On the Country

Based on how it behaves:

  • I see a country okay with inadequate health care. 

  • I see a country with racist policies.

  • I see a country full of polluted communities.

  • I see a country who puts vulnerable people in cages and ruthless people into positions of power. 

  • I see a country giving every advantage to the wealthy at the expense of the poor.

  • I see a country full of white supremacy.

  • I see a country who refuses to educate all its children.

  • I see a country who refuses to offer liberty to everyone.

  • I see a country who cannot have a meaningful conversation with itself about where it plans to go.

  • I see a country who does not believe in the future. 

The Top 10 Albums of 2018

In my past lists, male artists dominated. I even had a year where there was only one female band on my Top 10 list. That is just shameful. So this year, the year of the woman, the most punk rock thing to do is go one better. In a year of listening to more female artists than ever before, here are the albums that spoke to me in 2018, in no particular order:

This might be my favorite Top 10 list to date. And sadly, Kali Uchis, Santigold, and Haley Heynderickx didn’t quite make the cut. But damn, the year of the woman roared, rocked, soothed, inspired, motivated, intrigued, captivated, grooved, and in so many aspects opened my mind. #MuchLove

Owner

A breakdown of the different job titles you’ll have, aside from designer, when you own your independent design practice:

  • Project Manager

  • Copywriter

  • Producer

  • Business Strategist

  • Print Production Manager

  • New Business

  • IT Specialist

  • QA Engineer

  • Account Executive

  • Human Resources

And then let’s also throw in Therapist, Spiritual Guru, and Office Manager. Oh, and Runner.

Correction: I forgot Accountant.

More Potential Topics

  1. Punk rock bands I want to be in until my fingers bleed: IDLES

  2. How I cook: slowly, loudly, full of flavor

  3. When bad words are limiting

  4. Personal Velocity

  5. Branding Shit (on the Trump brand, AKA polishing a turd)

  6. Thinking about death on the daily

  7. The Internet could never be bad, right?

  8. Chasing the long-form

  9. Being better at headlines than the full story

  10. Must love tacos

  11. Where/when design ends

  12. 1979

  13. The magical quality of trees

  14. The Curmudgeon

  15. Leisure Man

  16. Time Travel

  17. That one time

  18. I want to talk about my bias

Odd, with distance

These things seem odd to me when you experience them again for the first time in awhile:

  • TV Commercials

  • Smoking

  • Catholic Mass

  • Airport Security

  • Snakes

  • The band Rush

  • Professional Wrestling

  • Big Gulps

  • Cable News

  • Car Salesmen

  • All snacks made by Hostess

  • Facebook

In all of these, there is either an obvious or elusive alternative. Regardless, they’re just odd.