And I’m still trying. That is all.
And I’m still trying. That is all.
Inspiration from all around. Black and White lines and depth.
Love NYC indeed… *sigh*
As most of you already know, yesterday I discovered that a large amount of my photographs were used without permission by DKNY in a Bangkok window display.
In response, I publicly asked DKNY to make a $100,000 donation in my name to the Bedford-Stuyvesant YMCA, so that deserving kids could go to Summer Camp.
They made a $25,000 donation in my name. That really made me happy. I went to bed last night thinking about all the kids who’d be going to summer camp.
But then I started thinking about the kids who wouldn’t be going to summer camp. And I thought: “You know what, wouldn’t it be awesome (and fun) if we made a $75,000 donation?” That way, a bunch more kids could go to summer camp!
So help HONY make a $75,000 donation to the YMCA. That would bring the grand total to $100,000 and provide 300 deserving kids with an entire two weeks of summer camp. These camps give kids such a wonderful, affirming experience. For certain kids, from certain neighborhoods, it could very well be the best two weeks of their life.
Unfortunately, I can’t afford to give goodies this time. Our Hurricane Sandy Fundraiser tapped me out. But I think there’s enough heart in this group to raise the full $75,000. I’m really counting pennies right now, but I’m going to throw in $100 myself.
LET’S DO THIS: http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/346367/
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Because, fuck it, when you’re right, you’re right.
This applies everywhere in life, but specifically I’m talking organization settings/ office politics. If you know you have a better grasp an issue or situation, then stand up and advocate your superior insight—yes, superior (Ain’t nobody got time to be humble).
I hate when people try to re-invent the wheel by wasting time and effort brainstorming solutions even when I point out solid approaches are already out there. The “R&D,” so to speak, has already been done by others, and all my group has to do is replicate the method (with minor tweaks). Conversely, I also hate—I realize I have a lot of hatred—when people repeat the same failed methods, as if expecting a different result, and then hold unnecessarily long and unfocused meetings wondering why they failed—like the first five times.
This is why groups have officers/committees to deal with specific functions, but sometimes: a) these people aren’t putting in enough work, or b) you have better ideas than they do. I’m not claiming a monopoly on solutions, but damn, I can’t help it if I know my shit because I did some research and think with an eye on both the big picture and the details. Even when the group agrees with your ideas, it’s important to get their full support, just as each of them would like with their great ideas. When they pay lip service to your plan and only offer half-assed support in its implementation, I call it half-assedness. And then folks wonder why I get upset.
(A common reason why the above dilemmas occur is poor external networking and administrative record-keeping; how would people know what worked and what didn’t if they don’t have reliable access to any records, or don’t know who to talk to on the outside? This stuff is right up my alley, but this is for another discussion.)
Have you ever had one of those moments when you just can’t think of an appropriate insult? Lucky for you, we’ve got the perfect solution! Sold on FredFlare.
“Ass-waffle” it is, then! For those times when “asshole” would be giving them too much credit.
Make your meetings suck less.
LOL I love this. Take note, #APO and almost every other org I’ve ever been a part of.
*Le sigh* I’ve been one for 6 months, but walking through campus yesterday in order to pick up my diploma really made that reality hit home. And I have little else to show for it at the moment. The next thing isn’t a ‘thing’ yet. But one grand opportunity seems to have presented itself, however it would mean a big commitment, and working harder than I ever have before to achieve it. That is a long ways off, though, and I need a short/medium term job until then. The search continues…
Pretty much. Forget ‘em and on to the next one like a tumbleweed.
Sometimes I feel like my mind has been rotting since graduating (with my creativity already suffering long ago), and that I’m not living so much as existing.
Yeah, I may have been more proactive to prevent this before I left school, but suffice to say that the recurring issue surrounding a certain dirt bag had jolted me off my focus for the last two years. Not that I’m trying to abandon any responsibility for where I’m at or where I’m headed, but things aren’t how I ideally imagined them to be, and now I’m trying to snap out of my shell-shock/stupor and set out on a path—any, as long as it takes me far away from this stagnant place, to adventure, the horizon, toward something worthwhile. [Follow up later.]
omg this reminds me of baby @michdawg w/the palm tree on her head! soo cute! ^_^
I really gotta stop messing around and needlessly scrolling through Facebook/ social media—and web surfing in general. Yeah, it’s nice seeing what people are up to, and I read my news from links on Twitter, but overall the Internets have been a major distraction from productive activities and have jacked up my sleep patterns, so I need to focus on these until I can find a balance. As one famous marine put it, “You had best square your ass away and start shitting me Tiffany cuff links…”
I’m gonna try to start limiting myself to 15 minutes a day on Facebook to start with, then hopefully reduce to twice a week, then who knows? maybe try giving it up for two weeks at a time? I know this isn’t the first time I’ve posted about trying to lead a more productive/ meaningful daily life, but hey, work with me here.
Malcolm X (via headandstomachache)
Because I haven’t tumbled a Malcolm X quote in a while, and this is still relevant to today (though Mitt Romney might be too blinded by his own privilege to see why).
Nothing against artists or the power of images, but pictures ain’t ending world hunger or stopping disasters.
Costa Mesa mayor seeks to ‘put the soup kitchen out of business’: Costa Mesa’s Eric Bever calls charities that serve the homeless nuisances; people whose groups have worked in the city for decades say he’s misinformed.
Photo: Staff members from the IKEA store in Costa Mesa pour and distribute free cups of coffee to the homeless. Credit: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times
Sounds pretty asshattish of that mayor.