In lieu of the terribly sunny weather conditions in California I had a hard time figuring out what to write this week. I was going to talk about snowboarding and Mammoth Mountain but it just seems wrong now.
Instead, I’m going to talk about writing. Back in my errant youth I convinced myself math and science where the only choice for anyone with a decent head on their shoulders. My academic prejudice caused writing to be a necessary evil throughout most of my schooling and I avoided it like the plague. It was subjective and therefore a lower pursuit in eyes of a burgeoning scientist like myself, I was arrogant and learned a lot since then. In hind sight I probably should have realized I was never going to last in the hard sciences when I took two art classes at the same time my senior year of high school. Don’t get me wrong, I still love math and believe I have a decent understanding of science, the right hand rule and all that, but it is not what I was meant to do. When I started taking a lot of history classes and subsequently started writing a lot more, I subconsciously kept reminding myself of something my sophomore English teacher told me, “regardless of the prompt or goal, the most important aspect of any writing is to ask yourself, would you want to read this?” It sounds simple but that mindset made me establish a voice in my writing. Having a distinct and clear voice is a very powerful tool when you are convincing a teacher you know what you are talking about. As my focus has shifted from writing to design I try to keep that as my fundamental rule in everything I create. I’m not claiming to be the paramount judge of what looks good. Anyone who knows me can attest that I sometimes get a little weird and need to be reined back in. By sticking to that rule I hope to at least ground myself in fundamentals so I can at least be somewhat satisfied with my final product.
I could not come up with anything for this weeks Derby. I’m blaming it on the fact that I haven’t played D&D (in a while) and that I couldn’t design a shirt that I would actually wear. Another a small part of me thinks it’s a reaction to geek culture, something Robert Brockway hits on the head in this cracked article: http://www.cracked.com/cracked-64-top-8-everything-of-2011/Robert-Brockway/
Current Art Setup:
On a related note, does anyone know how to set up a shop on a wordpress.com site like this one?
Awesome street taco dinner I made last night:
Homemade hot sauce (red chile, onion, tomato, habenero, garlic, chile powder), mixed greens (zucchini, radish, asparagus, red chile), with grilled white fish. I tried to make my own tortillas but it did not end well so we just used the store-bought stuff. God that looks good, I’m going to go eat the leftovers right now.
Links and Stuff:
In case you missed out on this years popular music I made a Spotify playlist of Rolling Stones top 50ish songs (I could only find 46 of them on Spotify)
Very interesting lecture on sampling and the most influential drum break ever: http://thelifesignsproject.blogspot.com/2009/08/amen-break.html
The first underwear ad I’ve ever seen that might actually get me to buy underwear:
Dirt Nasty, like a boss.