I had this experience a couple of years ago where I got to sit in on the editorial meeting at the Onion. Every Monday they have to come up with like 17 or 18 headlines, and to do that, they generate 600 headlines per week. I feel like that’s why it’s good: because they are willing to be wrong 583 times to be right 17.
It kind of gives you hope. If you do creative work, there’s a sense that inspiration is this fairy dust that gets dropped on you, when in fact you can just manufacture inspiration through sheer brute force. You can simply produce enough material that the thing will arrive that seems inspired.
What a great way to approach creative activities. This is definitely one of the best interviews I’ve read before - and it’s no surprise that it comes from Ira Glass, one of the best interviewers of our time. (via jingc)
How many times have you misheard “error” as “air”?
Maybe even funner than a Fun Theory is the idea that in a movie theatre with 200 people, you’re blinking at the exact same time as at least 70 other folks. Walter Murch explores how blinking and the editing of films come together. He is a particularly thoughtful blinker.
Because she failed to mention it, some additional info on this track: Therese recorded it just before dinner in a single take with no music using the built-in Macbook mic and GarageBand. Dang. Don’t Stop!
I was wondering how far the earth moves in the 15 hours of time difference to the US west from HK, with respect to the background radiation or whatever "fixed" reference point is commonly used in our infinitely ridiculous universe.
This exchange on answerbag.com between users Zigzag and KRH adequately captures the urgency of the question.
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Zigzag:How fast does the earth move? Including orbiting the sun, with the solar system and the galaxy, within the galaxy’s arm, in relation to other galaxies and the universe.
KRH:About 1 million miles per hour.
Zigzag:Thanks for the reply, however I'm looking for a detailed answer. Like the earth orbits the sun at 67,000 mph, the sun and the solar system travel at...
tomorrow, we start the freshly coined Literature Out Loud one-week workshop with HK students. looking forward to supporting therese in this, and adding another workshop to our little growing collection of interestingness. so psyched to have a partner in crime out here…
i had my eyes closed, floating on my back in the salty sea waves, and looked up to find a perfectly sunny day being engulfed by a large, moving grey cloud on the horizon. it cleared a beach full of bathers in no time, and about 20 minutes and millions of raindrops later, the footprints that had been left idle in the sand had disappeared, the sun returned and people flooded the waters again.
this type of dynamism has marked more than my time here on island shores, as our projects continue to evolve and be fed by the brilliant and forward looking people around us (mainly the Wiseman Institute - http://wiseman.com.hk/ - and local HK teachers and collaborators).
this week we launched a new program in Hong Kong - LOL (Literature Out Loud) - designed after the Paper Picker Press (PPP) project which began at Harvard University under the aegis of professor Doris Sommer in 2006. PPP is a literacy program intended to inspire teachers to adopt new techniques for teaching literature, using various art forms to enhance creative and higher order thinking, and make learning more fun! we champion the idea that learning should be a creative process and a source of pleasure for students (imagine that!), and when you’re making books, painting, creating musical soundtracks and making human sculptures to interpret a literary text, it’s hard not to have a good time - we hope!
this week we’ll host the first Literature Out Loud workshop in Hong Kong, and the following week we’ll host our 2nd Small World workshop of the summer. students and teachers continue to sign up for these workshops and we continue to get excited about thinking of new ways to enrich the content so that it is sensitive and compelling to students and teachers in this context (with their help of course). it’s amazing how receptive teachers and institutions are to creative educational strategies, and they’re right on top of what’s most hip and fresh. one can imagine the possibilities for taking these projects elsewhere and finding similar enthusiasm and poise.
day one of the workshop went well.. everything from charlie chaplain to cambridge community tv (cctvcambridge.org, great folks, and hopefully partners in crime this summer) to my HK-Switzerland photomotion journey (vimeo.com/3618257) were in play. tomorrow we make soundtracks for a little animation.
before crashing for the night, we’re looking for haikus to introduce a video haiku thing on wednesday. a gem therese just found:
walking on the moon no one around to play with this is very sad