“I’ve won a few acting awards, but as with all art, it’s an endless journey.” “What do you mean?” “You never get to the bottom of an art. There’s always another layer of depth. Whether that be painting, or acting, or photography. Ten different people could photograph that tree right there, and there would be a different spirit beneath each of those photographs.” “I think I’ll put that as your caption.” “Oh c’mon. That’s nothing new. Everyone knows that.” “Maybe so. But ten different people could explain that, and it’d be different every time.”
“To carry truth is an interesting metaphor. Language is assumed to carry meaning. But meaning fades from language the way colours fade from a photograph if too much exposed to light. Eventually there is only a very faint blur or trace.” - George Szirtes— ‘The Idea of Subject in Poetry’
It occurs to me that at the intersection of the work I do in supporting people in the way they engage with poetry or technology, there’s a similar transition from “I don’t do this thing” to “Oh, this is how this thing can work for me…”
““If you were smoke,” he said, “you’d be the smoke
that rages from a forest fire, close
and wild and dangerous.” Here ends the quote,
but not the source of it, and me morose
because I’ve always tried to be the smoke
that billows gentle in the temple, joss
or sandalwood, the incense that’s the yoke
to help us get to god. For me, the clos-
est feeling to religion is the smoke
my body gives off when it gets too close
to someone else. And right back to the joke:
I torch the temple by mistake, confess
my smoking gun is still my one desire
for one who’ll feed the flames and love my fire.” - so much joy it hurts: Smoke, Moira Egan
Google Reader’s on its way out, and although we’ve got until July 1st, the announcement itself was enough to rattle me. Like at least half a million other RSS power-users, I went looking for ways to future-proof the way I feed my habit. I’m really hoping that Mr Reader finds a way to survive— it’s a handsome, but it’s also smart, with a buttload of support for custom url schemes that make it easy to push incoming content to wherever I need it to be for action, archiving or further attention. That said, I’ve been trialling Feedly. Not quite as powerful, but very slick. Over the past few days, I’ve found I’ve actually read more in the app, rather than bumping interesting articles to Pocket for later reading. Something to do with the layout and the space afforded to individual items…
You’ve got a brand new look, and some new skills to match. But in this world of Tumblr and Evernote and all the rest, are you really offering anything different?
I signed up for a Kippt account when it was first announced as a possible replacement for Delicious. In the end, as beautiful as Kippt was, I never used it. There are only so many web services you can use effectively at the same time, and Kippt’s original offer (bookmarks, basically) wasn’t enough to draw me away from the tools I was familiar with.
Now Kippt’s had an upgrade, and it feels like a worthy Springpad competitor. But seeing as I never really got into using Springpad, it’s probably not for me. YMMV.
“Mathematics, I believe, shows us necessary truths unconstrained by time’s gravity. Poetry, on the other hand, articulates the necessary truths of mortality.” -
Zwicky, Jan. “The Possibility of Poetry.” in: Jan Zwicky Faculty Profile Videos, EGS. 2006.
Although I added the video to my Pocket feed a while back (and Lord only knows how that came to me), I’ve only just started to pay attention to Jan Zwicky’s work. Looking forward to finding out more about her— poet, philosopher, essayist and musician. Watching her switch between mathematical theory and a philosophy of poetry, and lecturing about the relationship between aspects of both, has most definitely piqued my curiosity…
“Everything good needs time. Don’t do work in a hurry. Go into details; it pays in every way. Time means power for your work. Mediocrity is always in a rush; but whatever is worth doing at all is worth doing with consideration. For genius is nothing more nor less than doing well what anyone can do badly.” - Amelia E. Barr, via swissmiss
“Through loyalty to the past, our mind refuses to realize that tomorrow’s joy is possible only if today’s makes way for it; that each wave owes the beauty of its line only to the withdrawal of the preceding one.” - Andre Gide (via kathleenjoy)
Google releases Keep, a new notetaking app, and I’m wondering whether there’s a place for it in my workflow. Some are saying it’s an Evernote competitor, but I’m siding with the less hyperbolic write-ups: it’s an interesting offering, but there’s a way to go before Keep becomes even half as powerful. I use Evernote for storing research, project related notes and most of my other text; I switched back from a plain text system after finally giving in to the understanding that I actually like using built-in support for tagging files. And auto-complete. My drafts of poems and essays still live in plain text (Dear WriteRoom and Scrivener— I still love you). For tasks, I’m back to Things. And I don’t think Keep adds anything new to the mix, but I guess it’ll come down to how it integrates with other services.
Still smarting after the announcement about Google Reader, though. Yeah. Thanks for that, Google. *stink eye
“My work is never intellectual. I never make a negative unless emotionally moved by my subject.” – Edward Weston, 1939” - Highlighted by Jacob Sam-La Rose in anthony luke’s not-just-another-photoblog Blog - Photographer Profiles (16-20) by scriptrunner