7 articles to read this weekend

Every week I like to feature my favorite articles across the web falling under the categories of art, creativity, ideas, life hacks, social media, and tech.  

Seth Godin: Why I want you to steal my ideas. Ideas are ideas, loose concepts waiting to be actioned, transformed, and remixed. We live in the communication economy with information abundant across tweets, RSS feeds, and Instagrams. Copy-paste makes the computer the biggest theft machine, which means we have to try even harder to produce original content.

Sentient Streets: A ‘Living’ Pedestrian Signal of the Future. Communication revolves around emotion. But emotion doesn’t have to come from another human. Machines can also set the mood. Imagine crossing the street to a simple smiley emoticon. It might just do wonders to your day. It’s just the machines and us.

Americans love advice. Joe Queenan asks: So why are we still so screwed up?  Advice helps but is equally futile.  This is because advice is subjective to the person providing it. What works for others may or may not work for you. Listen to advice, sure, but listen to your gut too because it really knows the next step.  Just don’t be surprised if it’s the wrong one. Remember: The right answer is the function of the mistakes you make.

Content economics, part 5: news. Micro-blogging (status posts) on social media obviated the fear of blogging, or writing in long-form. Now, Twitter and Facebook are the bundled versions of old newspapers like the New York Times.  I don’t think this spells bad news for journalists (maybe photographers) because they’re armed with the same mobile tools as regulars but can publish more quality, trusted content, to their thousands of followers. Everyone is their own brand, whether they work under the aegis of a larger company or not.

The Future of Self-Improvement, Part I: Grit Is More Important Than Talent. It’s always easier to do what’s most pleasurable first, and in this world of instant likes and Retweets, that dopamine high takes is a button away. But what about the work, that mission that requires absolute focus and dexterity? Good work is always still worth pursuing regardless of how easily distracted you are. Sticktuitivness, persistence, doggedness, grit, call it whatever you want; you can’t just give up on the road ahead.  

The problem with projects. Maybe if we treated projects as experiments, little bets, and explorations we’d be more likely to ship, fail, and tweak products. The office should be the lab.

Where the Fish Swims, Ideas Fly . Spontaneity thrives off perpetual movement, less structure and less process. We can’t keep doing all our work at home so we can go to meetings at work. Work is for doing, collaborations and quick one-offs. Keep fishing, collaborate, and testing out bold ideas.