October 10, 2014
I wasn’t dumb. I just didn’t get good grades. I wanted to look out the window. I wanted to be somewhere else.
October 9, 2014
You never outlive the rejection slip. It’s there waiting for you, sooner or later.
October 7, 2014
Leela Cyd makes wonderful images. Some of them feature ice cream.

Leela Cyd makes wonderful images. Some of them feature ice cream.

October 2, 2014

Beauty Through The Bruises

Every city has embarrassing traits. My city may have more than most. Tampa is a place often dissed by its own residents and used as a punch line by the rest of the country.

We have endured a lot of jabs over the years. Here, many of us tend to focus on what Tampa lacks — connective public transit options, all four seasons, decent support for a playoff-caliber baseball team — instead of what we can proudly claim as our own. I have definitely been guilty of this.

My wife and I spent our twenties grumbling about Tampa’s shortage of big city allure and planning a jump to Chicago. Then a funny thing happened — we stayed. After a decade here, we finally ponied up and bought our first house last year in Riverside Heights. Now I’m not just excited about what Tampa may become; I love this city right now.

Roald Dahl said “Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.” He was right. Erica & I found it in Portland. And I love Austin, Charleston and Denver for the same reasons most folks do. But Tampa shouldn’t aspire to be any of them. We’ve made our own magic here and you really don’t have to look hard for it. Consider this pedigree:

We have one of the finest newspapers in the country. You can count the Pulitzers or read The Last Voyage of the Bounty. Or this remembrance of baseball man Don Zimmer.

We are home to a world-class beermaker. Cigar City Brewing has become the centerpiece in a growing craft beer community that now boasts more than 30 breweries.

We have a mayor who is hell-bent on energizing downtown. Young professionals love this guy.

We enjoy enough sunny days to power a small nation. There are parks, pools, trails and rivers to explore every day of the year. Go outside and throw the ball around. Get that bikini tan. Stand-up paddle. Sit-down paddle!

We roast coffee. We make art. We support each other.

So beat up on Tampa if you want. Those bruises are gonna fade. And when they do, you know what it’ll look like? Home.

September 22, 2014
I think naughtiness and creativity are linked.
UK advertising legend Dave Trott in this interview with Dave Dye
September 18, 2014
“I just dedicate my time to making and things get made.” ~ Cleon Peterson in the October 2014 issue of Juxtapoz Mag

“I just dedicate my time to making and things get made.” ~ Cleon Peterson in the October 2014 issue of Juxtapoz Mag

September 9, 2014
All that counts is real life.
September 2, 2014
Oslo photographer Sigrid Bjorbekkmo has some fine portraits under her belt.  (via Mull It Over)

Oslo photographer Sigrid Bjorbekkmo has some fine portraits under her belt.  (via Mull It Over)

August 20, 2014

Great concept. Well made. Killer moves.

‘Pushing On’ by Ian Robertson (via swissmiss)

August 19, 2014
I don’t have to be somebody else. I don’t have to be as good as somebody else, I just have to keep making stuff that I am excited by.
August 5, 2014
Indifference is the enemy.
August 1, 2014
Making a record is a collaboration of a lot of ideas. It’s not gonna be as good if it’s just one person’s ideas.
July 31, 2014

Sean Rowe – ‘Madman’

A song (and video) that gives us a sense of what it’s like to be a traveling songwriter. Heckuva voice.

danielseunglee:

Wigwam Motel, Arizona 2013

Try to imagine this image without the VW. Would it be as interesting?

danielseunglee:

Wigwam Motel, Arizona 2013

Try to imagine this image without the VW. Would it be as interesting?