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Rands: Managing Nerds

Amaze your nerd. Build calm and dark places where invoking the Zone is trivial. Perform consistently and efficiently around your nerd so they can spend their energy on what they build and not worry about that which they can’t control. Help them scale by knowing when they’re stuck or simply bored. And let them chase those Highs because then they can amaze everyone.

I wish that there was a way that I could make sure that everybody that I’ve ever worked for or will ever work for has read and understood this piece.

Zeldman - We Didn’t Stop The Fire

Stop selling your stuff to corporate jerks. It never works. They always wreck what you’ve spent years making.

Don’t go for the quick payoff. You can make money maintaining your content and serving your community. It won’t be a fat fistful of cash, but that’s okay. You can keep living, keep growing your community, and, over the years, you will earn enough to be safe and comfortable. Besides, most people who get a big payoff blow the money within two years (because it’s not real to them, and because there are always professionals ready to help the rich squander their money). By contrast, if you retain ownership of your community and keep plugging away, you’ll have financial stability and manageable success, and you’ll be able to turn the content over to your juniors when the time comes to retire.

Our library is burning. We didn’t start the fire but we sure don’t have to help fan the flames. You can’t sell out if you don’t sell. Owning your content starts with you.

I started using a couple of new social networking sites recently; please feel free to add/friend/couple/join/borg/whatever with me on them should you also be using them.

(Edit: Skud has a good post on attending shows which is where I learned about Sonic Living.)

I’m also looking at GoMiso — anybody using that? Seems to have a lot of overlap with GetGlue…

I should also mention that, as always, a bunch of social networking sites that I participate in, to one degree or another, can be found on the social page.

David Simon — creator of The Wire — responds to criticism of the show from Baltimore’s current police commissioner:

But publicly, let me state that The Wire owes no apologies — at least not for its depiction of those portions of Baltimore where we set our story, for its address of economic and political priorities and urban poverty, for its discussion of the drug war and the damage done from that misguided prohibition, or for its attention to the cover-your-ass institutional dynamic that leads, say, big-city police commissioners to perceive a fictional narrative, rather than actual, complex urban problems as a cause for righteous concern. As citizens using a fictional narrative as a means of arguing different priorities or policies, those who created and worked on The Wire have dissented.

It’s worth reading the whole thing (and maybe the commissioner’s comments, for context).

(Italics in the original; via this MeFi post, and with big props to MeFi commenter muddgirl, who notes that the voice and speaking cadence of the Tommy Carcetti character is clearly Simon’s.)

I had an extremely vivid dream last night that I’d broken the screens on both my iPad and my iPod touch, and had cut my fingers and gotten neon Day-Glo LCD material all over my hands attempting to use them in their broken state. I had to go check that they were both still in fine working order when I woke up.

Interpretations welcome.