Tonight my prayers go out to the brave men who shed their blood, endure hardship and face insurmountable obstacles…opening the spawned in hell plastic moulded packaging and endless twist-ties for their little princesses and little buddies. Thanks Dads for all you do for those you love!
…and for keeping the $&@€£¥ words inside your head.
REVIEWS: Orbiting the Giant Hairball OR Is it really a "hairball" at all?
Below are the thoughts from a person who chooses to remain anonymous.
Being a “creative” professional for 16 years, I’ve heard these thoughts coming from freelancers, all the way to world class agency people. What are your thoughts?
(Keep in mind, not all creatives think this way)
"Is it really a hairball?
Nope, it’s more of a Rubberband Ball. Orbiters occasionally pull away, but snapback to ballbrain thinking pretty fast. Either by choice or they are pulled back…OR, they are cut loose if they refuse, and spring away hoping to attach to another rubberband ball, and unfortunately, this time decide that orbiting is too dangerous.
For those that are not cut loose, they snapback, become a ballbrain and as new bands of bureaucracy are laid on them, they get buried and soon can’t stretch themselves and orbit any more.
Are Rubberband balls bad? NO! They are needed, because without the gravitational pull of them, there really isn’t any orbiting, just idea-comets flying through space without purpose, direction or value.
But the bigger question is what they are orbiting, being pulled by or drawn back into. That’s where the the problem lies.
Welcome to reality. Most orbiting is based on position and less on culture and equal opportunity.
Orbiters make better targets too. Who wants that?
Is it just the rogue astronauts? The intellectual explorers? Maybe they just don’t care, they believe there’s more then one ball out there.
So in a struggling economy, nobody wants to be shot down or cut loose. So we stick to the Rubberband Ball, engage our ballbrain and survive.”
“Copy out things that you really love. Any book. Put the quotation marks around it, put the date that you’re doing the copying out, and then copy it out. You’ll find that you just soak into that prose, and you’ll find that the comma means something, that it’s there for a reason, and that that adjective is there for a reason, because the copying out, the handwriting, the becoming an apprentice—or in a way, a servant—to that passage in the book makes you see things in it that you wouldn’t see if you just moved your eyes over it, or even if you typed it. If your verbal mind isn’t working, then stop trying to make it work by pushing, and instead, open that spiral notebook, find a book that you like, and copy out a couple paragraphs.”—Nicholson Baker on copying out passages of your favorite books by hand (via austinkleon)