“It is the beginning of a work that the writer throws away. A painting covers its tracks. Painters work from the ground up. The latest version of a painting overlays earlier versions, and obliterates them.” — Annie Dillard, “The Writing Life”

ascend to the throne “I drank coffee in titrated doses. It was a tricky business, requiring the finely tuned judgment of a skilled anesthesiologist. There was a tiny range within which coffee was effective, short of which it was useless, and beyond which, fatal.” — Annie Dillard, “The Writing Life”

Thinking about digital photography - the computational aspect is similar to film differences (the look: color sensitivity, emulsion size). Maybe we need a standard for sharing the software revision of the device so as to reproduce the look? Similar to “Fujichrome 200ISO”.