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rickwebb:

Take me back.

This time was real wasn’t it? I had grown uncertain.

rickwebb:

Take me back.

This time was real wasn’t it? I had grown uncertain.


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Why the creative class is especially sad today.

It’s not too much of a statement to call Steve Jobs the father of the modern creative class.

The first thing I ever wanted to be was an illustrator and the first place I ever really practiced that craft was on my Apple IIc. This was in the early ’80s, and despite the fact that my mother owned a small ad agency at the time, it wasn’t clear to me that Illustrator was a conceivable profession. I attempted to find a more practical application of my creative desires - Architect. But from this, too, I was dissuaded - “many architects simply spend their careers creating plumbing diagrams for office buildings” I recall being told. So I aimed for Doctor - surely this was unassailable! And off I went to Trinity College. With my Macintosh.

There, in my freshman year, I got my first email address and downloaded the Mosaic browser and learned what a hyperlink was and went for the first time to the many strange and beautiful destinations it could take me. There on the Internet and on my Mac I opened my consciousness to an entire world of media being made and people making it.

I began recalling more frequently the many preteen hours I’d spent with MacPaint and Print Shop. Sunday dawns filled with the incessant screeeeeeeech and whir, screeeeeech and whir of a dot matrix printer howling out a 14 foot banner: Happy Mother’s Day! Maybe there was an Illustrator still in me?

But by this time I was a writer. The die had been cast. I edited the Opinion section of The Trinity Tripod with Jamie Evans. In addition to writing and editing, we also had to lay out the section each Tuesday night before the printer pick-up on Wednesday morning at 6 AM. This was where I learned desktop publishing, in Quark and Photoshop, on top-of-the-line Macs.

Using those wonderful computers made this task fun. I could move pictures - and type! Oh those are called Drop Quotes! And slowly, as I completed all of the Pre-Med class requirements and contemplated taking the MCAT, I realized I didn’t need to take the MCAT, or become a doctor. I realized that being a creative professional was not just a possibility, but that it was happening - people just a few years ahead of me were graduating and doing just that! And I could too!

And if this feeling was strong enough to penetrate the thoroughly pre-Med, pre-Law and pre-Corporate ramparts of Trinity College I knew it was real. And all of these realizations happened face to face with and largely because of the power of Apple computers. And my entire career has followed. And I am not alone.

Some version of this story can surely be told by every one of my colleagues. We are not masters of the universe, we are pious citizens of the creative class. We are aesthetes and nitpickers, masochists and technophiles, organizers and disorganizers, pixel-pushers and stubborn brats, nerds and artists, oversharers and brilliant hermits, scientists and authors, gamblers and brigands, drawers and dreamers.

We are different.

We are different because of Steve Jobs.


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Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know its normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story. It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions. And I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I’ve ever met. It’s gonna take awhile. It’s normal to take awhile. You’ve just gotta fight your way through.
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nussbaum:

absinthedisco:

Pictures of the day: 28 January 2011 - Liu Bolin stands in front of soft drinks shelves as part of his latest collection of urban camouflage art in Beijing, China. (The Telegraph)


Brilliant. Hard to believe a man is there. Very Philip K.

nussbaum:

absinthedisco:

Pictures of the day: 28 January 2011 - Liu Bolin stands in front of soft drinks shelves as part of his latest collection of urban camouflage art in Beijing, China. (The Telegraph)

Brilliant. Hard to believe a man is there. Very Philip K.


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NO COUNTRY FOR SMALL MEN™. A brilliant 48 shot Flickr set of dioramas based on the film of similar name. If you love dioramas and other tiny, intricate works of art as much as I do you will also love this.

NO COUNTRY FOR SMALL MEN™. A brilliant 48 shot Flickr set of dioramas based on the film of similar name. If you love dioramas and other tiny, intricate works of art as much as I do you will also love this.



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soupsoup:

A Hosting Center Fit For A Bond Villain, Namely Julian Assange and his WikiLeaks
A look at the incredible hosting center in Sweden that is home to the most infamous website on the internet.

soupsoup:

A Hosting Center Fit For A Bond Villain, Namely Julian Assange and his WikiLeaks

A look at the incredible hosting center in Sweden that is home to the most infamous website on the internet.