Thursday, April 07, 2011

Seating plan

A great meditation on one of the world's most ubiquitous objects - the white plastic chair. Chairman Bruce has written on this a couple of times.

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

A Brown study

This is a fabulous deconstruction of the opening lines of the Da Vinci code. Forensic in its detail and instructive in how badly wrong Mr B gets it. There are lots of lessons here plus the links at the bottom offer more advice and instuction. Anaphoric is now my new favourite word.

Monday, April 04, 2011

Changing times

I sometimes find it hard to work out how different my life is thanks to the net, mobiles, twitter, texts and all the other technologies that festoon my life. But this really helped me realise how alien I am compared to how I used to be, even five years ago. I try to go analog as much as I can but so much of life is on screen that it can be hard to crawl free. It got me thinking about futures again too and how odd that future will be from here. And how strange we would look if we could go back and let everyone else know how we live our lives.

I'd hit that

There is an ace deconstruction of an action scene here, in among a lot of other gems, that really got me thinking about how to show rather than tell. For a long time I've suspected that I need to pay attention to POV during fights and other battles. But I've lacked the analysis to pick out what was wrong. I've intuitively stumbled over the words that shatter the immersion and now have a better sense of how to fix it. Good. Progress.