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"It begins with the Hiss of power and ends with the Ah of surprise."
"It is in America where, time and again, new leaders, authors, entrepreneurs, artists, scientists, journalists rise up from nowhere to inspire millions and move us forward. It is the “entrepreneurial soul" of this country that never stops me from being optimistic about our nation’s future." —Entrepreneur Faisal Hoque in how to find America’s entrepreneurial soul.
To the future!
Weekend Fun: Name That Transit System!
Here’s something a bit different, just for kicks. These extremely abstracted topological diagrams of U.S. rail transit systems were sent to me by Herbie Markwort, who runs the Gateway Streets blog about transportation issues in St. Louis.
Personally, I love the way that these diagrams look. Simplified down to their bare essentials — connecting points and termini — the systems take on an almost runic appearance. As much as possible, the distance between connection points is kept the same in these diagrams, regardless of the length of the lines in real life.
Obviously then, diagram “A” could represent any of the single-line rail systems in the U.S. — Buffalo, Phoenix, Seattle, et al — and diagram “B” represents a system (or systems) with just one branch line extending from a main trunk line. It’s certainly a fascinating way to look at something familiar from a different viewpoint, and had me scratching my head for quite a while before Herbie let me in on the answers.
Let me know what you think they are — reblog, reply, or use the Disqus commenting system to post your answers.
On May 28 UK singer/songwriter Laura Marlingwill release her new album Once I Was An Eagle, a record put together over the course of just 10 days, with Marling’s core vocals and acoustic instrumentation all done in one take in one day.
NO. WAY. Seriously shaping up for some solid summer tunes now. Plus one take vocals? Yes please.
I have a lot of respect for Ze Frank, and I adored his year-long project, The Show. So many people have said things similar to this, but it’s always a good thing to hear again. In summary: if you want to make stuff, make stuff. It’s the only way you’ll get past the point of making things to the point of having made stuff. Then you get to make more stuff. So go make stuff!
Thoughts on the Creative Career (by zefrankenfriends)
So much for getting hired.
Your thoughts are instantly formed without any work on your part, the result of thousands of influences that shape you into who you are. No thought of yours is truly original—it has all been influenced. All men do is observe and combine.
Inner turmoil is a result of not doing what brings you comfort. Close your eyes and let your mind direct your behavior to that which it wants. It is your master—a master created by training and make.