I am already failing thinking of only 5 things that made a difference this year. I only wanted to feature one item from each medium but I am already going to cheat. I have two books to share.
A page from the same book but I had to share. The graphic describes a project I have been thinking about ever since I started writing and publishing books. Johanna (who I don't know) has artfully created a better scaffolding for my imagination.
There are many ideas I can share from the book but check them out yourself. I have already written in the margins, dog-eared pages, and toted this book all around town.
I'll leave you with this great quote:
"Visualizations are always interpretations--data does not have an inherent visual form that merely gives rise to a graphic expression."
It was a struggle to only share one podcast as the best of the year. Design Matters deserves the title for many reasons but when I think of a new skill that I brought to my work life this year I have to give Debbie Millman the hat tip. I now keep a can of colored pencils on my desk for sketching out ideas, I have a dozen new artists, collaborators, and creatives that I follow across all types of media. Think of Russian Nesting Dolls--Design Matters features interviews with a variety of writers, designers, artists, authors--if you can't move beyond a creative barrier after tuning in I don't know what will help you.
3. TV Show
I don't watch live TV but discovered this little PBS gem that I needed to pick for the best of 2015. A Chef's Life shares the creative, business, and personal life of chef Vivian Howard. I thought it was a cooking show and was trying to unwind. I guess you need to be moderately interested in food but the interviews and images are what hooked me. I don't want to ruin any of the magic so I will say no more.
4. WQXR NYC classical music
This one may not be for everyone but I did give you two book recommendations so give it a listen. I am from the northeast and have so many memories of classical music from my dad--I revisit them here on WQXR online every day while I am working. You don't have to download anything, just hit play and be inspired. I am sure most of us are writing on the weekends and they feature an opera with commentary between acts and interviews with the stars...a real gem.
I am asked about what recording device, video, and camera that I use whenever I am speaking to groups of writers. I cheat. I tend to use the iphone for everything. This year, due to the abundance of meetings where I was either speaking or working as media I did have to upgrade my microphone but you can manage just fine with whatever your smartphone has going on. I needed a new linear voice recorder for capturing high quality sound--in a pinch the iphone was still respectable.
My bonus favorite thing? Donut themed gifts that I am not tempted to eat. Thank you!
The print edition (color) of Improving Numeracy in Medicine will be on the amazon site soon.
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