You can choose compassion

Unlike dyspeptic, soi-disant “support[er] of LGBTQ rights” Glenn Fleishman (q.v.), heterosexualist male technology writer/editor Jason Snell has grown and learned from his mistakes. When asked if he still stood by his claim from 2011 that everything I write is “infuriating and wrong,” Snell replied:

Was I wrong in feeling that Cook’s position as a gay man was “private” until he chose to make it public? Maybe so.

I see your point – which I probably didn’t see clearly in 2011 – that privatizing sexual orientation can be seen as feeding right back into the closet.

Did we all “aid and abet the closet without even knowing it,” as you wrote back then? God, I sure hope not, but maybe we did. If we did, I’d argue that it came from a position of empathy for Tim Cook. I leave you to judge if that makes that reaction forgivable.

In my anger over what I perceived as an attack on my writer and a Gawker invasion of Tim Cook’s privacy, I decided to attack you in public. I apologize for that. Your perspective deserved more credit than I was willing to give it.

Full props to Snell.

Next: Arment and the Macalope, and, as usual on a kingly perch all his own, Gruber.

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After Valleywag made the case, I wrote in 2011 that of course Tim Cook is gay. Of course he is. The computer press indeed is so liberal it put Tim Cook back in the closet.

All the big names were and are guilty of this sin. Let’s start with Glenn Fleishman. At the time (2011.02.03), I chose not to publish the following posting.

Confidential to Glenn Fleishman

The respected Macintosh and technology journalist, who, like me, wrote for Tidbits, objects to receiving private E-mail asking him to articulate his points directly to me. He objects in public, in fact.

Here, for the public record, is our conversation:

I would assume that a journalist would all but automatically formulate any objections to my post and send them along via electronic mail rather than emitting drive-by Twits. Like most, I would prefer to be talked to rather than about. And I can handily defend my position.

I see: You’re the boss of Tim Cook and the boss of me.

Here’s how this works: I have a private life (non-journalist) and a public life (journalist). I get to choose what I write about, and when I make comments on my Twitter feed, blog, or other personal resources I maintain myself, another party doesn’t get to pull out the “journalist” card and make demands on precisely how I comport myself.

Short version: Fuck off.

Future E-mails will be ignored or blocked.

In the intervening time, Fleishman decided that he is qualified to police women’s discussion of transgenderism. Just yesterday, he described himself as a “lifelong support[er] of LGBTQ rights.” We’ll be the judge of that.

Everyone’s reporting, including mine, about Tim Cook’s being gay was correct all along. It’s reporting, not outing, because a CEO’s being gay is not “private.” Fleishman was merely the nastiest of a coterie of heterosexualist writers defending the closet.

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Khoi Vinh: “Helvetica has been the standard system typeface for iOS since the beginning, and largely without complaint.” Oh?

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  • Spiekermann:

    • “Apple font ‘beautiful as typeface, totally sucks as an interface’ ”

    • German; translation:

      I have been asked what I think about iOS 7. Until now I just saw it secondhand, via screenshots on my iPad or mobile. But there is already a small shitstorm on the net that Apple now uses a ultra-light font like Helvetica Ultra Light that was originally designed for big font sizes and therefore is way too narrow.

      If you see a continuous text in 13 px, it is a nice, smooth, plain but unreadable carpet. I think this is a phenomenon when young graphic artists or industrial designers deal with typography because they focus on good-looking grey levels/tones. This is because they don’t read – they only look and see surfaces.

      I told you that already, actually.

      So the way they think about how to make something with leather or out of metal, they also think about type. And you can see it’s really hard to read. It looks beautiful, and especially on the retina display will look great, but it’s useless.

      I hope they will change it. I’ve met Jony Ive a couple of times, and, when we spoke, told him to get rid of vertical lines. I saw that some of them did actually disappear, like in the calendar; perhaps that was my influence. I’ll keep on looking at this. It’s like a youthful folly that young graphic designers often [fall prey to], to use Helvetica Ultra Light.

Need I also mention the flowchart of system settings made available to overcome the illegibility of Helvetica, which, like all grotesk typefaces, is completely unsuited to screen use?

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The ginger bobsledder who is not Mr. HEATH SPENCE, Herr MANUEL MACHATA, and his team become the yellowest bobsledders.

Two yellow bobsleds, a yellow race BMW, a yellow enamel-panel building, two bobsledders and a driver

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BATIFOLE in ornate Art Deco letters on a vitrine that reflects a cloudy sky

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Duane Michals concludes his oddball war memoir The Lieutenant Who Loved His Platoon with this letter from one of his grunts. (Copy-edited.)

May 15, 1957

Duane,

Way back there you were faced with the choice for the first time (as were most of us) of going along with the gag or not. Unfortunately for you, you deliberately chose not to play the game and, therefore, became painfully aware of your own uniqueness – for after all, how can one feel other than pangs of guilt, he who has set another standard for himself apart from the sacred ideal of the holy elite of several score million philistines (for his very solitariness in the face of such a multitude of true believers ought to convince him of his error). The rest of us made our compromises early and we have since cooperated passively – and we hate ourselves for it. But you hate yourself for not having the capacity for easy ambivalence.

Is it worth it? Well, ponder this: On the way back in August ’55 half your old platoon including Schwartz and myself were on the ship together for the first time after being scattered but after the hellos the initial question among all was news of our lieutenant and the expression of the common hope that he got out all right without getting any more sticks with both ends dirty. Considering that the only thought among us then was getting off the boat, I think it’s surprising anybody bothered to remember about our jolly tour in that good old place, picturesquely situated in the hills. Is it too much to say that today twenty-odd people are somehow better off, if only with the memory, that in the midst of that humane horror someone made them still feel as if they were persons? There was nothing we would not have done for you then – and probably yet today.

You must excuse this let’s-try-to-flush-the-rabbit-by-beating-around-the-bush style I affect. For a number of reasons too tiresome to go into, but principally because all original composition is a highly torturous process for me, especially anything highly personal, this is the only type of thing I am capable of right now. What I should have baldly stated last time was that I came home apparently feeling the best way to readjust was to get busy at something “stimulating”; what I unconsciously really wanted to do was fine a hold to hide in. The contradiction took quite some time to become obvious but in the meantime the confusion and emotional turmoil of pursuing unrealized cross-purposes did nothing but compound a highly neurotic condition with an essentially antisocial, withdrawn, almost boorish attitude on my part for the time being. Well, anyway, it was touch and go for a while, and not the least among the unresolved little problems of moral cowardice was this fact of constantly taking, without making even a token effort of giving in return – of which the presence of your letter was a constant reminder. What good intentions there were never came out in a successful positive effort because they were negated by other disabilities. The passage of time has healed much, but maybe most should be credited to “maturity.”

This thing has again taken too long to write and finish so it probably won’t reach you before you take off. Anyway have fun.

DON

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