at Oyster-Adams Bilingual School
“The thing is, I really like saying yes. I like new things, projects, plans, getting people together and doing something, trying something, even when it’s corny or stupid. I am not good at saying no. And I do not get along with people who say no. When you die, and it really could be this afternoon, under the same bus wheels I’ll stick my head if need be, you will not be happy about having said no. You will be kicking your ass about all the no’s you’ve said. No to that opportunity, or no to that trip to Nova Scotia or no to that night out, or no to that project or no to that person who wants to be naked with you but you worry about what your friends will say.
No is for wimps. No is for pussies. No is to live small and embittered, cherishing the opportunities you missed because they might have sent the wrong message.
There is a point in one’s life when one cares about selling out and not selling out. One worries whether or not wearing a certain shirt means that they are behind the curve or ahead of it, or that having certain music in one’s collection means that they are impressive, or unimpressive.
Thankfully, for some, this all passes. I am here to tell you that I have, a few years ago, found my way out of that thicket of comparison and relentless suspicion and judgment. And it is a nice feeling. Because, in the end, no one will ever give a shit who has kept shit ‘real’ except the two or three people, sitting in their apartments, bitter and self-devouring, who take it upon themselves to wonder about such things. The keeping real of shit matters to some people, but it does not matter to me. It’s fashion, and I don’t like fashion, because fashion does not matter.
What matters is that you do good work. What matters is that you produce things that are true and will stand. What matters is that the Flaming Lips’s new album is ravishing and I’ve listened to it a thousand times already, sometimes for days on end, and it enriches me and makes me want to save people. What matters is that it will stand forever, long after any narrow-hearted curmudgeons have forgotten their appearance on goddamn 90210. What matters is not the perception, nor the fashion, not who’s up and who’s down, but what someone has done and if they meant it. What matters is that you want to see and make and do, on as grand a scale as you want, regardless of what the tiny voices of tiny people say. Do not be critics, you people, I beg you. I was a critic and I wish I could take it all back because it came from a smelly and ignorant place in me, and spoke with a voice that was all rage and envy. Do not dismiss a book until you have written one, and do not dismiss a movie until you have made one, and do not dismiss a person until you have met them. It is a fuckload of work to be open-minded and generous and understanding and forgiving and accepting, but Christ, that is what matters. What matters is saying yes.” - Dave Eggers
I’m starting to piece together what Monday night’s Pop-Up Magazine Song Reader issue is all about…and it is going to be cool.
First, a bit of backstory.
1. Pop-Up Magazine is a “live magazine,” created for the stage and a live audience.
Nothing will arrive in your mailbox. Nothing will go online. Nothing will be filmed or recorded. An issue exists for one night, in one place.
Beck’s latest project comes in an almost-forgotten form—twenty songs existing only as individual pieces of sheet music, never before released or recorded.
Are you thinking what I’m thinking?
Pop-Up is basically the perfect way for Beck to release his versions of the songs to the world for one night only. Nothing will go online. Nothing is filmed or recorded. It exists for one night, in one place.
Tremendously cool. So excited to be there.
This was a fun project. Site was designed mobile first, from the ground up with Marylanders in mind. We held over half a dozen focus groups all across the state. Thank you, Maryland!
Governor Martin O’Malley today unveiled the next generation of Maryland.gov — redesigned from the ground up with Marylanders in mind. The new design is based on forward-leaning industry best practices, the latest web and mobile technologies, and focus group feedback from across the state.
Simplicity, ease of use, and citizen engagement were primary goals for the redesign, and the site’s responsive web design makes it easier to find and share information whether you’re on a desktop, tablet, or smartphone. Social media content from Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube have been deeply integrated into the site, and location-based data helps you find information and services near you.
“In an ever changing 21st century world, government must continuously evolve and adapt to meet the needs of the citizens we serve.”
— Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley
Congratulations to our team in Maryland. As DoIT Secretary Elliot Schlanger said, “This is much, much more than a face-lift to Maryland.gov.”
Read more about the new features in the Governor’s press release.
Love this! The first 30 seconds of the video are infuriating—are there actually doctors that would recommend this?!?—but the rest had me smiling and in tears.
I love this - aside from from the choice to be such a great big brother, it’s amazing to see the maturity and empathy Connor has at his age. (Sports Illustrated Kid of The Year 2012 by SOAZstaff)
There is nothing wrong with disliking President Obama. Disagree with him on policies, dislike his politics. But the unbelievable amount of hatred simply because of the color of his skin and multifaceted background is quite simply, despicable. And totally Un-American. The slurs and calls for violence are wholly uncalled for.
This behavior (probably learned from their parents and relatives) should never be condoned. Teach your kids kindness, tolerance, and nonviolence, and that we are held accountable for the individuals we are - not the names or labels or colors of our skin. You may disagree with someone’s ideas - and that’s ok - but that is no excuse for slurs and hate. It is categorically wrong. There is no humor to be found in these cruel statements. There is nothing to joke about.
"Why Is Dad So Mad?" Because Han shot first! Or maybe because George Lucas put Hayden Christensen into Return of the Jedi.
"Gotta find me some of that…"
It was the falling down and the burrowing into, a pile of crunchy leaves, that made you get up and go out and play. I need to go find me some of that…again.
Tumblr as a platform for civic action? Yes, indeed. Historic and notable.
So just to keep you updated: The well-intentioned, but immensely flawed “Stop Online Piracy Act” is still in the House Judiciary Committee. The hearing was yesterday and now members will debate and bring amendments to the bill. The Committee will reconvene in a few weeks — the date has yet to be scheduled. Nothing has been brought to a final vote. Everything is still very much in play. We’ll keep you posted on what’s going on and what you can do to help. But for now, we want to thank you.
One encouraging thing we heard yesterday:
I don’t believe this bill has any chance on the House floor. I think it’s way too extreme, it infringes on too many areas that our leadership will know is simply too dangerous to do in its current form.
— Representative Darrell Issa
We also want to express our tremendous gratitude to our friends at Mobile Commons who, on 30 minutes notice, hooked us up with their amazing platform (and provided their expertise) to automatically connect callers with their Representatives.
I couldn’t agree more.
Yes! So excited that the world of a capella is alive an well with the next generation. :)
Today wasn’t such an exciting day for me. I was sick at home, ON THE 3rd DAY OF SCHOOL! Well at least I got to watch a bunch of TV (5 episodes of Doctor who). By the way, I’ve got a cool video I’d like to show you. I hope you love this a cappella Dr. Who Theme song.
So much potential to learn from the data aggregated by USA.gov’s link shortener. Very excited to see what comes out of the hack day next month!