Friday, June 5, 2009

west african teddies

Doesn't someone need to rescue all of these toys? Very cool photo essay by Glenna Gordon. Stuffed toys for sale in Monrovia, Liberia--furry frogs, bunnies, dogs, bears, blue elephants--and all of them teddies. More here.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Thinking to a story's conclusion

"A story has been thought to its conclusion when it has taken its worst possible turn." Friedrich Durrenmatt (1921-1990) Reminds me of that old tip on structuring stories: a/put your character up a tree b/throw stones at him c/get him down again

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

David Suchet reading The Jesus Storybook Bible

Here (drum roll) is the very first sample of David Suchet reading from THE JESUS STORYBOOK BIBLE. You're hearing it way ahead of everyone else! Hope you enjoy it as much as I do. Listen here. I even got to actually meet him when he recorded it in April, in a studio in London. He is the most lovely, humble man. And a genius at what he does. He made it look easy which is a sure sign, as with anything, that not only is it quite the opposite, but you're in the presence of a master. (Yes, Me and Poirot! BTW: that's a fat suit he wears on Poirot and his actual voice--as you'll see when you listen--is several octaves lower than Hercule Poirot--plus he doesn't have a mustache or an accent.) (well unless you count a British one, which I don't, having got one of them myself--accent not mustache--and as you know, if it's yours, then it's not an accent it's just how you speak and everyone else are the ones with the accent.)

Monday, June 1, 2009


the app for iphone: iBird Explorer. this alone makes you want an iphone doesn't it? (I've resisted it ... so far.) Here's a photo of the inventor playing sounds from it to attract birds to his feeder in his garden. In Feb, he got a call from Apple's legal dept. He thought he was about to be sued. Instead, he was being chosen out of thousands to be reatured in a tv commercial. “In many ways, developing a program is like writing a book. You say, ‘I’m going to make something first of all that I like. Then I’ll worry about how to make money.’ ” Jeffrey Tarter, founding editor of a developers’ newsletter, Softletter. Great advice. More here.

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