Neural misfires from a northern brain

A sort of stream of consciousness of things I collect from t'interweb. Don't expect coherence or anything.


White Wine in the Sun by Tim Minchin.

A bloody lovely Christmas song if you ask me.

Reblogging myself, as is usual at this time of year. A christmas carol for the godless (well, for everyone, actually). Always makes me a bit teary.

I’m away from the internets today, folks — I scheduled this post a few days ago — so I hope you all have a wonderful time over Christmas (or whatever festival suits you best) and that your 2014 is a happy and prosperous one.

Most humans are never fully present in the now, because unconsciously they believe that the next moment must be more important than this one. But then you miss your whole life, which is never not now.

Eckhart Tolle (via petrichour)

Some profundity for your solstice, humans.

(Source: occult101, via petrichour)


Wilson Mountain Residence by Poss Architecture.

Needs bookshelves, but otherwise, I’m sold.


Wilson Mountain Residence by Poss Architecture.

Needs bookshelves, but otherwise, I’m sold.

(Source:, via pulchrytude)


The Doctors by Matt Ferguson
[deviantart | tumblr | website | twitter]

[h/t: xombiedirge]

(Source: xombiedirge)

I suppose earlier generations had to sit through all this huffing and puffing with the invention of television, the phone, cinema, radio, the car, the bicycle, printing, the wheel and so on, but you would think we would learn the way these things work, which is this:

1) everything that’s already in the world when you’re born is just normal;

2) anything that gets invented between then and before you turn thirty is incredibly exciting and creative and with any luck you can make a career out of it;

3) anything that gets invented after you’re thirty is against the natural order of things and the beginning of the end of civilisation as we know it until it’s been around for about ten years when it gradually turns out to be alright really.

Apply this list to movies, rock music, word processors and mobile phones to work out how old you are.

Douglas Adams :: How to Stop Worrying and Learn to Love the Internet

douglas adams writing about technology in 1999.

(via bananaleaves)

(Source: ultralaser, via neil-gaiman)

I was threatened with violence and rape and begged a bus driver protect me from my harasser. Instead, he laughed and shook the man's hand.


Last night I took the bus into San Francisco from Sausalito to see the incredible Anna Von Hausswolff perform at the Rickshaw Stop. After the show, I walked a friend over to Civic Center BART, ate a fast food snack, and then headed to the 70/80 Golden Gate Transit bus stop at…

Expensive cities are killing creativity


Jessica Olien debunks the myth that originality and inventiveness are valued in US society: “This is the thing about creativity that is rarely acknowledged: Most people don’t actually like it.”

She cites academic studies indicating that people are biased against creative minds. They crave the success of the result, but shun the process that produces it: The experimentation that may yield to failure, the rejection of social norms that breeds rejection of the artist herself.

This hits home for me personally, in trying very hard to connect with my creative side. It yields a lot of dead ends, which can be emotionally draining, but that one road that ends up clicking is so worth it.

It’s also awkward to see friends from my current field deal with the idea of me becoming more creative. They never explicitly say it, but there’s a bit of judgment there.

A well-respected former colleague (of both mine and Paul’s, as it happens) once told me that he doubted if I’d “ever make more than a crust” from photography. On the dark nights those words haunt me: what if he was right?

Truth is that (as I reblogged earlier today) you’ve got to make your own confidence; creativity is scary and exhilarating at the same time. And the dark nights never go away completely.





Penguin falls down resulting in best sound ever [x]

oh my god



(via nortonism)

The best advice on writing I ever received was: Invent your confidence. When you’re trying something new, insecurity and stage fright come with the territory. Many wonderful writers (and other artists) have been plagued by insecurity throughout their professional lives. How could it be otherwise? By its nature, art involves risk. It’s not easy, but sometimes one has to invent one’s confidence.


(via kadrey)


Dickens day over, and it was really fun.

Neil, you should wear this beard all the time.


Dickens day over, and it was really fun.


Neil, you should wear this beard all the time.