Arts Writing

What’s the difference between blogging and writing?


There is no difference between blogging and writing.

Blogging is the process of writing. The only difference is that appears on a website rather than in a formal publication like a newspaper or a book.

The best part about blogging is that it’s free. You can set one up right now on WordPress in a few minutes. Go ahead, I’ll wait.

Advises Andrew Chen:

“Writing is the most scalable professional networking activity. Stay home, don’t go to events/conferences, and just put ideas down.”

Everything is a remix

You can change the world from your computer. The content doesn’t have to be original. Like a hip-hop track, you can sample but credit the source. You can share a link or a post a video and add some context. Show people what you’d think they’d like.

Blogging is the practice of writing, unpolished but still remarkable.

Blogging means more writing, more thinking, and more doing. It’s a  canvass for working out ideas but also a catalyst to building other stuff.

Arts Creativity

The Metropolitan Museum of Art offers 400,000 free high-res images for remixing

Art by Vasily Kandinsky (animation by Simone Seagle)

Since starting a year ago, New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art has made 400,000 of its images free to download and remix.

The project immediately empowered the likes of software developer and designer Simone Seagle. She downloaded a 1920s print from abstract Russian artist Vasily Kandinsky called Violett. Said Seagle:

Generally you can’t be in a mad mood looking at his work, and it’s a blast to cut up and play with in Photoshop. I picked the print called Violett, because it has fun colors and good shapes to work with.

Everything is a remix

It was Pablo Picasso who once said “great artists steal.” He took inspiration from his scenius and mixed it into his own original work. So it is no surprise that third most visited in the world wants to be part of the creative dialogue. The museum’s chief digital officer Loic Tallon told Quartz:

“If we could preserve the art world in a nice old pickle jar, but I don’t think that’s going to happen. I genuinely believe that for the museum to maintain its relevance, we have to participate in that conversations.”

The internet is the world’s largest copy-paste machine. Giving the public unfettered access to rework old masterpieces will bring visibility to obscure pieces while also fueling new interpretations. With time, reworks will birth their own stems for future creators to build on top of.

Explore the MET’s open access artworks here.


Do more work and less research

Go through your scrapbook, Moleskine, Evernote every once in a while and cross patterns and connect the dots. Instead of doing more research, review the notes you’ve taken to date.

The big idea exists not in the next article you read but in how you tie together everything you’ve collected to date. What are the major themes and takeaways? More importantly, what are you going to do with that information to make it useful?

Write it. Shoot it. Publish it. Crochet it, sauté it, whatever, make. – Joss Whedon

Learning depends on your ability to synthesize information but also depends on your ability to recast information into something novel.


One of my favorite remixes of all time. Not bad for two hip-hop heads from Valencia, Spain.

Got that Brooklyn soul.




Shrinky Drink 2 & 3 (2011)

Jasper Johns on mashing up images:  

“Do something to it, then do something else to it.”


Remixing Philip Glass


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Phillip Glass on dating his creative work:

It all sounds dated. Because I can’t write that music again. I can’t write “Einstein on the Beach” again. I played from it in a concert the other day, and it’s like I never wrote it. My brain’s been rewired. I don’t think I’ve ever said this publicly, but I think that the music we write, it accurately reflects the way our brains work, and our brains are constantly evolving. Our brains are very plastic; they continue to grow.