Cool Tool Spotlight: Bubole

Hello hello and happy Wednesday!

This week we’re sharing some of the awesome destinations from the “Someplace Awesome” menu, featured on the homepage. Our hope is that every click in this menu takes you somewhere that makes you remember how great the world is, and today’s site is one of my favorites.

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Bubole is a unique Polish site (also available in English) enabling users to create wonderful little monsters (the titular Bubole) and even have a little fun squishing bugs. It might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but Bubole are the T for me, and very relaxing!

We hope you’ll head on over to the homepage and check out the Someplace Awesome menu. And if you have any links you’d like to add, let us know in the comments or head on over to the Contact/Submit page, where you can also submit content or ideas for future posts on I Won’t Commit.

Have a great day!

Cool Tool Spotlight: A Soft Murmur

Happy Monday!

I thought it would be nice to do a series of posts highlighting the cool relaxation and diversion tools included in our “Someplace Awesome” menu (featured on the homepage), designed to be a clickable portal to, well, someplace awesome.

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A Soft Murmur offers a unique sliding-bar customizable ambient noise experience. As I write this, I’m listening to a firm but gentle combo of rain, thunder, fire, and a singing bowl, and it is pretty tight!

We hope you’ll head on over to the homepage and check out A Soft Murmur and the other awesome destinations in the Someplace Awesome menu.

By the by, if you have pages you’d like to suggest for the menu, let us know in the comments or on the Contact/Submit page, where you can also submit other content for possible inclusion in future posts on I Won’t Commit.

Hope you have an amazing Monday!

New music Friday!

Happy happy happy Friday!

This week I’m happy to share with you a playlist of some of the chill electronic music I’ve been making lately. If it strikes your fancy, maybe bookmark it so you can grab a quick meditative moment at work or on the go.

Hope you have an amazing day!

-Schlomo

Wednesday dose of comedy

Hello hello and happy Wednesday!

Sorry I’ve missed a couple of posts around these parts, but the good news is I have some new creative efforts coming your way!

Today is a garbage fire, but here’s some new comedy from one of my alter egos, Mitsy Tuttle:

Making weird-ass queer art is one of the things that keeps me alive. What’s keeping you alive this week?

All the love,
Schlomo, founder and editor, I Won’t Commit

Queer women blues singers

Hello hello and happy Wednesday! It’s June, and that means it’s both African-American Music Appreciation Month as well as LGBT Pride Month. Bringing those two things together, we’ll spend Wednesdays this month appreciating music by LGBTQ African Americans.

Let’s start out this week with a celebration of queer women blues singers. Hat tip to Lesbian News for the inspo.

“Mother of the Blues” Ma Rainey on Wikipedia. ‘Prove It on Me Blues’ is famous for its lesbian references.

Eventually becoming the highest-paid black entertainer of her day, Bessie Smith worked with Ma Rainey early in her career.

Gladys Bentley was a brazen gender-bender who performed with drag queens in Harlem of the 30s.

Are you an approval junkie?

Happy Monday! Let’s dive right into the deep stuff haha!

I saw an amazing video this weekend that I just had to share with you. It’s from guru-comedian JP Sears, and it’s all about the ‘lasting’ effects of living for other people’s approval:

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I know it’s a guru parody video I saw on Facebook, but honestly I think it changed my life, even a little bit. It gave me the vocabulary I needed to see that I really have been living for other people’s approval in a way I just hadn’t seen before.

I hope it helps, and I hope you have a great start to your week!

Free texts from the Guggenheim!

Hello hello and happy Friday!

To round out the week I thought I’d highlight this archive of free art texts available from the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum:

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Including the works you can see in the above screen grab, plus works on Klimt and Schiele, the Aztec empire, Kandinsky, Munch, gender performance and so much more! I know I sound like a commercial, but I find this genuinely exciting!

Hope you have a great weekend!

The Voyager golden record

Happy Wednesday! Today I wanted to take a look at one of my favorite human cultural artifacts – the Voyager golden record.

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Golden phonograph recordings were included on both Voyager spacecraft launched in 1977. They include a diverse array of information about our species – including instructions on how to make a record player, in case the records are ever intercepted by intelligent life. (Neither probe is headed for any particular star system, but Voyager 1 will pass somewhat near Gliese 445 in about 40,000 years.)

The records include greetings in many human languages, images from the Earth and around the solar system, a variety of Earth music (also available as a Spotify playlist), as well as a variety of Earth and other nature sounds.

Far distant from the rest of human output, the Voyager probes and their golden records serve as a glimpse at our species which will possibly outlive us. I think that’s pretty neat!

What are your thoughts on space travel? Would you want to be an astronaut? Let us know in the comments!

Capitalism is fake and you are cool

Hello hello and happy Monday! This week I wanted to pass along a video from Hank Green discussing a lot of the things I’ve been writing and thinking about lately. TLDR: capitalism is fake and you are cool.

I also want to toss out there that I know advice all seems stupid sometimes, and that if all you needed was advice, then the whole world would probably be fine.

But I’ve also come to realize that doesn’t mean we should stop trying. It’s not like I or anyone else has everything figured out just because we have an internet connection. I cry and scream and feel all alone sometimes and sometimes the darkness blots out all the light.

And that’s why I have to do this. I have to repeat the things that help me, even if they’re not infallible, because better sometimes is better than better never. Focusing on my life outside of work makes work more bearable like 50 percent of the time. That’s good enough for me to make a habit of it.

Growth isn’t binary and you might never reach ‘nirvana’ or perfect inner calm or whatever you’re seeking. But feeling better some of the time is a good enough reason for me to keep trying.

Peace bewitch you ❤

New music!

Hello hello and happy Friday!

This week I wanted to try something new and share my new song Pound with you. I hope to be making some more chill electronic music, and hope that maybe it can help others get their chill on.

Hope you have a great weekend!

-Schlomo Steel, founder of I Won’t Commit