My love/hate relationship with email is definitely pushing deep into hate territory today...
Dragon Dictation on the iPad. I've had it for a while, but still, absolute genius. http://bit.ly/oWtonS
Mmm. Stellar cartography. Uranography just doesn't sound right.
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?
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! ...
Better yet, I need to find the Ren & Stimpy meets Dillinja ol' school junglist remix. Bet you didn't know that existed...
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.
Afaa M Weaver on Prosody, 2010, as requested by @Malikabooker - enjoy! http://bit.ly/qL6pVw
Note: sudden hankering for the good old days of Namco Wonderpark, Streetfighter 2 and NBA Jam on 6 button arcade cabinets. Shoryuken!!!
“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.”
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…
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.
Ah, the memories. Roundhouse Poetry Slam returns in August. More info here: http://bit.ly/nGXt8G
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.
“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.”
Gary Provost (via tobia)
Dear students: take note.
I should really start a new Tumblr blog titled “This is Brick Lane”. 35mm this time - reviving the old Pentax Me Super.
Dear young creative (poet, artist, dancer, &c...) - do you want support in bringing an idea to life? See here: http://bit.ly/pAUXWa
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?
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.
Made it through to the end of the week. Breathes sigh of relief. Next?
“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.”
But Richard— what, then, does a writer do when he or she needs to vent?