Bob Dylan, The Complete Album Collection Vol. One. Happy 2019!
This all started with a trip to the Mondo Scripto exhibition at the Halcyon Gallery, back in November.
The rise of mechanisms to access and filter the freelance market is inevitable. I can definitely see large businesses deploying both Freelance Market Systems and “Alumni Labour Clouds” to manage a bench of available talent (predictions 1 and 2).
If your generosity is good and sincere it may pass unnoticed and it will not save you from being reproached for its opposite. If you want to sustain a reputation for generosity, therefore, you have to be ostentatiously lavish; and a prince acting in that fashion will soon squander all his resources…
Niccolo Machiavelli (1469 – 1527), The Prince, chapter 16
If you’re like me, planning and resolving for the new year is a slow-cooked, ruminative affair. However, if you are still in planning mode, here’s a couple of posts to kick-start that move from planning to doing.
When books have all seized up like the book in graveyards
And reading and even speaking have been replaced
By other, less difficult media, we wonder if you
Will find flowers and fruit the same colour and taste
They held for us for whom they were framed in words,
And will your grass be green, your sky be blue,
Or will your birds be always wingless birds?
Louis MacNeice (1907-1963), Poems Selected by Michael Longley
The gentleman desires to be halting in speech but quick in action.
Confucius (551-479 BC), The Analects, Book IV, para 24
Set aside a couple of hours. The Shoe Snob, Justin Fitzpatrick, shows you how in this video:
The dreariness and desolation of the landscape, the short gloomy days and darksome nights, while they circumscribe our wanderings, shut in our feelings also from rambling abroad, and make us more keenly disposed for the pleasure of the social circle.
Read the rest, here.
But doing the reading matters. It’s the shortcut to being better at your craft. And it’s respectful to those you’re working with, the ones who cared enough to allocate the time.
I’ve worked in organisations where no-one ever did the reading – so much time wasted, so many poor decisions.
Strangely, no-one ever confessed “I didn’t do the writing”.
Read the rest from Seth, here.
The Master is cordial yet stern, awe-inspiring yet not fierce, and respectful yet at ease.
Confucius (551-479 BC), The Analects, Book VII, para 38