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More creations from French Girls, an iPhone app where people draw portraits based on selfies of others. [via]

Previously: Part One

"In a lot of ways, I feel like this is the way our music is intended to be: inclusive, communal, and all together," Ages And Ages front man Tim Perry tells us (via Ages And Ages, ‘Divisionary (Do The Right Thing)’ : NPR)

All advice can only be a product of the man who gives it. What is truth to one may be disaster to another.


Whether to float with the tide, or to swim for a goal. It is a choice we must all make consciously or unconsciously at one time in our lives. So few people understand this! Think of any decision you’ve ever made which had a bearing on your future: I may be wrong, but I don’t see how it could have been anything but a choice however indirect — between the two things I’ve mentioned: the floating or the swimming.


22 year old Hunter S. Thompson
New York City, 1958

ht Will Lisak

Hunter S. Thompson On Finding Your Purpose | Your Friends House



(Source: shoji)

People ask us about our passions and dreams. The incorrect answer to these lines of inquiry is anything having to do with the acquisition of food or the avoidance of homelessness.

- How I become a cartoonist. — I Love Charts — Medium

The happiness industry is based on a tautology that prevents any real inquiry and inures it to the questioning bound to arise in the mind of any mildly reasonable individual.

- The power of negative thinking | News Feature | Creative Loafing Tampa

Golfers represent!

Fitness Odyssey #6

Despite coming up short on my extremely focused effort this January, I have continued to lift weights. I moved back into my apartment in March and resumed building my business. Funny thing happened - with my professional life back intact, it became much easier to focus on training and health. Eliminating that anxiety seemed to be the key. 

My last weigh in was 218lbs. Down from 222lbs since my #5 post. I can feel and see the difference and it’s encouraging. But to be honest, I’m not going to be a stickler about the numbers anymore. They seem to drag me down - I’m too OCD about them. I’m going to focus on performance - strength, movement, and overall feeling. 

So far, here’s what I’m doing:

1. Powerlifting using Jim Wendler’s 5/3/1 Program - I like lifting heavy weights. I’d like to continue to lift heavier and heavier weights. I’m currently at Military Press 140, Bench 225, Squat 300, and Deadlift 425. I’ve never focused solely on powerlifting, so I’m hoping for some nice increases over the course of this year. A 200, 300, 400, 500 would be nice. Oh! And I have a training partner now. So that’s huge.

2. Bike riding. I live in a quiet neighborhood, fairly far from all the action. 1-2 times/week I’m going to commit myself to events that require a decently long bike ride. Also, I’m going to bike for transportation as much as I can.

3. Food. I still like the protein shake when I wake up to get things rolling. Otherwise I wouldn’t eat until 10-11. I’m intentionally upping my egg intake. Still taking lessons from 4hr Body. My power breakfast is eggs, beans, and kale. For me, I think the key is eating 2 meals/day at this point. That could change eventually but for now, it’s how I feel best. 

4. I need another movement activity which complements the lifting. Capoeira seems good. Yoga fine. Running even. Just need something complementary 1-2 times/week. 

The connection between our stuff and our self-esteem is a two-way street: If we become less materialistic, our well-being will improve. If our well-being improves, we tend to be less materialistic.

- Here’s Proof Buying More Stuff Actually Makes You Miserable |


One more month.


Horribly Designed Products by artist Katerina Kamprani

Previously: Everyday Objects Blended With Simple Sketches

Mar 2

What you do has a direct impact on whether a calorie is a calorie. You can’t separate calories from lifestyle.

- T NATION | A Calorie Is Sometimes Not A Calorie





America’s Cup 2013: How Oracle Team USA Launched the Greatest Comeback in Sailing History -
Fantastic article about the America’s Cup and sailing in general.

America’s Cup 2013: How Oracle Team USA Launched the Greatest Comeback in Sailing History -

Fantastic article about the America’s Cup and sailing in general.