This 1932 quote from FDR may be about the U.S., but it stands as pretty good personal advice too!
The country needs, and unless I mistake its temper, the country demands, bold, persistent experimentation. It is common sense to take a method and try it; if it fails, admit it frankly and try another. But above all, try something.
“from time to time getting stuck can be exceedingly productive. Wallowing in the mud of necessary confusion is part of the creative and innovative process. Sometimes standing still is the only way to move forwards. The discomfort of being stuck is a necessary step towards change/movement. Taking the pause to experience the state of being stuck creates the necessary space for new thought, images and action.”—http://siti.groupsite.com/post/february-2012-being-stuck-and-getting-unstuck
“The saving of our world from pending doom will come, not through the complacent adjustment of the conforming majority, but through the creative maladjustment of a nonconforming minority.”—Martin Luther KIng
“I’d like to point out that there is no correct way to take photographs or to make documentary films, or for that matter to write books. It’s not about correct and incorrect. Truth is something that you seek in what you do. You strive to understand the world around you but it’s not guaranteed by style.”—Errol Morris: Lecture
An amazing observation by Stephen Fry on Steve Jobs' contribution to our lives
After being sacked from Apple in 1985 Steve Jobs ….”went on to found his own computer company NeXt – a black cube computer that ran a UNIX operating system.
It was on a NeXt machine that the British computer scientist Tim Berners-Lee wrote the protocols, procedures and languages that added up to the World Wide Web, http, HTML, browsers, hyperlinks … in other words the way forward for the internet, the most significant computer program ever written was done on a NeXt computer. That is a feather in Steve Jobs’s cap that is not often celebrated and indeed one that he himself signally failed to know about for some time.
After having written www, Berners-Lee noticed that there was a NeXt developers conference in Paris at which Steve Jobs would be present. Tim packed up his black cube, complete with the optical disk which contained arguably the most influential and important code ever written and took a train to Paris.
It was a large and popular conference and Tim was pretty much at the end of the line of black NeXt boxes. Each developer showed Steve Jobs their new word-processor, graphic programme and utility and he slowly walked along the line, like the judge at a flower show nodding his approval or frowning his distaste. Just before he reached Tim and the world wide web at the end of the row, an aide nudged Jobs and told him that they should go or he’d be in danger of missing his flight back to America. So Steve turned away and never saw the programme that Tim Berners-Lee had written which would change the world as completely as Gutenberg had in 1450.
“If you dream of something worth doing and then simply go to work on it and don’t think anything of personalities, or emotional conflicts, or of money, or of family distractions; it is amazing how quickly you get through those 5,000 steps.”—
“The difficulty of always feeling that you ought to be doing something is that you tend to undervalue the times when you’re apparently doing nothing, and those are very important times. It’s the equivalent of the dream time, in your daily life, times when things get sorted out and reshuffled.”—Brian Eno
1. Vast swaths of the comedy circuit is run by deeply incompetent, scatter-brained fuckwits.
2. There is a very successful, well known London theatre that has now properly dropped the ball and shown consistent disinterest in someone who they should be championing and building a relationship with. (not me in case you think that’s what I’m saying).
And 3. Why don’t the tiny-brained, pencil-pushing, desk-monkey bureaucrats of this world ever comprehend the consistent absence of logic in their little systems and ask themselves “when did I decide that being a bureaucrat was something that can actually add value to the world?”
None of the above are related, although I’m sure they are in some cosmic way.
if you cut public investment in theatre, then sooner or later there will be no commercial theatre either. Without talent and ideas nurtured in the subsidised sector, the West End will starve to death. The subsidised theatre is a pyramid of expertise and training, and the West End benefits from that just as private doctors benefit from being trained on the NHS. The difference is that in this country, all theatre professionals move freely between commercial and subsidised sectors. That cross-fertilisation is unique and fecund.
This country doesn’t manufacture much any more, but theatre-making is one activity where we can and do lift trophies. So why aren’t we more proud of this profitable industry? Why is there no coherent UK arts policy? Why has our Prime Minister, to my knowledge, not once mentioned the arts since he came to power? Subsidy is the lifeblood of the British theatre. As Tom Morris told me after his win, “It ain’t about the Tonys, it’s about backing people at the start of the journey, when no one’s heard of them and the idea doesn’t yet hold water.” No-one knows from where the next War Horse or Jerusalem will come, but it’ll come from somewhere. Except that, one day, maybe it won’t.