Training: The 85% Plan

The best way I’ve found to train is at an 85-90% success rate.  This is a truism that seems to be cross platform. For instance, when learning a language, it’s important to seek language inputs that are you comprehend at 85-90%.  If you find a podcast or news program that you can follow, but about…

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A Psychic Reading for Yourself

No, you don’t have to believe in psychic ability to do this project. I’m assuming you do believe in your own subconscious. This is a technique that I find particularly useful to get through blocks, and it feels quite powerful and somewhat strange.   To do this project: Set aside an hour or two to…

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Gesamtkunstwerk

The past month has been characterized by strangeness. I’ve had the urge to “up and remake my life” several times over, each time to be duly put in my place by sickness- of the garden-variety cold and flu sort, but stronger and badder than I’ve experienced before. Until finally, losing my voice, which is a…

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Making Things: The 3×7 Capsule Wardrobe

When I was a teenager, I taught myself to prefer clothing I had made over things I could buy. The clothes I made were like a sort of soft armor through which to approach the world. They fit my personality and my body better than anything I could buy. I developed this psychology about clothes shopping because I…

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Rediscovering the simple

It is no doubt a little trite to say that one finds travel inspirational, because as it seems, most people do.  Sunsets are also beautiful, as you’ve probably heard before too. What I’m finding is that travel provokes ideas, and ideas are the beginnings of creative action and new projects. The act of shaking things…

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Autodidact Tactics

It is very normalized for artists to have a whole bunch of projects; projects which are viewed as semi-independent galaxies that exist and change with the times; develop; and inspire or become inspired. The question Daniel has been going around asking our friends of late goes like this: What topic are you a freshman in today that…

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Secret Relationship Formula

Or, not so secret, just sensible: Good relationships have partners with complementary skill-sets and similar values. It took me a long time to understand the meaning of the word values.  It’s one of those words that requires life experience to understand, even if you can parrot back the definition. For instance, these are value continuums- they are…

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Modern + Contemporary

We are staying in a beautiful mid-century modern styled, yet brand-new, hotel in Palm Springs (Arrive.) It’s lovely, and so comforting to be out of NYC. While enjoying the furnishings, I repeated a question to Daniel that I’ve asked several times this year: “What does actual modern interior style look like?” “Like this. Modern is…

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