i was laying in bed, head crooked in armpit connected to arms outstretched and limp, looking like i was gonna be crucified, and through the mesh of my window came the lucid woosh of an aircraft’s engine, spooling up a set of no-nonsense directives. i had read about atomic bombs a few weeks before, and how even a thin blanket can prevent your skin from boiling off in that special isotope of orange; i huddled under my comforter and made myself fetal. I’m not sure but it could have just been a hospital helicopter, our this is how my brain chooses to handle its heat death: by filling in the expectant lines, bulled through that field of dead nothing. either way, the rest of my life is gonna be a kid in a waiting room + crayons

Chalkboard rule 30: the point of a principle is to make determining the truth of the specific easier.

Chalkboard rule 30: the point of a principle is to make determining the truth of the specific easier.

brooklynmutt:

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Mid-Year Chalkboard Review:

Making a list of the rules I’ve made, so far.  I’ll reevaluate them later in the day, and maybe I’ll erase or edit some.  I should be able to figure out the circumstances under which each rule breaks.

  • Rule one:  you vs. anxiety.

That’s the real conflict. That’s what will turn your pursuits into blasted wrecks.

  • Rule two:  you have to throw a wrench in the works.

To do something novel, something that defies expectation, you must throw a 320mm spanner into life’s machinery.

  • Rule three:  in every action, there is always an exchange.

This is obvious. Exchange what you want for what you don’t; you’ll usually find that you picked wrong, but every now and then you’ll get something great in exchange.

  • Rule four: “Why should I care?” is always a pertinent question.  

If you’re going to care, then you need to know why.  And we must care if what we do is going to have an oriented point.

  • Rule five:  fucking up is a hard habit to break.  

Speaks for itself, I think; this is my favorite so far.

  • Rule six:  there is no such thing as wasted chalk.

Little sentimental. 

  • Rule seven:  respond, don’t react. 

Taken from a Humans of New York quote (and it’s also a cliche, but hey, most of these are gonna be just that; the point is having the rule so that you can erase the rule): 

"It is important to maintain your equanimity. You cannot let yourself get too ‘up’ or too ‘down’ based on your circumstances."

"Too ‘down’ I understand. But why not too ‘up?’"

"Because the higher your mountains are, the deeper your valleys will seem. You should not react to the world. You should respond, but not react. A response is an action based on logic. A reaction is an emotional state. Your reaction will not change the world. Your reaction only changes you. Your response will change the world."

  • Rule eight:  in all things, precede your reputation.

James Fleming likes it, so it must be pretty alright.

  • Rule nine:  belief allows [intent]; believe where knowledge allows.

It’s a good way to avoid difficulties of interpretation.

  • Rule 10:  YOU make imperatives YOURS.

Unless you cede that responsibility, which is a problematic state of affairs to be in.

  • Rule 11*:  your first priority is to critically analyze your truth. 

Because you’re making something your truth, and you ought to know.

  • Rule 12:  vision, surety, destiny, agreement, belief… whatever you call it, you have to have it.

In order to make what is inner outer, you need to have the will to decide.

  • Rule 13:  brilliance succeeds realized ignorance.

Not the strongest rule.  It’s basically saying that you have to realize when you’re wrong to grow and improve.  There’s a better way to put that.

  • Rule 14:  you can’t charge timidly.

Interesting one.  Posits that if you decide to do something, you might as well commit and put your back into it.

  • Rule 15:  (your) means are self-determined.

Only a given individual can decide what their ultimate capabilities are.

  • Rule 16: eye contact is a precious thing. 

Look at people when you talk to them.  Practical rule that could be stated better.

  • Rule 17:  no gold in safe havens.

You’re not gonna find treasure by doing the same safe things you’ve always done.  A rule straight from RPGs.

  • Rule 18:  you are not a bystander. 

Do not gawk at cruelty and injustice.  Do something, stupid.  Love this one.

  • Rule 19: under promise, over deliver.

Classic rule for impressing.

  • Rule 20: CHANGE, don’t stop, for your mistakes.

Seems like this one might be redundant; it’s implied in others, like this weeks’.

  • Rule 21: being original is 1/2 noticing this moment is unlike any other, and 1/2 convincing people that is true.

I got tired of brevity.

  • Rule 22: everything said has a meaning separate from intent. 

That’s why things are interpretable.

  • Rule 23:  lend time, lend tools, but don’t lend money.

You can recoup time and reclaim tools, but money?  Don’t give it expecting to get it back.  If you do, then it might as well be a gift.

  • Rule 24:  most people don’t want to learn; they want to know. 

It’s easy to convince someone that they have knowledge.  Much harder for them to acknowledge their ignorance.

Alternatively, most people don’t want to learn; they want to show that they’re knowledgeable.  That focuses on that esteem thing I’ve heard so much about, and misses the point that expending the effort is often a barrier to people changing their minds.

  • Rule 25: Don’t wait until you’re leaving to love a place.

Inspired by a dojo-mate who mentioned that he was just starting to get into the Hyde Park scene right around when he was leaving.

  • Rule 26:  the person whom is unwilling to study is either a coward or a fool. 

From personal experience.  This is a consequence of refusing to admit ignorance.

  • Rule 27: Identity is: as simple as being whatever you propose to be and as difficult as being what you propose to be; propose cautiously.

Wildean.  Oxymoronic; good at identifying the tension that accompanies any attempt at determining your own means.

  • Rule 28:  speak, or forfeit what comes next. 

Taken from Microserfs.  You either decide to do something, or you accept that you didn’t.  Similar to #18.

  • Rule 29: when you’re wrong, admit it.

Divorce yourself from the part of you that thought that way.

I’ll review this later, as I said above.

 

 

Chalkboard rule 29: when you’re wrong, admit it. Divorce yourself from the part of you that thought that way.

Chalkboard rule 29: when you’re wrong, admit it. Divorce yourself from the part of you that thought that way.

  

another one

this is actually a poem

shh, don’t tell anyone

  

hey hey more demolition

Anonymous said: drunk words are sober thoughts

Might wanna see a neurologist if your sober thoughts are slurred.
Get well soon <3

Anonymous said: U r so talented and cool

And you’re drunk!  But I appreciate it.

Chalkboard rule 28:  either speak or forfeit what comes next.  Taken from Microserfs.

Chalkboard rule 28:  either speak or forfeit what comes next.  Taken from Microserfs.

Chalkboard rule 27:Identity is:as simple as being whatever you propose to beandas difficult as being what you propose to be;propose cautiously.
Wildean.

Chalkboard rule 27:
Identity is:
as simple as being whatever you propose to be
and
as difficult as being what you propose to be;
propose cautiously.

Wildean.

Late night cooking @ Chateau de Boykin:  Leek &amp; Potato soup.

Late night cooking @ Chateau de Boykin: Leek & Potato soup.

  

I might not stand by it in a year, but here, this exists now.

reason: 

learning how to make songs on the fly by hitting record and seeing what comes out

trying desperately to be darnielle-y or whatever

  

learning how to make songs on the fly by hitting record and seeing what comes out

trying desperately to be darnielle-y or whatever