We’re all doing time. We’re all in prison. We’re all on death row. And we can all free ourselves.
Explorable Explanations is my umbrella project for ideas that enable and encourage truly active reading. The goal is to change people’s relationship with text. People currently think of text as information to be consumed. I want text to be used as an environment to think in.
In typography/design, ‘sidenotes’ place footnotes/endnotes in the margins for easier reading. I discuss design choices, HTML implementations and their pros/cons.
“Helps explain web technology, anthropology, and programming through illustration.”
The Long Now Foundation hopes to provide a counterpoint to today’s accelerating culture and help make long-term thinking more common. We hope to foster responsibility in the framework of the next 10,000 years.
I want this not only for artists and writers, but for any person who perceives life to be more than an instrument and therefore something that cannot be optimized. A simple refusal motivates my argument: refusal to believe that the present time and place, and the people who are here with us, are somehow not enough.
This book also offers a few glimpses into why I work the way I do—into why, for example, it takes me so long to produce my books. I am constantly being asked why it takes me so long, and when I say that I’m actually a very fast writer, people can barely conceal their disbelief and amusement.