Heads up to my followers and subscribers
I would be inactive for next couple of weeks. I plan to use this break to launch few blogs.
One of them is gonna be a software development blog. I plan to use Jekyll for that.
Other than that, I want to fragment my current tumblog into two or more tumblogs. I have been using it for sharing anything that has appeal to me. But I realize, it is better to stick to a theme. So I would create more tumblogs, each of them focusing on a single theme only. Then I would share my content across them.
I need sometime to collect my thoughts, plan my moves and then put it to motion. But, I’ll be back!
The offending tweet was made by a schoolfriend, not the kid whose account it’s on. (see the next two tweets). But look at the class of Stephen Fry’s answer.
Vision without action is a dream. Action without vision is a nightmare.
whenever i encounter somebody who thinks integrity and originality are the same thing, i think they’re not very bright or very observant.
— from Art Chantry’s facebook rant about Shepard Fairey and originality (sent to me by @nczeitgeist)
I used to spend 20 dollars a year on TOM THE DANCING BUG collections… Happy to support him and pass the word…
Ruben Bolling asks you to support TOM THE DANCING BUG by joining the Inner Hive for 20 bucks a year.
READ HIS POST to understand.
My only argument with Ruben B. here is his apologetic tone for asking you to pay money for early access to his very good comics—that is to say, something that YOU LIKE AND WANT.
DO NOT APOLOGIZE, RUBEN, because:
While the internet DOES make it harder for talented cartoonists* to support themselves via licensing their work to traditional media distributors…
IT MAKES IT EASIER for YOU to buy work directly from the creator, and what’s more, to ENJOY the fact that almost all of the money you give them goes directly TO THE THING YOU LIKE and help it to continue to exist.
WHICH IS TO SAY: If you like a thing, supporting it financially is not an obligation. IT IS A PRIVILEGE.
For the first time in culture, we may all become patrons of the arts that we love, at a comparatively low cost to us, and at a comparatively INCREDIBLY HIGH BOON to the creator.
This new relationship is worth celebrating, and not apologizing for. It not only helps you get the thing you like into your own hands, it helps the thing you like to CONTINUE, and it ensures that your taste is reflected and relevant in the culture at large.
SO DIG DEEP, FANS OF GOOD THINGS, especially those you can pay for directly. You have nothing to lose but mediocrity.
That is all.
* (and writers, singers, comedians, filmmakers, magicians, etc.)
The most pernicious and uncharitable way of parsing my remarks about Islam is to say that I believe that most (or all) Muslims are evil. The truth is, I don’t necessarily believe that any Muslims are evil—even jihadists. And this is what I find so troubling about the doctrine of Islam. Are most jihadists psychopaths devoid of empathy? I see no reason to think so. If you believe that the creator of the universe wants you to wage jihad against infidels, I think you can be perfectly healthy in psychological terms while becoming a suicide bomber. Secularists who doubt this seem to be the ones devoid of empathy, in fact: They are unwilling or unable to see the world through the eyes of our enemies—even when our enemies tell us, ad nauseam, exactly how they see the world. The most dangerous failing of secularism (and of moderate religion) is that its adherents cannot seem to grasp that some people really believe martyrdom is a path to Paradise.
— On Knowing Your Enemy : Sam Harris (via friendlyatheist)
You may be poor, but the one thing nobody can take away from you is the freedom to fuck up your life whatever way you want to.
Jonathan Franzen, Freedom
I waited and waited for…
— Kobayashi Issa (via boxofoctaves)
(Source: yama-bato, via boxofoctaves-deactivated2012101)
There’s an economic theory out there that if you take the incomes of your five closest friends and average them, the resulting number will be pretty close to your own income.
I think the same thing is true of our idea incomes. You’re only going to be as good as the stuff you surround yourself with.
— Austin Kleon
Just keep playing, no matter how weird it gets.
— Bob Dylan to Levon Helm and The Band before their first concert together (via austinkleon)
(Source: davehyndman, via austinkleon)
You tend to hear about startups when they are successful but not when they are struggling. This creates a systematically distorted perception that companies succeed overnight. Almost always, when you learn the backstory, you find that behind every “overnight success” is a story of entrepreneurs toiling away for years, with very few people except themselves and perhaps a few friends, users, and investors supporting them.
“Overnight success” is a lot like “originality” — dig deep enough and you find out it’s a myth.
The new radicalism is paper. Right? Publish it on a printed page and no one will ever know about it. It’s the perfect vehicle for terrorists, plagiarists, and for subversive thoughts in general. If you don’t want it to exist—and there are many reasons to want to keep things private—keep it off the web. But if you put it in digital form, expect it to be bootlegged, remixed, manipulated, and endlessly commented upon. Expect spiders to pick it up and use it as ad-bait on spoof web pages. The moment you put it out there, all bets are off; it’s way out of your control.
— Kenneth Goldsmith (via austinkleon)
Carving out a space for yourself online, somewhere where you can express yourself and share your work, is still one of the best possible investments you can make with your time. It’s why, after ten years, my first response to anyone just getting started online is to start, and maintain, a blog.
— Andy Baio (via austinkleon)
I don’t understand people that make lists or guides on “How to Write.” Just shut up and write.
Call no man happy until he is dead