Another product of my beat lab. I’ve been listening to a lot of Hiatus Kaiyote, so I tried to put down what they’re putting down. It was fun, trying, anyway.
Different kinds of insects chirped loudly. The crescent moon looked like an orange peel set before a deep purple sky. There were no cars on the road. Muffled TV commercials and the humming of HVAC […]
Brian Eno // "People…often want to aim for the biggest, most obvious target, and hit it smack in the bull's eye. Of course with everyone else aiming there as well that makes it very hard and expensive to hit. I prefer to shoot the arrow, then paint the target around it. You make the niches in which you finally reside."
"I think perfectionism is based on the obsessive belief that if you run carefully enough, hitting each stepping-stone just right, you won't have to die. The truth is that you will die anyway and a lot of people who aren't even looking at their feet are going to do a whole lot better than you, and have a lot more fun while they're doing it." — Anne Lamott
A blog post? Fucking original. Your definition of “being a writer” is thinning almost as bad as your uncle’s hairline. At least he’s respected by his peers. But, yeah, let’s see where this goes. I’m sure Bukowski […]
Sad, chill, music really DOES it for me these days.
“The ‘primary consciousness,’ the basic mind which knows reality rather than ideas about it, does not know the future. It lives completely in the present, and perceives nothing more than what is at this moment. The ingenious brain, however, looks at that part of present experience called memory, and by studying it is able to make predictions. These predictions are, relatively, so accurate and reliable (e.g., “everyone will die”) that the future assumes a high degree of reality — so high that the present loses its value.
But the future is still not here, and cannot become a part of experienced reality until it is present. Since what we know of the future is made up of purely abstract and logical elements — inferences, guesses, deductions — it cannot be eaten, felt, smelled, seen, heard, or otherwise enjoyed. To pursue it is to pursue a constantly retreating phantom, and the faster you chase it, the faster it runs ahead. This is why all the affairs of civilization are rushed, why hardly anyone enjoys what he has, and is forever seeking more and more. Happiness, then, will consist, not of solid and substantial realities, but of such abstract and superficial things as promises, hopes, and assurances.”
— Alan Watts, The Wisdom of Insecurity
"Reading great novels...seeing a great movie...reading poetry... The more you can do to get out of the mode of competition, where you get out of what other people are doing and wanting to be better than them... The only way to use the inspiration of other artists is if you submerge yourself in the greatest works of all time... If you listen to the greatest songs ever made, that would be a better way to work through to find your own voice to matter today than listening to what's on the radio now and thinking, 'I want to compete with this.'" — Rick Rubin
"If you're going to try, go all the way. Otherwise, don't even start. If you're going to try, go all the way. This could mean losing girlfriends, wives, relatives, jobs and maybe your mind...it could mean not eating for 3 or 4 days. It could mean freezing on a park bench. It could mean...mockery, isolation...a test of your endurance, of how much you really want to do it. And you'll do it despite rejection and the worst odds and it will be better than anything else you can imagine. If you're going to try, go all the way. There is no other feeling like that." — Charles Bukowski
Hi, y’all! Sorry for blowing up your feeds today. I’ve updated a page on my blog that I’m really proud of — my published works page. I’ve included links to my best published work over the past two years. The good stuff, the stuff I’m most “chuffed” with, as the British say.
OK, that’s really it for today. Luh you.
*climbs back into cave*
"We must do away with the...notion that everybody has to earn a living. It is a fact...that one in ten thousand of us can make a technological breakthrough capable of supporting all the rest. The youth of today are absolutely right in recognizing this nonsense of earning a living. We keep inventing jobs because of this false idea that everybody has to be employed at some kind of drudgery...so we have inspectors of inspectors and people making instruments for inspectors to inspect inspectors. The true business of people should be to go back to school and think about whatever it was they were thinking about before somebody came along and told them they had to earn a living."
— Buckminster Fuller
“Money is like manure,” he said. “If you pile it up, it stinks. But if you spread it around, things can grow.”
Dong, 24, is a scientist by trade, having studied mechanical engineering and computational math in college. He also loves photography, hiking, and the outdoors and hopes to use his scientific background to solve the environmental issues plaguing society today.
Haven’t had a spare second to update this here blog — and I’m normally super opposed to non-post posts where people talk about how they’re so busy and nothing else, BUT, I’m going to post […]
One week ago today we lost the coolest dog any of us have ever known. She was smart, funny and had such a palpable personality. A cross between a German shepherd and a terrier, our vet told us her breed is known for those kinds of qualities, but everyone who met her was able to tell there was something special about her. Thanks for the memories, pup.
Andrew Manning, 23, likes to bring up that he works at CBS, and that he sits a few feet from where Walter Cronkite used to read the Evening News.
Nicole Scoca, 23, is an art Educator in Amityville, New York. She works with high school students, grades nine through 12 as well as seventh-graders. Every day at her job is different and surprising.
Sam writes inspirational stories for Pearson English and cultural commentaries with a sense of humor on his blog saminbangkok.com. Early adopter of new songs. Generally down to earth. Outdoorsy only when it’s not too hot.
Here is a short jazzy tune I composed Sunday afternoon. Enjoy🙂
April 3, 2016 — West End, Jones Beach State Park Wantagh, N.Y.
Mike Cascino, 23, is an engineer’s assistant within the union Local 94. He works on the high pressure equipment that helps keep New York City buildings warm in the winter and cool in the summer.
Jay Sia, 25, tells stories, makes short advertisements and co-founded a creative services company in Chattanooga, TN. Dogs are the only authority he recognizes. He’s trying his best.
Steph Meyer, 24, is a podcast fan, feminist, former Disney cast member, and a painfully self-aware over-tweeter. She always tips at least 20 percent, and has never in her life possessed a functioning thought filter. Her favorite superhero is Hawkeye, and she probably cross stitches more often than your grandmother. She is decidedly a work in progress. Most importantly, she is a person. (She also definitely read your tweet.)
Episode #5: ‘I look like Ed Sheeran.’ Jon Anderson, 23, is a consultant in Washington, D.C. specializing in litigation damages analysis on some of the largest RMBS (residential mortgage-backed securities) cases stemming from the financial […]
The year Weezer began was the same year that Tessa Bryant began. She is a writer, director, administrator, and researcher of the performing and fine arts, and is currently pursuing an M.F.A. in Creative Writing. She has a sophisticated ranking system for people based on types of chicken nuggets and knows too much about the Myers-Briggs. Pancakes are to Tessa Bryant as waffles are to Leslie Knope. Her boss once referred to her as “an omnipotent turtledove,” and one time a homeless man took a dead bird out of her hand. Earlier this year, she won tickets to Adele by tweeting and commenting over 50 haiku about how much she loves Adele.
Matt Dardano, 20, is a Long Island-bred skateboarder, musician, and fun-loving dude who’s just looking for a good time, bro. He hopes to apply to medical school to study neurology, and spends his free time reading the likes of Oliver Sacks and Stephen Hawking. Dardano is incredibly passionate about art, music, and the skateboarding subculture.
Tina Wargo is a writer, goofball, and staunch feminist with a “quirky web presence.” She’s most famous for having Lena Dunham’s handwriting tattooed on her ankle and for pioneering a religion centered around Gillian Anderson, of X-Files fame. Wargo has recently been described as “a car that only goes, like, 85 miles an hour, or is idle.”
Episode #1: ‘You’re alive, idiot.’ Interviewing is something I do for my job. I sit down in people’s living rooms, I walk with people on the street, and I watch people perform tasks they do every […]
"I grew up knowing I could have had a million different lives. It makes your life mysterious and your imagination go wild." — KT Tunstall
“This city is science. The people are atoms,” Charlie explained. “All the tiny moving parts in relation to the whole. Meaningless. Life. Meaningless. Then, ultimately, death.” Charlie paused for a moment, unaware of how all of that […]
"My mom, when she would take me to the mall when I was a little kid would always tell me, 'If you get separated from me, you stay put and I will scour the mall for you. Because if you don't do that — if you don't stay put; if you keep looking for me while I keep looking for you — we can theoretically never find each other.' Kind of a creepy mom, but it stuck with me — the logic of it. And I often think of it when I think to myself, 'What am I supposed to do next in my career? Is this joke funny, or should I do one that I think other people are going to think is funny that I don't think is very funny?' The answer is always follow your bliss. Always follow your bliss. Find your voice, shout it from the rooftops and keep doing it until the people that are looking for you, find you. Stay put."
— Dan Harmon