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Forgot to say – now that I’ve installed TweetNest, my Twitter stream is archived to http://twitter.jsamlarose.com. +1 to geek-cred.

Forgot to say - now that I've installed TweetNest, my Twitter stream is archived to http://twitter.jsamlarose.com. +1 to geek-cred.
Sep 22

More notes from the performance #poetry workshop I ran last week… Sheet 6/7: http://ow.ly/i/3SrG

More notes from the performance #poetry workshop I ran last week... Sheet 6/7: http://ow.ly/i/3SrG
Sep 22

Just installed TweetNest (by @graulund) – offsite archive of Tweets. Took about 5 minutes. Nice work, Andy… http://ow.ly/2HVgm

Just installed TweetNest (by @graulund) - offsite archive of Tweets. Took about 5 minutes. Nice work, Andy... http://ow.ly/2HVgm
Sep 22

"I think a lot of the problems we’ve been experiencing come from the fact that no one embraces the…"

“I think a lot of the problems we’ve been experiencing come from the fact that no one embraces the miracle and amazement of the present. So many people—steampunks, fundamentalists, hippies, neocons, anti-immigration advocates—feel like there was a better time to live in. They think the present is degraded, faded, and drab. That our world has lost some sort of “spark” or “basic value system” that, if you so much as skim history, you’ll find was never there. Even during the time of the Greeks, there were masses of people lamenting the passing of some sort of “golden age.” But I’d never go back and live in any other time than teetering on tomorrow; this is the greatest time to be alive.”

- Patton Oswalt (via viafrank)
Sep 21

I’ve got rolls of 120 to process. It’s been a while…



I’ve got rolls of 120 to process. It’s been a while since I passed by West End Cameras…

In other news, I’ve tweaked my Tumblr theme for bigger images. Those of you who view me in your dashboard, take note. 

Continuing my thinking along the lines of projects - I’ll have two to focus on over the next few weeks. As part of my role as writer in residence for two different festivals, I’ll be embedded on Exmouth Market, and in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. Hoping for plenty to point a camera at…

Sep 21

So as writer-in-residence for the #RBKC festival, I’m hosting a lecture with Linton Kwesi Johnson. Anybody got any questions for the Q&A?

So as writer-in-residence for the #RBKC festival, I'm hosting a lecture with Linton Kwesi Johnson. Anybody got any questions for the Q&A?
Sep 21

1: Dear Tumblr: is there any good reason for the fact that none of the posts in my queue have been…

1: Dear Tumblr: is there any good reason for the fact that none of the posts in my queue have been posted over the past few days? The Tumblr community feels a lot more responsive that many of the other content platforms I’ve played with, but the sometimes the system just doesn’t work the way it seems it should…

2: Where do all the Tumblr theme developers hang out? Seriously. I’m thinking about rolling my own theme (you know, just because), and it’d be great to chat code with people who know what they’re doing. Anybody? 

3: Just to balance the first two web-based points, did I mention that I’ve got two writer-in-residence gigs up and coming over the next few weeks? And that the piece I’ve been commissioned to write with composer Luke Styles is coming together nicely? And that I’m working on my next book for publishing next year? More on those later…

Sep 20

Super Soft Ice! Speaking of “projects” – I guess the…



Super Soft Ice!

Speaking of “projects” - I guess the Southbank is one of mine. When I think of it like that, I wonder if I’m really capturing the spirit of the place… 

Sep 20

Most Listened To (Week Ending 2010-9-19)

Most Listened To (Week Ending 2010-9-19):
  1. Fink (23)
  2. wyep.org (13)
  3. Mount Kimbie (7)
  4. The Invisible (6)
  5. Cecilia Stalin (5)

Not much to say this week. A little mad that Tumblr fail-whaled on my queued posts. I know I’ve been away from my laptop, but that’s no excuse for sleeping on the job, queue. WYEP stands for the Prosody radio show and podcast - poetry and prose - been listening to a lot of that recently. The Douglas Kearney episode is particularly inspiring. And The Invisible makes a welcome return.

Charts powered, as always, by the popular Last.fm/Tumblr pipe by JoeLaz

Sep 20

Just installed TotalFinder from @binaryage – one of those "why doesn’t OS X do this already?" apps… http://bit.ly/aRWf5u #osx

Just installed TotalFinder from @binaryage - one of those "why doesn't OS X do this already?" apps... http://bit.ly/aRWf5u #osx
Sep 20

Hm. I think I’ve shot my way through my “falling in…



Hm. I think I’ve shot my way through my “falling in love with the Yashica” phase. It makes photographs, and they’re square, and if you point the glass in the right direction and twiddle the knobs until the red line meets the yellow line and press the shutter release at the right time, then you’ll get something that looks pretty neat. Great.

Lust over - let the real hard love begin. I am, by no stretch of the imagination, a virtuoso of this particular instrument yet, but I think I’m in the market for a filter to help refine my eye.

In other words, I need a project. 

[And in other news, the built-in light meter has failed. Time to send it in for repair, subject to the next influx of disposable income…)

Sep 16

"White space can be used in the design of our lives as well, not just the design of magazines and…"

“White space can be used in the design of our lives as well, not just the design of magazines and websites and ads. By using white space in our lives, we create space, balance, emphasis on what’s important, and a feeling of peace that we cannot achieve with a more cramped life.”

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Life’s missing white space by Leo Babauta.

(via swissmiss)

Yep. Amen indeed. 

Sep 16

Just finished leading a four hour performance poetry workshop for a group of poets from Bournemouth. Sheet 1 of 7: http://ow.ly/i/3Sqm

Just finished leading a four hour performance poetry workshop for a group of poets from Bournemouth. Sheet 1 of 7: http://ow.ly/i/3Sqm
Sep 16

This is the Hand Drawn Map Association. Wow. I’m sure there’s a poem in there somewhere… http://ow.ly/2EaQ6

This is the Hand Drawn Map Association. Wow. I'm sure there's a poem in there somewhere... http://ow.ly/2EaQ6
Sep 14

"…there are stars inside your thumb, your breath, and how you say yes or no is how they shine or burn out." – Bob Hicok, In These Times

"...there are stars inside your thumb, your breath, and how you say yes or no is how they shine or burn out." - Bob Hicok, In These Times
Sep 9

Most Listened To (Week Ending 2010-9-5)

Most Listened To (Week Ending 2010-9-5):
  1. Shed (20)
  2. Mount Kimbie (12)
  3. Bunny on Acid (10)
  4. James Blake (8)
  5. TRG (6)

Awright. You’ll have noticed the tumbleweed rolling through silence here over the past ten days or so. Two reasons: a) my MacBook Pro caught another bad case of “gammy logic board” (I can cough up the lingua technica when I need to, can’t I?) and died quite suddenly, and b) that gave me the excuse I needed to immerse myself in my (other) writing. Working on my next collection as best as I can. Got the MBP back at the weekend, and my working habits have instantly slipped back into bad. Spent 7 hours upgrading a Vanilla forum for The Vineyard poets last night, not to mention catching up on email etc etc.

And as far as the listening stats go? In truth, more than anything else, I’ve been listening to WYEP’s Prosody, back to back episodes drawn from their archives. I don’t remember listening to that much Shed, but hey, the Last.fm/Tumblr pipe by JoeLaz doesn’t lie. At least, I don’t think it does. 

Sep 8

For anyone who asked whether I backed up: yes. Tech guy, remember?

For anyone who asked whether I backed up: yes. Tech guy, remember?
Sep 8

MacBook Pro went down again on Sunday, hence the radio silence. Just dropped it in for repair; diagnosis: not good.

MacBook Pro went down again on Sunday, hence the radio silence. Just dropped it in for repair; diagnosis: not good.
Sep 8

"Is pursuit of clarity technique? Maybe. I hope so. I want to make sense. I want to be clear and say…"

“Is pursuit of clarity technique? Maybe. I hope so. I want to make sense. I want to be clear and say something true about the world, my world. I recently saw a statement from an editor who said “I am certainly not advocating a return to know-nothing plainspeak.” Since when does plainspeak equal know-nothing? I’m not talking about dangerously folksy politicians here. I’m talking about art. I think it’s very scary to be direct and clear – in a poem, in prose, in life — because people will be able to see you. Really see you. It’s very vulnerable, being seen. But I’m not much interested in playing around with language for the sake of playing around. I’m not interested in toying with readers. I’m with Vonnegut on this: pity the readers. I have very little patience with pyrotechnics. We all have so little time.”

- How a Poem Happens: Lori Jakiela
Sep 5

At @daddydark’s Accidental Powercut gig. Acoustic music in a church. And Mr Dark’s looking trim. Must be all that RunDemCrew business…

At @daddydark's Accidental Powercut gig. Acoustic music in a church. And Mr Dark's looking trim. Must be all that RunDemCrew business...
Sep 2