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These everyday scenes inspired me to take out the camera. 1. This vibrant shade of turquoise caught my eye. After showing a friend this photo, she told me that robin mothers drop hatchlings' shells far away from the nest to lead predators away from it. That explains why I found this under a short hedge with no nests in sight; the other half was 10 feet away under another low hedge. 2. My guess is... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2015 at "Write now is good."
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Would you like to understand a complex classical music piece in a new way? Click on the above video and listen to the Igor Stravinsky's score The Rite of Spring without watching it for a few minutes. Then start the video again, watching the visualization that music animator Stephen Malinowski has created. What did you experience while only listening versus listening-and-viewing? Wondering what this color and movement mean? Malinowski explains it on his Music Animation... Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2014 at "Write now is good."
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Image: "Book sale loot" by Ginny I tend to go through reading-genre phases. Recently, I have read all short stories for awhile, followed by science fiction, a short stint in realistic fiction, and then a leap to adolescent fiction. Adelle Waldman's well-reasoned “An answer to the novel's detractors” in The New Yorker will have me picking up a Victorian classic in my next reading foray. She writes: ...good fiction doesn’t tend to console but rather... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2014 at "Write now is good."
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Image: Still taken from the video Behind the Scenes UPDATE (12/18/14): Please see end of this post for new information. Artist Mark Farid would like to live for 28 days as another person through an Oculus-Rift-like, virtual reality (VR) device. His project Seeing-I will take place in 2015 at a London gallery, based on the success of its Kickstarter campaign (and additional commercial and public funding). Why has Farid decided to do this? From The... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2014 at "Write now is good."
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Image: Multimodal transcript from "Analyzing layering in textual design: A multimodal approach for examining cultural, linguistic, and social migrations in digital video" by Myrrh Domingo (2011) Last week, I gave a workshop on multimodal analysis. I presented my data of subjects taking notes and writing essays in an online space as a case example, then attendees worked to identify modes in their media pieces as a start to developing an analysis methodology. Thinking more broadly... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2014 at "Write now is good."
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Now through September 15, 2014, the Books about Town public art exhibit takes place all over London. There are 50 unique BookBenches to locate, like the Shakespeare and Paddington Bear ones featured in this post—all of which will be auctioned at the exhibit's end in order to raise money for literacy initiatives in the UK through the National Literacy Trust. (The Books about Town site features some maps and quizzes to get your started on... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2014 at "Write now is good."
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Writing is a cognitively demanding activity. When the brain is working hard, the brain needs energy. I virtually stumbled across this poster, "Snacks of the Great Scribblers", by illustrator Wendy MacNaughton via her other artwork featured on Brainpickings. What sustenance supports your scrawls? Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2014 at "Write now is good."
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In the middle of this party and a buffet featuring an Italian sub, liquor, watermelon, cherry tomatoes, and a vase of daisies, and a spectator to the dance lounging near the ceiling (How did she get up there?) sits a couple of shelves of books. If only the spines faced the camera—I would love to know what these groovy folks read. The books look oddly uniform in size—perhaps they’re from a series or are academic... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2014 at "Write now is good."
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Books find me. I'm usually doing something else, like walking or writing or running around or researching something. And then there is a book in front of me, in my gaze, while I am in the midst of doing something else intensely. My gaze will stop at a book among a sea of books: on shelves, in piles, at the top of a stack, in a bookstore window (both brick-and-mortar and virtual). When a book... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2014 at "Write now is good."
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Image: "Jamie wrote this book" by STML During the past couple of weeks, I have been immersed in reading about what the cognitive processes of writing are like for children. Today, I stumbled across the following: Much of my unassisted self, and more by the help of Biddy than of Mr. Wopsle's great-aunt, I struggled through the alphabet as if it had been a bramble-bush; getting considerably worried and scratched by every letter. After that... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2013 at "Write now is good."
As I work on my school- and work-related projects, I keep a notebook nearby. Sometimes I pause to write down an idea, brainstorm a bit, or sketch something I am trying to figure out or would like to design more completely at a later time. I have notebooks full of these "interruptions," some of which have turned into constructive outcomes: groups that form for creative community and support, an idea to discuss with someone, blog... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2013 at "Write now is good."
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Image: "Miss A Writes a Song" by mrsdkrebs The National Day on Writing takes place on Friday, October 19, 2012. This year, its creator the National Writing Project (NWP) is being joined by the National Council of Teachers of English, the New York Times Learning Network, National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), Edutopia, Mozilla Hive Learning Network NYC, and the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting to expand the day’s reach. For 2012, the NWP’s focus is... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2012 at "Write now is good."
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Photo: "Silverlake's Little Free Library" by Michael R Perry In 2010, Todd Bol and Rick Brooks joined forces to share their passion for literacy in a community-based way. They created Little Free Library, which encourages people to create spaces, often on their front lawns, where they can donate and borrow books. (See above picture as an example.) Others saw the benefits of having such a simple and accessible book exchange on their street and created... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2012 at "Write now is good."
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An image from today's travels. Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2012 at "Write now is good."
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Image: "Empty shelves at a grocery story" by waitscm In many urban neighborhoods in the United States, supermarket shortages make it difficult for residents of these areas to buy affordable, healthy food. This lack can contribute to a host of health problems, including obesity and diabetes, as people tend to depend on fast food outlets, corner convenience stores, and bodegas for a majority of their meals. If these local venues do sell fresh produce, it's... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2011 at "Write now is good."
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Image via Hjem As I microblog (tweeting here) when I have a lot of non-blog writing to do, I've been looking for a way to feature choice tweets (of mine) on my blog. I tend to tweet interesting links I find, and I've been thinking about having a function to incorporate more lengthy discussion around a tweet. At this point, there is no fluid integration which allows tweeters/bloggers to pick a tweet and have it... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2011 at "Write now is good."
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These photographs of jeux lunaires — moon games — caught my eye. They're beautifully executed, playful and inspired. The above photo "Comme dans un tableau" — like in a picture — is one of many different images located in the online gallery of Laurent Laveder. Based on viewing his work, it looks like he often photographs life on earth during the evening and nighttime. You can purchase the book Quartier Libre by Laurent Laveder and... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2010 at "Write now is good."
The used-book-loving folks at Bookmans Entertainment Exchange in Arizona created this literary domino effect video. It captures my sentiment about bookstores: fun places full of information and wonder. Anyone have an idea about how many books were used? Via Galleycat Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2010 at "Write now is good."
I heard "Ready to start" by Arcade Fire on the radio yesterday for the first time. Enjoy! Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2010 at "Write now is good."
"How to be alone" by filmmaker Andrea Dorfman and poet/singer/songwriter Tanya Davis is beautiful and perceptive in word, image and tune. After viewing the video many times, I realized that the benefits of being alone are visually implied in the film by Tanya's being in nature, outside or away from screens which constantly and digitally connect us to others. One of my favorite lines is "Start simple: things you may have previously avoided based on... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2010 at "Write now is good."
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These journalism warning labels created by self-described "geek comedian" Tom Scott resonated across the Web. I saw them at popular design blogs like Swissmiss and NOTCOT, which have massive audiences and tend to propel their finds to Blogville's collective focus. What other products in our lives have warning labels? Cigarettes. Alcohol. Toxic substances. High doses of radiation. Medication. It is telling that labeling media with similar warnings seem to ring true with so many, and... Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2010 at "Write now is good."
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Hilarious. A few questions: ° How do you get your paper tweet to your followers? Some tweeters have hundreds of thousands, even millions. Mailing them would certainly help the U.S. Postal Service cover its budget shortfalls, though regular paper-tweeting would bankrupt the average tweeter. ° How would paper tweets go viral? Would followers then have to get out their tweet pads and then mail tweets to all of their followers to pass on the info... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2010 at "Write now is good."
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Photo: "Berlin 1945/2010. Wrecked tank "Tiger" in Tiergarten park" by Sergey Larenkov This photo set by Sergey Larenkov stunningly shows how even though time passes, ghosts or echoes of past events remain. Larenkov's images, including the one featured above, provide eerie glimpses of the violence and cost of World War II in Europe (his pictures focus on Berlin, Moscow and Vienna) merged with contemporary life that has clearly moved forward. Using these with students could... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2010 at "Write now is good."
I found "Stop motion with wolf and pig." (see above) in a round-about way, one which has brought up some interesting considerations about Web culture. While visiting swissmiss, I saw The PEN Story, a stop-motion video with a very distinctive style. I tweeted about it, I was so impressed by it. Then I read the comments associated with the post, and two commenters said that The PEN Story was a copy of "Stop motion with... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2010 at "Write now is good."
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In 2007, I started a blog category called “bookshelf furniture.” I wrote ten entries through 2008, and then my blog's focus turned to other topics. Last week, I found a wondrous Tumblr blog titled Bookshelf Porn, and I've been inspired to feature them again. (The above image is from BP via Book. Book. Book.) In spite of its title, there's nothing indecent about the site, though it does feature an obscene amount of bookshelves and... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2010 at "Write now is good."