2014 Ends and Pieces

2014 in three sentences:

  • Designing, manufacturing, promoting, and documenting new book scanners consumed every waking minute.
  • In spite of a great 4-year run, I lost my enthusiasm for my professional work as an Imagineer and Disney Researcher, so I moved on.
  • I pushed myself harder than ever before, and paid for it and got paid for it.

That’s what it was, this is what it felt and looked like.

Waking up in Los Angeles.
WakeUpInLosAngeles

In Fargo.
WakeUpInFargo

On a beach somewhere, rocket propellant night-light.
OnABeachSomewhere

At a fire with my brothers.shed

In a tent on the grass.
WakeUpInATent

That’s how these things start.silence

Friends get involved – the best ones.
Friend

It always looks bad.
StartsLike

It always starts hard. If just one person knew better than you, you could ask.
StartsLike2

Most of the time, you just have to build it. Answer with your prototypes.
StartsLike3

You gotta do it again and again and again, I highly recommend robots.
StartsLike4

Yeah, it always looks bad. Even with your fanciest math. StartsLike5

Before it starts to cohere. StartsLike6

Before first light. StartsLike11

If you do it right, you might get some other things out of it, too. StartsLike19

Bigger things. StartsLike12

Good ideas get better. StartsLike16r

If you can find them, the best friends have their own ideas. StartsLike7

Their own agendas and intelligence.js valerian pierre scanner sculpture

They embody good ideas getting better. StartsLike8

Challenged, invigorated, expanded — like they were yours to begin with.
StartsLike17

When things feel strong, repeat.
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Revise.StartsLike18

Repeat. StartsLike15

Revise. Revise

Repeat. repeat

Revise. reviserepeat

Repeat. repeat2

Revise. reviserepeatreviserepeat

Repeat, I’m beat. There’s no end to this, but a year’s gone by.
drink
Ending here – always gotta keep in mind that fast feedback is the most important result of working this way. The mistake is to confuse motion with progress. It’s time for me to fix on what I’ve learned, take it in, and correct course, again.

To everyone who showed up, everyone who supported, who delivered on time, who didn’t over-promise, who taught me new things: thank you.

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3 Responses to 2014 Ends and Pieces

  1. Tod Robbins says:

    Your journey has been fascinating to watch, and the work you’re currently accomplishing is important to me and many others. Thank you for persisting!

    Cheers!

  2. Ben Bernard says:

    Next time you’re in Fargo…would you be up for a visit / guest crit / lecture to NDSU Architecture & Landscape Architecture or Visual Art?

    Would love to show you our 3d printing lab, laser cutters, chat book scanners, have lunch.

    Take care!

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