10 Things Unhappy People Have In Common →
Via Sir Ken Robinson
Notable Typefaces of 2011 →
Karol Gajda | Negative Visualization →
And so it goes with life. Things will suck sometimes. They can nearly always be worse. And negative visualization has shown me again that nothing is ever as bad as it seems.
How Sitting All Day Is Damaging Your Body and How... →
I don’t budget. Having a budget means I’m worrying about the budget all the...– Ev Bogue
Henry’s Music Blog: Top 10 Queen Songs (Besides... →
whycantijustpickatitle: I’ve already made it very clear that I am very tired of constantly hearing “Bohemian Rhapsody.” But I never said that it was a bad song. On the contrary, it really is one of the greatest songs ever written. But I just wanted to get some other Queen songs up to the forefront. So these are my…
What Your Favorite Blog Says About You →
Daring Fireball: You know three ways to tell Helvetica from Arial. Via Ben Brooks
512 Pixels | Our Time Is Now →
Art of Manliness | Ready, Set, Fast. →
Corbett Barr | Need Some Motivation Right Now?... →
Nerd Fitness | Why Kung Fu Is Perfect for Nerds →
If you think you have no choice but to do what you do now, you’ve already...– Seth Godin
A "Holy Fucking Shit" Quarter →
parislemon: Remember back in October when after a rare “miss” by Apple (which was only a miss because analysts are stupid and lazy), the early signs pointed to the potential of a $40 billion quarter? Some thought that was insane given that Apple had never even had a $30 billion quarter before. Well, turns out that projection was a little insane — insanely low. Try a $46.33 billion quarter. ...
Are Writers Too Jacked-Up About Grammar? →
George Angus: I tend to be more forgiving to the average person screwing up a loose/lose proposition. Writers, however, do not get a free pass on this one. It’s like an accountant not knowing the difference between subtraction and division. It’s like a pilot not knowing the landing gear should be down for landing. And while the consequences of poor grammar cannot be equated to a pile of...
Mr. Money Mustache | How to Be Slim →
It’s an unusual feeling for a rich-world person, but once you get used to it, having a slight craving in your tummy can make you feel invigorated and warriorlike. When you are really hungry, eat a good meal. But if you’re just slightly hungry, imagine that your body has moved its suction tube from the usual “stomach” setting, over to “stored fat reserves”. It...
'Star Wars Uncut: Director's Cut' crowdsources... →
Apple, America and a Squeezed Middle Class →
bigweek: NY Times: Mr. Jobs angrily held up his iPhone, angling it so everyone could see the dozens of tiny scratches marring its plastic screen, according to someone who attended the meeting. He then pulled his keys from his jeans. People will carry this phone in their pocket, he said. People also carry their keys in their pocket. “I won’t sell a product that gets scratched,” he said...
I imagine most musicians don't listen to their own...
If that’s true, then I’m almost glad that I’m incapable of writing an incredible song, because if I did have that capacity, and I did write an incredible song that perfectly encompassed everything I was feeling, then I wouldn’t be able to enjoy listening to it over and over again.
Sleep Solidifies Bad Feelings →
bigweek: Science News: A night of shut-eye sears bad feelings into the brain, while waking hours take the emotional edge off, a new study finds. Though preliminary and somewhat inconsistent with earlier research, the results suggest that staying awake after something awful happens might be a way to blunt the emotional fallout of traumatic experiences, researchers report in the Jan. 18...
Make good stuff, then make it easy for people to buy it. There’s your...– Jonathan Coulton, definitively. (via merlin)
Shawn Blanc: Discerning Good from Great →
They say good is the enemy of great, and I agree. Some ideas, as good as they are, should be left alone so that when a great idea comes along there is a place for it. Discerning the difference between a good idea and a great one takes practice and the support of trusted friends and advisors.
Dr. Drang: Learning →
This isn’t to say I sit down at my keyboard to write a report without a thought in my head. I always know what I’m going to write, in general terms at least. But invariably there are details that I hadn’t thought through fully. Writing up an explanation forces me to think hard about those details and solidify the squishy ideas that form during the data gathering phase.
Being an Artist in the 21st Century →
smarterbits: You wanted to write, to sing, to make beautiful music and images, not sit up late in the night grappling with coding and commenting on other people’s blog posts in the hope they’ll comment on yours. You’ll learn skills you never wanted to have, and the time you used to spend making art will now be swallowed up by the endless task of marketing yourself in a world of seven billion...
Chris Guillebeau: An Academic Confession →
For many (not all, but many), the main benefit of graduate school, or even college or university in general, is a form of life avoidance: I’m not sure this is what I want, but at least I won’t have to think about it for a while.
Once the water is deep enough that you must swim to stay afloat, does it really...– Seth Godin
Getting Made The Scorsese Way →
bigweek: A great piece by GQ on Goodfellas: Frank Vincent (Billy Batts): Wherever I go, anytime I go anywhere, they tell me to go home and get my shine box. And can you imagine Tom Cruise and Madonna as Henry and Karen or John Malkovich as Jimmy?
7 Obscure Children's Books by Authors of Grown-Up... →
James Joyce may be best known as a poet, playwright, short story writer and novelist. But in an August 10, 1936 letter his grandson, Stephen, Joyce planted the story seeds of what became The Cat and the Devil — a charming children’s picture-book, originally illustrated by French cartoonist Roger Blachon, about the cat of Beaugency and a moral dilemma, a classic fable narrative mixing Irish wit...