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You know what I wanted to be? I wanted to be Nobel Prize-winning author Toni Morrison. That was my dream. I blue sky’ed it like crazy. I dreamed and dreamed. And while I was dreaming, I was living in my sister’s basement. Dreamers often end up living in the basements of relatives, FYI. Anyway, there I was in that basement, and I was dreaming of being Nobel Prize-winning author Toni Morrison. And guess what? I couldn’t be Nobel Prize-winning author Toni Morrison, because Toni Morrison already had that job and she wasn’t interested in giving it up. So one day I was sitting in that basement and I read an article that said—it was in The New York Times—and it said it was harder to get into USC Film School than it was to get into Harvard Law School. And I thought I could dream about being Toni Morrison, or I could do.

At film school, I discovered an entirely new way of telling stories. A way that suited me. A way that brought me joy. A way that flipped this switch in my brain and changed the way I saw the world. Years later, I had dinner with Toni Morrison. All she wanted to talk about was Grey’s Anatomy. That never would have happened if I hadn’t stopped dreaming of becoming her and gotten busy becoming myself.

toparkornottopark
toparkornottopark:

What the heck does ANTI-GRIDLOCK ZONE mean??
Google says:

In an effort to ease rush-hour traffic, the City Council’s Transportation Committee voted Thursday to create anti-gridlock zones where fines are doubled for stopping in peak-hour, no-parking lanes.


Nikki is taking user-submitted photos of complex parking signs, redesigning them, and then asking users to post her designs for feedback.  Fantastic.

toparkornottopark:

What the heck does ANTI-GRIDLOCK ZONE mean??

Google says:

In an effort to ease rush-hour traffic, the City Council’s Transportation Committee voted Thursday to create anti-gridlock zones where fines are doubled for stopping in peak-hour, no-parking lanes.

Nikki is taking user-submitted photos of complex parking signs, redesigning them, and then asking users to post her designs for feedback.  Fantastic.

Phase 1 Complete

Orbital Boot Camp applications closed last Friday, and I’m really pleased to report that despite the short, two week application window, the caliber of applicants is quite strong.

Here’s the breakdown:

  • 62 people applied: filmmakers, writers, educators, designers, artists, technologists.
  • Exactly half of the applicants are women.
  • 60% identified as underrepresented in tech.
  • 68% require financial assistance in order to attend

and the projects:

  • 52 total projects: software, games, courses, services, magazines, podcasts, films, physical products, and much more.
  • 63% of the projects are about building technology, (i.e. software/hardware) vs. 37% that are more about leveraging existing technology and networks.
  • 44% are Commercially oriented projects
  • 41% are Educational, Civic, or Social in nature (note: projects can belong to multiple categories)

Overall, I’m incredibly thrilled to have a deep, diverse pool of qualified candidates working on interesting projects.

There is a clear need for the program, which is validating for me.

But what is also clear though is that many qualified candidates require financial assistance in order to attend.

My rough guess is that there are at least 20 additional students who would be fantastic to have in the program if we can find a way to fund them.

I’m kicking off the interview process this week to make sure the program is a good fit for the student, but I’ll be concurrently pursuing a number of funding ideas, too, in the hopes that we can close the financial gap.

While we do have a few scholarships committed, there’s a lot more I’d like to do here.

Here’s to Phase 2!

goldbookclub
First and foremost, you do not have to live up to or emulate the lives of any of your predecessors. But at the very least, you should know about them. You will have your own life, interests, and ideas of what you want or do not want in life. Do what you enjoy doing. Be honest with yourself and others. Don’t think of satisfying anyone: your elders, peers, government, religion, or children who will come after you. Develop meaningful ideals, and become conscious of others, their existence, and their lives.
Yuri Kochiyama, Passing It On — A Memoir (via goldbookclub)