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You Need Neil‘s New Novel: Norse Mythology

April 29th, 2017

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Smooth with the ladies, is an understatement when talking about the Odin we meet in Neil Gaiman‘s new novel Norse Mythology:

The smell of the mead of poetry was heady on the air.

“Just the tiniest of sips,” she told him. “For three poems about my beauty
that will echo down through the ages.”

“Of course, my darling.” Bolverkr, who was Odin, grinned in the darkness. If she had been looking at him then, she would have known something was wrong.

Bolverkr

Promising, promising. I got the book on actual paper for my birthday:

You can listen to the first five minutes of the book, read by Neil himself:

Listen to a taste of Norse Mythology

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The drawing is inspired by the front page of an old edition of “Håvamål”, poems filled with advice about how to live your life with wisdom and dignity. The poems are believed to be written by Odin himself.

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I must admit my level of expectation is high after reading Gaiman’s book “American Gods” while traveling the US east coast for 3 months with my girlfriend.

We were on a bus to NYC to stay at a friends house when Superstorm Sandy hit and cut power. It fit with the feeling of The Brewing Storm in the book.

We even got a tiny taste ourselves when, the bus had to cut it´s own lights, air con and power that night to save gas while we waited for the traffick to calm down. We where parked beside a closed convenience store and the vending machines were out of power to. Poetic.

You can listen to five minutes of the book, read by George Guidall. It is a job interview the protagonist is doing to work for Wednesday, who is Odin:

Listen to a taste of American Gods

Click on the photo to buy the book.

Click on the photo to buy the book.

Notes:
Bolverkr is norse for “worker of terrible things” if you wondered.

The type I use in my illustration is The Sketchnote Typeface by Mike Rohde Designer. Author: The Sketchnote Handbook & The Sketchnote Workbook. Illustrator: REWORK, REMOTE, $100 Startup, Founder @SketchnoteArmy

The Innovators

October 11th, 2014

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I am reading the Innovators by Walter Isaacson.

Walter Isaacson

Walter Isaacson

Well I am listening to Dennis Boutsikaris reading the revealing story of the women who created the ideas behind the computer and the men who built a commercial revolution from the ideas.

In his masterly saga, Isaacson begins with Ada Lovelace, Lord Byron’s daughter, who pioneered computer programming in the 1840s. He explores the fascinating personalities that created our current digital revolution, such as Vannevar Bush, Alan Turing, John von Neumann, J.C.R. Licklider, Doug Engelbart, Robert Noyce, Bill Gates, Steve Wozniak, Steve Jobs, Tim Berners-Lee, and Larry Page.

Give your ear a nibble right now.

And the winner of the 'Modest Job title' goes to this chap: Tim Berners-Lee

And the winner of the ‘Modest Job title’ goes to this chap: Tim Berners-Lee

Crow and cat

August 3rd, 2014

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STEAL like a crow, is rule five of writing like a cat

STEAL, is rule five of writing like a cat

STEAL like a crow, is rule five of writing like a batcat
STEAL like a crow, write like a cat.

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The Afghan Campaign

April 17th, 2014

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The Afghan Campaign
Steven Pressfield

Afghan

Sourcery

April 11th, 2014

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Sourcery
(Discworld Novel 5)

By Terry Pratchett

Sourcery