• “I fell in love with her courage, her sincerity, and her flaming self respect. And it’s these things I’d believe in, even if the whole world indulged in wild suspicions that she wasn’t all she should be. I love her and it is the beginning of everything.” — F. Scott Fitzgerald
mar 18 2013 ∞
mar 19 2013 +


  • Document what you are responding to regularly. *journal/sketchbook, blog, listmaking, photo journal, bulletin board collage, internet bookmarks, Allow yourself to go deeper into an idea. Find influence outside of your field. Consider that you are ALWAYS working for yourself.
  • Start to challenge yourself on a regular basis to try new things, (not just for work. *i.e. new foods, colors, processes, classes, travel, become a guerilla artist, etc. Your hobbies are your greatest source of play.)
  • Go back to your childhood, (the formative years). What were your favourite things to do? In this lies some clues as to where you want to focus your energy as an adult. What makes you burst with energy?
  • Do something that is not for money. For y...
feb 22 2013 ∞
feb 22 2013 +
  • Apply for several research conferences at Harvard, NAEA, etc.
  • Write, and write, and write, and write.
  • Nadeem to have his own successful business.
  • Our relationship to blossom & bloom in happiness.
  • Give lots and lots and lots of TEDx style talks!
  • Make dot.com super dynamic!
  • Authorship opportunities / research articles / journals / etc.
  • Get zines out to several distros
  • Make apartment beautiful
  • Invest in raw-foods, yoga, and all things body-mind related.
  • Make art. Lots of it. Make art for the good of others. Start a trend.
  • Live in the present moment. Seize the day.
jan 1 2013 ∞
feb 23 2013 +
  • COLOR PIECE, 1964 Summer

Visual world not exactly shaped -- Sense of smell, anticipation, senses that are not exactly shaped -- Dark shadows casted -- Rat colors with faint harily smells and pale dark spots like those on a transparaent sheet of celluloid -- Rose color with a glitter and softness that is cool and motional -- The kind of color that does not exist by itself but only when it is casted between two moving objects-- The color like a remaining stain of illusion on a moving object-- The color that only happens when movements cut the air in a certain way and go immediately. Use such color to tint your absent thoughts. Have absent thoughts for a long time.


Give death announcements each time you move instead of giving announcements of the...

jan 17 2011 ∞
jan 17 2011 +
  • "whenever i find myself growing grim about the mouth; whenever it is a damp, drizzly november in my soul; whenever i find myself involuntarily pausing before coffin warehouses, and bringing up the rear of every funeral i meet; and especially whenever my hypos get such an upper hand of me, that it requires a strong moral principle to prevent me from deliberately stepping into the street, and methodically knocking people's hats off--then, i account it high time to get to sea as soon as i can." -- Hermin Melville, The Sea
  •  "The world is blue at its edges and in its depths. This blue is the light that got lost. Light at the blue end of the spectrum does not travel the whole distance from the sun to us. it disperses among the molecules of the air, it scatters in the water. Water is colorless, shallow water appears to be the color of whatever lie...
sep 26 2010 ∞
feb 22 2011 +
  • Balance: diamond, tabular quartz, watermelon tourmaline
  • Bonding: diamond, lapis lazuli, prehnite
  • Communication: blue lace agate, aquamarine, chrysocolla, clear quartz
  • Compassion: aventurine, red garnet, malachite, prehnite, rhodochrosite, pink tourmaline
  • Expression of emotions: amazonite, aventurine, opal, rhodochrosite, pink tourmaline
  • Forgiveness: prehnite, rhodochrosite, sugilite, topaz
  • Friendship: moss agate, diamond, geode, jade, lapis lazuli, rhodochrosite, topaz, turquoise
  • Harmony: blue lace agate, chrysocolla, diamond, geode (community), jade, pyrite (working with others), quartz clusters, rhodochrosite, blue sapphire
  • Intimacy: chrysocolla, red garnet, rhodoc...
aug 11 2010 ∞
aug 11 2010 +
  • "“Throw your dreams into space like a kite, & you do not know what it will bring back, a new life, a new friend, a new love, a new country.” -- Anaïs Nin
  • "Good things happen to those who hustle." -- Anais Nin
  • “I hope you will have a wonderful year, that you’ll dream dangerously and outrageously, that you’ll make something that didn’t exist before you made it, that you will be loved and that you will be liked, and that you will have people to love and to like in return. And, most importantly (because I think there should be more kindness and more wisdom in the world right now), that you will, when you need to be, be wise, and that you will always be kind.” -- Neil Gaiman
  • "May your coming year be filled with magic and dreams and good madness. I hope you read some fine books and kiss someone wh...
aug 11 2010 ∞
apr 27 2011 +
  • "The stars around the fair moon fade / Against the night. / When gazing full she fills the glad / And spreads the seeds with silvery light." -- Sappho
  • "If you wish to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe. Space is filled with a network of wormholes. You might emerge somewhere else in space, some when-else in time. The sky calls to us. If we do not destroy ourselves, we will one day venture to the stars. A still more glorious dawn awaits. Not a sunrise, but a galaxy rise. A morning filled with 400 billion suns, the rising of the milky way. The Cosmos is full beyond measure of elegant truths, of exquisite interrelationships, of the awesome machinery of nature. I believe our future depends powerfully on how well we understand this cosmos, in which we float like a mote of dust in the morning sky. But the brain ...
aug 11 2010 ∞
jul 23 2011 +
  • Let us not pledge ourselves to any philosophical school or take formulable truth as such for the one and exclusive truth; let us be master of our thoughts;
  • Let us not heap up philosophical possessions, but apprehend philosophical thought as movement and seek to deepen it;
  • Let us battle for truth and humanity in unconditional communication
  • Let us acquire the power to learn from all the past, by making it our own; let us listen to our contemporaries and remain open to all possibilities;
  • Let each of us as an individual immerse himself in his own historicity, in his origin, in what he has done; let him possess himself of what he was, of what he has become, and of what has been given to him;
  • Let us not cease to grow through our own historicity into the historicity of man a...
jul 11 2010 ∞
jan 1 2013 +
  • I love Art because every bit of it makes me afraid. Drawing her eyes, his hands, getting the tone right, everything—constant fear. And that fear eaten and the bitterness digested has increased the courage of my life tenfold.

- Stimie

  • How do I make myself full again? she asked. You turn to the moon, and you let it devour you, he answered.

- Fragment 16

  • In order to understand, I destroyed myself.

- Fernando Pessoa

  • I have buried you in every place I’ve been. You keep ending up in my shaking hands.

- Bon Iver

jul 5 2014 ∞
jul 5 2014 +
  • "Moral imagination is hard, and it's hard in a completely different way than the hard things you're used to doing. And not only that, it's not enough. If you're going to invent your own life, if you're going to be truly autonomous, you also need courage: moral courage. The courage to act on your values in the face of what everyone's going to say and do to try to make you change your mind. Because they're not going to like it. Morally courageous individuals tend to make the people around them very uncomfortable. They don't fit in with everybody else's ideas about the way the world is supposed to work, and still worse, they make them feel insecure about the choices that they themselves have made—or failed to make. People don't mind being in prison as long as no one else is free. But stage a jailbreak, and everybody else freaks out." -- William Deres...
feb 23 2013 ∞
feb 24 2013 +
  • "I love New York City. I came to love its sky ... the sky in New York City is beautiful because it seems pushed far away from our heads by skyscrapers. .. Beauty is there for everyone. And so is nature, and what appears to be the sky of all America. Nowhere else will you feel better the simultaneity of human lives." -- Jean-Paul Sartre
apr 8 2011 ∞
apr 8 2011 +
  • call yourself
  • empty a word of its meaning
  • look in vain for "I"
  • make the world last twenty minutes
  • see the stars below you
  • see a landscape as a stretched canvas
  • lose something and not know what
  • recall where you were this morning
  • hurt yourself briefly
  • feel eternal
  • telephone at random
  • rediscover your room after a journey
  • drink while urinating
  • make a wall between your hands
  • walk in the dark
  • dream of all the places in the world
  • peel an apple in your head
  • imagine yourself high up
  • imagine your imminent death
  • try to measure existence
  • dread the arrival of the bus
aug 21 2010 ∞
sep 9 2010 +
  • "Have you ever considered that those bits of paper have a life and feelings, have requests to make and stories to tell? I don't think you're giving life the attention it deserves." -- The Witch of Portobello
  • "To evoke in oneself a feeling one has once experienced and, having evoked it in oneself, then by means of movements, lines, colours, sounds, or forms expressed in words, so to transmit that feeling that others experience the same feeling -- this is the activity of art. Art is a human activity consisting in this, that one man consciously, by means of certain external signs, hands on to others feelings he has lived through, and that others are infected by these feelings and also experience them." -- Leo Tolstoy
  • "At the moment we see something beautiful, we undergo a radical decentering. Beaut...
aug 11 2010 ∞
jan 27 2011 +
  • “It was love at first touch rather than at first sight, for I had met her several times before without experiencing any special emotions; but one night as I was seeing her home, something quaint she had said made me stoop with a laugh and lightly kiss her on the hair - and of course we all know of that blinding blast which is caused by merely picking up a small doll from the floor of a carefully abandoned house: the soldier involved hears nothing; for him it is but an ecstatic soundless and boundless expansion of what had been during his life a pinpoint of light in the dark center of his being. And really, the reason we think of death in celestial terms is that the visible firmament, especially at night (above our blacked-out Paris with the gaunt arches of its Boulevard Exelmans and the ceaseless Alpine gurgle of desolate latrines), is the most ad...
aug 11 2010 ∞
mar 18 2013 +
  • Self-reflection
  • Transcending reflection
  • Reflect on what should be done in the present

- clarification of life purpose, meaning, goals, and intentionality

jul 11 2010 ∞
aug 30 2010 +
sep 12 2020 ∞
sep 23 2020 +
  • parsley, spinach, ginger root, apple soy milk + (either: strawberries, bananas, mango, blueberries)
  • 1 cup seedless green grapes, 1 cup packed baby spinach, 1/2 cup ice, 1/4 coconut milk
  • 6 pitted dates, 1.5 cups almond milk, 2 teaspoons cocoa powder, 1.5 teaspoons grated ginger, .5 teaspon ground cinnamon, .5 teaspoon ground cardamom, .5 teaspoon nutmeg, 0.125 vanilla extract
  • 0.25 cup rolled oats (place them in .5 cup water for 15 minutes until softened), .5 frozen blueberries .5 cup low-fat yogurt, .5 cup ice, 2 tablespoons brown sugar, .25 teaspoon fresh ginger
  • 1 cup chopped mango, .5 cup low-fat milk, .5 cup ice, .25 cup low-fat yogurt, 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 cup frozen strawberries, .75 cup plain lowfat yogurt, .5 cup fresh orange juice,...
apr 10 2011 ∞
aug 14 2011 +
  • fiery
  • bereaved
  • incarnadine
  • syzygy
  • rhapsody
  • echo
  • alcove
  • incandescent
  • euphony
  • zephyr
  • ambuscade
  • cathedral
  • palais
  • royale
  • ululate
  • twine
  • strings
  • gravitas
  • bellatrix
  • halation
  • tellurian
jul 3 2009 ∞
jan 10 2011 +
  • The blossom that opens in the morning

is scattered by the evening breeze, and the dew, condensed in hours of darkness before dawn, is dispelled by the rays of the morning sun. Heedless or willfully ignorant of this procession of changes, we dream of prosperity all through life and, without understanding the nature of transience, hope for longevity.

All the while, across the face of the earth moves the restless wind of impermanence, dissolving all that it touches.” — Hōnen

  • “Let the wind change direction a little bit, and their cries turned to whispers.” — Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami
  • "There is a pleasure in the pathless woods; there is a rapture on the lonely sure; there is society, where none intrudes; b...
oct 21 2010 ∞
mar 18 2013 +
  • “Life is going to present to you a series of transformations. And the point of education should be to transform you. To teach you how to be transformed so you can ride the waves as they come. But today, the point of education is not education. It’s accreditation. The more accreditation you have, the more money you make. That’s the instrumental logic of neoliberalism. And this instrumental logic comes wrapped in an envelope of fear. And my Ivy League, my MIT students are the same. All I feel coming off of my students is fear. That if you slip up in school, if you get one bad grade, if you make one fucking mistake, the great train of wealth will leave you behind. And that’s the logic of accreditation. If you’re at Yale, you’re in the smartest 1% in the world. […] And the brightest students in the world are learning in fear. I feel it rol...
aug 11 2010 ∞
jun 22 2014 +
  • "I simply think that water is the image of time, and every New Year’s Eve, in somewhat pagan fashion, I try to find myself near water, preferably near a sea or an ocean, to watch the emergence of a new helping, a new cupful of time from it. I am not looking for a naked maiden riding on a shell; I am looking for either a cloud or the crest of a wave hitting the shore at midnight. That, to me, is time coming out of water, and I stare at the lace-like pattern it puts on the shore, not with a gypsy-like knowing, but with tenderness and with gratitude." -- Sam J. Miller
  • "Philosophy is the decision to awaken our primal source, to find our way back to ourselves, and to help ourselves by inner action." -- Karl Jaspers
  • "There are lots of things we never understand, no matter how many years we put on, no matter how much experience we acumula...
jan 27 2009 ∞
sep 26 2010 +