I have never seen anything more ripe for an idea channel video than this. vice. com/en_uk/read/tulpamancy-internet-subculture-892
Huh! Especially timely given m_f’s cryptids post from yesterday. Interesting! There probably is something for an ic video here. Thanks!
Mike you seem like a really knowledgeable and open minded guy, so I gotta ask you a really serious question... boxers or briefs? (And no cop out answer like 'both have their merits'.
Seeing that I am a person who tends to proclaim the falsity of binaries, it should come as no surprise that my 100% honest (no, really) answer to this question is: boxer-briefs.
Can you please write a book? I'll totally buy your book. (Like, totally.) Also, I ask anonymously because I don't have a Tumblr, sorry. My name is Soerja (pronounced: Soo-ree-ah), and nice to meet you, you cool and smart person you.
Hey Soerja – first things first: you have a rad name.
Second things second: you are too kind! I might some day write another book. I say “another” because my friends Patrick, Stephen and I wrote a book about the internet and the funny pictures of cats we keep on it a while ago.
We’ve yet to publish that book because of the legal complications in publishing a book with, like, 200+ images made by people who were either anonymous or hard to get ahold of because… y’know… internet. Once that process is done (and it’s still going), I plan on taking a Writing A Book Vacation and then after that I’ll think about what the next book might be. If any.
Your output level is seriously impressive and it makes me fell bad, kudos! Two questions: 1) Any advice for keeping a steady output and maintaining the lid on a large workload? 2) I remember somewhere there was a list of all the texts you reference on ideachannel, do you have the link for said list? At one of those rare windows where I can expand my reading list a little, want to explore some new themes a little! Thanks for everything, dude! :)
1) Don’t feel bad! I will be the first person to admit that my relationship to working very hard is not the most healthy thing in the world; over the last couple years I’ve gotten a lot better at managing my time responsibly so I’m not working from when I wake up until when I’m so tired I can’t stand, which is my (incredibly dangerous and not at all good) reflex.
A little while ago I made this, which I set to be the first tab every time I open my browser. It’s a little out of date now because it doesn’t reflect working time I use specifically for Reasonably Sound, but it’s close-ish to how I actually live unless there’s some crazy deadline looming.
My biggest piece of advice is to know how long things take and don’t rush them unless you have to. Work consistently, and calmly and avoid situations where that’s not going to be possible. Make exceptions to this rule maybe once a quarter, or once a year. Have a schedule, stick to it and know what level of comfort you expect from that schedule: always busy, sometimes busy, rarely busy, etc etc. This system is easy-peasy when it’s comprised only of your own projects; it becomes much, much harder when you start applying it to things people are paying you to do.
I want to say yes to everything and I’m still not great at knowing when I’ve taken on too much. Sometimes I suffer for that fact, though I’m getting better at it, and at knowing that I don’t have to feel stressed to be happy / feel like I matter. When I was a full-time, multi-job freelancer it was even worse because I would always be afraid that if I didn’t say yes to literally everything then either 1) they’d never ask me to work for them again and/or 2) all my other work would suddenly dry up and then I’d be broke/homeless. If you are freelancing, and can avoid these feelings, I HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT.
I’m lucky that I don’t have those worries anymore, but the reflex is still there. I have to remind myself that because something seems cool and/or pays doesn’t mean I have to accept it. On the contrary: I’d probably be happier if I didn’t. And so where appropriate I try to make sure those jobs get into the hands of my colleagues. This turned out to be a great way to maintain a connection to people and a project without sacrificing already precious time.
2) You can find nearly every book referenced by name on Idea Channel at ideachannelreads!