Weekend Reading

Breaking with tradition, here’s a link to a wonderful newsletter. It’s only a few issues old but so far it’s made me pause and think each time. quotemail Words. Daily. Because finding good words to think on (or use for calligraphy practice or journal pages) takes time and effort. Let me share my time and effort with you. Disclaimer: I am not getting paid for the above link, I just happen to like it and happen to know the wonderfully talented person who has created it. Alexandra Burke: UK has ‘massive problem’ with confident women Alexandra Burke has battled more than her fair share of criticism in the last year – something she says is partly down to the way …

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Extra long list today as I was too busy wandering the streets of Barcelona last week! Stephen Hawking obituary The image of Stephen Hawking – who has died aged 76 – in his motorised wheelchair, with head contorted slightly to one side and hands crossed over to work the controls, caught the public imagination, as a true symbol of the triumph of mind over matter. A sad day. ‘Remember to look up at the stars’: the best Stephen Hawking quotes The British physicist and author had a way with words. Here are a collection of some of his greatest quotations Stephen Hawking, who has died aged 76, combined a soaring intellect and a mischievous sense of humour that made him …

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How to get yourself out of a funk On Tuesday, I woke up feeling a bit tired, uninspired, and just generally not in the mood to tackle my to-do list for the day. I understand myself well enough by now to know how to react to this situation (most of the time) but was curious about how other people deal with such episodes. For those of you suffering a bit of Cabin Fever thanks to all the snow… Soderbergh’s thriller shot on iPhone premieres in Berlin Director Steven Soderbergh said on Wednesday he so enjoyed making his psychological thriller “Unsane” on an iPhone, he would find it hard to go back to conventional filmmaking. Interesting thoughts on the impact of …

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Apple Music’s Archaic Album Categorization→ Benjamin Mayo sums up one of the most annoying features of Apple Music: the way the service thinks everything is an “album”, making it extremely inconvenient to find what you’re looking for. These artefacts of compact discs show up again when looking at an artist page. And this, amongst other reasons, is why I use Spotify. Last blog standing, “last guy dancing”: How Jason Kottke is thinking about kottke.org at 20 In 2013, Jason Kottke wrote a prediction for Nieman Lab’s year-end roundup: “The blog is dead, long live the blog.” Kottke was then (and still is) owner of one of the longest continuously running blogs on the web: kottke.org, founded in 1998. “Sometime in …

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In Conversation: Quincy Jones In both music and manner, Quincy Jones has always registered — from afar, anyway — as smooth, sophisticated, and impeccably well-connected. (That’s what earning 28 Grammy awards and co-producing Michael Jackson’s biggest-selling albums will do. Quite the interview this, to say he’s not shy about revealing secrets is… well just go read it. String Theory Says We Have At Least 10 Dimensions, But That’s Not The Weirdest Thing About It Okay, well, maybe string theory isn’t all that simple. For one thing, it requires the universe to have at least 10 dimensions to work (and some versions require as many as 26). You know, some of us struggling in just one of these dimension things. Calm down, science, …

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I Quit Twitter and It Feels Great It has been one year and 28 days since my last tweet. I deactivated my account shortly after President-elect Donald Trump tweeted, “North Korea just stated that it is in the final stages of developing a nuclear weapon capable of reaching parts of the U.S. It won’t happen!” on Jan. 2, 2017. Not sure I’d go as far as quitting but more and more I think on having less social media time. It just ain’t good for ya! How ‘Baby Driver’ Orchestrated a Car Chase Timed to a Musical Beat The kinetic opening of Edgar Wright’s Baby Driver, with The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion’s “Bellbottoms” playing on its soundtrack, had to accomplish a …

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Björk on creativity as an ongoing experiment You collaborate with a lot of people, often over a long period of time. How do you find a good collaborator, and what do you think makes a good collaboration? There’s a different story with every collaborator. It’s really like friendships. Because Björk. Story Ideas: How to Beat Shiny-New-Idea Syndrome and Actually Finish Your Projects Authors often get asked where they get their story ideas. It’s one of the most common questions my student writers wish they could ask their writing heroes. Not just for those wot does righting… Why We Forget Most of the Books We Read Pamela Paul’s memories of reading are less about words and more about the experience. “I …

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Think defamation law is boring? You won’t if you find yourself in court So, now we can get on to why it all matters. If you use social media or blog online, you are now a publisher just the same as any journalist. Yikes *scours ALL blog posts* Google Memory Loss I think Google has stopped in­dex­ing the old­er parts of the We­b. I think I can prove it. Google’s com­pe­ti­tion is do­ing bet­ter. Ev­i­dence · This isn’t just a proof, it’s a rock-n-roll proof. Duck Duck Go (a better search engine). Do it people! The hidden beauty spots within driving distance of Glasgow you have to visit Now the snow is beginning to thaw we can go back to …

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