“Zen is just a reminder to stay alive and to be awake. We tend to daydream all the time, speculating about the future and dwelling in the past. Zen practice is about appreciating your life in this moment. If you are truly aware of five minutes a day, then you are doing pretty well. We are beset by both the future and the past, and there is no reality apart from the here and now.”—The writer and Zen teacher Peter Matthiessen, who died yesterday at the age of 86, quoted in his New York Times obituary by Christopher Lehmann-Haupt, 6 April 2014, page 23. (via j2parman)
“I wanted Claire to be the last one to die because Claire is the artist, Claire is the one who sees story. She sees the bigger picture. And because the series started with somebody in a car ending their life, I wanted to do somebody in a car driving off into their new life, into their new horizon.”—
The follow up question to the inevitable “What do you do?” that always gets asked by indie directors and editors who were promoted to director by the agency. And to them, after the explanation, it boils down to two things: I’m there to watch over your shoulder and tell you no.
Who knew divorce could be this much fun? Son Of Stan is rapidly becoming one of the most listened to artists in my morning commute. I’m not entirely sure if it’s because I’m intrigued by the concept of “Divorce Pop” or if I’m in a pop withdrawal to begin…
I made this video with friends. I like it. OH, and he just got a grammy nomination for nothing related to this.
Ok Dr. Phil’s wife, Robin, (yes groan, but listen up) has this new app out (iPhone and Android) that’s for people in abusive relationships. It’s called Aspire News and it’s disguised as a regular news app, but when you go to the “Help” section of the app,…
“I seem to be living in my own novels more and more. I can’t figure out why. Am I losing touch with reality? Or is reality actually sliding toward a Phil Dickian type of atmosphere? And if the latter, then for God’s sake why?”—Philip K. Dick, The Exegesis of Philip K. Dick (via jstn)
“But think about it another way, and Homestar Runner is still all around us. It wasn’t the first series to get by on dorky earnestness, on believing that characters who were basically good-hearted and fun to be around could be the basis for a humorous show just as much as those drenched in cynicism and irony. It was pre-dated, notably, by SpongeBob SquarePants and a handful of other late ’90s hits. But Homestar Runner ended up feeling very like the purest possible expression of one corner of the Internet, the one that wanted to just like stuff, instead of always feeling at a remove from it. It codified the pureness of being a little kid and falling in love with your first TV show or movie or book, and it turned that into a series of web shorts that pointed the way forward not just for the legions of web series to follow but also a host of TV shows, from Adventure Time to Bob’s Burgers, from Community to Parks And Recreation. Did Homestar Runner influence all of those programs? Most likely not, but it tapped into something in the ether and heightened it. It created a goofy little community and daffy, surprisingly lovable characters to populate it, and it didn’t seem to break a sweat. It felt refreshing and new in 2002. That it feels less so in 2013 says less about the series’ staying power and more about how it seemed to realize something so many were thinking, even before they could speak the words that would make it be.”—
Todd VanDerWerff, How Homestar Runner changed web series for the better | The A.V. Club
I can still draw Homestar and the Cheat from memory.