NOTEPAD 2019 WEEK 14-15


  • This is good on capitalism, #ClimateBreakdown and systemic change, with @AnnPettifor and @GeorgeMonbiot. Worth a listen
  • Resources for Living a More Ethical Life Online
    “ has compiled a list of resources for “discovering ethical alternatives to stuff”.”
  • 27 incredibly useful Google Sheets tips
    “There’s much more to Google Sheets than meets the eye. Unlock these advanced options–and watch your productivity soar.”
  • 5 Benefits Of Taking Online Classes With CG Spectrum
    “While traditional study can be effective for some, an online animation/vfx/game design school offers students the freedom and flexibility to study in a way that works for them, while tapping into an international network of experts from the comfort of their home.”
  • Make your mark: the enduring joy of drawing | Art and design | The Guardian
    “Drawing is democracy. Everyone does it. You doodle in the margins of this newspaper. I sketch the view while hanging on the phone. We draw on our hands, on walls, on the back of envelopes (like Monet), on office notepaper (like Van Gogh), on restaurant napkins (like Picasso and Warhol). We draw to pass the time, to catch the moment, to remind ourselves what we saw, felt or thought. We draw to see what life looks like in two dimensions. We draw because we can – and everyone can – and because we’re trying to improve. We draw to see what we can make of the world, or for the sheer joy of it; to show something to somebody else – here, this is what it looked like. We draw to make a map, with a couple of decorative trees; to see if our two-circle cat looks anything like the real thing; to play games with each other, show the police what we witnessed, send a message to someone else; to give each other something particular, something special, to say something that cannot otherwise be said. We all do it. And we do it from the first.”
  • Moving Towards web3.0 Using Blockchain as Core Tech – ReadWrite
    “The invention of Bitcoin and blockchain technology sets the foundations for the next generations of web applications. The applications which will run on peer to peer network model with existing networking and routing protocols. The applications where centralized Servers would be obsolete and data will be controlled by the entity whom it belongs, i.e., the User.”
  • Astronomers discover third planet in the Kepler-47 circumbinary system
    “Astronomers have discovered a third planet in the Kepler-47 system, securing the system’s title as the most interesting of the binary-star worlds. Using data from NASA’s Kepler space telescope, a team of researchers, led by astronomers at San Diego State University, detected the new Neptune-to-Saturn-size planet orbiting between two previously known planets.”
  • Niall Ferguson isn’t upset about free speech. He’s upset about being challenged | Dawn Foster | Opinion | The Guardian
    “This can be uncomfortable for anyone accustomed to unquestioned status and veneration: but that’s life, if you believe speech should be free. For years, privileged men have been able to frame themselves as agents provocateurs – often spouting the kind of opinions a roaring, angry drunk on the night bus might, but with a plummy accent, an Oxford degree, and an overreliance on antiquated vocabulary – in columns in national newspapers. Their fury is not that they have been silenced – they have not – but that their victims have argued back, and they have been forced to bear responsibility for their words”






Notepad 2019 week 13-14

  • How the Women of Captain Marvel Plan to Conquer Hollywood, Together
  • “The morning after Captain Marvel premiered in Los Angeles—but before the Brie Larson vehicle hit cineplexes around the world—the comic-book writer credited with shaping the current version of Carol Danvers, Kelly Sue DeConnick, had one very clear wish: “We live in a capitalist culture. What makes money is valued. I want this to make a lot of money, because it will change the way that people think about women. We could pretend we don’t live in a world where [that is true], but what’s the point?””
  • Comics Train: 2 – WARREN ELLIS LTD
  • I accidentally sort of invented a weird cheap comics format in 2005.
  • Apollo astronauts left their poop on the moon. NASA ought to go back for that shit. – Vox
  • “It’s been nearly 50 years since the Apollo 11 moon landing. Neil Armstrong’s iconic footprint is still there, undisturbed; there’s no atmosphere, no wind on the moon to blow it away.”
  • Channel 4 chooses Bristol’s Finzels Reach as the home of its new Creative Hub | Channel 4
  • “Peter Walford, director at Cubex, said: “We are thrilled that Channel 4 has chosen Finzels Reach as the new home of its Creative Hub. This move is hugely significant for the city, far beyond the size of the hub itself, and testament to its thriving television and production industry. This comes after other creative companies including BDH and OUTLAW announced their move to Finzels Reach, paving the way for the creation of a creative and media business hub within the quarter. We have paid careful attention to nurturing a thriving community within this once forgotten part of the city, and it’s fantastic to see the area now coming into its own.””
  • Found: fossil ‘mother lode’ created by asteroid that wiped out dinosaurs
  • “Scientists in the US say they have discovered the fossilised remains of a mass of creatures that died minutes after a huge asteroid hit the Earth 66m years ago, sealing the fate of the dinosaurs.”






Being a weekly-ish round up of collected news, music, things seen and heard. I do these, then I stop, then I do them again. It feels good to me to turn the ephemeral into a more permanent daybook I can go back to. It reminds me of Robin Sloan‘s concept of “Stock and Flow”  that Austin Kleon referred to last year:

“Do you know about this? It couldn’t be simpler. There are two kinds of quantities in the world. Stock is a static value: money in the bank or trees in the forest. Flow is a rate of change: fifteen dollars an hour or three thousand toothpicks a day. Easy. Too easy.

But I actually think stock and flow is a useful metaphor for media in the 21st century. Here’s what I mean:

  • Flow is the feed. It’s the posts and the tweets. It’s the stream of daily and sub-daily updates that reminds people you exist.
  • Stock is the durable stuff. It’s the content you produce that’s as interesting in two months (or two years) as it is today. It’s what people discover via search. It’s what spreads slowly but surely, building fans over time.”

stock and flow / Robin

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