I’ve never been female. But I have been black my whole life. And so, let me perhaps offer some insight from that perspective, because there are many similar social issues related to access, to equal opportunity that we find in the black community and the community of women in a male dominated — white male dominated — society. And I’ll be brief because I wanna get to more questions. When I look at, throughout my life, I’ve known that I wanted to do astrophysics since I was 9 years old, my first visit to the Hayden Planetarium. I was a little younger than Victor at the time, although he did it before I did. So I got to see how the world around me reacted to my expression of these ambitions. And all I can say is, the fact that I wanted to be a scientist, an astrophysicist, was hands down the path of most resistance through the forces of society. Anytime I expressed this interest teachers would say “Don’t you want to be an athlete?” I wanted to become something that was outside the paradigms of expectation of the people in power. And so fortunately my depth of interest in the universe was so deep and so fuel-enriched that every one of these curveballs thrown at me and fences built in front of me and hills that I had to climb, I just reached for more fuel and I kept going. Now here I am, one, I think, one of the most visible scientists in the land, and I want to look behind me say, well, where are the others who might have been this and they’re not there? And I wonder. what is the blood on the tracks that I happened to survive that others did not? Simply because of the forces of society that prevent it at every turn. At every turn. To the point that I have security guards following me as I go through department stores presuming that I am a thief…I walked out of a store one time and the alarm went off, so they came running to me. I walked through the gate at the same time a white male walked through the gate. And that guy just walked off with the stolen goods, knowing that they would stop me, and not him. That’s an interesting sort of exploitation, what a scam that was…I think people should do that more often! [laughs] So my life experience tells me that when you don’t find blacks in the sciences, when you don’t find women in the sciences, I know that these forces are real, and I had to survive them to get where I am today. So before we start talking about genetic differences, you’ve got to come up with a system where there’s equal opportunity. Then we can have that conversation.
Neil deGrasse Tyson (via yayfeminism)
You can watch him deliver this lovely response here.
The question he was answering btw was, “What’s up with chicks in science?” Disgusting.
I love Neil deGrasse Tyson so much.
Applies across so many fields.
Thyme is for Courage, Juniper is for Protection, Poppies are for Remembrance. marker drawing, photoshop color.
Aaa sorry for the lull! I returned from Japan and have since been working on MANY THINGS SIMULTANEOUSLY. This is going to be a page in CUTTINGS! You might remember one of the drawings from earlier.
If they can learn to say Tchaikovsky and Michelangelo and Dostoyevsky, they can learn to say Uzoamaka.
Adam WarRock “Advice To Young Rappers”
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And with that, the 4th Annual Donation Drive has come and gone…
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As of June 30, 2014, I will have been a full-time musician for four straight years. During that time, I have released three albums, toured the country, played at events like PAX, SXSW, and my work has shown up on sites like Time, SPIN, BBC, The Sundance Channel, AV Club, and tons more. Yes, I’m bragging sorta. How unlikely is that?
The point is, when I quit my job four years ago, I was extremely unhappy with my place in life. I was so bogged down with bullshit and had no idea what the future would look like. I thought to myself, “Will it always feel like this?” And as Adam WarRock started growing, I decided to shut out the noise of everything else. To focus on one goddamn thing with 110% of my energy and see what I could make of it. I hadn’t ever done that. I had lived a life of passive resistance to any kind of movement or change. I just let it kinda pass me by.
Because of my backstory, I get asked by a lot of people, “Should I quit my job?” No. You absolutely should not. I mean, maybe you should, but I’m going to go for a blanket statement and say you shouldn’t just stand up, middle fingers out and say you quit. That’s not really how it works, and that’s a pretty surefire way of ending up in a refrigerator box sleeping on the street. What you SHOULD do is take some time, whether that means a vacation, or some self reflection, and think hard about what you love doing. What moves you. So much of life is full of just bullshit. Of just getting through the bad until we get to escape it. That’s the “good” in our lives, the cessation of the bad. What makes YOU happy. How do you make that a bigger part of your life? How do you build something that can grow? And from there, you can start figuring out the plan.
Often, you’ll find it puts you somewhere you never thought you would be; and in there, is the path of life. I never quit my job to be Adam WarRock forever. First, it’s not financially feasible; but also, it’s not what I want to do forever. I bet I’ll always make music, but I want to do more. I want to use my skills and this energy to try my best to do some good, to make a difference in the world. THAT’s what I set out to find when I left my job. And music has been the path that has taken me across the country, allowed me to meet so many wonderful people, and have these wonderful experiences. It’s allowed me to grow as a person, and focus on the things that are important to me.
Y’know what’s important to me? Pop culture is important to me, sure – but it’s what we find in it, that kernel of meaning and truth in ourselves. Those echoes of emotion and sentiment that a TV show, or a comic book, can have in you. It’s watching people rise up and become great, whether that’s on a stage, or in an office meeting, or wherever. It’s helping people find that. I’m starting to figure out how I can make that a bigger part of my life. It may take years, but I’m starting to see the skeleton. And music led me to that. And I will keep making music, as hard as I fucking can; but now, I want to do more. Whereas before, all I wanted was life to just kinda stop, to give me a break. Now I don’t have enough hours in the day, I want to do so much. My body fails me and I want to keep recording, keep working, keep going, and I have to stop. I feel energized in a way I don’t think I ever have felt in my entire life, and that’s because of music. It’s because of nerds and geeks and comics and TV.
If you want to be a rapper, then by all means, you should start. Right now. RIGHT NOW, you should open up a text file on your computer desktop and start writing some lyrics. Then you should go buy a microphone, open up garageband plug it in, and start NOW. Same goes for writing that book, or getting back to sketching, or traveling, or whatever. You should grab a piece of paper, and formulate a plan to do it. Because when you start that journey, no matter how tired you are, how demoralized life and other people may make you, you will find in that a new sense of energy and determination. It will quite literally change your life.
As for me, I’m going to take a short break from the Internet, and work on some new music, and get some of my personal life in order. I will be back with a vengeance (already working on a new mixtape), and adamwarrock.com will continue as it has always been. Free music, conversation, live shows, etc. But there will be some changes in the future. That much I promise you. Because life doesn’t stop, and we shouldn’t either.
I feel like for the first time since I was very little, that the white noise in my life has stopped. All I can hear is silence, the wind… all I can see is this light, and all I have been doing for four years is running towards it. And for the first time in a while, I am starting to see the outlines of that place I’ll end up.
Thank you for coming along for that ride. Thank you for letting me keep going, keep pushing. Thank you for picking me up when I stumble, and encouraging me when I want to stop.
Just… thank you. So fucking much. Thank you, with all my heart.
So one last time, donate and keep adamwarrock.com alive for another year. I promise you I will make your investment worth it ,with every fiber of my being and every bit of my soul. Because I don’t know if I can do it any other way.
And if you want to be a rapper? Email me. I’m always here to talk about how to do that. As much as I can help.
‘Til next time, true believers. Excelsior.
WHY SHOULD YOU DONATE?
Because I have released almost 600 free songs on my website over the past 5 years of its existence. Because I never accept donations at any other point during the year. Because I have never monetized my Youtube account with ads. Because web hosting isn’t free. Because I’m 100% independent, no agents, no managers, no bookers, no merch people, no interns, no financial backing, no nothing. Because Internet content should be free. Because indie music and great web content should be supported. Because this isn’t a kickstarter. Because you want tshirts and new albums and posters and shows. Because maybe, over the past four years you’ve enjoyed a song or two, and maybe you’d find it in your heart to drop some money in the bucket to help me keep doing this, and doing good things for nerd and geek culture. Because it’s the right thing to do!
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Hey guys, Eugene is doing his annual donation drive! He’s the best - he did a Johnny Wander song years ago. He was a friend from the day we met at SPX— a smart guy whose perspective always brings me new perspective in turn.
Here’s the donation link again, in case the image link above bugs out when it’s reblogged (it did for me).
We got this from Skeleaton at TCAF! I love how she captured their personalities. Thanks Lea! It’s on the wall next to my desk now. ♥︎
Sketching Penny from Johnny wander (Lucky penny) at work Friday.
I love her!
AH! Jill’s been kindly bringing us drinks at TCAF for a few years now— she always has incredible timing. This year she brought us these amazing reusable cups with handdrawn art on them. Thanks Jill!
Thank you guys so much! ♥︎♥︎♥︎ This exceeded our every expectation. Yuko’s going to be ecstatic when she wakes up (she’s in Japan rn).
(Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m gonna do laps around the park till I die.)