001: Hello, World

Pilot Eps Dec 30, 2019

What is this remote corner of the internet?

Animated GIF of tumbleweed rolling in front of The Fire Jar logo

The Fire Jar is an ongoing experiment: A blank canvas on which to create and share something new, once a week.

Today is December 30th, 2019. My name is Jeremy.

Here, you'll find:  

Comics, essays, interviews, animations. Stuff I've recently watched, listened to, read etc. Ideas that I've been pondering. I plan to test out a variety of topics, formats, mediums, and collaborators.

Drawing of microphone, comics page, camera and people in conversation

Can you relate?

Do you think #deepthoughts in the shower or send yourself emails with half-baked ideas throughout the day? Do you ever have moments of inspiration riding the train, commuting to work, riffing with friends? What happens to those occasional glimmers of insight and clarity amid the routine and mundane?

For me, these artifacts mainly get lost in my inbox, or end up scribbled on crumpled post-its. The fleeting moment rarely turns into something more tangible. I've long wondered if a disciplined system might help reveal (or connect?) the dots.

If these last two paragraphs made any sense, I hope you'll join along for the ride.

Possible future episodes (tbd)

  • How to do a handstand  
  • The value of UX Research
  • What I learned in my MBA program tl;dr
  • Why Battlestar Galactica is still an underrated TV series

The initial pilot episodes will go all over the map.

Animated GIF of cat typing furiously on a keyboard
brainstorming others... 👆

Motivations:

  • Rekindle a love of making stuff
  • Maintain a space for regular experimentation
  • Collaborate with people that I like + respect

Advice from modern internet experts: "Work in public, teach while you learn, produce consistently, trust that the long tail of the internet will take notice" etc.

Drawing of a long-tail statistical distribution

Is this actually good advice?
(Asking for a friend...) 😬

The public aspect of this feels intimidating. But feedback fuels rapid learning, and being seen might create accountability. Left to my own devices, I'd procrastinate by 'perfecting' irrelevant skills in isolation. Or worse, discuss theoretical plans for potential creative projects (for years!) without ever taking action.

This is partly why The Fire Jar was born.




Join along!


"Catch you on the flippity flip"



Update: How this is all evolving 👇

Meta - The Fire Jar
A ~quarterly reflection on process.