Schlagwort-Archiv: Konzentration

Konzendration.

The mind couldn’t think about the End of the World all the time.

Neal Stephenson: Seveneves

Erdreistaunliche Deutredlichkeit.

Aber weil ich doch irgendeine dunkle Vorstellung habe, die mit dem, was ich suche, von fern her in einiger Verbindung steht, so prägt, wenn ich nur dreist damit den Anfang mache, das Gemüt, während die Rede fortschreitet, in der Notwendigkeit, dem Anfang nun auch ein Ende zu finden, jene verworrene Vorstellung zur völligen Deutlichkeit aus, dergestalt, daß die Erkenntnis zu meinem Erstaunen mit der Periode fertig ist.

Heinrich von Kleist (1805): Über die allmähliche Verfertigung der Gedanken beim Reden

Alter-nativen.

That merely glimpsing three good wooden boxes on a baggage-wain could lead to such broodings made Daniel wonder that he could get out of bed in the morning. Once, he had feared that old age would bring senility; now, he was certain it would slowly paralyze him by encumbering each tiny thing with all sorts of significations.

Neal Stephenson: The System of the World

Feature from the Past.

Surprise of the day: The "Work Offline" option in my browser still exists.

Schreibk(r)ampf.

Anyone moderately familiar with the rigours of composition will not need to be told the story in detail; how he wrote and it seemed good; read and it seemed vile; corrected and tore up; cut out; put in; was in ecstasy; in despair; had his good nights and bad mornings; snatched at ideas and lost them; saw his book plain before him and it vanished;

Virginia Woolf: Orlando: A Biography

Vorablenksung.

I think my students are being entirely rational when they “distract” themselves in my class with their phones. They understand the world they are being prepared to enter much better than I do. In that world, I’m the distraction, not their phones or their social-media profiles or their networking. Yet for what I’m supposed to be doing — educating and cultivating young hearts and minds — the consequences are pretty dark.

Ron Srigley: I asked my students to turn in their cell phones and write about living without them.

Wordie Maker.

Dear Microsoft, why the hell did you think animating the cursor in Word would be a good idea?!

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