Another big week in the skies. You’ll be productive on Monday and Tuesday, then on Wednesday, Venus will enter Aquarius, so romantically, you will feel detached. Like so:
Some changes to your nurturing and living patterns are about to happen.
And it’s rather important this week to take the high road.
You’re really not in the mood to take it from anyone right now (especially with the Grand Trine in Fire), so dance up and away – and focus on how creative you can be Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. (Very.)
Know that we’re all thinking about the decisions we made in mid-November. Three weeks to spring.
Have a great fortnight, star friends -
*Note: Gif Horoscope Amateur Astrologer kthread will be on leave next week. We’ll return the week of March 16th.
“We work in a world now where fast isn’t good enough. Where quantity is fairly regularly getting edged out by quality. You shipped twelve just-good-enough things this year? You’re about to get smoked by folks who shipped three of those things thoughtfully and holistically. Where you cut corners on twelve projects to get them out the door, someone else crafted three focused experiences and left themselves little-to-no design or technical debt.”—
Couldn’t agree more. I’m really tried of the “Fuck it, ship it” mentality in the startup world. Yes, being pragmatic and consistently shipping is extremely important, but it’s not the only value that matters in the equation. As usual with glib startup advice, the reality of things is a lot more nuanced and complicated than the aphorisms lead people to believe.
This is what happens when the planets throw elbows. Be ready for decisions to be made and then quickly reversed this week, and best to work on renegotiating relationships with each other.
Things are going to fall apart. Trust. This is supposed to happen.
Friday you’ll have a beautiful moment of clarity, and Saturday we have a new moon. On Friday, Mercury comes out of retrograde and goes direct (so our devices will love us again by the weekend, but keeping backing data up religiously and keep drinks away from keyboards until then).
Remember that the energies in the skies are going to feel a bit frozen until next week - take yourself for walks this weekend. Breathe.
As Mars goes into retrograde, we are going to make new deals with our personal drives (in our hearths, bedrooms, and work places). Sort out what you want to aim at, but don’t let the arrows fly just yet.
It’s a we-all-float-on kind of week. Tuesday is your power day to accomplish things. Also, say thank you to the important people in your life.
Wednesday (and Thursday) you’ll say something that you’ve needed to say for a long time. Let that one fly.
Thursday is one of those days when something ends and also when you should decide you’re not going to let it slide this time. Speak up. Imma listen to “Wild Girl" from Rickie Lee Jones today. Good day to think about gender norms and how those might be confining your decisions.
Sunday is a day with a reveal - you may not want to see someone in your life for who they really are. It’s time to recognize that.
Among the prevailing misconceptions about digital production of any kind is that it is cheap, permanent yet somehow immaterial, and that it is done by “machines” — that is, with little human labor. We could add to this another pervasive two-part misperception, that “everything” is digitized and that everything digital is available on Google. Each of these views is profoundly inaccurate.
"Because much of the knowledge currently being produced is at risk of being locked into silos and kept behind firewalls. Because large publicly supported projects (e.g., the Digital Public Library of America) need to succeed to keep intellectual life and public discourse vital."
IMHO, Johanna Drucker is always worth reading. I’m biased, as she’s one of my former mentors.
Fault Lines’ producer, Paul Abowd, sits down with correspondent, Josh Rushing, to discuss the moving stories of deportees they encountered while filming Fault Lines’ episode, “The Deported: America’s Immigration Battle”.
The SoundCloud embeds are looking very nice with photo backgrounds. This is a new Q&A from the Jazeera show I work on, “Fault Lines” on deportation and immigration. Did you know mobile fingerprinting units are cruising around New Orleans? Not okay.
Two big themes emerging this week. Starting on Thursday, we have Mercury in retrograde until the end of the month. Back up data, keep liquids away from devices, etc.
Secondly, it’s going to be a feisty week of potential fights. You can use the fighty energy to let go of things, especially Thursday night and Friday. Know that people around you are spoiling for a fight all week.
Wednesday, put some attention around oceans, weather systems that come off of them, etc. Some tears. (This is also a week to make some money decisions about the future.)
This weekend looks to be fun and full of learning new skills. All week, go to the doctor when you are concerned about a health issue - it will grow more serious if you don’t treat whatever it is.
Have a good week, star friends. Be “honest and unmerciful” in your writing style, and know that I’m uncool and always home for you.
“Early on, I made it my goal that if my music were ever recognized in any way, I would want it to lure people into my world, the way music has affected me in the past, like when I first heard R.E.M., and there was the mystery of the South, with the kudzu growing over everything, and the people. It made me want to go down there and experience it myself. There was a sort of magic to it. So I wanted to incorporate what it was like to live here in the Midwest, in Dayton, where there’s really nothing to do but drink and watch airplanes. I wanted to convey the mundane nature of the place. It’s restrictive in a way but it’s also what keeps me here. It’s what keeps me coming back here. There’s a comfort in it. I’ve thought about living in New York City or Austin, but I know I could never do it. I’ve got too many people here that provide me with ideas. I mean, I’ve always been more interested in creating alternate worlds rather than literal ones. I feel like there’s a spiritual component to that as well. I write about these alternate worlds that I believe might exist, but I’m also doubtful.”—Robert Pollard of Guided by Voices, interviewed in 2004 for The Believer. This interview is featured in Confidence Or The Appearance Of Confidence, an forthcoming collection of Believer conversations with musicians. (via perpetua)