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January 26, 2011

Is “Backseat Photoshopping” an industry term? Because it should be.

Always keep index cards and a pen at the kitchen table. Especially when your client is a grocery store.

Actually, it’s good to keep index card stations all over the house. (Thx, Annie Dillard.) Here’s the living room:

*Anne Lamott* not Annie Dillard. (Whoops.)

That’s one way to get a wife… #rdr

January 27, 2011

OH: “@hawkt’s not here anymore, so who cares?” #OHsnap

that means you too #purplerain RT @hawkt: might have to spend the rest of the day tweeting in prince lyrics. just because.

Could it be? An actual bar w/in walking (stumbling?) distance of our house? Dig it: @contigoaustin!

The best valentine? Art. Get 20% off my @20×200 prints. Use the code RIDONK on a $50 order.

Had lunch w/ @jaredchapman. Compared answers to the dreaded “So, what do you do?” question at parties. His? “I’m a scientist.” He wins.

“When you’re at a party, and someone asks what you do, be glad you don’t have to say ‘cartoonist.'” -@drewtoothpaste


Miller Blue Print

Happy hour! Come hang. — at Haddington’s

YES! RT @jennfomation: The three B’s: bourbon, burger, bed. Learn ’em well.

“Yo, you want a pair of sweatpants or somethin’?” #jerseyshore

January 28, 2011

Get a $50 print for $40. It’s like a bouquet of flowers that won’t die on you. Use the code RIDONK @20×200

Hope to get some quality time in here this weekend:

“You wanted a hit / but maybe we don’t do hits?”

Hooray! RT @tastytouring: My best friend just bought this for her fiance @austinkleon!

.@WendyLuu = Team Sanity. @ Springbox

Wood on wood.

ART: The valentine guaranteed to get you laid.™

I must work in the right place: this morning’s creative meeting was temporarily derailed by a discussion of COMMANDO.

There are two kinds of people in the world: people who love COMMANDO and people who haven’t seen it.

Only a little obsessed:

KILL YOU LAST should be our band name. #commando cc: @papertrail @majorpepper

Let us not speak of Commando (2011)

“Oh, George Clooney, you’re as paranoid as I am.” -@megzo, watching THE AMERICAN /cc: @mlarson

RT @mattthomas: A friend of COMMANDO is a friend of mine.

The final credits of THE AMERICAN feature roles like “man on Vespa,” “old cheese vendor,” and “hooker #3 ” #awesome

January 29, 2011

Love Schulz’s purely visual gags:

Evacuation assembly area.

Evacuation assembly area.

January 30, 2011

You need a better argument than “plumbers don’t give their work away.”

Everybody needs to take a shit.

Not everybody needs *your* shit.

Marston watches the sunrise. #rdr

“Yeah, they’re hicks, Rita.” My personal Swiss Army Knife of movie quotes. #GroundhogDay

“Morons, your bus is leaving” is a close second. #GroundhogDay

January 31, 2011

Doodles by famous authors:

What @Mike_FTW said. // You have 12 more hours to steal prints from me at unbelievably LOW prices!

New horoscopes coming tomorrow: (Gotta make them tonight!)

Thank you!! RT @forkyshauna I bought “How To Be A Texan” Love your work.

.@aweissman’s tumblr is full of great stuff. Go follow:

When somebody says, “I didn’t know you were famous,” it’s just a reminder that you’re really not.

Godspeed to anyone crazy enough to attempt writing a book.

RT @megzo: Milo attempts PhD work, has existential crisis.

I’ll show you my Google searches if you show me yours.

Think I might go hide underneath my covers and study my pain. #ThunderRoad

Kicksharted (verb) To shit one’s pants after seeing the amount of money raised for a @Kickstarter project.

Copywriters in NYC: this @20×200 gig would be pimp and you’d get to work for @jenbee:

LIVE AT THE EL MOCAMBO: Elvis Costello with Attractions in 1978, tearing the shit out of the stage.

Modern Life = I could’ve @kickstarter‘d that + Yeah, but you didn’t

Confession time:

“No regrets–we’re healthy, not hurt, and not handcuffed.” #jerseyshore

February 1, 2011

Destroyer’s KAPUTT is $6 on Amazon:

Tip: don’t write an e-mail asking if you can ask questions.

All of @slaughter90210‘s Jersey Shore posts:

February 2, 2011

My parents were married on Groundhog Day. They’ve been divorced 15 years. Let that be a lesson to you.

“Don’t worry about style. It will be expressed no matter what you do. Style is part of the way your brain is wired.” – @heywhipple

I want to be this guy. RT @slarkpope: just sitting back, drinking his cold beer like it ain’t no thang.

Jack White on the secret of The White Stripes:

Using the keyboard to navigate the museums in Google Art Project gives me Doom flashbacks:

February 3, 2011

TIE Fighter graffiti. @ Mueller control tower

“…copywriters are often seen mumbling to themselves at bus stops.” -@heywhipple

“Yeah, so the other day I was in a bar—it doesn’t matter which one because I’m lying.” -@LouisCK

These @remixeverything videos are so terrific: I pitched in $10 to help @goodiebag keep making them.

“Put a bird on it and call it art!”

February 4, 2011

True Guido love:

This is what a snow day in ATX looks like. I’ll take it.

Love is not a gadget.

In case you missed your February horoscope:

In case you missed your February horoscope:

I love my home office.

Who’s going w/ me? @papertrail? RT @drafthouse: Jim Jarmusch’s DOWN BY LAW hits the Ritz twice next week!

All writers are. RT @Atul_Gawande: “I’m more envious of music than any other art form.” – Jonathan Franzen

“My ass may be dumb, but I ain’t no dumb ass.” #jackiebrown

“Barbara Streisand’s hair is totally boss in this movie.” -@megzo, watching FUNNY GIRL

I want a way to browse Netflix Watch Instantly by Metacritic score.

An Apple stylus? Isn’t it pretty to think so…

February 5, 2011

“What’s the ultimate futility of this endeavor?” – @zefrank /via @aweissman

Saturdays are for sleeping in.

THE ATTRIBUTOR! If you post to Tumblr w/o attribution he climbs in your window at night and cuts your throat. #superheroesiwishwerereal

Wait, strike that. Somebody already had that idea:

“Hey, I’ll start a graphic design Tumblr! Now all I need is some Saul Bass posters and half-naked pictures of Christina Hendricks!”

New menu design @ Maudie’s North Lamar

Thanks to @karlspurzem, we know who took the Beatles photograph, where, and when, and all is right in AttributionLand.

.@TinEye is a reverse image search engine: (Thx, @karlspurzem!)

February 6, 2011

A la Phil Collins: RT @TWalk: What if you unhooked yourself from your lame old personal story line?

Just posted a photo @ Smitty’s Market

Step up please.

Step down please.

“Finished” Red Dead Redemption. Amazing game, terrific ending. This review gets it right: #rdr

“AAA is for women.” -Billy Riggins #FNL

“A man and a woman⁰
Are one.⁰
A man and a woman and a dachshund⁰
Are one.”

– Wallace Stevens

All of @slaughter90210‘s Friday Night Lights posts:

“Why do people go to Dracula’s house??” #LifeInHell

“Comics…are a form of transportation for the shut-in kids who need to see life in other worlds.” -Lynda Barry

February 7, 2011

“I want to stay up all night drinking beer.” Only 4 of these ‘Honesty’ prints left:

“And now, a message from the National Apple Institute: FUCK PEARS!” – George Carlin

Floor @ Avenue Barber Shop

Stranded, drinking beer until @megzo‘s commissioner meeting is over. — at Woodland

DOWN BY LAW w/ @megzo & @brandonnn — at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema

February 9, 2011

Attack plan: coffee and Otis Redding.

Must be a brown-eyed handsome man. RT @bugsyburrows: Just bought Newspaper Blackout by @Austinkleon – the lady said I looked like the author

If you had to give a convocation speech to college graduates, what would the title be?


February 10, 2011

“Count the days that we have wasted from the start / Eat the words / build a playground in your head” #gbv

Photos from the Super Bowl parking lot:

The time when @mattthomas asked @questlove what he thinks of Prince as a drummer:

Purchased for when iPad 2 arrives. RT @kottke: World of Goo for iPad only 99 cents

Do y’all know of any good/funny/interesting writers in Austin who use @Tumblr? Lemme know. (Asking for @annie_werner!)

A good writer understands that nobody reads.

Watching the last Friday Night Lights ever made. Go Lions. #fnl

“Play like it’s the last time you’re ever gonna lace up. Then let it go.” -Tim Riggins #fnl

“For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain incredible technical virtuosity, & lose his own soul?” -@mattthomas

Just ordered a “Here To Make Friends” @wireandtwine t-shirt for #SXSW cc: @glass

February 11, 2011

#ff My friends on the #yourcaptionhere #SXSW panel: @jessicahagy @drewdernavich @slaughter90210 @rosscott

Tupac or Biggie? Tip your answer:

“Smartly written and flawlessly acted” My friend Bryan’s movie is an @NYTimes “Critic’s Pick”!!

Tomorrow I’m screenprinting w/ Satch Grimley at Red Bluff Studios. Gonna make us some Newspaper Blackout prints a la:

God bless the Lions. And God bless the people who made the five seasons of Friday Night Lights. #fnl

RT @slaughter90210: I talked to @washingtonpost about single subject blogs: #yourcaptionhere

February 12, 2011

Spent a few hours down at Red Bluff, printing some gigantic blackout prints:

Dang, these new prints are huge. On sale soon.

February 13, 2011

“Subtraction / subtraction / subtraction / it’s my duty and passion” – Cass McCombs

Packing up @keaggy‘s “Honesty” screenprint. Only 3 left!

Shitty beer makes you hit ’em harder.

Art + puppy = sales?

February 14, 2011

On the neighborhood message board this a.m.: “Although I don’t have cats, I have found myself in the possession of six bags of cat litter.”

Dig the new Creativity Is Subtraction print + the video of us printing it!

Dig the new Creativity Is Subtraction print + the video of us printing it!

These stupidly huge screenprints take up the entire dining room table. Buy them so my wife doesn’t kill me:

FYI: We’re hiring another copywriter @springboxist.

Rad: @mailchimp upped their free plan to 2,000 subscribers / 12,000 emails per month.

“They didn’t buy your book, but they *did* buy 5 seasons of Murder, She Wrote. Here’s $13.64.” – my Amazon Associates report


.@GhostfaceKillah’s Advice On How To Make Your Girl Happy (thx, @fluxistrad!)

Clipped this David Byrne pic out of Time Out London when I was studying at Cambridge. Framed it.

February 15, 2011

My favorite paragraph of the terrific Tina Fey @NewYorker piece:

I love library books, but I miss the marginalia.

Creativity is Subtraction prints are going fast. Thanks, everybody.

The @NYTimes gets a rare look inside Pixar Studios:

“The worst thing that could possibly ever happen to anybody would be to not be used for anything by anybody.” -Vonnegut, THE SIRENS OF TITAN

“I got two microphones, a four-track recorder, and every bass tab to Dave Matthews ever!” #parksandrec

It’s 1861, and Sam Houston is trying to explain Northerners to Texans…

February 16, 2011

“I don’t do lunch. I don’t like lunch, I don’t understand it.” Awesome @parisreview interview w/ Lawrence Weiner:

“I define design as solving a business problem.” -@Mike_FTW w/ @danbenjamin:

Hopefully not your girlfriend. ZING! RT @MosaicAustin: What’s the ugliest thing in your apartment?

Two tastes that taste great together… RT: @cliftonburt Chronicle Books buys Princeton Architectural Press cc: @ntmce

Hmmm…sounds familiar… RT @sxsw: .@Oglivy Brings Visual Note-taking to SXSW 2011.

A poem is discovered in play.

10 posts:

“I like talking about Mike Tyson because I love him, and I don’t give a shit who knows it.” – @kellyoxford

Reading material.

Just discovered @Mix_Magazine‘s “Classic Tracks” columns. Chris Isaak’s “Wicked Game” was built on samples & loops?

All of @Mix_Magazine‘s “Classic Tracks” columns in one place:

February 17, 2011

Remix balloon.

Like a lot of writers, I’m just a failed musician.

“I think all musicians are failed musicians.” – @kmschneid

“Every image presented to me has an ideal state…” Retouching porftolio = expose. (thx, @slarkpope)

The dumber the music, the better my work gets. It’s called The Soundgarden Law.

Track 6: “I don’t need you.” Track 11: “All I Ever Need Is You.” Kenny Rogers’ greatest hits: very confusing.

JT actually has mad chops. RT @MichaelSurtees: James Taylor is teaching on the web at

More mail from friends: @gapingvoid‘s book.

My @wireandtwine order arrived with a few extras from my buddy @glass:

February 18, 2011

#fridayreads @gapingvoid‘s EVIL PLANS & @cshirky‘s COGNITIVE SURPLUS

#fridayreads for copywriters new to the game, I suggest @tiezzi‘s IDEA WRITERS & @heywhipple‘s classic:

#ff The good people @springboxist, who haven’t fired me yet. Come hang with us at SXSW:

I could stay in this part of the iTunes alphabet all day and be fine.

Today’s #chalkmug

You’re going to want to be on @20×200‘s mailing list come early March. Hint, hint…

My favorite music = 1) I listen 2) I think, “What *is* this shit?” 3) I want to keep listening

“Don’t let people shit in your living room.” – me to @gerrenlamson re: comment moderation

It’s not a pork chop. It’s a stack of 3 pork chops @ Perry’s Steakhouse

It’s not a pork chop. It’s a stack of 3 pork chops @ Perry’s Steakhouse

1/2 the “Creativity is Subtraction” prints are gone. The giant shipping tubes came in, so they’ll be mailed on Monday.

Thom York dances to “Single Ladies” (Thx, @wendyluu + @buzzfeed)

“There’s no time! He can FLY!” #parksandrec

Spilled tea all over my logbook. Trying to dry the pages.

February 19, 2011

A slogan says a “company is big, that it’s able to waste time dreaming this stuff up and waste money yelling about it.”

Year 2 of #TEDxAustin is today. @omarg interviewed me about Year 1 for today’s @statesman:

The question that keeps me up at night:

Basquiat piece Jay-Z analyzes in ENCODED

“You may not have sold as many books, but at least you don’t smell like him.” -bookseller at SXSW last year re: author signing next to me

Rules to live by. RT @mohawkaustin: Don’t Shave and listen to ZZ Top.

My sticky note drawings from last year’s #TEDxAustin

Went to Borders this morning.
Books were 20% off. And still, every single barcode I scanned was cheaper on Amazon.

Don’t think groove. Think bumper sticker. “White people dance to the lyrics.” RT @jamesfflynn Hit Lessons!

February 20, 2011

Terrific @chow video of Aaron and Stacy Franklin–owners of my favorite Austin BBQ joint, @franklinbbq

I misattributed a poem on the Newspaper Blackout blog. Luckily, a reader called me out:

Of course, not gonna beat myself up too much: the dude I misattributed didn’t exactly say where the idea to do a blackout poem came from…

Oh, the internets.

Getting the first batch of “subtraction” prints ready to ship:

.@megzo tells me our shipping labels are a hit with the ladies at the post office.

February 21, 2011

“what we’re obviously heading toward is some kind of class warfare”

Today’s #chalkmug

Morning mashup! @TheWalkmen singing “You’re one of us or one of them” while I read the New Yorker scientology article:

WSJ on the prolonged adolescence of the American male:

WSJ on the prolonged adolescence of the American male:

Re: this @NYTimes article on the decline of the blog: Lots of flow, no stock: