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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