- Why Nobody Knows How to Make a Pencil
- The Power of Full Engagement
The email charter website is currently down. Another reminder of how impermanent the web is.
I have a “first time” email signature (telephone number, Twitter handle, website and so on), and an email signature that goes out to anyone I’ve emailed more than once. I’m of the opinion that once we’ve been in contact via email, you really don’t need to be reminded of my telephone number, website, various job titles or where you can buy my collections with every new piece of correspondence. I have a sneaking suspicion that we become blind to the information contained in email signatures anyway— the same way we learn to tune out banner ads and billboards.
My everyday signature (the one you get if we’ve already exchanged emails) used to point exclusively to the email charter. Now the charter is down, I’m redirecting to the post above. It’s not as succinct, but hopefully it’ll do a similar job. That said: the email signature blindness I referred to above dictates that only a handful of the people I interact with via email will actually notice. While I’ve been pleasantly surprised in the past by the odd individual who adopted some of the thinking suggested by the charter, or commented on what a good idea it was, or themselves went on to adopt it, I’m guessing that the facts that a) no one else in my contact list picked up on the fact that emailcharter.org is down, and b) in the couple of years for which I’ve supported the email charter, no one has actually called me out for failing any of its proposed edicts, mean that few people will notice the change.
Still, that’s no reason not to try to make my inbox a better place. Or to at least attempt to help people understand why I try to spend as little time there as possible…
Graphic study; page from a notebook (PA/NY/TO 2014)
- Can Google be taught poetry? | Technology | The Guardian
What? That time of year again? Already? ;)
- Brenda Shaughnessy
It’s official. I’m a Change Maker, as endorsed by London’s Southbank Centre. Just about to share a space with Joelle Taylor, Young Identity and Beat Freeks.
(First person to point out the errant hyphen gets a stern look.)
Of course, the foundations of this new creative economy have been in the making for a long time before this. And while there’s gold in these hills, it’s important to remember the relationship between signal vs noise. Perhaps the simple truth remains that however the models evolve, there will always be breakthrough artists (hard work + talent + good fortune + networked connections, amplifiers & enablers) and a much larger mass of other could-have-beens. Your YouTube channel, or Twitter following isn’t the glass slipper— or rather, one glass slipper does not a pair make…
“Today, the dream of the everlasting carrier seems further away than ever. Records may be lasting ok,…”
- The Quietus | Opinion | The Quietus Essay | The Utopia Of Records: Why Sound Archiving Is Important
A good editor must pick out the interesting and meaningful bits and be rather ruthless with the rest.
A good editor has to also constantly doubt him or herself, and ask these questions: are my motives clear? Am I open to sparks that don’t fit my pattern matcher for good ideas? How do I get better at recognizing sparks with promise without excluding the possibility of sparks I’ve never seen before?”
- Oh, there are hundreds of ways for an idea to die. — Medium
“I think anyone who says that reading isn’t a part of the process is a bit shallow in their sense of…”
- Interview with R. A. Villanueva | Words of Colour Productions
- Richard Sennett (via ubuwaits)
We know you’ve been waiting so we won’t make a fuss. Four women (in ‘surnamical’ alphabetical order):
- Kittie Belltree for Moon in Scorpio
- Monika Cassel for Grammar of Passage
- Isabella David McCaffrey for The Voices of Women
- Chelsea Lemon Fetzer for What’s Gone Wrong With You
The overall winner of the 2015 Venture Award will be announced before you can blink in meter. The winning poet will receive £1,000 and flipped eye publishing will release a pamphlet of their work within twelve months.
Follow on Twitter: @Venture_Award
Biographies of the Advisory Board can be found online at:http://www.flippedeye.net/venture/
“I’m suffering from PDF alibi syndrome. The habit of downloading and saving PDFs in the vain hope that one day I will get around to reading them. It’s not a technical problem at all, or one of lack of time, but rather that I’ve been seduced by the lure of information.”
- PDF alibi syndrome, Pat Thomson (2015)
“I go around giving my students permission to be who they are, and there aren’t enough people doing…”
- The Six Best Tips From ‘On Writing Well’ — William Zinsser
- Sir Andrew Motion
- Miracle Grow for Your Brain
Many thanks to Katie Hale, New Writing Cumbria and Eden Arts for hosting me in Penrith this weekend. Katie’s a former Barbican Young Poet, now heading up New Writing Cumbria as an arts administrator while continuing to push her writing (musical to be produced next month; poetry pamphlet in progress…)