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The effect of expectation

The placebo creates a ceremony of expectation. It builds off novelty and reinvigorates confidence in the possibility of recovery. We all fall victim to the soft mental implantation of a placebo, the oldest medicine in the world. One simple belief kickstarts a chemical revolution. But in reality, the answer just needed to be poked from dormancy. […]

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Assume everything and nothing

We suffer from a surfeit of choice. Stuck in indecision, we end up doing nothing at all. Perhaps intertia is the best solution in these dizzying times. Instead of forcing the issue, we let nature take its course. But more often than not, life doesn’t move unless we do. It begs for action and a […]

Blinded by closeness

You can’t make anything in the forest stand still. It is in constant flux, whether that’s in seasons, wildfires, or in the territory marking of a killer bear. Nature is fickle. It calls for preparedness and a broad scope. “You can’t see the forest for the trees.” One must not only have a plan in […]

The pointlessness of constant self-grading

Five-star ratings Gallup polls Followers and social media ‘clout’ We obsess with gauging the temperature of our present reputation. The numbers are public, ticking up or down like stock prices. The internet is the grandest stage of them all where we endeavor to present our best self. We strive to prove our self-worth, using likes and follows […]

Beware the algorithms

Six hundred red years ago, there was no such thing as personal identity. Only when people owned mirrors did they start seeing themselves as individuals. One hundred years ago, all fighter pilot seats were the same size until there became unnecessary deaths. The US Air Force adapted and customized its seating options. The mass markets ushered in by […]

Turkish musician Görkem Şen plays his Yaybahar at the sea 🎼

Turkish musician Görkem Şen uses a Yaybahar, an acoustic instrument that combines a hodgepodge of drums, coiled spring, and strings that he plays with a wrapped mallet. Although the device looks antiquated, the sound is classical electronic. It reminds me of William Orbit’s ‘Adagio for Strings.’ It also pairs well with the beauty of the […]

‘Everybody wants to build and nobody wants to do maintenance’

“Another flaw in human character is that everybody wants to build and nobody wants to do maintenance,” said Kurt Vonnegut. Everybody’s wants to start something, but they rarely want to maintain it. The problem in growing at no costs is that it blinds integrity. Instead of leading by example, the race to the bottom unearths […]

A plethora of unconsumed content

Movies, books, magazines, music, and podcasts. There’s too much content and too little time. We can try to keep up and multitask or listen to podcasts 2x their speed. But it’s a zero-sum game. The internet never ends. There will always be another Netflix show to catch up on. Yet we mustn’t fret. We only […]

‘Water is itself the obstacle to water’

Leonardo da Vinci obsessed with water more than any of his multidisciplinary interests: architecture, science, painting, and sculpture. For Leonardo da Vinci, the current represented that perfect chaos that separated air from water. In his Book on Waters, he wrote: Nothing shares a surface with something and something shares a surface with nothingness. And the […]

Newsletter: ‘Feel the burn’

Hi Friends, the Marines have a saying: ‘pain is weakness leaving the body.’ Read about embracing pain in David Cain’s piece below. In the spirit of ‘everything is a remix,’ check out the amazing animation an artist recreated from the MET. Think robots are a 21st-century creation? Peep the video about François Junod’s work in making automatons. […]

Newsletter: ‘Life would be tragic if it weren’t funny’

Hi Friends, we lost the brilliant physicist Stephen Hawking this week but his work and spirit will linger on forever. If you’re stuck in a creative rut, give Seth Godin’s new podcast a listen. For Picasso fans, the Tate Modern has a new exhibit showcasing the artist’s work in his ‘years of wonders.’ Check out all links below. Interesting Digs […]

Fearing a loss of mind

There are very few moments in the day when we pause. Instead, we latch onto the sugary obsession of tech and its distractions, awaiting the next shock of dopamine. But we can have tea with ourselves, going through what our worries and wishes are in the quest for ever-fleeting presence. Man is more versatile than […]

Newsletter: Strong opinions, loosely held

Hi Friends, if you’re looking for some motivational fuel I recommend watching the interview with Henry Rollins below. If you missed watching the Francis Bacon video in last week’s newsletter, I’ve highlighted it again here because it’s too good to miss. Interesting Digs Henry Rollins: The One Decision that Changed My Life Forever. Success is an accumulation […]

Henry Rollins: The One Decision that Changed My Life Forever

Talent is overrated. Hard work, discipline, grit, and consistency are attributes that increase your chances of getting what you want. Luck is a matter of being specific about your goals and two, putting yourself in a position for good things to happen. It is the accumulation of small and steady risks that make the biggest […]

Are you an egg person or an onion person?

Introverts are egg people. They’re not hiding anything (per say), they are mostly reserved. And once they start to get comfortable, they are as open and talkative as anybody else. “Don’t think of introversion as something that needs to be cured,” writes Susan Cain in her book [easyazon_link keywords=”Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a […]