The thing is, the person running that Tumblr is probably still at least 10 years younger than me!
Oh man. This cuts way too close to home. Note to self: stop doing this sh*t. Now.
Over the past few years, I’ve been honing my skills in self-sabotage. Graduate school has helped me refine techniques that I’ve been gradually acquiring my entire life. Now, I feel like I’ve reached a point where I need to give back and share some of my insights on the art of self-sabotage — which…
There have been many, many views of my post on white silence, many re-blogs, and much discussion, and I just want to clarify a few things:
I am not calling for “commentary” from my white friends about issues of race. I am not calling for my white friends to tell me that they understand what it…
The recent illustrations of Siri, the iPhone 4S voice-recognition based assistant, failing to provide information to users about abortion, birth control, help after rape and help with domestic violence has gotten a lot of notice. Yesterday’s post with screenshots from a Twitter conversation I was…
Ambitious though it was, I cannot sustain 2 projects on a quasi ‘every day’ basis and the doodling project lost out to the math which is more exciting and useful to me right now. Not that I won’t draw again, I just can’t make myself do it as easily as I can sit down and puzzle over some equations in the mornings before starting work. I’ll look into other ways to stimulate regular creative output and re-shape that blog at some point.
I’ve been feeling restless. I’m out of school and rounding the corner on my second year of full time work and it’s time I started creating again instead of just consuming and trying to keep up with the steady flow of internet distractions. Time for me to create and also learn, every day, and to track my progress.
In 2005 I learned about videoblogging and was regularly publishing videos of myself and my life at the time. After a year or so of being heavily involved in that budding community the full time school curriculum started to take over my time and I also stopped finding my rapidly shrinking world worthy of recording day after day. My online experiences from that point on have become more like a couch potato experience than the “Choose your own adventure” approach I had before.
Time for that to change. I’m going to do something new for myself every day. Two things actually. First, I’m going to do A Doodle Per Day. I used to draw a lot and especially comics. Drawing was something that I really got carried away doing. Time flew, my focus was intense, and I loved living in a pen and ink world of my own making. By doing a doodle every day I hope to rekindle that part of my brain and also start capturing what new ideas and techniques I can develop over the course of a year.
The second project is Math Every Day. In my degree we did a lot of programming and math itself was mostly glossed over - the formulas were given to us - but I used to love math and I miss feeling like I understand some of the larger concepts beyond daily life algebra. So I will find a way to learn something new about math every day. I’d like to learn Calculus since I never took it in school and I have a book to get me started on that but also I will check out the MIT Open Courseware offerings and see what I might be able to teach myself from there.
OK, so starting January 1, 2011 I will begin two 365 day projects. I’m totally ready for this.