Blogging Makes People Smarter
The great philosopher John Locke believed that knowledge is the relationship between two ideas. IDEA: The man is very large. IDEA: The man is looking at me angrily. KNOWLEDGE: I should get the hell out of here. See how that works? And so: Blogging is a shortcut to expertise on almost any topic because it allows writers to physically instantiate relationships between ideas. In other words: Writing links is the crux of blogging.
Waking up from occulted dreams
Kantbot and his friend gave me permission to quit caring about the occult. On the most recent episode of the Pseudodoxology podcast, Kantbot has the painter Owen Cyclops on and the two of them discussed the occult. The conversation ran for two hours, and it is theoretically grounded in Cyclops’ story of how he went from being an occult adherent and enthusiast to becoming a more basic Christian with a spiritual bent.
Back in the day, when every cell phone had its own operating system and the things could barely send text messages, we all had a little ritual we could do when we felt hurt, jilted, rejected. We could open up our cell phone and delete phone numbers. I wallowed in deletion. Sometimes I would just go through my contacts looking for numbers to toss. People who didn’t need me in their life any more.
Dreams of Scrooge McDuck
Does anyone else keep a change jar just so every now and then they can pour it out and play with it like Scrooge McDuck?
At the Owl Farm, Brooklyn
Been a while since I have been this kind of writer. (at The Owl Farm Bar)
Drawing about Snowden
This a drawing I made in my new paper calendar, sitting on my windowsill, held in place by a pack of Mailchimp playing cards. It’s about the Snowden story. I may be writing something about that before long.
Terrible. Horrible. Awful. Maybe. Eh... Something.
Jon Jackson of HUGE, Inc gave some real tough love on the creative process at Digital Dumbo: Impact. I liked this slide, which captures how it takes a lot of work on an idea to get to where there’s lots more work to do, but at least you can see where to go.
Brooklyn is having a moment
Any time big ideas and big change moves among a tight knit group of people, there are going to be many aspects of it that, at the fringes, look pretty silly in the moment. I have no doubt that long before Independence became a revolutionary idea, agitators for an American republic looked very strange to other colonists. Many of their leaders had ideas that were quite out there, in retrospect.
Writing at Firehook, maybe in Bushwick
First time writing at Fireproof. I think I might be in Bushwick. This place seems cool despite the fact that they have karaoke events.
Meeting the new girlfriend's sister
Have you ever dated a girl long enough that you get that sister meeting? You know, the sister sits you down. Talks to you. Checks you out. After a while, she says, “I guess you seem all right. But let me tell you something. If you hurt her…” And they trail off. Threateningly. Does it ever make you want to – I don’t know – Cheat on her, get caught, persuade her to take you back, set up a date for the weekend, stand her up and then dump her with a text message just so you can go up to her sister and be like: