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April 1, 2014

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Live drawing by Amitai Plasse

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I am fascinated by this simple concept by Amitai Plasse:

1 – It has personality. There is a sense of uniqueness to the art. It’s a one off. It’s raw. And that is OK. As a doodler, I can appreciate the beauty in the “imperfection” of a sketchbook.

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March 28, 2014

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Has Austin lost its mojo?

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Change is inevitable. It sometimes seems like the more you want something to stay the same, the less likely that actually happens. Austin has been in a constant state of change ever since I moved here in 1996. Even back then, long time residents were bemoaning the evolution of their beloved city. That seems like nothing compared to what is happening now.

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March 25, 2014

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Don’t compete. Just create.

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If you have to compete. Compete with yourself. Compete with the expectations that you set for yourself. Even if you fall a little short, you’ve moved the ball forward. More so than if you accept your personal status quo.

It is when we compete with others—when we give in to the urge to compete with others—that we lose ground. Competing with others changes your personal energy. It changes your mindset from the joy, pleasure and pain of creation to the fear of competition. The fear of limited resources that you think everyone is vying for. Competing for money. Competing for ideas. Competing for attention. Competing for time. Time—especially time—is often viewed as a limited resource. Fear of the ticking clock.

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March 17, 2014

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SXSW Interactive 2014 Recap

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SXSW Interactive can be overwhelming. The hype, the parties, the crowds. It is sometimes difficult to separate the noise from the real insights and connections you are there to make. (Well, some of you are there to make. A lot of you are just there to party and get noticed. That’s OK too.) Every year is different. What you get out of it is different.

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February 22, 2014

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Show the process

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I do these drawings. They are detailed. Whimsical. Obsessive. And, I like to think, beautiful. I get a mixed reaction when I put them out into the world, but I’m slowly building a following of fellow doodlers, obsessives, lovers of pattern and sketchbook fanatics.

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November 29, 2013

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Dear, Beastie Boys. Goldieblox is (not) sorry.

Goldieblox is a toy company for girls that “builds games for girls to inspire future engineers.” Great concept. Great message, right? Absolutely. Well, recently they produced a very creative commercial that used a “reinterpretation” of Beastie Boys, song, “Girls.” Only one problem. They didn’t get permission to use the song. They claim that it is a parody, therefore, completely fair use. I claim common sense and that it’s a blatant theft of creative material they did not create in order to sell their product.

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