There was the faintest coffee and cigarette smell from outside as I walked through the foyer of my office building just now, and the sound of the vending machines, and for half a second everything but my eyes were in some deserted end of a hotel hallway just after breakfast time, or in the concession hub of a convention center mid-morning before all the insanity sets in.

I can’t believe I’m spending this whole summer at home. It’s going to be so strange not to be in San Diego next weekend.

As much as I despise the crush and the sweat and the stench and the rudeness, it’s so totally, wholly other than what I do here every day, and the weekend always seems to go by satisfyingly slowly.

I’m going to miss that break from “every day”. I’m going to miss being around nobody but the people doing things that I want to be doing. As opposed to this place, where nobody cares.

con withdrawal

"I find many adults are put off when young children pose scientific questions. Why is the Moon round? the children ask. Why is grass green? What is a dream? How deep can you dig a hole? When is the world’s birthday? Why do we have toes? Too many teachers and parents answer with irritation or ridicule, or quickly move on to something else: ‘What did you expect the Moon to be, square?’ Children soon recognize that somehow this kind of question annoys the grown-ups. A few more experiences like it, and another child has been lost to science. Why adults should pretend to omniscience before 6-year-olds, I can’t for the life of me understand. What’s wrong with admitting that we don’t know something? Is our self-esteem so fragile?"

Carl Sagan, The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark (via thedragoninmygarage)

We miss you, Carl.

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Help Us Bring Too Much Light to the Edinburgh Fringe!


Beautiful people of Tumblr, we need your help to make our odyssey to Scotland a reality!

We’re a small nonprofit theatre company which means that we don’t have a lot of money for things like hotel rooms and plane tickets.

But you — yes, you — have the power to change all that! (And you could get some pretty cool stuff in return.)

Neo-Futurism must spread

spread it thickly

with your money

That moment when I realize all the years I spent doing creative things feel so distant to me that it doesn’t even occur to me to mention my Masters Degree, my literary magazine stuff, or the highly active fan community I co-ran in a blog staff application.

It sometimes feels like a combination of amnesia, and that feeling you get when you unearth bags and boxes of old art and notebooks crushed in the back of the closet.

I’m pretty sure that’s not a feeling 100% unique to me. Pretty sure.

steeples fingers trial and error finding the words to describe it is a tiny victory



Some exploratory concept art for Overland.

I’ve been waiting a long time to post this!! Here we go: let’s all give a warm official welcome to Overland's art director and lead artist Heather Penn! You might know her amazing work from UCLA Game Lab or The Classroom Aquatic kickstarter or this recent post about tea spirits. It’s been a real honor to work with her so far, and she’s already had a huge positive impact on the project. You will be seeing and hearing a lot more about Heather and the visual design of Overland in the coming months!

Check out what I’ve been working on the past couple months! Super excited to be a part of this project!

I love the combination of stylized shapes vs complex shading and light sourcing. It reminds me of the way certain slants of sunlight not only skew colors but alter silhouettes.

concept art game art illustration

Surrealist Language Event #9!



I’m gonna do another one and maybe this time not have to beg for people to participate I hope!

Since I’m still getting back into the swing of these, I’m going to re-use another technique from when I was doing these last summer. This form made one of the best ones, so let’s hope we can get a repeat performance! 

For this one, everyone sends in five sentences in the following form: I am the/a_{noun phrase}_, _{verb phrase}_ing in the _{noun phrase}_ of you. Then I’ll pseudo-randomly recombine the clauses and make something new out of them!

Example: I am the freshest scuba diver around, doing a bigass backflip in the marmalade of you


This form is inspired by “alt-lit” so maybe try watching a Steve Roggenbuck video, or flipping through your copy of The YOLO Pages for inspiration. And of course, be interesting and surreal and have fun with it!

Results up next Monday or Tuesday depending on how many submissions I have!

I only have one submission for this so far. I’d really like some more please!

Anonymous asked:

Please stop hiding behind "WTNV is free". WTNV stopped being non-profit a long long time ago, and they way they go about live show announcements is classist. "Hey you wanna support us and see us live? Better hope you have $50 to drop on a ticket that is going to sell out in 2 minutes". I call bullshit on WtNV not knowing how many tickets theyre going to sell, they have never taken more than 15 minutes on any show to sell out, as per usual as soon as they saw fans money its all they cared about.

Handsome Baby Answer:



oh my god calm your entitled ass down

I just want to add something to this that people might not necessarily think about  -and thank you to everyone for the supportive responses so far.  Putting on a WTNV live show isn’t just a matter of showing up at the theater and taking people’s money.  When we are on tour we have to pay for airfare, hotels, food, throat spider treatments, and so on.  The last two episodes of the podcast (which were released for free) were recorded live at Town Hall, and WTNV had to pay the venue for the privilege of recording there, even though it was Joseph Fink who did the actual recording and not the venue’s staff.  

But mainly I want to explain my own part in this because it’s true that I used to release all of my music for free, and now I don’t.  

For 9 years, Disparition was a project I did in my spare time while I worked a number of dayjobs ranging from shipping clerk at a wine distributor to digital marketer at a book publisher.  A year ago the publishing house I was working for was falling apart, I decided… fuck it, why not try to do what I actually love for a living?

So, I quit and started doing music full time.  Consequently, I changed the “free download” status of some (but not all) of my albums… although they are still streamable on Spotify and Soundcloud for free.

Luckily, about a month after I quit my publishing job is when Night Vale started to really take off which has certainly helped out quite a lot with the album sales, but I’m still relying partly on savings and still trying to figure out how to make this thing work.  While WTNV is now very popular and this is awesome, I’m still doing everything with no label or distributor or studio, making albums in my apartment and doing all of my promotion myself.  Even so, I still give all of my albums away for free periodically and you can still stream them for free on Spotify or Soundcloud or Bandcamp.  Plus, three of my albums are *still* freely downloadable from my site. 

I know this might come across as a bit defensive and, well, I suppose it is. But I felt I should offer a bit of explanation from my side, especially since I know it says in the early episodes that you can download my work for free, and then at a certain point that message goes away.  And I know that’s disappointing to some, but I really am doing what I can to make my music as available as I can while still being able to pay the rent.  This community has been so amazingly supportive and this whole thing has completely changed my life. I owe that not only to Fink&Cranor but to everyone who listens to the show.. so I wanted you all to know a bit about where I am coming from. 

The creative people involved in WTNV are astounding, and this is the dumbest fucking anon I’ve seen in a long time.

bloo bloo bloo night vale got too popular and now i can't have my special hobby for free