16 Things that Didn’t Suck in 2016

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Since so much has been awful about this year, the least I can do when recapping it is not indulge in the “things sucked overall, but my life was great!” approach that I did for 2015 and 2014. So I’ll just say that for me, the following items were fulfilling and/or fun in personal and/or professional ways this

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The History Mix #11: Rushing The Miracle Man

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It took almost 20 years, but I finally barfed out a solo release: the ambient, bass-heavy Rotten Miracles E.P. (2015). Good designers will tell you that they don’t make art; they solve problems. They will think creatively and often apply artistic principles, but their goal isn’t artistic self-expression. Many artists don’t last long in design,

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2015: Even More Fun and Getting It Done

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As I predicted last year, 2015 was jam-packed with awesome. Once again, the world around me tore itself apart in chaos and stupidity, but thankfully very little of it affected me. I felt very lucky to enjoy time with family, old friends, new friends, travel, baseball, design, biking, music, and work: This year was the

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Keir-By-Bike, 2015 Edition

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Simple one today, but it’s kind of a big deal. Most of my accomplishments these days are cumulative.

“They shifted the statues for harboring ghosts.”

When I was a freshman at UCSB 20 years ago I raided the local Morninglory Music for used CDs. Got R.E.M.’s first 3 albums cheap. Chronic Town, Murmur, & Reckoning have always been a subliminal soundtrack to one of the saddest stories I knew of that year. My roommate Rob and I weren’t close but

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New Music! “Rotten Miracles” EP by Keir DuBois

(Cross-posted from MyBandRocks.com) Finally, after months and months of half-assedly cruel neglect and public broken promises, it’s here! My first solo release, a demo EP called “Rotten Miracles.” Listen to it right here (and buy on Bandcamp and soon, iTunes!): Rotten Miracles by Keir DuBois Twenty years into an expensive hobby called “music,” I’ve already

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(Lack of) Progress Report: “Rotten Miracles” Solo EP

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(Cross-posted from MyBandRocks.com) Yes that’s right, I’ve been cooking up some solo tunes for release on a solo demo EP. Uh, surprise? It’ll probably be digital-only, and I can’t promise it’ll be out this year, but I want to release it at some point. The problem is, it’s nowhere near ready. I mean, the most

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2014: The Year of Having Fun and Getting Shit Done

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2014 was a pretty lousy year around the world. Lots of people had a rough time, to put it mildly, so I hope I’m not being totally tactless when I say that my year was, on balance, terrific and amazing. Indeed, if 2008 was, as I once described it, “the year of staring at screens and typing

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Keir-By-Bike, 2014 Edition

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Keir-by-bike will be cut short for the rest of this year, but despite that I still beat last year’s numbers by almost 100 miles: 43 rides for 591.44 total miles in 2014, an improvement of 7 rides & 98.92 miles over 2013 (36 rides for 492.52 miles). As before, motivation is less “health and fitness” (though

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Designer/Wordsmith/Rockstar

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Updated in 2016: I’m a writer by training and a designer/developer by accident. I joined the professional creative carousel circa 2002 when it slowed down enough for me to jump on. Currently I’m a senior designer at Oniracom and the president of AIGA Santa Barbara. I’ve wrangled design projects for print and pixel, written creative copy, and worked with brilliant

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