Tuesday reads

The PA Report – Artists wanted: how Brian Fargo and inXile are revolutionizing asset creation for Wasteland 2. They’re crowdsourcing 3D items for their game. In another reality, I’m a 3D asset artist. (Wasteland is the inspiration for the Fallout games.)

PVP Online: Happy New Year.

What I’m trying to say is: let 2013 be the year you finally do that creative thing that you’ve been putting off. Don’t worry about how you’re going to start, just start. Make something. Connect with people through your art. Just do it. … Art is humanity’s only real opportunity at immortality. People are finite, ideas are infinite.

Seth’s Blog: True professionals don’t fear amateurs. Remember this the next time someone tells you that technology-enabled newbies are wrecking their profession:

The best professionals love it when a passionate amateur shows up. The clarity and intelligence of a smart customer pushes both client and craftsman to do better work.

Gifted college professors don't fear online courses. Talented web designers don't fear cloud services. Bring them on! When you need something worth paying for, they say, we'll be here. And what we'll sell you will be worth more than we charge you.

If you're upset that the hoi polloi are busy doing what you used to do, get better instead of getting angry.

Study Hacks » Blog Archive » Does Luck Matter More Than Skill?. I love this. We like to talk about the “lucky break” but I really think we should separate “luck” from “break.” Luck implies something fluffy and mysterious, beyond your control, while a break is an opportunity that comes along as a result of sustained work (but you still have to “catch” it). Plus: did you know that Arnold won a Golden Globe long BEFORE his Conan role? I did not!

EXPLONE – Life Ring. Speaking of breaks, Patrick tells the backstory of his longtime friendship with Mike Wansley, the big guy in the orange suit who sings the hook on Macklemore’s “Thrift Shop.”

January 8, 2013