May 27th, 2009

Go now and make beautiful things!

This is so wonderful. Thanks to the heroic efforts of five_cats and faustian_wish everybody now has a partner! (there are a few stragglers, i'll take care of them today.)

Here's how this works -- behind the cut is a long long long list of people and their new creative partners. Go through the list, find your name, contact your partner (if it's an LJ person and you're not an lj person, you can click on their name, then on their "info" page and look for "send private message") and introduce yourself!

1) Whatever you do creatively is up to the two of you. Figure it out yourselves. If one of you plays the oboe and the other bakes cookies, all the better, I can't wait to see what you come up with.

2) Some suggestions? Words and images, words and words, video, exquisite corpse, dance inspired by poetry, poetry inspired by gardening, comic strips, cartoons, found art, photos, paintings, collages, pressed flowers with captions, short stories that illustrate photos -- the world is your oyster.

3) In exactly one month (more or less) I'll make another post asking people to show what they've done together so we can all see.

4) I've noticed that there are some Very Famous People on this list -- thank you especially for taking the time. I expect that some of you on this list will have experiences that change your lives, perhaps in subtle ways now, but as we've seen, those subtle things can have huge impact years later.

I've created a community 2xcreative for people to discuss collaborative projects, find inspiration, meet creative partners, talk about what's going on here -- I'm not sure how it will get used, but it's there and you should feel free to join it and help it become whatever it may become. If you're just coming along and looking for someone to collaborate with, you should post there, and feel free to post about this project on your own blog and send people over there.

Every day make the world better for your having been here breathing her air.

You make me proud and happy. Now go and make beautiful things!

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#luluFail?

A few months ago trillian_stars and I went to Lousiana where I had an awesome art show. While we were there, we went to see the Lower 9th Ward with a couple of our local friends. And over the course of an hour or so, I took some photos. I made a .pdf of it and posted it to my blog, as I occasionally do with travel photos. A few people said they wanted printed copies, so I uploaded the .pdf to lulu.com the on-demand publisher, with this as the description:

One of Kyle Cassidy's travel diaries. This contains 32 pages of images and text from New Orleans' Lower Ninth Ward. People should ONLY purchase this if it's because they want something to hold in their hands. A .pdf is available for free on www.kylecassidy.com. This is not a "book" -- it's just my travel diary, the same one I emailed you if I know you.

Three people got their printed copies, and I promptly forgot about it.

Well imagine my suprise and angst when I got a note from Lulu recently saying that my "book" had been "chosen" to be listed on amazon.com. Ahem? It's a blog-fodder travel diary comprising an hours worth of photos -- certainly not ready for prime time, and not something I want people to think is my serious work (which is seriouser than serious cat). I don't think anybody bothered to look at it and that miffed me, that they were just grabbing things at random and making it sound like people had won the lottery.

I was immediately concerned that people looking for me on amazon would find that "book" and think that I was trying to pass self published pieces off as legitimate work. I responded to lulu immediately saying I absoutely didn't want it listed on amazon thankyouverymuch.

Well ... imagine my suprise it's listed on amazon anyway, with the aparantly completely made up "You're Like No Tourist I've Ever Seen Books - London, Reykjavik" listed as the publisher.

Don't buy it, but I invite you all to go and post outrageous reviews of it. In fact, the person who posts the most interesting review will get a print from "the book" to hang on their wall. The less it actually has to do with New Orleans the better -- bonus points if you mention both a cryptozoological animal and James K. Polk.
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#luluFail?

A few months ago trillian_stars and I went to Lousiana where I had an awesome art show. While we were there, we went to see the Lower 9th Ward with a couple of our local friends. And over the course of an hour or so, I took some photos. I made a .pdf of it and posted it to my blog, as I occasionally do with travel photos. A few people said they wanted printed copies, so I uploaded the .pdf to lulu.com the on-demand publisher, with this as the description:

One of Kyle Cassidy's travel diaries. This contains 32 pages of images and text from New Orleans' Lower Ninth Ward. People should ONLY purchase this if it's because they want something to hold in their hands. A .pdf is available for free on www.kylecassidy.com. This is not a "book" -- it's just my travel diary, the same one I emailed you if I know you.

Three people got their printed copies, and I promptly forgot about it.

Well imagine my suprise and angst when I got a note from Lulu recently saying that my "book" had been "chosen" to be listed on amazon.com (with a 30% markup in price!). Ahem? It's a blog-fodder travel diary comprising an hours worth of photos -- certainly not ready for prime time, and not something I want people to think is my serious work (which is seriouser than serious cat and one of which won the amazon best 100 books award in 2007 it was so serious). I don't think anybody bothered to look at it and that miffed me, that they were just grabbing things at random and making it sound like people had won the lottery.

I was immediately concerned that people looking for me on amazon would find that "book" and think that I was trying to pass self published pieces off as legitimate work. I responded to lulu immediately saying I absoutely didn't want it listed on amazon thankyouverymuch.

Well ... imagine my suprise it's listed on amazon anyway, with the aparantly completely made up "You're Like No Tourist I've Ever Seen Books - London, Reykjavik" listed as the publisher.

Don't buy it, but I invite you all to go and post outrageous reviews of it. In fact, the person who posts the most interesting review will get a print from "the book" to hang on their wall. The less it actually has to do with New Orleans the better -- bonus points if you mention both a cryptozoological animal and James K. Polk.

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