Some Random London Bits

I had a day off so I decided to wander around London. I found:



A Batphone in Greenwich Market.



This misconception about alcohol in front of a pub on the Southbank.


The best second hand books in London are under Waterloo Bridge, just in front of the British Film Institute.


Minor Beatles history found on Monmouth Street. It’s largely gentrified these days but there used to be a large second-hand clothes street market there.


This is the north opening of the Greenwich foot tunnel. Londoners like to know where their tunnels are in case we get bombed.


The Greenwich foot tunnel.


The south exit of the Greenwich Foot Tunnel.



This is the sundial at Seven Dials Junction in Covent Garden. Yes, shockingly, it has seven sundials.


And here’s the establishing shot.




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Unfocused Thoughts

I was reminded of something I read a long time ago today.

Ray Bradbury said this:

“Self-consciousness is the enemy of all art, be it acting, writing, painting, or living itself, which is the greatest art of all”

Many other great artists have said something similar. The bare bones of the idea is that you must create something honest and that the honesty in question will expose you but paradoxically save you as a creator. You must not fear the exposure or vulnerability that any creative act brings along with it.

You must not fear the jibe of those who say you are not good enough. You must not fear the pedantic who says you did not get it right.You must not fear the derision of failed artists who consistently tell you that you look like an idiot for trying to do what they could not. You must not fear even though you may not be good enough, may not get it right, and may in fact look like an idiot. 

The trick is not to be perfect the first time out, but to just be out in spite of imperfection. 

Who wants to be perfect anyway? Flaws are much more interesting…



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Jazz it up: Medeski et al in Prague

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August 27, 2014 · 21:55

Linky Goodness: The Economist on UK Mental Health

Interesting article in the Economist about Mental Health treatment in Britain.

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Book Dump


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The Future Fire: Quis Custodiet Ipsos Custodes

Behold! My guest post over at The Future Fire: Quis Custodiet Ipsos Custodes



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Mental Illness Primer for Speculative Fiction Creators: Contents page

I wrote the primer from slides that I prepared for a talk. I know this is doing it backwards but someone requested a Table of Contents so:

Part 1: Why Should I Care?

Part 2: What is Mental Illness

Part 3: How to Assess Mental Illness

Part 4: Mini Case-Study: Buffy

Part 5: Electroconvulsive Therapy

Part 6: Suicide and the Sandman

Part 7: Hush and the Freakshow



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