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My name’s Richard. I live in Sydney, on the traditional land of Bidjigal people of the Eora nation. Here I write about writing and reading (and what I do when I'm not writing or reading). I'm writing slowly but may at some point speed up. Connect with me on micro.blog or at Mastodon @aus.social@writingslowly. On Reddit, I'm @atomicnotes.
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Here’s why Puss in Boots is my hero: he made something from nothing, and so can we.

an engraving of Puss in Boots meeting the ogre

This article was part of the June 2024 IndieWeb Carnival: DIY - Something from (almost) nothing, hosted by Andrei. There’s a great roundup of the submissions.

Why not take part in the Carnival? July’s theme is Tools

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@lmika a University textbook author walks into a bar an orders their usual drink. “That’ll be $160 please,” says the bartender. “$160?” says the prof, “That’s extortion!” “You think?” replies the bartender, “but the 18th edition is so much better than the first.”

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@jsonbecker I totally agree It’s like they wrote the reviews of the Bear s3 before seeing the season, assuming it couldn’t possibly be as good… but it is! Maybe even better.

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@stupendousman yes, they did it so well!

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@amerpie I’m a believer in taking all the credit you can get away with! And yes, it’s embarrassing how much tv we watch these days compared with how much we let our kids watch!

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@stupendousman A Nighthawks reference in a coke studio Pakistan song partly in Gujarathi? That too was wholly unexpected and totally awesome!

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@amerpie we did this to our kids too and surprisingly they don't seem to hate us. What do your kids think of their deprived childhood?

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@ReaderJohn I just don't understand 'trust' in the media and in politicians. I can't even work out what people think it means.

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@JohnPhilpin that quote reads like a dystopian horoscope, LOL

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Something from nothing is no fairy tale Puss in Boots by Gustave Doré writingslowly.com
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@artkavanagh don't you think?

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@pajp I've started to appreciate the 'favourite' star on mastodon for this reason. It signals a happy reader, without triggering an algorithmic avalanche. Only the author sees who favourites their post.

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@manton I publish on social media and get 10,000 views, then it's gone. The same thing on my own site gets 100 views, but lasts as long as I want it to. How to optimise visibility and longevity? POSSE is one solution. Any other ideas?

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@pratik the trick to changing human behaviour at scale is to work with individual psychology rather than against it

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@odd Yes, Ringu is totally iconic!

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@hjalm this is really an accomplishment!

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@odd It's from Caught on Tape. "We cannot be held responsible for any unexplained events or psychic phenomena that occur after viewing." Well I guess it's scarier in Japanese!

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@chrisd just take it home and watch it. It's not as though anything cursed could happen.
ご覧いただいた後、不可解な出来事や 霊的現象が起きた場合、こちらでは一切の責任を負いかねます。

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@JohnPhilpin Isn't that the irony? The technology connects us across vast distances - the better to misunderstand and misinterpret one another. BTW, I looked at the website from Manuel's interview. I love the term 'feral gen-xer'. But now my eyes are bleeding (in a good way, I suppose I should add).

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@JohnPhilpin I heard a podcast recently and one guy said "did you actually talk to those people or did you just read about it?" and the other guy said "oh yeah, I just read about it. Maybe I should talk to them". I guess the whole Internet is like that. Lots of strong opinions, uninformed by face-to-face discussion. From my vantage point on the Pacific rim I see an increasingly polarized society in the US. But maybe that's just the media version. Anyway, I'm keen on less polarization, aided by real conversations. Not sure the Internet is the true home of those kinds of interaction! Micro.blog though: a small but valuable exception.

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@Mtt this is an inspiration - thanks!

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@Gabz Yes! Blogging is great and your blog is perfect👌

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@JohnPhilpin since you're asking for thoughts... "Beyoncé does ‘Country’ and not one word about ‘cultural appropriation’ 🤪 " - This reads like a claim that Beyoncé was appropriating country music. But then I don't know the context. Not sure how to read the emoji. Does it signal that you're not saying that? Maybe it means "you're all talking about 'cultural appropriation' a lot". Anyway, interpreting random comments is hard! Also: America, that's hard to understand too. I did my best.

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@rnv that really is a great cover.

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@Burk never doing it without permission, except when there are reasons. How else am I supposed to train my human model???

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@miguelmanalo sensible never goes out of style!

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@chrisaldrich I definitely prefer the black and gray 1948 Henry Dreyfuss Royal Quiet De Luxe Typewriter. Disclaimer: this is the first typewriter beauty contest I've ever judged.

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Why not let your reading be a smorgasbord of serendipity? an open index card drawer in a large wooden catalogue writingslowly.com
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A minimal approach to making notes writingslowly.com
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Five useful articles about writing Handwritten note cards spread on a wooden table. There's a black pen beside them. writingslowly.com
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Finished reading: Days at the Morisaki Bookshop by Satoshi Yagisawa ð This made me want to visit Kanda Jimbochu, the second-hand bookstore quarter of Tokyo, where the novel is set. Perhaps itâs a bit of a tourist trap, but hey, books! The story is a little thin, but then just yesterday I heard an a... writingslowly.com
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A forest of evergreen notes The roots of a fig tree in Sydney Botanic Gardens writingslowly.com
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âletâs look at all the apps that live under our thumbs, and interrogate the choices theyâre making, and then imagine what they would look like if we demanded that our tools donât tie our hands.â - Anil Dash ð¬ My take: Donât let your technology dictate your aesthetic experience. We can make ... writingslowly.com
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Make your notes a creative working environment A painting by Pierre Bonnard entitled Young Woman Writing. It shows a young woman leaning over a large table with a red cloth, on which are spread several small paper notes.note cards arranged on a table next to a book writingslowly.com
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Being human is a trend now. According to the Mintel Global Consumer Trends Report for 2024: âTodayâs rapidly advancing AI-powered technologies seem to be on track to outpace human output. While consumers and businesses learn to balance the use of this emerging technology, consumers will begin to appr... writingslowly.com
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🐙 Octopus intelligence is intriguing. Having read Ray Naylor’s The Mountain in the Sea 📚, I now want to try Other Minds: The Octopus and the Evolution of Intelligent Life by Peter Godfrey-Smith. I’d also like to read Children of Ruin by Adrian Tchaikovsky, which has a somewhat similar theme.

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I really enjoyed the latest micro.blog photo challenge, both taking part and seeing all the great photos you people posted. As ever, there were some very imaginative responses to the daily prompts.

Why not check out the photo grid? My own little photo wall is also open for viewing.

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As online search declines (thanks Google 😖) more people should know about it the discovery tools on micro.blog. They’re seriously useful.

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📷 Day 30: hometown

A view of the Botany Bay shore, with the Sydney CBD in the background
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📷 Day 29: drift

Parasailing over the ocean near the shore.
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Is the Web reconfiguring itself again? a pile of ropes writingslowly.com
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📷 Day 28: Community. Spotted at a rally in Sydney: “Let’s dream new blueprints for the world we want to live in…”

A hand-lettered poster at a rally says Let's dream new blueprints for the world we want to live in...
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Finished reading: Ian Gentle: The Found Line, edited by David Roach 📚

I’ve posted about this interesting artist previously, because I loved The Gentle Project.

Cover shot of Ian Gentle - The Found LinePhoto of the Australian artist Ian Gentle, from the back cover of the book, Ian Gentle - The Found Line

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Finished reading: Always Will Be by Mykaela Saunders 📚

These short stories are set entirely in Australia’s Tweed region, but they range over a vast time-frame: from the more-or-less present to the far distant future. I loved the tough optimism. Always will be Aboriginal land - an ideal sci-fi theme.

A clip of the cover of Always Will Be by Mykaela Saunders
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📷 Day 27: it’s always a lovely surprise to receive a bespoke selection of books in the mail, from the Wild Book Box.

A nicely gift-wrapped package of books. The bookmark says 'the wild book box'.
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📷 Day 26: critter. It’s a bluebottle, or Portuguese man o’ war. These wash up on the beach, mainly in late Summer and early Autumn.

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📷 Day 25: spine. This is ‘Echidna’ by Illawarra artist Ian Gentle.
An artwork made of sticks pointing inwards to form a rectangle. The void in the centre is reminiscent of an echidna

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📷 Day 24: light. I took this shot as we saw in the new year on the beach.

A lantern shines on a beach in the dark. Lights shine on the distant shoreline.