You can say a lot of bad things about the lottery in general but isn’t it great how it gets people talking about what they would do with all that money and what their dreams are and how bright the future is looking right now? And maybe the secret is that if you didn’t win the lottery maybe you can still keep all that optimism anyway?
Shay Pierce, Turning down Zynga: Why I left after the $210M Omgpop buy (via joshuajabbour)
Zynga is a sleazy company and that’s why you won’t find me on Words with Friends or Draw Something.
I don’t care about being on a Harold team.
I don’t care about being on a Lloyd team.
I don’t care about being on a house team.
I just want to be back on an improv team.
Fuck the theatres for making that so hard to do.
Guys, for real. The lack of a standard is driving me insane!
When we’re reblogging people, do we put our own comments over or under the original ones?
It’s called top-posting or bottom-posting.
When the Internet was exclusively available to civilized people, everybody would take the time to carefully edit their replies, quote only what was needed for context, and post the new text below.
Then Microsoft unleashed Outlook on the world, which actually made it difficult to bottom-post, and encouraged a generation of people to treat email as carelessly as gum chewing.
And here we are.
how dare you
When people put on deodorant they know they are perpetuating a lie. But when they drink soda, they want it to be genuinely good.
You can think of making art as product-based or process-based. Creation or performance. Permanent or transient.
I don’t think there’s a real dichotomy here. In other words, I don’t think whether or not you have a artifact at the end has much to do with the making of art.
You do work. Somebody else experiences it.
The difference between a product or a performance is just whether the audience is seeing you do the work. In the case of a product, the audience doesn’t see anything until all the work is done. In the case of a live performance, they see a part of it (or all of it, in the unlikely event that you’ve didn’t practice or prepare).
But the work is the thing. If you really want to make a product and have a great idea for how it should be but you don’t actually enjoy the work that is required to create it, you won’t. In other words, it’s still about the process. It’s just a performance you do in private.
I think I used to aspire to the former. I wanted to make stuff and have something to show for it. (I’ve heard lots of improv people describe that as a drawback of improv.)
I think I’ve stopped thinking that way. I think I appreciate the immediate experience more. I think I like performing, and experiencing, and doing. I think I don’t see the process as a necessary step in order to get to the product; I think I see the process as the point.
When people complain about improv in this regard, they are never saying that the improv would be better if we could capture it and play it back effectively. It’s not about the improv. It is, as you say, whether they “have something to show for it.” It’s a selfish (though justified) desire for evidence that you could use to profit from the time you spent on it.
I think what you are actually saying is you are enjoying improv for its own sake and no longer care if you can parlay it into a job.
I think I’ve felt that way for a while, but never put my finger on it. I hated writing sketch comedy because it wasn’t fun; the “I hate writing but I like having written” argument didn’t move me. I don’t feel good when I’ve written something that goes well; I feel good when I’m performing and it goes well.
I’ve always suspected when writers say they “hate writing” they actually mean they hate being obliged to write on demand, hate getting started, hate having to write when they aren’t feeling it. But I think when they are actually writing, they love the act of writing.
But they don’t realize this (and therefore give bad advice) because, when their minds are in that state, they forget that they are writing.
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