Newsletter: In search of micro-moments 👫

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  1. Seinfeld: “If you can walk to work or take your bike on a daily basis, I think that’s just about the coolest thing that there is.” It was National Walking Day this week. Studies show that walking is more powerful than meditation. Author Rebecca Solnit wrote a fantastic book on the history of walking.
  2. Receiving likes, comments and shares on social media all strike the right neurological notes. Here is your weekly article on how smartphone addiction is ruining your mental health.
  3. Issac Asimov wrote nearly 500 books in his lifetime. Warren Buffet says he spends hours a day reading in his office. The message is clear: go offline. But here's why I think toggling between moments of multitasking and single-tasking yields benefits.
  4. Love and science: The warmth of everyday greetings makes you healthier, says Professor Barbara Fredrickson in her book Love 2.0: Finding Happiness and Health in Moments of Connection. She calls them “micro-moments.” Watch her Tedx video.
  5. Do you prefer smart watches, Kindle books, Spotify streams OR the telltale “tick-tock,” the fresh smell of an unopened book, or the surface noise of vinyl? In the case of books, price may be a more significant factor to their durability than the threat of their digital counterparts.
  6. Phillip Kremer's faceless portraits are still freaking me out, in a creative genius way. Jess Mac's Tumblr is also a riot.
  7. Quotes I'm chewing on:

“I’ve got a theory that what you hear influences – maybe even determines – what you see.” – Paul Theroux

“The earth laughs in flowers.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson


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digging in the crates

  1. After teasing his new track ‘X22RME‘ two weeks ago, Actress is back with another dark, grinder of a single. ‘Dancing in the Smoke’ sounds as Actress sees music, as bits of data, and the hypnotic loop and accelerating orchestral keys allude to our electronic ‘future,’ a vocal that punctuates throughout the track. | LISTEN
  2. Objekt is Berlin-based electronic producer TJ Hertz. Joining the avant-garde composer Actress, Hertz also excels in future, data-driven music. | LISTEN to ‘Needle and Thread
  3. Eric Lau is a London beat maker known for his work with an array of hip hop artists like Oddisse, Lupe Fiasco, and Guilty Simpson. His newest solo record Examples is a collection of bouncy head-nodding instrumentals. | LISTEN to ‘Re-Lax
  4. Flashback: Mos Def Feat Black Thought & Eminem | WATCH ‘The Cypher'

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Published by Wells Baum

A daily blogger who connects the dots between arts and life.