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18.30 laptop curfew at the Royal Festival Hall. Does that also apply to smartphones and iPads? Old world view of tech, or suspect principle?

18.30 laptop curfew at the Royal Festival Hall. Does that also apply to smartphones and iPads? Old world view of tech, or suspect principle?
Jul 26

  by sylvanwye / via retrograde



  by sylvanwye / via retrograde

Jul 26

The rest of the day: 3 hrs of meetings, then 3 hrs editing manuscripts. Time off for good behaviour?

The rest of the day: 3 hrs of meetings, then 3 hrs editing manuscripts. Time off for good behaviour?
Jul 26

"Use Twitter. Don’t let it use you." http://ow.ly/2eIVb

"Use Twitter. Don’t let it use you." http://ow.ly/2eIVb
Jul 26

Right. First draft of poem for Luke (composer/collaborative piece) done. Going to have to come up with a better working title.

Right. First draft of poem for Luke (composer/collaborative piece) done. Going to have to come up with a better working title.
Jul 26

Silks, at the Barbican



Silks, at the Barbican

Jul 25

"The thing is, if you want to create something truly remarkable, it won’t be built in a day. A…"

“The thing is, if you want to create something truly remarkable, it won’t be built in a day. A great novel, a stunning design, a game-changing software application, a revolutionary company – this kind of thing takes time, thought, craft, and persistence. And on any given day, it will never appear as “urgent” as those four emails (in the last half-hour) from Client X or Colleague Y, asking for things you’ve already given them or which they probably don’t really need.”

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The Key to Creating Remarkable Things :: Tips :: The 99 Percent

Otherwise known as Real Work vs Busy Work. Busy Work shouts (shrieks?) out for attention and makes you feel bad if you’re not paying attention to its needs at all times. Real Work waits patiently for you to come back, and won’t shout or scream, but the more you pay attention to what it asks you to do, the more lasting your achievements will be. 

Jul 25

Foyles (Duh) I spent my Friday evening floating in between the…



Foyles (Duh)

I spent my Friday evening floating in between the poetry and sci-fi sections. Allow me a big-head moment? I’ve got work in three different poetry anthologies currently stocked there (and hopefully in most reputable bookstores). Go me. 

Jul 23

"It doesn’t matter if you’re a writer or a baker. When the mood strikes you and you find you can…"

“It doesn’t matter if you’re a writer or a baker. When the mood strikes you and you find you can suddenly make things happen, do everything to stay in that mood. Create, build, bake. You can always rework later.”

- Randy Murray (via patrickrhone)
Jul 23

Anyone up for a game of ping pong? Pop-up ping pong parlour open until 14th August in the heart of London… http://ow.ly/2eIId

Anyone up for a game of ping pong? Pop-up ping pong parlour open until 14th August in the heart of London... http://ow.ly/2eIId
Jul 23

"Masterminds are rare, comprising no more than, say, one percent of the population, and they are…"

“Masterminds are rare, comprising no more than, say, one percent of the population, and they are rarely encountered outside their office, factory, school, or laboratory. Although they are highly capable leaders, Masterminds are not at all eager to take command, preferring to stay in the background until others demonstrate their inability to lead. Once they take charge, however, they are thoroughgoing pragmatists. Masterminds are certain that efficiency is indispensable in a well-run organization, and if they encounter inefficiency-any waste of human and material resources-they are quick to realign operations and reassign personnel. Masterminds do not feel bound by established rules and procedures, and traditional authority does not impress them, nor do slogans or catchwords. Only ideas that make sense to them are adopted; those that don’t, aren’t, no matter who thought of them. Remember, their aim is always maximum efficiency.”

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http://keirsey.com/handler.aspx?s=keirsey&f=fourtemps&tab=5&c=mastermind

I always take these kinds of tests with a pinch of salt, but it seems that I’m an INTJ. From Wikipedia

“INTJs are analytical. Like INTPs, they are most comfortable working alone and tend to be less sociable than other types. Nevertheless, INTJs are prepared to lead if no one else seems up to the task, or if they see a major weakness in the current leadership. They tend to be pragmatic, logical, and creative. They have a low tolerance for spin or rampant emotionalism. They are not generally susceptible to catchphrases and do not recognize authority based on tradition, rank, or title.

INTJs are strong individualists who seek new angles or novel ways of looking at things. They enjoy coming to new understandings. They tend to be insightful and mentally quick; however, this mental quickness may not always be outwardly apparent to others since they keep a great deal to themselves. They are very determined people who trust their vision of the possibilities, regardless of what others think. They may even be considered the most independent of all of the sixteen personality types. INTJs are at their best in quietly and firmly developing their ideas, theories, and principles.”

That said, people change… 

Jul 22

Gah-dang. Can’t believe I haven’t got an iPad yet. Can we sort that out soon, please? Flipboard for iPad http://ow.ly/2eIoz

Gah-dang. Can't believe I haven't got an iPad yet. Can we sort that out soon, please? Flipboard for iPad http://ow.ly/2eIoz
Jul 22

Your calendar is your best friend (but are you using it properly?) – http://ow.ly/2cO5D

Your calendar is your best friend (but are you using it properly?) - http://ow.ly/2cO5D
Jul 21

"I find that poems often start with a particular constellation of information that seem connected…"

“I find that poems often start with a particular constellation of information that seem connected intuitively but the poem emerges as the connections become a little more conscious. I write to understand why and how all the parts fit”

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How a Poem Happens: Connie Voisine

Also: “Poems are hard work in my world, and if they aren’t, I don’t trust them.”

Jul 21

7 things your blog should do – for anyone I’ve coached through the set up of their blog, and anyone else who has one… http://ow.ly/2dPKV

7 things your blog should do - for anyone I've coached through the set up of their blog, and anyone else who has one... http://ow.ly/2dPKV
Jul 21

Young photographers (16-25): DigiSwarm needs you… http://ow.ly/2e39o

Young photographers (16-25): DigiSwarm needs you... http://ow.ly/2e39o
Jul 20

Most Listened To (Week Ending 2010-7-18)

Most Listened To (Week Ending 2010-7-18):
  1. Dimlite (94)
  2. Dorian Concept (16)
  3. Mice Parade (16)
  4. Prefuse 73 (10)
  5. Ty (6)

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Jul 19

"I used to think when I was younger and writing that each idea had a certain shape and when I started…"

“I used to think when I was younger and writing that each idea had a certain shape and when I started to study Greek and I found the word morphe it was for me just the right word for that, unlike the word shape in English which falls a bit short, morphe in Greek means the the sort of plastic contours that an idea has inside your all your senses when you grasp it the first moment and it always seemed to me that a work should play out that same contour in its form. So I can’t start writing something down til I get a sense of that, that morphe. And then it unfolds, I wouldn’t say naturally, but it unfolds gropingly by keeping only to the contours of that form whatever it is.”

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ANNE CARSON (via a bruise lifting)

Right. Time to learn a new language.

 
Jul 19

Curzon, Soho.



Curzon, Soho.

Jul 19

Have you voted for your preferred reps in the new Culture Forum? Voting closes today… (National Campaign for the Arts) http://ow.ly/2djcz

Have you voted for your preferred reps in the new Culture Forum? Voting closes today... (National Campaign for the Arts) http://ow.ly/2djcz
Jul 19