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Looks like one of my Barbican Poets found some old embarrassing footage of me reading a poem on YouTube. I was, like, 21? O, my voice… :(

Looks like one of my Barbican Poets found some old embarrassing footage of me reading a poem on YouTube. I was, like, 21? O, my voice... :(
Nov 14

For anyone who’s keeping track: I’m on a train back to London after an energising INSET for teachers in Leeds. Home by midnight? Maybe just.

For anyone who's keeping track: I'm on a train back to London after an energising INSET for teachers in Leeds. Home by midnight? Maybe just.
Nov 14

RT @AboutLondon: Carnaby St xmas party on Thurs & you’re invited – 20% off shops,goodie bags,drinks & music http://t.co/DEwG80vD via @Lo …

RT @AboutLondon: Carnaby St xmas party on Thurs & you're invited - 20% off shops,goodie bags,drinks & music http://t.co/DEwG80vD via @Lo ...
Nov 14

RT @jumokefashola: Wow what a night at the Jazz Verse Jukebox @officialronnies! Extraordinary performances from all. Next one 11 Dec ft …

RT @jumokefashola: Wow what a night at the Jazz Verse Jukebox @officialronnies! Extraordinary performances from all. Next one 11 Dec ft ...
Nov 14

Aza Raskin



Aza Raskin

Nov 14

"Each of us has a passion, and it’s our moral obligation to use that passion to make the world a better place." – Aza Raskin.

"Each of us has a passion, and it's our moral obligation to use that passion to make the world a better place." - Aza Raskin.
Nov 14

Headline: Playing video games makes you more creative, according to Michigan State University. Where’s my controller? http://t.co/jcjkHzVU

Headline: Playing video games makes you more creative, according to Michigan State University. Where's my controller? http://t.co/jcjkHzVU
Nov 13

"You know, one of the things that really hurt Apple was after I left John Sculley got a very serious…"

You know, one of the things that really hurt Apple was after I left John Sculley got a very serious disease. It’s the disease of thinking that a really great idea is 90% of the work. And if you just tell all these other people “here’s this great idea” then of course they can go off and make it happen.

And the problem with that is that there’s just a tremendous amount of craftsmanship in between a great idea and a great product. And as you evolve that great idea, it changes and grows. It never comes out like it starts because you learn a lot more as you get into the subtleties of it. And you also find there are tremendous tradeoffs that you have to make. There are just certain things you can’t make electrons do. There are certain things you can’t make plastic do. Or glass do. Or factories do. Or robots do.

Designing a product is keeping five thousand things in your brain and fitting them all together in new and different ways to get what you want. And every day you discover something new that is a new problem or a new opportunity to fit these things together a little differently.



- Steve Jobs: The parable of the stones - Apple 2.0 - Fortune Tech (via ninakix)
Nov 13

"The pessimist complains about the wind; The optimist expects it to change; The realist adjusts the sails." William A. Ward

"The pessimist complains about the wind; The optimist expects it to change; The realist adjusts the sails." William A. Ward
Nov 13

inuaellams: Salut to the Realist…



inuaellams:

Salut to the Realist…

Nov 13

On the way back, stopped in Foyles. Buying books online has eroded my in-store self control. If it wasn’t for the Amazon app…

On the way back, stopped in Foyles. Buying books online has eroded my in-store self control. If it wasn't for the Amazon app...
Nov 12

Caving, high ropes, poems and tears. Some truly moving moments, real challenges met and surpassed. Those teachers can write… (when nudged)

Caving, high ropes, poems and tears. Some truly moving moments, real challenges met and surpassed. Those teachers can write... (when nudged)
Nov 12

Spent the past two days helping 20 primary school teachers to write at an outdoor activity residential centre in Witham.

Spent the past two days helping 20 primary school teachers to write at an outdoor activity residential centre in Witham.
Nov 12

Anyone know of any performance workshops for authors that I can pass on recommendations for? Holler.

Anyone know of any performance workshops for authors that I can pass on recommendations for? Holler.
Nov 11

Reading Blue Coats year 9 slam yesterday – some fantastic poems came through. Many thanks to the judges for staying sharp throughout!

Reading Blue Coats year 9 slam yesterday - some fantastic poems came through. Many thanks to the judges for staying sharp throughout!
Nov 11

An hour or two to recover from three days of 5am starts and long days, before I head off to run a weekend residential in Wickham Bishops…

An hour or two to recover from three days of 5am starts and long days, before I head off to run a weekend residential in Wickham Bishops...
Nov 11

Saw On Site at the @barbicancentre last night. If you can, you must. Inspiring work: urban, site-specific narrative. http://t.co/ENpYXjAx

Saw On Site at the @barbicancentre last night. If you can, you must. Inspiring work: urban, site-specific narrative. http://t.co/ENpYXjAx
Nov 10

Wonder how long it will take me to memorise all of the poems in the book?

Wonder how long it will take me to memorise all of the poems in the book?
Nov 10

First lesson of the day down. Reading and Q&A on poems from ‘Breaking Silence’ with year 11. Nice observations…

First lesson of the day down. Reading and Q&A on poems from 'Breaking Silence' with year 11. Nice observations...
Nov 10

Blog post drafted and posted, 5 minutes before class begins. Now, where’s that workshop plan? http://t.co/HU0dLyN3

Blog post drafted and posted, 5 minutes before class begins. Now, where's that workshop plan? http://t.co/HU0dLyN3
Nov 10