Powerful

9 12 2007

“The generous and beautiful people behind these worthy charities are so inspiring. I could not be more pleased that our tour helped raise awarenesses and financial support for each one. (If I were single, I would not look to meet people at a bar, a church, or online, I would volunteer.)”

— Frank, founder PostSecret





Genious in small bits

15 11 2007

I, as I may have posted here before, am a huge fan of Post Secret. If you haven’t been there, check it out.

Frank Warren, the creator and curator of the project, spoke in Madison recently, and his talk was very inspiring. His thoughts in starting the project were very simple: 1) have people send in anonymous secrets on postcards and 2) display them to the public. It is an amazing project that has moved millions of people, and it truly is a simple, ingenious idea. When Frank spoke to us in Madison, he said that people often asked him how he came up with such a great idea. His response to us was that there are millions of ideas out there that just take people with a little thought and creativity to start up.

I believe I’ve found one such project. It’s called Face 2 Face, and it’s by artists JR and Marco. It’s better to show than to tell, so here are a couple videos.

FACE 2 FACE trailer by JR and Marco
Uploaded by 28millimetres

FACE 2 FACE – EXPO PARIS
Uploaded by JR





Frank Warren Speaks!

22 10 2007

Tonight I went to see Frank Warren of PostSecret speak. He was really inspiring.

He spoke about how he got started with the project, what the secrets mean to him and what he hopes to accomplish. He told a lot of good stories, some funny, some sad and many hopeful. He read some fresh secrets that he had never read before and even opened an envelope with some secrets that had been handed to him at his last speaking engagement.

At first, when he spoke, Frank came off as a little cheesy. His talk of the secrets and how they help him learn and grow reminded me of pastors and teachers speaking to us during high school devotion. In school it felt insincere, but Frank’s talk slowly pulled me in, and I felt myself following with what he said.

He spoke about the first big media exposure he got after the initial bit from the site. It was a video for an All American Rejects song called Dirty Little Secret (which I can’t link to. Thanks, YouTube, for making my version of Flash incompatible with half of your videos.) Frank was offered $1,000 to use his secrets in the video. Instead, he requested that they donate $2000 to Hopeline, a suicide hotline at 1-800-SUICIDE.

The sentiment of his that I felt most in tune with was that he felt he does not censor the cards of others. I felt like sometimes he might have wanted to, but he said he only takes down cards by request. His feeling was that so much of art, be it music, photography, painting or otherwise, is chosen to be displayed in boardrooms. This is raw, though. This is created by people and shot directly to Frank’s mailbox. He’s absolutely right not to censor it. I was fortunate to go to the talk.

By the way, he shared a secret with us. It’s in the first Post Secret book.





Home

25 02 2007

I have had a fairly eventful and profound week recently. It’s a lot to take in, and it might mean even more for me down the road. I can elaborate later, but for now, I’d like to put this up:

Written (I’d assume) by Zach Braff, writer, director and star of the film Garden State:

You know that point in your life when you realize that Homethe house that you grew up in isn’t really your home anymore? Even though you have some place where you can put your stuff that idea of home is gone.
You won’t have this feeling again until you create a new idea of home for yourself, you know, for your kids, for the family you start, it’s like a cycle or something. Maybe that’s all family really is. A group of people who miss the same imaginary place.

And the postcard that prompted this quote from Post Secret.

I feel lucky and blessed to have a definition of home along with people and animals to fill it.





sad lame funny

9 10 2005

So, I know I’ve put this in before, but you all should check out postsecret.blogspot.com
Some of the secrets seem so real and sad. Others are lame and
melodramatic, things I wouldn’t really call secrets. Some of THOSE seem
like lies, too.

This… is funny: