The next Nokia, or, well, possibly not

*Tumblr users are bound by the wrist, neck and ankles to a comatose corporate beast kept afloat only by Chinese money.  But, who knows, maybe all that free work you’re doing for investors here on Tumblr won’t share the dismal fate of Nokia and MySpace.  That’s a long shot, but…


"Importantly, Mayer was more forthcoming with metrics to back up her argument that the turnaround is taking root. Tumblr, once feared as unmonetizable, is on track to see $100 million in revenue next year.

(((In other words, Tumblr might have done great had Yahoo never shown up with heaps of Chinese cash, but why be bitter?  Capitalism is an adventure, even for social justice warriors.)))

"Mobile ads generated more than $200 million in revenue last quarter, or 17 percent of total sales, and could exceed $1.2 billion this year. Analysts are looking for $4.3 billion in revenue this year, so mobile could rise to 27% of total revenue soon.

"Again, this is small potatoes compared to what Facebook and Google are seeing. Any online ad company that is still seeing more than 70 percent of its revenue coming from desktops can be said to be lagging the great mobile migration. But it’s progress for Yahoo, and the kind of progress that many skeptics didn’t expect to see.

"I’ve been among those skeptics, arguing that Yahoo can’t be saved no matter who is CEO, that it’s fated to a long, slow if profitable period of decline and would in fact benefit from a merger with AOL. But I also know that the tech industry, more than any other, can surprise you. Nobody expected a Priceline comeback ten years ago, and it came back anyway – and it did it through shrewd acquisitions.

"I remain among the skeptics about Yahoo’s prospects, but I also feel Mayer has enough evidence to buy her more time to try and turn Yahoo around. It remains an uphill battle – if not one all but impossible to win – but that doesn’t mean the company should throw in the towel right now."

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Ok everyone, this is the final push!I have only 7 days left to raise $2000 more to fund my fundraiser. Please, I beg you, after many sleepless nights and my hair falling out, the fact that I am so close and can see a light at the end of the tunnel means a lot. I have had so many generous people donate, but am asking the craft beer community to help with this last push.
Follow the link on my profile to check our fundraising effort and help make my dream a reality. The lease is signed…I just need the money!
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An issue with selling patterns

This has been on my mind since I first started selling patterns since I am not a pattern maker. Pattern makers sell patterns with no/little of their business being the final product. 

I was listening to Abby Glassenberg’s 30th podcast with Love and Sandwich and Phil Barbato,  and an interesting point that was brought up was how people treat patterns & crafts online. The culture is predominately becoming one where others online see a design and decide they can make it. That’s all good and fine until it reaches the state where they decide because they tweaked it a little, they can sell it as their own product. 

This tends to be one of the reasons many artists who sell final products (such as plushes or teddy bears). With highly popular pieces, selling patterns directly undermines the final business for these artists. While we do what we do for the love of it, this is still a source of income for many. 

The reason I decided to sell my patterns was because I wanted to give my followers an alternative to my expensive art pieces. You get to create your own and I love that. I love sewing with more and more people and seeing everyone else’s interpretations. It’s even more touching to me when it is your launch point for learning how to sew. I am humbled that you chose my designs as a platform to learn.

It’s fine if you are changing it to make something personal and you are not claiming you designed the pattern. A problem that has been arising for me is when people modify my pattern and claim it as their own and selling it. For those who do not design patterns themselves, it might be hard for you to think “how could someone rip off a pattern” but it is the same as eyeballing an illustration and doing it line by line. Then there are those who think: oh she can never tell.” Trust me. I can tell. It is very obvious. 

Eyeballing my pattern as you make your own is not ok. It doesn’t matter if you measure it inch by inch or just heavily reference and change a few things here and there. The base of it is still my pattern. This is not okay to sell. The condition for purchasing my pattern is that it is for personal use. 

There is a line between being inspired and using my pattern as a base. I highly encourage experimentation and finding your own path if you do want to pursue this art form. Art should be about expressing your own voice not mine. 

Please understand that I release my patterns as a way to allow people to have their own Itty Bitty Chubby not to undermine my own. Please respect my product and my art.

Why Johnny Can't Dissent

"Our businessmen imagine themselves rebels, and our rebels sound more and more like ideologists of business. Henry Rollins, for example, the maker of loutish, overbearing music and composer of high-school-grade poetry, straddles both worlds unproblematically. Rollins’ writing and lyrics strike all the standard alienated literary poses: He rails against overcivilization and yearns to "disconnect." He veers back and forth between vague threats toward "weak" people who "bring me down" and blustery declarations of his weightlifting ability and physical prowess. As a result he ruled for several years as the preeminent darling of Details magazine, a periodical handbook for the young executive on the rise, where rebellion has achieved a perfect synthesis with corporate ideology. In 1992 Details named Rollins a "rock `n’ roll samurai," an "emblem … of a new masculinity" whose "enlightened honesty" is "a way of being that seems to flesh out many of the ideas expressed in contemporary culture and fashion." In 1994 the magazine consummated its relationship with Rollins by naming him "Man of the Year," printing a fawning story about his muscular worldview and decorating its cover with a photo in which Rollins displays his tattoos and rubs his chin in a thoughtful manner.

Details found Rollins to be such an appropriate role model for the struggling young businessman not only because of his music-product, but because of his excellent “self-styled identity,” which the magazine describes in terms normally reserved for the breast-beating and soul-searching variety of motivational seminars. Although he derives it from the quality-maximizing wisdom of the East rather than the unfashionable doctrines of Calvin, Rollins’ rebel posture is identical to that fabled ethic of the small capitalist whose regimen of positive thinking and hard work will one day pay off. Details describes one of Rollins’ songs, quite seriously, as “a self-motivational superforce, an anthem of empowerment,” teaching lessons that any aspiring middle-manager must internalize. Elsewhere, Iggy Pop, that great chronicler of the ambitionless life, praises Rollins as a “high achiever” who “wants to go somewhere.” Rollins himself even seems to invite such an interpretation. His recent spoken-word account of touring with Black Flag, delivered in an unrelenting two-hour drill-instructor staccato, begins with the timeless bourgeois story of opportunity taken, of young Henry leaving the security of a “straight job,” enlisting with a group of visionaries who were “the hardest working people I have ever seen,” and learning “what hard work is all about.” In the liner notes he speaks proudly of his Deming-esque dedication to quality, of how his bandmates “Delivered under pressure at incredible odds.” When describing his relationship with his parents for the readers of Details, Rollins quickly cuts to the critical matter, the results that such dedication has brought: “Mom, Dad, I outgross both of you put together,” a happy observation he repeats in his interview with the New York Times Magazine.

Despite the extreme hostility of punk rockers with which Rollins had to contend all through the 1980s, it is he who has been chosen by the commercial media as the godfather of rock `n’ roll revolt. It is not difficult to see why. For Rollins the punk rock decade was but a lengthy seminar on leadership skills, thriving on chaos, and total quality management. Rollins’ much-celebrated anger is indistinguishable from the anger of the frustrated junior executive who finds obstacles on the way to the top. His discipline and determination are the automatic catechism of any small entrepreneur who’s just finished brainwashing himself with the latest leadership and positive-thinking tracts; his poetry is the inspired verse of 21 Days to Unlimited Power or Let’s Get Results, Not Excuses. Henry Rollins is no more a threat to established power in America than was Dale Carnegie. And yet Rollins as king of the rebels—peerless and ultimate—is the message hammered home wherever photos of his growling visage appears. If you’re unhappy with your lot, the Culture Trust tells us with each new tale of Rollins, if you feel you must rebel, take your cue from the most disgruntled guy of all: Lift weights! Work hard! Meditate in your back yard! Root out the weaknesses deep down inside yourself! But whatever you do, don’t think about who controls power or how it is wielded.”

Thomas Frank, 1997

Celebrating not only getting a replacement tired hands taster, but also for returning back to NY with a signed lease for the brewery. Shit is about to get real very soon. A lot of growing and maturing is going to have to happen in the coming months to build my own business at the age of 24. Many special beers are going to be cracked in the coming months, but none more special than that first beer poured in my brewery.
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Openings: Andrew Schoultz “Broken Order” @ Ruttkowski;68

On the 10th of October, Ruttkowski;68 in Cologne, Germany opened a new solo show by American artist, Andrew Schoultz. Titled Broken Order, this show includes all new works which introduce a slight new direction for the artist. Aside from his familiar illustrative elements and signature imagery, the new paintings include geo and op art objects, which was further emphasized through a specific install painted in the gallery space. The Los  Angeles-based artist is known for large murals, installations, paintings and drawings, all created using his meticulous line work and heavy layering. By using such technique and mixing mediums, often using shredded bank notes as collage, Schoultz creates complex imagery on the verge of controlled visual chaos. His works are often commentary on political or environmental issues, international relations, and the new body of work is strongly focused on similar subject matter. For his first solo with the gallery, the artist decided to tackle the issue of modern day media, and the ways information is disseminated. He believes that the truth is out there, but broken into pieces and delivered through different channels, so it takes effort to see through all those parts in order to see it as a whole. In the same way, his newer works appear shredded and distorted, giving observer a chance to put the pieces back together in order to discover multiple images within one piece. Photo credit by Nils Müller Discuss Andrew Schoultz here.

from Arrested Motion