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I'm Brad, a creative strategist living in Chicago. This is a steady stream of things I make, see and think.

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I think the more you know, the more you realize just how much you don’t know. So paradoxically, the deeper down the rabbit hole you go, the more you might tend to fixate on the growing collection of unlearned peripheral concepts that you become conscious of along the way.

That can manifest itself as feelings of fraudulence when people are calling you a “guru” or “expert” while you’re internally overwhelmed by the ever-expanding volumes of things you’re learning that you don’t know.

However, I think it’s important to tamp those insecurities down and continue on with confidence enough to continue learning. After all, you’ve got the advantage of having this long list of things you know you don’t know, whereas most people haven’t even taken the time to uncover that treasure map yet. What’s more, no one else has it all figured out either. We’re all just fumbling around in the adjacent possible, grasping at whatever good ideas and understanding we can manage to wrap our heads around.

-Dave Ward

GPOY

From I’m a phony, Are you?

dpstyles:

bassman5911:

Plus Fours Routefinder - Worlds First Navigation System

Invented in 1920′s this could be world’s first navigation system. No satellites or digital screens were used in the making of this portable navigation system. Called Plus Fours Routefinder, this little invention was designed to be worn on your wrist, and the “maps” were printed on little wooden rollers which you would turn manually as you drove along.

(via avaxnews)

You mean the generation that paid three times as much for college to enter a job market with triple the unemployment isn’t interested in purchasing the assets of the generation who just blew an enormous housing bubble and kept it from popping through quantitative easing and out-and-out federal support? Curious.

When comments are better than the article, Atlantic edition (“The Cheapest Generation: Why Millennials aren’t buying cars or houses, and what that means for the economy”)

THIS

(via upworthy)

noahkalina:

amazonprimed:

Synology DiskStation 5-Bay (Diskless) Network Attached Storage DS1512+ (2013)XWD Red 3 TB NAS Hard Drive: 3.5 Inch, SATA III, 64 MB Cache - WD30EFRX x6 (2013)XNETGEAR ReadyNAS Ultra 6 Plus (Diskless) Network Attached Storage RNDP600U  (2011/2007)XHGST Deskstar 2TB 3.5-Inch CoolSpin RPM SATA III 6Gbps 32 MB Cache Internal Hard Drive (0F12117) x7 (2011)XNETGEAR GS105 ProSafe 5-Port Gigabit Ethernet Desktop Switch - 10/100/1000 Mbps

My current NAS array with all my work since 2006.11.89TB/9.93TB/7.44TB (RAID 5)
Check out my new lifestyle blog Primed. I’ll be posting a photo a day there for the next few weeks. 

Noah Kalina knows how to make his Amazon affiliate links look snazzier than yours.   High-res

noahkalina:

amazonprimed:

Synology DiskStation 5-Bay (Diskless) Network Attached Storage DS1512+ 
(2013)
X
WD Red 3 TB NAS Hard Drive: 3.5 Inch, SATA III, 64 MB Cache - WD30EFRX x6 
(2013)
X
NETGEAR ReadyNAS Ultra 6 Plus (Diskless) Network Attached Storage RNDP600U 
(2011/2007)
X
HGST Deskstar 2TB 3.5-Inch CoolSpin RPM SATA III 6Gbps 32 MB Cache Internal Hard Drive (0F12117) x7 
(2011)
X
NETGEAR GS105 ProSafe 5-Port Gigabit Ethernet Desktop Switch - 10/100/1000 Mbps

My current NAS array with all my work since 2006.
11.89TB/9.93TB/7.44TB (RAID 5)

Check out my new lifestyle blog Primed
I’ll be posting a photo a day there for the next few weeks. 

Noah Kalina knows how to make his Amazon affiliate links look snazzier than yours.

imageoscillite:

In 1997’s 2 into 1, Gillian Wearing asks a mother and her children to talk about each other. She then juxtaposes the interviews, with the mother lip-synching to the children’s words and vice-versa. 

It is, among other things, disconcerting. 

nickgerber:

I’m moving. I’m excited and anxious and a little sad. Unfortunately, I’m leaving behind my kick ass loft apartment. I’d love to keep it in the family, though, so if you’re looking to move into a loft apartment in the West Loop of Chicago hit me up - $1,900/month - big open space, northwest facing unit, modern built in shelving, Jacuzzi soaking tub, working fireplace, newer appliances, conveniently off highway 290 and 90/94 and the UIC Blue Line stop. The location is the real seller on this place because it’s so close to transportation, the highway, and Randolph “restaurant row”. 

Shoot me an email and I’ll connect you with the Randolph

If you need a snazzy new place (in the West Loop) with high ceilings and ridiculous views, get on this!

I went to the Facebook mothership this week.  Posed like a tourist, took some pictures.

I also noticed that although Facebook’s campus was beautiful, they forgot to finish both sides of their sign.