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Some happy music to start off your Monday. 

Played 119 times.


On June 21, 1961, Phyllis Richman received this letter from Harvard’s graduate program, to which she had applied, asking her how she planned to balance her “responsibilities” to her husband with her desired career. 52 years later, she responded

Two years after Harvard sent this letter, The Feminist Mystique pulled into question the very fabric of these assumptions and catapulted women into the quest for true equality. 

Hard to believe we’ve solved all of these problems in 50 years. That’s giving people too much credit unfortunately.


From the New York Times, on the end of Karen Berger’s 30-year run at Vertigo Comics.

Mr. DiDio [co-publisher of DC Comics, which owns Vertigo] said it would be “myopic” to believe “that servicing a very small slice of our audience is the way to go ahead.”

“That’s not what we’re in the…

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MGMT Kids cover because Amanda asked for one.

Played 90 times.

Well shit, Peter. After this week.

At midnight December 21, the Internet offered its own commentary on the apocalypse. Thank you, Internet.

"11:15, restate my assumptions: 1. Mathematics is the language of nature. 2. Everything around us can be represented and understood through numbers. 3. If you graph these numbers, patterns emerge. Therefore: There are patterns everywhere in nature." —Maximillian Cohen, Pi

I love social media. I’m just sick of being my own paparazzo. And I know I’m not alone.

We are tweeting, updating, posting, liking, pinning, IM’ing, DM’ing, +1’ing, YouTubing, and Googling now more than ever.

Ask yourself - How many times did I check <<insert favorite online social network>> today? I did. And I didn’t like the answer.

There were many other days I had asked myself that same question and was okay with it. The ROI was there – and it wasn’t just the false self-affirmation I got every time someone responded favorably to me online.

For most of us the ROI for personal online social networks is apparent. Exciting friendships are forged, business deals made, reputations built, and new things learned every day. Social media is like a psychological orgasm that leaves us begging for more.

It’s not that I’m getting sick of the kinds of things I’m posting. (But if you are, does Chris Brogan have some great suggestions for you on that.) 

Perhaps it’s that I’m more concerned with feeding my channels than actually experiencing any of what I’m talking about online. Learning anything new with my bare hands. In the real world. Is my brain suffering because of it? Will my creativity bloom even further by taking a break from my personal networks? 

After talking with a good friend about what he described as social media “malaise” – he suggested I stay off of my online social networks until the first day of summer, June 20.  We both had projects we were planning on diving into this spring and, in a show of solidarity, agreed to go off the social media grid with me.  The idea – while completely terrifying – guaranteed an ROI. For a few months, every minute not spent on an online personal network can be put toward my project. As an added bonus, I would have greater insight into my online networks I would not have gained otherwise.

James Altucher’s recent post “How to Disappear Completely and Never Be Found” – a thought which sounded really great when I read it – got me thinking that perhaps by going off my social networks people might forget about me. Like suddenly my relevance to the rest of the world will diminish because I am no longer in the apparent context of the online conversation.

Will I be in essence faking my own death by going off the grid? A pseudocide of sorts?

Clearly something must be wrong with me to deliberately abstain from my online social networks for a while, right? 


Let’s just leave it at that.


Let’s just leave it at that.