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On the run

Ask me anything   I'm always doing a million things at once, always on the go,
but if I see something interesting, I'll be sure to let you know.

    To The Girl Who Forgot Me →

    I love this. Read it. Read the whole thing and savour it beginning to end and notice the taste it leaves in your mouth when you’ve finished.

    — 8 months ago

    #reading  #beautiful 
    It'€™s a Fact: Reading DOES Change Your Brain : Publishing Perspectives →

    Hell, yes!

    (Source: ebookporn)

    — 9 months ago with 7 notes

    #reading  #living 
    Native Moments, by Walt Whitman

    NATIVE moments! when you come upon me—Ah you are here now!
    Give me now libidinous joys only!
    Give me the drench of my passions! Give me life coarse and rank!
    To-day, I go consort with nature’s darlings—to-night too;
    I am for those who believe in loose delights—I share the midnight orgies of young men;
    I dance with the dancers, and drink with the drinkers;
    The echoes ring with our indecent calls;
    I take for my love some prostitute—I pick out some low person for my dearest friend,
    He shall be lawless, rude, illiterate—he shall be one condemn’d by others for deeds done;
    I will play a part no longer—Why should I exile myself from my companions?
    O you shunn’d persons! I at least do not shun you,
    I come forthwith in your midst—I will be your poet,
    I will be more to you than to any of the rest.


    — 9 months ago

    #reading  #sue sent me on a poetry mission 
    100 Of The Greatest Opening Sentences In The History Of Literature →


    #10 We started dying before the snow, and like the snow, we continued to fall.

    #16 I had the story, bit by bit, from various people, and, as generally happens in such cases, each time it was a different story.

    The full list is well worth a read, with such extra gems as:

    #78 The past is a foreign country; they do things differently there.

    #92 He was born with a gift of laughter and a sense that the world was mad. 

    (Source: roughly)

    — 1 year ago with 2 notes

    #i like words  #reading 
    William Harris: The HyperPoem Project →

    When Harris created these works, he was in his early eighties. Rock on, old dude. I love your work, and I hope you are resting in peace.

    — 2 years ago

    #poetry  #reading 
    "It is, after all, the dab of grit that seeps into an oyster’s shell that makes the pearl, not pearl-making seminars with other oysters."

    King S (2001), On Writing, Hodder, p. 278.

    Stephen King’s advice to writers may also make sense to those in other industries who just want to get on with the job.

    — 2 years ago

    #reading  #commentary  #Because Mr King Said So 
    Where does the water go?

    In survival situations, you need to find enough water to keep you hydrated, and you may need to use multiple techniques to get to that water. I think most people agree on that tip. But here’s one that I’m not sure about, most recently read in this Australian Geographic article:

    With all water consumption the advice is never sip. ”Drink a cupful at a time,” says Bob. “If you sip water, the first mouthful goes to your digestion, the second to your liver and kidneys and none gets to your brain.” 

    I’ve read similar advice before, but I believe it was another outdoor magazine article quoting the same survival expert. I really don’t know anything about the science behind this, so I’m seeking your input—does anyone know if this is fact or mere speculation?

    — 2 years ago with 1 note

    #survival  #reading  #questioning 
    Crows are clever →

    I went to the University of Queensland. Like most students at some point during their ‘studies’, I used to hang out in the Great Court and frequent the cafés. It was during one visit to the Cloisters Café with a fellow physicist that I felt a need to defend the beauty and intelligence of crows. I said they were misunderstood. Ben argued that crows were stupid and kaka.

    Suddenly, a ball of paper dropped from the sky and landed on the table. I looked up. Ben leaned forward to look at the paper. And just as his head was over the paper, a big dollop of crow-kaka fell from the sky and slapped the back of his head.

    As it turned out, this crow was smarter than the both of us. And now, science is showing us that it wasn’t a special case!

    — 2 years ago

    #sciTech  #reading 
    Do you write too much? →

    Here’s how to get rid of all those excess words.

    — 2 years ago

    #reading  #writing  #Quick someone tell Stephenie Meyer 
    24 lazy corporate verbs you need to fire →

    Laura Hale Brockway on corporate wank words… only she’s too nice to call them that. She calls them meaningless verbs: “A common problem with corporate writing is that it’s full of lazy, meaningless verbs. Utilize, implement, leverage—these words litter our writing and weaken our message.”

    — 2 years ago

    #reading  #language  #leverage is a noun not a verb 
    I have way too many talented friends →

    Tim McGahan is just one of them.

    I feel so blessed!

    — 2 years ago

    Audience checklist →

    I first subscribed to Richard Nordquist’s Grammar and Composition newsletter because it was relevant to my studies; I stay for his sound advice and quirky anecdotes. Here’s the most detailed audience checklist I’ve ever read, applicable to speeches and reports alike.

    — 2 years ago

    Why e-books will soon be obsolete (and no, it’s not just because of DRM) →

    Jani Patokallio reckons e-books will soon be obsolete, replaced by things that already exist: the web and PDF files. Now all we need is e-book readers that can reflow PDFs nicely. Or computers with e-ink displays instead of backlit displays. Hmm.

    — 2 years ago with 5 notes

    #sciTech  #opinion  #ebooks  #reading 
    Keeping Writers as Pets →

    Here’s some advice on taking care of your pet writer.

    — 2 years ago