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My Friends Write Cool Things [Links and Things I Say You Should See]

Per my last link round-up post, I sporadically feel the need to share a series of things. Today, those things were all things created by people I know. You should know them, too.

  • Office neighbor, nearest daytime spiritual advisor, Director of Initiatives for Boys and Men at Moving Traditions,¬†and Donkey Kong enthusiast, Rabbi Daniel Brenner asks whether men will stand up against the sex slave trade in Israel. This is what they call a “must read.” I appreciate being called out for all those times I breeze over a serious issue problem. [Moving Traditions, Huffington Post]

Tumblr

Because another social network that I won’t update is exactly what I need right now.

Tumblr intrigues me as it could be what focuses on strictly my creative end. Twitter is for my self-indulgence, Facebook is for staying connected, and this page is here mostly a home base for all of my musical interaction. So why tumblr?

Looks like a potential outlet for the “creative” things I do that sometimes get used and sometimes don’t. I’m speaking about the artwork I may create that sometimes gets used, and sometimes does not. The question is, are these things I really want floating out into the public? Do I really want to post some awful lo-fi demo I record for one of my bands floating around before it has a chance to get finished or vetted by the band? I think I’m going to try it out and see how it pans out. Right now it’s just aggregating this blog, my twitter, my google reader shared feed and there’s no point to that. The truth is, I generally don’t want feedback or criticism on something except from the people involved in it, and those who’s opinions I think are that valuable to the specific project. Maybe this will be a good exercise for me. It’s not that I can’t take the criticism, it’s that I’m just not interested.

Against my better judgement, I went ahead and posted a tshirt design for Hey Stranger, concept by the drummer. As it stands, we more than likely won’t use it. But I took the time to make it, so why not share it. What do you think?

In the interest of full disclosure, I had been watching tumblr from a far as it gets mentioned on Mashable now and again (a great read, I recommend). Only recently, since it had become something we wanted to use at work, did I become interested in using the service.