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Another failed Kickstarter inspires and scares

Arts & Literature Column
Written by Nathan Mattise

I received the following e-mail in my inbox last week:

It’s nothing new. I’ve donated to Kickstarter projects that have sadly failed before: R.I.P. The Mountain Man Fest in Saratoga or the MLAB Renovations for a NYC trip here in ‘Cuse. This one for one reason or another just  hit a little close to home.

Call the folks who wanted to make the All My Friends documentary pretentious if you will (though I’d opt for misguided or over-ambitious perhaps? More on this below…) but they had a musical focus I liked and a D.I.Y. approach I want to one day emulate. Not to mention, their pedigree in multimedia production and storytelling seemed almost attainable (it’s on the Kickstarter bio), making their effort much more inspiring than the latest work from someone like Wes Anderson or Spielberg.

So what does their failure say? Continue reading


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No one will complain when your shirt is inside-out.

Science & Nature Essay
Written by Nathan Mattise

I’m not wearing green despite being home for parade day in Scranton (note: Syracuse celebrating as well). My attire is better suited for SxSw,  a dream roadtrip for me and a conference focusing on technology with a major concert lineup attached. Folks are down in Austin, Tx. right now discussing the next social media tools to engage the masses or how the iPad 2.0 and other venues might be able to (financially) save journalism.

I doubt this idea could save any industry, but it’s an innovative approach to print journalism I was pumped to receive as a gift this past winter.

TPost Mag is a Sweedish print outlet. They operate on subscriptions like any other magazine but instead of printing on newsprint or glossy, they utilize t-shirts that are then designed as art to compliment an article. That makes the above quartet much more respectable than any regular novelty tees. They’re also incredibly effective gifts for nerdy wanna-be journalists.

The articles so far aren’t half bad and it’s easy to talk you into supporting an org who’s trying something different. I’ve often wondered why a struggling magazine or newspaper doesn’t branch out and use their brand to offer related services that customers will trust (Food & Wine wines, SPIN sponsored concerts or produced albums, NY Times series of speakers, etc.). Most probably don’t innovate in this manner thinking it jeopardizes journalistic integrity. Printing on tees doesn’t come close to that, rather it simply adds a degree of edge and innovation that’s easy to get behind (or within I suppose, it is a shirt after all).

(Links today from TPostMag.com)

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Rock the Vote: Ra Ra Riot needs to speak

Entertainment Column
Written by Nathan Mattise

There’s a lot of attention on the recent announcement of Kid Cudi as SU’s Block Party 2011 headliner. The most interesting part of all the news however is University Union released some statistics from their infamous campus surveys and Cudi is supposedly in line with this results.

It’s good news for both pro- and anti- Cudi booking individuals. If you’re happy this week, rejoice in the fact that your own opinion was heard. If you’re pissed, make sure to take larger action next time a survey opportunity is presented. For both camps, the time is now. The UU Speakers/Comedians survey is live and there is one idea that needs everyone’s support.

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CNY Jobs that hopefully trend across the country

Geography Column
Video and captions by Nathan Mattise

The months leading up to graduating from college are terrifying.  Not only do you deal with all of the emotional weight of leaving behind what essentially is home and the closest friends you’ve had to this age, but the dreaded unemployment lurks around the corner. It seems foolish to think you’ll be graduating with job in hand these days unless you settle for an internship, do some type of fellowship or happen to be involved in the hyper-structured business cycle of student-to-new-employee.

I’m preparing to move on from graduate school this time around… and it might even be worse. Admittedly there’s quite a bit less emotional stress (most of your good friends from undergrad are settled in their first jobs, your relationships won’t be dramatically impact since not everyone is having the same experience) but the pressure for employment is much greater. Simply having a job isn’t going to satisfy anyone this time around. You need the right job. That could be speaking in terms of  location, finances, company merit, type of work or most likely all of the above.

A Syracuse University degree (and probably one from any major institution) promises a lot. I only hope the positions I’ve seen open up around here translate as well as this skillset supposedly will. For the other Master’s candidates in communication related fields out there, check out a few of these local job opportunities that seem ideal (*if you want to stay local that is): Continue reading

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The new blog in town was a long time coming

Arts & Literature Column
Written by Nathan Mattise

Syracuse University (probably like most media savvy schools) offers interested students a variety of media options to pursue. There’s a daily newspaper, campus television network, NPR-affiliated radio and now a strictly web outlet if general news, politics or sports is your thing.  There are separate campus magazines for health, fashion, music/entertainment, alternative features and social/cultural identities. Folks who want to write technology even have an outlet since the D.O. has recently sought op-ed writers in that field.

However, this week the NewsHouse launched a new blog devoted to filling a surprisingly unaddressed niche on campus: food journalism. Continue reading

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Laying out the excus..er, articles and posts… from the most recent hiatus

All Categories Trivial Links
Written by Nathan Mattise

This isn’t the first time blogging has had an unintentional off spell here at In Pursuit of the Trivial. However, rather than spout off the reasons (cgh… travel, work… cgh) let’s simply share some of the other projects that have been happening since the last bit of posting.

(And, oh yeah, we’ll resume posting again soon [ish])

  • Finally, Pop Candy hosted another round of guest bloggers while Whitney Matheson took a vacation. The guests included: an international recording artist, a NYT best selling author and… me? Read about the only potato rapper in ‘Cuse (and the world?).

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When the blog updating rains, it pours.

Arts & Literature Trivial Link
Written by Nathan Mattise

What’s the best way of returning to regular blog posting after an impromptu hiatus?

Starting a new blog?

It isn’t the first time and likely won’t be the last. Table Read is simply the latest project to join the family of networks that includes In Pursuit of The Trivial, Diners Without Frosted Tips and (at one time) Questions for Ira Glass. The about page says it all. This isn’t a new idea, simply a good one being applied in a different way. If you’re an avid magazine reader or long form journalism enthusiast, make sure to periodically check it out for a few pieces to keep you entertained any afternoon.

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