Read Childish Arguments over Technology by Ben (Binary Moon)
Mocking people for liking or using a certain technology is childish. I know a couple of people who pop-up whenever I mention WordPress and say it’s stupid. The fact it’s the most popular cms and thousands of people earn a living because of it is, apparently, irrelevant.

Is it OK to mock people who use Static Site Generators for websites that update frequently, e.g. blogs?

This stuff is irrelevant. In terms of tech, it’s what you do with the tools, not what the tools are. All these things are equally important and no choice is the “correct” choice. If someone wants/ needs to use a language or technology then it’s the right choice for them. And if they’re being paid to use it, then it’s the right choice for their clients.

Darn. I guess not.

Quoted Retail: C by Riccardo Mori
... I trusted that a company such as Apple would prepare their retail employees enough to provide what I consider basic information. This is what ‘taking care of the customer’ ultimately means, not just being superficially kind and welcoming and displaying a confident attitude. Design is how it works, not just how it looks, even in retail.

Read The Machine Stops by Oliver Sacks (The New Yorker)
Much of this, remarkably, was envisaged by E. M. Forster in his 1909 story “The Machine Stops,” in which he imagined a future where people live underground in isolated cells, never seeing one another and communicating only by audio and visual devices. In this world, original thought and direct observation are discouraged—“Beware of first-hand ideas!” people are told. Humanity has been overtaken by “the Machine,” which provides all comforts and meets all needs—except the need for human contact. One young man, Kuno, pleads with his mother via a Skype-like technology, “I want to see you not through the Machine. . . . I want to speak to you not through the wearisome Machine.”

He says to his mother, who is absorbed in her hectic, meaningless life, “We have lost the sense of space. . . . We have lost a part of ourselves. . . . Cannot you see . . . that it is we that are dying, and that down here the only thing that really lives is the Machine?”

This is how I feel increasingly often about our bewitched, besotted society, too.

Thank you, Nicola.