Thought of these two songs as I imagine the year ahead. It is a year that will show us what it means to depend on each other more and more as we all have less and less as the Washington Choir sings the song of kleptocracy and…well, we know not what, eh?
Paris Review Daily has now published two of Anthony Madrid’s quasi-kōan sets, “Both speech and silence are involved in transcendent detachment and subtle wisdom. How can we pass through without error?” (in July) and “I always remember Jiangnan in May; where the partridges call, the hundred flowers are fragrant.” (Right this very second! (ish)) More: Public Case 6: Ancient Chinese Our teacher said: “Has anyone ever noticed that many of the most attractive ancient Chinese poets have the same ideas about poetry as modern American high school students? Anyhow, the themes are the same. What am I doing today. How am I feeling. What’s my philosophy. What can I see from where I’m sitting. What just happened. I am kind of a loser. What are my favorite quotes.” One of the students said: “James Schuyler.” Comment. It is hard for twenty-first-century USA poets to really understand old Chinese poetry: no surprise there. The surprise is that we find our own childhoods as difficult to “relate to” as the literary world of premodern China. We rub our eyes in disbelief when we have anything in common with either. Tao Qian, James Schuyler, our own sixteen-year-old selves—of course they write about what they can see from where they’re sitting. What else can be seen? The truth is almost everyone has almost everything in common. The main exception is the people who are “too smart for that.” They make a point of not having anything in common with anybody. Continue at Paris Review.
So, here is the game I proposed to George Station on Facebook a short time ago and that I propose to you ‘dear reader’–find a use for the damned thing besides the joy of play (which I feel is sufficient).
I think this is a very revealing space. Here’s mine.
There are items in here for gathering information like Zotero and Diigo. (See margins for details.)
I could use bookmarklets for each of these tools but right-click seems to have less friction between the task at hand and getting it done.
I love Pocket because it allows me to save and LISTEN to posts and articles on my phone later (on the tractor, in the field, walking, commuting). I think of this as personal curation. I listen as a way to identify any piece of information that might need a deeper look so that I can share it or include it as I synthesize it in a blog post or article.
SnagIt is in my right-click menu. I have keyboard combinations like command+shift+4 on my Mac that will do an immediate screencapture, but often I want to annotate the image for an online class, personal creation, or sharing with a colleague.
Share on (Better) Tweetdeck uses an add-on to bring more tools to my favorite Twitter client. The video below shows just how quickly you can go from content to sharing that content—three clicks.
Last, I use Add This for sharing to other digital spaces.
This extension allows you to add hundreds of networking tools that you might want to share to.
I have not included all of the items in my context menu or discussed how to add them. That’s what Google is for. And please don’t get me started on bookmarklets and other extensions. I judge all of these tools by a simple yardstick question: do they help me gather, make sense of, and share my digital world? If they do that very well, then here they stay until something else better supplants them.
I know well that others have these better tools or better workflows, so share your right-click goodies with me no matter how idiosyncratic they might seem so that I can get better at sharing back at you. You can go to the comments below or you can use Hypothes.is to share in the margins here.