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House of Nerds of the Day
Quiet: The Power of Introverts
Did you know that one out of three Americans areintroverts? Check out this new web documentary series exploring one of the least-celebrated personality types in modern society. Based on the book Quiet by Susan Cain.
Reykjavík, Iceland. // Street art.
This is just the best. Wronly quoted and everything.
Beneath this mask there is more than flesh. Beneath this mask there is an idea, Mr. Creedy, and ideas are bulletproof.
“American Royalty” - Illustrations by Sam Spratt commissioned by Childish Gambino
Limited Edition Prints Available: royalty.samspratt.com
So, I’m pretty excited to finally share with you my full project with Actor/Writer/Rapper Donald Glover. What began as cover art for his last mixtape “Royalty” evolved into a series of Rockwell-esque vignettes on Americana meant to highlight the side of hip-hop that tends to take a back seat to “money, cars, and jewelry” – where you come from.
The collection of 10 illustrations cover a wide-spectrum of the little moments – the struggles, the simple pleasures, the risks, the irony, the humor, the hopes, and the realities of the American life that maybe isn’t quite so cookie cutter. For me, this was a rare privilege to both work with an insanely talented person as well as learn an IMMENSE amount in the process of creating scenes completely outside of my bubble. All of these are available as extremely limited edition, signed, numbered, archival art prints at royalty.samspratt.com and a video interview on the project with Complex/Masked Gorilla is here.
A huge thanks to Funfere Koroye, who assisted and modelled for me on “Summer” and “Royalty”
Parks and Rec is back on tonight which means I’m dusting off the Ron Swanson chestache illustration.
Well, my childhood rape quota for the day has officially been met.
(TFA: One day only!)
I know this is old, but LOL
Watching the Monte Carlo Rolex Masters final I was expecting yet another heart-breaking drubbing for Rafael Nadal at the racquet of Novak Djokovic. The surprise is how (at the moment) Rafa is seemingly in absolute control of the match. He’s up a set and a break with a 3-0 lead in the second set.
It is also a huge surprise how Djokovic’s play is a far cry from his incredible form in Madrid and Rome (and the whole year) in 2011, handing Nadal two of his (astounding) only 4 losses on clay finals. He’s making unforced errors that would otherwise be winners last year. He’s not predicting Nadal’s groundstrokes. He’s uneasy and unconfident.
So then if, God forbid, Nadal wins that 8th consecutive title at Monte Carlo, averting an 8th consecutive final loss at the hands of Djokovic, what shall we say?
Shall we say, “Nadal only beat him because Djokovic wasn’t at his best.” I think not. A win is a win, fair and square. It would also be true that Nadal’s form at many of his losses to Djokovic, including Rome, Madrid, and Wimbledon, was a far cry from his 2010 form.
This was the form that culminated in an amazing run at the 2010 US Open, where he handed Djokovic a 4-set loss in an imperious, confident, unrelenting display of tennis, much like Djokovic did to Nadal a year later at the same tournament. Somehow, this is the Rafa Nadal I’m seeing today. Maybe this is the turn of the tide. Maybe not.link >
On the 2011 US Open “Super Saturday” semifinal match between Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic I witnessed the most bizarre display of mental weakness from a player many (myself included) consider the greatest ever to have held a tennis racquet.
What was especially dumbfounding about the whole event was the fact that someone who’s been in this position so many times before (that of closing out a tough match), who has been to the final of every grand slam at least 5 times, who has won 16 of them, buckled under the pressure the way a qualifier would.
On the fifth set (let’s ignore his Houdini-like disappearance from the third and fourth), finally serving for the match at 5-3 after a well-won break over the Serb, with 2 match points at 40-15, Roger hit a nice serve down the T off of which Novak was miraculously able to fire a huge winner. Great, 40-30, still match point. Roger misses the first serve, hits a tentative second serve that results in a lengthy rally that Novak ends up winning by a lucky net cord. Deuce. Roger’s thunderous serve deserts him once more, and he hits a second serve. One forehand error from Roger and we’re at break point, ad-out.
At so many of these important points in his career, Roger’s incredibly effective serve has been able to bail him out. This time, maybe from nerves or fatigue or whatever, Roger couldn’t hit a first serve to save his life. First serve into the net. No worries; perhaps we’ll get a rally out of this point and Roger is more than capable of handling it. Unless he double faults. One second service long and Roger had handed Novak the keys to the match in a silver platter. His subsequent collapse in the next three games were a direct result of that brainfart of a service game, with 2 match points, 5-3 up.
I don’t know what was going on in Roger’s head, or how tired he was, or whether he was injured or whatever, but this has got to be one of the worst closing performances of his career, being 2 sets to love up and unable to finish off what should’ve been a straightforward service game.
like many other Fed fans out there, I was heartbroken. Not because he lost (he’s done that before, and I’ve always shrugged it off), but because he let himself down and threw in the towel.
At the age of 30, many say his body is giving out. That’s a load of nonsense. His body’s fine, but his once stalwart mind is broken. If he recovers that mental strength that used to be one of his defining qualities, we may yet see some true Fed magic next year.link >