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There is a fine line between researching or trying to get inspired by looking at or watching other people’s stuff and dickin’ around online. I’ve crossed that line, almost daily it seems.

For the last several months, at 12:26pm on a typical weekday, I’d sit un-showered, hair a fright, eye boogers intact, and still in my PJ’s. Anything wrong with this picture? I’m slightly comforted by the fact that this scene is not uncommon in San Francisco, where many make their living parked in front of their laptops in living rooms, sunny WIFI cafes, simultaneously people-watching and “working.”

Although I pulled off good grades in my three classes this past semester (keep in mind that, in grad school, unless you’re trying to grab some scholarships or have plans to go for a PhD, grades don’t really mean much), I cringe when recalling the many mornings spent in front of my laptop clicking interesting tweets and skimming through loads of junk mail in my inbox. Even when I faced a deadline in which I needed to turn in a video over the course of just a few hours, I found myself engrossed in a 10-page article about the emotional response of lobsters and watching Tina Fey’s conversation with Eric Schmidt during her last visit to Google.

We absorb so much information throughout the course of a day, I often wonder whether we’re spending enough time creating original, thoughtful content. Are we mainly contributing to our networks by “sharing” other people’s works and finds, or are we producing something worth looking at, watching, reading, or listening to?

I’m hoping to have a very productive summer, but I might just need to hit the power button on my Mac in order to do so.


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May 30, 2011 at 10:34 pm

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“There Are Some People Who Don’t Wait…” – an ode to ‘just going’

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Last night, I was pleasantly surprised by a call from a friend who is temporarily living in DC and freelancing as a photojournalist. I think he called to make it a point that he reaches out to me not only during flurries of texts sent while under the influence, but also when he’s contemplative, introspective, or senses (from a distance) that I’m in need of some guidance or just a good, solid, hearty talk. Maybe it’s his way of doing community service. Nonetheless, I’m always thrilled to hear from him.

What he wanted to tell me was to read UC Berkeley’s J-School commencement address given by NPR Radiolab’s Robert Krulwich last Friday. I was actually invited to go with Ling Woo Liu, the director whom I interned under at the Korematsu Institute last year, but was not able to attend due to prior engagements. I’m disappointed to have missed it, but reassured that someone was looking out for me (as he usually does) and felt this address would serve as some much needed inspiration.

In his questionably buzzed state, he forgot to send me the actual text. I looked it up this morning. Thank God for Google.

*I have to warn you – it’s a long read. But, the last few long reads I’ve gone through (especially this one), I feel were completely worth the time.

Creative Mornings with Debbie Millman

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This CreativeMornings talk with Sterling Brands’ Debbie Millman is a must-watch for anyone entering a creative field. A prime example of valuable content without the bells and whistles of showing b-roll and other visual distractions. Just straight talk, wisdom, and personal experience – whether you’re in graphic design, advertising, photography, music, or film/TV, you’ll be surprised by this relevant and enriched presentation.

2011/02 Debbie Millman from CreativeMornings on Vimeo.

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May 6, 2011 at 3:32 pm

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