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…one less application to master. In the spirit of Bruce Lee’s "a punch is just a punch" quote, a list is just a list. http://t.co/HU0dLyN3

...one less application to master. In the spirit of Bruce Lee's "a punch is just a punch" quote, a list is just a list. http://t.co/HU0dLyN3
Nov 10

"In short, the path to mastery is to integrate what you learn so that it becomes as much a part of…"

“In short, the path to mastery is to integrate what you learn so that it becomes as much a part of you as the way you walk, the way you talk, and the way you sign your name. You do them all without thinking and without effort, yet they express more about who you really are than all the clever tricks you know or masks you wear.”

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Shutterfinger: A Punch Is Just a Punch

This resonates particularly this morning, when I’m thinking about GTD and productivity systems - I’ve been flirting with Omnifocus for a few days, which isn’t enough to do it justice I know, but I’m already back to lists and project definitions in plain text files with a nod to Notational Velocity on the iMac, Writeroom on the iPad and PlainText on the iPhone - three different windows for the same set of data, via Dropbox - with a little support from iCal Reminders for date and/or location related tasks. While Omnifocus has a lot to offer, the infamous learning curve is no joke, and I feel that I’d have to dedicate some serious time to get the best out of it. Ordinarily, that wouldn’t be a problem (define:geek) but when it comes to getting things done, the system I use to get things done shouldn’t have to be an onerous project in itself. In the end, a list is just a list. But of course, the idea extends to mastery in the widest sense, be it mastery of productivity, photography or poetry…

That’s no slight to Omnifocus, by the way. Plain text just makes more sense to me right now.

Nov 10

Tried Omnifocus for a bit, but now I’m back to a roll-your-own version of GTD supported by plain text files and iCal. #worksforme

Tried Omnifocus for a bit, but now I'm back to a roll-your-own version of GTD supported by plain text files and iCal. #worksforme
Nov 10

flipped eye gig at the Ritzy 10th Nov w/ @AoifeMannix @LeilaSegal @warsan_shire @InuaEllams Agnes Meadows and me. http://t.co/AN2RLsSn

flipped eye gig at the Ritzy 10th Nov w/ @AoifeMannix @LeilaSegal @warsan_shire @InuaEllams Agnes Meadows and me. http://t.co/AN2RLsSn
Nov 9

Earlier, I was talking about Monday evening’s launch, obviously. 5am starts and impulse tweeting apparently impact accuracy. Who knew? ;)

Earlier, I was talking about Monday evening's launch, obviously. 5am starts and impulse tweeting apparently impact accuracy. Who knew? ;)
Nov 9

And if you don’t know Tomas Čiučelis, you need to check http://t.co/MxJO6lPH – love his music. Excited about having him there with me.

And if you don't know Tomas Čiučelis, you need to check http://t.co/MxJO6lPH - love his music. Excited about having him there with me.
Nov 9

Next Breaking Silence event with @LewishamArts Nov 17th at Lewisham Library supported by Tomas Čiučelis. 7.45 for 8pm http://t.co/3jXbRta6

Next Breaking Silence event with @LewishamArts Nov 17th at Lewisham Library supported by Tomas Čiučelis. 7.45 for 8pm http://t.co/3jXbRta6
Nov 9

And if you didn’t manage to make it to @FreeWordCentre on Monday evening, I’ll be celebrating the launch with another event on the 17th…

And if you didn't manage to make it to @FreeWordCentre on Monday evening, I'll be celebrating the launch with another event on the 17th...
Nov 9

As @tymusic used to say back in the day: "mighty fun was had by all"

As @tymusic used to say back in the day: "mighty fun was had by all"
Nov 9

Didn’t get to say it properly yesterday, but thank you to everyone who made it to the launch of my collection ‘Breaking Silence’ yesterday.

Didn't get to say it properly yesterday, but thank you to everyone who made it to the launch of my collection 'Breaking Silence' yesterday.
Nov 9

Morning sweep: residency at Reading Blue Coat School this week. How much work can I get done before the first bell? Hmmm…

Morning sweep: residency at Reading Blue Coat School this week. How much work can I get done before the first bell? Hmmm...
Nov 9

Narrating the Caribbean Nation: a conference in celebration of literature and orature, by Peepal Tree. April 2012. http://t.co/c2TRzmli

Narrating the Caribbean Nation: a conference in celebration of literature and orature, by Peepal Tree. April 2012. http://t.co/c2TRzmli
Nov 8

Wide-ranging list of tutors at the Poetry School… ;) http://t.co/RJlYieC8

Wide-ranging list of tutors at the Poetry School... ;) http://t.co/RJlYieC8
Nov 8

RT: @wordtraipser "Really inspiring event w @jsamlarose & Christian Campbell @FreeWordCentre. Discussion, ideas & searing performances"

RT: @wordtraipser "Really inspiring event w @jsamlarose & Christian Campbell @FreeWordCentre. Discussion, ideas & searing performances"
Nov 8

I used to hang with tap dancers. Wonder what they’d make of this. Adidas Original Mega – making music with feet… http://t.co/MCwkUbze

I used to hang with tap dancers. Wonder what they'd make of this. Adidas Original Mega - making music with feet... http://t.co/MCwkUbze
Nov 7

Photo: (via Pitch Design Union » Blog Archive » Good Art Advice) http://t.co/QWuzHdfa

Photo: (via Pitch Design Union » Blog Archive » Good Art Advice) http://t.co/QWuzHdfa
Nov 7

(via Pitch Design Union » Blog Archive » Good Art…



(via Pitch Design Union » Blog Archive » Good Art Advice)

Nov 7

"Somehow, our nostalgia for the print book has started immediately, even though the print book’s still…" http://t.co/HUKPeEoB

"Somehow, our nostalgia for the print book has started immediately, even though the print book’s still..." http://t.co/HUKPeEoB
Nov 7

"Somehow, our nostalgia for the print book has started immediately, even though the print book’s…"

“Somehow, our nostalgia for the print book has started immediately, even though the print book’s still here (and, I’d wager, will stay, and with more power and use than, say, the gramophone or the record player). This nostalgia might push us angrily or sadly against new technologies in literature and publishing, but it shouldn’t allow us to discount these new technologies, or to blame them for the downfall of insufficient business models or changing preferences in how we purchase and absorb what we read.”

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Rachel Mennies writes on bibliophilia and e-reading at The Inclusive. I, for one, remember most fondly Borders on Tottenham Court Road, the afternoons and evenings spent dipping into books and magazines, crossing paths with other writers, musicians, magazine editors, designers— it was an amazing place. 

A side-thought: the Borders “open reading” model of welcoming browsers obviously didn’t help the bottom line, but was there no other business plan that could have made that kind of social/book space more financially viable?  

Nov 7

As of 13 hours ago there were 12 tickets left for this evening’s launch, according to @GuwalSolomon. Wow. Details http://t.co/tWTH28A2

As of 13 hours ago there were 12 tickets left for this evening's launch, according to @GuwalSolomon. Wow. Details http://t.co/tWTH28A2
Nov 7