Tethered to distraction

Set your brain roaming. Let it unbuckle into the window of boredom that bleeds into wisdom and insight. We are at peak attention. Additional information complicates and confounds. By keeping you bondage, it erodes your attention muscles so that you can’t even daydream. Too many thoughts at once, not even our own. We’ve succumbed to […]

Take the information you need and throw it away

There it was, knocking at the door of imagination and begging us to take it for a walk. The mistake we all make is assuming we have all the information we already need. After all, Google spits up all the answers. But just because every grade school has an art class doesn’t ensure that the […]

The checklist of normal

“Everything is the way it is because it got that way,” said the British biologist D’Arcy Thompson in 1917. Cells and clustered neurons, people bloomed from individuals into the collective and back to weirdos again. The route to self-identity rolls like a sine wave, an inherent mimetic desire clashing against the laws of conformity. We […]

Cultural differences between East vs West, illustrated

In her new book East Meets West (Amazon), graphic artist Yang Liu illustrates the differences between Western and Eastern cultures. From the way people confront a problem, deal with the boss, approach a queue, self-perceive, or talk in restaurants, it’s quite obvious that behaviors range between the two hemispheres. As they say, a picture is a […]

Coping with ‘the colossal volume of memories’

In an interview with the Financial Times, Apple lead designer office Jony Ive points to one of the technological conundrums of our time: balancing ease with excess. “We have such a high-quality camera with us all the time. But it becomes irrelevant if you can’t actually enjoy the photographs you’ve taken. Even 30 years ago […]

Wear Space is a cubicle for your face

Panasonic is developing blinders for your face so you can preserve a “personal psychological space.” The company debuted the item dubbed Wear Space last year at SXSW in Austin. Writes the product website: As open offices and digital nomads are on the rise, workers are finding it ever more important to have personal space where […]

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