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Grindr users on Scottish independence

machotrouts:

I’ve spent the past couple of days asking several hundred Grindr users in Edinburgh whether they believe Scotland should be an independent country. Replies were of variable quality. Here is a representative sample:


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maxkirin:

Neil Gaiman’s 8 Rules of Writing, a remake of this post. Source.

Want more writerly content? Make sure to follow maxkirin.tumblr.com for your daily dose of writer positivity, advice, and prompts!

I have advice for people who want to write. I don’t care whether they’re 5 or 500. There are three things that are important: First, if you want to write, you need to keep an honest, unpublishable journal that nobody reads, nobody but you. Where you just put down what you think about life, what you think about things, what you think is fair and what you think is unfair. And second, you need to read. You can’t be a writer if you’re not a reader. It’s the great writers who teach us how to write. The third thing is to write. Just write a little bit every day. Even if it’s for only half an hour — write, write, write.

explore-blog:

Autostraddle tells it like it is. I guess that’s exactly what Alan Watts meant in 1951 when he admonished against the "orgasm without release" of media overload. 

Lest we forget, the psychology of fruitful writing does require a dedicated environment free of distraction. 

You don’t own your brand. A brand isn’t a logo or packaging. It’s a gut feeling. And when two people have the same gut feeling, you have a brand.

Robert Brunner

Also see Malcolm Gladwell, Seth Godin, Dan Pink, and other thinkers on how and why we define ourselves through brands

(via explore-blog)

chrisdaps:

I’m still really upset and angry. He did it once, the camera happened to be on him, he did it once and I think it’s the funniest joke that’s ever been on our show. - Michael Schur (x)

Love this.

(Source: chrisprattings)

Photography has very little to do with mastering all the knobs and dials on your DSLR and everything to do with learning to look, really look, and get beyond the endless collections of different objects and people.

spellingmistakescostlives:

I’ve always been obsessed by cross-section illustrations and the idea of dying in space so this was a perfect match. You can get this as a t-shirt or a print

spellingmistakescostlives:

I’ve always been obsessed by cross-section illustrations and the idea of dying in space so this was a perfect match. You can get this as a t-shirt or a print

For me, when brands and products speak, when you reach out and try to communicate, the most important thing—and you guys probably throw this around all the time—is authenticity," he said. "Tell me the truth. Make my life more interesting, better, more entertaining, richer. Or just leave me the fuck alone. And if you can’t do that, then advertising should at least be really beautiful. But offer something, you know?

Jared Leto, on brands and advertising.

(Source: adweek.com)

Creative people are confident in only one thing: their own doubt. I think there’s a huge lack of self-confidence in a creative person because, by nature, the definition of a creative person is someone who is trying to make something new. They know, if they are professional creatives, that the likelihood of doing that—making something new and significant—is hugely unlikely, so they build within that city of doubt. From doubt, they get to iterate and work extremely hard, hoping to find something new; it’s all about hope. I’ve never met anyone who is good at what they do creatively and is super-confident. Maybe they pretend to be confident in front of their agent or the media, but I’ve never been confident in that way.

A conversation with the inimitable John Maeda. Complement with Seth Godin on dancing with self-doubt and Anna Deavere Smith’s advice to artists on what self-esteem really means.  (via explore-blog)

explore-blog:

The best explanation of net neutrality and why it matters, ever, period.