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August 6, 2009

Merlin Mann On Starting Something

If you’re a writer or and artist or just someone who wants to make/do something you really need to read Merlin Mann’s latest post on 43 Folders, entitled Fake Rocks, Salami Commanders, and Just Enough to Start:

Your Lizard Brain is absolutely right when it tells you that most people won’t notice if you don’t make something, and that a lot of people won’t particularly care if you do. But, how you choose to respond to that existential kōan will say a lot about your potential as both an artist and as an engaged human.

Go and read it. I’m going to read it again right now.

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Wow, that's weirdly synchronous. Like 16 years ago, I was at a party in Tallahassee, Florida, and this guy crashed it, played a really funny little original song about cheese on an acoustic guitar, and then raided the fridge. I chatted with him briefly, mainly to see if I could buy a CD or something with the cheese song on it, and that was that. For some reason, it stuck in my brain, but no one ever seemed to know who I was talking about. Just this week, though, I was talking with a friend of mine in Tallahasse, asking him if he knew who the guy was, and he instantly realized who I was talking about. "Oh, yeah, that was Merlin Mann," and he linked me to his 'folders' site. I had no idea. And now, like four days later, here he turns up again on your site. Small virtual world.