Various Unformed Notes, Early June

June 16th, 2009 | brainjuice

I have a Tumblr, as previously mentioned. I use it as a notebook. Eventually (when my hosting company upgrades its SQL), my jottings in that online notebook will be ported here as a daily digest. And they are jottings, I’m not taking care to do anything like form sentences or follow grammar for the most part. I have the Tumblweed app open in my menu bar and I can just pop it and quickly jot something in as an idea passes through the void that is the front of my brain.

Like I say, within a week or two the notebook will be ported in here as a daily digest, so there’s no particular need to follow the Tumblr. But here’s a selection of the less blobby and amorphous thoughts noted there over the last couple of weeks, reprinted here for my own attention as much as anyone else’s:

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I’d like to see a blog that was nothing but scans of the pages of notebooks
operated by creative people. Someone needs to attend to this for me.

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Vague notion: a “virtual tv show” in the mode of SHADOW UNIT, but done as
(pieces of) teleplay, prose fragments, photos, mp3 musical cues

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I would subscribe to a newspaper that was nothing but text and drawings from
some of my friends rolled into a PDF and delivered to my email box ready for me
to click Print and take it out to the pub.

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imaginary project: two people producing half of one sheet every day for a week:
every day, both halves are joined into a single sheet, and that single sheet is
papercast through email as a PDF or image. Or pick a month: the November Paper,
for example.

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for digital-only solutions, Burst Culture rules probably still apply. I’m
probably overwriting DO ANYTHING quite considerably. 200 words should probably
be the rough limit on any new creative project, as the mediation shifts from
desktop to laptop to netbook to phone. People other than me probably don’t want
to read more than a 200-word burst on a Blackberry, G1, Nokia or (spit) iPhone.

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If we consider for a moment Christo’s seminal work – the ‘wrapped cliff’ – we might see it in one of two ways: as a wrapped cliff or; preferably, as the point at which all other cliffs are unwrapped. An Archigram project attempts to achieve this same altered reading of the familiar — David Greene, Archigram

this is architecture as science fiction, science fiction as the literature that subverts sentences and concepts – in science fiction, “his eye opened” is a sentence that comes loaded with two different potential meanings, one of which is collapsed by context

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What defines a “digital magazine”? Web content in a container? Periodicity?
Stripped across weekdays/nights like a tv “magazine format” show? (that also
breaks its content into discrete sections – that, too?) But shouldn’t it also be
“portable”? Shouldn’t I be able to look at it easily on a phone? How does that
fit with magazines as the place where design lives? Much as I love print, there
are still hurdles to doing a magazine as POD, and obvious difficulties in doing
one as regular print. Digital magazines need thinking about too.

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the payload of newsprint (PEAR magazine, self-identified as “fanzine” because most architecture magazines are expensive glossy slabs, (self-consciously?) precious objects):

cheap. portable. biodegradable/timebound/already rotting. suggestion of a v0.9 object. more likely to be on a desk or in a pocket or bag or on a pub table than to be shelved. More likely to be passed around.


9 Responses to “Various Unformed Notes, Early June”

  1. Designer Jason Santa Maria set up a flickr pool called Pretty Sketchy, which is basically what you describe

    http://www.flickr.com/groups/prettysketchy/pool/

    (my entry – http://www.flickr.com/photos/rob_react/3493159772/ )

    the blog post announcing it

    http://jasonsantamaria.com/articles/pretty-sketchy/

  2. Also, tabbloid can be used to subscribe to RSS feeds and have them delivered to your inbox. Works like a charm.

  3. “Works like a charm” is, in my experience, overstating it a bit.

  4. My blog is scans of notebook pages operated by one creative person:

    http://www.claire-cameron.com/site/

  5. My blog is mostly recolored (or not) scans of my notebook and I’m the only operator too :

    http://fondsdutiroir.blogspot.com

    Of course this is the baddest way to do a blog if you expect some popularity without adding anything.

    I mostly use it to confront myself to my notebooks drawings in order to be more productive and supposedly better. Even if the result is not really tangible on the blog it really helped.

    In a few month it will turned partly into a comics-blog.

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  7. Try Evernote. It has the functionality you describe, and it’s free, easy to try and keep or abandon.

  8. maybe instapaper.com can do what you’re looking for, though I think it’s a bit more manual than just feeding some RSS into it.

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