Small Seasons

A more fine-grained way of thinking about the year in two week sekki. We're at “Drops of dew on grass” at the moment. More insight from Ross Zurowski / via Rachel

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3 approaches to solving problems

Appreciate these reminders gleaned from Steve Jobs - 1.) Zoom Out 2.) Focus In 3.) Disconnect

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Practice any art…

music, singing, dancing, acting, drawing, painting, sculpting, poetry, fiction, essays, reportage, no matter how well or badly, not to get money and fame, but to experience becoming, to find out what’s inside you, to make your soul grow.

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Love Every Body

A touching thread and moving last words / via SwissMiss

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Catherine Madden’s woven tapestry

This journey map captures a year of highs and lows in 2020, part of a workshop with Eugene Eric Kim.

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The greatest output of your careers will be relationships

The list of ”10 things I wish every design student knew“ by Cameron Moll holds up incredibly well over time, but also? Works for every profession.

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Would I do it tomorrow?

One way to gauge participation is to ask this question. Thing is? I'd invariably say yes to more if it meant I could cancel what was already planned.

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24 Hours in the Creative Life

Advice to young, mid or late career artists. Many favorites but "Learn how to advocate for yourself." from Joaquina Kalukango is a standout this morning.

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Attempting to find more fun

A challenge to achieve, but these four steps feel solid / via smartpeopleiknow

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Why I’ve Decided to Take My Podcast Off Spotify

A cogent perspective from Roxanne Gay

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Tiny Love Stories

Touching reader-submitted stories of love with no more than 100 words. This NYT series has been going for a while. Just learned of it thanks to Rachel on the left.

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Find your own rainbow

An enlightening Twitter thread about how Bill Grundfest cultivated comedians in Greenwich Village / via SwissMiss

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A Grand Unified Theory of Buying Stuff

Lots of links to this piece by Paul Ford for good reason: the payoff at the end is inspiring when we consider experiences we hope to achieve when buying stuff.

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The Magic of Pee-wee Herman in a Dark Year

Dan Sinker writes about finding light in the darkness of a pandemic, and the timeless joy of a Playhouse

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Gratitude Zine

I very much enjoyed sitting at the kitchen counter while the Thanksgiving meal cooked, filling out this little number by Austin Kleon.

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Intermissions

I love Austin Kleon's train of thought about putting space in-between things. I've long felt this way about books, imagining the next chapter as I fall asleep, but this is a whole other level.

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Retain a beginner’s mind

Simon Collison collects links and pulls (an excellent) quote from an interview with Thom Yorke and Stanley Donwood as they discuss the visual language of Radiohead's album art over the years.

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Kid A amnesia

Merlin’s GitHub of wisdom

Whenever you meet someone new, ask them what they're most excited about right now. Everyone interesting is excited about something right now, and they'd probably love to tell you about it. (And many more!)

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Tetris tames trauma

"24hrs after a traumatic event, or as soon as you are safe, play Tetris. It SIGNIFICANTLY reduces likelihood of intrusive memories." A fascinating thread with links.

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Colorful cubes are stacked

Nick Cave on Charlie Watts

And three other related questions. A dense, concise and lovely reply. / via Daring Fireball

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Sunlight

9 panels about growing by Grant Snider / via my friend Shannon

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Stewardship of global collective behavior

"Addressing the harm wrought by dramatically restructuring human communication of the span of a decade, with no aim other than selling ads." Of all the challenges we face? This one is so very important to address.

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Five-finger breathing exercise

Ground yourself in the present moment to calm down

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The Fresh Start Challenge

From the NY Times: "As pandemic restrictions begin to ease, we all have the opportunity to rethink what life looks like going forward. Our 10-day Fresh Start Challenge will share daily tips for mindful living, stronger connections and healthy habits."

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3 Most Important Questions

Grab some pen and paper and take 24 minutes. Started my day doing this exercise by Vishen Lakhiani. to consider life experiences, growth and contribution. A powerful draft to consider the future. (Thanks Emily)

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Write to find out.

"When you’re writing, you’re trying to find out something which you don’t know." - James Baldwin. This and more ruminations on writing by the late author. / via @voicesandnoises

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Our iPhone Notes Are Poetry

"People don't open up your Notes app and look through your notes. It's sacred." this and lots more good thinking about the notes app / via Om Malik

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Something to look forward to

"It can be a very minor thing, and it can be a major thing. But you always have to have something you’re looking forward to next."

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Love is a verb

It's not a permanent state of enthusiasm, it's an actual practice

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My spirit animal for March 2021

Actor Sheila Hancock on what a year in lockdown has been like for her and why she thinks we need a revolution.

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Ten reasons to write a book

Among the solid list of reasons, it clarifies your thinking. / via Swiss-Miss

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Ten reasons to write a book

Queer Designers Share Their Vision for the Future of Design

I stumbled on to this article thanks to Rachel, but enjoyed clicking all around IDEO's site.

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Manager README

I really love this. Martyn Davies has a user manual on how he likes to work. There are too many choice lines to share. The concept is not unique, but it is solid and I aspire to write my own README. / via Rachel Kwon

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How Garfield Helped Me Make Peace With a Culture in Decline

Try getting into Garfield variants: remixes of the original strips that testify to the internet’s limitless invention. Upon recommendation by Thor

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Ewok Banquets and Hobbit Joy

"What if we were wrong this whole time? Wrong in thinking that joy only happens at the end?"

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You and the Thing That You Love

A film by Nicholas Maher. A worthwhile 10 minutes.

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3:45 PM

A lovely animation indeed. "Don't live in the grand scheme of things"

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A Brief Guide to Noticing

and navigating toomuchery. 45 seconds well spent!

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Sunday

Jack Cheng’s weekly letter on creative work, technology, and the art of living.

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Advanced Topics in Reminders and To Do Lists

I'm mad about scheduled and looping reminders, but these ideas elevate the notion / via Andy Baio

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Commit to the journey

Consistently shipping the work, despite the world’s reaction, despite the nascent nature of our skill, despite the doubts. /via Swiss-Miss

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You Should Go to Bed Super Early

Says them

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The Gandalf Option.

I try and herald the positive, but I also struggle with combatting the wicked. This is a good frame of reference I should invoke when I forget.

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Fear is a Liar

– if you choose...

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The best email signature I’ve ever seen…

"It is normal for me to take 2 days to read my emails and 2 more days to reflect on the matter and respond calmly. The culture of immediacy and the constant fragmentation of time are not very compatible with the kind of life I lead."

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Apple’s Relentless Strategy, Execution, and Point of View

This expanded thread by Steven Sinofsky is from June, combined with the announcement of the M1 chip and cursory performance projections, it is an _excellent_ read on many levels outside of tech. (Particularly business strategy or personal goal setting)

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five nice things – Michael Sippey

This is a good exercise. / via waxy

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The Keep Going Song

I'm behind on my RSS feeds. This was a delightful moment to soak up.

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21 Lessons for the 21st Century – Yuval Noah Harari

My friend Erik is reading this to stop from doomscrolling. He says it's good.

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Nick Cave – The Red Hand Files

I didn't know Nick Cave had a site. But now I do. And it is very good. / thanks DJ and Austin Kleon!

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Nick Cave is showing us a new, gentler way to use the internet

"We all needed to draw ourselves back to a state of wonder. My way was to write myself there … but I also realised that I was not alone in my grief and that many of you were, in one way or another, suffering your own sorrows, your own griefs."

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A City Liturgy

"In a time when we’re encouraged to distance, my hope is that this may simply be one more thread to connect us." Lovely thought and practice from Megan.

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Advice from Ten Years of Leading Remote Teams.

Aside from a topic that applies to my workdays, it's nice to see Greg’s spiffy new home for content online. I never unsubscribed from his RSS.

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A Walk is a Tool and a Platform

I went to this conference to hear this talk by Craig Mod. It was worth it. And you can see it without a flight!

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Being a Noob

When I was young, I thought old people had everything figured out. Now that I'm old, I know this isn't true... And yet today I realized something encouraging about being a noob: the more of a noob you are locally, the less of a noob you are globally.

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The Design Squiggle

a simple illustration of the design process / via ThingsToClick

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21 Stories of People Who Walked Away

(I might be ready for a dumb phone.) / via Andy Baio

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Middle Age Misery Peaks at Age of 47.2, Economist Says

I'm on the slope down to happiness! YAY. / via Paul Bausch

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Find the wonder and the marvel of an ordinary life

Advice that works for adults as well as children

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