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DBA 98 Biodegradable Pen  My pen needs have been serviced…



DBA 98 Biodegradable Pen 

My pen needs have been serviced exclusively by Muji since 2007, but this concept makes for an easy addition to my WANT list. Take note. Ha. 

Aug 14

"read with a pen in hand… both to mark the text you want to remember and to write from where the text leaves you" http://ow.ly/2ptCn

"read with a pen in hand... both to mark the text you want to remember and to write from where the text leaves you" http://ow.ly/2ptCn
Aug 14

If you’ve been to one of my tech workshops before and heard me mention Virb (or are looking for a new website) – see http://ow.ly/2p3Mx

If you've been to one of my tech workshops before and heard me mention Virb (or are looking for a new website) - see http://ow.ly/2p3Mx
Aug 13

Friday Thoughts…

I’m aware that I haven’t been taking enough time out to reflect on my experiences recently - always moving on to the next thing - and since my schedule has opened up a bit more for August, I’m enjoying the ability to stop, take a step back and review…

BACK TO THE FUTURE…

I grew up as a sci-fi and fantasy kid. These days, I still enjoy a good draw from the  ”speculative fiction” aisle, though I tend to lean more toward the sci-fi than the fantasy. Fantasy plots tend to fall back into the “hero’s journey” all too often: underdog discovers secret talent or power, which places him at the centre of a millennia-old prophecy, which he ultimately fulfils and gets the girl/dragon/sword/crown in the bargain. Yeah. I can see why they appealed to the bespectacled teen-aged me.

Of course there’s good and bad in every genre, and often a lot more bad than good. But I’m particularly drawn to visions of possible futures - technology and scenarios that aren’t a million miles away from potential reality. And, as a poet, there’s something about the way good sci-fi writers push language that hooks me in. I just finished reading Chris Moriarty’s Spin State. I won’t review it here - Russ Allbery has already done a pretty good job of that - suffice to say, in spite of it’s flaws, it was a great read. 

Summer book pile: one down. An entire shelf to go.

THE BRAND CALLED ME…

Lots of good stuff incoming - I’ll be a little more public for the rest of the year, with a couple of interesting residencies popping up in the next month or two, and a nice little set of performances/gigs planned. Which leads me to think about how I need to tune up my news channels (mailing list, website etc). Time to take a break from being a cobbler and fix my own shoes.

TUMBLR LOVE…

Speaking of connecting with an audience - time to spread some Tumblr love. I don’t often make a habit of hailing out new Tumblr followers (and that’s not because I don’t appreciate every addition to my follower count - anybody say free ego massage?), but every now and then, it’s nice to show some gratitude. There are some Tumblrites (or Tumblreeps? Tumblrers? Whatever we’re calling ourselves these days…) I’ve been following for a while who bring the good stuff to my dashboard, and it’s given me a warm fuzzy feeling to see them following me back (Everything in the Sky, Boyghost, Astroblemes, Lifeserial, Barisowa, PhotonFantastic… I’m looking at you). If every new follower is a slice of cake, you guys are cake and icing. Other recent additions (fire in the dashboard!) include Vanilla Breath, Communicatrix, Brynn Shepherd and Hello Aldrin

On that note, it’s been said before by others, but the dashboard really does leave a lot to be desired as far as consuming things goes. The “river of Tumblr” effect is cool for burning some down-time between tasks, but there are people I’d like to follow closely, and there’s only so much river you can take in before drowning. And yes, that’s what RSS is for [Or simply be more discerning when pressing that follow button? -ed], but where following is also public statement of letting a fellow member of the Tumblr community know that you dig what they’re doing, it gets messy. Even some simple “list” functionality a la Twitter would be useful (are you listening, o Tumblr gods?)…   

AND FINALLY…

Links to podcasts I’d promised.

New York Times Front Page
Buzz Out Loud
Poetry Lectures
Poetry Magazine
RadioLab (which I’ve probably mentioned a few too many times in the past few days, but what the hey…)

Right. I’m off to get better at taking a holiday. 

Aug 13

RT: @camdenlockbooks Readers expect writers to perform live [Guardian] http://bit.ly/bZd6f4

RT: @camdenlockbooks Readers expect writers to perform live [Guardian] http://bit.ly/bZd6f4
Aug 13

Radiolab Presents Words, via inky / lonelysandwich I’ve…



Radiolab Presents Words, via inky / lonelysandwich

I’ve mentioned it elsewhere, but if you haven’t already done so, follow the Radiolab link and listen to the associated podcast. 

Aug 12

…and then half an hour reprogramming some Yahoo pipes. Does anyone still use those?

...and then half an hour reprogramming some Yahoo pipes. Does anyone still use those?
Aug 12

Next two drafts of the commission sent off, and it’s confirmed: I don’t know how to take time off. I’ll give it another go next week

Next two drafts of the commission sent off, and it's confirmed: I don't know how to take time off. I'll give it another go next week
Aug 12

If you have any interest in words whatsoever, do yourself a favour and listen to the latest Radiolab… http://ow.ly/2nNnk

If you have any interest in words whatsoever, do yourself a favour and listen to the latest Radiolab... http://ow.ly/2nNnk
Aug 12

Found this on the Southbank. Lovely.



Found this on the Southbank. Lovely.

Aug 12

Mind like fire. Excited post-RBKC meet; a solid afternoon of getting things done; and a convo re: the future of the book with @MrBreis…

Mind like fire. Excited post-RBKC meet; a solid afternoon of getting things done; and a convo re: the future of the book with @MrBreis...
Aug 11

Guess who’s writer in residence for the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea’s "cultural diversity" month?

Guess who's writer in residence for the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea's "cultural diversity" month?
Aug 11

I know what I’m doing this summer… (my guest blog post on Incwriters…) http://ow.ly/2n2rW

I know what I'm doing this summer... (my guest blog post on Incwriters...) http://ow.ly/2n2rW
Aug 11

Museum of London seeks poets (14-24 yrs) for a "Gladiatorial" poetry slam. Hosted by yours truly. No swords necessary. http://ow.ly/2nG2H

Museum of London seeks poets (14-24 yrs) for a "Gladiatorial" poetry slam. Hosted by yours truly. No swords necessary. http://ow.ly/2nG2H
Aug 11

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

Most Listened To (Week Ending 2010-8-8):
  1. Mount Kimbie (35)
  2. Daisuke Tanabe (15)
  3. Dorian Concept (8)
  4. Four Tet (8)
  5. Faze Liquide (7)
What this list doesn’t show is the fact that I’ve become a devoted listener of the New York Times Front Page podcast, Buzz Out Loud, Poetry Lectures and Poetry Magazine podcasts from the Poetry Foundation (Chicago), and (new favourite) RadioLab. I’ll post links to the above at some point in the future (when I’m not a) being lazy; b) blogging on an iPad).

Powered by the popular Last.fm/Tumblr pipe by JoeLaz

Aug 10

Photo: lethebashar / colorfieldsandwagonwheels / (via poeticheartache, misswallflower) http://tumblr.com/xiyff58z0

Photo: lethebashar / colorfieldsandwagonwheels / (via poeticheartache, misswallflower) http://tumblr.com/xiyff58z0
Aug 10

lethebashar / colorfieldsandwagonwheels / (via poeticheartache,…



lethebashar / colorfieldsandwagonwheels / (via poeticheartache, misswallflower)

Aug 10

Photo: ilovereadingandwriting: via teachingliteracy, libraryland) Got my iPad last week. Geeklove. But… http://tumblr.com/xiyff44ht

Photo: ilovereadingandwriting: via teachingliteracy, libraryland) Got my iPad last week. Geeklove. But... http://tumblr.com/xiyff44ht
Aug 10

ilovereadingandwriting: via teachingliteracy, libraryland) Got…



ilovereadingandwriting: via teachingliteracy, libraryland)

Got my iPad last week. Geeklove. But seriously - real books aren’t going anywhere for a while. So what if Amazon sold more e-books than hardbacks in the three months preceding July? If film photography is still alive in this digital age, books have a lot of life left in them yet. You know they brought back Polaroid, right? Hands off my paper…

Having said that, could you imagine an alternative future in which books drop out of the mainstream and become fetish items like vintage cameras? Where they represent a “technology” that’s outmoded and yet simultaneously desirable to those who have the money and inclination to chase after vintage/retro items?

Hm. I feel a sci-fi story coming on…

Aug 10

Sharpie Liquid Pencil – writes like a pen, becomes permanent in 3 days. Instant WANT! http://ow.ly/2n1t2

Sharpie Liquid Pencil - writes like a pen, becomes permanent in 3 days. Instant WANT! http://ow.ly/2n1t2
Aug 10