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2014.04.18 The Art of Waiting

The Art of Waiting

I really liked this essay. I feel like we all can too easily get into the funk of not. Of waiting. Of not yet.

That’s why ... any other restrictive circumstance can be dangerous: They make dreams too painful to bear. To avoid longing, we hunker down, wait, and resolve to just survive. Great art becomes a reminder of the art you want to be making, and of the gigantic world outside of your small, seemingly inescapable one. We hide from great things because they inspire us, and in this state, inspiration hurts.

And yes, I did the simple math to figure out how young the author was/is. Despite his age, there's some solid insight here. #

2014.04.14 Density Playing Card Deck

Density Playing Card Deck

I collect things. It's true. It annoys my wife, but I try to keep it under control. I love playing cards, and Roni Lagin's Density cards look really cool. I don't know if it's the guilloche-like patterns, or what. If you're pining to get something for me as a surprise, look no further. #

2014.03.16 Napoleon Dynamite by Pierre Bouttier (Dribbble)

Napoleon Dynamite by Pierre Bouttier (Dribbble)

I love this Dribbble shot/rebound by Pierre Bouttier. The progression of the shots is fun to watch, and I love that Uncle Rico here looks like he may actually be capable of throwing a pigskin a quarter mile, unlike the reality of being unable to throw it a quarter of a football field. #

2014.02.26 Art of the Title - The Lego Movie

Art of the Title - The Lego Movie

A fascinating read-through of the title sequence of The Lego Movie. I can only imagine having that many Lego pieces to work with, and being able to spend that much time playing working with them. Admittedly, I just follow the instructions, but I also don't mind if my kids play with them. #

2014.02.16 Star Wars 80's High School

Star Wars 80's High School

I love this concept art by Denis Medri for Star Wars as an 80's high school film. It's not that I'm even a big fan of Star Wars, and especially not of 80's high school movies, but this is great. #

2013.06.06 Spiced Holiday Punch by Simon Frouws

Spiced Holiday Punch by Simon Frouws

I saw this almost two months ago, and haven't closed the tab in my browser. I love the detail of this, the colors, and the overall feel of it. What great work by Simon Frouws. #

2012.05.16 Kathryn Schulz: Don't regret regret

Kathryn Schulz: Don't regret regret

An interesting, extended example of her own regret on a tattoo, but how regret should impact the rest of us:

"If we have goals and dreams and we want to do our best, and if we love people and we don't want to hurt them or lose them, we should feel pain when things go wrong. The point isn’t to live without any regrets, the point is to not hate ourselves for having them… We need to learn to love the flawed, imperfect things that we create, and to forgive ourselves for creating them. Regret doesn't remind us that we did badly — it reminds us that we know we can do better."

Well said. #

2012.03.19 Creative Review: How to Have a Good Idea

Creative Review: How to Have a Good Idea

"Instead of sitting at your computer, and looking at books, go...and sit there. The way to get an interesting idea is to go to the source. Stay there until you have thought of something interesting about [it]. Then, listen to that idea and it will design itself." - Bob Gill #

2012.03.19 Back to Work #56: One Giant Beholder Dinosaur

Back to Work #56: One Giant Beholder Dinosaur

Although one of the hosts can be extremely tangential and talk like he's had too much caffeine, he seems very well-read on the topic of productivity, and getting “back to work”. The over-arching theme to this episode is about having "an unhealthy emotional attachment to physical objects that are not making your life better." His main reference point is a book (really, a chapter from it) by Peter Walsh called It's All Too Much: An Easy Plan for Living a Richer Life with Less Stuff. I'm no hoarder, but I'm guilty of keeping things I don't really need. I sense a theme for this year's spring cleaning.

Unrelated to the main theme: Merlin Mann throws out a one-liner I liked: "There are a lot of maxims that are impossible, but are a pretty good yard stick for deciding if you're going in the right direction." #

2011.06.25 OUTLAW: My Life As an Undocumented Immigrant

OUTLAW: My Life As an Undocumented Immigrant

Jose Antonio Vargas, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, tells his story of being an undocumented immigrant in the United States. It's a fascinating and compelling argument for some form of immigration reform. This isn't the usual sort of thing I link to, but it was too interesting to pass up. #

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