Listening to Disco Shoes by Acid Jacks
This song is too damn catchy. Deskdanceparty. at Cord Media – Preview it on Path.
Designers, let not thy Photoshop layers live as these.
I’m reducing my politics on the internet. But here’s a last opinion.
Thanks to my readers for tolerating a break from the cool stuff and web development I usually post about…
Explicitly tried to avoid being political on FB and the internet in the last few months (with the exception of Twitter). But here’s the deal, and for the record- I’m neither a Democrat or a Republican. Just a citizen that notices a few things.
The GOP is taking a procedural vote and holding it hostage to opportunistically push their agenda.
Democrats and Republicans together have pushed spending down to Eisenhower level spending- the lowest in over 60 years.
Tax cuts are being pushed during a recession.
Information that proves tax reduction and supply side economics is wrong has been suppressed and kept from you. This was a nonpartisan report conducted by the Congressional research office. It was unbiased research.
Europe has released their evidence that austerity has hurt economic recovery, but we don’t listen.
Guns, healthcare, social programs, the income disparity, Wall Street justice. Whatever.
The TEA Party reps in Congress are encouraging the economic problems of the sequester cuts. Because they’re willing to gamble with American’s jobs and livelihoods to stand on their misguided principles. They think it’s good that the U.S. will suffer.
Our lives have been affected by our reps who have brought the country to it’s knees, and damaged our democracy.
But the fucking superbowl is important, right?
We deserve it.I’m done talking about it, and I’m done paying attention because none of it matters if nobody pays attention. The Facebook “repost this” political “facts” are lies and that’s about the extent of our collective political awareness. We don’t fact check for ourselves. We don’t read the studies and the published research on economics and political policy. In the end we’re not ready to say “my opinion changes with new information.” And that means we don’t deserve democracy because we’ve killed it.
My opinion changes with new information, and I the new information is mind boggling.
Thought via Path
It’s been said and agreed upon that the state of web development in the Palm Springs valley is 2 years behind larger markets elsewhere. Studying to learn new things. As long as I live here I endeavor to bring us up to speed. Maybe change some minds about the constant practices we have here. Basically not be boring. – Read on Path.
World Trade Center High Wire Artist Philippe Petit’s Colorful Advice For A Career On The Edge
On a summer day in 1974, a 24-year-old Frenchman stepped onto the world stage with one of the most astonishing performances in modern history—walking back and forth on a wire illegally rigged across the void between New York’s World Trade Center Towers, three quarters of a mile above spellbound onlookers.
Petit has gone on to perform many other spectacular wire walks, authored over half a dozen books, was the subject of the acclaimed documentary Man on Wire, and singlehandedly built a barn using eighteenth-century tools and design. Whether on the high wire or not, Petit’s philosophy is epitomized in his response to reporters shouting “Why?” after his dramatic Twin Towers crossing. Petit’s answer: “The beauty of it is, there is no ‘why.’”
When we spoke to Petit about how he walks the high wire, our conversation expanded to Petit’s philosophy of how he lives his life on the high wire. We found that his improvisatory, chaos-courting, risk-managing principles could be applied to anyone’s work or personal life.
Here they are in his own (colorful) words:
1. Let life be your teacher.
How can you achieve greatness if you haven’t experienced the hard lessons of life? To become a great theatrical director, a great actor or a Renaissance man, you have to do all the jobs most people don’t want to do, like washing dishes and shoveling horseshit.
2. Court disaster.
If you go where trouble is you will find a magnificent transformation. After all, if I had followed the rules, would I have traveled across the ocean to a foreign country and illegally snuck into and then wire-walked across a building a quarter mile above the ground?
3. Make your art a joyful adventure.
If I were to sit at a desk, write a list, make a schedule, and go and meet the building and then make a plan to do a high wire walk in the most safe and intelligent way, I would not have that sense of adventure and exploration. And, there would be no point in living.
4. Be a madman of detail.
Before I walked the Twin Towers, I gathered information with cunning and precision. This door in this place opens to the left this wide with this many steps of a certain thickness, the 450-pound cable must be brought up this way to avoid detection, and so on. There were at least a thousand other details to solve. When it comes to doing my homework, I’m obsessed. I want to live to be very old. A half a millimeter of mistake, a quarter second’s miscalculation, and you lose your life.
Improvisation is turning away from a well-polished plan within a millisecond because there’s no such thing in life as a well-polished plan.
[Image: Flickr user Carolina Pastrana]
Man On Wire is a fantastic doc. Very worth the watch.
That picture gives me vertigo.
Made a small page with links to things I’ve found to be useful and educating, or something I’ve committed to learning. You know, in case I launch my browser and intend on screwing off. Life’s too short for bs internet. See also: stay away from 99% of Reddit.
I get incredibly excited just thinking about how much there is out there, free or low cost education. You can be anything if you look and try.