Re-watching 2001, A Space Odyssey

I recently had the late night opportunity to re-watch a seminal (for me!) film: the iconic 2001.

This is not my first (or, I’m sure, last) viewing by a long shot; in fact, I saw it when it came out. (We were late, so we stayed and watched it again, which made it even more confusing! That said, I think I was 6?)

A few impressions: being a nearly life-long science fiction fan helps a great deal with viewing it. It has stood the test of time remarkably well. Stunningly, even. Understanding it all as a visual metaphor for the journey into “adulthood” for our species is fascinating.


To get a sense as to just how remarkable the film was, read:

Douglas Trumbull did the effects (and invented a slit machine to make the film optical sequence at the end).

For a great literalist and background review (spoilers!) see this AFTER you’ve seen it yourself.


I’ve been messing about with journaling systems for years. For paper, I use a mix of Bullet Journal and Daytimer’s old Time Power markup, and in electronic form Day One and Evernote.

For those interested in the analog side, Ryder Carroll (the Bullet Journal guy) has a limited time giveaway on his site for his guide to bullet journaling and a pretty paper journal. Worth a look!


Writing tools

Writing Tools

I’m a huge fan of Kevin Kelly and his information collection. This selection of writing tips was referenced in Cool Tools in 2011.

Fun fact: I have a tip that was published on Cool Tools, and which was therefore printed in the Cool Tools book.

Awesome fact: Kevin Kelly was the cofounder of Wired, a producer of The Last Whole Earth Catalog, and a personal hero of mine. See

Saving the cat

This is a meta-post about writing, rather than writing itself.

If you are interested in writing, you should read Stephen Pressfield’s “The War of Art” and his blog. It’s all about writing, the struggle, and the craft (including things like character development).

Today’s “Writing Wednesdays” post is about character development, and how to make ambiguous characters interesting. I think you’ll enjoy it.


In response to a prompt on twitter

The words are slow or none or

the words are fast or fleeting or

gone and sometimes in fair season scribed to read not lost lost

-30- ^D EOF and other antique endings