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Thirteen years of coffee and commentary. Tridecaphobes, beware.

February 23, 2013
by deCadmus
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“No matter your genre, lack of playfulness can drain the creativity out of your writing faster than a leaky bathtub drains chocolate milk and Lucky Charms. The best way to introduce more childlike fun to your writing is to follow Shakespeare’s advice: ‘The play’s the thing.’ Of course, he meant this in another context—but this article is about taking things out of context, so go for it! Play with your children or your pets. Take an improv class. Dance badly to your favorite music. Take recess instead of a coffee break. Just make sure your inner 5-year-old has a chance to play at least once a day, and even more often when you’re facing a writing deadline.”

The contents of comment SPAM I received this week. So far as advice goes, I like it, though I don’t see any reason you couldn’t have your coffee and recess, too.1


Notes and Links

  1. And a little Googling suggests it first appeared in a Writer’s Digest article by Leigh Ann Jasheway.

February 14, 2013
by deCadmus
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February 13, 2013
by deCadmus
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The knowledge of how to fight Roya, and the money for fungicide, the labor to treat it, and to cut back the trees deals a huge blow to the income and profits of the coffee farm. The real impact is on organic farms,  whether certified farms or organic-by-default farms, on casual coffee farmers who have little technical knowledge, and on smallholder farms in general. In a couple crop cycles, Roya unmanaged is the death of the coffee farm.

–Tom Owen, How Can a Leaf Rust? Roya in Guatemala

Hat tip: JimSeven’s Leaf Rust: End of Days?

February 12, 2013
by deCadmus
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February 8, 2013
by deCadmus
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Today’s Big Idea: Helpnik — crowdsourced tech support for NPOs

Pro bono efforts like GiveCamp that build web sites and applications to empower non-profits are awesome. But things go bump in the night. Stuff breaks. Without ongoing support, training and resources after the site goes live that shiny new web site can erode and rot, and maybe become a messy liability.

Helpnik is a crowdsourced resource to offer support services to non-profit web sites and web applications. Volunteers (helpniks) work for egoboo, whuffie, brownie points and gold stars, and — with the backing of generous sponsor organizations — the opportunity to win both recognition for their work, and real rewards.

Helpnik is a Big Idea. But it needs the support of some like-minded thinkers and doers to get off the ground. Want in? Sign up in the comments here, use the contact form yonder, or reply on Twitter… whatever’s most convenient, you rockstar, you.

February 7, 2013
by deCadmus
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“There is no reason for any individual to have a computer in his home.”
—KEN OLSEN, CEO of Digital Equipment Corporation

“There is no reason that anyone will need to do that on mobile.”
—YOUR COMPANY, PROBABLY

—Karen McGrane, in Content Strategy for Mobile

February 7, 2013
by deCadmus
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