Newsletter: Take the stairs šŸ‘£

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Happy Friday! Below are some of theĀ interesting reads in creativity, culture, and tech I recently discovered. ComposerĀ Kara-LisĀ CoverdaleĀ ‘Grafts’ is this tune of the week.

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1. 105-year-old Japanese doctorĀ Shigeaki HinoharaĀ shared hisĀ six tips for a healthy lifeĀ before he passed away in July.

‘6 tips for a healthy life’ (in summary):

  1. Retire late (very late)
  2. Watch your weight
  3. Have fun
  4. Share what you know
  5. Donā€™t worry about material possessions
  6. Take the stairs

2. Perhaps one of the biggest issues of our time is the ability to stay focused in the age of distraction. NPR’sĀ Hidden BrainĀ interviewsĀ computer scientist Cal Newport on the value of deep work.

3.Ā Can we improve our craft over time? The Japanese artistĀ Katsushika Hokusai(1760-1849) seemed to think so.Ā Read his storyĀ about the importance of persistence.Ā šŸŒŠ

4. External reflection is what philosopher and sociologist Charles Horton Cooley called ā€˜The Looking Glass Selfā€™ theory.Ā ā€œI imagine your mind, and especially what your mind thinks about my mind, and what your mind thinks about what my mind thinks about your mind.ā€Ā Watch Jason Silva break it down.

5. Iā€™m readingĀ 1984Ā even though todayā€™s politics and culture ā€“ the fusion of controlled democracy combined withĀ screen cultureĀ ā€”Ā seem to be more likeĀ Brave New World. Writes Shadi Hamid: ā€œwe are nowĀ condemned to live in exciting times.ā€

Thought of the week

“Hard choices, easy life. Easy choices, hard life.” ā€”Ā Jerzy Gregorek

New track on loop

Kara-Lis Coverdale – Grafts

Digging in the crates

Calibre – Manchester Nights

Thanks for reading. Have a great weekend!

Wells Baum (@bombtune)


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