The trick to the super-crayon was to keep adding new favorites

“Combining favorites to make new life happinesses.” (It isn’t just about making crayons)

Old crayons mixed in muffin tin

The internet used to be fun

Rachel collected of articles “that to some degree answer the question ‘Why have a personal website?’ with ‘Because it’s fun, and the internet used to be fun.’”

The internet used to be fun

You can only work for people that you like

Replace “can” with “should” and you have a piece of advice I would give. You can certainly work for people you do not like, but make sure the sacrifice is brief and very worth it. (Then find the good people for your next thing.)

Airbag Industries blimp and logo

Sorting Therapy

This app is indeed delightful and reinforces the idea that meditation can come in many forms.

Sorting Therapy app presents bars of color that can be dragged in order of a gradient

How We Feel

An app to track emotions and discover patterns — with tools to articulate, understand and shift things.

Shapes and blobs anthropomorphized

There’s always new ways to expand the scope of our care

 Robin Rendle on updating and maintaining a personal website and considering the details, like type, but also just all the things.

Headlines from Robin Rundle’s essays on the website

You have no obligation to your former self

Hank Green on investing in connection to others and yourself. / via Andy Baio

Man gets mohawk haircut

The Restaurant of Mistaken Orders

Stumbled on this video by Neal Foard and immediately dug his vibe and what he’s sharing. This story and parable will inspire deeper exploration of his online footprint.

The Restaurant of Mistaken Orders

Notes at 45

Naz Hamid gathers some perspectives on his birthday. Resonating this morning is “opt for joy, delight, or energy.”

Naz Hamid at 45

Start low-fi

Erica Heinz shares perspective on why low-fidelity is a better approach for product development. In some sense, this is a great approach for any notion...

Low-fidelity wireframe UX sketching kit

Merlin’s Wisdom, cont.

“If you can't be a good example, at least try to become an interesting cautionary tale.” Merlin moves his wisdom but keeps adding to it. Re-linking as I’m writing a list to my future self (WIP).

A Github header for bits of wisdom that Merlin Mann has collected

Trying patch

Dan Sinker wrote about trying. He’s now made a patch to remind himself to do so.

A patch that reads TRYING

Diaries of Note

Shaun Usher (Letters of Note) started this new project in January. My first visit was this excellent entry about science and art by Raymond Chandler.

Diaries of Note

Unordered, incomplete list of things I want from a job

Lynn Fisher outlines a dream job. / via Guy

Illustration of a laptop displaying "Hello World" and a glass with a portrait of a Lynn Fisher

Bottles of Veuve Clicquot

Justin Duke made a deal with his partner “to celebrate things we’re particularly proud of with a bottle of Veuve Clicquot.” And then he documents each moment. I really love this idea. (Plus also? There’s an RSS feed.)

A bottle of champagne

Cat flyer for kindness

Brad Montague made a flyer with a cat. It’s invitation to step out and do something for someone else (and available to download and print).

HELP! Cat poster with tabs to pull off with things you can do to brighten someone's day

A diagram of flow

That sweet spot in the middle. / via Rachel

Diagram of flow showing the channel between anxiety and boredom

Tina’s 2023 Intentions

SwissMiss had a birthday, and she kicked it off with intent and goals and fortitude. Also of note, her call to find ways to celebrate her 50th: The responses are gold.

Excerpts from an interview with Lynda Barry

Brandon Schaefer shares some great snippets that inspire reading the full NYTimes interview.

A portrait of Lynda Barry by Mamadi Doumbouya

A community isn’t a garden, it’s a bar.

I nodded all along the cases that Derek Powazek presents and concludes. “Online communities are bars and we should admit that and start building the diverse, engaging, and safe gathering places we deserve.”

A crowded bar

Why keep blogging?

The sentiments here apply to so many different practices. Austin’s thoughts from 2 years ago hold up well. Nice to revisit, thanks to Michael Rill

A stack of journals next to a typewriter

The Creative Switch

Ralph Hammer suggests changing your mood space to create options. Couldn’t hurt eh?

A gray scribble swirls around a figure in a cloud of uncertainty

Performant Mental Health

Five-part series designed to ignite greater awareness of mental health issues at home and at work by Suzanne Moll and Eddie Brouse, edited by Cameron Moll

Icon of head with check engine light icon

It’s none of your business.

"You’ve created something – a drawing, a layout, a video, a piece of code, or a blog post – and after you’re more or less done, you pause and you look at it. And you don’t like it." Mattias Ott bridges this thinking with wisdom from Lynda Barry

Lynda Barry sits at her desk to draw.

Do it poorly

Motivation in the thread.

Two post-its on top of a computer monitor that read "HALF-ASS IT" and "DO IT POORLY"

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

Dew drops on grass in the morning

3 approaches to solving problems

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

Photo illustration of Steve Jobs looking happy on a beige background

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.

A loose drawing of a man's face with the words Kurt Vonnegut

Love Every Body

A touching thread and moving last words / via SwissMiss

A man sits at a Waffle House and attaches a note to cash that says "Love Every Body"

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.

A woven textile with line charts representing the highs and lows of a year

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.

A man in a black jacket stands in front of a classroom

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.

Sunrise over mist and mountains

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.

A graphic that reads "24 Hours in the Creative Life"

Attempting to find more fun

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

Illustration of colorful balloons against a blue sky

Why I’ve Decided to Take My Podcast Off Spotify

A cogent perspective from Roxanne Gay

I duotone treatment of a photograph of a woman looking at the camera, chin in hand

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.

Two happy women and a plate of food

Find your own rainbow

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

A rainbow in front of a mountain

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.

A illustration of a man shopping for electronic devices

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

A black and white photo on the set of Pee-wee's Playhouse

Gratitude Zine

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

A black and white zine template about gratitude


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.

A black and white cover of a zine

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.

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!)

Random bits of wisdom typed out in white letters on a black background

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.

Colorful cubes are stacked

Nick Cave on Charlie Watts

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

A man with silver hair in a suit smiles and looks off to the side


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

An illustration of a tree with the words "Shadows Dance" written

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.

PNAS logo over mountains

Five-finger breathing exercise

Ground yourself in the present moment to calm down

An illustration of swirling mist around a hand by Nathalie Lees

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."

An illustration of an inner dialog

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)

A man in a blue shirt and blue hoody

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

A black and white photograph of James Baldwin

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

A hand holding a mobile phone reflecting a tree in bloom

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."

books and markers strewn across a desk

Love is a verb

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

A drawing of two folks at a piano, one hugging the other

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.

A capture of online video of a woman with captions and some branding for the BBC

Ten reasons to write a book

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

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.

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

A yellow field with black type that reads "As your college"

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

garfield remixes

Ewok Banquets and Hobbit Joy

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