Received Goods: MIRO Notebooks

March 1st, 2013 | received goods

Sent to me for review by MIRO themselves, because, I suspect, it’s well known that I go through a lot of notebooks.  Their new line comes in two flavours – Wood, on the far left and right, and Felt, in the middle.  The wood covers, while thin and flexible, feel fairly robust, though I confess I don’t want to test them to destruction, as they are quite beautiful.

These arrived today, and just in time.  There are some projects that I prefer to work out in a larger notebook, and a couple of those projects just surfaced.  So at least one of these books (or, at least, one of the two I have left after my daughter steals two) will be immediately pressed into service.  And, therefore, I’ll be writing at a later date about how well they hold up.

You can find them at or @remembermiro.

Social Book Reading

October 5th, 2011 | received goods

In an otherwise interesting and incisive piece by James Bridle, I find this:

Added to the velocity of the new text is its sociability, its connectivity. Social reading, whether of the Kindle highlights, Kobo Dashboard, Instapaper, Findings or Readmill flavour, adds depth to the text without diminishing it. When I write about the reading experience, I’m talking about a deep engagement with text, an active, intelligent, two-way conversation between reader and writer

James, have you never read a comments thread in your life?  I’m sure you didn’t mean this to sound like the entitlement of the fan reader to tell the author exactly what the reader thinks of them, and to have the author respond on bended knee.  But do you really think that a writer is going to open the commenting function on an ebook and find something other than LOLWUT U CUNT?

This sounds like you believe your money buys you an exchange with the author.  I’m sure you didn’t mean it to sound like that.

(Some things are going to remain one-way broadcasts for a little while yet.  Books are one of them.  The alternative is crowdsourced literature, echo-chamber writing and the transcription of a focus group session.  And if you want that?  Television already exists.)

The Immaterials Talk

June 14th, 2011 | received goods

Matt Jones and Jack Schulze for BERG, allowed out in public. Beer monsters shouting at you about photons and bacon for an hour, basically. Really quite wonderful.


April 20th, 2011 | photography, received goods

This image of a pair of interacting galaxies called Arp 273 was released to celebrate the 21st anniversary of the launch of the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope. The distorted shape of the larger of the two galaxies shows signs of tidal interactions with the smaller of the two. It is thought that the smaller galaxy has actually passed through the larger one. Credit: NASA, ESA and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)  (link)