Doris Lessing on books

There is only one way to read, which is to browse in libraries and bookshops, picking up books that attract you, reading only those, dropping them when they bore you, skipping the parts that drag-and never, never reading anything because you feel you ought, or because it is part of a trend or a movement. Remember that the book which bores you when you are twenty or thirty will open doors for you when you are forty or fifty-and vise versa. Don’t read a book out of its right time for you.
— Doris Lessing

birthday month: day two MAYDAY

Day two is a Sunday this year.

I can remember as a kid using the distress call : MAYDAY, MAYDAY, MAYDAY to get help when our strategy games may have gone wrong.

Understanding MAYDAY

Mayday is an emergency code word used internationally as a distress signal in voice procedure radio communications. It derives from the French venez m’aider, meaning “come (and) help me”. It is used to signal a life-threatening emergency by many groups, such as police forces, pilots, firefighters, and transportation organizations. The call is always given three times in a row (“mayday-mayday-mayday”) to prevent mistaking it for some similar-sounding phrase under noisy conditions and to distinguish an actual mayday call from a message about a mayday call.
– from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

birthday month : day one May Day

The first day of my birthday month began slowly. A bit creaky, waking from a late night to meet a deadline. A quiet beginning.

May day many meanings…

May Day occurs on May 1st and refers to several public holidays. In many countries, May Day is synonymous with International Workers’ Day, or Labour Day, a day of political demonstrations and celebrations organised by unions and other groups. May Day is also a traditional holiday in many cultures.
– from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

I’ve always enjoyed the fact that the first day of my month celebrated labor. BTW, the earliest May Day celebrations appeared in pre-Christian times, with the festival of Flora, the Roman Goddess of flowers.

iPhone app encourages inner abstract expressionist

Jackson Pollock application

What kind of drawing and painting tools are available for artists in a digital space? I don’t know. Because sometimes I actually am under a rock. Why didn’t I know about this cool app so I could vote for it in the Webby’s? Sometimes you just miss cool stuff until most people think it’s old and tired. Well, It’s new to me. Here is a cool app where you can get your inner Pollock out.

I spent hours playing with this software toy. You probably will too.

wikipedia:
Paul Jackson Pollock (January 28, 1912 – August 11, 1956) was an influential American painter and a major figure in the abstract expressionist movement.
see the article here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jackson_Pollock

How about making the paintings on your iPhone? Here’s a little movie of the application in action.

Try it or download the iPhone app here : http://jacksonpollock.org/

my birthday month : day three

testing the new drawing space

Came downtown today to catch up on some work. I fell behind in April because of the flu. We romped into town for breakfast. A awesome day the studio! Broke through several thorny design and development issues.  Before we knew it it almost midnight. Time for a second breakfast. Baked eggs for the first breakfast, blueberry pancakes for the second.

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