Bloc Party ~ Sunday

I really happen to be extremely fond of this song and it’s been in my head a lot lately.

Bloc Party ~ Sunday

Heavy night; it was a heavy night
Feels like we come back from the dead
Heavy night; it was a heavy night
I cannot remember what I said (to anyone)

If we get up now we can catch the afternoon
Watch the under 15’s playing football in the park
Let’s sit in St. Leonard’s on this alcoholic day
We’re doing the best with what we’ve got

I’ll love you in the morning
When you’re still hung-over
I’ll love you in the morning
When you’re still strung out
I’ll love you in the morning…

I work hard all week, and so do you
We return to let us off some steam
Let all the doubts creep in
We need to rage through this life
Their might be white; who are smarter than you
That have the right answers, that wear better shoes
Forget about those melting ice caps
We’re doing the best with what we’ve got

I’ll love you in the morning
When you’re still hung-over
I’ll love you in the morning
When you’re still strung out
I’ll love you in the morning

With you I am calm; a pearl in your oyster
Head on my chest, a silent smile, a private kind of happiness
You see giant proclamations are all very well
But our love is louder than words

I’ll love you in the morning
I’ll love you in the morning
I’ll love you in the morning
I’ll love you in the morning
I’ll love you in the morning

Great quote..from a comment

Rarely are comments from online blogs and news sites all that useful and hardly, if ever, are they anything worth remembering. But a comment I found on an article last week was so quoteworthy that I pulled it and put it in my online quote box.

“Why not just refuse to allow yourself to worry so much about what others think? If you refuse to collaborate by giving in to pressure (real or imagined) through fretting over ideas that don’t address your own individual experience, perhaps you can devote more time to really important issues.”

Treppenwitz

Literally, ‘the wisdom of the stairs’. The striking reply that crosses one’s mind belatedly when already leaving, on the stairs. People are often angry because they did not have the fitting answer directly during a conversation. The term is old, but it was made popular by W. Lewis Hertslet who published his book in 1882 entitled ‘Treppenwitz der Weltgeschichte’. In that book, he writes: “Like to a petitioner who is just leaving after an audience, a piquant, striking words occurs to history almost always delayed.”

Bruce Mau’s Incomplete Manifesto For Growth

Trolling old emails, I found a link to this that I sent to someone else last year. I liked it then by and large and still do now. Even if all aren’t applicable, it’s a nice framework for a paradigm shift. It’s for a design firm, but there are things in here I like. The challenge is incorporating your own ideas and finding what works in your field and/or your life.

An Incomplete Manifesto for Growth

Written in 1998, the Incomplete Manifesto is an articulation of statements that exemplify Bruce Mau’s beliefs, motivations and strategies. It also articulates how the BMD studio works.
1. Allow events to change you. You have to be willing to grow. Growth is different from something that happens to you. You produce it. You live it. The prerequisites for growth: the openness to experience events and the willingness to be changed by them.

2. Forget about good. Good is a known quantity. Good is what we all agree on. Growth is not necessarily good. Growth is an exploration of unlit recesses that may or may not yield to our research. As long as you stick to good you’ll never have real growth.

3. Process is more important than outcome. When the outcome drives the process we will only ever go to where we’ve already been. If process drives outcome we may not know where we’re going, but we will know we want to be there.

4. Love your experiments (as you would an ugly child). Joy is the engine of growth. Exploit the liberty in casting your work as beautiful experiments, iterations, attempts, trials, and errors. Take the long view and allow yourself the fun of failure every day.

5. Go deep. The deeper you go the more likely you will discover something of value.

6. Capture accidents. The wrong answer is the right answer in search of a different question. Collect wrong answers as part of the process. Ask different questions.

7. Study. A studio is a place of study. Use the necessity of production as an excuse to study. Everyone will benefit.

8. Drift. Allow yourself to wander aimlessly. Explore adjacencies. Lack judgment. Postpone criticism.

9. Begin anywhere. John Cage tells us that not knowing where to begin is a common form of paralysis. His advice: begin anywhere.

10. Everyone is a leader. Growth happens. Whenever it does, allow it to emerge. Learn to follow when it makes sense. Let anyone lead.

11. Harvest ideas. Edit applications. Ideas need a dynamic, fluid, generous environment to sustain life. Applications, on the other hand, benefit from critical rigor. Produce a high ratio of ideas to applications.

12. Keep moving. The market and its operations have a tendency to reinforce success. Resist it. Allow failure and migration to be part of your practice.

13. Slow down. Desynchronize from standard time frames and surprising opportunities may present themselves.

14. Don’t be cool. Cool is conservative fear dressed in black. Free yourself from limits of this sort.

15. Ask stupid questions. Growth is fueled by desire and innocence. Assess the answer, not the question. Imagine learning throughout your life at the rate of an infant.

16. Collaborate. The space between people working together is filled with conflict, friction, strife, exhilaration, delight, and vast creative potential.

17. ____________________. Intentionally left blank. Allow space for the ideas you haven’t had yet, and for the ideas of others.

18. Stay up late. Strange things happen when you’ve gone too far, been up too long, worked too hard, and you’re separated from the rest of the world.

19. Work the metaphor. Every object has the capacity to stand for something other than what is apparent. Work on what it stands for.

20. Be careful to take risks. Time is genetic. Today is the child of yesterday and the parent of tomorrow. The work you produce today will create your future.
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