Country Doctor

The life of an American country doctor was heroic, necessary, and utterly exhausting

Rian Dundon, photo editor at Timeline has put together a reprise of the W. Eugene Smith LIFE series on Dr. Earnest Ceriani, a doctor in rural Colorado.

W. Eugene Smith was an American photojournalist who worked for various publications including LIFE magazine from the 1930’s to the late 1950’s. He joined Magnum in 1955.

He was known for being temperamental and a perfectionist but his photo essays, like Country Doctor channeled humanity in ways most people hadn’t experienced in photographs before.

He had numerous photographs in the now infamous Family of Man exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art in 1955. You can still buy the softcover version of the book on Amazon and it’s well worth having for any photographer or really, anyone interested in one of the first major photography shows ever at a major museum: The Family of Man.

The Hypercard Legacy

Jer Thorp has posted a great remembrance of Apple’s original “software construction kit” over on Medium: The Hypercard Legacy.

Well worth a read if you worked with, knew about, heard about, or are curious about HyperCard and the early Mac days.

I’ve written about HyperCard at this site over the years:

The Bee
HyperCard Snow Crystals
Confusing Words


This is a brilliant advertising piece by Google that I found embedded in the following article on Medium: Why did Google make an ad for promoting “Search” in India where it has over 97% market share? by Himanshu Gupta.

The gist of the Gupta piece is that Google is all about getting everyone, including mobile users to use browsers for everything, including running apps. This makes sense, they get to serve up ads and control quite a bit of the back end of what we do with browsers. However, on mobile devices people use connected, client apps as well as browsers and Google has no control in this arena.

This is the same struggling going on at Twitter now: Twitter would like to make it tougher for third party client apps to use its service because those apps can filter out ads and Twitter would like to make money serving ads. So, if you use Twitter via a browser or via an “official” Twitter client app, you’ll see ads and Twitter will be happy. Otherwise, no ads and you’ll be happy. Google, Twitter, and Facebook, among others, are struggling with this stuff right now.

The funny caption under the image at the top of the Medium article also caught my eye and it underscores the idea that in mobile, it’s about apps: “Why didn’t you just Skype with me Dumbledore?” Brilliant.

The social network is broken

The Facebook experiment has failed. Let’s go back.

This is a well written essay on deep, structural problems with Facebook by a Medium user named jeswin.

The social internet seems to have tipped into one, large popularity contest and the tools each platform uses to allow users to “like” and/or “recommend” content they like have become too important. It’s certainly understandable that platforms like Facebook, flickr and twitter and others want more users, more posts, more interaction, more action, but is enabling competition for popularly the only way to do this?

This reminds me of a post I wrote in 2007 on flickr explore, flickr’s system of promoting popular photographs. It must be a well known idea among social platform builders that to attract more users, more content, more interaction, the platform should include tools for faving, liking, commenting, and more and a black box to compute which posts, images, comments are the most popular. This, at least as it is now implemented, seems to be both an attractor and a curse.

[via Jon Moss]