“Don’t make stuff because you want to make money — it will never make you enough money. And don’t make stuff because you want to get famous — because you will never feel famous enough. Make gifts for people — and work hard on making those gifts in the hope that those people will notice and like the gifts.”—John Green (via this-is-dedicated)
“Tell yourself at every step in the design process that someone has undoubtedly already thought of this and what can you do to really set it apart. In design, and particularly logo design, the pessimistic axiom that “everything has already been done” is becoming more and more true, and it is only the virtuous designer who can continue to stand out in a sea of sameness.”—MIKE DAVIDSON
KIEV, Ukraine — As news broke of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 being downed in eastern Ukraine, the separatist’s shadowy commander with a pencil mustache issued a dark warning on social media.
Through his VK.com account, Russia’s version of Facebook, the self-proclaimed defense minister of the Donetsk People’s Republic, Igor Girkin — who goes by the nom de guerre Igor Strelkov — boasted about shooting down a plane.
"We did warn you — do not fly in our sky," he wrote.
Thinking it was a Ukrainian transport plane, Strelkov added that “a plane has just been downed somewhere around Torez, it lays there behind the ‘Progress’ mine,” referring to the mining town of some 80,000 people.
“And here is the video proving another ‘bird’ falling down,” he continued. “The bird went down behind a slagheap, not in a residential district. So no peaceful people were injured,” Strelkov wrote, adding that there is also information about a Ukrainian military plane shot down.
However, Strelkov deleted the post when he found out it was actually a commercial jetliner carrying 295 innocent people — not a military aircraft.
“Do not judge men by mere appearances; for the light laughter that bubbles on the lip often mantles over the depths of sadness, and the serious look may be the sober veil that covers a divine peace and joy.”—Edward Chapin (via thatkindofwoman)
As I’m going through a pile of receipts to prepare my taxes (the Australian financial year ends in June — we’re weird like that), I’ve just realised that I’ve been doing quite a bit of public speaking these last 12 months. Considering that I always thought of myself as an introvert — and still…
I’ve been a fan of Braid for many years. Through chance and circumstance, Damon (their drummer) ended up being my drum tech for a bit of the mid-2000s, and Thrice’s tour manager thereafter. To be frank, I never felt good about him serving Thrice in either regard, because:
a) he is a far better drummer than I could ever imagine being.
b) I knew how great his band was, and knew that he needed to be making music, not babysitting a band.
c) he’s one of the best human beings I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with.
Thankfully, he and and the Braid boys have reunited and made a phenomenal new record that I hope you’ll check out. You can do so at the link above.
The emo band’s first full-length album in 16 years is a measured and often gorgeous set of songs, each well-positioned to remind fans why they fell in love with Braid in the first place.