Monday, May 8, 2017
Hodgepodge 191/365 - Empty
Japanese ensō ☝︎ is a start, I suppose.)
So today I'm going to share a web link—which is sort of empty until you click on it, right?
"The Oatmeal" by Matt Inman, a Seattleite cartoonist (b. 1982). He launched it in 2009, and by the next year it was getting more than four million unique visitors a month. As of 2012, the site earned $500,000 annually, three-quarters from merchandise, the rest from advertising. Not a bad way to make a living.
According to good old Wikipedia, "The information found in the Oatmeal’s comics is researched by Inman. One comic typically takes Inman seven to eight working hours spread across three days. The comics cover an eclectic range of topics, including zombies, cats, horse care, internet and English grammar, with titles such as 'What it's like to own an Apple product,' 'What your e-mail address says about your computer skills,' 'How the male angler fish gets completely screwed,' '8 websites you need to stop building,' 'How to name a volcano,' '15-ish things worth knowing about coffee,' and 'How a web design goes straight to hell.'"
Today I saw a gorgeous story called http://theoatmeal.com/comics/believe. That's right: Believe. it's about . . . well, I won't spoil it for you. I think maybe you should just click on that link there and: read.
But I will quote the very end of the piece (which doesn't give too much away), because it's something I often say myself:
This universe of ours is so achingly beautiful.
And we're all in it together.
We're all going in the same direction.
I'm not here to take control of the wheel.
Or to tell you what to believe.
I'm just here to tell you that it's okay to stop.