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Dear uninterrupted-time-for-making-stuff: you don’t love me like you used to. You don’t call, don’t write… Did I do something to offend?

Dear uninterrupted-time-for-making-stuff: you don't love me like you used to. You don't call, don't write... Did I do something to offend?
Oct 26

Photo: The universe just made my October. Or, to be more accurate, the fine folk of Stones Throw records… http://t.co/4OEIs7lx

Photo: The universe just made my October. Or, to be more accurate, the fine folk of Stones Throw records... http://t.co/4OEIs7lx
Oct 26

The universe just made my October. Or, to be more accurate, the…



The universe just made my October. Or, to be more accurate, the fine folk of Stones Throw records did. Or, to be even more precise, blame (thank?) Dimitri Grimm. Thought I’d have to wait until November, but I just got word that Dimlite’s third longplayer “Grimm Reality” is available now. Dimlite’s music features heavily in my soundtrack for everyday living, and there were a few tracks in particular that made the ‘Breaking Silence’ playlist while I was banging my head against the manuscript. Follow the link above to cop a download. And do check the back catalogue. I mean the full back catalogue with all the Madlib-esque incarnations of Grimm. 

Now, if HogBay could get that new TaskPaper iOS update finished and through the App store submission process, I might even be persuaded to smile a little…  

Oct 26

OK-ness is the enemy of greatness, so sayeth Joshua Foer (via the 99% conference) – video: http://t.co/7mF9sDXB

OK-ness is the enemy of greatness, so sayeth Joshua Foer (via the 99% conference) - video: http://t.co/7mF9sDXB
Oct 26

Dear ok plateaux: I’ve got your number. Be seeing (the…



Dear ok plateaux: I’ve got your number. Be seeing (the back of) you soon, yeah?

Joshua Foer: Step Outside Your Comfort Zone and Study Yourself Failing (by 99%)

Oct 26

Video: Strata #4 – Excerpt 2 (by Quayola) http://t.co/6rgPWF8v

Video: Strata #4 - Excerpt 2 (by Quayola) http://t.co/6rgPWF8v
Oct 26

"I think teaching makes me smarter, not only about poetry but also about many other subjects. I read…" http://t.co/4GOoX9zv

"I think teaching makes me smarter, not only about poetry but also about many other subjects. I read..." http://t.co/4GOoX9zv
Oct 25

"I think teaching makes me smarter, not only about poetry but also about many other subjects. I read…"

“I think teaching makes me smarter, not only about poetry but also about many other subjects. I read things I wouldn’t otherwise read. Plus, I have to leave my house to teach; without that, my reclusive tendencies might turn me into an Emily Dickinson who only speaks to the world from behind a barely-open door.”

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Mary Jo Bang: On Learning, Self-Discipline, and Taking the Road Less Traveled

Currently on the road, on the way back from another six hour session for poets who want to develop their teaching practice, this time in Nottingham. Aside from the slightly dodgy tuna melt courtesy of the AMT Coffee concession at the station, in the immortal words of Ice Cube himself: “today was a good day.” There was an energising selection of poets-stroke-education-facilitators in the room, but also the added bonus of two young poets I have a lot of love for, Miriam Nash and Deborah Stevenson. Miriam is currently serving as Production Assistant for Shake the Dust (the national youth SLAM project I’m working on for 2012), while Deborah is the creative director for Mouthy Poets— a collective/community of poets associated with Nottingham Playhouse. Both are fantastic poets and facilitators in their own rights. I first met Deborah through the Roundhouse Poetry workshops I used to run (how many years ago now?) and I’ve acted as Miriam’s mentor since 2008. Having them both in the room was a joy— I’ve seen them develop and grow as writers and literature professionals, and to see them presenting their work… well, it’s not as if they’re “mine” to feel proud of, but I certainly do.

Oct 25

A grand unifying theory of everything… http://t.co/v2gftEiY

A grand unifying theory of everything... http://t.co/v2gftEiY
Oct 25

Photo: Dig? Dug. (via Pitch Design Union » Blog Archive » I’m like a busker, kind of) http://t.co/Vn22Q6cM

Photo: Dig? Dug. (via Pitch Design Union » Blog Archive » I’m like a busker, kind of) http://t.co/Vn22Q6cM
Oct 25

Dig? Dug. (via Pitch Design Union » Blog Archive » I’m…



Dig? Dug.

(via Pitch Design Union » Blog Archive » I’m like a busker, kind of)

Oct 25

4-1/2 tiny ways to master Mail.app http://t.co/yIufP5Fp (via Instapaper)

4-1/2 tiny ways to master Mail.app http://t.co/yIufP5Fp (via Instapaper)
Oct 25

Photo: startupquote: http://t.co/4333eY3x

Photo: startupquote: http://t.co/4333eY3x
Oct 21

startupquote: Don’t find fault, find a remedy. Anybody can…



startupquote:

Don’t find fault, find a remedy. Anybody can complain.

- Henry Ford

Oct 21

About to lead a 4 hour workshop about poetry for teachers in Plymouth. DND. BRB.

About to lead a 4 hour workshop about poetry for teachers in Plymouth. DND. BRB.
Oct 21

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Oct 20

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Oct 20

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Oct 19