Listening to this cover of Iron & Wine's The Trapeze Swinger was the tip of the iceberg of the overwhelming feelings that have overcome me these past few weeks. Mainly dealing with the loss of a best friend in 2011. I have avoided facing the death of jo81jo up until about 2-3 weeks ago when I finally allowed myself to cry over him. I logged in for the first time today reading through his personal LJ posts, I couldn't get past 2 entries.
Please, remember me Fondly I heard from someone you're still pretty And then They went on to say That the pearly gates Had some eloquent graffiti Like 'We'll meet again' And 'Fuck the man' And 'Tell my mother not to worry' And angels with their gray handshakes Were always done in such a hurry
During the 60's and early 70's, as the war in Vietnam threatened its borders, a new music scene emerged in Cambodia that took Western rock and roll and stood it on its head-creating a sound like no other.
On April 17, 1975, after taking over the country, the Khmer Rouge began one of the most brutal genocides in history, killing 2 million people - 1/4 of the Cambodian population. Intellectuals, artists and musicians were murdered simply for their status. Only a few miraculously survived to tell their story.
This documentary film, "Don't Think I've Forgotten," provides a new perspective on a country usually assocated with war and genocide. By celebrating this powerful music, and the people who created it, Cambodia's musical heyday emerges from the shadows of tragedy into the light of history.
There is a reason why I did not participate in "Talk Like A Pirate Day" when most did by posting silly entries. I team with the ninjas and today is our day - Ninja Day. We don't talk like drunken thieves with wooden legs who've been at sea for too long. In fact, we don't talk at all, we just sneak up on you in dead silence.
Today, let's all be a ninja, don't let work stop you.
1 "Do this one cheap (or free) and we'll make it up on the next one."
No reputable business person would first give away their work and time or merchandise on the hope of making it up later. Can you imagine what a plumber would say if you said "come in, provide and install the sink for free and next time we'll make it up when we need a sink." You would be laughed at! Also the likelyhood is that if something important came along, they wouldn't use you.
2 "We never pay a cent until we see the final product."
This is a croc, unless the person is leaving the door open to cheat you out of your pay. Virtually every profession requres a deposit or incremental payment during anything but the smallest project. Once you have a working relationship, you may work out another arrangement with a client. But a new client should not ask you to go beyond an initial meeting and, perhaps some preliminary sketches without pay on the job!
3 "Do this for us and you'll get great exposure! The jobs will just pour in!"
Baloney. Tell a plumber "Install this sink and my friend will see and you'll get lots of business!" Our plumber friend would say "You mean even if I do a good job I have to give my work away to get noticed? Then it isn't worth the notice." Also the guy would likely brag to everyone he knows about how this would normally cost (X) dollars, but brilliant businessman that he is he got if for free! If anyone calls, they'll expect the same or better deal.
I need to start painting soon, I've been putting that off for quite some time now and after going to see a friend's art at an exhibition for one of the Under Pressure events, it's inspired me to get some of my old ideas out.
I really want some real life models so I don't feel so cheap using pictures from a magazine ad!
I'm happy I was able to at least draw this week-end. I need to work on my letterings, I mean jebus, I didn't even have enough space for the "S".
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