- Seinfeld: “If you can walk to work or take your bike on a daily basis, I think that’s just about the coolest thing that there is.” It was National Walking Day this week. Studies show that walking is more powerful than meditation. Author Rebecca Solnit wrote a fantastic book on the history of walking.
- Receiving likes, comments and shares on social media all strike the right neurological notes. Here is your weekly article on how smartphone addiction is ruining your mental health.
- Issac Asimov wrote nearly 500 books in his lifetime. Warren Buffet says he spends hours a day reading in his office. The message is clear: go offline. But here’s why I think toggling between moments of multitasking and single-tasking yields benefits.
- Love and science: The warmth of everyday greetings makes you healthier, says Professor Barbara Fredrickson in her book Love 2.0: Finding Happiness and Health in Moments of Connection. She calls them “micro-moments.” Watch her Tedx video.
- Do you prefer smart watches, Kindle books, Spotify streams OR the telltale “tick-tock,” the fresh smell of an unopened book, or the surface noise of vinyl? In the case of books, price may be a more significant factor to their durability than the threat of their digital counterparts.
- Phillip Kremer’s faceless portraits are still freaking me out, in a creative genius way. Jess Mac’s Tumblr is also a riot.
- Quotes I’m chewing on:
“I’ve got a theory that what you hear influences – maybe even determines – what you see.” – Paul Theroux
“The earth laughs in flowers.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson
digging in the crates
- After teasing his new track ‘X22RME‘ two weeks ago, Actress is back with another dark, grinder of a single. ‘Dancing in the Smoke’ sounds as Actress sees music, as bits of data, and the hypnotic loop and accelerating orchestral keys allude to our electronic ‘future,’ a vocal that punctuates throughout the track. | LISTEN
- Objekt is Berlin-based electronic producer TJ Hertz. Joining the avant-garde composer Actress, Hertz also excels in future, data-driven music. | LISTEN to ‘Needle and Thread‘
- Eric Lau is a London beat maker known for his work with an array of hip hop artists like Oddisse, Lupe Fiasco, and Guilty Simpson. His newest solo record Examples is a collection of bouncy head-nodding instrumentals. | LISTEN to ‘Re-Lax’
- Flashback: Mos Def Feat Black Thought & Eminem | WATCH ‘The Cypher’