Things I learned in february

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What a weird month this has been. I’ve been kind of manic lately but things are cooling down in my brain. My desperate hatred for winter (also called SAD) has dissipated and I am beginning to plan for spring in my head. I don’t know what that means, but I will be ready when the time comes. For some reason I’ve also had a lot of crazy ideas over the last month- good ideas. My first idea is to learn how to bake from scratch. Although Erin rarely bakes, she really loves baked goods, so I figured this would be a good way to balance out our kitchen powers and give my lovely wife all the cookies she desiresdeserves. So on Sunday with a bit of help I created some peanut butter cookies, straight out of The Joy of Cooking: The second idea is that I want to ride my…

Rubaiyat

From a poem entitled Rubaiyat by Mahmoud Darwish: 10. I see what I want of death: I love, and my chest splits for a horse of Eros that leaps out of it white, running over clouds and flying on endless vapor, circling the eternal blue … So do not stop me from dying, do not bring me back to a star of dust 11. I see what I want of blood: I have seen the murdered address the murderer who bullet-lit his heart: From now on you shall remember only me. I, too, murdered you idly, and from now on you shall remember only me … you won’t bear the roses of spring

Photography as personal narrative

Excerpt from an interview of Nobuyoshi Araki (via American Suburb X): Time is never specified in your photos. What is your relationship to time? NA: A photograph takes place only at a certain instant. And this instant is unidentifiable. The instant is the eternal and the eternal is the instant. When the camera shutter is released, that’s the eternal. Eternity is achieved by releasing the camera shutter and letting it descend. The action has an immediate connection. It’s more an action than an art. I think it is fine to mix photos, regardless of when they were taken. On the other hand, I take photographs with printed dates so that they can be shown in chronological order. The flow of daily occurrence is a story. It is extremely dramatic and interesting. There are various meanings. But it would be, if anything, more interesting to show them in chronological order. This…

I will be twitter-spammed for talking about social media marketing

But here is my take on it anyway. If you want to sell stuff to me via social networks: 1. Your product has to be something relevant to me socially, or be something I enjoy using. Example: beer, I enjoy using; wrenches I do not. *but* if I am a mechanic and have lots of mechanic friends, I might want to see content about your wrenches so I can share it with them. 2. Your product has to be something I use frequently. As much as I love my car I already have one and I don’t need information about lease financing offers. I will seek that out when I need it. Same goes for airfare deals- Southwest, I’m looking at you here. 3. Your message has to be interesting or useful. Communicate about new products or deals, or interesting news about your products. Don’t just post advertisements. Don’t post…