“On His Own” by Pawel Franik. A little alone time is a good thing

Monday, 21 November, 2016

Photography by Pawel Franik

On His Own, a series of photos by Warsaw based photographer Pawel Franik, certainly highlights our insignificance upon this planet. Yet Franik is not so much trying to make a statement about loneliness as a social problem though, rather it is his view that we all need to spend a little time by ourselves, to pause and reflect. Yes, I can go for that.

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Reality used to be a friend of mine, and my mind

Tuesday, 8 November, 2016

Is this really a surprise? The world, as our senses perceive it, may not be in the least bit like the world we actually live in. At least that’s what Donald D. Hoffman, a professor at the University of California, Irvine, contends:

Hoffman has spent the past three decades studying perception, artificial intelligence, evolutionary game theory and the brain, and his conclusion is a dramatic one: The world presented to us by our perceptions is nothing like reality. What’s more, he says, we have evolution itself to thank for this magnificent illusion, as it maximizes evolutionary fitness by driving truth to extinction.

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Red, the grass is always greener on the other social media profile?

Friday, 21 October, 2016

Red, a short film by Los Angeles based art director and animator Daveion Thompson, touches on all too familiar subject matter, social media profiles that portray our lives as being more than perhaps they are.

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I must not fear. Words to live by when you work as a highliner

Friday, 16 September, 2016

I must not fear. Fear is the mind killer. These are the words of Utah based athlete and professional highliner Hayley Ashburn, who you can see here crossing a fifty-two metre highline, between the Vajolet Towers in Italy. Those are words to live by for all us, but especially for people in her line of work.

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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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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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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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How do you spend the day? A day in the life of the rest of us

Thursday, 8 September, 2016

I spent a little more time than I should have, reading this MetaFilter thread about how members spend a typical day. It may seem mundane, but it’s also many parts fascinating.

This paragraph from quiet_musings‘ description of workday mornings resonated with me. The scramble to get out the door to work. Or through the door of the other room, to where my work setup is.

Once I get up, my morning is a panicked blur of scrambling to get out the door. It goes something like this: put in contacts, use bathroom, panic. Take shower, dry off, attempt to find clothes, panic. Scarf down Cheerios with granola and almond milk, gulp a few vitamin pills, panic. Throw water bottles into my purse, toss in an apple sauce cup (religiously forgetting the spoon,) panic. Argue with myself that there’s no time to apply makeup. Apply makeup anyway. (Just mascara.) Some days, literally run to my car, look at the display to see what time it is, panic.

Thankfully I don’t have to commute at the moment, that’s all I can say.

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A broken watch is right twice daily, the Now watch is right all day

Monday, 5 September, 2016

NOW Watch, by Matters.com

If a broken watch is right twice a day, how about a watch that doesn’t tell the time at all? Depending on your outlook, a watch that simply tells you now is the time, might be all you need.

Designed by Texas based entrepreneur Micah Davis, the Now – for want for a better word – timepiece, is intended to remind the wearer to slow down, and live in the moment.

Even though I’m not a watch wearer, it could be I need one of these. And they’re stylish as well.

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The dreams and aspirations of the homeless, by Horia Manolache

Tuesday, 23 August, 2016

The Prince and the Pauper is a poignant photo series by San Francisco based photographer Horia Manolache. He took two photos of homeless people, one of how they look today, and one of what they once saw themselves becoming.

There is always the hope that his subjects may yet come to realise their dreams and aspirations.

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