Off the Farm: The Story of Idaho Bob

Oliver $ & Jimi Jules - Pushing On (Official Video)

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When you commit to doing something, you make a promise to yourself. And when you break that promise out of laziness, discouragement, or fear, you are only cheating yourself. You are not “getting away with something.” You are only getting away from your own potential. When you commit to making your dream come true, that is the promise you simply decide to never, ever break. It doesn’t matter how many times you get discouraged, or exhausted, or frustrated, you just remember that you have not given yourself the option to quit. That is what commitment is — when the idea of ever stopping your efforts simply doesn’t exist. You have infinite patience and resilience because there is no other option. You have the ability to bear the pain and frustration because you must find a way to beat it. It doesn’t mean it won’t feel hard to press on — it might feel impossible, and yet you still find a way to keep going. You simply always press on. At a certain point, all your effort and energy and power is only directed towards your dream, and you no longer have to waste any energy on trying to motivate yourself to keep going.
People might tell you you’re crazy. Society at large might try and make you feel foolish or pitiful for trying over and over to reach your goals. But it doesn’t matter. You made a commitment. You just keep going. Even the experiences that appear to be failures are not. They cannot be failures as long as you don’t quit. When you don’t give up, a “failure” just becomes another moment in your ongoing quest. Just another rise and fall in the never ending roller coaster of your dreams. Each moment — even the bad ones — must be cherished, even worshiped, because it is one more sacred step on the path leading to your final success. When you don’t give up, every failure is part of your success. It is ALL success, even what otherwise would seem like a failure. It is all hurdling you forward with incredible momentum towards more and more of your dreams coming true. As long as you don’t quit.

There might even be a voice you hear in your head right now, telling you that all of this is unrealistic or magical thinking. Well, that is exactly what it is. We WANT magic. We want to take reality and make it unreal until it is reformed in the way we envisioned. The naysayer in the back of your mind is simply fear — fear that things won’t work out and you’ll feel stupid for trying, fear that it will hurt and be too tiring to work this hard. But nothing can hurt more than giving up and living with the knowledge that you abandoned hope. For what? To be reasonable? To be responsible? To make someone else happy? Those are all tricks and pitfalls and ways to justify giving up. Deep down inside, you know that’s true. None of the worst potential outcomes of following what you love could ever be more painful than the empty life lived by the quitter, the one who gave up and spent the rest of their life convincing themselves they had to.

Even if you feel like you tried before and then had to give up, it’s not too late. It’s never too late to pick up where you left off. You’ll have even more power and drive and experience under your belt, and you’ll realize that you actually never really quit or gave up in the first place. You were just at another little dip in the road. No matter how long it’s been since you gave up your dream, it’s still there waiting for you. And if you remind it how much you love it, it will raise up and charge ahead, stronger than ever! Now is the time to go for it! Hardcore! Breathe in and suck it up and plow back in full-on!

You are alive now. This is IT! Who knows what will happen tomorrow or ever? What we have is this time right now and we must give it everything we have. And if you’ve been slacking off, don’t feel bad. That was supposed to happen in order to bring you to this moment. And THIS moment is THE moment - -the one where you committed to your dream with more conviction than ever.

And what if your dream never happens and you die still trying to make it? Then you can honestly say that you lived your life as fully as you possibly could have. What’s the point of life any way? To just sit around and rest? To play it safe? To make it to your death bed having lived a calm and unremarkable life? Life is the passion that we put into our pursuits. That is what makes us who we are and makes life worth living. Achieving the dream isn’t even as important as living the dream. And all it takes to live the dream is to live each day with as much untiring and unflinching excitement as you can. Do what you love. Pursue what you love. And when you get discouraged, stand back up and dive back in.

Most of all, just don’t quit. Stay strong, push yourself, and no matter what, don’t ever abandon your dream. It’s what makes you who you are.

Your friend,
Andrew W.K.

iheartmyart:

CLOUDS is an interactive documentary that presents a conversation among 40 artists, designers, and hackers who use code, and collaborate on open source tool kits. It explores themes of creativity and invention, interactive art, simulation, computational design, data visualization, and the future of storytelling.

The Creativity mini trailer features:

  • Diederick Huijbers
  • Golan Levin
  • Shantell Martin
  • Zach Lieberman

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On Creativity:

CLOUDS : creativity from Deepspeed media on Vimeo.

Yayoi Kusama: Self Obliteration

Japan’s Polka-Dot Pioneer on a Life at the Mercy of Her Art

“She says that if she doesn’t paint she wouldn’t exist,” says Martín Rietti of his latest subject, 84-year-old Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama. “Her work has an authenticity that I don’t often see in contemporary art.” The Argentinian director visited Kusama at her studio in Tokyo ahead of her latest show that opens at the Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires, curated by Deputy Chief Curator of MALBA, Philip Larratt-Smith, and Francis Morris, who curated her retrospective at the Tate in 2012. This first major retrospective in Latin America opens tomorrow before traveling to four other cities in South and Central America over the next year and a half. It leads the viewer through over 100 works created between 1950 and the present day, spanning her early period in Japan, 15-year stint in New York where she befriended fellow artists Georgia O’Keeffe, Donald Judd and Joseph Cornell, and her return to Tokyo, where she has been living voluntarily in a psychiatric clinic since 1977. “Her work is not only a revelation of her inner psychic reality but also a sort of time capsule of the emancipatory and utopian moment of the late 1960s,” says Larratt-Smith. “She is a very seductive person, secretive and charming. When she speaks the obsessive cast of her mind becomes immediately clear: she talks in circles, often repeating the same thing many times. It is clear that she has deep psychic wounds, but also that her work sustains her and keeps her going.”

Workaholics have an unhealthy relationship with their work. They are busy, but not productive. They have an obsession with their work, much in the same way an unfortunate person with an eating disorder is obsessed with food. The work itself becomes an addiction, and they lose sight of the other parts of life that are beneficial, healthy, and productive. The purpose of work should be to enable those other things, and to foster a positive self worth that comes from being productive, and living a balanced life.

Jim WagnerUnlearning and Learning.

MIDNIGHT HALF

A short film documenting the events the night of May 31st 2014, when athletes from all over the city and all over the world came together to compete in an unsanctioned, underground, 13.1mi running race through the open streets of New York City.

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I had the pleasure of shooting alongside Brian Vernor to document the last Orchard Street Runners Midnight Half Marathon though the streets of NYC. I love Brian’s vision for the piece which takes this video far beyond just coverage of the event and makes it into a great short film. It’s truly amazing what Brian can do from a bike following these runners through the city at night. 

Friend and fellow nerd ShadiNYC sent me over a Nerdist article where YouTuber The Unusual Suspect created a mash up trailer of Star Wars using the trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy as a template. After watching it, this is what struck me:

"It’s incredible how you can track the course of the history of cinema through trailers even more than the films themselves. This is as much a course in cinema studies as it is just a fun parody."

I had the chance to meet an amazing visual artist and her work is stunning. It’s very hard to meet the quality of a still image in video work but artist Annina Roescheisen executes it brilliantly (and this was 3 years ago!)

FRUITS

Trace Dominguez of DiscoveryNews went to the site of a comet that crashed on the Brooklyn waterfront overlooking the Manhattan bridge to interview the brains and hands behind this amazing sculpture.

It was bright, and I mean super bright that day and I was really worried about the highlights holding in such a contrasty environment, but once again the SONY FS100 held up incredibly well though I noticed the image was a bit soft in places for the singles as the lens was at an f25 even with a polarizer. 

The Barely Political team hit 2 BILLION VIEWS, which is insane but in my opinion completely deserved. They invited me to/locked me in their studio and came to spin the wheel of awesome questions and tell me some secrets. 

I shot this as 2nd op with fellow Purchase alumni Matt Mendelson leading as DP. It was one of the most ridiculous sets I’ve been on in a while for reasons I should’t air in public because… well, I want the love. 

Puff Daddy - I Want The Love (Explicit) ft. Meek Mill