Archive for October, 2013

Golden Hill Street Fair on Sunday!

Just a reminder not to miss the Golden Hill Street Fair this Sunday in San Diego. These type of block parties happen all the time in SD, but this neighborhood will always be something special to Holiday Matinee as both Dave and I called it home at different times. Last year’s bash was had a total It Was A Good Day vibe and I expect nothing less from this year since it’s received city funding and our pal Jackson Milgaten is curating the event.

If you haven’t been, it’s a neighborhood block party. It’ll feature music, art, craft beer, gourmet food and youth activities for a day of awesome. I’m especially looking forward to seeing local favorites like Heavy Hawaii, Tropical Popsicle and Rafter take the stage. It’s FREE, open to ALL AGES and I’d encourage everyone that can to bike over so you don’t have to worry about parking. See you there!


Music schedule
Facebook event page
Golden Hill CDC website
Golden Hill Street Fair Instagram Contest (tag photos #ghstreetfair)

Guilty Pleasures Volume One

You know the tunes. The ones that you secretly dance to in the shower. The ones you sing along to in the car. The ones you’re ashamed of and hide from your crush when they’re checking out your iTunes…

Well, we’re sick of being ashamed. I mean, aren’t you? We don’t mind being rejected for listening to these songs, but we’re not going to be ashamed about it.

Maybe it’s embarrassing, maybe it’s campy, or maybe it’s flat out bad. But here at Holiday Matinee, we dig those kinda songs. We wanted to let you know it’s OK to indulge once and a while. So we made a mixtape. An all-out arsenal of guilty pleasures: 11 tracks you should never be too dejected to pump up the volume and listen to.

p.s. Not seeing the tape above? Don’t worry, you can still rock out on our mobile version here.

Treasure Island Music Festival 2013 Mixtape!

Headed to Treasure Island Music Festival this year? We’ll be there and decided to get pumped by making a mix with tracks from each artist. Throw this on and jam out. One of the best weekends of the year is just 12 days away.

p.s. Not seeing the tape below? That’s because Steve Jobs fucking hated Flash, but we’ve got a mobile version here. Rdio homies can head here, although we had to make a few substitutions.

Arrive or Depart in an airport tee

Listen up Virgin America, or any other cool airline really. What would be really rad is giving away these Pilot & Captain airport tees to every passenger in a lucky flight. I know airlines are often broke and subsidized, but a thoughtful gesture like this would win me over. It’d be a solid addition to any airport gift shop too.




Maximize Your Potential [review]

It’s said that we regret the chances we don’t take far more than mistakes we make. While I don’t feel old enough to validate the claim, I’ll take my elders’ word for it and because we don’t often have these reminders in casual conversation, I’m grateful for reads like Maximize Your Potential. It’s 99u‘s second in a series of three books to give us the education that traditional school does not.

If the first volume (Manage Your Day-To-Day) was all about laying a solid foundation for getting creative work done, the second is about developing a frame of mind that will enable you to succeed in your projects. It’s divided into four sections (Creating Opportunities, Building Expertise, Cultivating Relationships and Taking Risks) of essays and Q&As from bright minds that study creativity and success with fervor. Meaning SCIENCE.


There’s a ton of guidance around the most beneficial attitudes to have, but I also felt this comfort that the contributors really empathized what creative minds go through. They totally got that we’re confused over how much of success is correlated with talent, hard work or luck. They understand how easy it is to get caught up in comparing ourselves to our peers or worrying about whether people will like us when all we should be concerned about is improving a little each day. They assess our changing world (an age of flux) where many jobs today didn’t even exist five years ago and drop knowledge on how to prepare for that. You’ll get the feeling that the ability and willingness to learn new skills quickly may be the most important quality to possess.

For me, the most inspirational section was on being bold enough to take risks and be (more) comfortable with uncertainty. While I consider myself to be fairly decent at taking risks, it was really cool to hear how humans internalize risk, overestimate what could go wrong and underestimate our ability to recover. I was able to apply this to my own life and some of the changes I want to make.

This isn’t for everyone – certainly not those who choose feeling helpless over trying to make something work. But if you’re looking to understand creativity through science and psychology with well-documented examples from ancient and modern history, this could be your literary jam. I’d sure as hell rather you give it a shot than regret it later.

Maximize Your Potential: Grow Your Expertise, Take Bold Risks & Build An Incredible Career is available exclusively on Amazon but you’re not stupid, you know how to buy a book online.

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