Writing can be magic, if you give yourself time, because you can produce in the mind of some other person, distant from you in space or even time, an image of the ideas that exist in only your mind at this one instant.

4. Never use an adverb to modify the verb “said” …

…he admonished gravely. To use an adverb this way (or almost any way) is a mortal sin. The writer is now exposing himself in earnest, using a word that distracts and can interrupt the rhythm of the exchange.

Elmore Leonard (October 11, 1925–August 20, 2013) echoes Stephen King’s crusade against adverbs in #4 of his 10 timeless rules of writing – a fine addition to our ongoing archive of advice on writing. (via explore-blog)
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flâneur, Charles Baudelaire


Flâneur (pronounced: [flanuʁ]), from the French noun flâneur, means”stroller”, “lounger”, “saunterer”, “loafer”. Flânerie refers to the act of strolling, with all of its accompanying associations.

The flâneur was, first of all, a literary type from 19th-century France, essential to any picture of the streets of Paris. It carried a set of rich associations: the man of leisure, the idler, the urban explorer, the connoisseur of the street. It was Walter Benjamin, drawing on the poetry of Charles Baudelaire, who made him the object of scholarly interest in the twentieth century, as an emblematic figure of urban, modern experience.[1] Following Benjamin, the flâneur has become an important figure for scholars, artists and writers.

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Goranka Bjedov, a capacity software engineer at Facebook, cracked the audience up at a Girls in Tech/Facebook meetup in NYC. She spoke candidly about her career mistakes with lines like, “I’m really good at figuring things out 10 years after the fact.”

A few of her best tips were:

“Plan your career. Make a plan and figure out how to get there. Know where you want to be in 3, 5, 10 years. And check in with it to make sure that you’re not stuck.” 

She emphasized that having programming skills provides women with job security and financial independence.

‘Once you learn programming you can do literally anything you want anywhere you want.’

And in explaining why it is so valuable for a woman to learn coding she predicted that in the near future, “we’ll be teaching programming in elementary school because it will be a part of daily life.”

You can read Goranka Bjedov’s tips for programmers here.

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There looms ahead of me the shadow of some kind of form which a diary might attain to. I might in the course of time learn what it is that one can make of this loose, drifting material of life; finding another use for it than the use I put it to, so much more consciously and scrupulously, in fiction.
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"Without doing, dreaming is useless."

San Francisco transit: one day of activity (by STLTransit)

What we’re looking for, what we’re trying to grasp, is not there, will never be there; yet looking for just that thing is what made some turn to art. Art is not about things, but about the remembrance and the interpretation of things, not about time, but about the inflection of time. Art sees footprints, not feet, luster, not light, resonance, not sound.
Alain de Botton is a philosopher who likes the best of religion, but doesn’t believe in God. So he’s created “The School of Life,” a secular community in London. He explains why wisdom and ritual shouldn’t be reserved just for believers.

Eric Whitacre: A virtual choir 2,000 voices strong