[Grime/Glitter] Nature Unites Us

Nature unites us, even in the digital age. Natural events like 2017’s solar eclipse may occasionally remind us that there are more important events out there than the technological trivialities that we’ve accidentally become addicted to as technojunkie zombies. We will probably still process this information through digital lenses, either through photography or interacting with others abroad, though is that really that bad? Shouldn’t we embrace tools that enable us to experience life more vivaciously?

WANNA CONSIDER HOW TECHNOLOGY AND NATURE CAN KEEP EACH OTHER IN CHECK? KEEP ON READING!

[Grime/Glitter] Finishing Incomplete Work

“If you listen to a studio album by Tiger Army, that’s how they sound live.” I could also say that the opener act seemed to be an odd choice until watching their co-headliner made me realize they were actually the odd ones out. That’s about all I can say about the concert last month. So why not continue by talking about finishing incomplete work? The ones lingering on their fifth draft and still not done?

Bias: No major biases
Tiger Army Rating: ★★★☆☆ [3/5]
WANNA READ A HALF REVIEW, HALF THOUGHT PIECE ABOUT FINISHING YOUR WORK? KEEP ON READING!

[Grime/Glitter] Accepting Constructive Criticism

I don’t pull punches with people I respect. It’s better that you know how you can improve than to leave it lingering in the background like some sort of stench you can’t smell. Unless, of course, I know you’re particularly sensitive to the idea of any constructive criticism, in which case I’ll politely guide you. These sprites of the main characters of An Insurmountable Odd wouldn’t exist if not for honest feedback. Don’t fear criticism.

WANNA GET A LITTLE BETTER AT NOT LETTING SUGGESTIONS CUT SO DEEP? KEEP ON READING!

[Grime/Glitter] Distracted Driving Laws

Effective July 23rd 2017, Washington state will pass the tentatively-titled Driving Under The Influence of Electronics Act. This act broadly prohibits distracted driving. While smartphone usage is the primary aim, a “Dangerously Distracted” clause prohibits non-electronic distracting behavior including reading or grooming, and applies to most situations. Taking photos at stoplights, as shown below, will be fined $136, considered moving violations, and reported to the driver’s insurance company. In my opinion, sacrificing shots like this is good!

WANNA CONSIDER HOW STRICT ACTS LIKE THIS CAN BE GOOD? KEEP ON READING!

[Grime/Glitter] Following Photographic Policies

It’s always a good idea to follow the laws established by governing bodies. Even if not strictly enforced, laws were made to allow the preservation of peace. How about rules requested by organizations? They’re usually more codes of conduct that range from specific requests that keep areas safe and sound to suggestions that keep polite society comfortable. How about strictly prohibited photography policies at shows? Is there any situation when it’s acceptable to be disobedient?


“Photo, audio and video recording is strictly prohibited during the performance”

WANNA SUSS OUT WHEN IT’S OK OR NOT OK TO BEND POLICY? KEEP ON READING!

[Grime/Glitter] Overcoming Writer’s Block

“I have nothing to write today.” That thought stopped me in my tracks during one of my better rowing sessions. What a challenge! Let’s walk around the idea of writing blocks until we find a point to start chipping away what stops us. If writing blocks are anything like sculpting blocks, then it could be as easy as screwing inhibition and starting, although if it were that easy, then there’d be nothing after the jump.

(Spoilers: There’s more!)
WANNA BRAINSTORM IDEAS TO OVERCOME WRITER’S BLOCK? KEEP ON READING!

[Grime/Glitter] Good For Better

Life’s about change. We forget our sleeping dreams to pursue the dreams we can live. Change is hard. We don’t want to say goodbye to friends or tear down our good work. It’d be painful before to take down elaborate sets, now it’s not callousness, it’s looking forward to better setups. We’ll make new friends and can rekindle old, so while we can’t return to right now, we can steer change toward building better moments!

WANNA FEEL INSPIRED TO GO FOR BETTER? KEEP ON READING! →

[Grime/Glitter] What is Fun?

Fun? What is fun but enjoying freedom at your own pace, without being judged for thoughts and actions unscripted, in a world so structured around fear. I say let your flag fly high and proud, even in the noise and conflict, because maybe someone out there will support you, even if it’s yourself! How then can you keep the resolve to hang your flag when the wind tries its best to knock you down?

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[Grime/Glitter] Editing the Past

On a recently bus ride home, I was thinking about the Pay It Forward post, and I realized that I left out a very important piece of information! I got the keys back… how? The phrase “thanks to a membership card” came up. I knew I needed to add that phrase to make it more complete. There’s just one problem. It was done, complete, and published. I edited anyways, which got me thinking: when should we edit old posts?

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