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Tips for Beginning Translators - TRANSLATIONiSTA
"It’s not as if every young and/or aspiring translator is the same as every other one, but I do get a lot of notes asking basically the same thing: If I’m interested in breaking into the field of literary translation, how do I start? How do I get published? Here’s the sort of advice I tend to give out, starting with the question: You do understand that being a literary translator is probably not a way to make a living without a day job, right? If that’s all right with you, keep reading.

For starters, you should be submitting your work to literary magazines. These don’t have to be magazines that specialize in translation; most literary mags are happy to consider translated work, especially if you let them know in your cover letter that you’ve already looked into the rights situation. As with any other work you’d submit to a magazine, you should take care to match your submission to the magazine’s aesthetic preferences and literary tastes, which you can determine by reading the magazine. You shouldn’t be in the business of trying to get published in magazines you don’t actually read. So your first order of business is to head over to your local bookstore or library and check out the rack of literary magazines; get to know which ones specialize in which sorts of work (plot-driven realistic stories? formally experimental work? the fantastic?), and then you’ll be well prepared to place your work sensibly; mention in your cover letter what made you think the particular translation you’re submitting would be a good match for the journal in question. Well, you might say, that’s a lot of work! Indeed, it is. Getting your translations published in magazines will help you confirm both to yourself and to other potential publishers (of books, say) that you are capable of producing professional-level, publishable work. As the list of your publications grows, so will your desirability to publishers. Note that there are also a number of journals (online and paper) actively seeking translated work; this list comes to you courtesy of the PEN Translation Committee. Oh, and speaking of literary magazines, you should also make a point of reading journals published in the countries where the language you translate from is spoken; it’s a great way to discover newer authors who haven’t been translated yet.

The second thing you should do is network with other emerging translators. Go to readings in your town and make a point of meeting other translators there. Join ELTNA (the Emerging Literary Translators Network in America). Check out the yearly conference of the American Literary Translators Association, which offers a lot of opportunities for networking (as well as competitive travel fellowships to attend the conference). If you can find peers interested in getting together to swap and critique work, that’s a great way to hone your skills if you’re not in a position to do coursework somewhere and are still learning.

The third thing you should do is get on the mailing list of any cultural institute relevant to the language you translate. Many countries have these – they promote a country’s language and/or culture internationally, and many of them sponsor readings, workshops, contests, and other sorts of events.

The fourth thing you should do is enter any competition relevant to your language (which you’ve found out about through the relevant cultural institute) and apply for grants, especially the PEN/Heim Translation Fund grants, which are open to emerging translators and are a great way for someone new on the scene to come to the attention of potential publishers. Since you apply with a specific book project, it’s a great grant to try for if you already have your heart set on translating a particular work.

When you’ve gotten your first magazine publications under your belt, then it’s time to shoot for the big league: book publishers. Look for publishers that print the sort of work you’re most interested in, and send around a few letters of introduction, including samples of your work and a list of your publications. Often publishers need translators to prepare sample translations from books they’re thinking about acquiring, and often the professional translators who regularly work for these publishing houses don’t have time for these samples, so this is your easiest way in. It’s also a good idea at this point to introduce yourself to the program staff at any relevant cultural institution; they too sometimes need sample translations and synopses for books they’re promoting.

Finally, here’s a paragraph for brand-new translators who’ve discovered a fantastic unknown-in-English author they want to pitch to publishers: Sure, you can do that, but first, imagine the situation from the publisher’s point of view. To publish (acquire rights, edit, copyedit, print, distribute, promote) a book involves a seriously substantial investment of money and time on a publisher’s part. Even if you’ve produced a strong short sample from the book (which you might have gotten help with, for all the publisher knows) – for an editor to trust that a translator without a track record is really going to be able to produce a translation of the entire book that is of the same quality as the sample within a reasonable time frame is a leap of faith. The more previous publications you can demonstrate (including in journals), the easier you make it for a publisher to decide to take you on. And of course if you win a competition or a grant, that’s an excellent calling card right there. In preparing a pitch, think about what you yourself would want to know about a project before deciding to invest in it; among other things, that will probably involve an assessment of where the author you’re proposing fits in the context of international writing as well as in the English-language literary landscape, and also what the book in question has in common with other works published by this publishing house.

There’s no one right way and no easy way to get into the translation business, but it’s definitely quite possible to break in to the profession if that’s your goal. Did I remember to mention that it’s a really really hard way to pay your rent?

P.S. I’ve been hearing from annoyed colleagues who are professional literary translators who do make a living translating literature, so obviously it’s possible, particularly in the UK (where the Translation Association of the Society of Authors recommends minimum rates that are widely adhered to), and particularly if you live in a place with a lower cost of living than, say, New York. In the United States, surviving as a literary translator without also performing other sorts of work (or having resources from another source) is much less common, and I myself have never managed to make a living that way, even though “literary translator” has been my primary professional identity for a long time now, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t possible, of course, and it doesn’t mean a translator shouldn’t negotiate for a living wage with publishers. Two years ago I posted a discussion of translation rates in the U.S. that covers a lot of bases – check it out!

I also recommend you consult the ALTA Guides published by the American Literary Translators Association."

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publishing  tips  translation  susanbernofsky  2017  literature  srg 
january 2019 by robertogreco
joão do lago 🌱 on Twitter: "PSA: If you pause a youtube video, you can use the , and . keys to scroll through it frame by frame. Very helpful for animation study and reference."
"PSA: If you pause a youtube video, you can use the , and . keys to scroll through it frame by frame. Very helpful for animation study and reference."
youtube  howto  tips  animation  2018 
july 2018 by robertogreco
5 Instagram Lessons from Magnum Photographers • Magnum Photos
"As part of an ongoing pursuit of delving into the practices of Magnum photographers, Magnum has asked David Alan Harvey, Christopher Anderson and Matt Stuart to share their views on using Instagram, the ubiquitous social media app that has far reaching implications for photographers. Here, we present five things to consider for emerging and professional photographers who use the app."
instagram  photography  howto  tips  2017  davidalanharvey  christopheranderson  mattstuart  magnumphotos 
january 2017 by robertogreco
The Secret Life of the American Airport Worker
"I've spent the last six months investigating the lives of America's airport workers: the wheelchair pushers, the cabin cleaners, the baggage handlers, the people who will—instead of heading back to their own family members—assist ours as we travel this week. If you ask airport workers what they're doing for the holidays, or any holiday, they'll nearly always respond that they're working. What they never say is that they're doing so for almost nothing.

At first I thought of my reporting as a means of exploring the hidden juxtapositions of the airport industry: how these workers are the foundation of a billion-dollar industry on a "tipped worker" pay rate, how they handle Louis Vuitton bags and wipe urine off wheelchairs in the same breath. But then, in the process of conducting interviews across the country, I found that these men and women are in a low level of constant danger. This is not only because of their unsafe and deregulated working conditions, but also because, in the event of crisis, low-paid airport workers are often our first-first responders."
labor  airports  2014  work  us  economics  tips  tipping 
february 2015 by robertogreco
Select and copy text within Quick Look previews | Macworld
"To make text selectable in Quick Look previews, you just need to enable a hidden Finder setting. Select and copy the code below, open Terminal (/Applications/Utilities), paste that code at the prompt, then press Return:

defaults write QLEnableTextSelection -bool TRUE; killall Finder

After a second or two, the Finder will restart. Once it does, you'll be able to select text in Quick Look previews and copy it to the Clipboard for use elsewhere.

If you decide you don’t deserve to select text in Quick Look, you can turn this feature off with another Terminal command:

defaults delete QLEnableTextSelection; killall Finder "
tips  previews  copypaste  copy  text  via:justincharles  mac  osx  macosx  terminal  quicklook  from delicious
august 2012 by robertogreco
On September 7th, 1982, Ogilvy sent the following... - Preoccupations-on-Tumblr
“On September 7th, 1982, Ogilvy sent the following internal memo to all agency employees, titled “How to Write”: The better you write, the higher you go in Ogilvy & Mather. People who think well, write well. Woolly minded people write woolly memos, woolly letters and woolly speeches. Good writing is not a natural gift. You have to learn to write well. Here are 10 hints: 1. Read the Roman-Raphaelson book on writing. Read it three times. 2. Write the way you talk. Naturally. 3. Use short words, short sentences and short paragraphs. 4. Never use jargon words like reconceptualize, demassification, attitudinallyy, judgmentally. They are hallmarks of a pretentious ass. 5. Never write more than two pages on any subject. 6. Check your quotations. 7. Never send a letter or a memo on the day you write it. Read it aloud the next morning – and then edit it. 8. If it is something important, get a colleague to improve it. 9. Before you send your letter or your memo, make sure it is crystal clear what you want the recipient to do. 10. If you want ACTION, don’t write. Go and tell the guy what you want. David”
via:Preoccupations  writing  ogilvy  communication  tips  clarity  via:migurski 
august 2012 by robertogreco
Flickr: Discussing Tagography ~ case studies in FlickrCentral
"Tagography is a bit of a riff on tags, for which an ad-hoc standard can be found here. Please feel free to post your comments and your own examples of tag use in this thread."
folksonomy  tips  tagography  photography  tags  tagging  flickr  2004 
july 2012 by robertogreco
Flickr: Discussing Tagging it up ~ some suggestions for tagging your images. in FlickrCentral
"You can find some specifics examples of how people are using tags in the tagography thread.

a bunch of flickr users have made some suggestions for tags in this thread, and i've tried to compile a thorough a list as possible here, from those suggestions ~ feel free to pick and choose from this list as you see fit: …"
names  naming  subjects  genre  medium  folksonomy  tagography  2004  tags  tips  tagging  flickr 
july 2012 by robertogreco
The Git Parable
"The following parable will take you on a journey through the creation of a Git-like system from the ground up. Understanding the concepts presented here will be the most valuable thing you can do to prepare yourself to harness the full power of Git. The concepts themselves are quite simple, but allow for an amazing wealth of functionality to spring into existence. Read this parable all the way through and you should have very little trouble mastering the various Git commands and wielding the awesome power that Git makes available to you."
tutorials  howto  tips  versioncontrol  tutorial  programming  git  via:tealtan 
february 2012 by robertogreco
Thrilling and Amazing! 15 Tips for an Extraordinary Vacation.
[I pretty much agree with all of this advice, especially this one that Jason Kottke pointed out.]

"13. Buy your own fruit. It sounds simple. It is simple. Just do it. You’ll love it. And I don’t mean, if there happens to be a fruit stand outside your hotel door you should buy some, because you need to have 9 servings a day.  What I mean is, find fruit and buy it. Make it a daily task that you’re going to track down a fruit stand, a farmers’ market (they’re not just in San Francisco) and get some good fresh fruit. The entire process will expose you to elements of daily life you would have otherwise ignored. Trust me: You’ll have memories from your trips to buy fresh fruit."

[That is one of my family's strictest rules of travel. Another one of our rules: Visit a local library.]

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travel  fruit  glvo  advice  howto  tips  cv  libraries  from delicious
december 2011 by robertogreco
How to Use Google Search More Effectively [INFOGRAPHIC]
"Sadly, though web searches have become and integral part of the academic research landscape, the art of the Google search is an increasingly lost one. A recent study at Illinois Wesleyan University found that fewer than 25% of students could perform a “reasonably well-executed search.” Wrote researchers, “The majority of students — of all levels — exhibited significant difficulties that ranged across nearly every aspect of the search process.”…

The infographic below offers a helpful primer for how to best structure searches using advanced operators to more quickly and accurately drill down to the information you want. This is by no means an exhaustive list of search operators and advanced techniques, but it’s a good start that will help set you on the path to becoming a Google master."

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google  search  tips  infographics  howto  googlescholar  internet  web  online  classideas  glvo  srg  edg  teaching  learning  queries  via:lukeneff  toshare  from delicious
november 2011 by robertogreco
Put This On • Sometimes people ask me about how I created my...
"Sometimes people ask me about how I created my little media empire. This is how.

Ira spent 20 years working at NPR before he started This American Life. Twenty years making mistakes, learning from them, thinking about what he’d do with his own show. When he started This Life, NPR turned him down. After 20 years. Told him to do it on his own. So he went out and won some fucking Peabodys.

The day Ira told me he enjoyed a particular episode of my stupid comedy podcast that I didn’t even know he’d every heard of much less listened to was one of the proudest days of my life. For serious.

And speaking of serious: SERIOUSLY, MAKE YOUR THING."
creativity  work  inspiration  tips  howto  iraglass  jessethorn  putthison  persistence  mistakes  learning  perseverance  hardwork  glvo  lcproject  volume  process  2011  making  doing  justdo  do  taste  potential  practice  deadlines  discipline  self-discipline  thisamericanlife  from delicious
april 2011 by robertogreco
Tools for Teaching - Preparing to Teach the Large Lecture Course
"Be clear about what can reasonably be accomplished by lecturing. Research shows that lecturing is as effective as other instructional methods,such as discussion, in transmitting information but less effective in promoting independent thought or developing students' thinking skills (Bligh, 1971). In addition to presenting facts, try to share complex intellectual analyses, synthesize several ideas, clarify controversial issues, or compare and contrast different points of view"
teaching  tips  howto  learning  lecturing  lectures  via:adamgreenfield  presentations  criticalthinking  problemsolving  informationtransmission  independentthought  highereducation  highered  discussion  conversation  from delicious
april 2011 by robertogreco
Nathan Myhrvold's Kitchen Revolution in Modernist Cuisine -
"Nathan Myhrvold's 2,400-page 'Modernist Cuisine' upends everything you thought you knew about cooking"
cooking  food  books  science  tips  nathanmyhrvold  modernistcuisine  glvo  srg  edg  from delicious
march 2011 by robertogreco
Three MacOS Tips and One Vista Whimper - James Fallows - Technology - The Atlantic
"Simply put, your machine works in a "virtual" memory space that is bigger (much bigger) than the physical memory made of silicon chips. The electronic data in the CPU has to access data in the physical memory, so when that gets filled (or even gets close to that), your system automatically moves stuff onto pieces of the hard disk called "swap" ... and stuff is moving in and out of swap all the time.<br />
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Get it?  And for now, here's a trick that readers with Macs might try if they have seen this phenomena and wonder what's up:<br />
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Open a terminal and type: echo admin_password | sudo -b -S sh -c "du -sx /"<br />
<br />
... and it will all happen happily in background... or,<br />
<br />
Open a terminal and type: sudo -b -S sh "du -sx /"<br />
<br />
... and you'll just have to type in the password manually... or,<br />
<br />
Just open a terminal as the administrator and type: du -sx /<br />
<br />
... and wait for the result."
memory  osx  apple  performance  mac  tips  howto  from delicious
february 2011 by robertogreco
Evan Williams | evhead: Ten Rules for Web Startups
"#1 Be Narrow: Focus on the smallest possible problem you could solve that would potentially be useful. Most companies start out trying to do too many things, which makes life difficult and turns you into a me-too…#2 Be Different #3 Be Casual #4 Be Picky: Another perennial business rule, and it applies to everything you do: features, employees, investors, partners, press opportunities. Startups are often too eager to accept people or ideas into their world. You can almost always afford to wait if something doesn't feel just right, and false negatives are usually better than false positives. One of Google's biggest strengths—and sources of frustration for outsiders—was their willingness to say no to opportunities, easy money, potential employees, and deals. #5 Be User-Centric #6 Be Self-Centred: Make it better based on your own desires. #7 Be Greedy #8 Be Tiny #9 Be Agile #10 Be Balanced #11 Be Wary"

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business  startup  entrepreneurship  tips  tcsnmy  lcproject  small  agility  evanwilliams  focus  startups  2005  from delicious
january 2011 by robertogreco
Alex Payne — Settling Down Without Settling
"About six months ago, in May, my wife and I moved from San Francisco to Portland, Oregon. We expected to rent an apartment in Portland for at least a year, maybe two. Yesterday, in a major diversion from that path, we closed on our first home. We move in this coming Saturday.

In this post, I’m going to talk about why we bought a home, how we went about it, and the context of the particular socioeconomic moment we find ourselves in."

"There’s a simplicity that comes from transience, and a simplicity that comes from permanence. Both are illusions, and one will present itself before the other. For now, I’m eager to be wrapped up in the illusion of permanence, serene and arboreal."
homebuying  tips  money  portland  housing  finance  transience  simplicity  illusion  houses  alexpayne  2010  permanence  neo-nomads  nomads  lifestyle  silence  quiet  from delicious
january 2011 by robertogreco
William Zinsser’s 5 tips for becoming a better writer | Poynter.
"Learn to take readers on a journey…Think of writing as a process, not a product…Write for yourself, not others…Have confidence in yourself as a writer…Don’t take yourself too seriously"
writing  tips  technique  howto  classideas  via:robinsloan  tcsnmy  from delicious
january 2011 by robertogreco
iPad Guide: 25+ Essential Resources for Your Apple Tablet
"After its late April debut on shop shelves, the iPad has had a great year. It proved popular as a digital publishing platform, enjoyed sales in the millions and has hosted a ton of top, device-specific apps.

If you grabbed an iPad earlier this year, or if you got one over the holidays, then we’ve got a treat for you with a roundup of more than 25 iPad-related resources.

From ace accessories to amazing apps, see below for a ginormous list of all the iPad posts we’ve published on Mashable during 2010."
ipad  ios  applications  accessories  mashable  games  tips  howto  tutorials  from delicious
december 2010 by robertogreco
AirDropper lets people put files into your Dropbox ... without signing up for Dropbox
"Given my fondness for Dropbox, I can't believe I didn't find out about AirDropper before today. It solves one of the biggest problems with Dropbox: getting files from friends or clients who don't want to sign up for Dropbox. AirDropper lets you send the stubborn, Dropboxless target a link that they can use to upload files directly into your Dropbox. There's no separate account signup, and nothing to download."
dropbox  sharing  productivity  tips  onlinetoolkit  via:hrheingold  from delicious
september 2010 by robertogreco
Eight Great Tips for Traveling with the iPad | Gadget Lab |
"The iPad is an almost perfect travel computer. It’s easy to carry, works as a guide, a map, a book and it’s crazy-long battery life will let you sit back and watch another movie while your laptop-toting companions search for a power outlet. But as convenient as it is, a little preparation will make things even smoother. Here are some things you should do before you leave the house."
ipad  travel  applications  offline  maps  mapping  power  accessories  3g  wifi  offmaps  weather  language  tips  from delicious
august 2010 by robertogreco
Matt « Argo, the Blog
Described by Robin [] as: "Psst. Matt is run­ning a secret course on web media awe­some­ness over at NPR’s Argo Project. It feels kinda like a col­lege class you’re not allowed to take yet because you’re only a sopho­more and you don’t have the pre­reqs… but you sneak in and sit in the back row and take notes any­way, because this is why you came to col­lege in the first place, to take classes like this! And the prof is so great!"
mattthompson  tips  writing  journalism  onlinetoolkit  howto  tutorials  web  internet  online  argoproject  webmedia  from delicious
august 2010 by robertogreco
10 Ways to Develop Expository Writing Skills With The New York Times - The Learning Network Blog -
"Have you been knocking your head against the proverbial wall trying to teach – or learn – expository writing skills? New York Times models can help writers learn how to write an expository essay that is compelling, convincing and authoritative as well as engaging to read – not to mention authentic. Try a fresh approach with these 10 tips.

1. Ditch the five-paragraph essay and embrace authentic essay structure. New York Times news and feature articles are excellent models for structure, including transitions and organization. Look at the guide to forms of Times news coverage to get started, and then deconstruct some articles to get a feel for how they are organized. …"
composition  education  english  writing  teaching  tips  nytimes  journalism  instruction  howto  classideas  via:lukeneff  from delicious
august 2010 by robertogreco
Future Perfect » 10 Tips for International Relocation [The whole list & comments are worth the read. Some of the items quoted contain further details.]
"China is now the fifth country I’ll feel comfortable calling home...each time the process of relocating has become a little easier. Whilst each of the moves was under very different circumstances, life stages the following tips picked up on the way might help smooth your next relocation:

1. You don’t need a job or apartment lined up to make the leap. Sure it might mean sofa-surfing or taking career diversions – these are the tangents that reveal & shape the new you.

2. International relocation is the ultimate excuse to have a brutal clear-out...

3. Heart first, then wallet: first figure out where you want to go, the logistics & money to make it happen will stretch & contract to your budget.

4. Never apply for a single entry visa when multiple entry is an option. Any additional cost is easily outweighed by the flexibility it provides...

6. Keep a digital scan of all your important documents...

7. Backup your most important stuff to the cloud..."
janchipchase  international  howto  housing  moving  global  life  jobs  work  travel  tips  relocation  yearoff  cv  migration  logistics  advice  glvo  documents  dropbox  amazons3  s3  transmit  banking  shipping  purging  travellight  from delicious
august 2010 by robertogreco
Purdue OWL [Purdue Online Writing Lab] [Grammar blog at:]
"The Purdue University Writing Lab and Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL) assist clients in their development as writers—no matter what their skill level—with on-campus consultations, online participation, and community engagement. The Purdue Writing Lab serves the Purdue, West Lafayette, campus and coordinates with local literacy initiatives. The Purdue OWL offers global support through online reference materials and services."
language  grammar  howto  teaching  english  esl  education  references  purdue  citations  writing  tutorials  tips  via:javierarbona 
july 2010 by robertogreco
Janet Fitch's 10 rules for writers | Jacket Copy | Los Angeles Times
"1. Write the sentence, not just the story... 2. Pick a better verb... 3. Kill the cliché... 4. Variety is the key... 5. Explore sentences using dependent clauses... 6. Use the landscape... 7. Smarten up your protagonist... 8. Learn to write dialogue... 9. Write in scenes... 10. Torture your protagonist." [via:]
writing  tips  rules  classideas  janetfitch  teaching  lists  howto  srg  tcsnmy 
july 2010 by robertogreco
Derek Powazek - Press the Magic Button
"If you use Twitter, you pay attention to your mentions – the tweets that include @yourusername – because that’s how you have conversations. And therein lies the problem, because anyone can tweet at you that way. Some of those people are batshit crazy like the Haight Street Guy, while others are just merely rude like the Conference Talker Guy.

The difference is, on Haight Street, you have to walk briskly away and hope you’re not followed. And at the conference, you have to de-escalate the conversation politely, in front of a crowd. But on Twitter, there is a magic button, and in one click, poof, the crazy is gone.

It’s a wonderful thing. A thing so lovely I often find myself wishing it existed in real life. So why is blocking such a taboo?...

Imagine for a moment if the function was called: “It’s not you, it’s me.” Or: “I just need a little space.” Or simply: “Engage cloaking device.” I doubt it would feel so personally insulting."
netiquette  attention  blogging  etiquette  anonymity  facebook  internet  flickr  lifehacks  twitter  tips  socialmedia  derekpowazek  blocking  filtering  sanity  cloackingdevices 
july 2010 by robertogreco
The Elements of Living Lightly | zen habits
"Hamlet said, ‘There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.’
psychology  happiness  expectations  judgement  zenhabits  mindfulness  philosophy  choice  simplicity  tips  lifehacks  advice 
july 2010 by robertogreco
Finding awesome jobs
"Kevin Fanning has worked in HR for the past 9 years so he's dispensed a lot of job search advice to friends over the years. Now he's collected all that knowledge into a new book called Let's All Find Awesome Jobs.
books  employment  howto  hr  jobs  tips  kottke  kevinfanning 
april 2010 by robertogreco
the art of great writing 60 writing tips from 6 alltime great writers - bighow news
"This guide belongs to 100 Ways To Be Being Remarkable series, a special project that brings you business and self-development advice from The Success Manual.
writing  howtp  advice  tips 
april 2010 by robertogreco
the art of great writing part 2125 more tips from 20 all time great writers - bighow news
"In The Art of Great Writing - Part 1, I included advice from George Orwell, Kurt Vonnegut, Ernest Hemingway, Robert Heinlein, Elmore Leonard and Stephen King. I am humbled by the response to it, 30000+ pageviews so far. As a token of thanks, here is part 2, including writing advice from great writers including John Steinbeck, Mark Twain, Anton Chekhov, JG Ballard, Jack Kerouac, Margaret Atwood, V.S. Naipaul, Truman Capote, Bertrand Russell and more great writers along with tips on the writing business from Seth Godin. Hope you will found this useful."
writing  howto  tips  advice  tcsnmy 
april 2010 by robertogreco
Seth's Blog: Everyone's model of work is a job
"The reason you feel most comfortable with a job (unless, like me, you're in the minority--a job would destroy my psyche) is that you've been brainwashed by many years of school, socialization and practice. I pick the word brainwashed carefully, because it's more than training or acclimation. It's something that's been taught to you by people who needed you to believe it was the way things are supposed to be. [Download Brainwashed: ]"
psychology  work  productivity  success  motivation  sethgodin  tips  linchpin  unschooling  deschooling  schooling  tcsnmy  faliure  risk  security  socialization  gamechanging  brainwashing  lcproject 
march 2010 by robertogreco
Ten rules for writing fiction | Books |
"Get an accountant, abstain from sex and similes, cut, rewrite, then cut and rewrite again – if all else fails, pray. Inspired by Elmore Leonard's 10 Rules of Writing, we asked authors for their personal dos and don'ts"
culture  books  tips  literature  howto  advice  fiction  writing  tutorials  rules  writers  classideas 
february 2010 by robertogreco
Booking a Flight the Frugal Way - Frugal Traveler Blog -
"Today, however, booking a flight is a total mess. Travelocity and Expedia have been joined by Bing and Orbitz and Dohop and Vayama and CheapTickets and CheapOair and Kayak and SideStep and Mobissimo and and and … I could go on and list every single Web site out there, but I won’t. There are just too many. Instead, I’ll lead you through the steps I make when I’m booking a flight myself.
travel  flights  howto  tutorial  reference  money  advice  tips  shopping  bargains  flying  airfare  airlines  budget  lifehacks  cheap  tools  onlinetoolkit 
february 2010 by robertogreco
4 Ways To Be A Traveler, Not A Tourist
Great advice: "Tip 1: Learn Before You Land ... Tip 2: What’s the Rush? ... Tip 3: Foreign People Are People Too ... Tip 4: Get Local"
culture  travel  advice  cv  glvo  howto  tips 
january 2010 by robertogreco
Graduate School in the Humanities: Just Don't Go - Advice - The Chronicle of Higher Education
"most prospective graduate students have given little thought to what will happen to them after they complete their doctorates...assume that everyone finds a decent position somewhere, even if it's "only" at a community college (expressed with a shudder). Besides, the completion of graduate school seems impossibly far away, so their concerns are mostly focused on the present...It's hard to tell young people that universities recognize that their idealism & energy — & lack of information — are an exploitable resource. For universities, the impact of graduate programs on the lives of those students is an acceptable externality, like dumping toxins into a river. If you cannot find a tenure-track position, your university will no longer court you; it will pretend you do not exist and will act as if your unemployability is entirely your fault. It will make you feel ashamed, & you will probably just disappear, convinced it's right rather than that the game was rigged from the beginning."
education  gradschool  humanities  academia  capitalism  advice  tips  phd  teaching  future  academics  jobs  reality  graduateschool  learning  unschooling  deschooling  society  hierarchy  exploitation  universities  colleges  thomasbenton 
january 2010 by robertogreco
fred design » Simple rules for good typography
"Here are some basic rules to improve your typography across either web or print. Of course, these rules are only to start with, and rules are meant to be broken. But if you want something to look neat, clean and generally well designed they are a good set to follow. 1. Don't use too many typefaces. 2. Hierarchy 3. Font size 4. 8-10pt for body copy 5. A typeface not legible is not a typeface 6. Leadng 7. Kerning 8. Accent or emphasise 9. Do not overemphasise 10. no caps in body text 11. Always align to baseline 12. Flush left ragged right 13. Lines not too long or short 14. Punctuation and Bullet points 15. The Fibonacci sequence"
design  fonts  kerning  bestpractices  graphicdesign  typography  tips  advice  webdesign  tutorials  css  rules  reference  howto  web  webdev 
january 2010 by robertogreco
CSS Techniques I Wish I Knew When I Started Designing Websites - Noupe
"CSS is the best thing to happen to the web since Tim Berners-Lee. It’s simple, powerful, and easy to use. But even with all its simplicity, it hides some important capabilities. Ask any designer, and they’ll tell you that the majority of their code headaches are caused and ultimately solved by CSS.
design  internet  webdev  coding  css  css3  tutorials  hacks  tips  webdesign 
december 2009 by robertogreco
How to Go to the Zoo
"Let’s get one thing straight. A zoo is not a theme park; it’s more like a museum... Go alone... Under no circumstances bring children... Go early or stay late... Go cold... Walk... If possible, wear khaki... Don't discriminate... Stay away from the gift shops. And the cafes... Take what the zoo gives you... Look for the overlooked... Take your time... And then take some more time... Do not see everything... Be thankful."
cv  culture  zoos  howto  travel  animals  advice  observation  interestingness  interested  museums  tips  slow  via:kottke  interestedness 
november 2009 by robertogreco
Robin writes a book (and you get a copy) » Going full-time with a sack full of gold coins — Kickstarter
"tip articulated by writing coach Don Fry...Roy [Peter Clark] says it like this: "Place gold coins along the path. Don't load all your best stuff high in the story. Space special effects throughout the story, encouraging readers to find them and be delighted by them."...look at Harry Potter books...J.K. Rowling is, like, world's leading manufacturer of gold coins. Every one of her pages has some weird detail, some delightful aside about a fire-breathing candy bar or a painting that talks. They're not central to the narrative, but they provide pops & flashes of novelty that keep you reading. They're addictive, like potato chips...I'm a big believer in their power...think they might do more to keep people reading than the narrative itself. At the very least, gold coins are an equal [they] all have to be words? Could some of them be images, photos, scraps from this fictional world? I think of the sketch of Mr. Tyndall in Mr. Penumbra; it seems like it worked really well."
writing  goldcoins  attention  jkrowling  harrypotter  robinsloan  howto  tips  narrative 
october 2009 by robertogreco
5 tricks for wicked good writing on Shine
"Trick #1: Write in English, not Jargon. ... Trick #2: Use specific, concrete nouns. ... Trick #3: Pick action-packed verbs. ... Trick #4: Avoid fluff. ... Trick #5: Find the right pitch."
writing  tips  advice  blogging  communication  productivity  english 
october 2009 by robertogreco
Rules for Brainstorming - news
"Our bootcamp class got an introduction to the's rules for productive team brainstorms today. These are a time-tested, road-worn recipe for successfully generating ideas with your team. 1. Defer Judgment. Don't block someone else's idea if you don't like it... 2. Go for volume. Getting to 100 ideas is better than 10... 3. One conversation at a time. When different conversations are going on within a team, no one can focus.  design  brainstorming  creativity  innovation  teamwork  productivity  management  ideas  tips  projects  leadership  administration  tcsnmy 
october 2009 by robertogreco
Ten Characteristics of Great Companies
"1 Great companies are constantly innovating and delighting their customers/users with new products and services. 2...are built to last and be independent and sustainable. Great companies don't sell out. 3...make lots of money but leave even more money on the table for their users and partners. 4...don't look elsewhere for ideas. They develop their ideas internally and are copied by others. 5...infect their users/customers with their brand. They turn their users and customers into marketing/salesforces. 6...are led by entrepreneurs who own a meaningful piece of the business. As such, they make decisions based on long term business needs and objectives not short term goals. 7...have a global mindset. They treat every person in the world as a potential customer/user. 8...are attempting to change the world in addition to making money. 9...are not reliant on any one person to deliver their value proposition. 10...put the customer/user first above any other priority."
business  innovation  fredwilson  marketing  startups  management  leadership  entrepreneurship  success  strategy  tips  tcsnmy  administration 
september 2009 by robertogreco
Interactive online Google tutorial and references - Google Guide
"Google Guide is an online interactive tutorial and reference for experienced users, novices, and everyone in between. I developed Google Guide because I wanted more information about Google's capabilties, features, and services than I found on Google's website. --Nancy Blachman"
google  tutorials  tips  guides  howto  reference 
september 2009 by robertogreco
Let's make the web faster - Google Code
"There are many ways to make websites run faster. In this section, you can discover performance best practices that real web professionals employ in their everyday work. These practices have improved the user experience for millions of users and we hope they are useful for other web developers."
google  webdev  webdesign  tips  speed  optimization  bestpractices  javascript  tutorial  css  html  code  programming  web  development  tutorials  performance  coding  php  design 
august 2009 by robertogreco
Comics in the Classroom: 100 Tips, Tools, and Resources for Teachers | Teaching
"Gone are the days of children sneaking comics past diligent parents and teachers watching out for sub-par literature. The comics of today not only have plenty to offer, they are gaining well-deserved recognition and awards. Take advantage of the natural affinity children have for comics and use them as a powerful teaching tool in your classroom. The following tips, tools, and resources will get you started."
comics  teaching  schools  education  curriculum  tips  books  digitalstorytelling  literacy  learning  reading  graphicnovels 
july 2009 by robertogreco
Street Portrait Photo How To - Video - Wired
"Photographer Clay Enos goes from shooting super heroes on the set of Watchmen to taking street portraits of random people. He shows us how to do a street-studio portrait session with a sheet of white paper, some tape, and a camera."
photography  portraits  howto  clayenos  tutorials  street  tips 
june 2009 by robertogreco
Gmail: Tips
"Become a Gmail Ninja

Learn tips and tricks to save time, increase your productivity, and manage your email efficiently. Start with the tips that are right for you, based on how much email you get each day."
gmail  tips  howto  gtd  tutorial  productivity  tutorials  tricks  support  email  shortcuts 
june 2009 by robertogreco
HOW TO: Simplify Your Social Media Routine
"These days participating in social media such as Twitter, Facebook, blogging and more is almost required for any entrepreneur or business, small or large.

But there’s so much info and chatter coming in through social media that it can overwhelm you, eat up your time, and ruin your productivity.

Simplifying will help you stay in touch, and continue to participate in the conversation, without losing sight of your mission and the important work you need to get done."
via:hrheingold  socialnetworking  twitter  howto  time  productivity  informationmanagement  infooverload  distraction  focus  tcsnmy  newmedia  facebook  socialmedia  tips  simplicity  timemanagement 
may 2009 by robertogreco
Rands In Repose: The Art of the Tweet
"Say More with Less ... Don’t Say What You’re Doing, Say Why You’re Doing It ... In Twitter, you follow people, not content. ... In my opinion, the art of a good tweet is not just how much you can convey using extreme brevity, it’s also how you can take an idea, shape it with a bit of yourself, and give it to someone else who, if you’ve given them reason, will do the same."
twitter  microblogging  howto  writing  blogging  tcsnmy  communication  tips  socialmedia  socialnetworking  advice 
may 2009 by robertogreco
How to squeeze decent photos out of an iPhone - meish dot org: life, unfolding
"Basically, my theory is: if it works for toy cameras, then it probably works for camphones. They are, after all, much the same in many ways: fixed focus, limited functionality, prone to odd quirks and benefit from familiarity and experimentation."
iphone  photography  tips  howto  cameras  lomo  mobile  images  cameraphone 
march 2009 by robertogreco
IDEO’s Ten Tips For Creating a 21st–Century Classroom Experience
"1. Pull, don’t push. 2. Create from relevance. 3. Stop calling them “soft” skills. 4. Allow for variation. 5. No more sage onstage. 6. Teachers are designers. 7. Build a learning community. 8. Be an anthropologist, not an archaeologist. 9. Incubate the future. 10. Change the discourse. "
education  curriculum  teaching  tips  design  ideo  pedagogy  tcsnmy  projectbasedlearning  anthropology  engagement  21stcenturylearning  21stcentury  innovation  learning  technology  experience  classroom  creativity  21stcenturyskills  pbl  classrooms 
february 2009 by robertogreco
DIY: How to write a book - Boing Boing
"In part because my books have had a habit of weaving multiple disciplines together, and in part because I've written quite a bit about technology, I'm often asked about the tools I use to research and write my books. Given that Boingboing has its own wonderful multi-disciplinary sensibility, and of course a major obsession with DIY movements, I thought it might be fun to say a few words about the writing system I've developed over the past few books."
devonthink  stevenjohnson  writing  diy  multidisciplinary  howto  howwework  publishing  tips  organization  technology  productivity 
january 2009 by robertogreco
iPhone J.D.: More iPhone Shortcuts
"Last month I posted a list of my 10 favorite iPhone shortcuts and asked readers to tell me about others. Many of you e-mailed or commented with great ones, especially after my original post got a lot of traffic due to a link on Daring Fireball (one of my favorite blogs -- thanks John Gruber!). So here is a list of more great iPhone shortcuts submitted by readers, some of which were new to me:" see also:
iphone  tips  keyboard  shortcuts 
december 2008 by robertogreco
tap tap tap ~ 10 useful iPhone tips & tricks
"I’m sure that many of you are “power users” and probably know most of these tips and tricks. But I suspect that a lot of you are more casual iPhone users and will find this list useful. Even our team members that I showed the draft of this post to (people I consider iPhone experts), all picked up at least a tip or two that they weren’t already aware of. So I’ll bet there’s something for everyone here…"
iphone  tips  howto  ipodtouch  reference  shortcuts 
december 2008 by robertogreco
Real Advice Hurts | 43 Folders
"We can’t get good at something solely by reading about it. And we’ll never make giant leaps in any endeavor by treating it like a snack food that we munch on whenever we’re getting bored. You get good at something by doing it repeatedly. And by listening to specific criticism from people who are already good at what you do. And by a dedication to getting better, even when it’s inconvenient and may not involve a handy bulleted list."
practice  learning  doing  tips  competency  43folders  merlinmann  life  advice  criticism 
december 2008 by robertogreco
Ross Mayfield's Weblog: Meeting Hell
"Meetings are a big productivity killer that you can control by working together better. Studies have shown the cost of meetings, you probably spend a week per month in meetings, and you can calculate your own cost of meetings. The issue isn't just where you spend your team's time, but how you spend it. ... In summary, I don't take the extreme position that meetings are wholly unproductive, and the issue isn't the cost of meetings, but how to increase their return by working together better."

[See also the list of related readings at the end.]
via:preoccupations  meetings  productivity  leadership  management  tips  advice  administration 
october 2008 by robertogreco
Seth's Blog: Nine steps to Powerpoint magic
"Perhaps you've experienced it. You do a presentation and it works. It works! That's the reason we keep coming back for more, that's why so many of us spend more time building and giving presentations than almost anything else we do. Here are some steps to achieve this level of PPT nirvana (Your mileage may vary. These are steps, not rules): 1. Don't use Powerpoint at all. 2. Use your own font. 3. Tell the truth. 4. Pay by the word. 5. Get a remote. 6. Use a microphone. 7. Check to make sure you brought you big idea with you. 8. Too breathtaking to take notes. 9. Short! "
powerpoint  presentations  sethgodin  howto  communication  speaking  advice  tips  keynote  tutorial 
october 2008 by robertogreco
Books, beaches and Bierut - the johnson banks thought for the week
" became clear that Mr B was a good writer...a really good writer. One of his partners once confessed to me that they got him to write their proposals because he was so much better at them. Perhaps a bit of context is needed here because there still aren’t that many designers who can write. It’s not a great surprise that primarily visual people should feel a little word shy - designers have often gathered around them good suits to help them communicate, whether through proposals, powerpoint or presentations...In essence the main writing tips I’ve gleaned from the essays are as follows: Don’t be afraid to write in the first person...Don’t be afraid to side-track yourself or try a different topic…Don’t worry about revealing the subject of your article until the first or second (or sometimes third paragraph)...Do be afraid to hand out advice...Do worry about how you start, and crucially, end, a piece...Oh, and don’t be afraid to write a list."
michaelbierut  writing  design  designwriting  communication  essays  howto  tips  via:blackbeltjones 
october 2008 by robertogreco
Cut cardboard with an electric carving knife | Parent Hacks
"This is great as a carving knife, but even better for all those times you need to cut cardboard for your childrens' projects. I have yet to use the knife for my own children, but as a teacher I use it all the time."
cardboard  tips  tools 
august 2008 by robertogreco
EFF: How to Blog Safely (About Work or Anything Else)
"Here we offer a few simple precautions to help you maintain control of your personal privacy so that you can express yourself without facing unjust retaliation."
privacy  blogging  howto  tips  eff  security  tutorial  anonymity  blogs 
july 2008 by robertogreco
Kurt Vonnegut on Writing Better | 43 Folders [expanded here:]
"The seven points, in all: 1. Find a subject you care about 2. Do not ramble, though 3. Keep it simple 4. Have guts to cut 5. Sound like yourself 6. Say what you mean 7. Pity the readers"
via:blackbeltjones  writing  tips  advice  vonnegut  kurtvonnegut 
july 2008 by robertogreco
Refresh Your Mac - Solutions by PC Magazine
"It may take the better part of an afternoon to run through this process, but by the end of the day you'll have a Mac that's factory fresh and twice as productive as a result."
mac  tips  howto  maintenance  technology  osx  reinstall 
july 2008 by robertogreco
8 Useful Tips To Manage And Avoid RSS Overload
"Make a ' Primary ' or ' Everyday ' Folder, Make a ' News ' Folder, Use Keyboard Shortcuts, Track your time, Create an ' Unread ' Folder, Mark all as read when required, Search, Analyze once in a while"
feeds  howto  gtd  rss  overload  management  tips 
june 2008 by robertogreco
Seth's Blog: Email checklist
"Before you hit send on that next email, perhaps you should run down this list, just to be sure:"
communication  email  howto  etiquette  productivity  attention  marketing  sethgodin  tips 
june 2008 by robertogreco
Simple Living Manifesto: 72 Ideas to Simplify Your Life | Zen Habits
"It means getting rid of many of the things you do so you can spend time with people you love and do the things you love. It means getting rid of the clutter so you are left with only that which gives you value." Good list.
via:preoccupations  simplicity  productivity  tips  lifehacks  minimalism  life  organization  frugality  freedom  happiness 
may 2008 by robertogreco
Leisure and Business Travel Packing List - Travel Light with One Bag!
"overpacking tops the list of biggest travel mistakes...this Web site, offering exhaustive detail on the art and science of travelling light, going pretty much anywhere, for an indefinite length of time, with nothing more than a single (carryon-sized) bag
travel  howto  packing  tips  reference  productivity  efficiency  minimalism 
may 2008 by robertogreco
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