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Facing opposites

We want to reduce the stress in our lives, yet we keep piling on the number of things we need to do. We travel arms wide open into a tidal wave of responsibilities.

We want to restrict the data tech companies collect from us, yet we swipe right at consent—all terms, all conditions, in favor of the Leviathan.

We want all the benefits of social media—influence, and fame—while maintaining our privacy.  

We want to think we’re a curious bunch, open to a world unknown, yet act like novices at the ways of seeing. What is new leads somewhere new, absent the spot.

We meditate to detach the mind from surfeit consciousness when merely going for a walk, doing the dishes, or shooting hoops produces the same relaxing effect. With little effort, the neuronal spike train intensifies in voltage.

We want to believe and remain certain without bravado. Little do we know that uncertainty is natural, confidence is artificial. 

Opposite to everything, without opposition to anything. Whatever one says is true, the reverse is equally valid

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A retrospective report

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We take a retrospective report, this time with the prospect of various viewpoints.

When we look back at our own history, it only makes sense now. It’s never lucid at the time. Today’s mirror emits a story that can’t tell a lie.

While the future prohibits knowledge, gathering experience increases one’s attentiveness toward ambient hints. Age is didactic — it compels us to notice and thereby prevent the patterns and vices we originally pursued.

The creative part of us gets tired of waiting. Or just gets tired.

Mary Oliver

We may have to live things twice in order to figure out what to do next. The coexistence of both hope and despair pushes us through the messy middle.

From the cave to the smartphone and onto the next magical widget, the fun is in the hunt to use the tools of today to look back and figure out what’s on the other side of the rainbow.

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Growing one block of reality at a time

We take one step forward and two steps back. Effort never guarantees success but it always ensures learning.

All great things happen because of discomfort. If we can persist through the pain and develop patience, there’s usually a rainbow waiting for us at the other end.

But whatever we’re chasing needs to give us purpose. Purpose drives passion which in turn makes it easier to persist through all the CRAP: criticism, rejection assholes, and pressure.

Whenever any that goal gets less sticky, perhaps it’s time to pivot or take more risks.

Toggling between the predictable and unpredictable makes us feel more alive.

Pour one out for the emotional journey of creating anything great.

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The United States Postal Service releases a set of Ellsworth Kelly stamps

Painter and sculptor Ellsworth Kelly liked to emphasize abstract shapes and bright colors. His work came to define the hard-edge painting style that originated on the West Coast but made its way east into Kelly’s Spencertown, New York.

Fortunately for us, the United States Postal Service has issued a set of his artworks as forever stamps. You can find them on the USPS website for purchase.

Ellsworth Kelly stamps

You can also find some of Kelly’s most notable artworks below. Learn more about the artist and his work here.

“I have worked to free shape from its ground, and then to work the shape so that it has a definite relationship to the space around it; so that it has a clarity and a measure within itself of its parts (angles, curves, edges and mass); and so that, with color and tonality, the shape finds its own space and always demands its freedom and separateness.”

Ellsworth Kelly
The United States Postal Service releases a set of Ellsworth Kelly stamps
Colors for a Large Wall (1951)
The United States Postal Service releases a set of Ellsworth Kelly stamps
Cite (1951)
The United States Postal Service releases a set of Ellsworth Kelly stamps
Red Blue Green (1963)
The United States Postal Service releases a set of Ellsworth Kelly stamps
Black over Blue (1963)
The United States Postal Service releases a set of Ellsworth Kelly stamps
Creueta del Coll (1987)
The United States Postal Service releases a set of Ellsworth Kelly stamps
Red Diagonal (2007)
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Explain it to me

Bottle and Fishes c.1910-2 Georges Braque 1882-1963
Bottle and Fishes c.1910-2 Georges Braque 1882-1963

“The only thing that counts is the bit that cannot be explained”

Georges Braque

art via Tate

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A happy job

“Nobody has ever been happy in a job they obtained by first handing in a resumé.”

Douglas Coupland

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Dreaming from above

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You can’t dream about the world from below. It takes climbing a hill, mountain, or riding up to the Eiffel Tower to look out and see an entire world below in your grasp.

Writes Tomas Tranströmer in “Schubertiana”:

“Outside New York, a high place where with one glance you take in the houses where eight million human beings live.”

Where your attention goes, your energy flows. From above, the mind bleeds into the world below, overturning everything you believe in.

Feeling inspired, perhaps larger than life, the elevator takes us back down to normal intensity where such closeupness suppresses exploration.

You can still collect the world from the street, but up and above is really where you understand it.

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Wear Space is a cubicle for your face

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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 they can focus. WEAR SPACE instantly creates this kind of personal space – it’s as simple as putting on an article of clothing. The device can be adjusted based on the level of concentration you desire, so it adapts to the various situations you’ll find yourself in.

The device also comes with Bluetooth headphones just in case you want to shun the world, office, or coffee shop out even more.

While these look like ridiculous racehorse blinkers, they could actually be remarkable. Until then, I’ll stick to my scientifically optimized music to help me focus.

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A giant bookshop that never shuts

A bookstore dream come true 📚

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You’ve got to play to win

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“There was once a man named Goldberg who wanted nothing more than to be rich. So each day he went the synagogue and prayed to God to win the lottery. This went on for days, weeks, months, and years, but Goldberg never won. Eventually, Goldberg was at his wit’s end. Praying to God, he said, “You have really let me down.” Suddenly the silence was broken and God responded in a booming voice, “Goldberg, you’ve got to help me out here. You could at least buy a ticket!”

Tina Seelig, What I Wish I Knew When I Was 20