Experience is not what happens to you. It is what you do with what happens to...– Aldous Huxley
Bring it on. This is the year where I stop wondering what could be and instead create what is and what can be. As one of my good friends wrote, “For most people, birthday’s are, or at least should be, meaningless. An excuse to get drunk, do something stupid, fuck a nobody. Not the case for you. You survived a lot of shit this year and I can tell it dented and twisted the shit out of...
Signs #565 and #567 that Food is indeed important to your life: You share your...
A writer asked me why I “didn’t just draw Obama from my imagination.” My...– Shepard Fairey, on how artists need reference points to create new and meaningful work. This matter-of-fact “Seriously, guys? Common sense?” passage in Fairey’s explanation of his ongoing legal battle against The Associated Press over rights to a news photo of Obama is quite...
NYTimes: "The problem is, we only get one chance... →
From The NYTimes’ Happy Days Blog: You only get one shot at life. What if yours has been one long string of mistakes?
Hacker Ethic: “Information wants to be free.” Content...
LA is 32 suburbs in search of their city.– Greg Gioia
Art and design will rise in importance during this century as we try to make...– John Maeda, president of the Rhode Island School of Design, on how design humanizes technology for HuffPo
Vision is the art of seeing things invisible.– Jonathan Swift, A Tale of a Tub
What is the distance between heartbreak and a new beginning? How is it measured?...– Wong Kar Wai
The xx is being looped from Left Coast to Right...
Birthday Wishlist: 500 Colored Pencils + Aurora... →
Because, as the Mates of State song goes, I would still like to color the sky with you.
On Needing a Room of One's Own
tam: our parents are like kryptonite david: mmhmmand you know what that means we’re super The economic collapse has ushered in what a lot of my friends from childhood have affectionately dubbed “our second adolescence.” We’re back in high school, only we don’t have that very tangible goal of college as an escape route. Friends are back home in southern...
My name is David and I have a short-haired cat that stays in my room most of the...– Craigslist LA: The Housing Search Begins
I wonder if future me will trick himself into thinking there’s something better;...– Jake Lodwick
I’m tired of the disheartened part.– T & A (Tam and Alaska)
I feel most calm when comparing prices and cost per unit ounce at the...
Is Happiness Catching? →
Better happiness than herpes. The NYTimes explores more.
Look. This should be your list of to-do’s: 1. Get my shit together and...– Joshua Goldman, future doctor, second year in med school in Lubbock, TX, Stanford ‘07
My First Memory (of Librarians)
This is my first memory: A big room with heavy wooden tables that sat on a creaky wood floor A line of green shades—bankers’ lights—down the center Heavy oak chairs that were too low or maybe I was simply too short For me to sit in and read So my first book was always big In the foyer up four steps a semi-circle desk presided To the left side the card catalogue On the...
I’ve got to tell you how I love you always I think of it on grey mornings with death in my mouth the tea is never hot enough then and the cigarette dry the maroon robe chills me I need you and look out the window at the noiseless snow At night on the dock the buses glow like clouds and I am lonely thinking of flutes I miss you always when I go to the beach the sand is wet with tears that...
Random Vo Household Discovery #49
There is a pristine snack deep-fryer in the cabinet above the never-used stove. My mother hates cooking. I wonder what sort of random Christmas gift exchange resulted in this good fortune. Since I am operating primarily out of my trunk, I can totally take this portable snack deep-fryer and take out those food trucks that are proliferating the LA landscape. Deep-fried twinkies, corndogs, taquitos,...
I am not interested in money. I just want to be wonderful.– Marilyn Monroe
Don’t make something unless it is both necessary and useful; but if it is both...– The Shaker Design Philosophy
NY Fashion Week: At First Glance →
“Fashion is such a complete world, wrapped in its own myths, that if the industry is in a bad state, nobody really notices.”