Friday, April 12, 2013

Vehicles of Reality

Quoting from Italo Calvino, Elearning Europa boast their collection of 1,000 fairy tales to be downloaded.  Whether their collection is useful or not, vehicles of reality is an excellent description.

Friday, April 5, 2013

The Internet could crash

Danny Hillis uses an appearance on TED talks to suggest the fragility of the internet.  It's not as panicky as it sounds; Hillis is optimistic and talks about simple solutions.  At the same time he talks about how the internet has expanded exponentially along with our reliance upon it, showing how we cannot simply ignore the fragility; something must be done.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Print is Free

Tim Milne argues that print has been made free by electronic communications, just as art was made free by photography; it should become an emotion distribution medium. I am not completely convinced by the argument, but I love his enthusiasm.  I am also looking forward to the day when the writer lies in bed, or idles away staring into space, rather than having to produce something.

Beware of Books; they can take over your life

Grant Snider, Incidental Comics, offers a useful warning to those who collect books.  Can't see the problem myself.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

The end of local newspapers

A worrying story reported on the BBC as: Media Wales and Daily Post job cuts 'death throes' of press.  It would seem that there is a place for local news, and most particularly a vehicle for holding local politicians accountable.  Yet, if the public won't buy the papers, if they prefer to get their news online and generic, then the business of newspapers seems defunct.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Social Resume

Social Resumes, the cv you gain by using social media, are on the up it seems.  Mashable offers some tips on what to include, and what not to include.

Extreme Walking - you might even get an idea

I'm a big fan of walking.  It's the cheapest form of transport, and good for you as well.  Tim Wright offers a further celebration, championing walking for writers.  I'm with him all the way.