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Below is a preview of this week’s newsletter of interesting articles and musical goodies. To read it in its entirety, sign up or go here to view it on site.

    1. As Oscar Wilde said: “When bankers get together they talk about art. When artists get together, they talk about money.” When both artist and capitalist align, it yields the golden ages. For HBO, it was the novelistic storytelling of The Sopranos which boosted its bottom-line and pioneered the popular episodic format for Netflix and Amazon streaming services. As Nassim Taleb likes to say, “trial and error is freedom.” Furthermore, sex and cash can coexist.
    2. Instagram has 700 million users, 80% which are outside the United States. Unlike Twitter, the platform is still growing rapidly and enriching its addictiveness with popular features like Stories. Instagram is an essential app with a trajectory that looks a lot like Facebook.
    3. The Godfather of photography William Eggleston explains how he sees “great pictures” that most people miss and why “words and pictures are like two different animals.” He also cares less about Ansel Adams’s work.
    4. If you’ve ever driven around Los Angeles, you’ll notice the none of the architecture is consistent. Some of this is the work of architect Paul Williams, the so-called architect of Hollywood. who gave LA its eclectic touch. But he was often overlooked because he was African American. The Paul Williams Project is making sure he gets the credit he deserves.
    5. The barber paradox: Imagine that you live in a remote town in the Austrian Alps that only has one barber. You either shave yourself or go to the barber. So who shaves the barber? The British philosopher Bertrand Russell explained why language confounds meaning.
    6. “My favorite records sound the worst, because I’ve played them the most.” Indie-musician Damon Krukowski’s new book looks at the listening experience from analog to the digital world.
    7. This made me laugh: For the Love of God, Stop Putting Two Spaces After a Period I got used to one space because of the Twitter restrictions. Now I practice it everywhere, from work emails to blog posts.
    8. “All experience is no more than a form of “reliable hallucination,” a movie in the head with only tenuous relation to the outside world.” Our sleepy head makes better movies.

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The Coltrane Doctrine

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John Coltrane and Einstein shared interests in mathematical principles. In response to the Coltrane doctrine, Thelonious Monk replied: “All musicians are subconsciously mathematicians.”

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Life in blocks, singing karaoke, thin slices of joy, #SaveFabric Tunes, and more

Arts and Culture

Sing to Me: Karaoke is self-compromise as spectacle

It’s no fun if you’re good at karaoke. It’s equally annoying to laugh while you’re signing. You’re supposed to be so bad that your friends can’t ignore you. Said it’s Japanese creator Daisuke Inoue:

“I was nominated [as] the inventor of karaoke, which teaches people to bear the awful singing of ordinary citizens, and enjoy it anyway. That is ‘genuine peace,’ they told me.”


Philosophy and Productivity

A disappointing film that highlights life’s stupid misfortunes

The Paris-based motion design team at Parallel Studio stitched together a series of GIFs that highlight some of the most unfortunate things you might have encountered in everyday life such as like a download that stops at 99% or a spoon that falls all the way into your soup. Watch

Thin Slices of Joy

When you’re young, it’s the big moments like our first car or getting our first kiss that shapes our lives. As we age, the small things matter like a sip of warm coffee or lunch with a friend. Joy all comes down to the art of noticing. Says Google’s former mindfulness guru Chade-Meng Tan:

“Noticing sounds trivial, but it is an important meditative practice in its own right. Noticing is the prerequisite of seeing. What we do not notice, we cannot see.”

Life in blocks

Everybody gets the same amount of hours in a day. It’s your job to use that time most efficiently. Instead of planning your day as a checklist, look at it as a series of 100 10-minute blocks that amount to about 1,000 minutes.

Cooking dinner requires three blocks, while ordering in requires zero—is cooking dinner worth three blocks to you? Is 10 minutes of meditation a day important enough to dedicate a block to it? Reading 20 minutes a night allows you to read 15 additional books a year—is that worth two blocks?


Social Media and Technology

The Binge Breaker: Tristan Harris believes Silicon Valley is addicting us to our phones. He’s determined to make it stop.

Reward and pleasure are addicting, so much so we get anxious when the pellets stop showing up. That’s when we reach into our pockets and pull out the slot machine disguised as a smartphone for another hit of dopamine.

McDonald’s hooks us by appealing to our bodies’ craving for certain flavors; Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter hook us by delivering what psychologists call “variable rewards.”


New Music

 

Episode 107 | Tunes of the Week
  1. Clark – Shadow Banger
  2. A Made Up Sound – Bygones
  3. Jesse Futerman – A Tribute To Horace
  4. Christian Löffler – Myiami
  5. Leron Carson – Lemonline

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Thought of the Week

“He doesn’t give out energy for the benefit of others. He absorbs energy at others’ cost.” – Francis O’Gorman, Worrying: A Literary and Cultural History

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How to do deep work, China’s ‘Chabauduo’ mindset, Giphy’s art exhibition, NEW beats and more

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Read of the week: Cal Newport explains how to do deep work

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China’s ‘Chabuduo’ Mindset

Done is better than perfect, in some cases, as in updating a web design or app. But in China, ‘almost’ is a pervasive and dangerous mindset. Known as ‘Chabuduo’ or ‘good/close enough,’ can have disastrous effects when it comes to building everyday things, especially infrastructure.

“When you’re surrounded by the cheaply done, the half-assed and the ugly, when failure is unpunished and dedication unrewarded all around, it’s hard not to think that close enough is good enough. Chabuduo.”

A GIF art exhibition

Giphy is the new home of the GIFs, dethroning Tumblr and taking them to the next level, even to real life. Giphy recently hosted an exhibition in New York called ‘Loop Dreams,’ showcasing the GIF works of 25 artists “brought to life through holographic posters, projections, VR, and interactive installations.”


Philosophy & Productivity

Fran Lebowitz on Facebook, TV, and Trump

Author and acclaimed New Yorker Fran Lebowitz can’t sleep, can’t write, can’t stand watching television, nor does she like social media, yet she’s still on top of them all or at least, well-informed in her sardonic complaints about them.

“..years ago, I decided reading in bed is too stimulating. Watch TV. It’s boring. You’ll fall asleep.”

Obsessed with productivity

Skip breakfast. Shorten your work week to four hours. Strengthen your focus. The obsession with productivity is getting out of hand. Why do humans want to maximize their output so they can become more like computers? What are we going to do with the extra time, do even more work? Perhaps, but only if the work is purposeful.

“The most important possible thing you can do is do a lot of work.” – Ira Glass


Social Media & Technology

Your digital eulogy

Artist Gabriel Barcia-Colombo is giving people a chance to visit their own digital funeral at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art to review the type of social media posts people would see after they pass away. According to BuzzFeed’s senior writer Doree Shafrir who experienced her own ceremony:

“All of my tweets started scrolling on a screen in front of me as though to say, you know, here are some words of Doree’s to remember her by – tweeting about wearing a dress to a wedding with pockets or Justin Bieber. And I thought, oh, my God, if I did die – God forbid – right now this is what people would see.”


New Music

  1. Youandewan – Waiting For L
  2. Hiatus Kaiyote – The Lung (Paul White Unofficial Remix)
  3. Abi Ocia – Running
  4. Arbes – Sun On My Back
  5. Danny Brown – Really Doe

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‘The map is not the territory,’ Alain de Botton’s Atheism, Seth Godin on social media, NEW beats and more

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Read of the week: ‘The map is not the territory’

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Start before you’re ready

Inspiration can be a distraction. Producing something original requires concentration and distance. Roger Smith is a watchmaker at Hodinkee on the remote Isle of Man, far away from Switzerland and Cupertino.

“The influences just aren’t around, and I can just get on with my days work and just make what I want to make.”

Roger Ebert wrote this after 25 years as a movie critic

The job of a movie critic is unusual. Instead of spending your time at the office or even at home penning away your novel in ample lighting, you watch 2-3 movies a day. You get “up in the morning and in two hours it is dark again, and the passage of time is fractured by editing and dissolves and flashbacks and jump cuts.”

Alain de Botton — A School of Life for Atheists

Alain de Botton is an atheist, but his perspective on religion is far more complicated. Instead of debunking religion in thinking that all pious people are idiots–as some atheists may presume–he shines a light on some of the things where religion excels: in values, wisdom, communions, and “the wonders of religious architecture.” As he says nearly eight minutes in:

“These religions at their highest points, at their most complex and subtle moments, are far too interesting to be abandoned merely to those who believe in them.”


Philosophy & Productivity

What are you going to do with all that inspiration?

Most creators think their work is original. It’s not; we steal from the artists that came before us.

“Beethoven depended on a Mozart to be a Beethoven. Picasso depended on a Cezanne. Without Michelson, there would be no Einstein” – James Altucher

“The map is not the territory”

The human head consists of a left brain and a right brain, each with distinct cognitive functions. The left hemisphere is known for processing logic and doing verbal and mathematical analysis while the right half excels in creativity and imagination, the visual stuff.


Social Media & Technology

Why Seth Godin opts out of social media

Seth’s thoughts on social media are thought-provoking and to the point. If you listen to his latest interview with Brian Koppelman, you’ll hear Seth say this:

“Social media is based on infinity. If you look at how many Facebook shares you got, if you look at how many Twitter followers you have, you have just enrolled in the wrong dialogue with yourself.


New Music

  1. Mark Ernestus’ Ndagga Rhythm Force – Yermande (Kick And Bass Mix)
  2. Big Peace – Diva
  3. Call Me Like – Mission Road featuring Ft. Anderson.Paak
  4. Alix Perez – Had I Known
  5. Complete Walkthru – Intuition Brought Me Here Intuition Brought Me Here

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The 100% Rule, Ai Weiwei on Beijing surveillance, the California Typewriter, new tunes from Joy Orbison, and more

Pick of the week:  In 2009, former Yale professor and best-selling author William Deresiewicz addressed West Point cadets on the meaning of solitude and leadership.Read on…For tracks of the week, scroll down 🔻 


Arts & Culture

Ai Weiwei on Beijing Surveillance

One of the key traits of any artist is to protect against and take advantage of the contradictions. It goes back to what F. Scott Fitzgerald said about intelligence: “The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposing ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function.” In this video, Chinese dissident/artist Ai Weiwei explains why he calls Beijing his home.

“I wouldn’t think Beijing’s a prison for me. But Beijing is definitely a prison for freedom of speech.”

Trekking the Shikoku henro, Japan’s oldest pilgrimage route

Financial Times writer Barney Jopson went on the Shikoku pilgrimage in Japan, a route founded and dedicated to commemorate the original 750-mile trek of Buddhist monk Kobo Daishi. Also known as Kūkai, Daishi returned from studying in China in the late 7th century AD to help import Buddhism in Japan. Jopson biked the route but given the age of many of the participants, most prefer to travel by bus while others walk.

“There are no definitive counts but each year between 80,000 and 140,000 pilgrims — known as o-henro — are estimated to travel at least part of the route. According to one survey, around 60 per cent of them are over the age of 60. The vast majority speed around on air-conditioned bus tours but a hardy band of 2,000-5,000 are estimated to do it on foot, usually completing the circuit in 40-50 days.”


Philosophy & Productivity

Solitude and Leadership

A lot of people think thinkers can’t be leaders. But that’s exactly what leadership is: thinking. The leader of a group takes what they read and hear internally and externally and originates his/her own thought. They speak for themselves. As former Yale professor and best-selling author William Deresiewicz said in his 2009 speech to West Point cadets:

“If you want others to follow, learn to be alone with your thoughts.”

The 100% Rule

Half-ass efforts produce half-ass results. The same goes for 99 percent effort. If you don’t commit 100 percent to whatever it is–quitting smoking, writing a book, taking photography seriously–it’s going to fall to the wayside.

“99 per cent is a b*tch. 100 per cent is a breeze.” Jack Canfield, The Success Principles


Social Media & Technology

Clack-clack: California Typewriter, the movie

“Keep ’em typing!” says Kenneth Alexander, a typewriter repairer with over forty years of experience. He works for California Typewriter in San Francisco, one of the last surviving typewriter repair shop in the United States.

“If you want to concentrate, if you want to write in your own mind, write with a typewriter. You see the words hit the paper. There’s no distractions.”

‘That time when I…’

One of the ways mobile behavior has changed is that instead of sharing stuff at the moment, we edit and share it later with a caption like “That time I…”. According to Washington Post journalist Britt Peterson, the phrase, and its various iterations (“that time when,” “that moment when,” etc.) create immediate intimacy with your followers which is why it works so well for celebrities, who may not want to reveal their present location for obvious privacy concerns.

“That time I” works in real time to make readers feel like they’re part of an in-group, creating collective nostalgia for events that just took place. In some way, it’s a neat linguistic trick.”


New Music

  1. Tycho – Epoch
  2. CO/R – Bells, Walking
  3. Scntst – OTD (Break Mix)
  4. Lenzman – Don’t Let Me Go
  5. Kirk Knight – Young Ones
  6. Motion Graphics – Brass Mechanics
  7. Ash Walker Music – Dark Hour
  8. COMBAT! – Jacaranda
  9. Sam Gellaitry – Life
  10. Mood Tatooed – Outsider

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The Art of Skywriting, an Interview with Madlib, Fighting Cynicism, New Tunes and More

Arts & Culture

One man will decide if the art of skywriting lives or dies

For Skywriters, the sky is their canvass. The smoke is their ink. But like Snapchat, their messages disappear, only to be preserved in memory by photograph. There are only a handful of people that can draw characters in the sky. Can the art of skywriting go on?

“The only bad part is that I can’t take my canvas of art away with me. Eventually it fades away. It goes with the breeze.” – Skywriter Greg Stinis

Madlib Lecture | Red Bull Music Academy (New York 2016)

Madlib is not afraid to keep his music real and raw, noticeably imperfect. Perhaps that goes back to his funk collection and growing up with parents who were also musicians: “I can’t articulate music. I just do it.” Below is a snippet on his process (23:30):

“Watchu expect man? It’s natural, if you sit there and think about it too much your shit kinda whack, it doesn’t sound natural. Roots of this shit is you just do it and that’s that. If you sit there and polish that shit for a week, I don’t know about all that shit.”

PLUS: Herbie Hancock on Miles Davis and Mistakes


Philosophy & Productivity

On the Soul-Sustaining Necessity of Resisting Self-Comparison and Fighting Cynicism: A Commencement Address

Just because it’s easier and more practical to be a pessimist, doesn’t mean we should go that route. Lazy people can be cynics. “Don’t complain, make things,” LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy once said. Or as Brainpicking’s blogger Maria Popova points out in her commencement speech:

“Cynicism, like all destruction, is easy, it’s lazy. There is nothing more difficult yet more gratifying in our society than living with sincere, active, constructive hope for the human spirit. This is the most potent antidote to cynicism, and it is an act of courage and resistance today.”

PLUS: NYU psychologist/professor Gabriele Oettingen encourages you to rethink positive thinking.

 

Podcast: In Our Time: The Muses

The muse demands consistency. But you can’t blame the muse for avoiding the work or being tardy. At the end of the day, the muse is really you. Invoking the muse is invoking the artist. As Jerry Seinfeld says,”Don’t break the chain.” For others, like author Steven Pressfield, the muses are still those creative Greek gods that love to cheer you on.

This is the other secret that real artists know and wannabe writers don’t. When we sit down each day and do our work, power concentrates around us. The Muse takes note of our dedication. She approves. We have earned favor in her sight. When we sit down and work, we become like a magnetized rod that attracts iron filings. Ideas come. Insights accrete. – Steven Pressfield, War of Art


Social Media & Tech

The self-fulfilling prophesy

A Google search represents who we are. Sharing on Facebook may represent who want to be. The mind is elastic. The algorithms of both platforms can therefore start to shape our desires. An Oxford philosopher examines the online advertising’s impact on personal identity:

“We can be easily influenced, nudged, pushed and pulled. If this happens constantly, relentlessly, year after year, the relationship between our digital profiles and our selves becomes one of mutual interaction.”


New Music

Episode 88 | Tunes of the Week


Thought of the Week

“If you’re not making a mistake, you’re making a mistake.” – Miles Davis

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Dancing with Fear, How Music Affects Your Productivity, New Radiohead, and More

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Arts & Culture

The Artists Way in an Age of Self Promotion

According to the 90-9-1 rule of social media, most people prefer to scan and curate the feeds. But the ease of producing and sharing content on Snapchat and Instagram flips this old rule on its head. Everyone is born creative – we all carry genius – but how many people declaring themselves ‘creative’ today actually live up to it?

““Creative” was among the top ten most used words in LinkedIn profiles last year, and, these days, “creative” is a noun that can be used for anyone in the workforce who doesn’t engage in doctoring, lawyering, writing code, or doing hard labor.” – Carrie Battan

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Radiohead, Misfits Once Again, This Time ‘Burn the Witch’

Radiohead’s new album drops today. The band deleted their web presence prior to the album launch, proving once again that doing the opposite of what everyone else is doing drives extra awareness. This is a blog post I wrote on how Radiohead thrives on being different.

Radiohead is the Apple of bands, an outsider group that retains its creativity and sells to the masses without selling out its brand. It’s all about taking music to the next level.


Philosophy & Productivity

How Music Affects Your Productivity — Life Learning

Working to the radio or a mixtape may disrupt your focus. On the other hand, working to familiar music may boost your concentration and productivity. The brain prefers a consistent flow of ambient noise rather than the stimulation of new sound. There are some helpful sonic recommendations in this piece.

“While the “journey” of new music can be beneficial in other ways, it’s best to tread a familiar path if you are using music to get things done.”

Research backs up the instinct that walking improves creativity

Stressed? Go for a walk. Got writer’s block? Walk. Want to be better at noticing the world? Go for a walk. You can even do walking meetings. Walking may be boring, but in this hyper-connected world that’s exactly why it’s effective: it turns you off and slows you down. → Writing by walking.

““Part of why walking, I think, is important is it can be boring. It’s that very aspect that causes your mind to go back and revisit, even subconsciously, on what you’ve been analyzing and learning,” she says.”

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Social Media & Tech

Drifting

Technology connects the world, but it also destroys many of the things we once enjoyed, like our presence. According to French entrepreneur Tariq Krim, all this digitization has long-term deleterious effects on our human identity, discovery, and mindfulness.

“We need to give people access to other choices, other life narratives, other tools, and other ideologies. A sort of “organic sustainable slow technology” that fights this commoditization of everything online and offline.”

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New Music

Episode 86 | Tunes of the Week

  1. Thornato – Deux a Deux
  2. Connie Constance – Answer
  3. Ash Walker – They Do Not Know Yet
  4. Skinshape – Detroit
  5. Kinkajous – All Kinds

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Thought of the Week

“Dance with the fear. Use fear as a compass to push you toward bringing your best creative work to life.” – Seth Godin

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The People’s Issue: Zaha Hadid, Ed Catmull, James Lavelle, LAPD, and more

Arts & Culture

The Abstractionist

Zaha Hadid never conformed. She never played it safe. She was born to challenge the status quo. Like any professional artist, Hadid aimed to appease herself first. She liked bold shapes and curves instead of stodgy rectangles and squares. Now she leaves her art behind for others to interpret.

“There are three hundred and fifty-nine other degrees,” Hadid likes to say. “Why limit yourself to one?”

The View from the Street

Despite going mainstream, skateboarding has been able to maintain a culture of edginess, raw enthusiasm, and an appreciation for old and new tricks. Never forget.

“Sometimes it seems for the better, sometimes the worse, yet either way there have always been people out there having fun and being creative. Skating’s forward and unpredictable advance is a bit like the act of riding itself. One second you’re going this way, the next you’re turning that”

The rise and fall of Mo’Wax founder James Lavelle — and the record industry that fell with him

James Lavelle, the musician, boss, and brand manager. He might have lost his touch over the years but “Psyence Fiction” goes down as a seminal record.

And yeah, that was their number one influence; hip hop is where it all started. Mo’Wax is basically a hip hop label, but through slight influences of skating, and the London influence of drum and bass, it turned into the trip hop thing.


Philosophy & Productivity

Staying one step ahead at Pixar: An interview with Ed Catmull

Risks are tricky because no one wants to fail. Failure leaves a permanent stain. But failure is also the only way to stay a step ahead. Ed Catmull explains what kind of audacity it takes to be creative.

“One of the things about failure is that it’s asymmetrical with respect to time. When you look back and see failure, you say, “it made me what I am!” But looking forward, you think, “I don’t know what is going to happen and I don’t want to fail.” The difficulty is that when you’re running an experiment, it’s forward looking. We have to try extra hard to make it safe to fail.”


Social Media & Tech

How Aerial Surveillance Has Changed Policing — and Crime — in Los Angeles

LA uses a Netflix-like recommendation system to predict crime. Who isn’t using data aggregation these days?

Crime shapes cities — even Paris, the “City of Light,” takes its nickname, according to one story, from streetlights first instituted as part of a 17th-century police operation — but the reverse is also true. Cities get the types of crime their design calls for.

The Sleeper Future Of Data Visualization? Photography

I’ve just started using Google photos in addition to Dropbox. What I like about it is that it does some of the aggregation work for you, taking your images and turning them into suggested animations and gifs.

“”The Instagram model, where I need to find that precise moment to tell everything that I wanted to share is amazing, but there’s also an opportunity for the aggregate stories—how do you condense 200 photos from my Camera Roll into something that’s digestible?” he says. “I think we’re at the tip of the iceberg in how we find patterns and manage this glut.””


New Music

Episode 83 | Tunes of the Week

  1. Deft – Against the Clock
  2. Peaking Lights – Conga Blue
  3. Debruit – Above the Phosphorous
  4. Sam IRL – Headlock
  5. Com Truise – Diffraction
  6. Olafur Onalds – Study for Generative Piano

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Thought of the Week

“Whoever makes it through the social media era with their dignity, self-respect, and faith in humanity intact…wins.” – DJ Shadow


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The 1996 Chicago Bulls, Nike’s Extension into Fashion, Tips for Living the Creative Life, Social Media Narcissism, and more

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The Oral History of the 1996 Chicago Bulls

The only way Michael Jordan would agree to filming the movie Space Jam is if they built him a dome where he could workout and practice. The following 95-96 season the Bulls won 72 games in the regular season. Players, coaches, and reporters recount Jordan’s Airness:

“Ahmad Rashad: The great things that you saw Michael do in games, there was way more of that in practice. Watching him practice was like sneaking into a dress rehearsal of a great musician.”

At Nike, Extending the Track to the Runway

It took Nike 15 years to create the Nike Shox, waiting patiently for the materials to catch up to the ideas. Nike is the Apple of the shoe world. Not surprisingly, both companies are going aggressively into fashion. Fashion, Nike is coming for you.

“The effect of all this is simple: While Nike may not overtly identify itself as a fashion brand, and while traditional runway names may not see it as a competitor, to consumers considering what piece of clothing to buy, it increasingly seems like one and the same.”


Philosophy & Productivity

Fear is boring, and other tips for living a creative life

Replace the word creativity with curiosity and you’ll be creative. And while you’re at it, replace “follow your passion” with curiosity too. Everyone is born creative until they lose their sense of wonder. Good read.

curiosity doesn’t take anything from you. Curiosity just gives, and all it gives you are clues, just a beautiful thread, a tiny little clue from the scavenger hunt that you’re unique here in life.

A conversation with Wiwek, the Dutch producer who invented ‘jungle terror’

When forced to come up with a genre, Grime pioneer Wiley called his music “two-step” because there wasn’t anything out there that sounded like it. Similarly, Dutch musician Wiwek only called his music “jungle terror” because that was the only way he could upload songs into SoundCloud. Vibes.

back then you had to put a genre otherwise you couldn’t upload your songs. But you could still use your own words, so you could make up weird shit, and so I just called it “jungle terror” because I couldn’t find another genre for it. And so that’s how the term got online.


Social Media & Tech

I, narcissist – vanity, social media, and the human condition

Social media made narcissism the new obesity, apparently. But the link is not so clear cut. Social media is also a utility, a business tool. DJ Khaled connects with his fans on Snapchat daily. Says another influencer:

“I sometimes spend hours thinking about what to post, thinking about what my followers want, but also what I want them to think about me. But I see it as time well invested: it’s made me successful, well known, and it’s made me money,” says Price, whose name has been changed.

Bonus long read: The American Scholar: Saving the Self in the Age of the Selfie – James McWilliams


New Music

Episode 82 | Tunes of the Week

  1. Morly – If Only Chords
  2. Big Thief – Real Love
  3. Shura – Touch (Four Tet remix)
  4. Anderson .Paak – Room in Here
  5. Bisk – Swampfroot
  6. Wiwek/Skrillex – Killa

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Thought of the Week

“You are not a drop in the ocean. You are the entire ocean in a drop.” –
Rumi


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