Discussing “design cocaine” and making at Ignite Madison.

I really like the kickstarter app, especially to check out stuff beyond Staff Picks. Even if I have no intention of backing, it’s fun to see the projects and incentives people come up with.

The rewards seem to be the biggest factor too. This one seems to have everything going for it (neat art, polished storytelling, facial-haired-man in video), but the rewards just aren’t very compelling. It has 8 days left to raise a lot of money.


Roberto Carlos illustration for Golaço Umro campaign

I remember watching, and rewatching, this goal on a video I downloaded from Kazaa.

“I know there are actors out there that present themselves as cool cats, but you better take your cool-cat suit off if you want to act. You can’t otherwise.”

Philip Seymour Hoffman, from the same brilliant 2008 profile of the actor. (via parislemon)

He gave so much to every role he played, sad to see him go.

"I’m doing all that I can, to be a warm blooded man, for you." Funkalicious grooves for your Thursday.

The Heat, by Jungle

Just like water park bracelets, this is staying on #itsparkles #waastaff


Now playing down here in The Near-Sighted Monkey Lounge. This one goes out to Gorilla Grodd.

Via TheRealBradNeely

And now, here is a message from Professor Chewbacca :

Dear Students,

Is this a comic strip?

How come?


Professor Chewbacca

Excellent, necessary, and perfectly timed.


The Weather Channel is currently in a big contract dispute with DirecTV. Their approach to currying favor? They’re claiming that the network is as important as a public utility for some people.

For what it’s worth, DirecTV offered up a direct competitor to The Weather Channel a couple of years ago, and there’s also this thing called the internet that offers up weather information on the fly.

Also, has anyone seen Weather.com? About 80% of the content there is strange videos and link-bait style “articles and stories,” I don’t think The Weather Channel can honestly say that it’s only a public utility.

'…I must sound as if I'm trying to justify myself. Like saying, I was doing macramé fifteen year ago before it was a fad. When it's probably better never to have done macramé, ever.'

Douglas said, ‘I don’t even know what macramé is.’

'That's best of all,' I said.

From Hard-Luck Stories by Alice Munro (in The Moons of Jupiter).

I’m reading Alice Munro for the first time and she is just so damn good.

A book cover, inspired during a hangover. A book cover, inspired during a hangover. A book cover, inspired during a hangover.

A book cover, inspired during a hangover.

“Go into the arts. I’m not kidding. The arts are not a way to make a living. They are a very human way of making life more bearable. Practicing an art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow , for heaven’s sake. Sing in the shower. Dance to the radio. Tell stories. Write a poem to a friend, even a lousy poem. Do it as well as you possibly can. You will get an enormous reward. You will have created something.”
— Kurt Vonnegut (via messily)

(via fullcredit)

Take it slow #2013, you’re on your way out. Happy trails. (at McLain State Park)


What are we all singing right now in The Near-Sighted Monkey Lounge?

This. Astonishing. Rendition.

It’s just emotion that’s taking me over… This is adorable. Merry Christmas everyone.

Christmas has been coming early. Excited to get my backer rewards from two great Kickstarter projects: ReSketch and Werewolf.

“I usually fly with my knees.”
— Disconcerting moment from #SMBMad, @adamsenatori discussing the fact that he shoots while flying.