Jankiness is powerful. I learned this lesson from the fate of the Lisp Machine, a computing environment built by hackers for hackers in which everything was guided by a powerful and minimal esthetic. This very particular quality is beloved by those who experience it, but elusive. Lisp Machine should have taken over the world, but instead they are historical curiosities, buried by their Worse is Better competitors. Whereas Lisp was beautiful, the janky Unix/C software was hardy. Ted Nelson's vision of hypertext was beautiful, the real-world internet is layers of jank. In both its architecture and uses.