Hello. I’m Jacob Sam-La Rose, and here’s what you need to know: I’m a published poet; I devise and facilitate projects for schools and other institutions, emerging poets, teachers, literature professionals and other creatives; I’m a geek for web technology and productivity; and I’m pretty handy with a camera. I exist in a few different places online – this particular site serves as my lifestream, an overview of what I’ve been doing on the interwebs. The content you see here is aggregated from:
- Jacobsamlarose.com (my professional face)
- Miscellany (my personal blog)
- Forthen&Evermore (my photoblog)
- Twitter (text messages to the world)
If any of the above sparks your interest, don’t be shy in saying hello (mail at jacobsamlarose dot com).
Via the Avengers.
Found this yesterday— after my last workshop of the day, I stopped in at Forbidden Planet to zone out for a minute. Leafed through a few graphic novels (Avengers, which I was never really a big fan of anyway) and realised I’m so out of touch with the storylines that I have no idea what’s going on these days (who’s the yellow/golden dude with the horn?), but the above panel touched me…
shot December 06, 2013 at 06:21PM
Found text from Howie Good’s editor’s note for issue 70 of Right Hand Pointing.
The people I liked were those who were able to do something with nothing – painters, writers and photographers. I looked into photography early on and I saw that there were sports photographers who needed an Olympian, fashion photographers who needed a model and war photographers who needed a war.
Cartier-Bresson and Robert Frank and Riboud and those guys – they didn’t need anything; they would just look out the window or go to the garden. In other words, the everyday life situation became a gold mine for these artists, and I gravitated towards the fact that you could take something right next to you and turn it into art or communication. I liked the integrity of journalism but I was always interested in photographs. Photographs didn’t have to communicate a great concept, they could just be”
- David Alan Harvey (via yes-lukewinter)
“How are we to speak of these ‘common things’, how to track them down rather, flush them out, wrest…”
Via Roberto Greco
- Dorothy Bryant, on the drafting of fiction (via strangelikeness)
- The DO Blog - Blog - James Bridle
“We all want something from these networks of technologies. In a strange way, we all depend on one…”
We all want something from these networks of technologies. In a strange way, we all depend on one another. Igor needs the bots. The bots need Igor. I need Igor and the bots and Olivia. Twitter needs all of us, though they claim in regulatory filings that only five percent of their accounts are fake, based on an internal review. (It should be noted: the spambot problem definitely used to be worse.)
And yet, despite all of our connections and interdependencies, the logic of the bots remains mysterious to human beings.”
This is a poem waiting to be written. Thank you, Dear Internet.
“Working alone means the voice must grow louder, for who can stand to think quietly all through the…”
Working alone means the voice must grow louder, for who can stand to think quietly all through the day’s calculations?
I cannot. I let the voice grow loud. I let the voice hum outside my body in distinguishable phrasings, and count
the increments as I set the fence according to the blade. All day
I stand before a blade and push things into its path.
I stand aside as what is removed is whisked alongside me. The smallest particles of what is removed thicken the air,
making a dream inside which one cannot live. All day the voice is learning how to be outside of the body.”
- From Bad Year Anthem by Matthew Nienow via Poetry Magazine
- Kevin Simmonds | Poem of the Week: Joseph Whitt | the the poetry blog
shot November 16, 2013 at 08:12AM
I stopped worrying about viruses so much when I first made a shift to using Macs exclusively in my set up (yes, there was a time when I was a PC user. I was actually pretty anti-Mac until mid 2007…)
That’s not to say I don’t pay attention to viruses. It’s good form as a computer user to take general precautions, even when you pretty much exclusively use an OS that suffers far fewer viral attacks than most. But computer viruses have always fascinated me. Viruses in general— something about the idea of small organisms operating on the basis of their own natural drive to thrive in a way that can almost seem like organised intelligence. And the fact that a computer can be infected with something that seems so… organic. Intriguing.
This one’s been added to my file of source material for tech related poems.
“If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer….”
This, and this:
"Those who danced were thought to be quite insane by those who could not hear the music."
““Well, the process is really what you have to do day in and day out to be successful,” he said. “We…”
“Well, the process is really what you have to do day in and day out to be successful,” he said. “We try to define the standard that we want everybody to sort of work toward, adhere to, and do it on a consistent basis. And the things that I talked about before, being responsible for your own self-determination, having a positive attitude, having great work ethic, having discipline to be able to execute on a consistent basis, whatever it is you’re trying to do, those are the things that we try to focus on, and we don’t try to focus as much on the outcomes as we do on being all that you can be.
“Eliminate the clutter and all the things that are going on outside and focus on the things that you can control with how you sort of go about and take care of your business. That’s something that’s ongoing, and it can never change.””
- Saban Is Keen to Explain ‘Process’ - NYTimes.com
Media Space / Documentation (by Universal Everything)
Universal Everything and You
Drawing in Motion
21 September 2013 - 7 February 2014
Media Space at the Science Museum, London
"A large audio-visual artwork created collaboratively through a smart phone app will be on display for the first time at Media Space, the new galleries opening in the Science Museum, London. Art and design collective Universal Everything have been commissioned to create this new two-part installation, on display from 21 September 2013."
FlyKly Smart Wheel (by FlyKly)
Dear Wish List…
When I was 16, my mother took me to Guyana for a month. I’ve written about the experience in a couple of poems, and I’ve told the story on more than one occasion as a moment of epiphany for me; I came back from Guyana with a different perspective on the life I was living in London. And I don’t mean to push a simplistic argument of privilege and lack of, but I will say I took less for granted. It is perhaps a characteristic of the human condition, that we settle into norms and subsequently become blind to them. I left as a city kid, dependent on 24-hour convenience stores, constant, uninterrupted power and running water in every tap. I came back aware of the fact that things could be different.
I’m no environmentalist. Not by a long chalk. But I know that there’s a price to be paid for the modern conveniences we surround ourselves with, and that’s more than the RRP. The ocean Ivan Macfadyen describes sounds like something from a dystopian sci-fi narrative. Except that it’s a reality.
Maybe it’s the kind of reality that more of us need to experience, to live with for a period of time, in order for any kind of understanding or desire to do something different.