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His reward

“I cannot accept this, I will not be made happy by this. He rose to his feet suddenly, startling Lydia, who whimpered as he set her back down on the chair. Things were not as they should be—not remotely. He was a law-and-order man (Eddie often reminded himself ironically), and too many laws had been broken here. He withdrew, holding himself apart, and in swerving away from happiness, he reaped his reward: a lash of pain and solitude.”

(from Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan)

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“Knives and peppermints. That is all I have to say.”

“Magic Realism Bot generates a different 140 character story every two hours, using random combinations of the various elements that define the genre: academic characters, mythical creatures, philosophical disputations, etc.”

via In Conversation with Chris and Ali Rodley: The Creators of the Magical Realism Bot

Still a favourite. So many excellently strange yet perfect combinations. These are but a few:

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Yikes

“This is a rare opportunity to build a whole new type of game—it taking place on an actual train, with other passengers on board, adds a lot to the dynamics of an escape room experience,” says InsideOut’s Ágnes Kaszás. “To my knowledge, it is the longest-running game ever made, and we are very excited to be able to design it in the spirit of the new hit movie. It’s a dream come true, both for us and the players!”

Source: TBWA Is Turning a Speeding Train Into an Escape Room for Murder on the Orient Express – Adweek

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the charm of the unexpected performer

“It’s easy to maintain emotional distance from ‘characters in a play,’ especially when those characters are barely characters at all, more suggestion than articulation. It is much more difficult to maintain that same distance with someone from the audience who could have been you, or is you, appearing onstage unexpectedly, doing their best without any preparation. This immediacy, the charm of the unexpected performer, generates a flash of internal empathy that is stoked from glow to flame, and suddenly, a show that had previously felt somewhat feeling-averse is abruptly infused with something approaching joy.”

Source: Geoff Sobelle’s House Party – ‘HOME’ at BAM – Culturebot

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This quote, particularly the bit about allowing yourself to get what you want, is really resonating for me today. Both in terms of what my goal is and what’s motivating me to make the changes needed to progress towards that goal. 

“You now know about yourself (most of the time) that you can focus on and sustain effort toward a difficult goal, overcome obstacles, keep going even when you don’t feel like it, and allow yourself to get something that you want.”

Today is also the first day in quite some time where I’ve lived by the “Write first.” maxim. Up much earlier than normal. Have already achieved my (very modest) writing goal for today. About to squeeze in a little reading for pleasure as a reward.

Theme of this blog may have become How to rescue your PhD and turn it all around (and rescue yourself in the process). Or, How Angela got her groove back 😉

Go Team Angela!

(from “Writing Your Dissertation in Fifteen Minutes a Day: A Guide to Starting, Revising, and Finishing Your Doctoral Thesis” by Joan Bolker)

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Open not shut

“The kind of questioning you do in order to develop your ideas should open up possibilities, rather than shutting them down.” 

(from “Writing Your Dissertation in Fifteen Minutes a Day: A Guide to Starting, Revising, and Finishing Your Doctoral Thesis” by Joan Bolker)
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deliciously fluid

Delve into the deliciously fluid world of circus. The Night Circus is a moving performance across three iconic Footscray sites.

Watch aerial performers, encounter a power house troupe of aged, idiosyncratic circus women and watch a factory site come to life with a choir evoking ghosts of the past.

This special performance includes an adults pop-up circus workshop, so once you’ve watched the show, you can try it for yourself.

Tickets: FREE

  • Saturday, August 26, 2017
  • 6:00pm -9:00pm

Source: The Night Circus by Women’s Circus — Due West