Sunday, December 13, 2009

Wednesday, December 9, 2009


Even more of Zooey's soft, lush vocals for us to weep over. (secretly)

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Thursday, December 3, 2009

portland; i wanna check you out.

I've been eyeing you for some time and you're killin' me over here. Being so far away from me and all. I think I could really enjoy you if you'll let me.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

procrastination = unnecessary blogging

Written in 1998, the Incomplete Manifesto is an articulation of statements exemplifying Bruce Mau’s beliefs, strategies and motivations. Collectively, they are how we approach every project.

1. Allow events to change you.
You have to be willing to grow. Growth is different from something that happens to you. You produce it. You live it. The prerequisites for growth: the openness to experience events and the willingness to be changed by them.

2. Forget about good.
Good is a known quantity. Good is what we all agree on. Growth is not necessarily good. Growth is an exploration of unlit recesses that may or may not yield to our research. As long as you stick to good you’ll never have real growth.

3. Process is more important than outcome.
When the outcome drives the process we will only ever go to where we’ve already been. If process drives outcome we may not know where we’re going, but we will know we want to
be there.

4. Love your experiments (as you would an ugly child).
Joy is the engine of growth. Exploit the liberty in casting your work as beautiful experiments, iterations, attempts, trials, and errors. Take the long view and allow yourself the fun of failure every day.

5. Go deep.
The deeper you go the more likely you will discover something of value.

6. Capture accidents.
The wrong answer is the right answer in search of a different question. Collect wrong answers as part of the process. Ask different questions.

7. Study.
A studio is a place of study. Use the necessity of production as an excuse to study. Everyone will benefit.

8. Drift.
Allow yourself to wander aimlessly. Explore adjacencies. Lack judgment. Postpone criticism.

9. Begin anywhere.
John Cage tells us that not knowing where to begin is a common form of paralysis. His advice: begin anywhere.

10. Everyone is a leader.
Growth happens. Whenever it does, allow it to emerge. Learn to follow when it makes sense. Let anyone lead.

11. Harvest ideas.
Edit applications. Ideas need a dynamic, fluid, generous environment to sustain life. Applications, on the other hand, benefit from critical rigor. Produce a high ratio of ideas
to applications.

12. Keep moving.
The market and its operations have a tendency to reinforce success. Resist it. Allow failure and migration to be part of your practice.

13. Slow down.
Desynchronize from standard time frames and surprising opportunities may present themselves.

14. Don’t be cool.
Cool is conservative fear dressed in black. Free yourself from limits of this sort.

15. Ask stupid questions.
Growth is fueled by desire and innocence. Assess the answer, not the question. Imagine learning throughout your life at the rate of an infant.

16. Collaborate.
The space between people working together is filled with conflict, friction, strife, exhilaration, delight, and vast creative potential.

17. ____________________.
Intentionally left blank. Allow space for the ideas you haven’t had yet, and for the ideas
of others.

18. Stay up late.
Strange things happen when you’ve gone too far, been up too long, worked too hard, and you’re separated from the rest of the world.

19. Work the metaphor.
Every object has the capacity to stand for something other than what is apparent. Work on what it stands for.

20. Be careful to take risks.
Time is genetic. Today is the child of yesterday and the parent of tomorrow. The work you produce today will create your future.

21. Repeat yourself.
If you like it, do it again. If you don’t like it, do it again.

22. Make your own tools.
Hybridize your tools in order to build unique things. Even simple tools that are your own can yield entirely new avenues of exploration. Remember, tools amplify our capacities, so even a small tool can make a big difference.

23. Stand on someone’s shoulders.
You can travel farther carried on the accomplishments of those who came before you. And the view is so much better.

24. Avoid software.
The problem with software is that everyone has it.

25. Don’t clean your desk.
You might find something in the morning that you can’t see tonight.

26. Don’t enter awards competitions.
Just don’t. It’s not good for you.

27. Read only left-hand pages.
Marshall McLuhan did this. By decreasing the amount of information, we leave room for what he called our “noodle.”

28. Make new words.
Expand the lexicon. The new conditions demand a new way of thinking. The thinking demands new forms of expression. The expression generates new conditions.

29. Think with your mind.
Forget technology. Creativity is not device-dependent.

30. Organization = Liberty.
Real innovation in design, or any other field, happens in context. That context is usually some form of cooperatively managed enterprise. Frank Gehry, for instance, is only able to realize Bilbao because his studio can deliver it on budget. The myth of a split between “creatives” and “suits” is what Leonard Cohen calls a ‘charming artifact of the past.’

31. Don’t borrow money.
Once again, Frank Gehry’s advice. By maintaining financial control, we maintain creative control. It’s not exactly rocket science, but it’s surprising how hard it is to maintain this discipline, and how many have failed.

32. Listen carefully.
Every collaborator who enters our orbit brings with him or her a world more strange and complex than any we could ever hope to imagine. By listening to the details and the subtlety of their needs, desires, or ambitions, we fold their world onto our own. Neither party will ever be the same.

33. Take field trips.
The bandwidth of the world is greater than that of your TV set, or the Internet, or even a totally immersive, interactive, dynamically rendered, object-oriented, real-time, computer graphic–simulated environment.

34. Make mistakes faster.
This isn’t my idea – I borrowed it. I think it belongs to Andy Grove.

35. Imitate.
Don’t be shy about it. Try to get as close as you can. You’ll never get all the way, and the separation might be truly remarkable. We have only to look to Richard Hamilton and his version of Marcel Duchamp’s large glass to see how rich, discredited, and underused imitation is as a technique.

36. Scat.
When you forget the words, do what Ella did: make up something else … but not words.

37. Break it, stretch it, bend it, crush it, crack it, fold it.

38. Explore the other edge.
Great liberty exists when we avoid trying to run with the technological pack. We can’t find the leading edge because it’s trampled underfoot. Try using old-tech equipment made obsolete by an economic cycle but still rich with potential.

39. Coffee breaks, cab rides, green rooms.
Real growth often happens outside of where we intend it to, in the interstitial spaces – what Dr. Seuss calls “the waiting place.” Hans Ulrich Obrist once organized a science and art conference with all of the infrastructure of a conference – the parties, chats, lunches, airport arrivals – but with no actual conference. Apparently it was hugely successful and spawned many ongoing collaborations.

40. Avoid fields.
Jump fences. Disciplinary boundaries and regulatory regimes are attempts to control the wilding of creative life. They are often understandable efforts to order what are manifold, complex, evolutionary processes. Our job is to jump the fences and cross the fields.

41. Laugh.
People visiting the studio often comment on how much we laugh. Since I’ve become aware of this, I use it as a barometer of how comfortably we are expressing ourselves.

42. Remember.
Growth is only possible as a product of history. Without memory, innovation is merely novelty. History gives growth a direction. But a memory is never perfect. Every memory is a degraded or composite image of a previous moment or event. That’s what makes us aware of its quality as a past and not a present. It means that every memory is new, a partial construct different from its source, and, as such, a potential for growth itself.

43. Power to the people.
Play can only happen when people feel they have control over their lives. We can’t be free agents if we’re not free.

I read that a few times over. You should too. So I'm liking this guy's blog. Mostly because 2/3 of it is him showing off his girl. So much luuuuv goin' around.

My tongue is burnt and has been for a few days. Drinking hot cider every night.
I need some X-mas spirit injected into me.
Givee meee all these.

Monday, November 30, 2009


I've watched The Santa Clause likeee 4 times so far in the past month. IT'S HILARIOUS. Don't deny it.

Friday, November 27, 2009

This was funny and cute and impressive and dare i say, fantastic?

Thursday, November 26, 2009


just saw new moon. i don't give a flip if you think it's lame. it WASN'T.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Saturday, November 21, 2009

My favorite song right now.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Monday, November 9, 2009

Friday, November 6, 2009

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

They don't make 'em like this anymore.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Saturday, October 31, 2009


Yeasayer - "Ambling Alp"

OH! Check this out. I bought the digital download + 12" + t-shirt bundle.

Friday, October 30, 2009

The mitten hates to read

Montana needs some books, ya'll.
That bookshelf is $%^&*! Perhaps I'll get a much much smaller one custom made. (apparently it isn't buyable) Lord knows I ain't got that many books.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Benny G in Brief Interviews with Hideous Men

Ben Gibbard, first you marry MY ZOOEY, then you start acting in films written and directed by John Krasinski. John, Jim, whatever. What's next, Benji?? New Moon soundtrack?? Wait..

He's actually good. His hands are everywhere.

Watch Ben Gibbard Act In Brief Interviews With Hideous Men - Video - Stereogum

Friday, October 16, 2009

I've been doing Chemistry for 8 hrs and I feel like I have barely soaked up any significant information. This is troubling. Enough of that mess.

So fiiiiine.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Chris Taylor, a new obsession

OH shit.

Just bought this. Very excited! :

Multi-instrumentalist Chris Taylor of Grizzly Bear releases his debut solo 7" single under the CANT moniker today on his own Terrible Records imprint, backed with an unreleased Arthur Russell track. Take a listen to Taylor's gorgeous and haunting (and aptly titled) contribution below; fans of his other band will no doubt be extremely pleased
The CANT/Arthur Russell split 7" is limited to 1000 copies, and was recorded/produced by Taylor in his church/studio in Brooklyn.


Sunday, October 11, 2009

Just bought this on vinyl. Dreamy.


Thursday, October 8, 2009


Halloween's comin' ya'll. That means punkin' cookies for eyeballs and HOCUS POCUS on the telly. + kids wearing cute costumes.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Oh, Davey Byrne

Woke up refreshed, got in my car, drove to work. A usual Sunday morning. On the way I was listening to npr, Weekend Edition Sunday, and a familiar voice was being interviewed. Well the voice wasn't exactly familiar, just the content. Liane Hansen and the interviewee were discussing biking in NYC and said interviewee's recently published book. I said WHOA HEY DAVE BYRNE, THAT YOU? 'Course it was. Who else? Listen please.

The photo to your left is the man himself with one of his bike racks that are scattered 'round Manhattan and Brooklyn.

Thursday, October 1, 2009


Volume one: Hair

Trunk books are a new series of personal, sensual books that are intended to be filled with beautiful and fascinating content. The idea is that they’re filled with treasure, just like an old trunk in the attic. Each book will focus on a part of the human body and be filed with short pieces of writing, art, and photography. There will be interviews, essays, fiction, photo essays, poems, and art works addressing multifarious dimensions of the theme. The series is aimed at an intelligent, engaged audience interested in both “high” and popular culture and is intended to have wide appeal.

Aspects of hair that get very little attention, cultural, historical, religious etc, are finally getting their shining moment. The cover is what actually caught my eye. Fact: I judge a book by its cover.

Also, the second volume is dedicated to Blood.

Source: Design Milk

Monday, September 28, 2009

Getting excited about clothes lately.

"The hitchcock dress" NEEED! Never mind the morose look on that model's face.


One of my best friends is getting married next year and that's her dress of choice. Sarah Seven is the designer.