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My love/hate relationship with email is definitely pushing deep into hate territory today…

My love/hate relationship with email is definitely pushing deep into hate territory today...
Jul 25

Dragon Dictation on the iPad. I’ve had it for a while, but still, absolute genius. http://bit.ly/oWtonS

Dragon Dictation on the iPad. I've had it for a while, but still, absolute genius. http://bit.ly/oWtonS
Jul 25

Mmm. Stellar cartography. Uranography just doesn’t sound right.

Mmm. Stellar cartography. Uranography just doesn't sound right.
Jul 25

In other news, I’m building a spaceship. Having one of those "need to quit the planet" days. Any good engineers out there? Astro-physicists?

In other news, I'm building a spaceship. Having one of those "need to quit the planet" days. Any good engineers out there? Astro-physicists?
Jul 25

RT @CathyBereznicki: Just one place left on 10-day IF NOT YOU, WHO ELSE? Lab starting tomorrow at Studios. Must be under 30. Call quick! …

RT @CathyBereznicki: Just one place left on 10-day IF NOT YOU, WHO ELSE? Lab starting tomorrow at Studios. Must be under 30. Call quick! ...
Jul 25

Better yet, I need to find the Ren & Stimpy meets Dillinja ol’ school junglist remix. Bet you didn’t know that existed…

Better yet, I need to find the Ren & Stimpy meets Dillinja ol' school junglist remix. Bet you didn't know that existed...
Jul 25

That’s it. I’m sticking the Happy Happy Joy Joy song on loudspeaker for the rest of the afternoon. Grin maniacally and carry on.

That's it. I'm sticking the Happy Happy Joy Joy song on loudspeaker for the rest of the afternoon. Grin maniacally and carry on.
Jul 25

Afaa M Weaver on Prosody, 2010, as requested by @Malikabooker – enjoy! http://bit.ly/qL6pVw

Afaa M Weaver on Prosody, 2010, as requested by @Malikabooker - enjoy! http://bit.ly/qL6pVw
Jul 24

Note: sudden hankering for the good old days of Namco Wonderpark, Streetfighter 2 and NBA Jam on 6 button arcade cabinets. Shoryuken!!!

Note: sudden hankering for the good old days of Namco Wonderpark, Streetfighter 2 and NBA Jam on 6 button arcade cabinets. Shoryuken!!!
Jul 22

"Preview allows you to sign a piece of blank paper, hold it up to your Mac’s built in camera and…"

“Preview allows you to sign a piece of blank paper, hold it up to your Mac’s built in camera and presto — you just signed the PDF. This is a feature that when shown or talked about seems like a better idea than it would actually work. I have used this feature about a dozen times since I installed Lion and it has worked perfectly every single time.”

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Time For the Big Cat, The Brooks Review

Word? I’m sold. Upgrade to Lion imminent. Just wish my wi-fi connection wasn’t so temperamental… 

Jul 20

Can’t see the wood for the trees? When you’re focusing more on the deadlines than the value of the work, it’s time to make a change.

Can't see the wood for the trees? When you're focusing more on the deadlines than the value of the work, it's time to make a change.
Jul 20

Ah, the memories. Roundhouse Poetry Slam returns in August. More info here: http://bit.ly/nGXt8G

Ah, the memories. Roundhouse Poetry Slam returns in August. More info here: http://bit.ly/nGXt8G
Jul 18

"Vertigo", by Anne Stevenson

Mind led body
to the edge of the precipice.
They stared in desire
at the naked abyss.
If you love me, said mind,
take that step into silence.
If you love me, said body,
turn and exist.

 via tobia:oxbridge.

Jul 18

"This sentence has five words. Here are five more words. Five-word sentences are fine. But several…"

“This sentence has five words. Here are five more words. Five-word sentences are fine. But several together become monotonous. Listen to what is happening. The writing is getting boring. The sound of it drones. It’s like a stuck record. The ear demands some variety. Now listen. I vary the sentence length, and I create music. Music. The writing sings. It has a pleasant rhythm, a lilt, a harmony. I use short sentences. And I use sentences of medium length. And sometimes, when I am certain the reader is rested, I will engage him with a sentence of considerable length, a sentence that burns with energy and builds with all the impetus of a crescendo, the roll of the drums, the crash of the cymbals–sounds that say listen to this, it is important.”

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Gary Provost  (via tobia)

Dear students: take note. 

Jul 17

I should really start a new Tumblr blog titled “This is…



I should really start a new Tumblr blog titled “This is Brick Lane”. 35mm this time - reviving the old Pentax Me Super.

Jul 15

Dear young creative (poet, artist, dancer, &c…) – do you want support in bringing an idea to life? See here: http://bit.ly/pAUXWa

Dear young creative (poet, artist, dancer, &c...) - do you want support in bringing an idea to life? See here: http://bit.ly/pAUXWa
Jul 15

Might need to start a mailing list again. Been pushing out a lot of ad hoc info to my young poets. Anyone remember Metaroar/FYI?

Might need to start a mailing list again. Been pushing out a lot of ad hoc info to my young poets. Anyone remember Metaroar/FYI?
Jul 15

Kudos n’ props to @InuaEllams for another fine R.A.P. Party last night. Poetry and hip-hop in the Southbank. Most fun I’ve had in ages.

Kudos n' props to @InuaEllams for another fine R.A.P. Party last night. Poetry and hip-hop in the Southbank. Most fun I've had in ages.
Jul 15

Made it through to the end of the week. Breathes sigh of relief. Next?

Made it through to the end of the week. Breathes sigh of relief. Next?
Jul 15

"Beware of writers who tell you how hard they work. (Beware of anybody who tries to tell you that.)…"

“Beware of writers who tell you how hard they work. (Beware of anybody who tries to tell you that.) Writing is indeed often dark and lonely, but no one really has to do it. Yes, writing can be complicated, exhausting, isolating, abstracting, boring, dulling, briefly exhilarating; it can be made to be grueling and demoralizing. And occasionally it can produce rewards. But it’s never as hard as, say, piloting an L-1011 into O’Hare on a snowy night in January, or doing brain surgery when you have to stand up for 10 hours straight, and once you start you can’t just stop. If you’re a writer, you can stop anywhere, any time, and no one will care or ever know. Plus, the results might be better if you do.”

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Richard Ford

But Richard— what, then, does a writer do when he or she needs to vent?

Jul 13