As of now it’s not known which parts of Yosemite have burned at tipping-point levels and which have stayed within historical, possibly rejuvenating parameters. That will become apparent in years to come. In the meantime, said Binkley, the Rim Fire and other megafires of recent years have demonstrated that fire should not always be fought. “If you want to preserve something, you have to put it in a jar and pickle it. If you have a living forest, getting older and older, it’s not something we have an option to conserve in an unchanging way,” he said. “Some fires are going to be necessary if we want to sustain these old forests.”
The space and quiet that idleness provides is a necessary condition for standing back from life and seeing it whole, for making unexpected connections and waiting for the wild summer lightning strikes of inspiration — it is, paradoxically, necessary to getting any work done.
More and more people in this country no longer make or do anything tangible; if your job wasn’t performed by a cat or a boa constrictor in a Richard Scarry book I’m not sure I believe it’s necessary. I can’t help but wonder whether all this histrionic exhaustion isn’t a way of covering up the fact that most of what we do doesn’t matter.
If the path before you is clear, you’re probably on somebody else’s
Ultimately, good design will be born from consideration of multiple perspectives. It should be something we haven’t even dreamed of yet.
Design, like many disciplines, is about a diversity of approaches as soft solutions rather than hard truths.
Skeuomorphism was a teaching method to make the ambiguous seem obvious and the futuristic feel familiar.
That’s why the ensemble is a big theme of the designs you see here: Our personal computers should add up to something more than the sum of parts. So these new designs address coordinated functionality more than color and finish.
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