John Lennon’s first acid trip, compliments of his dentist

Tuesday, 13 September, 2016

Not condoning this sort of thing of course. But in the interests of full musical enlightenment, particularly in regards to the music of the Beatles, it’s well worth listening to John Lennon describing his first acid trip. And what a trip. Looks like it inspired at least one of their songs.

And it was all thanks to their dentist, who they were having dinner with. Can’t say that’s ever happened to me. Been invited to dine with my dentist, who then drops acid in my coffee. That’s a story in itself.

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Did you ever see fog roll over Marin County in the pale moonlight?

Tuesday, 13 September, 2016

Photo by Lorenzo Montezemolo

US photographer Lorenzo Montezemolo recently climbed Mount Tamalpais in Marin County, California, and took this long exposure photo of fog rolling over the valley below. On the night of the full moon. Incredible, isn’t it?

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Bring a little of the outdoors indoors with a landscape rug

Tuesday, 13 September, 2016

Photo by Alexandra Kehayoglou

Buenos Aires based artist Alexandra Kehayoglou crafts rugs and mats from thick tufts of wool that resemble satellite images of bush or farm land. I couldn’t imagine ever wanting to put one of her works on the floor though, it would have to be mounted on a wall.

See more of works on her Instagram page.

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White Desert, Antarctica’s one and only luxury resort

Tuesday, 13 September, 2016

White Desert resort, Antarctica

White Desert is the name of Antarctica’s only luxury resort. During the summer months, you can stay in a dome-shaped fiberglass sleeping pod, that is about eight metres in diametre. And from the windows, you can take in the rugged landscape of the southernmost continent. Excursions to the South Pole can also be arranged.

The thing is, you’ll need a lazy forty-five thousand dollars. United States dollars. Though that will buy you an eight night stay. The visit to the South Pole will cost more. Worth it though, if Antarctica is somewhere you’d like to go.

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Juan Ortiz’s vintage style posters for the original Star Trek TV show

Monday, 12 September, 2016

Vintage style Star Trek poster, by Juan Ortiz

Last Friday marked the fiftieth anniversary of the first television screening of Star Trek.

To commemorate the occasion, Juan Ortiz, an illustrator and designer, who has worked for Disney, and Warner Bros., has created eighty vintage style posters for each of the episodes from the show’s three series run. He has published all the designs in a book, Star Trek: The Art of Juan Ortiz, but you see a selection of them at Creative Bloq.

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Master the art of smoke and mirrors and you will be a great designer

Monday, 12 September, 2016

My career as a web designer might have lasted a whole lot longer, had I have heeded what San Francisco based designer Pablo Stanley, had to say:

Never mind that part of your job is making things easy to understand. Use phrases like “A holistic approach” or “brand storytelling” or other jargon that will keep people scratching their heads, afraid to ask what that even means. The more buzzwords you use, the less you have to explain your actual design thinking.

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Burning Man. 2016. Highlights. Hyperlapse video

Monday, 12 September, 2016

The Burning Man Festival, sometimes described as an experiment in community and art, held annually in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada, has just wrapped up. The gathering that attracts upwards of sixty-five thousand people, sees participants combine in numerous artistic endeavours over the course of the week that the event runs.

This hyperlapse video looks like it captures the highlights of this year’s festival. Safe for work, in case you were wondering.

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Get out of your own prison, it’s Monday morning after all

Monday, 12 September, 2016

Since matters productivity and motivation are often on my mind on a Monday morning. To get anywhere, one must go with the flow of the universe. Yes, there is such a thing, except I often seem to find myself trying to resist it.

Best you read David Ams‘ article, than take too much notice of what I’m saying though.

You don’t have to think, if you feel it’s the right thing to do, just do it. You don’t have to know every steps of the way, just go for it. If it’s in alignment with your true self, the universe will conspire to help you in your path. Once again, you don’t have to know “how”, just take the leap, have the vision, and let life do what it does best. Look at nature, everything is accomplished, everything is perfect, yet no elements resist to what is.

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Gosia Herba, illustrator and graphic designer

Friday, 9 September, 2016

Illustration by Gosia Herba

Take some minutes, or longer, if you can, to look at the work of Gosia Herba, a graphic designer and illustrator living in Wroclaw, Poland.

Via Hypnophant.

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That person who isn’t on Facebook? There’s a name for them…

Friday, 9 September, 2016

Oh dear, the people who refuse to move with the times. Embrace social media. Or buy a smartphone. Things like that. There’s a name for these “holdouts”, that isn’t pretty, according to Stephanie Buck, writing for Timeline:

Laggards likely don’t start out being ironic. One trait that this group tends to share is skepticism, which is linked to “processing fluency,” the ease with which our brains can handle change or challenge. “While skepticism can generally be regarded as a very healthy,” says Enrique Dans, Professor of Innovation at IE Business School in Madrid, “truth is that most skeptics don’t go the extra mile to validate new ideas, and just become skeptics because they just refuse to get additional experience or information.”

I doubt that not having a Facebook page is a crime. However, I don’t think the group of people who go without an email account, or won’t buy goods and services online, needs to be as large as it might be. Some of these technologies have been around for decades now. It’s not as if anyone can feel as if they’re railing against something “new” by now.

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