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anonymous:
Circlejerk achievement unlocked.
5:25 am — Tuesday, 14 February 2017
Not Anonymous:
And if there's one thing Gruber knows, it's nonsense arguments.
8:01 am — Tuesday, 14 February 2017
John Rodham Gruber:
Gruberstocracy.
10:02 am — Tuesday, 14 February 2017
Dumb Grub:
They can't have it both ways. Is it really Grub and the Macalope's honest view that Apple is merely 'pretty good' at design? Or are they holding that position temporarily simply in order to win the argument?

It's a good piece - reading about their rejection of door handles because of minute perceived imperfections, then their thick-headed, thuggish release of a top-of-the-range laptop whose ports aren't even compatible with their own peripherals and iPhones says it all.

In other news, presumably Grub was aware of this Atlantic story pretty much as soon as it was published. If he has such strong views about it - and it is about Apple design, which is supposed to be utterly central to his interests and this 'blog' - why did he not compose a response? Was it a) because he doesn't have the wit or b) because he was too drunk and lazy?
10:20 am — Tuesday, 14 February 2017
ass:
c) It's easier to wait for someone else to do it, then profit off linking to it.
1:55 pm — Tuesday, 14 February 2017
anonymous:
This was a worse than usual Macalope piece.

Dumb Grub nails it with his observation above.
3:35 pm — Tuesday, 14 February 2017
anonymous:
One thing is clear.
The Macalope is terrible at writing.
5:35 pm — Tuesday, 14 February 2017
Anonymynous:
Bogost writes well and has some interest ways of thinking about things.

The Macalope turns the handle on his sarcasm machine and collects a cheque every week.

Gruber has a Google alert and a money-printing link blog.

Apple makes expensive and appealing goodies, and the "good at design" idea is part of the brand, true or not.

If Gruber was interesting, he'd say that he thinks good design is "opinionated" (like Vesper lol) and that anything opinionated has dissenters (like Vesper lol). The biggest warning that Apple's design isn't great is the general popularity shown by their commercial success. But why write when you can paste a link?
12:30 am — Wednesday, 15 February 2017
Not Anonymous:
The Reuters article does not reveal a company ‘good at design.’ Instead, it reveals a company obsessed with superficialisms devoid of deep understanding or concern for the user (in the case, the workers who will inhabit the space).

A 30-page guideline on ‘special wood’ isn’t thoughtfulness: it’s indulgence; it’s decadence; it’s self-importance.

What passes as 'good design' is more often simply wanton consumption marketed as acceptable to the leftist gentry. It's not materialism; it's good design.
1:58 am — Wednesday, 15 February 2017
To Be Fair:
>Was it a) because he doesn't have the wit or b) because he was too drunk and lazy?

It can be two things.

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9:39 am — Wednesday, 15 February 2017
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