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That laugh was golden. I think Tumblr did it. Did it originate from Tumblr? Yesterday was an exciting day for weird twitter news. So true to the comment about it being ugly. There are expectations and we label what we see and discard the exceptions. The dress is a simple example. I saw the dress spawn after the llama incident and immediately thought black and blue. At some point, I thought people with Photoshop were really messing around with Twitter. 
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I was nuts in high school. I challenged myself ridiculously inside and outside of school. It was more a discovery adventure for me. Some nights I came home and said to myself, "I'm not going to get all of this done." I did youth leadership around NY state, singing, a three year science research program through Albany, and a co-hosted a kids TV show for two years along with school. You can bet I was doing around 4-5 hours of homework with a few AP classes, club positions, and extra-curriculars. My homework breaks were mostly singing choral and jazz music.I look back and I don't know how I did it. Recently I found a test from 7th grade and it was a 64 in math. Something really SNAPPED in me around 8th grade and I went all out. I was lucky....

I ended up 13th in my class of about 300 students, but I got lower scores on most of my APs. I just tried and did alright. A lot of my success does have to do with how my AP teachers taught and their excellent methods for learning and creating while learning in school. My tools for learning were immense and friends and family supported me in everything. I am eternally grateful. Most importantly high school instilled in me crucial habits for learning and teaching and creating. I miss the dynamic environment.

To learn more, we have to do more and double our rate of failure. I feel like I did a lot of that, but there is a point at which we can burn out. 
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Being somebody when the world is constantly trying to make you into someone else is the greatest accomplishment.
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I've always told myself, "If you're gonna fail, you might as well have fun doing it." John Green also says we just have to give ourselves permission to suck. I really agree. Failure is an action and not an identity. Thanks for reminding me of that. 
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Sometimes I repeat the line in my head, "Ahead lies the internet of you." I want the internet to be a place with diverse ideas and respect for them and places where I can learn. I don't want everything to agree and adjust to me. That whole "Us vs Them" mentality drives me nuts. We're all HUMAN. The internet reminds of that every day, seeing the world complexly and looking deeper. Neil deGrasse Tyson said that the meaning of life is in reach of us every single day. BUT NOT IN CONGRESS. Whap-aaaaa. Joking...joking...
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Struggles Falzone. I remember the falling stories in #WTOP   Bored people are boring. It's more like too much to do now. Proximity is no longer a challenge and it's awesome. Once, in 5th grade, when I was bored, I took apart a calculator and pretty much destroyed it. I played a CRAP TON of video games and I have all the DVDs of me playing them to prove it. Over 100 DVDs worth. I think the internet wins the ticket though. Oh yeah, and don't forget footage of me being three and running around the living room with goose egg size bruises on my head. Yeah.

"I grew a beard, which is kind of like adopting a pet that lives on your face." - Mike Falzone
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DSLRs are heavy. If you're going to produce a lot of content, I'd look into Patreon too. You could let people support you on that The perks could be from your etsy creations or google hangouts or book giveaway, etc. I may even create one soon with a large enough audience built up and just go wild with everything I create and share it. PATREON! Check it out. Creating a job is much more fun and challenging. Better to do what you love and succeed little, than succeed huge at what you don't want. 

Jim Carrey: "You can fail at what you don't want to do, so you might as well take a risk doing what you love." 
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I think even a small handful of people would help me if I started. It would start small and my perk ideas would still be huge. Yeah, higher subs is a good idea. It's odd asking for money, but you're creating good content, so people are really getting gifts. I'd support you!
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Hmm. Interesting. Simple. Maybe a good brainstorming or discussion place for blogging. 
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The integrity to stand alone is something everyone faces. THE MOST IMPORTANT THING. It is up to us whether we define it as a burden or a blessing. Simply, I am grateful to breathe and be alive. That's enough for me. Everything else is a bonus from now on, not that I don't want to better myself, but that I am grateful and good enough to go from here. 
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An ounce of prevention is easier than a pound of cure afterward. Build patience early. Put yourself out there? No response from the person? Move long. Rulllll fast.  #ErrbodyPalka  
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Loved that podcast. I loved the idea of encapsulating perspectives in small ways. I have done home family videos way before Youtube was even created and it's interesting to see myself in development. There really is no "It" success moment. It's more like, "I have this tool. What new good can I do and create with it?" It's all about enjoying the journey. It's a community building tool for what we value and the coolest part is that people come to your channel. The people that value it, FIND IT. Proximity is no longer a huge obstacle. 

Youtube to me is a chance to ignite curiosity in myself about anything and to always learn every day. I watch vlogs, educational videos, BookTube videos, comedy, sketches, gaming, music, a cappella vidoes, and much more. It's collaborating and sharing and creating value and seeing other people curious and even documenting my growth as a human being. It's exhaustingly fascinating. Curiosity, compassion, and commitment in building communities with similar values. 

DFTHF (Don't Forget to Have Fun)! 
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You can fail at what you don't want to do, so you might as well take a chance at what you love. - Jim Carrey. You don't really need to fix it. Just enjoy it. Not that it's....just that easy. It's what it is. 
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