The amber beats Show more
They say that first drafts are shitty, and boy are they right. I’ve just
completed mine. It’s 35,062 words long. That’s well short of my target length.
But that’s okay because 15% of my beat-by-beat outline has been skipped during
drafting because I don’t have the research I need to hand. Those beats have
been … [Continue reading The amber beats
What’s your favourite newsletter? The one that makes you think or laugh most?
Right now I am subscribed to Warren Ellis’, and I just re-upped to Ribbonfarm and also signed up for Restricted Frequency.
Looking for two or three more.
“Just install Linux on it” is the “just change the engine of your car” of tech.
Not everyone is a mechanic, not everyone wants to be a mechanic, and, if we want a world where freedom is the norm, we must stop expecting everyone to become a mechanic.
Note: this is not because these people are too dumb to be mechanics. It’s because they’re brain surgeons and space-shuttle pilots and they have three kids and they care for a loved one and they don’t have time to also be a mechanic.
I finally have Slack. Any good groups etc that people are a part of, enjoy, and are open to newbies?
Also, see this @vgr thread
The status of the wholes Show more
Some of you might know that I govern my days using a “scalable loop”. It’s a
construct that I developed to bypass the rigidity of rituals and routines—I
can twist, bend and shape the loop to fit into whatever gaps and whatever
circumstances arise. (Read more about it here.) Currently, the loop has five
components: … [Continue reading The status of the wholes
Sleep, for the working class Show more
I’m glad that we’re learning how important sleep is for our physical/mental/ emotional/spiritual health.
But I’m not glad that all these findings, no matter how profound, will NEVER trickle down to the lower levels of society.
Example: I work in a factory that operates 24/7.
I’m just imagining how our MD would respond if someone suggested altering working conditions so his staff could sleep as humans are supposed to. He’d laugh.
Technical question for writers Show more
“1) no plan survives contact with the enemy
2) William Goldman: "protect the spine of the piece." Details will change and evolve, but make sure the thing you showed up to talk about doesn't get lost.”
Technical question for writers Show more
Once you have a beat-by-beat outline for a story, what do you do?
I’m gonna spend more time strengthening mine, but is there anything specifically I should be looking for?
(Please boost for exposure if you can’t answer)
I’m starting to treat social media use as a form of impro and it’s made it so much easier for me to have thoughts there—or even conceive of having them there. Especially when I keep in mind classic Keith Johnstone advice like, “be more boring”.
AFK, kinda Show more
On the 12th September, 2018, I switched from posting daily to posting every
Wednesday and Sunday. The experience has been exquisite so far, but it hasn’t
entirely solved my problems. First, twice-weekly still doesn’t leave me enough
time to do deep thinking and research. It seems that, at the moment, one
thousand words is the … [Continue reading AFK, kinda
Two particularly thought-provoking posts I read today.
The first is by Joe Norman and says that “In living systems,
the whole generates the parts.
The parts do not exist a priori.”
The second is by David Collins and takes a look at the history of “mindfulness”. This actually persuaded me to try focusing on concentration-orientated meditation for a while (all I’ve ever done is awareness/vipissanna practice).
With the poles of “abstract” and “concrete” in mind... Is humanity better at analysis or synthesis?
Do we handle big concepts like love and hate better or worse than we handle specific, contextual mechanisms that lead to those things?
aliens: holy fucking shit
humans: I know, first contact right?
aliens: no you dipshits we're talking about whales
humans: ooh yeah, whales are pretty cool
aliens: literally the most amazing thing in the entire galaxy
humans: did you know you can boil them down into lamp oil?
Stories, post-abolition Show more
In Solutions to the problem of life, I acknowledged my tendency to get caught
up on the first of the Buddha’s Four Nobles Truths—Life is suffering.
Realising that that wasn’t exactly useful, I attempted to find a way past it.
As a consequence of releasing that piece, Harry Potash was nice enough to
point me … [Continue reading Stories, post-abolition
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