Archive for November, 2010

Tina Fey’s Mark Twain Prize Speech

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Tina’s joke about Sarah Palin:
“And, you know, politics aside, the success of Sarah Palin and women like her is good for all women – except, of course –those who will end up, you know, like, paying for their own rape ‘kit ‘n’ stuff, But for everybody else, it’s a win-win. Unless you’re a gay woman who wants to marry your partner of 20 years – whatever. But for most women, the success of conservative women is good for all of us. Unless you believe in evolution. You know – actually, I take it back. The whole thing’s a disaster.”


Free cartoons vs. commissioned cartoons

The cartoons on this blog are available for free – for your personal use.

Contact me, if:

  • you want a privately-commissioned cartoon (a.k.a. social object)
  • you want to license the commercial use of one of my existing cartoons

Remember: These are social objects. They are intended to be shared. They are intended to start conversations.

Enjoy the conversations you start when you share a social object.


Cartoons are for sharing

I believe in sharing.

Feel free to download the cartoons on this blog for your personal use.

You can print them out and put them to your wall, post them in your blog, add them to a PowerPoint presentation, or whatever, as long as it’s for your own personal use.

As long as you’re not trying to make money off it and you’re giving me attribution, go for it.

My licensing terms are pretty open.

If you see a cartoon you like, here’s what you can do:

  1. Download the high-resolution image to your hard drive.
    (To download an image: right-click on the image and select “Save Link As”)
  2. Upload the image to
  3. Create your own cool personal item, such as a coffee mug.

Soon you’ll have a crowd of people asking you about your new shirt (or mug).

It’s quick. It’s easy.



Why are there cartoons on this blog?

The cartoons (a.k.a. artwork) on this blog are social objects.

A social object is a conversation starter, an idea starter, a thought virus.

A social object is the reason a group comes together in the first place. It helps define what the group has in common.

A social object starts a conversation. That conversation is more important than the social object that started the conversation.

The cartoons on this blog are intended to spark conversations on a wide variety of topics related to living a fully engaged life – a life filled with passion.

The cartoons on this blog are available for free – for your personal use.

Feel free to print them out and post them at work and at home.

If you want a privately-commissioned social object or to license the commercial use of an existing cartoon, contact me at

contact [at] LiveYourPassion [dot] com

My use of social objects has been inspired by:

  • Hugh MacLeod (
  • Seth Godin (author of Purple Cow)
  • Jyri Engestrom (anthropologist and Jaiku founder)


This is a manly Thanksgiving meal

It’s epic meal time: A bird in a bird in a bird in a bird in a bird in a pig.


Natalie Jeremijenko

TED Lecture: The art of the eco-mindshift

Seed Presents: Revolutionary Minds
The aesthetic activist gives a tour of her pigeon paradise: the Model Urban Development for the Birds.


Laurens Van Der Post

“There’s nothing wrong with searching for happiness, but we are using happiness there in a term as if it were the ultimate in human striving. . . And what gives far greater comfort to the soul is meaning, because meaning transfigures all; and once what you are living and what you are doing has for you meaning, it is irrelevant whether you are happy or unhappy. You are content. You’re not alone in your spirit. You belong.”
–Laurens van der Post

Laurens van der Post, author and mystic and a renowned 20th century natural philosopher, shares his vision on life in an interview done 4 years prior to his death in 1996.

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

Part 5

Part 6


My green school dream – John Hardy

Jewelry designer John Hardy co-founded the extraordinary Green School in Bali, where kids get a holistic and green education.


Cut-up artist alphabetizes the newspaper

Kim Rugg is a visual artist with a very sharp knife and a lot of patience and glue.
She makes delightful and demented art like newspapers in which all the type has been rearranged in alphabetical order.