I said to my soul, be still

If you are like me, impatient and impetuous, fiery and restless–and Hump Day is the worst, anything in the middle and halfway is unbearable–then let these words soothe the embers of your soul:

I said to my soul, be still, and wait without hope
For hope would be hope for the wrong thing; wait without love,
For love would be love of the wrong thing; there is yet faith
But the faith and the love and the hope are all in the waiting.
Wait without thought, for you are not ready for thought:
So the darkness shall be the light, and the stillness the dancing.

– An excerpt from “East Coker,” part of T.S. Eliot’s Four Quartets

Life is too short to be in a hurry

As a friend kindly reminded me today, we are exactly where we should be. That is true today, as it will be tomorrow and the day after tomorrow. We will get there–wherever–when we get there. In the meantime, we are here. Life is too short to be in a hurry.

Remember the Future: The Distortions Unlimited Story now available to pre-order

The book is set to launched at Mask Fest in September, but we are taking pre-orders now. In addition to the book, we are offering a limited mystery collector slipcase, designed and created by Distortions Unlimited’s founder, Ed Edmunds. There will be other exclusives at the show in September. We do expect the book, especially the limited slipcase edition, to sell quickly. So pre-order and reserve your copies now.

Apple is working on a real life Tricorder

According to CNBC, Apple has been secretly working on technology that would non-invasively and continuously monitor blood sugar levels to better treat diabetes. The company is said to be developing optical sensors, which involves shining a light through the skin to measure indications of glucose. This would be Star Trek-esque Tricorder-type tech. Game changer.

Artist Slipcase Project

Professional artists, makers & builders are invited to participate in Blacksparrow’s “Artist Slipcase Project” to design limited slipcases for The Illustrated History of Don Post Studios by Lee Lambert.

Don Post Studios has always represented the maker’s spirit combined with the love for counter-culture art. The products produced by DPS captured the hearts and imaginations of generations. The Illustrated History of Don Post Studios is part history book and part photographic encyclopedia that spans the company’s seven decades. The “Artist Slipcase Project” offers artists an opportunity to build and design a “mask” to house this fittingly monster of a book (that measures 13″ x 10″ x 3″ and weighs nearly 9 pounds). Artists could use any medium and material they want to build the slipcases with. Imagination is the only requisite.

For additional information, please email fong@blacksparrowinc.com.

Thor: Ragnarok teaser trailer is out and it’s glorious

Marvel released the official teaser trailer for Thor: Ragnarok yesterday. It looks like an absolute thrill ride, at least from the trailer. In less than two minutes we see Asgard in ruins, Thor in chains, Mjolner destroyed, Cate Blanchett stuns as Hela, and the Hulk! There is also more levity in this trailer than there were in both previous Thor movies. There is certainly a little Guardians of the Galaxy vibe here, but that’s a good thing. Unfortunately, Thor: Ragnarok comes out in November, so we have to wait seven long month until we see the epic gladiatorial battle between Thor and Hulk.

Sarcasm is not wit

Sarcasm is not wit. Snark is not profundity. Sometimes we let baseness color our actions, thoughts, and speech. We let cynicism affect us while professing optimism. We react to what happens to us. What if we are impervious to all things external? What if we decide how to feel, what to think, and how and what to say? We would be masters of ourselves. What is better than that?