If I could offer you only one tip for the future, sunscreen
would be it. The long-term benefits of sunscreen have been
proved by scientists, whereas the rest of my advice has no
basis more reliable than my own meandering experience. I will
dispense this advice now.
Enjoy the power and beauty of your youth. Oh, never mind.
You will not understand the power and beauty of your youth
until they’ve faded. But trust me, in 20 years, you’ll look
back at photos of yourself and recall in a way you can’t grasp
now how much possibility lay before you and how fabulous you
really looked. You are not as fat as you imagine.
Don’t worry about the future. Or worry, but know that worrying
is as effective as trying to solve an algebra equation by chewing
bubble gum. The real troubles in your life are apt to be things
that never crossed your worried mind, the kind that blindside you
at 4 pm on some idle Tuesday.
Do one thing every day that scares you.
Don’t be reckless with other people’s hearts. Don’t put up with
people who are reckless with yours.
Don’t waste your time on jealousy. Sometimes you’re ahead,
sometimes you’re behind. The race is long and, in the end,
it’s only with yourself.
Remember compliments you receive. Forget the insults. If you
succeed in doing this, tell me how.
Keep your old love letters. Throw away your old bank statements.
Don’t feel guilty if you don’t know what you want to do with
your life. The most interesting people I know didn’t know at
22 what they wanted to do with their lives. Some of the most
interesting 40-year-olds I know still don’t.
Get plenty of calcium. Be kind to your knees. You’ll miss them
when they’re gone.
Maybe you’ll marry, maybe you won’t. Maybe you’ll have children,
maybe you won’t. Maybe you’ll divorce at 40, maybe you’ll dance
the funky chicken on your 75th wedding anniversary. Whatever you
do, don’t congratulate yourself too much, or berate yourself
either. Your choices are half chance. So are everybody else’s.
Enjoy your body. Use it every way you can. Don’t be afraid of
it or of what other people think of it. It’s the greatest
instrument you’ll ever own.
Dance, even if you have nowhere to do it but your living room.
Read the directions, even if you don’t follow them.
Do not read beauty magazines. They will only make you feel ugly.
Get to know your parents. You never know when they’ll be gone
for good. Be nice to your siblings. They’re your best link to
your past and the people most likely to stick with you in the
Understand that friends come and go, but with a precious few
you should hold on. Work hard to bridge the gaps in geography
and lifestyle, because the older you get, the more you need
the people who knew you when you were young.
Live in New York City once, but leave before it makes you hard.
Live in Northern California once, but leave before it makes you
Accept certain inalienable truths: Prices will rise. Politicians
will philander. You, too, will get old. And when you do, you’ll
fantasize that when you were young, prices were reasonable,
politicians were noble, and children respected their elders.
Respect your elders.
Don’t expect anyone else to support you. Maybe you have a trust
fund. Maybe you’ll have a wealthy spouse. But you never know when
either one might run out.
Don’t mess too much with your hair or by the time you’re 40 it
will look 85.
Be careful whose advice you buy, but be patient with those who
supply it. Advice is a form of nostalgia. Dispensing it is a way
of fishing the past from the disposal, wiping it off, painting
over the ugly parts and recycling it for more than it’s worth.
Personally, I like full files of Rifftrax - in my tiny Tokyo room with my laptop, it’s just easier to watch a pre-synced single file, especially when I happen to own many of the rifftrax’d films already in America.
HOWEVER, Rifftrax is obviously an effort of love and sarcasm rather than a giant money-machine, so I personally advocate either using the donate feature or simply creating an account and purchasing the trax whether or not you have the intent to download them from the site, which is what I tend to do. That way, you’ll always have them on your account should they become useful. Obviously, saying ‘yay torrents’ sounds like skirting legality at best, but the important thing here is that around $4 each, and adding exponential re-watch value to the original films, I really can’t think of a reason not to go give these guys some money. And if you’ve never watched/heard of Rifftrax and enjoy laughing, http://www.rifftrax.com/mp3-commentaries - enjoy. The Twilight series is particularly amazing.
My friend from Libya asked me today if there was a word in English for “just getting a haircut”. He clarified by saying “like how you say ‘bless you’ when someone sneezes”. Further conversation revealed that in Arabic there’s a word/phrase, na-iman (?) that you can say to someone when they just had a haircut (Or just had a bath, he said? Not sure if it has the same meaning) that’s a social grace phrase for that situation. I thought that was neat.
This throwback 80’s sci-fi film needs your help creating practical special effects for their 16mm nostalgic feature film!
This isn’t a library/archives related post so it may look a little out of place on my blog, but this is about the arts. A new awesome project from Austin filmmaker Stephen Belyeu is in the works! Belyeu’s first feature film Dig won the Audience Award at the 2010 Austin Film Festival.
This new project is a science fiction film shot on 16mm with all practical make-up and effects set in the 1980s. Get your nostalgia goggles out for this one!
If you can’t donate, a signal boost would be greatly appreciated!