Archive for April, 2013

So To Attempt To Change The Pattern, Let Me Expose The Wound

What I Have To Offer On the 30th of September 2011, in front of a sell-out theatre at the BFI in London, Charlie Kaufman delivered the final lecture in BAFTA’s 2011 Screenwriters’ Lecture Series.

Via Charlie Kaufman and Criminal Wisdom

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To This Day Project – Shane Koyczan

Dozens of collaborators from around the world helped to bring this piece to life. Learn more about them and the project at http://www.tothisdayproject.com

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Neil Gaiman on the future of publishing: be dandelions!

The audience for Neil Gaiman’s talk on the future of publishing at the London Book Fair apparently greeted his talk with stony hostility

Going against a column yesterday in which Booksellers Association chief executive Tim Godfray argued that Amazon was the “foe”, and has “the ability to destroy the book trade as we know it”, Gaiman believes that “Amazon, Google and all of those things probably aren’t the enemy. The enemy right now is simply refusing to understand that the world is changing”.

The novelist went on to urge the assembled publishers to be more like dandelions – an analogy he stole, he said, from Cory Doctorow.

“Mammals spend an awful lot of energy on infants, on children, they spend nine months of our lives gestating, and then they get two decades of attention from us, because we’re putting all of our attention into this one thing we want to grow. Dandelions on the other hand will have thousands of seeds and they let them go where they like, they don’t really care. They will let go of 1,000 seeds, and 100 of them will sprout,” Gaiman told the Guardian.

“And I was really using that analogy for today, saying the whole point of a digital frontier right now is that it’s a frontier, all the old rules are falling apart. Anyone who tells you they know what’s coming, what things will be like in 10 years’ time, is simply lying to you. None of the experts know – nobody knows, which is great.

“When the rules are gone you can make up your own rules. You can fail, you can fail more interestingly, you can try things, and you can succeed in ways nobody would have thought of, because you’re pushing through a door marked no entrance, you’re walking in through it. You can do all of that stuff but you just have to become a dandelion, be wiling for things to fail, throw things out there, try things, and see what sticks. That was the thrust of my speech,” said the author.

Via Boing Boing

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Tony Fadell: On Setting Constraints, Ignoring Experts & Embracing Self-Doubt

iPod godfather and ALVA Award-winner Tony Fadell shares incredible insights on how to design, build, and ship disruptive products.

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Dove Real Beauty Sketches

Women are their own worst beauty critics. Only 4% of women around the world consider themselves beautiful.

This video documents a compelling social experiment that explores how women view their own beauty in contrast to what others see.

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Paula Scher: It’s Fun Doing What You’ve Never Done Before

“Design has a purpose. Art has no purpose.” – Paula Scher.

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Billy Joel – Sings in the piano accompaniment of student

Do you have the courage to ask your hero what you want?
Do you have what it takes to deliver, when he/she says yes?

Billy sing “New York State Of Mind” with Vanderbilt University student Michael Pollack, filmed during “An Evening of Questions and Answers and a Little Bit of Music” at the university in January 2013.

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