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.”
The Creative Switch
Ralph Hammer suggests changing your mood space to create options. Couldn’t hurt eh?
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
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
Do it poorly
Motivation in the thread.
3 approaches to solving problems
Appreciate these reminders gleaned from Steve Jobs - 1.) Zoom Out 2.) Focus In 3.) Disconnect
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.
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.
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.
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.
Why I’ve Decided to Take My Podcast Off Spotify
A cogent perspective from Roxanne Gay
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.
Find your own rainbow
An enlightening Twitter thread about how Bill Grundfest cultivated comedians in Greenwich Village / via SwissMiss
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.
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
I very much enjoyed sitting at the kitchen counter while the Thanksgiving meal cooked, filling out this little number by Austin Kleon.
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.
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.
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!)
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.
Nick Cave on Charlie Watts
And three other related questions. A dense, concise and lovely reply. / via Daring Fireball
9 panels about growing by Grant Snider / via my friend Shannon
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.
Five-finger breathing exercise
Ground yourself in the present moment to calm down
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."
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)
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
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
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."
Love is a verb
It's not a permanent state of enthusiasm, it's an actual practice
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.
Ten reasons to write a book
Among the solid list of reasons, it clarifies your thinking. / via Swiss-Miss
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.
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
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
Ewok Banquets and Hobbit Joy
You and the Thing That You Love
A Brief Guide to Noticing
Advanced Topics in Reminders and To Do Lists
Commit to the journey
You Should Go to Bed Super Early
The Gandalf Option.
Fear is a Liar
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."