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Life & Philosophy

Seeking ignorance amid uncertainty

Curiosity is a powerful tool. It makes us question our surroundings and compels us to ask why things work the way they do. It kicks the mind into exploration.

But the addition of courage takes curiosity a step further; it tries to fill the void through hands-on experimentation. These small tests are fuel for failure in disguise as they convert ignorance into knowledge.

The greater challenge, therefore, is the audacity to continue guessing. Even when something gets discovered, it opens up a whole new can of ignorance.

It’s what I don’t know that stimulates me.

Toni Morrison, 1983

The learning never stops if the asking never stops. The more we know, the more we desire to know.

gif via Francis Amisola

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Nature Photography

Meet the shoe-billed stork

Talk about a badass beak. This shoe-billed stork lives primarily in swamps from Sudan to Zambia. The bill itself takes 1.5 months from hatching to fully develop. But some think it's the most frightening bird on the planet, as chicks are known to fight each other off to the death with even Mom picking favorites. The five-foot birds are also known to take on crocodiles without any hesitation.  #nature #birds #photography #art

Talk about a badass beak. This shoe-billed stork lives primarily in swamps from Sudan to Zambia. The bill itself takes 1.5 months from hatching to fully develop into its slipper-like shape. But some think it’s the most frightening bird on the planet, as chicks are known to fight each other off to the death with even Mom picking favorites. The five-foot birds are also known to be patient hunters that rip their prey apart, including crocodiles.

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Life & Philosophy Nature

Setting sun

telescope science discover world

Whether we establish a route or keep it open-ended, we can discover things along the way.

Constraints produce their own magic. They make us innovate based on what we have to play with. But so too do indefinite destinations.

Out of curiosity blooms everything.

The more we know, the more we want to know

We permit our heuristic temptations to guide the discovery process. The rush to fill ignorance with self-knowledge makes us feel alive.

The world is more like a playground than a camp. We should feel free to try and steal the sun, at least act like it.

The frictionless internet begs us to take more information than we need.

But in borrowing its widgets, we have to reciprocate to ensure what we put out or reinvent comes back to enrich nature itself.

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Creativity Life & Philosophy Poetry Writing

Against conventional thinking 

Do you prefer labyrinths, racetracks, or straight lines?

In following others and jumping through hoops, we can assure the most predictable of lives.

What if instead we danced with the uncertainty of being lost, gathering string on the way to a slow realization

You can be the tortoise or the hare, desire speed over power. 

There are no shortcuts to keeping it interesting. 

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Creativity Life & Philosophy

Noticing things 

Photo by Wells Baum

It’s difficult to notice things when we’ve seen them a thousand times. So we walk the same path, use the same apps and listen to the same music, without noticing the notes in between. 

We become accustomed to our habits and surroundings we do things on automatic.

Everyone’s got an eye for something. The difference is in how we compel ourselves to see.

Let’s take up the observational challenge to travel in our own backyard to take notes, snap pictures, and try to get unfamiliar with fresh eyes. 

In making the banal interesting, we can live more inspired lives.

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Life & Philosophy

When lost is really found

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  • Lost in translation or lost in transition?
  • Lost in the jungle or lost at sea?
  • Lost identity or lost Smartphone?
  • Lost mind or lost medication?

Lostness dampens the mood. But ‘lost’ is not the same as losing, and at least it keeps us from the dullness of a decaying existence.

When we come to view lostness differently, all that is lost is eventually refound. It just takes time to recover.

The only thing we can’t afford to lose is progress.

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Tech

Kevin Kelly: ‘Discovery and invention are identical.’

“Discovery and invention are identical.”

— Kevin Kelly
Columbus discovered America. Thomas Edison invented the electric light bulb.
See what I mean?
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The CD Case «

As for the CD format, I can’t imagine listening to, say, Green Day’s Dookie any other way. Dookie is to CDs what Creedence is to vinyl. It is a record resting eternally in the collective memories of aging music fans, a lost piece of data tucked inside scarcely used multidisc changers and laundry baskets full of shit leftover from collegiate apartments. The Beastie Boys’ Check Your Head is like that, too. So are Odelay, Siamese Dream, and Exile in Guyville. You can’t hear those records without anticipating the parts where the disc is scratched to hell and won’t stop skipping.

Vinyl I get but CDs are the industry’s attempt to monopolize users into an overpriced bundle when all there may be is a couple good tracks. Plus, that shrink wrap always infuriated me.

My CD rack is old and dusty and while I’ll never use any of the CDs in it again the collection is nostalgic; it represents the days I collected music religiously. Music was so much harder to find pre-Internet but it also made discovery more fun. Nothing beats the pleasure of finding a great album that no one’s ever heard of.

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Instagram’s Explore Tab: Now Tailored to You

The company has tweaked the algorithm that determines what posts appear under the app’s Explore tab — so that the tab displays photos and videos specifically suggested for each user. Previously, the Explore section only displayed posts that were popular among all Instagram users.

Looking forward to a more personalized Instagram Explore tab. It’s been dominated by celebs way too long.

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Uncategorized

Rise Above Big Data

Big data will crush life’s free will, planning everything to a series of algorithms that threaten spontaneity.

What you should wear, eat, read, or listen to next is impossible to predict. You may like something completely out of the ordinary, off the predictive radar. And you may even discover it on your own.

Time is short and you want the good stuff curated just for you so you can get on with the business of living. No one is arguing against that.

But embrace more organic discovery for what it’s worth. Don’t be afraid to go deeper and try something completely new.

“Expose yourself to as much randomness as possible.” – Ben Casnocha