22 4 / 2014
"The library’s one of the few civic spaces we have left. People are feeling like there’s no other ways for these online platforms and services to be run, it’s our destiny to have them be privately run, and yet we invoke the analogy of the library or archive all the time. To me it says that we find it realistic that Google will be our archive when it’s an advertising company. We’ve seen them get rid of services that are not profitable (Google Reader), and we’ve seen them demote things like Google Scholar. That’s realism, where it’s unrealistic to think we’d build on the success of the library with a national repository for knowledge, arts, and culture? Libraries exist and they’re open. Libraries exist with all these values we invoke in the digital sphere, but there are very few people thinking about how we might build upon them."
09 4 / 2014
I haven’t had a chance to do a ton of exploring of this yet, but I definitely will! Sounds like a great option for pairing with programming in PEM’s new MakerLounge (http://pem.org/learn/maker_lounge)
Originally posted on Teen Zone:The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has released a website that allows you to create your own app. It’s free to use and relatively simple. The…
09 4 / 2014
Last year’s found poetry experiment required altered books (Post 1 on Brain Popcorn, Post 2 on Sea Dreams). This year, inspired by the remarkable photopoetry of Nina Katchadourian (see her Sorted Books Project and accompanying book), I decided to mine my own shelves for poetic assemblages of titles. Unsurprisingly, there was a lot of epic sword-and-castle type imagery, both historic and…
09 4 / 2014
"When writers die they become books, which is, after all, not too bad an incarnation."
07 4 / 2014
This year it’s building blocks and poetry. Not in the form of stanzas, rhyme schemes or metaphors, but creative ways to inspire, actual physical ways to randomize words, create sequences of ideas, and give poetry a visual heft that…
04 4 / 2014
March is over, I’m back from vacation, my taxes are filed, and it’s National Poetry Month (not to mention another round of Camp Nano)–clearly, April is meant to be a good month for writing. I actually have several projects on the front burners (going to need a bigger mental stove…), but until I have news about those, I thought I’d share one of the fun writing exercises from this week’s writers’…
03 4 / 2014
Or, sometimes back-to-back-to-back programs…
Apply to your own professional situation as needed, but I’m dedicating this one to my boos in Public Programs.