July 7th, 2010

sexier the more vapors you inhale

Brezsny and Self-Promotion

This week, Brezsny tells the Gemini:

"We're all in 'sales,' selling our personalities, our accomplishments, our charms." That's a quote from Richard Grossinger's new book 2013. I share his view of human nature. Is there any interaction between people that doesn't involve a bit of hustling? The subtext of every encounter includes at least one of the following: 1. "I want you to like me." 2. "I'm trying to get you to believe I am who I say I am." 3. "I'd really like you to see how interesting and important and unique I am." Given the fact that this is a ubiquitous phenomenon, there's no need to be shy or embarrassed or secretive about it. That's especially true for you these days. So get out there and sell yourself, Gemini. With brazen innocence and relaxed enjoyment, show the world who you are and why you matter.

On that note, I spent a fair chunk of the long weekend working on my portfolio, which is now awesome and Javascripty. I've been doing it in Google Chrome, so it may look awful on your browser of choice :-) The professional section seems ever more boring compared to the personal section, which is probably a good thing. Neither is quite up to date, but then I'm not actually job-hunting right now. I was just embarrassed that I write web software for a living and had a portfolio that was basically one huge table in blue-on-white. Note that, despite its awesome Javascriptiness, the back button works right. So does reload.

To Leo, my moon sign, Rob says:

I'm not necessarily saying that you have superhuman levels of courage these days, Leo, but you do have more than usual. What's even more important for the task at hand is the fact that you have an exceptional capacity for identifying the fantasies that frighten you and finding fresh and practical ways to deal with them. That's why I say that you now have an excellent opportunity to achieve a major victory over your fears... to outwit them, outflank them, and even dissolve them. To get started on this glorious quest, chant the following ten times: "I am a crafty, compassionate warrior who finds amusement in every challenge."

So noted.

Oddly enough, I've been thinking about roughly this programming-wise for awhile. What would it be like if I stopped obsessing over stuff I was doing and took my utter awesomeness for granted? Well, I've got a sort of preview. Or a role model. Or whatever the hell Zed Shaw is. The consensus seems to be "horrible warning", but that's not the vibe I'm trying to evoke ;-)