Third Act, Part 1


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On the count of three, a triple play c90 trilogy-themed mixtape for magic numbers.

“By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest.”
―Confucious

… Andy Bell, Jack White, Dave Grohl.

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Lee Filters

Today I was honored to have one of my photos selected for Lee Filters’ March gallery. My photo of Merced River, Yosemite Valley, was one of five selected by photographer Andrew Marr. Here’s what he had to say about it:

“I would love to one day visit Yosemite, with its waterways, unique forests and majestic mountain ranges. This image has each of these elements, expertly composited to guide the viewer through the scene.

Snow can be difficult to expose correctly. However, Derick has captured detail in the bank of snow along the edge of the water, that helps guide the eye in the midground of the scene, and has also retained detail in the darker shadows amongst the trees.

The falling snow or mist drifting in front of the mountains adds to the mood. By using a shutter speed of 6 seconds, through the use of a Big Stopper filter, Derick has managed to capture more of the fog. This approach also provides separation between the trees and the mountains in the background.

The image leaves me in no doubt that Yosemite should stay high on my list and I think winter would be an excellent time to visit.”

In retrospect it was worth heading up there in a blizzard and wrestling with tire chains until my hands bled for this image, and this feature.

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1987 + 1997


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A c90 MCMLXXXVII mixtape for inner spaces.

"Don't pay any attention to what they write about you. Just measure it in inches." 
–Andy Warhol

KISS, Guns N' Roses, George Michael...

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A c90 MCMXCVII mixtape for boogie nightss.

"Side before self every time." 
–Billy Bremner

The Seahorses, Cornershop, The Verve...

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2007 + 2017


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A c90 MMVII mixtape for superbaddies.

"I thought I was bulletproof or Superman there for a while. I thought I'd never run out of nerve. Never." 
–Evel Knievel

MGMT, Klaxons, Rhianna...

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A c90 MMXVII mixtape for lady birds.

"Do something you really like, and hopefully it pays the rent. As far as I'm concerned, that's success." 
–Tom Petty

The War on Drugs, Warbly Jets, Taylor Swift...

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1966 + 1976


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A c90 MCMLXVI mixtape for blow up dolls.

"All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.
–Walt Disney

Small Faces, Left Banke, The Kinks...

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A c90 MCMLXXVI mixtape for taxi drivers.

"One of the luckiest things that can happen to you in life is, I think, to have a happy childhood.
–Agatha Christie

Blue Öyster Cult, Thin Lizzy, Stevie Wonder...

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#2018bestnine

This year on Instagram I created 135 posts and received a surprising 15,383 likes. I'm not ashamed to say that's a number I'm proud of. These numbers were generated by 2017bestnine.com. My favorite nine are shown below.

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My Favorite 10 Albums of 2018

  1. Arctic Monkeys — Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino

  2. The 1975 — A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships

  3. Jungle — For Ever

  4. Blossoms — Cool Like You

  5. Gorillaz — The Now Now

  6. DMAs — For Now

  7. Matt Nathanson – Sings His Sad Heart

  8. Johnny Marr — Call The Comet

  9. Gruff Rhys — Babelsberg

  10. Paul Weller — True Meanings

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The Ten Best Books I Read in 2018

  1. Close Quarters – Angus McAllister

  2. Oasis the Truth: My Life as Oasis's Drummer – Tony McCarroll

  3. Now You See It and Other Essays on Design – Michael Bierut

  4. Elegantissima: The Design and Typography of Louise Fili – Louise Fili

  5. Radical Candor: Be a Kick-Ass Boss Without Losing Your Humanity – Kim Scott

  6. Draplin Design Co.: Pretty Much Everything – Aaron James Draplin

  7. Any Road Will Get Us There (If We Don't Know Where We're Going) – Noel Gallagher and Sharon Latham

  8. The American Soul: Rediscovering the Wisdom of the Founders – Jacob Needleman

  9. Creating Signature Stories: Strategic Messaging that Energizes, Persuades and Inspires – David Aaker

  10. Lost Cat – Jason

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1986 + 1996


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A c90 MCMLXXXVI mixtape for flying navigators.

"I tasted freedom and I really liked it
–Phil Lynott

The Smiths, Crowded House, Chameleons...

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A c90 MCMXCVI mixtape for trainspotters.

"Design is thinking made visual.
–Saul Bass

Longpigs, Kula Shaker, DJ Shadow...

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2006 + 2016


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A c90 MMVI mixtape for little miss sunshines.

"Opera? Just what the world needs: more fat women screaming.
–Peter Boyle

Amy Winehouse, The Fratellis, Pop Levi...

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A c90 MMXVI mixtape for fantastic beasts.

"I'm young; I'm handsome; I'm fast. I can't possibly be beat.
–Muhammad Ali

David Bowie, The 1975, Lady Gaga...

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