Mighty Life List
Apr 30 2010

Friday Mixtape

I’ve gotten started on my Mighty List project to listen to 1,000 new songs, and I’m currently up to 118. On Fridays I share some of my discoveries. Happy weekend, everyone.


Photo by Keith Sirchio for
Paste Magazine.

La Alergía” by Very Be Careful via NPR All Songs Considered
I need a little more accordion in my life today. (Scroll down a bit to find the link for the song.)

The High Road” by Danger Mouse and James Mercer on the Broken Bells Album via NPR All Songs Considered

“Young Forever” Jay-Z and Mr. Hudson (VH1 Top 20)
The music starts around 1:18 in the video above.

Hologram” by Katie Herzig via Libby (who plays music in the studio)
Scroll down again to hear it, it’s number three on the Apple Tree Album.

Safety in Numbers” by Stars of Track and Field via Libby

Apr 29 2010

Mighty Events

I have big, big news. This year, Mighty Girl is teaming up with a couple of very smart publishers, Laura Mayes and Helen Jane Hearn, to bring you the Mighty Life Events Series. I have happy, fluttery, enthusiastic feelings about it.

Here’s what’s coming up:

September 17-20, 2010: Mighty Summit in Russian River Wine Country, CA
“Create your Mighty Life.”

The Mighty Summit is an annual retreat weekend for a small group of industry leaders in social and mainstream media. We’ll gather in the wine country to work on life lists, relax, and talk about what’s next. This event is an offshoot of the Broad Summit, a retreat for bloggers hosted in the same spot last year. This year, we’ve left some spots open to applicants, so if you think you’re a good fit, head to MightySummit.com for more information.

February 4, 2011: Mighty Jobs in San Francisco, CA
“Do what you want.”

Ever wonder how someone scored such a sweet gig? So have we! We decided to round up them up and ask them. Join us, and several hundred of our closest friends, as we talk to some of the coolest job havers around, and learn how to pursue our dream professions. We’ll fill you in on details as they become available.

Mighty Socials, Across the USA
“Hello there, Internet.”

We’re planning lots of meet-ups across the country, and the first one is in New York City this August. Stay tuned for the gathering list, and let us know if you have a suggestion for a sweet spot near you!

We can’t wait to see you.

Apr 28 2010

The Clock Without a Face

Before Hank was born, I did a lot of work with 826 Valencia, Dave Eggers’s tutoring center. In my time there, I became friends with some of the McSweeney’s folks, who always work hard to make magical things. Their latest project is so, so cool:

The Clock Without a Face, is a children’s board book about a clock with jeweled numbers. The numbers are stolen, and each page provides clues to where they’re buried.

The brilliant part? The numbers are real. Here’s what the site has to say:

“We’ve buried 12 emerald-studded numbers—each handmade and one of a kind—in 12 holes across the United States. These treasures will belong to whoever digs them up first. The question: Where to dig? The only path to the answer: Solve the riddles of The Clock Without a Face!”

McSweeney’s had the numbers made by a jeweler, and then made a real-life treasure hunt for their readers by burying them all over the U.S. Can you imagine how much work went into this?

Anyway, the hunt is already on, and the main character, Gus Twintig, has a Twitter account. I’ll keep you posted as people find the numbers (go look for the numbers, my nerdling friends!), but in the meantime you should get yourself a copy. McSweeny’s never prints too many books, and this one is a keeper.

Good work, McSweeney’s. You guys are dreamy.

Apr 27 2010

Elsewhere: Mighty Goods

Apr 27 2010

Ron Stoner

These photos are from Surfer Magazine’s bio about photography legend Ron Stoner.

Stoner disappeared at the height of his fame, but just look at what he left behind.

Apr 26 2010

They Come with an Invisible Plane and a Lasso

I love the idea of these kitschy transparent boots, but reviews say they’re poorly made. Still, I’ve fallen for the smokey ones:

If I didn’t mind visible, condensed sweat beading inside my shoes, I’d be all over those suckers. Ah well.

Apr 26 2010

Will You Make Your Kids Go to College?