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  1. Understanding the Web with Jeremy Keith | The Web Ahead

    But this email could only be from a bot because no person is actually going to say these things. When it's internalized, why do I think it's a reasonable thing that people would say this? Bringing it into the light diminishes the power. That's why I really like this exercise of sketching out your inner critic.

    There were other things that were about getting your ideas out of your head and onto paper. Like mind maps. Really great stuff. It really encouraged people. People started to get into the mood for writing. I want to take an hour or two, literally lock people in a room and say, “We're not leaving this room until you've written this blog post,” “We're not leaving this room until you've written down that technique you've been talking about but haven't written down.” Make them do it, but there's a time limit. You have to do it now. It was a whole morning about getting over your inner critic, getting the ideas out of your head, and getting them down. But not really shaped. It's more about getting them out of your head.

    I led the second morning, which was more about how you could shape them. That was a lot of fun. I'd never done this before but thought I'd give it a shot.

    I did something similar to what you were talking about: looking at other things, like film or theater, and asking, “How do they shape plot to make them more interesting?” If we could separate the plot from the narrative device, you could have a toolkit of narrative devices.

    First, I got them to take a story and give the plot in chronological form. For example, Star Wars, Little Red Riding Hood, or Jurassic Park. One point after another on Post-It notes. Then I took out a stack of cards. Each one had different narrative devices. For example: flashback. Find a crucial moment in the chronological plot and put that at the start and build up to it. Because that's what happens in movies with flashbacks. Or backstory. Take a long zoom and put something into historical context. In 2001: A Space Odyssey, we begin with the dawn of man. In The Fellowship of the Ring, we have this huge thing from the first age before we even get to the hobbits in the Shire. Can you do that with the story you've got? It was a lot of fun. There was the distancing effect. What if you were to write a police report? There's no embellishment or adjectives. Just the facts. That can have a powerful effect on a story. So they got dealt a random card. They didn't get to choose. They had to take the story they already had — Star Wars or Jurassic Park or Little Red Riding Hood — and they had to use that device on it. Dialogue was another one. How can you tell a story where you don't describe the action and you only have two characters describe the action to each other? Like The Breakfast Club. It was complete dialogue. They describe things but you don't see it happening. They do this to their story, then we revisit what they'd done the day before, when it was about getting the stuff out of their head with brain dumps and mind maps. Now they've got their plot, the chronological part. Then I dealt them another random card and they had to apply that device to it. It became fun.


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  2. #187: Redux, React, and Functional JavaScript with Dan Abramov - The Changelog

    Our guest this week is Dan Abramov, the mastermind behind Redux, a predictable state container for JavaScript applications. We discussed Dan’s path to becoming a programmer, his introduction to open source, React, JavaScript, functional programming in JavaScript, his thoughts on looking outside of your bubble to other ecosystems and borrowing/sharing what you can.

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    Show notes and links

    [Guest idea] Dan Abramov (Redux) · Issue #317 · thechangelog/ping

    Dan Abramov (@dan_abramov) on Twitter

    Dan Abramov (@gaearon) on GitHub

    Redux Homepage and Docs


    “We do not need another Flux framework. We have about 50,000 Flux frameworks.” – @rookieone on #BeyondCode

    Getting Started with Redux Course by Dan Abramov on Egghead.io

    Relay | A JavaScript framework for building data-driven React applications

    Flux | Application Architecture for Building User Interfaces

    By any means necessary – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Dan Abramov – Live React: Hot Reloading with Time Travel at react-europe 2015 – YouTube



    David Nolen (@swannodette) on GitHub


    Middleware | Redux

    Richard Feldman (@rtfeldman) on GitHub

    #151: Rust with Steve Klabnik and Yehuda Katz – The Changelog

    Hero: Jordan Walke (@jordwalke) on Twitter

    Hero: Sebastian Markbåge (@sebmarkbage) on Twitter

    Hero: Steve Klabnik (@steveklabnik) on Twitter

    RLRT: Nice interview by @changelog about #rustlang – could give it a try in the following weeks :)

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  3. ‘That pig was a good influence’ with Jeremy Keith and Jeffrey Zeldman | Unfinished Business

    Last week was Jeffrey Zeldman’s website’s 20th birthday, so this week he joins me and Jeremy Keith on Unfinished Business 110 to talk about the anniversary. We start by discussing Jeremy’s 100 words for 100 days writing project and how it’s inspired me to change the way that I think about writing on our blog and posting to our portfolio. We talk about the importance of writing for yourself as well as for others and why writing on your own website is important. With it being the twentieth anniversary of Jeffrey’s own site, we also talk about whether it’s important to archive older designs for posterity.


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