adorable.. i want it =P



adorable.. i want it =P

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(Reblogged from jennacolmansays)


And so it’s announced, the establishment of a contingent fund to save Cooper Union.

If you’re new here: I went to Cooper Union many years ago and teach there now. It’s unique — there’s nowhere else like it — for many reasons. The one that has defined it for well over a century is that it is tuition free.There’s no other opportunity in the United States for someone to get a free undergraduate education, to pursue it with their whole heart, without having to weigh its value against deep financial sacrifices or steep future debt.

The school is now in significant danger of coming to a close. By some calculations, it has about two years to live. It is running a ferocious deficit, over half of which is just servicing the interest on debt that was incurred without any supervision of the Board of Trustees (who by the way: told the WSJ and everyone else that everything was fine.)

One suggestion to solve the crisis is to just start charging tuition. 

And so this is about money we are pledging to keep Cooper Union alive without tuition. It’s not about keeping the Cooper Union buildings standing with the name on the door: it’s about keeping the idea alive. The idea is that there’s one place in the United States that is a meritocracy, a place in which talent and hard work can triumph, independent of any other considerations. 

There are those who want to say that the only way to keep Cooper going is to just give up on the tuition-free model that’s endured over 100 years. I suggest it’s like keeping America alive without democracy. It’s not a feature. It’s the fucking idea.

I have pledged $10,000 to the fund, which will be released to the school if Cooper Union will take the premise of tuition off the table. I encourage you to go to the site and pledge whatever you can, even if it’s just a dollar.

Cooper Union ended up here not because the market tanked — the institution weathered over 22 recessions and the Great Depression. It ended up in existential jeopardy because no one watched the watchmen as they dug the hole we’re in, and because there was never a way to suggest or provide alternatives to what they were doing. This is the alternative, and it needs your support, however you can provide it.

(Reblogged from slavin)

Generation X Doesn’t Want to Hear It


Earlier generations have weathered recessions, of course; this stall we’re in has the look of something nastier. Social Security and Medicare are going to be diminished, at best. Hours worked are up even as hiring staggers along: Blood from a stone looks to be the normal order of things “going forward,” to borrow the business-speak. Economists are warning that even when the economy recuperates, full employment will be lower and growth will be slower—a sad little rhyme that adds up to something decidedly ­unpoetic. A majority of Americans say, for the first time ever, that this generation will not be better off than its parents.

New York Magazine

Generation X is sick of your bullshit.

The first generation to do worse than its parents? Please. Been there. Generation X was told that so many times that it can’t even read those words without hearing Winona Ryder’s voice in its heads. Or maybe it’s Ethan Hawke’s. Possibly Bridget Fonda’s. Generation X is getting older, and can’t remember those movies so well anymore. In retrospect, maybe they weren’t very good to begin with. 

But Generation X is tired of your sense of entitlement. Generation X also graduated during a recession. It had even shittier jobs, and actually had to pay for its own music. (At least, when music mattered most to it.) Generation X is used to being fucked over. It lost its meager savings in the dot-com bust. Then came George Bush, and 9/11, and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Generation X bore the brunt of all that. And then came the housing crisis. 

Generation X wasn’t surprised. Generation X kind of expected it. 

Generation X is a journeyman. It didn’t invent hip hop, or punk rock, or even electronica (it’s pretty sure those dudes in Kraftwerk are boomers) but it perfected all of them, and made them its own. It didn’t invent the Web, but it largely built the damn thing. Generation X gave you Google and Twitter and blogging; Run DMC and Radiohead and Nirvana and Notorious B.I.G. Not that it gets any credit. 

But that’s okay. Generation X is used to being ignored, stuffed between two much larger, much more vocal, demographics. But whatever! Generation X is self-sufficient. It was a latchkey child. Its parents were too busy fulfilling their own personal ambitions to notice any of its trophies—which were admittedly few and far between because they were only awarded for victories, not participation.

In fairness, Generation X could use a better spokesperson. Barack Obama is just a little too senior to count among its own, and it has debts older than Mark Zuckerberg. Generation X hasn’t had a real voice since Kurt Cobain blew his brains out, Tupac was murdered, Jeff Mangum went crazy, David Foster Wallace hung himself, Jeff Buckley drowned, River Phoenix overdosedElliott Smith stabbed himself (twice) in the heart, Axl got fat. 

Generation X is beyond all that bullshit now. It quit smoking and doing coke a long time ago. It has blood pressure issues and is heavier than it would like to be. It might still take some ecstasy, if it knew where to get some. But probably not. Generation X has to be up really early tomorrow morning.

Generation X is tired.

It’s a parent now, and there’s always so damn much to do. Generation X wishes it had better health insurance and a deeper savings account. It wonders where its 30s went. It wonders if it still has time to catch up.

Right now, Generation X just wants a beer and to be left alone. It just wants to sit here quietly and think for a minute. Can you just do that, okay? It knows that you are so very special and so very numerous, but can you just leave it alone? Just for a little bit? Just long enough to sneak one last fucking cigarette? No?

Whatever. It’s cool. 

Generation X is used to disappointments. Generation X knows you didn’t even read the whole thing. It doesn’t want or expect your reblogs; it picked the wrong platform.

Generation X should have posted this to LiveJournal. 

(Reblogged from emptyage)


Wanting a better future for all of us.

(Reblogged from wearethe99percent)

Archers of Loaf! (Taken with Instagram at Music Hall of Williamsburg)


Busy day in Manhattan… but there’s always time for the paper.


Busy day in Manhattan… but there’s always time for the paper.

(Reblogged from annstreetstudio)

Dennis Crowley presents Red Burns with a lifetime achievement award at The Webbys.

(Reblogged from shortlogic)

Alternatives to Omnigraffle

Trying out a few alternatives this week: Balsamiq and Mockingbird to name a few. So far unimpressed with the lack of layers…unless I’m missing something……