I think about this as "Engineering is about solving problems. Design is about solving the right problems."
— Ivan Wilson (@iwilsonjr) December 12, 2018
This morning, CBS Sunday Morning gave recognition to Aaron Copland, who died today in 1990. They showcased the familiar list of works such as Appalachian Springs (1944), Fanfare for the Common Man (1942), and ended the segment with a pianio/violin duo briefly playing Hoe-down from Rodeo (1942). His sound is so iconic that it’s become a soundtrack for America.
But my favorite Copland work is one that is rarely played, even in its orchestrated version – Nonet for String (1960). It’s a slow, tense, yet gentle work, written at the start of his last period of composing. If I were to describe it to someone hearing it for the first time, the best description would be the following:
Imagine Copland writing Appalachian Springs again 20 years later. But instead of the vigor and confidence of the former, imagine someone who has 20 years of experience. A person with less vigor and bits of doubt creeping here and there. Representing an America that has also changed during those 20 years.
Do the difficult things while they are easy and do the great things while they are small.
A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.
– Lao Tzu
Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.
– James Baldwin
A response I gave to Roger Johansson (@rogerjohansson) on Twitter (please read through the whole thread):
From my view, it seems that front-end development has split into two camps: one web-focused, one app-focused.
— Ivan Wilson (@iwilsonjr) July 8, 2017
“In faith there is enough light for those who want to believe and enough shadows to blind those who don’t.”
– Blaise Pascal
“It takes more courage to examine the dark corners of your own soul than it does for a soldier to fight on a battlefield.”
– W.B. Yeats