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Thursday, September 01, 2011

May you live in interesting times ~

The new blueprint newsletter is online!

BluePrint News
The BluePrintReview challenge issue is complete. Almost parallel to it's completion, edition 9 of the language/place carnival launched. Added to the new pages, there is: a new wallpaper (for the blueprint book blog), and: an experimental blueprint newpaper. More about all this, in the blueprint newsletter. Which starts with a quote i remembered, but couldn't place: "May you live in interesting times".

The quote is - a curse. That much i knew. The more interesting and fast forward the times, the less chance for reflection. I now googled the quote, trying to find its origin. Turns out, i'm not the only one who tried to find it. So far, despite of a number of written credits, no one found the origin. Here's more, on the may-you-live-in-interesting-times-wiki-page. The page also notes the other part of the curse: "May you find what you are looking for. (In the sense of: May your wishes be granted.)

Some notes on the process
After going through the challenge issue and the other new pages of this month, and assembling the newsletter (the hardest part, as always, was: finding the words for the introduction.), i felt it’s almost overwhelming, the hugeness of the themes both the challenge issue and the language/place carnival are touching.

I hadn’t fully realized how far both editions are reaching. makes me remember of what i thought in the beginning, that this will be a smaller / simpler issue compared to the previous synergy/collaborations issue.  "i don't think trying to compete with that in the next issue would be a good idea," i noted in a mail back the. "i guess i'd better go for a simple issue next." Looking at it now, this issue might only be simpler in format.

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