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Oscar Niemeyer R.I.P.(1907–2012)
From The Architect Says 

11:33 pm  302 notes


Oscar Niemeyer R.I.P.

From The Architect Says 

Love this book cover.
(via Stopping off Place)

3:15 pm  30 notes

Love this book cover.

(via Stopping off Place)

LessAmoreV’s (Incomplete) Rules of Writing

Dear authors and screenwriters,

I wrote you a style guide/unsolicited writing advice because I’m an authority on the subject (A-level in English). (Inspired by The Banned List):

  1. (Unwritten) Show don’t tell.
  2. Never use alteration in any context
  3. Don’t start a piece describing the weather
  4. Try not to have a character similar to Holden Claufield. It is not a favourable comparison because people are tired of that vernacular and also it would (hopefully) spectacularly miss the point of your work to get it diluted to Just Another Angsty 1st-Person Teen Narrator.
  5. No ellipses at the end of a sentence (I break this one a lot)
  6. "Is that a thing?" "That’s not a thing." NEVER USE EVER. A stupid Americanism that’s both lost in translation and is rubbish in the first place.
  7. Never describe anything or anyone “irreverent”
  8. Write numbers in full: “Seven” not “7”, except when referring to statistics, page/chapter numbers etc
  9. The line “She/he’s got a point” is off limits.
  10. No exclamation marks!
  11. In quotes, when separating the elided parts: “…” not “…” (space the dots)
  12. Never have a character say “I don’t care what people think.” There is nobody in the world who doesn’t care what people think of them and it is a tired cliche for a character to genuinely have this attitude. Also, if there is a sensitive soul underneath this tough exterior, that is an archetype that has also become a tired cliche and the audience won’t care or stick around long enough to see it revealed.
  13. No archetypes/no obvious subversion of archetypes
  14. Never describe people going to a music festival as “revellers”
  15. Always understand the origin of a slang term or something could be misinterpreted
  16. If using italics, be sure that the content is consistent. If the narrator is sarcastic in italics at one point and then showing the thoughts of a character the next, it’s going to get confusing.
  17. "Going to" not "gonna" and "want to" not "wanna"
  18. Never directly refer to anyone as a fictional character or a figment of somebody’s imagination. That meta stuff has a place but those lines don’t belong in it.
  19. Never describe a cat as curious
  20. Never relate how emotionally messed up a person is to how good they are in bed
  21. Avoid “literally” (Rob Lowe on Parks and Rec: exception proves the rule)
  22. If enough has already been said, don’t write “nuff said”
  23. Do not write “all of the above”, “as before” is proper.
  24. Never have anyone ask what a gift is before they open it. Nobody really does that, unless they’re an asshole.
  25. If someone dies, don’t have a character hysterically crying “Wake up!”
  26. Never use “ironically”, especially before describing irony. It is overused and isn’t as clever as people think, but if you must, it should speak for itself.
  27. Don’t rhyme “serious” and “delirious”
  28. Don’t rhyme “vicious” and “malicious”
  29. In a life or death/leave or stay situation, don’t have a character say they’d honourable or heroically stay to die and then follow that with a scene convincing them not to. It is a tedious plot device and if they have given up, why should we care?
  30. No one likes a self-righteous moralistic character, because pointing out someone on a moral high ground is a reductive and uninteresting way of describing how immoral someone is by comparison.
  31. No character gets to say “You just don’t get it, do you?”
  32. Pointing out cliches is a cliche
  33. Don’t have a character talk about the medium of film/television, e.g. “my life is not a movie”, unless especially meta (see Community)
  34. If no comment is necessary, don’t write “No comment necessary”.
  35. Never directly refer to a rhetorical question as such. It doesn’t make a character look clever, it makes them look conceited.
  36. "What are you talking about?" is off limits
  37. No obnoxious or wacky answer phone messages
  38. Don’t start a sentence with “three words” or a variation thereof and then have them said.
  39. No news stories to propel the action forward, remember the #1 Unwritten Rule of Writing: show don’t tell.
  40. Don’t have characters’ speech overlap and start-stop to establish awkwardness, especially with love interests
  41. Avoid “Thank you?” with the inflection of a question to show confusion
  42. Avoid sentences ending with open-ended “…or…?”
  43. Bleeping out long parts of a naughty sentence with the odd non-dirty word injected is not funny anymore (it never really was), same goes with the room going quiet as someone says something embarrassing loudly, also a blender in the background of a scene replacing a beep.
  44. Voice recognition misinterpreting a character isn’t funny because, a) it’s been done to death, and b) no one uses voice recognition.
  45. When in doubt, don’t use “when in doubt” in any context.
  46. Fragments. Stop. It.
  47. Unless something is actually official, you’re not allowed to say it’s official.
  48. "Summarise" not "sum up"
  49. Don’t put the names of books/films etc in quote marks, the capital letter show that you’re referring to something. If you must, put it in italics.
  50. Infamous is a terrible adjective to describe something possibly slightly controversial a bit.
  51. Never replace a dirty word with ‘the proverbial’.
  52. "Wait, what?"
  53. Never knowingly use a cliche on purpose, eg. “truth really is stranger than fiction.”
  54. No “insert [something] here” jokes.

  55. No conversations beginning with “What are you thinking about?” 
  56. No references to being dropped on the head as a baby relating to stupidity
  57. "I’m not angry, I’m just disappointed" is not allowed
  58. No fetishising of a straight female’s “lesbian college years”, it’s homophobic
  59. Also the whole “it was a phase” thing is off limits, ditto homophobic
  60. no “when in doubt”s
  61. Quirky is not a compliment, in fiction especially
  62. Never have a character say aloud “did i just say that out loud?”
  63. "I didn’t sign up for this"
  64. "Are you high?"
  65. Don’t use “decimate”. It doesn’t mean what you think it does.
  66. Avoid “thought provoking”. Don’t tell your audience what to think.
  67. No “thanks you”s to unwanted “i love you”
  68. Shut up about something being based on a true story. It doesn’t make something better.

Also remember that rules are meant to be broken.



8:47 pm  6 notes

Thereof On Steroids

  • Heretofore
  • Hitherto
  • Hithertofore
  • Witherto
  • Insofaras
  • Albeitasitmay
  • Thereitformay
  • Insofarasmuch
  • Forthwithhence
  • Nonethelesserforit
  • Neverthelessormore
  • Henceforthenstance
  • Forthwithorwithout
  • Whencefortheretowith
  • Asyetaforementioned
  • Hithertonevermentioned
  • Whetherornotwithstanding

(by Jessica Goldkind and Rebecca Azhdam on McSweeney’s)

4:48 pm  5 notes


Printed plate left folded through digitization; a new topography created.
From p. 496 of Frost and Fire: Natural Engines, Tool-marks and Chips, by John Francis Campbell (1865). [Here]

3:27 pm  7 notes


Printed plate left folded through digitization; a new topography created.

From p. 496 of Frost and Fire: Natural Engines, Tool-marks and Chips, by John Francis Campbell (1865). [Here]

How to Read a Book by Rian Hughes
(from Cult-ure: Ideas Can Be Dangerous < an amazing and highly recommended book)

5:48 pm  4 notes

How to Read a Book by Rian Hughes

(from Cult-ure: Ideas Can Be Dangerous < an amazing and highly recommended book)

List of Books to Finish Before I Get Back to University
  • S,M,L,XL - OMA/Bruce Mau
  • Delirious New York - Rem Koolhaas
  • Mutations - OMA
  • Life Style - Bruce Mau
  • Agenda - JDS Architects (3/4 finished already)
  • Paranormality - Prof. Richard Wiseman (half finished)
  • Cosmos - Carl Sagan
  • Beware Wet Paint - Alan Fletcher (on account of the upcoming exhibition)

I go back September 26th. This will be exhausting but probably completely amazing. I’m also super stoked I own all these books.

9:42 pm  6 notes

What the?

1:34 pm  21 notes

What the?