T.S. Eliot writing on his reasons for rejecting George Orwell’s Animal Farm:

I think you split your vote, without getting any compensating strong adhesion from either party — i.e. those who criticize Russian tendencies from the point of view of a purer communism, and those who, from a very different point of view, are alarmed about the future of small nations. And after all, your pigs are far more intelligent than the other animals, and therefore the best qualified to run the farm — in fact, there couldn’t have been an Animal Farm at all without them: so that what was needed (someone might argue), was not more communism but more public-spirited pigs.

(Via John Gruber)

Vermont has become the fourth state in the Union to legalize same-sex marriage, and the first to do so in a democratic manner (through the legislature). It suffices to say that I’m proud to be a Vermonter.

That is all.

John Gruber provides an excellent analysis of Gall’s law as it applies to Apple:

Start with something simple and build it, grow it, improve it, steadily over time. Evolve it.

My only addition is that this same logic applies in all situations. The best way to build a better school system is to start with small, excellent schools and work from there. The best way to rebuild the economy is to start with simple, working banks and build from there. The best strategy for anything: build simplicity, evolve complexity.