Roadblocks and shortcuts

  Learning the conventions of professional practice is not an arbitrary roadblock preventing you from doing cool stuff. Manuscript format, submission deadlines, head shots, resumes, agents, learning sides or monologues or an arbitrary 12 bars of choreography… For most gigs worth getting, folks have settled on how they do business. The first test of your…

Anticipate, or savour?

In late November I started seeing Christmas decorations. I don’t mean in the stores–where they spring up immediately after Hallowe’en–but in people’s houses. Growing up, my family’s rule was that the tree couldn’t go up until my dad’s birthday in mid-December, and I’m surprised by how quaint that sounds today. Now that artificial trees are…

The ideal is enthusiastic diversity

Okay, now this is data visualization. Vi Hart @vihartvihart, goddess of things mathematical and quirky online, has teamed up with Nicky Case @ncasenmare to create what they call a playable post, The Parable of the Polygons, which dynamically models the cumulative impact of small biases to show what it will take to get to enthusiastic…

Camping in a four-bedroom house

When I sold my house last year, I was also in the midst of changing jobs. I couldn’t make a long-term decision about where to live, so I rented the home of someone who’s away for two years. A lot of the owner’s stuff is still in the house and a lot of my stuff…