Newsletter: Wandering mind not a happy mind

Below are five links I think you’ll find interesting. As always, listen to a new tune and old gem after the jump.

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Lafayette Maynard Dixon (1895), via The MET

Philippe Starck on the infinity symbol. Some people are better thinking in symbols rather than words. For French inventor Philipe Starck, that symbol was “∞” for infinity, designed by English mathematician John Wallis in 1655. Says Starck: “For me, it is the most intelligent piece of graphic design in the world. To say something in a complicated way is very easy. But to find a way to say it simply – that takes a lot of work.”

Podcast: Picasso’s Guernica. ‘All finished paintings are dead paintings.’ Picasso’s Guernica took 7 weeks to paint, but it could have taken a lifetime. But done is better than perfect, especially in times of strife. The work appeared in a Paris exhibition in 1937 and became an essential piece of political art, warning against the destruction of war.

Modern Media Is a DoS Attack on Your Free Will. Tech is the ‘cigarette of this century’ said game designer and author Ian Bogost. Just like the surfeit of digital photos, there’s too much information and not enough time to go through it all. Observes James Williams of Oxford’s Internet Institute Ethics Lab: “The First Amendment protects freedom of speech, but it doesn’t necessarily protect freedom of attention. There wasn’t really anything obstructing people’s attention at the time it was written. Back in an information-scarce environment, the role of a newspaper was to bring you information—your problem was lacking it. Now it’s the opposite. We have too much.”

Is the economy suffering from the crisis of attention? Statistics already show that we’re scatterbrained 47% of the time. We’re there, but not there noticing the present; we’re just scrolling. This is on top of smartphone addiction which kills productivity. Beware that rectangular magnetic glow!

How to unthink. One of the ways you can stem the tide of over-thinking is to act “calculatedly stupid” and instead try to enjoy what we’re doing.

Thought of the week

“All the symbolism that people say is shit. What goes beyond is what you see beyond when you know.”

Ernest Hemingway

New track on loop

Smerz – No Harm (2017)

Digging in the crates

Ultramagnetic MC’s – Poppa Large (1992)

Thanks for reading. Have a great weekend!
Wells Baum (@bombtune)

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