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iOS4.2 on the iPad in November. Was hoping sooner, but can’t complain. Steve’s currently pimping updates to every iPod model… #mac

iOS4.2 on the iPad in November. Was hoping sooner, but can't complain. Steve's currently pimping updates to every iPod model... #mac
Sep 1

I’ve been asked to spread the word: Tongues on Fire – A tribute to the Black Panthers, f/ The Roots, The Last Poets… http://bit.ly/cMbnBY

I've been asked to spread the word: Tongues on Fire - A tribute to the Black Panthers, f/ The Roots, The Last Poets... http://bit.ly/cMbnBY
Sep 1

In this day and age, I take a very dim view of any web based systems that only support IE or Firefox. Very, very dim.

In this day and age, I take a very dim view of any web based systems that only support IE or Firefox. Very, very dim.
Sep 1

Just found the Prosody radio show, and the poetry of Jennifer Perrine. Pretty good start to the morning! Listen here – http://bit.ly/cBfzYT

Just found the Prosody radio show, and the poetry of Jennifer Perrine. Pretty good start to the morning! Listen here - http://bit.ly/cBfzYT
Sep 1

Most Listened To (Week Ending 2010-8-29)

Most Listened To (Week Ending 2010-8-29):
  1. Shed (39)
  2. Mount Kimbie (23)
  3. James Blake (17)
  4. Bunny on Acid (14)
  5. Dirk Rumpff (9)

Did I really listen to that much Shed? Wow. Drifting into tech-house territory. Mount Kimbie’s still up high, James Blake is here for ‘CMYK’ , Bunny on Acid is here for ‘Snow’, and as much as I really like Dirk Rumpff’s Offtrack Radio Show, it only charted this week because he played Dimlite’s remix of Ahu’s ‘To Love’ (let’s just say there was much looping of that specific part of the show). Looking forward to the release…

Chart powered, as ever, by the popular Last.fm/Tumblr pipe by JoeLaz

Aug 31

RT @flippedeye: To read all the blogs from the @flippedeye residency on @incwriters, visit: http://bit.ly/flinb14 Thanks for reading & p …

RT @flippedeye: To read all the blogs from the @flippedeye residency on @incwriters, visit: http://bit.ly/flinb14 Thanks for reading & p ...
Aug 31

Michael O’Hare’s open letter to his incoming Berkeley students… http://j.mp/9NZTva

Michael O'Hare's open letter to his incoming Berkeley students... http://j.mp/9NZTva
Aug 28

Smoking. On the Southbank. 



Smoking. On the Southbank. 

Aug 27

"Our language, Tiger, our language, hundreds of thousands of available words, frillions of possible…"

'Our language, Tiger, our language, hundreds of thousands of available words, frillions of possible legitimate new ideas, so that I can say this sentence and be confident it has never been uttered before in the history of human communication: “Hold the newsreader’s nose squarely, waiter, or friendly milk will countermand my trousers.” One sentence, common words, but never before placed in that order. And yet, oh and yet, all of us spend our days saying the same things to each other, time after weary time, living by clichaic, learned response: “I love you”, “Don’t go in there”, “You have no right to say that”, “shut up”, “I’m hungry”, “that hurt”, “why should I?”, “it’s not my fault”, “help”, “Marjorie is dead”. You see? That surely is a thought to take out for a cream tea on a rainy Sunday afternoon.'

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Stephen Fry (via quotesaliraefinds, via linguish)

Note: Linguish has recently become the hot new thing on my Tumblr dashboard. Recommended reading.

Aug 27

"MANUAL FOR AN EFFECTIVE WORK DAY – Wake up early – Do the MOST IMPORTANT WORK in the morning – If…"

MANUAL FOR AN EFFECTIVE WORK DAY

- Wake up early
- Do the MOST IMPORTANT WORK in the morning
- If it is important – STAY AWAY FROM THE OFFICE

Take one day – which is your day.
- Turn off the phone
- Don’t check email
- Let everyone know you are not available on that day

Keep an active and accessible list of tasks, needs, wishes:
- Make wish and needs visible | accessible | in the office

Utilize Interns and volunteers
- Have them do the little stuff – pass it off

Focus on the big picture

dream

ask others to help you


a letter
from greg kelly,
(via facebook) may 24, 2010



-

via Max Fenton

Interns and volunteers? Dang. Knew I’d forgotten something.

Aug 26

Sandra Alcosser on Brevity in #poetry | Robert Peake http://instapaper.com/zqnvxp51T

Sandra Alcosser on Brevity in #poetry | Robert Peake http://instapaper.com/zqnvxp51T
Aug 26

Speaker’s Corner, Hyde Park 



Speaker’s Corner, Hyde Park 

Aug 25

Last one to leave, turn out the lights…

“Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.”
-Samuel Beckett 

For 10 years (1999-2009) I ran a moderately popular website and mailing list called Metaroar - dedicated to spreading the word about poetry and live literature events and opportunities in London. It started as a bcc’d email to a group of people I bumped into back in the late 90s when I was making an effort to attend every poetry or spoken word event I could find. Someone always wanted to find out when the next gig was, so I took email addresses in exchange for a promise to keep people in the know. The first few hand-crafted messages went out from an AOL account (that has long since been mothballed), based on whatever I’d heard was up and coming. And it grew from there.

Fast forward a few years. The mailout spawned a website, with a direct email subscriber-base of over a thousand people, not to mention some fairly respectable web stats. No ad-supported revenue, no funding, just an hour or two a day, and some extra time at the top and tail of each week to research and queue content. I stepped back from Metaroar late 2009 (for a number of different reasons - that’s another blog post), though the site’s been available since then like an old, abandoned building. Yesterday, I turned off the life-support. The account that the site lived on was up for renewal, and it made no financial sense to maintain it. I archived databases and squirrelled through directories, Wordpress backups, defunct installations of forum software, orphaned pages and all the different versions of the site - wading through all the code that accumulated over the years. And really, it was like wandering through an old house I haven’t visited in years. Of course, the code, the data, doesn’t quite capture the ideas and vision that existed in between. They remain like ghosts. 

Halfway through drafting this, it occurred to me that it’s an elegy of sorts. I learned a lot from running the site, beyond all the mechanical skills that came with managing a website, listings service and brand from top to bottom. And there’s another lesson here - something about letting go. I spend so much time bouncing from project to project, I (and when I say “I”, I’m also speaking to a bunch of people who share my particular array of type ‘A’ proclivities…) rarely allow myself the time to appreciate the significance of any individual enterprise - and if it’s tough to do that when I’ve got something right, it’s even harder to do that when I don’t think I’ve nailed it. I’d be lying if I said I’d made peace with what I’d hoped the project would achieve and I’ll admit, I still regularly think about setting something up in it’s place. All this time, I’ve kept a light on in the window, just in case I ever wanted to come back. But really, it’s well past time to move on. 

Aug 25

RT @ScrivenerApp: WordPunk article on what tech genre writers and editors use in their day to day writing/editing lives http://bit.ly/a0C3T2

RT @ScrivenerApp: WordPunk article on what tech genre writers and editors use in their day to day writing/editing lives http://bit.ly/a0C3T2
Aug 25

Most Listened To (Week Ending 2010-8-22)

Most Listened To (Week Ending 2010-8-22):
  1. Mount Kimbie (38)
  2. Sepalcure (35)
  3. Cecilia Stalin (26)
  4. Andreya Triana (15)
  5. Daisuke Tanabe (14)

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Hm. It took me a minute to get there, but dubstep finally took control of my playlist last week. Digging Mount Kimbie hard. Andreya Triana? She’s up here courtesy of a Mount Kimbie remix of ‘A Town Called Obselete’. As for Cecilia Stalin - find her versions of Afro Blue. For a piece of music that’s been covered a zillion different times, she’s put a couple of interesting spins on.

Aug 24

“…photography is inherently a fiction-making…



“…photography is inherently a fiction-making process. Don’t speak to me of the document; I don’t really believe in it, particularly now. A picture’s not the world, but a new thing.” - Tod Papageorge

(Quote via Alex Soth, via A Photo Student, via La Pura Vida

Aug 24

Yes, I know it isn’t Friday yet. But you really should follow @Meryle11, even if only for her #studentwatch. Go ahead. I’ll wait.

Yes, I know it isn't Friday yet. But you really should follow @Meryle11, even if only for her #studentwatch. Go ahead. I'll wait.
Aug 23

"“Whatever,” I protest, “my life is extremely interesting and varied.” “Like hell it is. As soon as…"

'“Whatever,” I protest, “my life is extremely interesting and varied.”

“Like hell it is. As soon as you turn off this alarm you are going to check your email just to see if someone sought to contact you, or to discover if your little username was mentioned anywhere on the Internet last night. No?” Alfraser smiles slyly. “And then, between now and your return to this mattress, your life will be dedicated to tapping your soul into this informational machine of screens, messages, databases and images.”'



- Inventing a Planet » Blog Archive » To This Day, Reverently Bow
Aug 23

“I have spent my lifetime taking photographs. The…



“I have spent my lifetime taking photographs. The photograph fulfils my deep need to stop things from disappearing. It makes transience less painful and retains some of the special magic, which I have looked for and found. I have tried to create order out of chaos, to find stability in flux and beauty in the most unlikely places.” Dorothy Bohm

(Note: aberrations in the sky, courtesy of the window I was shooting through. My Photoshop-fu isn’t up to the task right now…)

Aug 23

Language vs Reality?

Dear Nathalie, 

You challenged me on the “pondering the relationship between language and reality” idea I tweeted back in June, linking to a post on Tim Reilly’s ‘Language is a Map’. Okay - so language doesn’t alter reality as such, but it can alter our perceptions of it, which is at least half of the argument. If our thinking can be described as the body of a river, our system of language is the riverbed that determines its course. If I can teach you (as in the universal you - ‘vous’) my language, then perhaps I can, however briefly, change the way you see the world. Isn’t this the potential of the best literature?

(Inspired by Rebecca Solnit’s reference to the language of the Wintu of north-central California - a “cultural imagination in which the self only exists in reference to the rest of the world” - and the recent Radiolab podcast on Words that I keep yammering on about.)

Aug 22