Monday Morning Dispatch - Volume #147

Start your Monday off right:

  1. BBQ is one of my favorite things in the world. A quality piece of meat plus time and care equals absolute deliciousness. The Ringer examines the changing BBQ landscape in Charleston, SC. Now I have a few more spots added for my eventual BBQ tour. 
  2. The crazy inventor, Colin Furze, attached 1K fireworks to a bike and he rode it down an abandoned airport as they were set off. 
  3. My drawing skill has slowly improved over the years when I actually put effort into practicing. This quick beginner's guide to drawing is a great starting point to learning the fundamentals.   
  4. I think we forget that not long ago a book had to be printed one page at a time. Technology journalist, Glenn Fleishman, is printing his new collection of articles the old fashion way doing everything himself. 
  5. The Farm Security Administration commissioned a young Elliot Erwitt to document the changing landscape of Pittsburgh during the 50s. However, the assignment was cut short due to being drafted into the Army. The negatives were lost until 2011 when they were discovered the Pennsylvania Department of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh.
  6. Kalen Hollomon constructs "real time collages" by cutting out images from retro magazines and then expertly placing them in scenes.  
  7. "The purpose of being a serious writer is not to express oneself, and it is not to make something beautiful, though one might do those things anyway. Those things are beside the point. The purpose of being a serious writer is to keep people from despair. If you keep that in mind always, the wish to make something beautiful or smart looks slight and vain in comparison. If people read your work and, as a result, choose life, then you are doing your job."
    Sarah Manguso
  8. At first glance, this series appears to be created using a barbee doll (or fly), a tiny set, and tilt shift lens. However, you quickly realize its actually a giant doll after viewing the behind the scenes images and video. 

  9. The skill of starting is vital for creative pursuits as it is a never ending cycle of starting and stopping. Improving the start improves the likely hood a better end product.