Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Danger, Delicacy, and Websites

A little less than 24 hours ago, I sent the following email to Carl, the lead developer on The Carrot Project.

About to go to sleep. Thinking about interfaces. Wishing they were up and ready for action. Feeling a little frustrated that they're not.

Figured I should probably read one more little section of East of Eden. Clear the mind. Change the subject. Enable good dreams.


This is the first line I read when I picked up the book:


"In human affairs of danger and delicacy successful conclusion is sharply limited by hurry."


Let's do this thing well. Make it work right, look good, last forever. Don't stress about time. We have time. I'll try to keep reminding myself. You do it too.


Talk tomorrow.


A. I'm convinced that this kind of thing happens to me all the time. Likely many of these coincidences are born of my propensity to highlight even tenuous connections between anything and everything. But I'm excited because this coincidence is clear enough that I can use it as proof of my highly coincidental existence.

2. East of Eden is an incredible book. It amazes me over and over again.

D. Patience is a tricky virtue. We do have time, and I shouldn't worry about the fact that our interfaces aren't ready RIGHT NOW. But there will come times when speed will do us lots of good. And it's important to remember that overtrusted patience can lead to perfectionism, insularity, and missed opportunities. Regardless, however, I'm sticking with Steinbeck. No hurry. Do it carefully. Do it right. The interfaces are coming. Soon. A little taste pasted below.

2 comments:

Ted Chan said...

East of Eden is probably my all-time favorite book. It's so good, I think it made me give up on writing career...

Jake de Grazia said...

It is brilliant. I'm savoring every second of it, every sentence. And I pretty much want to be Samuel Hamilton when I grow up.

Also, one of my all time favorite books is Sometimes a Great Notion by Ken Kesey, and it was totally crazy to discover (about three paragraphs into East of Eden), that SAGN is without a doubt Kesey's response to E of E. If you haven't already, I suggest you give SAGN a go. As soon as I'm done E of E, I'm going to read SAGN again, and I can't wait to see how Kesey sustains the allusion.