Web Gems 21 / Music’s power is in its ambiguity

Below is an excerpt from the weekly newsletter, published every Sunday morning which includes links to interesting reads, music, and other top-notch content. Subscribe here or below. Music doesn’t need thought. It is intuited. Like laughter, its power is ambiguous but pleasurable. Music, after all, does a rather poor job of showing you anything, especially when there […]

Write just one sentence

Stuck, in limbo, at the fright of starting. It is the activation energy that gets us over the hurdle of inertia. For Ernest Hemingway, writing one sentence motivated him to write more and more. Do not worry. You have always written before and you will write now. All you have to do is write one […]

‘Podcasts are the audio of our time’

“Podcasts are the audio of our time. They can be beautifully produced, as good as a good book, and perhaps they will supersede radio. But there’s something about the knowledge that countless others are listening to the same thing as me, at the same time as me, that can’t be replaced. When I listen to […]

Newsletter: ‘The Best for the Most for the Least’

web gems 1 Frank Gehry And The Walt Disney Concert Hall Frank Gehry was at the bottom of the shortlist of candidates considered to design the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles in 1988. His profile made him the odd man out for the job. But he kept his creative confidence: “It’s as though people […]

Newsletter: Social media divides democracy 😔

web gems “Mindfullness needs a redesign.” I’m reading Rohan Gunatillake’s new book Modern Mindfulness so I can learn how to better use technology to help me relax on-the-go. How do you define war? “If civilization has an opposite, it is war. Of those two things, you have either one, or the other. Not both.” A […]

Newsletter: Disinformation and Frappuccinos™

web gems What an American football team in southeastern Ukraine can teach the US about the perils of disinformation, a term created by the KGB in the 1950s. In 1992, George Howell AKA “The Coffee Shaman” created the Frappuccino™. In 1994, he sold his twelve Boston-based Coffee Connection stores to Starbucks for $24 million. He still […]

Newsletter: Evil is a fungus

web gems Evil is a fungus. It feeds off thoughtlessness and organized lying. It destroys the marketplace of ideas. Newness starts in forgiving, public places. Eerie listen: Hannah Arendt on Totalitarianism “Boredom might spark creativity because a restless mind hungers for stimulation.” – Clive Thompson Words, Not Voices: “Raise your words not your voice. It is rain that grows […]