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John Nack's Layer 7 Commentary

The Gaussian Blur
of War

New dawn fades, and with it the words of the old master. In its place, like the paths of a million ants marching with sure but inscrutable purpose, we see what may be the trace lines of a cursor, driven over many hours of design work.

And so, it would seem, Nicholas returns to his great strength: seeing the numbers & patterns of things, and then making them beautiful. ("Know thy self, know thy enemy. A thousand battles, a thousand victories," said Sun Tzu.) I only wish I knew the meaning of the red circles (mapped to the Photoshop UI?).

[Literal-minded product manager tangent: When he says, "Click, drag, and release relentlessly," he's not using the Blur tool, is he? And if so, can Adobe be sued for repetitive stress injuries?]

Play by play commentary for this match is provided, as it happens, by John Nack.

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