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Miscellaneous inspiration and whatnot.

Junot Diaz: Why a writer is a writer.

'A writer is not a writer because she writes well and easily ...'
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Check out these incredible photos of basketball goals around the world.

Over the past 10 years, Chris Tubbs has taken more than 300 pictures of unusual basketball goals in locations from more than 35 countries all over the world. They are gorgeous — and oddly moving.
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The Fermi Paradox

There’s a potentially-habitable Earth-like planet orbiting at least 1% of the total stars in the universe—a total of 100 billion billion Earth-like planets. So why haven't we heard from anyone else?
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Earth is a Spaceship

This is a very cool short film about seeing Earth from space.
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Bear hugs

A really short YouTube video that makes you go "awwww" and then "oh."
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How Jim Carrey’s father, an accountant, inspired him to follow his dreams

"You can fail at what you don't want, so you might as well take a chance on doing what you love."
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Just Go Make What You Want To Make

In which I mean to just quote Wil Wheaton saying, "This is the best time in history to be a creative person" and end up spending a few hundred quick words on why it's sometimes hard for us to let go of our past in order to create what we want to create now.
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Look at what these three incredibly lazy people did.

If you're ever feeling lazy and unproductive, at least you're not as lazy as these people.
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Why writers and creative people are kind of crazy.

Creative? Crazy? Not surprising. Here's a quick post about the links between creativity and mental illness.
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Get inspired by James Franco and Howard Stern talking about art, passion, and selfies. Yes, selfies.

Never would've thought I'd hear good thoughts about passion and art from Howard Stern interviewing James Franco. I did. Transcribed them here.
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Deciding

Ever feel like you just want to do EVERYTHING? I know I do, especially as a writer. Here's Louis CK on how to actually make up your mind and do SOMETHING.
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The World’s First Post About the ‘How I Met Your Mother’ Finale

And by 'first' I mean five billionth. I'm not doing a whole recap or anything. This is going to be short and sweet. I don't think we've ever seen a comedy as creative and as risk-taking as HIMYM.
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One year after the Boston Marathon bombing, ‘we will run’: Photographer JJ Miller

Boston photographer JJ Miller just released a video that gave me chills, made my eyes tear up, and made me want to go up to Boston on April 21 of this year. This is not a shoe commercial. It's not a clothing commercial, either. It's a story about a city.
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‘The Mommy Observation’ Examination

Examining an incredible moment from the "Big Bang Theory" episode, where humanity wins over both science and religion.
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Heisserer: How to write and pitch movies in Hollywood.

Writer and director Eric Heisserer, pictured below with Paul Walker while making HOURS, tweeted a lot the other day about writing and pitching movies. Here's what he had to say. It was great. (Featuring cameos from other writers and filmmakers he replied to and/or retweeted.)
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Appreciating ‘THE GREY’

Going deep on the modern classic, which is way more than Liam Neeson punching wolves—and exploring how God might feel about Neeson cussing him out.
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One of the biggest risks we’ll take in our lives

Here are a couple (of many) of really great quotes from the Philip Seymour Hoffman tribute video that I posted last week, including arguably his greatest quote from any of his movies.
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Is there a good kind of selfish?

I just re-read The War of Art this morning. Here’s one particularly excellent bit of inspiration from a later passage in the book: “Are you a born writer? Were you put on earth to be a painter, a scientist, an apostle of peace? In the end the question can only be answered by action. Do...
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On Philip Seymour Hoffman

A tribute. And an exploration of one of the biggest risks we'll take in our lives.
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Stanley Kubrick didn’t do drugs.

I think a lot of young strivers think drugs like LSD, coke, mushrooms, etcetera, are things worth using, or something they even need to rely on. You hear all kinds of stories about people like Stephen King and Hunter S. Thompson and Steve Jobs using stuff like LSD to enhance their creativity. But. You don't...
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