Category Archives: Inspiration

Exchanging

Catching up, for those interested….listen to the latest.

Exchange.004 – Summertime

Exchange.003 – Touch

Uhhhh, the cover, see, what had happened was…..

Exchange.002 – Teenage Love Affair

I Frequently Wish That I Thought of Things That Jen Thinks Of

So my friend Jennifer, who on a near daily basis serves as inspiration to write, post, take a picture, or otherwise participate online, organized (from this idea, although it wouldn’t have surprised me if it was her idea) an ongoing mixtape of sorts.  Gathered a couple of her friends, asked each to offer up a song in line with the tape’s theme (this first one is ‘songs with a name in the title’), and with the simple genius of Muxtape, vwhala, we have The Exchange, and its first edition, Say My Name.  Go listen to it, or download it for the archives.

The Exchange 001

A list of contributors and their selctions:

Me | Jazzy Belle (remix) – Outkast feat. Babyface
Marcia | Black Stacey – Saul Williams
Kate | Helen – The Cave Singers
Ouxu | Mary Jane (All Night Long) – Mary J. Blige
Cye | Saigon Meets Just Blaze – Saigon
Eyejammy | Mona Lisa – Slick Rick
Jen | Renee – Lost Boyz
OJ | Makeba – Aceyalone
Liz | Poor Georgie – MC Lyte
Panama | Hey There Delilah – Plain White T’s
Brandon | Adam – Me’Shell Ndegéocello
George | Mona Lisa – Nat King Cole

Honestly, I don’t know but one (besides Jen) of the fine folks participating in this ongoing aural amalgam, but as Jen drafted them, I bet they’re all dope.  So open the mixtape in one tab, and go explore these cats in a bunch of other ones.  That’s what I’m doing.

Also, to acknowledge reality, I kind of suck at blogging.  Or blogging regularly, at least.  I should try harder.  There are all kinds of interesting and useful tools out there to create a presence for one’s self in the social online world that we now spend an inordinate amount of time in.  I want to make use of them.  I think I will.  But you should go listen to the mixtape.

Cobra Commander No Match For Steve Jobs; Also, LeBron James For President of The World

G.I. Joe & an apple

Apples For The Army

Interesting news, decent article, but jesus christ, could you possibly find a better example of an overbearing, overwhelming, visually loud clusterfuck of a website? Has nobody at Forbes heard of ‘less is more’?

While we’re checking out websites of financial journalism titans, here’s an article that’s a bit easier on the eyes. From Fortune, it’s more really good than decent, and it covers King James’ (or rather, his brand’s) march to worldwide ubiquity:

Bron Bron Seeks Membership In Billionaire Boys Club

Do work

Here I find myself, nearly a year away from the last post. That’s too bad. Wish I would’ve kept up, but there’s really nothing to do now but to do it again (‘it’ being writing, not not writing). Who knows what may come of it? Rap, sneakers, good ideas, things I notice, good design, stuff I like, people who inspire me, social commentary, commerce, publicity, fashion, food worth writing about….I don’t know. May turn into any number of things. No need for any proclamations or promises, simply another start and hopefully a more consistent run. Here goes.

But before I do, here’s a quote from a book I’ve just finished (a year or two after I got it from my Mom) that is written in a language that nearly unconditionally amazed me from beginning to end:

“I don’t like work — no man does — but I like what is in the work — the chance to find yourself. Your own reality — for yourself, not for others — what no other man can ever know. They can only see the mere show, and can never tell what it really means.”

– Marlow, from Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad