How to game KickStarter

KickStarter‘s cool but I feel like I see too many projects hit their funding numbers at the last minute of the pledge window. Call me a cynic, but after thinking about this on the train one morning, I devised this scheme for getting “free” money for your project. Start your project the old-fashioned way: gather… Continue reading How to game KickStarter

So sayeth Ms. Gags

I used to walk down the street like I was a fucking star. I want people to walk around delusional about how great they can be – and then to fight so hard for it every day that the lie becomes the truth. All that ever holds somebody back, I think, is fear. For a… Continue reading So sayeth Ms. Gags

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Neurological definition of “flow”

From this Newsweek article (about halfway through): During improvisation, the highly trained music majors used their brains in a way the nonmusicians could not: they deactivated their right-temporoparietal junction. Normally, the r-TPJ reads incoming stimuli, sorting the stream for relevance. By turning that off, the musicians blocked out all distraction. They hit an extra gear… Continue reading Neurological definition of “flow”

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The secret to success is many inexpensive failures

This is a video of Frans Johansson’s presentation at the 99% Conference, titled “The Secret Truth About Executing Great Ideas”. I have his book, The Medici Effect, sitting on my nightstand, next in line. He makes some great points here about what I’d call disposable decisions, or “strong beliefs, loosely held.” Notes: Most successful innovators… Continue reading The secret to success is many inexpensive failures

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Coolest fish in the world

I have no good reason for discovering this (actually, I was checking to see if the United States can compare to India’s trifecta of awesome national symbols: tiger, peacock, and lotus), but I came across an image of a Leafy Sea Dragon on Wikipedia.

Holy cow! Check out the photos, they’ll blow you away.

But it gets better: there’s also a Weedy Sea Dragon.

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Fathers, children, and creativity

This video made the rounds in June, but I’ve only come out from under the rocks recently and was happy to find it.

Am I the only person who prefers the kid’s handwriting?

Good design is more than a new shirt

As part of my 2008 goal of getting out of admin work and back into more creative endeavors, I recently subscribed to the Designers In House mailing list. The signal-to-noise ratio is pretty bad and I decided to unsubscribe when I recently saw someone post advice to designers looking to get ahead in the world. The author suggested that

[Creative] Directors do not wear band shirts, ripped jeans and Chuck Taylors. If you are looking to move up in the industry, dress for where you want to be, not where you are.

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Fallen Angels is coming to BAM

This has nothing to do with anything except that it’s freakin awesome: “Fallen Angels,” Wong Kar Wai’s 1995 cinema masterpiece, is coming to BAM.

The movie will be playing August 8 through August 14 at 4:30, 6:50, and 9:15pm, with a 2pm matinee from Friday through Sunday.

Get more info and tickets on the BAM website.

Here’s the trailer:

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Save Internet radio

This is a PSA, of sorts: Internet radio is in trouble, and now is a good time to speak up.

To get involved, check out

If you love good things like Pandora or even the somewhat lame, you might be surprised to hear that on March 2, 2007, The Copyright Royalty Board announced that Internet radio stations’ royalty payments for streaming music will increase significantly between now and 2010.

Update: CNN Money recently posted a review of this situation, focusing on NPR’s involvement in petitioning the CRB to reconsider their decision.

Little people

Little people write
in little letters
thinking small ideas
about their betters

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