More hunting and gathering

The next dozen from Nicholas Bate: Stare at night skies unpolluted by light. … … Establish rituals: writing, building & crafting, reflecting … The rest, here. The first 12, here.

Cornerstones, connections and musical memory

My music collection is built on the cornerstone of three albums that I bought during the last holiday I took with my parents.  They were on vinyl, of course; CDs were still a few years away.  I was at university when breakfast time TV (also a relative novelty) demonstrated their resilience by spreading small, shiny […]

The hesitations can be most of the message – @execupundit

Valuable observations about customers from Execupundit’s Michael Wade: The hesitations can be most of the message. If you sense something isn’t quite right, you are correct. Early on, they think they know the problem and you think you know the solution. At least one of you may be wrong. The full list, here.  

21st century hunter-gatherer – Nicholas Bate

I love this.  Why does it sound so idyllic … Tell stories that fire the imagination. … Really notice the weather and predict what’s coming next: rain or shine or snow. Sleep easily; Arise early. … Develop language and brachiate more. The full first dozen from Nicholas Bate, here. As an afternote, I can report that […]

Greatest live albums?

Kurt at Cultural Offering offers a list of the greatest ever live albums: 1.   Sinatra at the Sands, Frank Sinatra, 1966 2.   One for the Road, The Kinks, 1980 3.   Live at the Regal, B.B. King, 1967 4.   At Folsom Prison, Johnny Cash, 1968 5.   Live at the Apollo, James Brown, 1963 6.   At Mister […]

Make (good) art – it's what weekends are for – Nicholas Bate

Nicholas Bate exhorts us all to release the artist within and make art, in three easy steps: View lots of other art. Read lots of other art. Listen to lots of other art. Consider lots of other art. … The other two steps, here. It reminds me of Neil Gaiman’s address to the University of Arts […]

Make (good) art – it’s what weekends are for – Nicholas Bate

Nicholas Bate exhorts us all to release the artist within and make art, in three easy steps: View lots of other art. Read lots of other art. Listen to lots of other art. Consider lots of other art. … The other two steps, here. It reminds me of Neil Gaiman’s address to the University of Arts […]

Right effort – @patrickrhone

Patrick Rhone on the Buddhist concept of Right Effort, here. I like the concept.  It seems wholly aligned with finding balance.

Learning from the masters #writing

Here’s a fantastic resource for writers.  Wally Bock has collated advice from writers of all genres and eras.  Kudos to Michael Wade at execupundit for signposting this. Here are a couple of highlights: William Faulkner: “Read, read, read. Read everything — trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a […]

Calories In, Calories Out – @ASI

Another cunning plan thwarted. I was about to propose that the tax raised on fatty, sugary foods could be used to subsidise the purchase and delivery of Active-Waist trousers for those who, paying more for their fatty, sugary delights, could no longer afford to side-step the ring-of-guilt that is the outmoded and traditional, “inactive” waist-band. Less guilty […]

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