Thursday, January 27, 2011

Kanye West Power Ad

I want to hate him, but he's just too good.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Quote of the Day

I had forgotten about this quote, and then for some reason woke up this morning and it was in my head. I think it's my favorite one ever.

"There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action. And because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and be lost. The world will not have it.

It is not your business to determine how good it is nor how valuable nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open. You have to keep open and aware directly to the urges that motivate you. Keep the channel open.

No artist is pleased. There is no satisfaction whatever at any time. There is only a queer divine dissatisfaction, a blessed unrest that keeps us marching and makes us more alive than the others."

Martha Graham to Agnes DeMille

Sunday, January 16, 2011


So, I had a freak out last year, a moment of paranoia, "they're watching me!" that led to me not posting for a little while. But that's dumb. I like having a place on the internet to store things that interest me, but that's interactive enough to let people give me feedback and share things that they like, so... I'm back.

I read this quote today and thought, it's as good as any to start up again with. It's from a book called Uncommon Genius about people who win the MacArthur Prize ("the genius award"):

In the end the common thing linking these creative people separated and floated to the surface like cream... They were all driven, remarkably resilient, adept at creating an environment that suited their needs, skilled at honoring their own peculiar talents... capable of knowing when to follow their instincts and above all, magnificent risk-takers, unafraid to run ahead of the popular tide.

Here's to magnificent risk-takers. Happy New Year.