How do you overcome your shyness in order to do awesome things? I'm a tiny, quiet, white girl but I can rap the entirety of The Pharcyde's song "Oh Shit". In fact, most of the music I know by heart is early 90's hip hop and I dream of performing it in public some day but I'm scared I'll get laughed off the stage. Any advice?
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thisdanobrien:

At 67 years old, Thomas Edison was building a giant laboratory/research center. It was his life’s work and all of the money he had was invested in the building and the things contained therein. One night, a friend ran to his house to say (paraphrasing) “Edison, come quick, your fucking lab is on fucking fire!” Edison and his son ran out immediately, as the lab-in-progress was nearby.

Because of the various chemicals and other science bullshit kept in the lab, the fire was insane; blue, red, and green flames overtook everything and lit up the sky. This was Edison’s future, exploding in front of him in some weird multi-colored nightmare. He turned to his son.

"Get your mother. Get the neighbors. They’ll never see another fire like this in their lives."

I think about that all the time. “Your life’s work is on fire!” “Shut up, that fire is BEAUTIFUL, have you ever seen anything like that?” That’s a level of peace and acceptance to which anyone should aspire.

The epilogue to that story of course is that Edison later took a one million dollar loan from Henry Ford and ended up making more in the next year than he would have made had his lab NOT exploded, but obviously Edison didn’t know that at the time. He didn’t know that the literal fire would light a figurative fire to inspire him to build and create more, at the time. Because at the time he was facing financial and professional ruin. He didn’t know how to proceed with his career or even if he COULD, at his age and at this loss. He wasn’t even thinking about it. He just knew that this fire was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and why not share that with people? What else are you going to do? Complain at the fire? Curse at it? Mope around the house about how mean that fire was? That’s boring, and there’s a sick-ass fire going on.

My advice is that you have no control over whether or not people laugh when you’re on stage. And you have no control over whether or not the boy you like at the coffee shop will reject your advances. And you have no control over whether or not you’ll get a raise or get fired or have your office burned to the ground. But you can control how you react to all of those things.

The most freeing thing in the world is acknowledging the things over which you have no control. Acknowledging that you have no agency over whether or not people will decide to laugh at you. They’re the ones who have decided that they’re the kind of people who laugh at the fly white girl who memorized the entirety of A Tribe Called Quest’s discography, and they’ve already MADE that decision a long time ago. It’s out of your hands. All YOU can control is how hot the fire you spit is and how you handle whatever comes after. Isn’t that cool?

[Edison story source.]

This is an *awesome* story and even better advice.

catscatscatss:

If you’re like me, you sometimes get sucked in to looking at zooborns for hours or the panda cam at the San Diego zoo, and wonder why you can’t have a whole zoo of baby animals.

It’s probably best to leave the real baby animals in the care of the professionals (their parents) and get a tiny totem of your favorite baby beasts!

(source)

Guys, I’m not sure what I’m going to do the rest of the day without a baby monkey totem. We need to pool our resources and get one made for me.

Let’s be realistic: this is a big deal.

spx:

Oh hey, the initial SPX 2014 Exhibitor list is now live!  Check it out to see who you’ll be seeing come September!

And we’ve got MORE TO COME.  

Special guest announcements will be rolling all summer long!

The realness of this list cannot be doubted.

spx:

Oh hey, the initial SPX 2014 Exhibitor list is now live! Check it out to see who you’ll be seeing come September!

And we’ve got MORE TO COME.

Special guest announcements will be rolling all summer long!

The realness of this list cannot be doubted.

nevver:

Peanuts

bigplanetcomics:

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TCAF was a week ago, but I’m only getting around to writing this now. It was my first time going, and I loved it. It was definitely great to be back at a big show as a publisher with Retrofit Comics, but also a very different experience than being an attendee.

TCAF had a great vibe, an…

I was a part of this trip. It was wonderful.

boysfantasy:

airfortress:

peowstudio:

We’re so proud to present the collected issues of Valentin Seiche’s (airfortress) WRECKED SHIP in our very first perfect bound book. It’s a beauty! 84 pages, riso-printed in two colors and the cover in four colors, all issues #1- #5. It will premiere at the Stockholm International Comic Festival (SiS) this weekend and next week it’ll be up for sale in our online store. 

I’m at the airport… soon in Stockholm !!

see u soon PEOW ! great work !!!!

Our newest book! Valentin, see ya soon!

This looks really good. I sure do wish it was available at a store near me.

comicsgirl:

joemoc:

annavonsyfert:

triceratops; prehistorical jerks

This is so cute!

The other day, I couldn’t reach the top shelf of my cabinets. And yes, that’s due to being short anyway, but I thought “If my arms were just slightly longer, I could grab that.”

And then I thought “I understand how T. Rex must feel.” TRUE STORY.

There are no shelves I cannot reach! I am the anti-T. Rex!

Aw, I’m an anti-T. Rex. :(

annavonsyfert:

triceratops; prehistorical jerks

This is so cute!

comicsgirl:

I am kind of broke right now. It’s fallout from needing a tow and four new tires at the end of February.

To be clear: It’s the kind of broke where my bills are more or less paid and I have enough food and shelter. It’s not an awful, dire situation. I know plenty of people have it worse. But I…

Eden has been killing daily haikus for so long. Get some handmade haikus just for you!

gregmatiasevich:

bigplanetcomics:

We’re all ready for our May 7th signing with Becky Cloonan and Shaun Simon! Are you?

Hell yes!

You better believe it!

gregmatiasevich:

bigplanetcomics:

We’re all ready for our May 7th signing with Becky Cloonan and Shaun Simon! Are you?

Hell yes!

You better believe it!