Thursday, February 17, 2011

Artist vs. Businessman FTW

If I haven't bothered you about it yet, the question of the week has been the following: Would you rather be a businessman or an artist?
(your answer dictates the follow up question)

The most common answer is to consider oneself a hybrid of the two. Great, but this is the obvious stance and doesn't answer or advance the question. Obviously businessmen aren't necessarally philistines and art doesn't require bohemianism. Your uncle knows a painter who runs a hedgefund?
After remaining uncomittal for a day or two, I am firmly saying artist. Perhaps this is a due to a weird past few weeks at work, getting crushed at poker last week, seeing Ira Glass speak, or finding out that the Haters Gif was made by a 25 year old. And course it's grey, and I'll continue reading the Ben Graham Intelligent Investor book I've been carrying around for the past month. But if I have to pick; it's artist. A lot of people imagine"creativity" as an explosive idea that hits a person. One says "I'm not creative" meaning that he/she hasn't had a moment of brilliance where a cranial lightning bolt results in a unique idea. But creativity is more about mine than it is difference or originality. The original question hints at an integrity that comes with making something (it can be anything!)

A few implications to the list:
1) I'm taking a few months off poker. I'll use this time to (hopefully) write and work on editing A.W.
2) Saturday morning guitar lessons starting 3/5 (if anyone wants to get in on this there's a good deal on Gilt Boston)
3) also keeping a continued eye out for dates of the Boston film race, expected to go in late March.

Quick Boring Update: Lot of yoga lately, also applied to Birthright via NYU's group. I feel mildly like an ass for having to ditch some people (we  had talked over the trip, but I needed to take a me-centric approach and just try to get in.)

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Progress, Winter Experiments in Gravity

A) Is fading. Temps this week in the 40's
B) Has taken a toll on the city of Boston (potholes, cars hit by plows on most every street)
C) Is made for snowtubing parties
D) Hasn't started until there's a hot chocolate and schapps party

Saw Ira Glass (host of This American Life for you non-nerds) this weekend at Harvard. He had a lot of good nuggets about stories, the state of news/the radio, being Jewish. It got me pumped to work on the book (update soon).
-Other list updates: Me and Bobby registered for Tough Mudder (cue dear in headlights look)
-Birthright registration starts next week

Thought on the Superbowl:
Weak ads. The owner of an advertising agency told me today that his favorite was the Chevy ad with Eminem. I told him it was a Chrysler ad. As annoying as the Budwiser Frogs and Wassup guys were, they were iconic and fun.
Ok game. If not for a few dropped passes it would have been a game of Aaron Rodgers shredding the Steelers. As played it's the game that ended anyone caring about Brett Favre.

Tubing on Friday, Snowboarding Saturday, Further experiments with gravity Sunday