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“When people say they want to “get fit”, what they mean is that they want to adapt their bodies to a…”

“When people say they want to “get fit”, what they mean is that they want to adapt their bodies to a different environment or set of demands. But from this perspective, you can’t “get fit” in order to change the way you live — you have to change the way you live if you are adapt to something else. The psychological dimension between the brain and the body is a huge factor here: add an extra twenty pounds and your body reacts by infusing you with a lethargic attitude that prompts you to wallow in Candyland. But get accustomed to an exercise-induced endorphin rush and you’ll feel miserable if you don’t get your daily dose! You can never eliminate the reciprocal patterns of thinking that influence your behaviour — but you can significantly influence them. More precisely: you can only shape who you are by shaping the variables that you must adapt to. Therefore, “getting fit” is simply forcing your body to create new feedback loops of adaptation.”

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Adaptive You | James Shelley

This. “The big question is: what are you adapting to?” All of those other changes in your life/career/output (etc) you want to manifest? What variables do you need to shape in order to adapt accordingly?

Aug 12

Thoughts on poetic computation and assistive technology. Taken…



Thoughts on poetic computation and assistive technology. Taken out of context (see more thoughts on assistive technology here) but… mmmm.

(via School for poetic computation (SFPC) - Call for the Fall 2014 term (@sfpc_school) / by @tchoi8)

Aug 11

“The linear nature of film means there’s little…



"The linear nature of film means there’s little compromise, it is what it is, everyone gets the same experience (visually at least). However Google Creative Lab in Sydney have been exploring different ways of approaching the medium. Their new interactive cube lets the audience decide how a movie will unfold. By twisting and turning a handheld cork cube, viewers decide when and how to move from story to story, a different one being on each face of the cube. In a sense, they become the editors of a three-dimensional story, creating their own path and deciding their own narrative structure. (via The Cube | Google want you to become the editor of a three-dimensional story)”

And what about the future of the poetry anthology/collection? Imagine the cube as a way of interacting with a number of audio-visual poems…

Aug 10

“First and foremost, you do not have to live up to or emulate the lives of any of your predecessors….”

“First and foremost, you do not have to live up to or emulate the lives of any of your predecessors. But at the very least, you should know about them. You will have your own life, interests, and ideas of what you want or do not want in life. Do what you enjoy doing. Be honest with yourself and others. Don’t think of satisfying anyone: your elders, peers, government, religion, or children who will come after you. Develop meaningful ideals, and become conscious of others, their existence, and their lives.”

- Yuri Kochiyama - Consciousness Is Power
Aug 9

“We tend to repeat as teachers what we’ve learned as students. We also tend to perform in the…”

“We tend to repeat as teachers what we’ve learned as students. We also tend to perform in the classroom the practices that make us feel effective in the short term—after all, we’re evaluated after just 15 weeks, whereas what we’re hoping to produce is a classroom full of lifetime writers. How do we know that our practices were effective when our students are done with their training and we send them out in the world to be working writers?”

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Feedback Helps Performance But Not Learning | d a v e m a d d e n

Pause for thought. So much of the time we have in workshops is short term, near field. There’s often a sense that there must be something demonstrable by the end of the workshop. There must be a poem. There must be some quantifiable deliverable. These are expectations that are either manifested through us (as facilitators meeting the brief/objectives defined by whoever it is that commissioned us to lead the workshop/lesson), or that we’ve internalised. After all, how else do we know that the idea or concept we were trying to encourage our students/participants to approach through whatever challenge we set them has been taken on? Nothing wrong with a bit of rigour— the challenge to turn in an initial draft in a relatively short period, particularly if it comes within a programme designed to support the development of a writing discipline. That said, different writers have differing levels of discipline— some of my recent experiments in facilitation have been around creating experiences that challenge emerging writers to do more, while at the same time trying to respect different writing practises. As Madden channels Martone in the post quoted above, the ultimate goal is that each of the writers I work with will continue to write, regardless, a long time into the future…

Aug 8

“There is no secret to creativity besides possessing a habitual work ethic. But damn. Sometimes, it’s…”

“There is no secret to creativity besides possessing a habitual work ethic. But damn. Sometimes, it’s just hard as hell. Here we are, fortunate enough to possess hands that can harness magic to turn nothing in to something.”

- From 'Pseudo-Structures' by Frank Chimero
Aug 7

My new sounds:



My new sounds:

Jul 29

“Eliezer Yudkowsky was once attacked by a Moebius strip. He beat it to death with the other side,…”

Eliezer Yudkowsky was once attacked by a Moebius strip. He beat it to death with the other side, non-violently. Inside Eliezer Yudkowsky’s pineal gland is not an immortal soul, but another brain. Eliezer Yudkowsky’s favorite food is printouts of Rice’s theorem. Eliezer Yudkowsky’s favorite fighting technique is a roundhouse dustspeck to the face.



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Eliezer Yudkowsky Facts - Less Wrong

Swoon. The list continues…

(Score 1 point for divergent reading)

Jul 26

explore-blog: You see what you want to see. You might think…



explore-blog:

You see what you want to see. You might think it’s speaking to you, but it’s just your imagination.

Codex Seraphinianus – history’s most bizarre and beautiful encyclopedia of imaginary things

Jul 25

“The point I wish to emphasize is not an economic one, but a human one: if you try to say too many…”

“The point I wish to emphasize is not an economic one, but a human one: if you try to say too many things, you don’t say anything at all.”

- George McKeown, via Memorable Meetings | Steps & Leaps
Jul 24

“I’m a writer, and don’t get me wrong: To publish a plain ol’ book that people actually want to read…”

“I’m a writer, and don’t get me wrong: To publish a plain ol’ book that people actually want to read is still a solid achievement. But I think Markus Persson and his studio have staked out a new kind of achievement, a deeper kind: To make the system that calls forth the book, which is not just a story but a real magick manual that grants its reader (who consumes it avidly, endlessly, all day, at school, at night, under the covers, studying, studying) new and exciting powers in a vivid, malleable world.”

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The secret of Minecraft — The Message — Medium

Consider: as author, your creative endeavour as “generative, networked system” from whence the “book” is derived…

Jul 23

“None of the bones here remember what bodies they belong to. It is a hard thing to realize that each…”

“None of the bones here remember what bodies they belong to. It is a hard thing to realize that each of the bones once loved as we do, and harder even to say it.”

- From ‘Prayer’ by Richard Jackson, via So Much Joy It Hurts
Jul 22

“Pretty good ideas are easy. The guts and persistence and talent to create, ship and stick it out are…”

“Pretty good ideas are easy. The guts and persistence and talent to create, ship and stick it out are what’s hard.”

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Seth’s Blog: “I don’t have any good ideas”

If you follow me on any of my other various channels, you’ll know I’m currently in Philadelphia, checking in with Brave New Voices— an (THE?) annual youth poetry festival. I came over for it last year, when it was in Chicago, and although I’ve been involved in youth poetry and/or youth slam initiatives for a very long time now (15+ years? Nobody’s keeping count, right?) it was inspiring to see. I travelled back to London with a mind full of the desire to push things harder in the UK, to really make a difference… then got back into the grind and didn’t really live up to the revolutionary zeal I’d managed to muster through my travels. Sure, I manage an independent youth poetry community, I’ve inherited a spoken word education programme, I maintain a long-running poetry course at the Barbican, I mentor emerging poets, I still teach on an ad hoc basis, and I have my fingers in many more pies within the sector, but every now and then I have moments like this where I step back and ask what it’s all worth. Whether the work I’m doing is really having the impact I want it to. And: whether I’m doing a good enough job of communicating the vision and getting people on board.

For now, I’m simply celebrating the opportunity I’ve had thus far this week to gain some perspective. Soon enough, I’ll be back in grind mode, trying to maintain the balance between the 40,000 foot view and the attention to minutiae that keeps everything moving forward.

(Thanks Toni.)

Jul 20

Simply: yes.



Simply: yes.

Jul 17

“If poetry students don’t read broadly, why should anyone else? They read only their contemporaries,…”

“If poetry students don’t read broadly, why should anyone else? They read only their contemporaries, no interest in the past as present. Every writing program or conference should offer refresher zones—reading without writing for a brief or long while. Fill up the well if you want to be a writer. We live in an age where you can celebrify yourself instantly. You can pimp yourself in poetry or fiction overnight—anybody can publish anything now because of the Internet. With no critical standards and little reading, we aren’t talking about imaginative writing anymore. We’re talking about a cottage industry and the creation of artifacts and trinkets. The solitude of the writing experience—solitude that reads and converses with the great dead—seems an enemy of technology. Though, finally, I don’t believe this is true. There are poets of all ages who are not threatened by technology but do not have to use it as a club—in both senses of the word.”

- Paris Review – An Interview with Carol Muske-Dukes, Alex Dueben
Jul 16

“So much of becoming a writer is called finding one’s voice, and it is that; but it seems to me it is…”

“So much of becoming a writer is called finding one’s voice, and it is that; but it seems to me it is also finding something—some tenor, or territory, or mode, or concern—you can never abandon. For some it is a genre like comics. For some, it is a fascination with metaphysics or misfits or marriage. Not that you don’t have other interests; but there must be some hat you would not willingly take off. It is the thing that gives a writer, “b.s. artist” that he or she is, at some level the chutzpah to drop the “b.s.” It is the source of his or her “authenticity”—this sense that however imaginative the work, the writer has a real stake in it, that he or she is driven by some inner necessity.”

- “What Comes of All That,” from Tiger Writing, Gish Jen (via John Estes)
Jul 15

“Eadem mutata resurgo. This means, “The same, yet changed, I arise again.””

Eadem mutata resurgo.

This means, “The same, yet changed, I arise again.”



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How To Achieve Success In Science Fiction Publishing | OMNI Reboot

Morning mantra? Monday mantra? Battle-cry?

Jul 14

“I don’t think I spend a lot more time writing than other writers. But I do think that when I was a…”

“I don’t think I spend a lot more time writing than other writers. But I do think that when I was a young writer with two young kids, I learned that whatever time I could get, even if it was just a few minutes, was valuable. I don’t spend time ramping up and ramping down like a lot of writers I know. I don’t check to see if anything is new on the Internet. I don’t have to spend time sharpening my special magical pencil made from wood taken from the deck of the Titanic. I don’t have to brew my cup of coffee and balance it just right to write. I don’t have to be writing in my precious little handmade notebook that I bought in Bolivia from the Aymara people. I don’t have to be sitting at my desk looking out at the birds in the backyard and wait for the song of the lark for inspiration to strike. Instead, if I have fifteen minutes, I write for a full fifteen minutes. I try to live my life in such a way that when those minutes come I can take advantage of them wherever I am and whatever I have to write with—computer, phone, pen, pencil, etc.—and take advantage of them fully, and I think the idea of being committed to doing that has actually, somehow, made it work.”

- The Believer Logger: 5X5: BRIAN EVENSON 
Jul 13

“The things we craft are imbued with little pieces of us. And the relationship is reciprocal. We are…”

“The things we craft are imbued with little pieces of us. And the relationship is reciprocal. We are changed in some way, large or small, by all that we craft.”

- The Pride Of Craftsmanship
Jul 12

““as computers get better at thinking like us and shaping our behavior,” Leon Neyfakh wrote,…”

““as computers get better at thinking like us and shaping our behavior,” Leon Neyfakh wrote, “they can also be rewired to spring us free.” @YouAreCarrying is proof of that maxim and replaces usefulness with creativity. Just as the Surrealists deployed the “Exquisite Corpse” to spark their imaginations, Vestal sees a similar purpose. “It helps kickstart people’s imagination,” Vestal says. “How do I get to this point where I have an aspirin, a subatomic drive and the Elven sword of antiquity?” There is no answer, but the indiscernibility is part of @YouAreCarrying’s mission. It’s a prompt to ponder and encourages one to solicit others for feedback. “People want to share what they’re carrying,” Vestal says. “It’s like opening up a present on Christmas day.” And what a strange and glorious Christmas that must be.”

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Twitter bot turns text adventures inventories into a sea of creativity - Kill Screen - Videogame Arts & Culture.

CHALLENGE: Tweet “i” or “inventory” to @YouAreCarrying and write a poem that includes/references the items you get back. Double dare ya.

Oh, and holler back if you actually do.

Jul 11