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The War of Art by Steven Pressfield

Starts so well

I’d heard about this book many times, with it often being cited as a great guide on creativity. For the first 2/3, I was in full absorb mode, fascinated, highlighting passages and nodding to myself but then god, angels, muses and mysticism. Sorry, lost me at that point. I’ve taken a good mental model of overcoming resistance and moving into action but for the rest, sorry not for me.

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Conversation as a UI

Really enjoyed Conversational Design by Erika Hall, it illustrated very clearly how digital design, in order to be truly personal, has to be relatable. It’s also the new frontier. If you’re still focused on optimizing keywords and navigation, it might pay to step back and look at the holisitic picture of the journey and how you’re having a conversation with your customer, and what you’re saying.

Here’s a good Google video talking through conversational design in 90 seconds.

Been too long


For someone so embedded in the digital world, it’s a shame I’ve left this so long. As I’m embarking on a new journey into ai, thought it a good time to start a new chapter.

Been doing a lot of reading and would recommend

As you can see from the reading list, also changing gear and working in an agile way as well. Only 2 weeks in so only just getting started, very exciting and all new. That said, exhausting too.

Vigils for John Lennon, road trips with Annie Leibovitz, portraits of Dennis Hopper … Wim Wenders took thousands of Polaroids while making his classic films. He shares the stories behind them Wim Wenders reckons he took more than 12,000 Polaroids between 1973 and 1983, when his career as a film-maker really took off, but only 3,500 remain. “The thing is,” he says, “you gave them away.

Source: Wim Wenders on his Polaroids – and why photography is now over

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