If it bends, it’s funny. If it breaks, it’s not.

Michael Ian Black is one of my favorite comedians. His stand-up. Stella. The excellent MATES (Mike and Tom Eat Snacks). His books My Custom Van and You’re Not Doing It Right.

And of course, his Twitter:

What to expect if you engage him without knowing his character:

Another riposte:

To end the phrase, a statement that reminds as it divides: if you haven’t gone through it, don’t bother reacting. And if you have, the exaggeration is contextualized, enhancing the comedic effect:

A confident tightrope dance that few could pull off. These tweets are an eon ago in Internet years, but still one of my favorite examples of how a talent showcases their nuanced comedic skill through brevity and conversational dynamism. This is organic comedy on a (relatively) new medium, informed by the skills that stand-up comics, especially, must hone over years and years and gig after gig. And of course, this interaction includes dealing with hecklers, other comedians (or wannabe comedians), and irate standers-by.

Everyone is free to @ reply Michael on Twitter; just know what you’re getting into.

Impostor syndrome relapse

Welp, I’m back on the job hunt, and am self-diagnosing myself with a strong case of Impostor Syndrome. This is something I’ve grappled with before, but is exacerbated by being out of the web-development game for so long (~8 months). I’ve worked on a few pet projects here and there since leaving my last position, but that world moves so fast that keeping up—even when in the thick of it—is difficult.

I’m hoping to rectify the situation by doing some deep dives and focused learning, as well as reviewing past work and material. I know there are a lot of roles out there I could fill and succeed in even in my rusty current state, but I don’t want to be merely adequate; I want to excel. I’m also branching out and learning Swift + iOS 8, and finally getting around to playing around with Python to complement my Ruby knowledge. My current core skill-set of Javascript+CSS+HTML is strong, but there are certainly changes that are fresh that I haven’t dug into yet.

While this is a mainly dormant blog, if anyone is curious, here is my LinkedIn profile. LinkedIn itself is fairly fallow in some respects, but my profile is there, complete, and current.

Experimentation

So much good comes from experimentation; if you don’t set up the circumstances to approach the same old things in new ways, you’re doing yourself wrong.

Though this idea applies so readily to creating art, I think it’s applicable to so much of modern life. I’ve been meaning to read more in-depth at Nietzsche’s ideas, specifically his idea of the Ubermenschen, which, as I heard it put recently, isn’t about the inactive despair of Nihilism—nor is it actually proto-Nazism—and has more to do with living all aspects of one’s life in an artful manner. Put another way: it’s like active buddhism; taking control of your life and redefining what the middle-path can be.

I’ve also been meaning to muse on “good failure” and the importance of play.

Altered coding

Coding while stoned is such a double edged sword: you will see new approaches to old problems, but you will also go on wild-bug-chases that are rivaled only by some of your earliest/stupidest programming blunders. The “aha!” moment, when it comes, may be ridiculous, so it helps to laugh at it. Coincidentally, certain substances predispose one to laughter.

I don’t think any sort of altered state is a good default for day-to-day problem-solving, but regimented and used strategically and sparingly, it can yield good rewards. As with most things, careful reflection is important to maximize future potential.

new alt Instagram account

A photo posted by Dominick (@subtle.psych) on

So I’ve started an alt account at @subtle.psych. I’ll still be posting roughly the same amount of art here to my personal account, but the new one will be a platform for more experimentation and likely a different overall aesthetic.

Feel free to take a peek. Not a lot posted thus far and not sure what the volume of output will be, but we’ll see how it goes.