1. naveen:

    saint christopher. ushuaia.

    i walked around the port late one night, camera in hand, to see what i could find. i love the water, as you know. at night, with the lights twinkling against the surface, it’s even better.

    it was around 11pm when i ventured out that night, but one wouldn’t be able to tell it was this late: ushuaia gets 17 hours of sunlight, and the sun had just set a little while ago.

     
  2. naveen:

    pacific coast highway. on the way from san francisco to los angeles, a drive that i’ve long wanted to cross off my list. january 2013.

     
  3. naveen:

    a year in review, my thirtieth.

    timehop reminded me.

    i knew it was a moment that was pulling nearer, but i’ve never been good at remembering dates. it was a year ago that i announced i was leaving foursquare, and what a year it has been indeed. my buddy rick took a look back at his year away from his company, barbarian, and i thought it was a nice way to summarize so many days. that got me thinking about all the big things and all the little things that had happened in the year since. so here goes, a collection of some of the most memorable days gone by – my thirtieth year:

    - i got healthy. i was a mess when i left: easily fifteen pounds over my usual average. the vents on my suit jackets were always open, and i definitely don’t remember getting them cut that way. when april 1st showed up, i set huge rules for myself both in terms of workouts as well as my diet. in the month of april alone, i cut back ten of those pounds, illegal squatters that they were. i kept a food log and a workout log. i hit the gym early in the morning and then jumped on my bike in the afternoons to meetings around town. i wore my Fuelband and my UP and my Polar heart rate monitor and stepped on my Withings scale over and over until the batteries went flat.

    - i spent more time with my family, especially after my sister got into med school in the summer.

    - i traveled. and i traveled again. and then once more just for good measure. i went to los angeles, woodstock, austin, marfa, niagara falls and tulum. a few friends told me that the best thing to do would be to leave the country – to give myself entirely to the idea of “going away” instead of small weekend trips. some even threatened to drop me off at JFK some afternoon so i would do it without making excuses to turn back. i finally left on a longer, one-way journey: switzerland; france; monaco; spain; morocco; gibraltar; portugal; germany; greece; turkey; lebanon; jordan; israel; india. and when i came back from that, it still didn’t seem quite enough so mars and i went to santiago, buenos aires, colonia and to the end of the world.

    - i went to disneyland. it was the first time i’d ever been in my life and i think we must have ridden space mountain three times in the first hour.

    - i went to the olympics. i saw mo farah win and usain and yohan electrify the stadium in the 100 final.

    - i went to the beach. and i got a sunburn for the first time in my life. ouch. so that’s what that’s like.

    - i learned to drive stick shift. i learned to skateboard. i learned to sail. i learned to snowboard. i picked up even more conversational spanish. some of this came from being in spain and south america but i’ve recently taken to using duolingo as well.

    - i helped a handful of startups and made a few good investments in a couple of them. three of them are just about to launch in the spring.

    - i read a lot of books - once four in a week! i finally got a kindle and i found i no longer add recommendations to my wishlist – i simply buy them and have them on my kindle instead. when i traveled, i tried to read books that were pertinent to the place i was in (or near). england got the art of travel. paris, a moveable feast. tulum got on the road. cote d’azur got the count of monte cristo. india, the great railway bazaar.

    - i kept a proper journal for the first time in my life.

    - i became a part-time photographer (but i’d “probably have to keep my normal job”). i learned that photography is as much about art and experience as it is about the numbers. it became a great stress reliever and a way to journal life and my travels. i think this will be a hobby i keep with me as i go on to work on future projects.

    - i made a list of my “rules for living” which i try to review everyday and abide by. it’s still a work in progress and i hope to share them one day in a future post.

    i always kept saying “year 30” wouldn’t be such a big deal and that it’s just like any other. it turned out to be so much more and i’m grateful for that. my year 10 was a marker in that it was my first full year living in the U.S. my year 20 was a marker in that it was a close to college and found me moving to new york city. and now, year 30 has become a bookend unto itself.

    now, back to work.

     
  4. naveen:

    signals vs noises

    i started a new practice around this time last year: i wanted to rely less on my phone and i wanted to cut back on distractions during the day. so i turned off almost all notifications on my iPhone (and my computer).

    i did this in phases, of course, as one can’t go all-in.

    • to start, i turned off notifications on less-frequently (or never) used applications. these were just taking up room in the notifications drawer anyways. i rarely use such apps passively. that is, i launch this kind of app to get information out and never find the need to push me anything valuable.

    • i then made sure that all notifications, no matter where they come from, never ‘light’ up the screen – they only appear when i swipe into the notifications drawer. a good side-effect of this is that it no doubt will increase your battery life. the screen doesn’t have to wake up a hundred times a day, as most of these will go unnoticed with the phone in your pocket.

    • i also turned off all sounds for alerts: the only thing that rings is a phone call. old-school. a negative of this is that i sometimes miss a text message or two and don’t answer them until some time has passed. (if you really wanted to, you could set up Messages so that it’s silent in ‘silent mode’, but vibrates in ‘normal mode’: this way you at least can keep up with texts when you’re in a mode where you’re expecting someone.)

    i recently brought this idea to bed: instead of using an alarm clock, i sometimes wake up with the Jawbone UP’s alarm. it vibrates softly on your wrist and nudges you out of bed; there are no noises. a bonus is that there’s no option to snooze with this method: there’s no chance for me to stagger my wake-up nine minutes at a time. the more i got used to vibrate-as-alarm, the more i fell in love with this type of signal. if it vibrates during the day, it means that i’ve been idle and that i should move more. if it vibrates early in the morning, it’s time to wake up.

    i’ve been looking for more signals like it.

     
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  6. pluginbb:

    I was pretending to be a dude and then things got out of hand and now this girl is totally into me and I don’t know what to do!

    So awkward.

    Why does this website exist?

    Why am I pretending to be a dude on the internet?

    Is that some psychological problem?

    I really love making up characters…

     
  7. howtotalktogirlsatparties:

    40 minutes of wisdom from Sid Mashburn.

     
     
  8. mossless:

    Todd Jordan is 30 years old and trying to focus on focusing.

    MOSSLESS: You are represented by Peter Hay Halpert. When did that come about and what were your thoughts at first contact?
    TODD JORDAN: Peter and I met while I was attending The School of Visual Arts. I took a contemporary photography class that he was teaching and really took a liking to the direction he had the class going. He basically had us just going out to see shows that he felt were important at the time and coming back to report on them. The work he had us looking at was work that I felt connected with at the time already and he got me to see a great deal of new artists as well.  Meanwhile, I was taking a critique class that I felt I was getting nothing at all worth while from so I asked Peter if I could come and show him some of the work I was doing to get an opinion from him. This ended up becoming a regular thing then turning into an independent study followed by an exhibition at his gallery at the time. After all that had ended I continued visiting Peter to show him work and eventually he decided to take me on as one of his artists.

    ML: How soon after you first were taking pictures did you realise that this was something you’d be obsessed with?
    TJ: I sort of became “obsessed” with photography at a young age thanks to my mother. She used to have a 35mm SLR, that my father got for her, that she would always have with her on family trips and holidays. I was super young, maybe like 6 or something, but she would show me how to look through it and focus the lens, press the shutter and advance the film. I forget the exact model it was but it was a Pentax and just a bit more advanced than the K1000. Not long after that she had bought me a point and shoot for Christmas. Some neon, plastic Minolta that I used to absolutely love. I never had film in it, which was fine then but I would love to see today where I was pointing my camera at that time. I remember just really enjoying seeing the flash go off. Then some years later I was in high school and learning how to develop and print my own black and white images. This was a major step for me. I was pretty amazed that I could go out skateboarding with my friends and shoot photos and then come back to school the next day and sit in the darkroom and make some nice 8x10 prints of them. It was really the one thing that I actually looked forward to going to school for.

    ML: What comes first: skateboarding or photography?
    TJ: I get asked this question a lot and there’s not one that I enjoy more than the other or put in front of the other. Not yet at least. For me they’ve always balanced each other out or complimented each other, both physically and mentally. Skateboarding has enabled be to travel the world quite a bit as well as introduced me to nearly all of my friends that I have today. Many of whom are the subjects of a lot of my photographs. It’s an incredible feeling to be able to travel the world with groups of my favorite people and best friends, skateboarding in new amazing places, and photographing everything I see really, and then coming back home to be able to sit in a darkroom, or now unfortunately more in front of a computer screen, but to be able to sit and allow my body to heal and look through hundreds of images that I made while I was away and to be able to share them with people.

     
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    ML: What’s the next place you’ll be traveling to?
    TJ: Well, I’ve been traveling a lot recently. Now even being at home feels like travel a bit. Right now I’m in New Orleans to enjoy the holiday with my girlfriends family and from here I will be going to Miami for Art Basel, where some friends and I were invited to put on a show that we’ve been doing called “Now I Remember”. Its really a lot of fun and looks quite amazing as well. It’s an exhibition that’s done by myself, Jerry Hsu, Tino Razo, Neck Face, Kevin Long, Curtis Buchanan, and Jen Reynolds. Its a photo exhibition that consists of an ever expanding group of images that we make simply using our Blackberries.  You can get a general idea of the type of immature imagery created for the show by visiting www.nowiremember.us. And from there I’m looking to be back in New York to spend Christmas with my family and then off to Venezuela and Aruba in January for another skateboard journey.
     

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  9. kylejthompson:

    I often draw out concepts before I take them.  I think it makes it easier to visualize the composition of the photo.  I put together a few of the sketches I did before each photograph, so you can see how the final product compares to the original sketch.  Just thought it might be interesting haha :)

     

  10. "Night is longing, longing, longing, beyond all endurance."
    — Henry Miller, Sexus (via litverve)

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  11. "One thing I knew about the novelist’s task: when in doubt, write; when empty, write; when afraid, write. Nothing is more impenetrable than the blank page. The blank page is the void, the absence of sense and feeling, the white light of literary death."
    — 

    Philip Sington, The Valley of Unknowing

    Some #NaNoWriMo inspiration from Bruno Krug, the East German novelist at the center of Philip Sington’s excellent new literary thriller. The Valley of Unknowing won’t be in stores until December 3rd, but you can enter to win an advance copy right now on Goodreads. And then, seriously, get back to writing.

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  12. ravedothstadt:

    forgottengrin:

    Throughout this whole chronic pain escapade, I’ve had a hard time accepting that there isn’t gonna be a quick fix for my aches. Even though I know that there isn’t a magic pill that will “cure” my condition, it’s hard for me not to wish for a different scenario. Here is a brief comic about just that.

    Old friends being in pain sucks. This diary comic about their pain is amazing. Man, am I conflicted or what. 

     
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  15. "All great and precious things are lonely."
    — East of Eden, John Steinbeck (via fuckyeahliteraryquotes)

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