gerardo_Cupipo
Possibly this? It’s excellent in any case!
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Andy Matuschak Oct 22
Replying to @edoublea
This stuff is priceless, even *when* it’s rambling! Tacit expert knowledge is so hard to come by. Ironically, I have the same concern about incoherence when (rarely) showing process stuff like this & am always shocked when people tell me exactly the same thing I’m telling you!
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Andy Matuschak Oct 22
Replying to @andy_matuschak
I wonder how much of the barrier is simply cultural. In mainstream software development designers/artists are debating whether or not they should know how to code at all. “Should designers be comfortable casually tossing around 3D matrix math?” is nowhere near the Overton window.
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Andy Matuschak Oct 22
Replying to @edoublea
Another thing that strikes me about this video series is that Eric’s the art director, painting a world from nothing. But he’s also building his own—highly technical!—tools as he goes. These tools involve more math than most software devs use in a year! Such a different industry.
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Andy Matuschak Oct 22
Replying to @edoublea
Thinking back to the old days of Myst, this type of material would usually be its own special production: a “behind the scenes” extra in a deluxe box set. But you wouldn’t get to see much! It certainly wouldn’t go into the technical detail of this series. The casual depth!
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Andy Matuschak Oct 22
Two excellent simultaneous trends: the incredible evolution of 3D authoring tools, and the growth of eminent practitioners streaming their work. (of Uru, Myst V, Obduction, The Witness) has been doing an astonishing series on worldbuilding
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Andy Matuschak Oct 21
Replying to @cansar @Conaw
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Andy Matuschak Oct 21
Replying to @Conaw
I will try not to remember this when feeling the urge to post puppy photos
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Andy Matuschak Oct 21
Replying to @kocienda
Looks like you can check the “original application version” purchased by examining the receipt: . But it’d be a hassle and you’d have to add an extra flow, as you say!
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Andy Matuschak Oct 21
Replying to @andy_matuschak
One other thing I dig about this paper is that it’s prototyped on top of existing platforms (Reddit, Slack) via APIs. Many researchers would have made a freestanding demo social network instead: it would be easier in various ways. But it would be disconnected from serious use.
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Andy Matuschak Oct 21
Replying to @amyxzh
This is fascinating work! Thank you for sharing. Does the deployment include the “Wikum+“ elements described in the paper?
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Andy Matuschak Oct 21
Replying to @amyxzh @msbernst
Congratulations on your new lab; looking forward to following your work!
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Andy Matuschak Oct 21
Replying to @msbernst
(Incidentally, ’s group consistently does some of my favorite work in academic HCI; definitely follow their work if you’re not already!)
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Andy Matuschak Oct 21
Fascinating Ostrom-inspired framing for online community governance, replacing monolithic permissions (“admins can hide threads”) with richer policies that can be proposed & evolved by the community (eg “threads reported by 10 long-term users are hidden until a jury can vote...”)
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Andy Matuschak Oct 21
Replying to @kocienda
I’m sorry to hear this Ken! Alas, this does seem to be the growing consensus. You might enjoy this thoughtful piece making some related observations in a different niche.
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Andy Matuschak Oct 21
Replying to @nsfmc
This was new to me! “... disparaging the conventional market-driven art world in favor of an artist-centered creative practice.” -> “disparaging the conventional market-driven tech world in favor of an technologist-centered creative practice”
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Andy Matuschak Oct 21
Replying to @andy_matuschak
Wrote this thread as I was preparing to “reset” after finishing a large implementation milestone. Now on the road for the week to recover my mind. Beautiful sunrise at Bryce this morning!
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