tangentialism is David Yee!
I help make software things happen and facilitate the life of engineering teams—most recently and notably at the startups Editorially (CTO and Co-founder) and 20×200 (Chief Architect). I was once known for drawing amateurish pictures really quickly.
Lately I have been thinking a lot about A Pattern Language, by Christopher Alexander.
You'll need to know
- The day we announced Editorially
- “I was raised to be an editor, but I always wanted to be a writer.”
- The day I left 20×200
- “The culture of startups is overflowing with mythical personae of pirates and ninjas, but I’m not a pirate—I’m an evangelist and a plumber.”
- A post about creative play and, in hindsight, the ephemerality of startups
- “The craft of celebrating amateurism is one of the most fruitful community acts there is—in no small part because there are so many of us.”
- Something I wrote about an early peer-to-peer music sharing site—still vastly better than today's services
- “Entire catalogs of small labels and under-appreciated musicians were enshrined on Audio Galaxy, distributed to a new generation of listeners whose encyclopedic knowledge of 1960's African Funk could challenge Fela Kuti himself.”
- Twenty internet things I like, in penitence for complaining
- “Dark days come and go, but Friday should be sacrosanct.”
If we ever meet, you should ask me about
- The primacy of behaviors over tools
- The street life of cities
- Patterns of space
- Irrational preservation
- Bach Keyboard Partitas
- Brooklyn, but mostly the old Brooklyn
- Tasty foods
- The democratization of art
- All work is hospitality