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Steve Jobs on the only true satisfaction

“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do.” Steve Jobs

Working on a Nouwen Movie

Last night I thought of this tweet:

Working in a movie for edgy, thoughtful Catholics+Quakers. So far I only have Act2, line 1: “Henri Nouwen, mutherf*ckrz; that’s how.”

It’s a silly thing that 2 of you may find chuckle-worthy. Henri Nouwen wrote a lot about the spiritual life… I read a lot of his books and liked him a bunch. His thoughts were exceedingly gentle and loving and real. That’s why I shat my pants when I thought of this line.

But man, can you imagine a movie where that’s the turning point? So awesome… (more…)

The boat needs a name.

My friend got a boat. Boats need names. The list of names we came up with were too fabulous not to share. Which should we choose? (more…)


Louis C.K. on life

“Life isn’t something you possess, it’s something you take part in.” Louis C.K.

Steve Jobs on life, death, heart, intuition

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma, which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice, heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” Jobs

Dan Harmon on how to write good

“First, you need a round hole in your chest that goes all the way through you… Sit or stand in front of paper or a computing device and turn your back to everything, which will incite it to attack you. Everything preys on humanity and goes for the heart, so hold still, arch your back and it should shoot through your hole and onto your keyboard. As it passes, it will be tainted and scattered by the inside rim of whatever you’re made of, which some would call your “voice”but which I call “filth.”” Dan Harmon


A cutting room floor snippet

“All dads are scared of failing as a dad, scared about being on the wrong side of an adolescent who has the right to resent us. And make no bones about it: we’re very capable of ruining our relationships, of acting selfishly for long enough to keep us from connecting in any real way with our kids. But all dads also, at one point or another, feel pangs of that deep love, those real, sincere shots of care and hope for our kids that make us feel like we may be able to do this dad thing well after all.”

That’s a snippet from an upcoming book-ish thing I’m putting together. I really like this passage, but it needed to be cut for the sake of the chapter.

There’s that quote about writing and killing your “darlings”…


Though fearful of offending, he posted it anyway because it matters

Watched Lenny this weekend: The story of acerbic 1960s comic Lenny Bruce, whose groundbreaking, no-holds-barred style and social commentary was often deemed by the Establisment as too obscene for the public.

It was good, because I geek out about comedians, and Lenny Bruce is an important character in that world.

This video is somewhat rough, but I, being the dumbest white guy in the room, agree with him about the nature of words and power.

Dan Harmon on honesty and health

“I am at my emotionally healthiest, or so I would have myself believe, when I have 100 percent transparency of intent and result with as large a sampling of humanity as possible. Blogging was always my most effective form of therapy.” Dan Harmon via Pieratt