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a horse of a different color

8 Mar

Mongolians do not give their horses names, rather, they refer to them by their color. There are more than 300 words in Mongolian to refer to the color of a horse.

via The Mavenist, which, aside from conspicuously referencing Enquire Within Upon Everything and commonplace bookssomebody’s been reading Where Good Ideas Come From—offers much more than equestrian facts:

When you don’t create things, you become defined by your tastes rather than ability. Your tastes only narrow and exclude people. So create.

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17 of 30

22 Feb

In response to some entrepreneur‘s blog post on drawing an owl, a commenter stumbled onto the best guide for creative projects I’ve ever read.

1. Start
2. Keep going.
3. You think you’re starting to get the hang of it.
4. You see someone else’s work and feel undeniable misery.
5. Keep going.
6. Keep going.
7. You feel like maybe, possibly, you kinda got it now.
8. You don’t.
9. Keep going.
10. You ask for someone else’s opinion—their response is standoffish, though polite.
11. Depression.
12. Keep going.
13. Keep going.
14. You ask someone else’s opinion—their response is favorable.
15. They have no idea what they’re talking about.
16. Keep going.
17. You feel semi-kinda favorable and maybe even a little proud of what you can do now.
18. Self-loathing chastisement.
19. Depression
20. Keep going.
21. You ask someone else’s opinion—they respond quite favorably.
22. They’re still wrong.
23. Depression.
24. Keep going though you can’t possibly imagine why.
25. Become restless.
26. Receive some measure of praise from a trustworthy opinion.
27. They’re still fucking wrong (Right?).
28. Keep going just because there’s nothing else to do.
29. Mastery arrives, you mistake it for a gust of wind.
30. Keep. Fucking. Going.

I think I’m at or around #17. Not looking forward to the next two.

blog on blog

11 Feb

Been busy working on a new piece for ALARM, so for now I’ll just spread the word about Carl Wilson.

Carl Wilson is great.

Carl Wilson is my hero.

Carl Wilson wrote a book on Celine Dion.

Carl Wilson’s book on Celine Dion is worth your time.

Carl Wilson’s book on Celine Dion should be read by anyone who’s ever thought about why they like what they like.

Carl Wilson also has a blog.

Carl Wilson’s blog, starting now, is worth my time.

quiet manifesto

30 Jan

Rendering from Landscape Futures Super-Workshop, via BLDG BLOG

I’ve mentioned Geoff Manaugh a lot in recent months, pretty much since BLDG BLOG snared me as its latest catch. I’ve mostly mentioned him at TBE, since his expertise is in “architectural conjecture, urban speculation, and landscape futures”—if one can be said to have expertise in such things.

Speaking of expertise, that very subject was brought up on the blog not that long ago, and for some reason, the exchange stuck with me. A comment on a November post read, rather abrasively, “I have tried and failed to ascertain exactly which if any qualifications Geoff Manaugh has? For all the white noise on the internet by this guy there is not one CV.” To which Manaugh responded, “Qualifications for what?”

Precisely. Qualifications for… having a blog? It would seem to me blogs are innocuous things, and that instead it’s the commenters on those blogs we need to screen; what are Anonymous’ qualifications for being able to chime in with his passive-aggressive concern?

More than that, Manaugh has been transparent about his aversion to a narrow scope from the beginning. In the intro The BLDG BLOG Book he sums up his purpose perfectly:

“Forget academic rigor. Never take the appropriate next step. Talk about Chinese urban design, the European space program, the landscape in the films of Alfred Hitchcock in the span of three sentences—because it’s fun, and the juxtapositions might take you somewhere. Most importantly, follow your lines of interest.”

He follows his interests and synthesizes them wondrously. No qualifications necessary.

And this: “Never take the appropriate next step.” It’s like a quiet, potent manifesto.