I beg young people to travel. If you don’t have a passport, get one. Take a summer, get a backpack and go to Delhi, go to Saigon, go to Bangkok, go to Kenya. Have your mind blown. Eat interesting food. Dig some interesting people. Have an adventure. Be careful. Come back and you’re going to see your country differently, you’re going to see your president differently, no matter who it is. Music, culture, food, water. Your showers will become shorter. You’re going to get a sense of what globalization looks like. It’s not what Tom Friedman writes about; I’m sorry. You’re going to see that global climate change is very real. And that for some people, their day consists of walking 12 miles for four buckets of water. And so there are lessons that you can’t get out of a book that are waiting for you at the other end of that flight. A lot of people—Americans and Europeans—come back and go, Ohhhhh. And the light bulb goes on. —
Henry Rollins (via rebeccabone)
Among the many reasons why I’m so excited to travel to China this summer.
(Source: runouttheguns, via rebeccaxhart)
MURK AVENUE: I FOUND ICE CUBES 'GOOD DAY' -
“went to short dogs house,
they was watching Yo MTV
Yo MTV RAPS first aired:
Aug 6th 1988
Ice Cubes single “today was a good day” released on:
Feb 23 1993
”The Lakers beat the Super
Dates between Yo MTV Raps air date AUGUST 6 1988 and the release…
I had to, this poster is just too good.
(Source: jayherself, via daniepedia)
The Enlightenment started when Einstein invented the light bulb. Until then people could not work long enough to figure things out because it got dark too early.
Louis CK: Funny Man, Entrepreneurial Genius
If you downloaded Louis CK’s latest comedy special—available for $5 exclusively at his personal website—then you received this fascinating email yesterday from the man himself (who also just so happens to be one of GQ’s 2011 Men of the Year). We’re passing along a portion of Louis’s email not just because it’s funny but also because it’s a rare, revealingly candid insight into the business of being funny. Basically, it’s Louis explaining why he’s selling this concert film in such a unique way. And it’s working—in fact, the film is such a hit that at this very moment the website appears to be overloaded. Anyway, here’s Louis:
The show went on sale at noon on Saturday, December 10th. 12 hours later, we had over 50,000 purchases and had earned $250,000, breaking even on the cost of production and website. As of Today, we’ve sold over 110,000 copies for a total of over $500,000. Minus some money for PayPal charges etc, I have a profit around $200,000 (after taxes $75.58). This is less than I would have been paid by a large company to simply perform the show and let them sell it to you, but they would have charged you about $20 for the video. They would have given you an encrypted and regionally restricted video of limited value, and they would have owned your private information for their own use. They would have withheld international availability indefinitely. This way, you only paid $5, you can use the video any way you want, and you can watch it in Dublin, whatever the city is in Belgium, or Dubai. I got paid nice, and I still own the video (as do you). You never have to join anything, and you never have to hear from us again.
I really hope people keep buying it a lot, so I can have shitloads of money, but at this point I think we can safely say that the experiment really worked. If anybody stole it, it wasn’t many of you. Pretty much everybody bought it. And so now we all get to know that about people and stuff. I’m really glad I put this out here this way and I’ll certainly do it again. If the trend continues with sales on this video, my goal is that i can reach the point where when I sell anything, be it videos, CDs or tickets to my tours, I’ll do it here and I’ll continue to follow the model of keeping my price as far down as possible, not overmarketing to you, keeping as few people between you and me as possible in the transaction. (Of course i reserve the right to go back on all of this and sign a massive deal with a company that pays me fat coin and charges you straight up the ass.). (This is you: yes Louie. And we’ll all enjoy torrenting that content. You fat sweaty dolt).
I learned that money can be a lot of things. It can be something that is hoarded, fought over, protected, stolen and withheld. Or it can be like an energy, fueled by the desire, will, creative interest, need to laugh, of large groups of people. And it can be shuffled and pushed around and pooled together to fuel a common interest, jokes about garbage, penises and parenthood.
RT @HP: Look good, work all day without recharging – it’s the #HP Folio 13 #ultrabook. http://t.co/U9xXYztu
As finals approach, Operation OUWL is in full effect. I have never seen more under fed, sleep deprived, and stressed out individuals under one roof for an extended period of time.
Good luck to everyone on their final projects and exams, and looking forward to coming out on the other end with a few weeks of rest to prepare for the next round: OUWWQ (Occupy UW Winter Quarter).
(A student at U of Texas settles in for a long occupation)
We have it so good. -
Sometimes, the simplest things in life are the most important. We should appreciate what we have more than we do.