Tuesday, March 24, 2015

A good friend challenged me to a week with no social media.. namely Instagram and Facebook. I don't think my blog counts since it's not technically social media seeing that absolutely nobody reads this, the last time I updated the blog was like 10 days ago, and I'm usually just talking to myself. Which is what makes this little cave of a blog that much more cozy. I thought I would share some daily thoughts during my 7 day no gram, no fb week. Maybe the goal at the end of the week is to regain spiritual balance, best illustrated by a dolphin frolicking with a dog in warm water.

Day 1:
12:50AM: Right now is when I would look on instagram to see what people were doing. Since my integrity is everything, I will follow this social media black out all the way through. No slip ups since I've signed out of all my accounts. I feel myself fantasizing about clicking the shit out of the Instagram icon and logging on because I've had a few glasses of wine- but not tonight. Must stay on track. Kick Danny's ass.

Day 2:
9:46AM: in the morning and as I check my text messages I realize I would naturally start to scroll through my instagram right about now. I find that when I answer texts I usually go for the instagram button right after- as if my Instagram account was an answering machine and I'd have to check any old messages. But instead of checking IG or posting thoughts and articles on FB, I've spent the past two mornings calling friends on the phone and updating them about things I'd normally post as random or actually personally significant thoughts. I don't feel any particular urge- but I do realize that my mind needs to wander as working from my home constantly fucking blows sometimes and I enjoy visual breaks. Social media is kind of like coffee or crack for the mentally restless and the insatiably curious. To which I'd like to say k holing through social media for visual research is a much different "fix" than trolling through profiles to ghost on crushes and/or be sidetracked into the lives of people who are so far removed from you, by the end of your six degrees of separation spiral you actually consider you might be suffering from an undiagnosed, social media driven disorder.

8:40PM: Thinking about getting pizza at Prince St Pizza wondering if I was on instagram whether if something was going on in the city before I retreat to Brooklyn. Don't have Instagram though or Facebook, so will have to rely on someone texting me or calling me on a Tuesday about something- which will never happen. And it doesn't.

Get a linked in invitation from someone called "Man Wang" in China. His profile photo is a picture of a rubber outsole and a sneaker laying on top of it- obviously an overseas footwear connection. If I was on instagram today I would definitely post this Man Wang invitation. I'd also feel like posting a picture I saw in Chinatown of a jar of yellow ooze advertised as "Snail Slime Filtrate". But I guess nobody else needs to see that- or do they?? Those are the questions of the day.

Damn. I have this hat! Found at a thrift store in the bay area. Might have to bring it back out in the summer.

Don't have this costume, but should probably think about getting one now.


Sunday, March 15, 2015

Logistics. One of my least favorite things I have to deal with when importing. As a designer you think- cool let's start a company to design stuff! Wrong. Let's start a company so most of your start up time is centered around completely alien admin type setting up, sourcing, and figuring out the politics of importing, customs, and warehousing. At any rate, not everyone is familiar with the inner workings of the global economy but for better or for worse, I'm hoping better, learning about it will make me a more resourceful entrepreneur. And it's just always cool to learn new stuff.

Drunk guy in flip flops "skating" home. A classic script that never gets old.

Monday, March 2, 2015

"When kids are taught that only one group of people is responsible for the history of a vast, diverse nation, they feel left out … unmotivated ... unimportant … all of the hurt feelings."


For those of you interested in alternative ways of educating young ones about the diverse and rich history of the United States, The Zinn Education Project exists and is worth a browse!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

A Netflix original series based on NYC in the 1970's. Directed by Baz Luhrmann. Mixed feelings about the points the author in the article brings up; all very valid. Regardless, being "white" or not even "American" or a real "NY'er" should not be something to be judged against. But in the overall scheme of Hollywood "storytelling" perspectives, yes it's kind of a downer. But who knows maybe this series is going to kill it? And I do realize there are tons of people involved in production, writing, etc that will additionally carry the film but at the end of the day it's about who profits, who wins the super celebrity/director awards in mainstream culture that in turn somehow become cultural ambassadors, and the rest of us who argue about the complex/simple nature of it all.


Sunday, February 22, 2015


Welcome to the next election, America. This Real Time panel discussion featuring Fran Lebowitz and Bill Nye the Science guy ( YES ) is worth checking out. I wasn't aware of Giuliani's comments from the last few days but as usual is it that surprising that America's fanatic right wing racist will have their new mascot? It's surreal how much history repeats itself when it comes to the "applause lines" people will say decade after decade to get in the news that often turn out so politically successful they actually stand a chance to run for a Presidential bid. "Loving America" "Exceptionalism" "Anti-colonialism" lol it's so ridiculous. Let's all play another game of the "American Card".

Friday, February 20, 2015