- Awesome video of the week: Two Men Experience Simulated Labor Contractions. A Dutch TV program had a brilliant idea: have men put on devices that simulate childbirth contractions and film the results. Hilarity ensues.
- This is also a cute little video.
- All Joy and No Fun: Why parents hate parenting. Antagonistic subtitle, but an interesting read.
- Your Lifestyle Has Already Been Designed. Some thoughts on the ingrained 9-5 lifestyle.
- One musician’s reasoning for why he’s not going on America’s Got Talent, despite an invite.
- How to Deal with Crushing Feedback on Your Creative Work.
- Sarah did a police ridealong, and I found her write-up about it very interesting.
- The Balancing Act of Being Female; Or, Why We Have So Many Clothes. I particularly like the accompanying photo, because it’s so true.
- Some more great advice from the Adulting blog: It’s OK to feel weird when your friends announce big things. Be cool anyway.
- Animal-Shaped Armor for the Eternal Battle of Cats vs. Mice. I just love this. Has anyone taught mice to joust yet?
Things of Note:
Life is pretty good. Work is going well. I’m not sick, and the weather is hovering around 70 degrees lately. Happy things, all. I’m a little behind on where I want to be with shop stuff, but it looks like I’ll have this afternoon free so the plan is to have a screenprinting fest.
In other news, every once in awhile I’ll get an email from a random high schooler or freshman in college, wanting to interview me for a paper or class because they’re interested in a career in graphic design. I got another one yesterday, and it still just weirds me out. First off, I’m a freelancer that still lives paycheck to paycheck more often than not; I don’t have the glossy type of design job most of these kids are probably thinking of. Second, there’s still a part of me that doesn’t consider myself a ‘real’ adult – i.e. a professional that young persons would want to interview. And third, they’re all from really random places, nowhere near Austin. So I’m like – how did you even find out about me? I guess my professional site has awesome SEO for ‘graphic designer’ or something. I try to be really honest in the answers I give to their questions – which I think may have scared some kids off, because more often than not I don’t even get a response/thank you. *shrug* I hate to disillusion kids, but being a completely self-employed freelancer is hard work. There’s not a magic formula that will get them there if they’re not willing to commit and put in the hours. And even then, more likely than not you’re not going to be working for big campaigns like Coca Cola or something. Just call me Freelancer, Crusher of Youths’ Dreams, haha.
You guys have any moments like that, when obviously someone considers you a real adult but you don’t feel like one?