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Chris Baker
A freelance project manager specialising in electronic publishing projects.
Interests: project management, professional interests: electronic publishing, usability, information architecture, accessibility, content management, web metrics, amateur pianist, chess player, back office systems. other interests: treasurer of <a href="http://oxfordoxfamgroup.blogspot.com/">oxford oxfam group</a>
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..."meaning" requires the combined participation of text and reader. The Science of Scientific Writing - If the reader is to grasp what the writer means, the writer must understand what the reader needs by George Gopen, Judith Swan This article was originally published in the November-December 1990 issue of American... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2015 at Quotationstore
"Religious experience is absolute: it cannot be disputed. You can only say that You have never had such an experience, whereupon your opponent will reply: “Sorry, I have.” And there your discussion will come to an end." Carl Jung http://carljungdepthpsychology.blogspot.co.uk/2013/10/religious-experience-is-absolute-it_18.html Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2015 at Quotationstore
“All violence is an attempt to replace shame with self-esteem.” Prison psychiatrist James Gilligan (quoted in passing in this interview http://www.theguardian.com/media/2015/jul/18/katie-hopkins-jon-ronson-interview Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2015 at Quotationstore
"Personal enjoyment and critical readings can and should exist mutually exclusive of each other. I understand the desire to be a good person, and the desire to think that you like the right things for the right reasons, but that’s not the point. It was never the point.... ...when critical... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2015 at Quotationstore
"“We’re [people in general are] far more interested in being right than in learning anything,” says Wade. “Looking at anything from many points of view at the same time is really threatening to us, because it suggests that there’s no right answer.” Lisa Wade, professor of sociology and principal author... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2015 at Quotationstore
"It is just as well that the body retains no memory of pain. Yes, it hurt, that abscess, that broken bone, but just how it hurt, and how much, is soon forgotten by the brain and the nerves. It is not so with pleasant sensations, a scent, a taste, the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2015 at Quotationstore
"I don't like work--no man does--but I like what is in the work--the chance to find yourself. Your own reality--for yourself not for others--what no other man can ever know. They can only see the mere show, and never can tell what it really means. " Joseph Conrad, Heart of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2015 at Quotationstore
"...and for a moment I thought I loved her. But I am slow-thinking and full of interior rules that act as brakes on my desires." F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2015 at Quotationstore
"This visitor informed me Kurtz’s proper sphere ought to have been politics ‘on the popular side.’...Kurtz really couldn’t write a bit—‘but heavens! how that man could talk. He electrified large meetings. He had faith—don’t you see?—he had the faith. He could get himself to believe anything—anything. He would have been... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2015 at Quotationstore
"Read with the mindset of a carpenter looking at trees." Sir Terry Pratchett, in "Notes from a successful fantasy author" in the Writers & Artists Yearbook 2015, Bloomsbury 2014 Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2015 at Quotationstore
"There is a term that readers have been known to apply to fantasy that is sometimes an unquestioning echo of better work gone before...It's EFP or Extruded Fantasy Product. It can be recognized by the fact you can't tell it apart from all the other EFP. Sir Terry Pratchett, in... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2015 at Quotationstore
"Since a lot of fiction is in some way fantasy, can we narrow it down to 'fiction that transcends the rules of the known world'? And it might help to add 'and includes elements commonly classed as magical'. There are said to be about five fantasy sub-genres, from contemporary to... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2015 at Quotationstore
"Artists don’t personify the ideal or dazzling worlds they envision. They are the workshop, not the work. " Mr Turner - film review (Nigel Andrews In The Financial Times, October 30, 2014) Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2015 at Quotationstore
"Non-judgmental analysis and adaptation" Steve Kamb's formula for how to make a successful change in life. Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2015 at Quotationstore
"We don’t normally think of it as such, but writing is a technology, which means that a literate person is someone whose thought processes are technologically mediated. We became cognitive cyborgs as soon as we became fluent readers, and the consequences of that were profound." Ted Chiang, in a short... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2015 at Quotationstore
"Consciousness itself, endlessly making and unmaking the world, is the uncanny thing - the source of all joy, terror, and wonderment." Terry Castle, Introduction to The Mysteries of Udolpho, by Ann Radcliffe (Oxford World's Classics) This sentence is part of a discussion of how the concept of "mystery" had become... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2015 at Quotationstore
"Editing is the infinite jigsaw. There is no right or wrong way for the pieces to fit together and you're not given an impression of the finished image until that last piece is slotted into place. And there is no pre-destined final image. This footage could be crafted into a... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2015 at Quotationstore
“These two climbers, they climbed the hardest mountain in Yosemite in California. Straight up. It took them 19 days – their hands were all torn up. One guy didn’t have a voice from screaming, and they were both being interviewed at the top, and obviously the interviewer was after a... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2015 at Quotationstore
"Social media is so perfectly designed to manipulate our desire for approval, and that is what led to her undoing *. Her tormentors were instantly congratulated as they took Sacco down, bit by bit. So they continued to do so. Their motivation was much the same as Sacco's own -... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2015 at Quotationstore
[Oliver Postgate, co-creator of the children's TV series The Clangers describes a rather unexpected glitch in its acceptance by the BBC. The Clangers speak completely in whistles, which Postgate and a colleague planned to render by writing out a script in English, but then performing it - or the inflections... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2015 at Quotationstore
"People ask me how I got from St. Eustace to Riddley Walker and all I can say is that it's a matter of being friends with your head. Things come into the mind and wait to hook up with other things; there are places that can heighten your responses, and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2015 at Quotationstore
"But there are seasons of believing, as well as of disbelieving : and believing was then so much in season, that improbabilities or inconsistencies were little considered. Nor was it safe so much as to make reflections on them." Bishop Gilbert Burnet From: Bishop Burnet's History of his own time:... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2015 at Quotationstore
If someone asked you to explain the relationship between the Earth and the sun, you might say something wrong: perhaps that the sun rotates around the Earth, rising in the east and setting in the west. A friend who understands astronomy may correct you. It’s no big deal; you simply... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2015 at Quotationstore
A departing Soviet leader hands his successor two sealed envelopes, with strict instructions - "Keep them safely--don't open them. Only if the country is in turmoil and things start going badly, open the first one. That'll give you some advice on what to do. And, even after that, if things... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2015 at Quotationstore
"I've never been one for the auetur theory. I do think a director should be the leader of the project and should have a strong voice but I also think, in life, our voices and opinions are shaped by the people we surround ourselves with. Telling a camera operator the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2015 at Quotationstore