REVOLUTION | AU: Daughters of the Revolution

I’m the hero of the story, I don’t need to be saved.

In celebration of American Archives Month, the National Archives is teaming up with the The Academy of American Poets. Throughout the month we’ll be publishing original poems inspired by the holdings of the National Archives. To view the poets performing their original work, visit the National Archives YouTube Channel.

Today’s poem, “In the Event” by Joshua Weiner, was inspired by a photograph of the Wright Brothers’ original aeroplane during its first flight in 1903.

Brothers Orville and Wilbur Wright began experimenting with aviation in 1896 at their bicycle shop in Dayton, Ohio. They first began with manned gliders and traveled to Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, in 1900 to test their crafts.

For the rest of the story, including Joshua Weiner’s poem and video, read today’s Pieces of History post: http://blogs.archives.gov/prologue/?p=14300.

Image: “Original Wright Brothers 1903 Aeroplane (‘Kitty Hawk’) in first flight, December 17, 1903. (National Archives Identifier 7580929).http://research.archives.gov/description/7580929.

anonymous said:

When you have time for a 'Sam Explains' thing, could you give a short tutorial on Evernote? Thanks!

Evernote is actually pretty super-duper simple once you get the hang of it, but that can sometimes be a little complex…

Uh. So. People will tell you to download the app for your phone. Don’t do that unless you really like taking notes and surfing the web on your phone. Just fucking move on without the app, you don’t need it, YOU ARE A STRONG PERSON.

Go to www.evernote.com/evernote/ (because evernote the brand and evernote the website are two different things, evernote the brand has all this other shit, don’t go there yet, shh) and click “sign up” in the upper right corner. Sign the fuck up!

Then, wait for it, no, don’t do anything evernote tells you, go BACK TO www.evernote.com/evernote/ and click on “get the web clipper”. If you are on firefox, you need to install the little plugin thing and then go to View>Toolbars>Customize and add the elephant-head-looking-thing to one of your menu bars. If you’re on Chrome you shouldn’t have to add it, it will add itself, self-determining elephant heads a go-go. If you’re on Internet Explorer, you have my sympathy and there is no help or hope for you.


When you come across a fanfic or a webpage or a fanart or IDK, that really funny bit of Facebook where your dad posted a selfie of his thumb, click the little elephant head thing. On Firefox you generally get a drop-down where you can alter the text, choose what notebook the page will go into, add tags, and other stuff. On Chrome this shows up on the side and sometimes the tags are autofilled, but you can click on basically any part of the drop-sideways bar and edit shit.

IF evernote is highlighting the wrong part of the page to be saved, close the evernote drop-down/sideways and highlight the part you want saved, then click the elephant head thing again and select “clip selected”. It will clip only the part you highlight.

If you go to www.evernote.com and log in, you will be taken to your Evernote account where all this shit is stored. You can click on any item to view or edit it. You can make notebooks to store shit in, tag things, delete tags, rename tags, edit fanfics to remove that one really glaring grammar error or cut out any bit that’s not porny, whatever your heart desires.

It’s really pretty intuitive so you should get the hang of it quickly, but I’ll do some kind of live-action Evernote tutorial this weekend on livestream, if people so desire.


All advice is autobiographical (YMMV)

I’m working on a keynote next week for SUNY Broome, a community college in upstate NY. The name of the talk is “How To Steal Like An Artist (And 10 9 Other Things Nobody Told Me)” — here’s a sneak peek:

  1. Steal like an artist.
  2. Write the book you want to read.
  3. Don’t wait until you know who you are to start making things.
  4. Use your hands.
  5. The Secret: do good work and put it where people can see it.
  6. Geography is no longer our master.
  7. Stay out of debt.
  8. Get yourself a calendar. (And a logbook.)
  9. Be boring. (It’s the only way you get work done.)
  10. Creativity is subtraction.

I was digging in my archives for a photo and came across this Instagram, which I posted a few days before I gave the “Steal Like An Artist” speech. It’s funny, if you click the links: I’d completely forgotten how much material for the original speech was just writing I’d collected over a half decade or so of blogging. People talk about blogging as if it’s this ephemeral thing — you just type things into boxes and it just gets lost in the wash of the Internet, but if you do it right, if you save your writing, tag it, archive it, have a good system for going back through it, it’s pretty cool what you can turn these bits and pieces into later.