I realized the other day (or perhaps “remembered” would be a better word) that the most efficient way to become good at something is not simply to do it, but to do it with intention and to study the greats. That seems obvious, but it’s a bit more subtle in its scope. I want to do architecture, and I have always felt like I can be my own source of inspiration, like I don’t need to know architectural history to be good. But that idea doesn’t square with studies that have been done. You could probably point to Renaissance painters or something like that to illustrate the importance of studying the greats, but I find that Malcolm Gladwell’s discussion of chess grand masters is much more insightful. He found a study that showed that the single factor most correlated with high level chess ability was not time spent playing, but rather time spent studying famous games. It is only by getting into the heads of the greats and seeing why they made the decisions they did that these modern players are able to excell and go beyond.

That’s what we should all be doing in whatever field we inhabit. In my case that means really studying the great works of architecture to find out what makes them so special. Because this may be a new time, and I may be a new designer, but what I am ultimately trying to cultivate is a creative process, and that’s something that we share.



Alright, we’re going a little underground here.  Shut down until further notice.

New Site

So I realized the other day that they updated the template I use for this blog.  It added tabs above my header image and took away my link to the music I post.  Well, fuck that, right?  So I went over to Tumblr and modified my music blog to act as a primary.

All that to say that there’s a new URL if, somehow, you follow this:


Not Depressing

Oh man these last few posts make me seem depressed. Here’s a colored scanning electron micrograph of the head of a soldier turtle ant to mix things up.

The whole article is pretty neat.  Bugs are way more interesting up close close close.

Emotional Evolution of a Specific Heartbreak

Miguel Jontel – All I Want Is You (Feat. J Cole):

Cee-Lo Green – Fuck You:

Biz Markie – You Got What I Need:


Shoot yourself in the face with a gun-shaped popsicle.

Kinda sorta makes you think.  But then, that’s art for you.  Link.

Fuck You, 2010.

Sort of like a pendulum between anger and depression with emptiness in between.