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unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve surely noticed that artists ALL over the place are reaching out directly to their fans for money.
how you do it is a different matter.
maybe i should be more tasteful.
maybe i should not stop my concerts and auction off art.
i do not claim to have figured out the perfect system, not by a long shot.

BUT … i’d rather get the system right gradually and learn from the mistakes and break new ground (with the help of an incredibly responsive and positive fanbase) for other artists who i assume are going to cautiously follow in our footsteps. we are creating the protocol, people, right here and now.

i don’t care if we fuck up. i care THAT we’re doing it.

Yesterday’s tweets for today’s fishwrap:

08:23 RT @Spytap: "Working Hard is Overrated" (via SAI) – bit.ly/p0S6g # 13:23 Freedom From Advertising should be a Universal Human Right # 14:50 No, I’m not going to spend $100 to frame the print I got for $17.95. Picture framing is such a racket. # 18:26 RT @hodgman: Jackson Publick and @jamesurbaniak are speaking on the air right now. THE AIR OF THE INTERNET www.wfmu.org # 19:09 Going to see Parade at the Taper tonight. Can’t bear to tell @bronwensaurus it’s not a stage version of "L
azy, Hazy, Crazy Days of Summer" # 21:36 RT @bronwensaurus Intermission. Parade may be my favorite musical ever due to complete lack of twee. TR Knight brings it. # 23:22 srsly, people go see Parade. So freaking good, and unlike any other musical you’ve seen. bit.ly/2slbP5 shipped by LoudTwitter

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We agreed that a lot of what we then considered “working hard” was actually “freaking out”. Freaking out included panicking, working on things just to be working on something, not knowing what we were doing, fearing failure, worrying about things we needn’t have worried about, thinking about fund raising rather than product building, building too many features, getting distracted by competitors, being at the office since just being there seemed productive even if it wasn’t – and other time-consuming activities.

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But the momentum of accumulating powers in the executive is not easily reversed, checked, or even slowed. It was not created by the Bush administration. The whole history of America since World War II caused an inertial transfer of power toward the executive branch. The monopoly on use of nuclear weaponry, the cult of the commander in chief, the worldwide network of military bases to maintain nuclear alert and supremacy, the secret intelligence agencies, the entire national security state, the classification and clearance systems, the expansion of state secrets, the withholding of evidence and information, the permanent emergency that has melded World War II with the cold war and the cold war with the “war on terror"—all these make a vast and intricate structure that may not yield to effort at dismantling it. Sixty-eight straight years of war emergency powers (1941–2009) have made the abnormal normal, and constitutional diminishment the settled order.

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Our crisis is a crisis of language. Victor Klemperer in his book “Lingua Tertii Imperii” noted that the distortion of language by the Nazis was vital in creating fascist culture. He was repeatedly perplexed by how the masses, even those who opposed the Nazis, willingly ingested the linguistic poison the Nazis used to perpetuate collective self-delusion. “Words may be little doses of arsenic,” he wrote. “They are consumed without being noticed; they seem at first to have no effect, but after a while, indeed, the effect is there.”

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As for the “why” question: We’re not ready to surrender our kids, and ourselves, to a 10-month-a-year, all-day institution whose primary goal, at least at this age, seems to be teaching kids how to function within a 10-month-a-year, all-day institution. Our kids are learning plenty – not exactly the same things other kindergarteners learn, I suppose, but plenty. They’re making friends and having fun. They can go to the beach on gorgeous fall afternoons, or hit zoos and museums on crisp winter mornings, when other kids are sitting at desks doing worksheets about the letter B. Hell, I wish I could do it.

Yesterday’s tweets for today’s fishwrap:

08:57 w00t! RT @140Conf: Congrats to @jaybushman who is today’s Character of the Day and who has won a ticket to in Los Angeles # 14:06 i’m writing a thing, and I just made a Pete Wentz joke. I don’t know if that makes me happy or sad. # 14:18 also, i just created a web show in which @bronwensaurus will review jacket styles. It will be called "Totes Coats" # 14:24 @bonniegrrl i think it’s to deter the Winchester Brothers from dropping in when they’re out of ammo # 16:20 Light
houses rule! # 17:12 @ewanjanderson believe it or not, I have been invited to a Seahorse Seashell Party shipped by LoudTwitter