What is a poem worth? As authors around the world despair of making a living, a company based in Vienna has finally come up with a definitive answer: one cup of coffee.
Julius Meinl, a coffee-roasting company founded in 1862, is marking Unesco’s World Poetry Day with a promotion in 1,100 cafes, bars and restaurants across 23 countries mostly in continental Europe but including the UK, the US and Australia, offering a dose of caffeine to any customer who hands over one of their own poems.
World Poetry Day is today (March 21st).
Try the actual quiz and get your score. I was mainly interested in how many words are different with Canadian spelling from both the US and the UK.
Check the link to read the full list. The list included your foodie history, diets, ingredients, kitchen gadgets, where you would have dinner if you could choose from anywhere in the world and what makes a memorable meal. Of course, food loves and hates make the list too.
I liked the prompt about ingredients you’ve been afraid to try. There are so many interesting, exotic and unusual ingredients these days. I can remember when my Grandmother was afraid to cook corn on the cob. She had never seen it before (in the UK) and ended up leaving it to rot before she worked up the courage to cook it. I always thought that was silly when I was a kid. But, corn was pretty commonplace to me. I’ve since had a few things expire in my own fridge.
How do you feel about the word foodie?
Write down 10 of your favourite food words, and then make a sentence for each word. Turn each sentence into a blog post idea.
I think it’s a great list. Many of the prompts could be adapted for other topics if you put some creativity into it.
Historical Novel Society – We are a literary society devoted to promoting the enjoyment of historical fiction. We are based in the USA and the UK but we welcome members (who can be readers or writers) from all round the world.
Do you know the difference between the story and the storey?
Even my spellcheck is catching it and trying to tell me I need to change my spelling of the word. But, spellcheck is missing something this time. Storey is a word. It’s the floor of a building, the layers that you travel up when you go for an elevator ride. Did you know the difference between the two words?
Note: It may be one of those words which come up differently between Canadian, US and UK spellings. I use Canadian spelling which means storey it is!
I ended up watching a documentary from the UK about humane methods of performing capital punishment. The show was not discussing the issue of capital punishment but the science of finding the “perfect” method of killing. However, in the end the main point came down to whether capital punishment is meant as a punishment or extermination.
If the State sentences someone to be killed should that be considered a punishment for their crimes or an end to them (both the crimes and the criminal). Is it like killing a rabid dog, mercy killing for a cow about to be butchered or an assisted suicide? Or, is it a punishment where the criminal should feel pain?
What about rehabilitation? Yes, that is going back to the issue of having capital punishment or not. But, if a life sentence usually means life in prison, is capital punishment not something like that? How far is it between life in prison to the end of life? Is one just a way to save money and resources and the other just a way to avoid the ending of a life? Also, if a humane method of capital punishment is used will capital punishment become too simple, too easy and then become a standard for any criminal who gets a life sentence? Is death the real meaning of a life sentence?
It is a very interesting issue which would make a great debate topic.
In the end they did conclude that using nitrogen was the most practical and humane/ neutral method of killing. The show also concluded that their definition of it as the “perfect” method was not the best term as there was the debate over punishment versus euthanasia.
I’m watching a UK show, Misfits. I like the idea of the show. A pack of teenaged misfits are sent to do community service. There’s a weird hail storm and they are blasted with something that gives each of them a super power: telepathy, invisibility, time bending, sex pot and the fifth is a mystery/ unknown.
During the shows he is wondering what his super power is or if he was the only one not given a power. He tries jumping of something to see if he can fly. One of the others gives him a smack when he wonders if he is immune to pain. It isn’t until the end of the last episode in the series that we find out his super power is immortality. Immortality would be hard to notice after all. He only finds out when he ends up being buried after he seems to have died. That is the cliff hanger for the first season of the series.
If you were given a super power, not knowing what it might be, how would you figure it out? You’d have to be careful not to do something drastic only to find out you couldn’t fly (for instance) after all.
Lots of links, not in any real order due to a small mishap with cut and paste somewhere along the way. Most of these are for beginners who draw on pen and paper, but not all. I think everyone will find something to stir their imagination and (I hope) pick up a pen to doodle. Join in for Doodle Week this weekend.
- Monday Art Day
- The Doodle Daily
- Flickr: Doodle Fabric Art and Creations
- Flickr: Doodle Stitching
- Flickr: Draw Everything
- The Post It Project
- Illustration Friday
- Flickr: Super Hero Drawing
- The Drawing Club at Flickr
- Flickr: Post It Art
- Fuel Your Illustration
- Flickr: The Sketch Pad
- Flickr: Go! Post it
- Flickr: Emotional Draws
- Flickr: Flower Anything. Everything
- Flickr: Flower Doodles
- Flickr: One Word, One Picture
- Flickr: Learning to Draw Faces
- Flickr: Doodle-A-Week
- Flickr: Yeah, I Draw Anime
- Flickr: The Scribble Challenge
- Lunch Bag Art
- Miss Doodle’s Day
- Doodle 365
- Flickr: Doodle Under Five
- Flickr: 75 Ways to Draw More The list for 75 Ways to Draw More.
- Doodlers Anonymous
- Flickr: Doodle Day
- Flickr: Doodle 101
- Flickr: The Hand-Drawn Guide to the Universe
- Flickr: Doodle Art
- Eat Sleep Draw
- Pencil Drawing Idea
- Doodle Wall
- Flickr: 5 Minute Doodle
- Flickr: Draw by Hand
- Flickr: Fabulous Hand Drawn Art
- A Girl’s Life – 365 Drawings in 365 Days.
- The Doodle Bar – London, UK.
- Twitter: The Daily Doodle
- Twitter: Daily Doodles
- Flickr: Circles of Doodles
- Doodle Daily Life
- Ning: Fast Art
- Flickr: The Freaky Drawing Club
- Flickr: Obsessive Drawing
- Flickr: Pen and Pencil Drawing
- Flickr: Doodle Daily Life
- Amateur Illustrator
- Draw Space
- Flickr: Doodle Tattoos
- Flickr: I Suck at Drawing
- Flickr: Obsessive Doodler
- Flickr: Church Bulletin Graffiti
- Artist Daily – Print magazine with blogs on the site.
- Sketch Pan
- Flickr: Character Doodles
- Flickr: The Doodle Project
- Flickr: Sketch Doodle Draw Events
- Flickr: Doodles and Drawings
- Flickr: Yahoo Doodles
- Flickr: Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain
- Flickr: Wanton Doodles
- Wanton Doodle
- Flickr: The Scribble Project
- Flickr: Drawing (We do it everyday)
Coffee Shop Confessional
- Flickr: Digital Doodles
- Flickr: One Minute Sketch
- FaceBook: Drawing Enthusiasts
- FaceBook: Drawing Game
- FaceBook: Drawing Club
- Flickr: I Draw, So What?
- Flickr: Draw Your Feelings
- Flickr: Oodles of Doodles
- Flickr: Doodles Sketches and Scribbles in Pen or Pencil
- Flickr: Doodle Masters
- Flickr: Doodle World
- Wordless Wednesday – Why take a photo when you can doodle?
- Doodler Blog
- Flickr: Doodles (Anything you draw).
- Flickr: Dolly Doodles
- Flickr: A Doodle a Day
- Flickr: Draw Something
- Flickr: Pen Drawing
- Flickr: Doodle Gallery
- Flickr: We Draw!
- Flickr: Draw One Thing Every Month
- Flickr: Learning to Draw
- Deviant Art
- Flickr: Phone Doodles
- Flickr: Bar Doodles
- Flickr: One Million Doodles
- Flickr: Doodles
- Flickr: Daily Doodle (ish)
- Flickr: Office Meeting Doodles
- Flickr: Line Drawing
- Flickr: Post It A Day
- Drawing Day – Next date is June 5, 2010.
- Rate My Drawings
- Flickr: Hand Drawn Type
- Flickr: Drawing my Life
- Paper Demon
- Flickr: Doodlers Anonymous
- Flickr: I Drew This at Work
- Flickr: Drawing at Work
- Flickr: Draw!
- The Doodle Swap Project
- Flickr: Architectural Drawing/ Croquis
- Flickr: Drawing Postcards
- Flickr: Art Therapy
I’ve seen the term hyperlocal come up three times lately. I decided to spend some time to find out what it is exactly and how it is being used.
Of course, Wikipedia comes up first in the results I get from Google. : Hyperlocal –
refers to the emergent ecology of data (including textual content), aggregators, publication mechanism and user interactions and behaviours which centre on a resident of a location and the business of being a resident. Hyperlocal content, often referred to as hyperlocal news, is characterized by three major elements. Firstly, it refers to entities and events that are located within a well defined, community scale area. Secondly, it is intended primarily for consumption by residents of that area. Thirdly, it is created by a resident of the location (but this last point is discussed because for example a photo can be hyperlocal but not locally produced).
Hyperlocal World – Developments in news, people and the first law of geography.
HyperlocalBlogger.com – Tips and discussion for local bloggers.
Hyperlocal 101 – Tools and technique for the hyperlocal revolution.
Blog TO is a hyperlocal news blog from Toronto. It comes from a network, Freshdaily.ca (site is not up).
Other hyperlocal blog networks:
- Your Community Blog
- Freshdaily – a Canadian network
- Hyperlocal – a UK network
- WikiCity Project – a US network
- Spotted by Locals
- Hello Metro
- Growth Spur
Individual hyperlocal content blogs:
- Next Door Media – Seattle, US.
- West Hill News – A Toronto suburb.
- The Secret Waterford Gazette – Waterford, Ireland
- Gold River Buzz – Gold River, BC.
- Buffalo Dave – Buffalo, US.
- London SE1 – London, UK.
If hyperlocal blogging is interesting you take a look at TwitterLocal, which gives you a Twitter feed by location and LocalTweeps which is a directory built with zip codes. Also, look for blog directories based on regional locations, each blog you find there is a possible source of news and events locally. You may find other locals to post their perspectives, advertising, photos and news stories on your hyperlocal blog. Of course everything local is a marketing/ promotion resource for a hyperlocal blog. You don’t need to be in to top rank of international lists for blogs, keep your focus on local in every way.
The links for networks and especially those for individual hyperlocal blogs are just a few I found when I went looking. There are masses of sites once you know what to look for. Some don’t use the term hyperlocal, they may call themselves citizen journalists, or maybe cell journalists.