Every week I review the articles I saved to Instapaper and highlight 7 of my favorite pieces. They typically include a mixture of art, culture, tech, and philosophy.
Busyness can be defined as “lively but meaningless activity.” Amazingly, people also use the excuse of busy to say “no.”
“I want my kids to be dirty, messy, even bored — learning to become human.” So much yes.
There’s a beautiful struggle in searching for work that matters. Peter Sims explains why he refused to take the easy road. He also offers heaps of life wisdom.
Get Some Rest
Hint: if you want to get more sleep, go to sleep earlier. The challenge with this is that the evenings are our downtime. But there are plenty of ways to power down in get into sleep mode just before hitting the hay.
“on days when we flourish, the seed has almost always been planted the night before.”
“Mozart didn’t sell one fucking copy. Taylor Swift sold 110 million.”
The recording industry profited from selling duplicated copies. But the Internet turned the music industry upside down when one copy could be downloaded infinitely for free. Music is just a marketing tool to sell other stuff like live shows and merchandise.
+Steve Jobs on product versus marketing
Clocks (Not Coldplay’s)
Einstein taught us that time and space are relative. A clock on the wall moves than a clock on the ground due to the forces of gravity. But this strontium-powered clock “can keep perfect time for 5 billion years.” Despite the precision, no one knows what time really is.
What makes Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram so addicting is that they allay boredom. They’re so good you have to deliberately and consciously put them away, out of arm’s reach.
Steve Reich (aka Machinedrum) lays out his creative process which begins and ends with intuition: “Whenever I write something with a specific thing that I want to achieve, it usually falls flat.”
+Here’s Machinedrum’s “Gunshotta” music video if you haven’t seen it.
Tunes of the week
- Mura Masa – …Girl
- Hector Plimmer – Tomorrow
- Coleman – Islands (Joe Kay’s Slowed Edit)
- Tek.lun – Green Box
- Italdred – Irregular Expression
- Synkro – Transient
- The Stuyvesants – Shakers & Movers
- Ras G – Take It Slow
- Wyles & Simpson – Light & Dark
Thought of the week
“The more relaxed you are, the better you are.” – Bill Murray