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Austin Kleon’s Show Your Work book discusses the horror of becoming human spam. As he explains it, being human spam is selling too much of your own work and not taking the time to look at other’s work. This is a very important thing to learn, especially with writing. It is important to look at other works in the same genre and see how they tell a story and taking that and using it in your own unique work. It is also important to share your work with others in order to get feedback and criticism and hopefully learn from that criticism. My favorite example of working with others and not being human spam is C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien. I loved reading Narnia as a kid, and I love reading it to my nephews still. I’ve always loved Lord of the Rings and all of Tolkien’s short stories.

Don't be Human Spam

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human spamNo one likes the "over-sharer." Austin Kleon's chapter titled "Don't Turn into Human Spam" addresses this problem entirely too well. The human spammer is known for posting their work a lot... too much, in fact. These people don't just "share their work," they are their work. One example I've come across recently is not entirely applicable to the topic of writing, but it sure is a great example of over-sharing. I've come across entirely too many pictures of people I know on social media posting about their weight loss achievements... With pictures.

Nick's @ Nine - Weekly Log 4/10

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The past week has been very productive for the (formerly known as) Atlas team, despite some big changes our group has faced.

We started out the semester intending to publish a multi-platform book using O'Reilly's new browser-based publishing tool Atlas. We learned last week that Atlas would soon be discontinued, so we have shifted our focus.

This week we determined some major section headings for our book, decided on a style for designing our case study, and we're in the midst of polishing content for inclusion in the book.

Nick's @ Nine (content team) will be focusing on a few things from here on out:

The Creative Clouds - Weekly Log 4/10/15

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The past week has been very productive for the (formerly known as) Atlas team, despite some big changes our group has faced.

We started out the semester intending to publish a multi-platform book using O'Reilly's new browser-based publishing tool Atlas. We learned last week that Atlas would soon be discontinued, so we have shifted our focus.

This week we determined some major section headings for our book, decided on a style for designing our case study, and we're in the midst of polishing content for inclusion in the book.

The Creative Clouds will be focusing on a few things from here on out:

Cannibals!?!?

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The term span automatically makes me think of the folder inside my email address, or the kind you put on a sandwich. According to Clive Thompson, human spam is a real thing. Don’t panic! That doesn’t mean the spam you’ve smothered on your sandwich is made of human entrails. Cuz that would be just gross.

The Wall

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In my philosophy class, we read We by Yegevny Zamyatin. In that society, there is a wall that confines people, who are all named with alphanumeric codes. The wall and the operations they receive are meant to prevent them from having an imagination so they can't rise up against the government.

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Youth Strikes Back

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In America, children born in the 90s are most commonly known as Millenials. In China, children of the same decade are called “post-90s”.

In the eyes of many, neither are held in particularly favorable regard as a whole, with some people pointing to their obsessive use of the Internet and other technology as time wasting and unproductive for whom they view as a generally lazier group.

Delving into objective views aren’t the point of this blog, but instead a focus into how writing through different modern mediums is able to spur positive change in the life and well being of people—including betterments brought upon by motivated people in our generation.

THE FUTURE IS NOW!

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Clive Thompson’s musings on ambient awareness reminded me of a point a professor of mine made concerning the cyborg manifesto. She claimed that we, today in modern times, have already become cyborgs. We carry around mini computers that link us to impossible amounts of information, not just about the world around us but to other living breathing human beings and their thoughts. Our awareness of the world has grown exponentially and turned us into creatures that have typically been considered as monstrous.

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Natural Selection

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Publishing a book seems to be a complicated process through the traditional routes and much more so when it comes to self-publishing. Once fully understood though, it is probably very simple. It’s the jargon and technicalities that can be deterring. It is this exploration of the technical that makes chapter 13 of APE the “hairiest chapter in the book”. Self-publishing sounds like one of those sink or swim situations where they throw you in the water and you have to learn as you go along, which is a very effective teaching strategy for those who don’t end up drowning.

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