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  1. DON’T SMOKE CIGARETTES.
  2. DRIVE OLD JAPANESE CARS. EASY AND CHEAP TO FIX & THEY RUN FOR FUCKING EVER.
  3. BUY MOST OF YOUR GROCERIES FROM THE PRODUCE SECTION. MOST OF THAT OTHER SHIT IS NOT ACTUALLY FOOD. YOU DON’T NEED IT.
  4. RIDE YOUR BIKE INSTEAD OF DRIVING AS MUCH AS YOU CAN. YOU NEED THE EXERCISE AND GAS IS EXPENSIVE.
  5. DON’T HAVE KIDS. THEY’RE NOT MIRACLES, THEY’RE PEOPLE. 7 BILLION IS TOO FUCKING MANY. FIND SOME OTHER WAY TO GIVE YOUR DULL EXISTENCE SOME MEANING. BTW THEY’RE EXPENSIVE.
  6. GET YOUR CLOTHES FROM THRIFT STORES. WITH THE PHYSIQUE YOU’LL HAVE FROM RIDING YOUR BIKE, YOU’LL LOOK HOT WEARING ANYTHING.
  7. LEARN TO FIX THINGS. TONS OF GREAT BOOKS AND YOUTUBE VIDS ON FIXING ANYTHING. OR ASK AN OLD DUDE. PEOPLE USED TO FIX THINGS. NO SHIT.
  8. LEARN A TRADE – CARPENTRY, PLUMBING, ELECTRICAL, AUTO MECHANICS, TAILORING, COMPUTER/ELECTRONICS REPAIR, SOMETHING THEY CAN’T FUCKING OUTSOURCE. NO ONE GIVES A SHIT ABOUT YOUR MASTERS IN DOSTOYEVSKY OR YOUR HIGH SCORE ON WORLD OF WARCRAFT…. FIX SOMETHING, DUMBASS, FIX SOMETHING!
  9. IF YOU LIKE BOOZE, DRINK AT HOME WITH YOUR NEIGHBORS. DRUNK DRIVING IS FOR ASSHOLES, RICH ONES WITH LAWYERS.
  10. DO PEOPLE FAVORS. IT’S CALLED COOPERATION. IT’S HOW THE WORLD WORKED BEFORE MONEY. THEY WILL RETURN THE FAVOR, OR SOMEONE WILL. NO SHIT. THIS REALLY WORKS.
  11. MAKE THINGS – LOOK AROUND YOU. WHAT DO YOU SEE? YAH, SHITTY STUFF MADE BY IMPOVERISHED ENSLAVED PEOPLE FAR AWAY. PICK ANYTHING. MAKE A BETTER ONE. PEOPLE WANT GOOD SHIT. YOU WON’T GET RICH, BUT YOU’LL GET BY.
  12. IF YOU LIVE IN AMERICA – DON’T GET SICK AND AVOID INJURY. WEAR YOUR FUCKING HELMET AND PUT LIGHTS ON YOUR BIKE.
  13. FIND WORK YOU LOVE. IF YOU CAN’T DO THAT, THEN FIND A JOB WHERE YOU LOVE THE PEOPLE.
  14. JUNKIES AND ADDICTS ARE LIKE TODDLERS. THEY JUST WANT TO SHIT ALL OVER YOU AND EVERYTHING. THE MESSES THEY MAKE CAN GET EXPENSIVE. AVOID THEM IF YOU CAN.
  15. DON’T BUY SHIT ON CREDIT, REMEMBER WHAT HAPPENED TO AMERICA? CASH ONLY, FUCKERS. CAN’T AFFORD IT? DON’T FUCKING BUY IT!
  16. PREVENTABLE EXPENSES – STD’S, ABORTIONS, DWI’S, LUNG CANCER, HEAD INJURIES, SPEEDING TICKETS, CIRRHOSIS OF THE LIVER.
  17. DON’T GO ON FANCY DATES IF YOU’RE NOT FANCY. MOST PEOPLE KIND OF DESPISE THE RICH ANYWAY.
  18. WHEN YOU GO SEE SHOWS, BRING A FLASK IN. THAT WAY YOU CAN AFFORD TO BUY A RECORD.
  19. IF YOU HAD TOLD ME 15 YEARS AGO THAT COCA COLA WOULD PUT TAP WATER IN PLASTIC BOTTLES AND MOTHERFUCKERS WOULD BUY IT …… NO FUCKIN WAY.
  20. DON’T GET CABLE. ASSHOLE. THERE IS NOTHING ON. I PROMISE. $100 A MONTH ? FUCK NO!

THIS LIST WAS EDITED BY STACEY YATES WITH CONTRIBUTIONS FROM JHEREK BISHOFF, CHAD RAINES & AMANDA PALMER. WE LIVE IN A WASTEFUL SOCIETY. LIVE WELL. IT DON’T TAKE MUCH. REALLY.

— THOR HARRIS

Added by Jon-Kyle Mohr
Updated 2 hours ago

a design practice. an art practice. a writing practice. research practice. a seeing practice. a listening practice. meditation practice. a connectivity practice. a peace practice. a don’t forget about everything practice. a staying out of my own way practice. the speak first / think later practice (more jazz than proclamation.) furniture objects, space, books, music, publishing, food, swimming, smiling, love, sharing, translation. and a remembering the ocean as the pathway back practice.

a daily practice.

like everyone though, i’m too busy to be that busy. and it’s impossible too. so what emerges is an “open practice” which seems to manifest from what wordsworth described as a “wise passiveness”. an intention of non-careless and gentle indifference that gives way to a kind of attention. an effort but one that remains blank, or what barthes has referred to as “the neutral”, which baffles and outplays the paradigm. this attention is ready to be ready. it participates and then responds by evoking or stirring, rather than informing.

using the word faith makes me nervous but, doubting that the plant will grow towards the light rather than the wall seems foolish. and thus, trust as an action and as a way of being is generally a necessary structural element of open practice. trusting in these things that come to get us… the worlds that consistently and constantly open up in a flash or without any drama at all… they’re so much easier to metabolize than all those things we want and wanted (what a bad habit!) it’s when following becomes indistinguishable from leading.

open practice is a form of awareness that knows and accepts ego and capitalism while avoiding them in whatever ways possible. authorship, hierarchy, leverage, separateness, self. open practice is not a stance against these things, as we’ve learned now that most often a reaction against invokes a reverse and perpetuates a confirmation of their power. rather, it contains a built in resistance to them (more magnet to magnet, less oil in water.) not against or anti but instead a consistent spirit of counter. or as sveltana boym put it — “off” — meaning not luddite but rather willingly ludic and accepting.

i find that i don’t know how to find the work i really want when i look for it. and this looking that comes from desire and expectation is inside our great unfolding, not outside. so by staying with the INT\EST\EXT i want to remember that both the umbrella and the kite function through an act of resistance, but one is about stopping and the other is about starting.

and i know what open practice is if no one asks me what it is; but if i want to explain it to someone who has asked me, i find that it’s hard… luckily, open practice is also an attempt at integrity and it seems that if one is operating with openness and integrity, we are probably saying “i don’t know” and “i’m not sure” a lot.

— matt olson, sci-arc, 2017

open practice

Added by Jon-Kyle Mohr
Updated 21 hours ago

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