Internet is a tough town.

Internet is a tough town.

Envy is the religion of the mediocre. It comforts them, it soothes their worries, and finally it rots their souls, allowing them to justify their meanness and their greed until they believe these to be virtues. Such people are convinced that the doors of heaven will be opened only to poor wretches like themselves who go through life without leaving any trace but their threadbare attempts to belittle others and to exclude - and destroy if possible - those who, by the simple fact of their existence, show up their own poorness of spirit, mind, and guts. Blessed be the one at whom the fools bark, because his soul will never belong to them. — Carlos Ruiz Zafón, The Angel’s Game
There is perhaps no phenomenon which contains so much destructive feeling as ‘moral indignation,’ which permits envy or hate to be acted out under the guise of virtue. — Erich Fromm, Man for Himself: An Inquiry into the Psychology of Ethics

In the process of cleaning files for a downsizing move, I came across these long-lost gems I can’t help but share.

Once upon a time there was a bunch of suburban dads who got together in suburban basements to break out the instruments and be a band for a couple of hours or so. They were far better players than I ever was, but I liked to watch, suggest songs and tell them how great they sounded. One night, while out to dinner with the drummer, I popped into the bar next door and talked the owner into booking the band, which, at that point, had never played in public and had no name.

While they put together a set list, I came up with some name suggestions, a list of 30 or so — which they decided to use, one after another, to avoid reprisals and increase the slim chance of rebooking. Among the names were The Testostertones, The Meaty Ochers, The Flooded Basements and The Hammock Kings among others, but the ones I liked best tickled me so much I couldn’t help but  turn into full-fledged imaginary CD covers.

The first name we picked was the SlackDaddies, which they used, logo intact, for the next seven or eight years until the members came and went and morphed into other bands in the area. For several of those years, I sang with the SlackDaddies, perhaps as retribution for my design efforts over the years.

What I did on the airplane today.

What I did on the airplane today.

Still in Florida.

lizclimo:

happy father’s day

Happy Father’s Day.

lizclimo:

happy father’s day

Happy Father’s Day.

Infographic of the day by Susan Feinberg Fireside, Winter & Construction Design (http://www.winterandconstruction.com/)

Infographic of the day by Susan Feinberg Fireside, Winter & Construction Design (http://www.winterandconstruction.com/)

tastefullyoffensive:

An Honest Wedding Invitation [happyplace]

Wedding season is upon us. I always thought RSVP stood for Really Should Vacate Premises.

maxistentialist:

I made a dronie with my Dad.

This right before the neighbors started chasing us down the street.

campaignmoney:

In its McCutcheon v. FEC decision today, the Supreme Court gave the biggest political donors even more power in politics. 
Congressman Sarbanes is right—we’ve gotta fight back for a democracy that works for everyday people and not just those who can write big checks.

Today’s SCOTUS ruling turns a slippery slope into a screaming free fall.

campaignmoney:

In its McCutcheon v. FEC decision today, the Supreme Court gave the biggest political donors even more power in politics. 

Congressman Sarbanes is right—we’ve gotta fight back for a democracy that works for everyday people and not just those who can write big checks.

Today’s SCOTUS ruling turns a slippery slope into a screaming free fall.

maxistentialist:

I got an email from Upworthy.

You Won’t Believe the Answer This One Guy Gave:

fallontonight:

Your regular reminder that James Poyser’s first studio album continues to be an amazing work of art.

fallontonight:

Your regular reminder that James Poyser’s first studio album continues to be an amazing work of art.

wilwheaton:

brucesterling:

*Crikey 

Oh, hey, it turns out I can despise these people even more!

Yeesh

wilwheaton:

brucesterling:

*Crikey 

Oh, hey, it turns out I can despise these people even more!

Yeesh

Any machine can be…

Any machine can be…