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Why train travel in the US sucks

Trains suck in the US for more reasons than one. Here’s why America will continue to lag behind Western Europe and Japan. America is too vast: There aren’t enough dense cities close enough to each other than East Coast, West Coast, and SouthWest. Expensive/slow: It costs $40 to travel from DC to NYC, a 3 […]

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The ‘Perfect Human’

Leon Jacobs writes on the Crew Blog about the benefits of setting creative constraints. He uses the 1960s film The Perfect Human to illustrate what happens when the director Jorgen Leth takes on full creative control. The upshot is a boring movie about humans. Years later one of Leth’s students, Lars von Trier, challenges him to remake the […]

Bill’s Murray’s Advice: Stay Light, Stay Loose, Stay Relaxed

“If you can stay light, and stay loose, and stay relaxed, you can play at the very highest level—as a baseball player or a human being.”— Bill Murray Be a pro, but don’t take your work too seriously. If you’re not having fun, reconsider how your love for the game.

Seth Godin: ‘Dance With Fear’

Everyone has genius, it’s just that some people prefer to keep it caged. What holds people back is the fear that something might not work. Fear is in our DNA, literally in our amygdala or lizard brain. But most fears are false. So instead of fighting with fear, dance with it! What might not work […]

A love letter to the fog of the San Francisco Bay Area

“Adrift” by  Simon Christen: “Adrift” is a love letter to the fog of the San Francisco Bay Area. I chased it for over two years to capture the magical interaction between the soft mist, the ridges of the California coast and the iconic Golden Gate Bridge. This is where “Adrift” was born.

This is Your Backend – 60 Hudson Street

Bundled, Buried & Behind Closed Doors from Ben Mendelsohn on Vimeo. There’s a good chance that your data has passed through 60 Hudson Street.   I’ve always wondered where personal data actually lives and what center is feeding it to the world. Like a protective shell, the buildings keep the machines charged up so the […]

Will Smith: “The keys to life are running and reading.”

“The keys to life are running and reading. When you’re running, there’s a little person that talks to you and says, “Oh I’m tired. My lung’s about to pop. I’m so hurt. There’s no way I can possibly continue.” You want to quit. If you learn how to defeat that person when you’re running. You […]