Poet of the Month: Vasilina Orlova

Over the last three or four years, as I have immersed myself more and more in the world of poetry, I have encountered a lot of poets and/or their work. In some cases, what I have heard or read has provided inspiration for some of my own work. have been thinking recently that I want to acknowledge these folks, so I’m going to do so by acknowledging a different poet each month. Continue reading “Poet of the Month: Vasilina Orlova”

Why Designers HATE Papyrus

It took me a while to get beyond mere dislike, but I am now firmly in the I-hate-Papyrus camp. In fact, I dislike it so much that I have disabled it in FontBook (I would have deleted it, but I don’t like to mess with system fonts).

I will grandfather in anybody who has already made use of Papyrus (I used it for my very first cassette release, back in 1993); anybody who uses it after, say, June 1st—I will judge you… 😉

I feel better now.

(22 May 2017)

The Musings of Dave

In a homage to my post about Why Designers HATE Comic Sans, I am going to go and look at another member of the design worlds reviled font’s collection. Seriously folks, I swear this font was BORN to be loathed by designers everywhere. It’s incredibly tacky in a horrible kitschy way and it should never be used anywhere, certainly not in professional production pieces (Avatar, I am looking at you here). And if the Avatar clue hadn’t given it away already, Ladies and Gentlemen for your delectable Hatred, I present to you, the Font PAPYRUS.

English: Specimen of the Papyrus typeface.

God, You could not pick out a worse font if you tried. Papyrus. Look at that wonderful example of the kind of font that is used by people with no design sense. Now in my post on Comic Sans, I at least managed to say that Comic Sans has it’s uses and can be quite effective…

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Something to keep in mind

In 1987, The Style Council released their third studio album, The Cost of Loving.

The album’s fourth song, ‘Fairy Tales’, is sung using feminine pronouns—clearly referring to Margaret Thatcher, then Prime Minister of the UK—but the first verse of the lyrics is printed as follows:

The giant towers over all
But from close distance he don’t seem that big at all
In fact he’s no more than you or I
Though we give him far more power than his size

(4 November 2016)

Kevin’s Rules of Poetry Reading Etiquette: For Everybody

I go to a lot of poetry readings. I have noticed a lot of things, good and bad, that affect how a given reading will go. On one occasion, where another poet’s lack of consideration effectively ate up a good chunk of what would have been my reading time, I got so frustrated that I made up a list.

Now that enough time has passed that I can address this calmly and rationally, I will now continue with my rules of poetry reading etiquette—this last set being a few general rules for everybody. Continue reading “Kevin’s Rules of Poetry Reading Etiquette: For Everybody”

Kevin’s Rules of Poetry Reading Etiquette: For Audiences

I go to a lot of poetry readings. I have noticed a lot of things, good and bad, that affect how a given reading will go. On one occasion, where another poet’s lack of consideration effectively ate up a good chunk of what would have been my reading time, I got so frustrated that I made up a list.

Now that enough time has passed that I can address this calmly and rationally, I will now continue with my rules of poetry reading etiquette—this time with the rules for audiences. Continue reading “Kevin’s Rules of Poetry Reading Etiquette: For Audiences”

Kevin’s Rules of Poetry Reading Etiquette: For Hosts

I go to a lot of poetry readings. I have noticed a lot of things, good and bad, that affect how a given reading will go. On one occasion, where another poet’s lack of consideration effectively ate up a good chunk of what would have been my reading time, I got so frustrated that I made up a list.

Now that enough time has passed that I can address this calmly and rationally, I will now continue with my rules of poetry reading etiquette—this time with the rules for hosts. Continue reading “Kevin’s Rules of Poetry Reading Etiquette: For Hosts”

Kevin’s Rules of Poetry Reading Etiquette: For Poets

I go to a lot of poetry readings. I have noticed a lot of things, good and bad, that affect how a given reading will go. On one occasion, where another poet’s lack of consideration effectively ate up a good chunk of what would have been my reading time, I got so frustrated that I made up a list.

Now that enough time has passed that I can address this calmly and rationally, I will now present my rules of poetry reading etiquette—starting with the rules for poets. Continue reading “Kevin’s Rules of Poetry Reading Etiquette: For Poets”

Remember: backups are your friends

The Ranting Part

Much ado has been made of Google disabling the blog and Gmail account of artist Dennis Cooper. Apparently, beyond a general reference to ‘violation of terms of service’, Google has yet to explain why they took the action they did.

More importantly for Cooper is that he had posted ‘years of work’ to his blog, and is now unable to access it. Continue reading “Remember: backups are your friends”