On the 10th of October 2009 in Canada, John Altinger was about to meet a woman he had met on dating site, Plenty Of Fish. However he was about to meet Mark Twitchell. Upon arrival Altinger was knocked out, stabbed to death then dismembered . Graphically he was decapitated and enjoyed using his head a puppet.
Twitchell was a budding filmmaker and described himself like fictional serial killer Dexter Morgan. On Twitchell’s laptop, authorities found a document labelled “SKConfessions”, SK stood for serial killer. One entry was “I grabbed his jaw with my gloved hand and moved it while making a funny voice to make it look like it was talking, and chuckled to myself at the total silliness of it all”. The story was deemed to graphic for it to be fully shown to the jury.
The story also described his first failed attempt at murder. This was true and the man was called Gilles Tetreault who had also been lured from the dating site. However he fought back when he got to Twitchell’s garage and managed to escape.
In 2011, Mark Twitchell was sentenced to 25 years.
here i am to periodically remind you, like an excited puppy, that i’ll be releasing a comic about these fellas with Iron Circus comics this year!! It’s called Letters for Lucardo and it’s an erotic graphic novel about dudes in love… what could be better…
also look i failed to erase all of the sketch layer and now there’s a judgemental : / in the lower left corner? take your frown elsewhere, this is a totally happy comic where nothing goes wrong … *checks script* wait nevermind some of that but look I guarantee you this will be a fun read!! coming! soon!!
When he was twenty five years old, John Stilinski fell in love at first sight. It’s not a story he shares often – Claudia’s name alone is hard enough to speak these days – but he thinks maybe it’s time to tell it.
Because there’s a werewolf on his front porch looking at his son the same way John used to look at Claudia.
WARNINGS: mentions of minor character death and minor underage
There’s a beat of horrified silence for Stiles before he sees Derek’s shoulders rapidly shaking.
“Shut the fuck up,” Stiles hisses, throwing his phone on the couch and walking over to the kitchen, wrapping his arms around Derek. But that only makes Derek laugh harder and Stiles responds by biting Derek on the shoulder. “I hate you.”
“Sure, I like him,” Derek scowls right at the camera, “We’re friends.” He blinks, expression suddenly going hopeful, “Why, did he say something?”
“I have worked at Beacon Hills Office Supplies for two and a half years,” Stiles pretends to hang himself with his tie, glances out of the conference room to where Derek is signing for a package with a suspicious look on his face. “It’s not all bad, I guess?”
Stiles had often thought about how he’d meet his soul mate, the literal muscular man of his dreams. He just didn’t ever imagine finding him on Facebook where a friend had shared a news article about a werewolf John Doe in a coma after a car wreck four hours out of town. And he also didn’t expect to bond and fall in love with the guy’s family before ever saying two words to him out loud.
“Who the hell are these guys.” Commander Hale barks, his hand automatically going to his hip holster and Stiles lunges forward, stopping him from pulling his gun out.
“No! Ah… Um. Commander Hale. These are…. These are Atlanteans.” He manages to stutter out, removing his hand from Commander Hale’s person under Peter’s deathly glare of death. He takes a step back but watches as the Commander doesn’t immediately pull his gun out so he counts it as a win.
“What?” Kate hisses, turning to look back at Stiles with a shocked expression. “You can’t be serious. Atlanteans? That’s impossible!”
Scott finally pulls a a stunt so boneheaded that Stiles can’t think of any way to get him out of it. Hoping to outrun the fallout, he packs up his father and they move to Canada. Unfortunately, nowhere is safe.
WARNING: major character death/s, (happy ending) graphic depictions of violence
Stiles is sitting on the couch with a box full of cereal (a mouth full of cereal) when the doorbell rings. The fact that someone has chosen to ring the bell is of itself strange enough, because his father is not home so he is not expecting anyone official – and Scott always just opens the door like it’s his own house and Derek uses Stiles’ bedroom window.
Something is seriously up with the captain of the lacrosse team. There’s just no way Derek Hale is human. *** “I was wondering if you’re even human. You move so quickly. I mean, it’s ridiculously fast. No human should be able to move that fast, y'know? It’s unfair for us. I mean, it’s obvious you work out, and I don’t, so that could be why, but like…I was just wondering if you were human, that’s all.”
“Stop talking, Stilinski, or I'll—”
“Put me on the bench all season?” Stiles asks knowing full well that Derek Hale can’t threaten him with shit.
Derek doesn’t want to call the window repair guy. He doesn’t want to sweep up the glass. He’ll inevitably miss a few shards and pull them out of the bottom of his bare feet for weeks.
He doesn’t want to try to make this place feel like home when it isn’t.
Derek stayed in Beacon Hills and tried to make it work because he wanted pack, wanted purpose. He gave his best effort and found himself back where he started: alone, with a few begrudging allies. He’s tired, and even though his werewolf body heals quickly, he feels the weary ache down to his center.
He packs his car with the few things he cares about enough to drag them from place to place. He locks the loft and calls a realtor about listing the building he’d bought in a misguided attempt to secure a future.
Being the middle child of five siblings, Stiles was used to taking the backseat. He was twenty-one years old, mouthy, pale skinned, and twitchy, and was probably the most overlooked in such a talented and good-looking family. Not only that but more often than not, he was bullied, teased, exposed (in a literal sense) and also ended up getting banged up and bruised. Thank goodness, there’s Dr. Hale to patch him up after all is said and done.
Also known as The One Where Things Get Really Windy.
48 hours is a new record? Jeez I guess the Tracy Brothers don’t get to see much of the world except when they’re on duty. (Which still sounds better than my current perspective ahahaha)
Looks like the new diet on Tracy Island is plain bagels - made by EOS, no doubt. How these guys manage to look that well-defined and healthy remains a mystery. Maybe Brains found a way to make those astronaut type all-in-one foods. *shrugs* Anyway, I’m not sure if I can deal with Alan’s puppy eyed look of utter admiration. He just loves being around his big brothers, like they’re his entire world and ugh stop it you’re far too adorable and precious. *muffled screeching*
John: “It’s hard to think with all this gravity. I’m going to the office.” Translation: BYE, LOSERS. I’M GOING TO GET SHIT DONE.
Also, +1 to Max for trying to do something about those awful trousers. -1 for making John trip and not even getting a tiny tear in said trousers.
EOS: “I’m amazed every time you trust your life to that tiny cable. The slightest failure and SPLAT, you’re a tiny dark spot on Tracy Island.”
EOS being her supportive snarky self. EOS IS BACK, GUYS. I AM SO EXCITED I CAN’T NOT USE CAPSLOCK.
Fischler: “We’ve determined it is indeed a storm down there. *pause* A big one.” Oh wow you must have been top of your meteorology class, mate.
John: “Well, that’s sure to rock the scientific community.” Not sure if sarcasm or just being polite. *squints*
Fischler, after finding out his vessel is rising out of control: “Who employed you lot? *pause* Oh it was me. Must have had a day off that day.” Oh wow, we have a comedy genius, ladies and gentlemen. *slow clap*
John: “…once they reach critical altitude, the balloons will rupture and the station will drop like a rock.”
Fischler: “Uh, we will experience a marked change of direction.” YOU DON’T SAY. Is this guy for real though. I mean, seriously, what is he even.
Virgil plotting a course to stay well above the hurricane. Cue Gordon the Punmeister’s finest/worst (scrap whichever is most applicable) moments: “Don’t worry, I’ll… *wink* keep an eye on it. *wink, dramatic pause* You know, because hurricanes have an eye at the centre.”
GORDON. GORDON, NO.
Meanwhile, Virgil looks like he’s desperately trying to think about fluffy things instead of violence towards his pun prone brother.
Brains listing all of the safety regulations that the weather station ought to have, only to be told they were superfluous or slow or just not worth installing. This guy is worse than Bruce Ismay. At least the Titanic had lifeboats.
Virgil: “Doctor Gordon, your patient is ready.”
Gordon: “Doors please, Doctor Virgil.”
Virgil: “Don’t let them hit you on the way out.”
JUST HOW PRECIOUS ARE THESE TWO THOUGH.
I may have screamed unladylike words at this point. Because Virgil and Thunderbird 2 falling like a brick.
Doctor Gordon saving the other patient that desperately needed saving and being a fucking badass at it. *fans self* Also, Virgil looking all useless and sad when he realizes his younger brother has full control of his ‘Bird. Excuse me while I go and cuddle Virgil now.
Scott: “Can you give us a status report?”
Fischler: “Well, so far your rescue attempts appear to be unsuccessful. International Rescue? HA. International Slow Coach, more like.” YOU DO NOT INSULT INTERNATIONAL RESCUE AND GET AWAY WITH IT, YOU DICK.
Brains: *mentions escape pods and launch strategy, then realizes mid sentence that this is yet another missing feature* SEE? SEE? This flying weather station should’ve been named after Bruce Ismay.
Fischler: “…we do however have these jumpsuits with rather nifty Fischler Industries logos.” Yes because that totally was worth the extra cost. Totally.
Brains: “You’ll look very stylish as the gale force winds tear you to pieces.” Brains, remember that talk we had about keeping certain facts to yourself or at least rephrasing them to sound a bit less graphic?
Thunderbird 2 failed, Thunderbird 1 has to retreat… Now it’s up to Space Pup aka Rocket Boy to save the day. Look at his face when he realizes it’s his turn to go out and be a hero. *muffled sobbing*
Alan fist pumping his way down to Thunderbird 3′s launching bay. I just lost the ability to can .___________.
Aaaaand there goes Thunderbird 3. Seriously, this Fischler guy sure has racked up one hell of a repair bill…
Thunderbirds brainstorming council is go.
Alan: “Maybe we can create a slow leak.”
Gordon: “Yeah, use a smart projectile. Hit those balloons with a scattershot of needles.”
Virgil: “Great idea. The slightest perforation and they explode.” SNAAAARK.
Gordon: “Do you have to shoot down every idea?” Gordon, please.
Virgil: “I’m not the one shooting things down.” Virgil, please.
More sibling arguing ensues until Brains interrupts: “Actually there may be someone who can save them.”
*dramatic cut to Thunderbird 5*
I knew it. I KNEW IT. SPACE TRASH TO THE RESCUE.
John, explaining his rescue strategy: “Physics, couldn’t be simpler.” John, please.
John bragging about his arcade claw machine skills. I am now having a head canon idea that involves John’s room being stuffed with claw machine loot and big cuddly plushies. *chinhands*
The space elevator and gravity ring combo pulling the weather station in: Thunderbird 5 is more than just a pretty communications hub. Please mind your step, my John feels appear to be all over the place.
Look at what you’re doing to our precious cinnamon roll, Fischler. He’s in pain and so is Thunderbird 5.
And then it’s over. Thunderbird 5 saved the weather station. I’m so happy for the poor people on board and because Fischler gets to see another day in which he will surely get what he deserves. Petition to punch Fischler in the face, who wants to sign?
EOS: “Ouch, my subroutines are killing me.” John: LOL I’m just gonna drift because physics y’know.
Space trash gonna space trash, I guess.
Fischler rambling about replacing his staff with monkeys. Your new employees will still be more intelligent than you, sir.
John: “Please get this man off of my station before I have a sudden unexplained airlock failure.” Well that worked for Ellen Ripley. Except that having a guy like Fischler on your space station might just be worse than dealing with a Xenomorph. At least the latter will make it a quick death.
So. That has to be one of the most amazing episodes since EOS and Fireflash. Damn. I can’t believe we’re nearing the mid season finale/hiatus. I AM NOT READY.
First, I’ve got to send out some mad respect to Yimbo for beating me to a badass Candy Cane design this season, and being an inspiration to me for all of the rest of his original content as well. Rock on, man! I also need to mention that this design would not be what it is, had I not totally stolen his idea of using a diamond element to complete the framing of this piece.
When it comes to TV Tropes, is it the website itself that you hate or the community on it?
The site itself is basically the opposite of thoughtful criticism, discussion or analysis. Breaking every single thing that ever happens in a TV show, book, movie, graphic novel, video game, or whatever down into a stupid catchphrase and placing it in a little box that allows you to call it out when you see it is totally meaningless.
“Oh, that guy just spoke to his wife! This is a ‘Husband Speaks’ moment!”
“The daughter is having problems with her laptop! This is totally an Epic Progeny Fail!”
What? Who fucking cares? What does any of that shit mean to anyone other than providing a bunch of category-obsessed weirdos a special language they can speak to eachother in while watching a TV show? Winking and nodding because you’re using the same bullshit catchphrase to describe a scene where “guy stands in a room with a coat hanger” isn’t media deconstruction. It doesn’t teach you anything about writing, it doesn’t help you identify good or bad habits in story construction, it’s just another dumb, meaningless internet subculture for people who want a treehouse where they can all wink and nod and speak in the same bullshit pig latin.
The community is worse and the way they foster incredibly creepy, sometimes abusive behavior from site members is disgusting.
The entire place seems to encourage the idea that the TV shows and movies you consume are part of your personality/identity and it’s perfectly fine for you to become an abusive, frothing, angry shithead at anyone who doesn’t share your opinion on a piece of entertainment product you consumed. It’s sick.
Him and Seek for the GBA is such an underrated gem. It’s probably my favorite officially licensed PPG game ever made. It encapsulates the show perfectly, has fantastic looking graphics and sprites, and has really fun gameplay to boot. A million times better than the original Gameboy Color games.
Looks like the kind of game a person could stream… online… probably on a night… like tonight… at 9 PM… EST…
How do you know how to do all of this stuff?? Like running successful businesses and developing your own supplements?! It just blows my mind. You're so successful and it's AMAZING. Good for you. Did you study business in school or something?
Thank you! I own a basketball and football display case company, a marketing and brand development company, and have the crush gyms, sports nutrition, apparel, ebooks and online stuff.
What you don’t know, is that I started a fitness apparel company called CutUpClub, and failed after the first year. I started a company in college where I went to people’s workplace and replaced their brake pads and rotors while they worked. A car fell on my leg when a jack stand gave out, and then that eventually failed too. When I was in high school, I had a business building custom gaming computers (long time nerd) and selling them online. That also failed miserably. Battle bottle? The company that made indescribable shaker cups? That failed before it even hit the market!! I lost every penny to my name, probably a good 10 times, and spent the last two years taking home a big whopping $9,000 total.
I’m not successful because I went to school. I actually dropped out of school to start all this shit. I learned accounting by buying quick books when I had my cars falling on my lap and almost killing myself company. I learned it because I had to. If I didn’t, I would fail, go to jail, etc. I think pressure is the best form of education. Either you find a way or you fail.
I got my graphic design and Photoshop / image knowledge by working at a family printing company since 4th grade in the summers. I would mess with computers and learned photoshop when it was still “new”…. Fast forward to when I was 16, I got to rebrand some major hospitals, a HUGE motorcycle company, and a large healthcare provider. That’s when I found my edge in design and brand development. That turned into knowledge of retail, product development, manufacturing etc. honestly I sill find this to be one of the most valuable things I know. It’s by far gotten me the most respect, and helped me out of some serious financial pinches.
As far as business goes, there is no secret. Marketing and accounting. Marketing drives sales and accounting is your entire business whether you want to believe it or not. Money. It all comes down to money. There is no success story. I got my real estate license because I needed it to make more money, not because somebody told me I had to. I wanted to. It was actually really easy.
I do everything opposite. “They” say to never mix passion or emotion with business. They are idiots. My business is my passion, and that’s not just in fitness. I sold freaking printing passionately and it won every time. I think my success with business came from believing I was worthy / capable. Once I believed in myself, things just started clicking. I’m intimidated by nobody.
We’re all just people doing things. That’s pretty much it. You can do whatever you want. I’m nothing special. I just tell myself that no matter what needs to be done, I can do it. It hasn’t failed me yet. When people ask me what I do, I don’t answer. I chuckle and instead, ask them what they do, then tell them how I can help. I’m successful because I want to be. I had no help. No silver spoon. Just the fear of failure and the desire to buy a private jet before I was 30. And I will.
“People would think that we’d get along because we’re both born from the same hospital. However, we’re totally different. She’s very active, outgoing and loud. On the other hand I’m quiet. I told myself, 'Man I can’t keep up with her.‘ That’s what I used to think about her. But now, after we debuted, we saw each other everyday. We talked a lot. How should I put it… our bond grew stronger. As a result, she is like my best buddy.” -Jessica
I don’t even know how this happened, especially because I don’t follow many people and I just wait for them to follow me, but I hit 750 followers! I just hit 700 three days ago, where are you all coming from? I was going to make a follow forever at 500, and I never did it, so here we go! You should expect this to be long-winded. (SPECIAL THANK YOU TO MIMI (ALLXSON) FOR THE AWESOME GRAPHIC BECAUSE I WAS WAY TOO LAZY TO MAKE ONE MYSELF, AND THIS IS MUCH BETTER THAN ANYTHING I COULD’VE DONE ANYWAY!) (ALSO I HOPE I DIDN’T MIS-GENDER ANYBODY. IF I DID, I’M SO SORRY!) (THESE ARE IN NO ORDER! I LOVE YOU ALL!)
allxson/ thegirlwhoknewtoomuch - I really don’t even know where to begin with Mimi. I had never really given Stallison much thought, and it’s quickly become my main crackship. Our Friends verse Stallison is one of the things I look forward to most on here, and we never fail to flail everywhere, whether it be on here, kik, or skype, and now we are doing Stydia and Scallison too, and I just can’t. I love this girl so much, and she’s constantly promoting me and making me graphics and being all around awesome and fun to talk to. If you’re not following her yet, I don’t understand what you’re doing with your life.
needtoprotect- My Scott, and nobody can tell me otherwise. I claim her, and none of you can have her. I’m totally kidding of course. You should all follow if you want some wonderful Scott interactions! I seriously get so many feelings every time I read our threads, and I always look forward to responding and getting my Sciles on! Mun is also such a sweetheart. Love love loveeeeeee!
sassyandimmune- My Lydia. Besides the fact that she’s an incredible Lydia, is amazing at English when it’s not her first language, and gives me feels with our three going on five verses, she is also incredibly kindhearted and caring. She was the one person to constantly check on me throughout the beginning of July to make sure I was okay after my friend died, and I can’t express how much that means to me.
bigspoonxmalia- My Malia, and basically the person who got me to ship it so hard. I always look forward to RPing Stalia with her, and she is so so sweet and adorable OOC as well! I always look forward to talking to her! We probably have a million things going already, but I’m always eager to add more threads with her!
iwanttofeelstrxng- I used to stalk her, and now we have three verses, so thankfully that worked out well! I love each one of them, and we spend most of our OOC talks flailing about Stallison. Go follow!
thebansheeofthepack- Now and forever one of my favorite Lydias, and she was one of my first ones when I just started out! We just kept adding threads, and I always look forward to responding to her! Now we’re about to do Scallison too, and I absolutely can’t wait!
hehowls- Even though she always disappears on me (;P), this is one of my favorite Scotts! She always gives me so many feelings, and though we started off with just our Walking Dead verse, we’ve added some more threads, and I love responding to them!
oldsoutherncharm- This is such a great Scott. We just randomly started interacting recently, and I’m so glad that we did! I’m already loving our Sciles interactions, and I can’t wait for more of them!
badassbetaerica- Literally my favorite Erica. She has like a million followers and she deserves every one, so if you’re not following her yet, you’re crazy. She has Erica’s character down so well, and I adore her OOC as well! I’ve lost track of how many threads we have, but I always get excited when I see a reply from her!
itstheisaaclahey- This is only the maker of my favorite ever group verse. (Okay, it’s my only group verse right now, but it will always be my first and favorite. <3) Not only that, but I just love all of our sassy Stisaac interactions. They are all so excellent. Go follow!
notxaxtate- My very first Malia, and I love her to bits! We have approximately 5 million short threads going, and I get excited about literally all of them.
eightyearsalone- One of my other favorite Malias. I love plotting with her, and I’m excited that we’ve got a group verse now. She never fails to make me smile, and I’ve been loving all of our canon interactions as well!
m4squeraded- I don’t usually RP with TVD characters, but I love this Katherine. We had a thread going, and we just started a verse, and I can’t wait to see how it progresses. The mun is also super sweet, and I always love talking to her!
genevabeacon- I actually cannot remember how many verses we have now, but I think it’s like four or five, and they are all excellent. Even though she’s been on hiatus lately, I’ve never stopped looking forward to her replies, and even if you don’t generally like OCs, you should follow this one, as she’s the only OC on this list that I didn’t know before I made this account!
xaudiens- The first message she ever sent me OOC was so adorable that I had to keep it. I love love love this Lydia so much, and my threads with her have quickly become some of my favorite. We always manage to take sentence starters and evolve them into so much more. I can’t wait to keep interacting with her, and you should definitely go follow!
alphadelameutedelycan- Most Derek’s won’t RP with me, so I was thrilled to find one who would! English isn’t even her first language, but she’s incredibly literate, and I love our wrong number thread that we have going on! She is such a cutie patootie OOC as well!
soyouruhsister/ hotgirlscotty- I was already in love with our Stisaac, which we quickly made a million threads of, and then I found out she also had a Scott account, so now I look forward to our Sciles too! Love this mun so so much!
thexpackkairoleplaysjess-roleplayslogiesrps- These are all different people, but I felt as though I needed to mention them together. I met Justin, Kynan, Jess, and Logan in the Glee fandom, and throughout the past year, they’ve pretty much become my rocks. We talk every single day, and they never fail to cheer me up and make me laugh when I need it. Justin was the one who got me to make this account in the first place, and I’m so glad that I did! You are all amazing, and everyone should go follow them since the last three just made their indie accounts!
weareamessx- This is Michelle, and I adore her. She’s the person on this list that I’ve been friends with the longest, and she was in the very first RPG that I ever joined over two years ago, which is crazy! I’m excited that I showed her the ways of indie RP, and she’s adorable, so you should all give her a follow!
People I love to RP with [WHETHER WE RP A LOT OR A LITTLE, I LOVE YOU ALL]
"Is it desire, or is it love that I'm feeling for you?" (desire - years & years) bellarke. if you want. idk.
It’s really not a big deal or anything.
It’s natural, honestly. Clarke has been busy lately, and single for a while, and between school and work and her final art project, she’s barely had time to think, let alone get laid.
So it is 100% perfectly logical, reasonable, and natural that she has a sex dream about Bellamy Blake. Bellamy is, after all, fairly attractive and around all the time, between TAing her art history class and working at her favorite coffee shop while also getting his PhD and doing all his studying at exactly the same time she’s at the library, somehow.
Allow events to change you. You have to be willing to grow. Growth is different from something that happens to you. You produce it. You live it. The prerequisites for growth: the openness to experience events and the willingness to be changed by them.
Forget about good. Good is a known quantity. Good is what we all agree on. Growth is not necessarily good. Growth is an exploration of unlit recesses that may or may not yield to our research. As long as you stick to good you’ll never have real growth.
Process is more important than outcome. When the outcome drives the process we will only ever go to where we’ve already been. If process drives outcome we may not know where we’re going, but we will know we want to be there.
Love your experiments (as you would an ugly child). Joy is the engine of growth. Exploit the liberty in casting your work as beautiful experiments, iterations, attempts, trials, and errors. Take the long view and allow yourself the fun of failure every day.
Go deep. The deeper you go the more likely you will discover something of value.
Capture accidents. The wrong answer is the right answer in search of a different question. Collect wrong answers as part of the process. Ask different questions.
Study. A studio is a place of study. Use the necessity of production as an excuse to study. Everyone will benefit.
Begin anywhere. John Cage tells us that not knowing where to begin is a common form of paralysis. His advice: begin anywhere.
Everyone is a leader. Growth happens. Whenever it does, allow it to emerge. Learn to follow when it makes sense. Let anyone lead.
Harvest ideas. Edit applications. Ideas need a dynamic, fluid, generous environment to sustain life. Applications, on the other hand, benefit from critical rigor. Produce a high ratio of ideas to applications.
Keep moving. The market and its operations have a tendency to reinforce success. Resist it. Allow failure and migration to be part of your practice.
Slow down. Desynchronize from standard time frames and surprising opportunities may present themselves.
Don’t be cool. Cool is conservative fear dressed in black. Free yourself from limits of this sort.
Ask stupid questions. Growth is fueled by desire and innocence. Assess the answer, not the question. Imagine learning throughout your life at the rate of an infant.
Collaborate. The space between people working together is filled with conflict, friction, strife, exhilaration, delight, and vast creative potential.
____________________. Intentionally left blank. Allow space for the ideas you haven’t had yet, and for the ideas of others.
Stay up late. Strange things happen when you’ve gone too far, been up too long, worked too hard, and you’re separated from the rest of the world.
Work the metaphor. Every object has the capacity to stand for something other than what is apparent. Work on what it stands for.
Be careful to take risks. Time is genetic. Today is the child of yesterday and the parent of tomorrow. The work you produce today will create your future.
Repeat yourself. If you like it, do it again. If you don’t like it, do it again.
Make your own tools. Hybridize your tools in order to build unique things. Even simple tools that are your own can yield entirely new avenues of exploration. Remember, tools amplify our capacities, so even a small tool can make a big difference.
Stand on someone’s shoulders. You can travel farther carried on the accomplishments of those who came before you. And the view is so much better.
Avoid software. The problem with software is that everyone has it.
Don’t clean your desk. You might find something in the morning that you can’t see tonight.
Don’t enter awards competitions. Just don’t. It’s not good for you.
Read only left-hand pages. Marshall McLuhan did this. By decreasing the amount of information, we leave room for what he called our “noodle.”
Make new words. Expand the lexicon. The new conditions demand a new way of thinking. The thinking demands new forms of expression. The expression generates new conditions.
Think with your mind. Forget technology. Creativity is not device-dependent.
Organization = Liberty. Real innovation in design, or any other field, happens in context. That context is usually some form of cooperatively managed enterprise. Frank Gehry, for instance, is only able to realize Bilbao because his studio can deliver it on budget. The myth of a split between “creatives” and “suits” is what Leonard Cohen calls a ‘charming artifact of the past.’
Don’t borrow money. Once again, Frank Gehry’s advice. By maintaining financial control, we maintain creative control. It’s not exactly rocket science, but it’s surprising how hard it is to maintain this discipline, and how many have failed.
Listen carefully. Every collaborator who enters our orbit brings with him or her a world more strange and complex than any we could ever hope to imagine. By listening to the details and the subtlety of their needs, desires, or ambitions, we fold their world onto our own. Neither party will ever be the same.
Take field trips. The bandwidth of the world is greater than that of your TV set, or the Internet, or even a totally immersive, interactive, dynamically rendered, object-oriented, real-time, computer graphic–simulated environment.
Make mistakes faster. This isn’t my idea — I borrowed it. I think it belongs to Andy Grove.
Imitate. Don’t be shy about it. Try to get as close as you can. You’ll never get all the way, and the separation might be truly remarkable. We have only to look to Richard Hamilton and his version of Marcel Duchamp’s large glass to see how rich, discredited, and underused imitation is as a technique.
Scat. When you forget the words, do what Ella did: make up something else … but not words.
Break it, stretch it, bend it, crush it, crack it, fold it.
Explore the other edge. Great liberty exists when we avoid trying to run with the technological pack. We can’t find the leading edge because it’s trampled underfoot. Try using old-tech equipment made obsolete by an economic cycle but still rich with potential.
Coffee breaks, cab rides, green rooms. Real growth often happens outside of where we intend it to, in the interstitial spaces — what Dr. Seuss calls “the waiting place.” Hans Ulrich Obrist once organized a science and art conference with all of the infrastructure of a conference — the parties, chats, lunches, airport arrivals — but with no actual conference. Apparently it was hugely successful and spawned many ongoing collaborations.
Avoid fields. Jump fences. Disciplinary boundaries and regulatory regimes are attempts to control the wilding of creative life. They are often understandable efforts to order what are manifold, complex, evolutionary processes. Our job is to jump the fences and cross the fields.
Laugh. People visiting the studio often comment on how much we laugh. Since I’ve become aware of this, I use it as a barometer of how comfortably we are expressing ourselves.
Remember. Growth is only possible as a product of history. Without memory, innovation is merely novelty. History gives growth a direction. But a memory is never perfect. Every memory is a degraded or composite image of a previous moment or event. That’s what makes us aware of its quality as a past and not a present. It means that every memory is new, a partial construct different from its source, and, as such, a potential for growth itself.
Power to the people. Play can only happen when people feel they have control over their lives. We can’t be free agents if we’re not free.