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Najprv na tému posledných týždňov: Tá kniha… tak tá kniha je už vonku z hlavy. Nie je ešte na papieri, ale v nedeľu v noci… hm, no dobre, v pondelok nad ránom… sme ju odovzdali. Teraz ju pozerá editor a nám zostali také milé činnosti ako doladiť obálku, vyrobiť index, škrípať zubami, koľko chýb tam ešte ostalo… hm, a pustiť sa do tej druhej, ktorá má vyliezť na svetlo do konca roka. 

Are Kids the Enemy of Writing?

Writing was a practice. The more you wrote, the better a writer you became and the more books you produced. Excellence plus productivity, that was the formula for sustained success, and time was the coefficient of both. Children, the great man said, were notorious thieves of time. Then there was the question of subject matter, settings, experiences; books were hungry things, and if you stayed too long in any one place, they would consume everything and everyone around you.

pretože (tento článkok sa volá What Do We Do with the Art of Monstrous Men? a je v ňom ešte kopa iných vecí)

There are many qualities one must possess to be a working writer or artist. Talent, brains, tenacity. Wealthy parents are good. You should definitely try to have those. But first among equals, when it comes to necessary ingredients, is selfishness. A book is made out of small selfishnesses. The selfishness of shutting the door against your family. The selfishness of ignoring the pram in the hall. The selfishness of forgetting the real world to create a new one. The selfishness of stealing stories from real people. The selfishness of saving the best of yourself for that blank-faced anonymous paramour, the reader. The selfishness that comes from simply saying what you have to say.

Moms don’t need more mugs and wine glasses – neskoro, ale aj tak:

And there you have it, what moms would love on the big day: Get out of her hair (if the kids are little), spend time with her (if you’re a teen, but be sure to smile), and track her down in Greece (if you’re an adult). Moms are forged through the bubbling lava of no sleep, kindergarten graduations, slammed doors and 2 a.m. calls that begin, “I crashed the car, but I’m okay.”

planet or plastic?

Because plastic wasn’t invented until the late 19th century, and production really only took off around 1950, we have a mere 9.2 billion tons of the stuff to deal with. Of that, more than 6.9 billion tons have become waste. And of that waste, a staggering 6.3 billion tons never made it to a recycling bin.

Who is Losing the Nile?

175 meters high and 1800 meters wide, the new dam’s storage capacity is 67 billion cubic meters, nearly the equivalent of a year’s flow of river water.

čo ak sa na telefóne stretnú dve takého:

Potom by už nemuseli telefonovať a mohli by si to vybaviť inak… začína to byť strašidelné. A ešte z inej strany, mali by sme vedieť, že tá entita na druhej strane telefónu nie je človek, keď zdvihneme? 

Tri – dva – jedna. Všetky oči na mňa.

Predstavte si, že máte stroj času. Predstavte si, že ste opäť dieťa a doma nemáte svoju izbu, stôl, na ktorom by ste sa učili. Nemáte tečúcu vodu, ani jednu knihu, vaši rodičia nevedia čítať. Predstavte si, že so všetkými súrodencami, s rodičmi a so starými rodičmi bývate v jednej miestnosti. Proste si predstavte, že by ste sa narodili v rómskej osade. Kde by ste boli dnes? A čo by vám pomohlo?

China, India grapple with the consequences of too many men

In the two countries, 50 million excess males are under age 20. Both nations are belatedly trying to come to grips with the policies that created this male-heavy generation. And demographers say it will take decades for the ramifications of the bulge to fade away.

parádne fotky polárnej žiary

pri príležitosti Svetového týždňa rešpektu k pôrodu krátke komentované ukážky z filmu Medzi nami: prvá, druhá, tretia, štvrtá

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V Čechách riešia podobné problémy, ako my prednedávnom na našej fakulte

Méně úsměvné je, že se civilizovaná výměna názorů na téma co patří či nepatří do veřejné instituce, interpretuje jako nástup feministické totality a umlčení umění.

Až bude ve vládě 14 žen na 3 muže, až bude ve Sněmovně přes 80 % žen, a až se po každých volbách do Sněmovny bude volit missák Sněmovny a bude se diskutovat, který poslanec by potřeboval shodit, a kdo musí změnit holiče, až bude veřejný prostor plný fotek nahých mužů, s lechtivými slogany, inzerujících vše od tiskáren po politické strany, a až budou muži brát z každé koruny vydělané ženou 78 haléřů, pak bude možná na místě se začít bavit o ženách u moci. Do té doby ne. A bez toho, aby byl člověk u moci, se totalita zavádí skutečně těžko.

Reading Like a Tomboy: Looking for Myself in Literature

This is what I want to explore with my “Write like a Girl” students — I want them to interrogate the experience of being themselves, and write about their triumphs, their struggles, their fears, their curiosity. Let them learn sooner, rather than twenty years of hard road later, that spunky and serious and girly and tough and silly and brainy and fearful and angry can coexist in one wonderful person, no matter how they dress or who they’re attracted to or how they wear their damn bangs.

Biohackers Are Implanting LED Lights Under Their Skin … nie, nie, nie [varovanie: nepríjemné grafické obrázky]

posledný dych Thomasa Edisona

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fotky z Burning man… je to dosť ťažko popísateľná týždenná akcia v Nevadskej púšti

novel writing month – tento rok to nepôjde, možno ten budúci

phdcomics – statistics

a data scientist is …

Data science is statistics on a Mac.
A data scientist is someone who is better at statistics than any software engineer and better at software engineering than any statistician.

vďaka Renči za linku na video:

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Yes, men are better writers – toto by som sem najradšej skopírovala celé… takže, ak si otvoríte len jednu z týchto liniek, nech je to táto

Recently, I received an email from a literary publication asking me to comment on why ‘women are underrepresented in major publications’. Since I’m a single mother, working six days a week, and I wasn’t going to be paid, I didn’t respond. But I thought I’d reply here, soOverland will give me cash.

It’s simple, really. Men are published more than women because men are better writers than women.

Do I need to say that there are great female writers? Maybe I do, because you don’t know me, and I might just be a misogynist arsehole. And do I need to say that there are boatloads of very bad male writers? No, you can just go to your local bookshop and peruse the new releases to prove that to yourself.

‘Good writing’ does not emanate from the penis but it does emanate from material conditions. Writing takes time – great swathes of clean, empty time, unsullied by children or housework or deep worry about money or skincare routines. To be a writer is to be selfish enough to grab time and spend it churning words around, even though you are not getting paid very much, hardly anybody cares about what you’re doing, and even fewer people think that it’s any good.

How to trick the guilty and gullible into revealing themselves

very short stories

We’ll be brief: Hemingway once wrote a story in just six words (“For sale: baby shoes, never worn.”) and is said to have called it his best work. So we asked sci-fi, fantasy, and horror writers from the realms of books, TV, movies, and games to take a shot themselves… Sure, Arthur C. Clarke refused to trim his (“God said, ‘Cancel Program GENESIS.’ The universe ceased to exist.”), but the rest are concise masterpieces.

Longed for him. Got him. Shit.
– Margaret Atwood

The baby’s blood type? Human, mostly.
– Orson Scott Card

Bang postponed. Not Big enough. Reboot.
– David Brin

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veľmi aktuálne, našťastie už som kus za prvou verziou… Anne Lamott: Shitty first drafts

For me and most of the other writers I know, writing is not rapturous. In fact, the only way I can get anything written at all is to write really, really shitty first drafts.

The first draft is the child’s draft, where you let it all pour out and then let it romp all over the place, knowing that no one is going to see it and that you can shape it later. You just let this childlike part of you channel whatever voices and visions come through and onto the page. If one of the characters wants to say, “Well, so what, Mr. Poopy Pants?,” you let her. No one is going to see it. If the kid wants to get into really sentimental, weepy, emotional territory, you let him. Just get it all down on paper, because there may be some thing great in those six crazy pages that you would never have gotten to by more rational, grown-up means. There may be something in the very last line of the very last paragraph on page six that you just love, that is so beautiful or wild that you now know what you’re supposed to be writing about, more or less, or in what direction you might go–but there was no way to get to this without first getting through the first five and a half pages.

88-ročná vedkyňa, Yvonne Brill, ktorá vynašla pohon pre komunikačné satelity, nedávno zomrela. Prvý odstavec článku, ktorý pri tej príležitosti napísali v New York Times? Spomína, ako sa sťahovala, keď jej manžel menil prácu, a ako 8 rokov doma vychovávala deti.

vedkyne nie sú jednorožce – o knižkách pre deti

objímajúce sa mrkvy

o čakajúcich kávach – takéto reštaurácie alebo potraviny by som podporovala

The next order was for seven coffees and it was made by three lawyers – three for them and four ‘suspended’. While I still wonder what’s the deal with those ‘suspended’ coffees I enjoy the sunny weather and the beautiful view towards the square in front of the café. Suddenly a man dressed in shabby clothes who looks like a beggar comes in through the door and kindly asks ‘Do you have a suspended coffee?’

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mojich 6128 najobľúbenejších kníh – o zaujímavom čitateľovi

My reading habits sometimes get a bit loopy. I often read dozens of books simultaneously. I start a book in 1978 and finish it 34 years later, without enjoying a single minute of the enterprise. I absolutely refuse to read books that critics describe as “luminous” or “incandescent.” I never read books in which the hero went to private school or roots for the New York Yankees. I once spent a year reading nothing but short books. I spent another year vowing to read nothing but books I picked off the library shelves with my eyes closed. The results were not pretty.

I even tried to spend an entire year reading books I had always suspected I would hate: “Middlemarch,” “Look Homeward, Angel,” “Babbitt.” Luckily, that project ran out of gas quickly, if only because I already had a 14-year-old daughter when I took a crack at “Lolita.”

posledné interview s Richardom Feynmanom

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mn4_40hAAr0

prišpendlite strany na stenu a pozrite sa na ne ďalekohľadom – ako rôzni autori písali svoje diela

Truman Capote wrote lying down, as did Marcel Proust, Mark Twain and Woody Allen. Charles Dickens, Winston Churchill, Virginia Woolf, Ernest Hemingway, Philip Roth, Lewis Carroll, Thomas Jefferson, Fernando Pessoa and George Sand all wrote standing up. Roth also “walks half a mile for every page”. Roald Dahl wrote in a shed. Philip Pullman used to write in a shed, but eventually gave it to an illustrator friend. Ray Bradbury wrote an early version on Fahrenheit 451 in nine days on a rented typewriter in the UCLA library basement.

prečo si deti pri schovávaní zakrývajú oči?

Now things get a little complicated. In both studies so far, when the children thought they were invisible by virtue of their eyes being covered, they nonetheless agreed that their head and their body were visible. They seemed to be making a distinction between their “self” that was hidden, and their body, which was still visible. Taken together with the fact that it was the concealment of the eyes that seemed to be the crucial factor for feeling hidden, the researchers wondered if their invisibility beliefs were based around the idea that there must be eye contact between two people – a meeting of gazes – for them to see each other (or at least, to see their “selves”).

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