Every day I wake up and I come down here to my office, and I set myself up to get to work on something, and I rearrange the pens, and I line up the paperclips, and I go on eBay, and then pretty soon it’s night, and then another year goes by.

All of Brett Terpstra’s four-part series with John Roderick is unmissable, but this bit at the end really landed with me.

The Afghan Whigs at Union Transfer.

Bézier Curves: Under the Hood

In a previous life, I taught a continuing education course on Adobe Illustrator. The pen tool was always the hardest skill to teach, and my advice usually boiled down to “just use it a lot until it makes sense.”

Kid A - Punch Brothers.

Disturbingly good.

Ryan Adams: Gimme Something Good

The new Ryan Adams record is really growing on me.

Apparently, David Letterman’s a fan, too.

I met Gwen about 3 years ago at a Nintendo Brand Ambassador event in Seattle. Didn’t know at the time that she was kind of a big deal. Since then, she’s “blank-slated” (her term) her digital self a number of times. It’s been interesting to watch her build it back up, only to burn it down shortly thereafter.

Here’s an email “interview” I did with her.

Do spend some time checking out her work and offerings while you’re at it.

My 2013 shortlist. Enjoy!

The Smashing Pumpkins: Today

Bored by the chore of saving face.

The Smashing Pumpkins – Set The Ray To Jerry

Here’s how you know you might be at your creative peak: You can release a 28-song double album, but this gorgeous song doesn’t manage to make the cut.

"This next song has three main points. You will be quizzed on your way out of the auditorium tonight, so please pay attention."


JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound cover Blackstreet

JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound cover Blackstreet

Okay, this is pretty great.

You ultimately realize that the harder you squeeze and hold on to old workflows, the quicker things slip through your fingers.

Here’s a thing I wrote introducing the new essentia creative site. (In case you couldn’t guess, it’s all responsive and stuff.) Please go check it out.

If you need me, I’ll just be over here, listening to this for the rest of this for the rest of the day week my life.