Below are 7 articles that inspired me this week. Articles range from art, life, technology, and work. Got a favorite? Let me know in the comments.
1. Doggy Love
Life With a Dog: You Meet People
Yes, he’s a lot of work, at least at this age. But like a small child, Max makes me laugh many times a day. That’s not unusual, apparently: In a study of 95 people who kept “laughter logs,” those who owned dogs laughed more often than cat owners and people who owned neither.
Dogs are the best. Have a bad day? They’ll still be wagging their tail when you get home. Anti-social? Taking the dog out is guaranteed to get you talking with strangers. Ever since my last dog Bebe passed away late last year my life hasn’t been the same. We need to care for things. That extra work is our happiness. My wife and I are picking up a new puppy in May.
2. Should Vs. Must
The Crossroads of Should and Must
“Must is what happens when we stop conforming to other people’s ideals and start connecting to our own. Because when we choose Must, we are no longer looking for inspiration out there. Instead, we are listening to our calling from within, from some luminous, mysterious place.
Should is what others expect you to pursue. Must is your calling, and it connects everything else. It goes back to much common belief that life and work are one of the same flow, inspiring each other. Focus on doing must more often, and as Elle Luna implores, do it today. Must will change your life and leave you with little regret.
3. The Troubles with Offline Reading
Reading is different online than off, experts say
“We’re spending so much time touching, pushing, linking, scrolling and jumping through text that when we sit down with a novel, your daily habits of jumping, clicking, linking is just ingrained in you.”
Reading on the web makes reading a real book harder. The brain has to readjust to the nonlinear slowness of the page, devoid of video embeds and hyperlinks. As a result, we scan books and miss the point.
Personally, I read better on my mobile phone than I do with a physical book or desktop computer. I think it's the constrictions of one-screen and the element of control, scrolling down versus reading left to right as in a physical book and getting distracted by multiple windows on desktop. However, I still definitely read print, particularly for emails where I need to read closely and highlight details.
4. Do Wearables Obviate Apps?
Evernote CEO: Apps will become obsolete
But when we move to wearables, session length will drop from two minutes to two seconds, Libin said. The challenge will be figuring out how to make someone productive for one second at a time, 1,000 times a day.
According to Chris Dixon, apps account for more than 86% of the time spent on mobile. But Evernote’s Phil Lubin predicts that wearables with predictive augmented intelligence will obviate the need for apps. In other words, wearable tech will render apps slow and reactionary, kind of like how the mobile web now is. When will the Internet just be invisible like air?
5. Images are Ephemeral
Art Interview w Etel Adnan
Some things are not meant to be clear; obscurity is their clarity. We should not underestimate obscurity. Obscurity is as rich as luminosity.
Images are already there, waiting to be perceived, felt, and understood. But there are some images that remain unclear. We can't quite figure out everything we see but we the external world works in its connectedness, kind of like the brain just works out of its own complexity. New York operates the same way as the obscure, moving in inexplicable chaos.
6. Learning in Brevity
Paying Attention Is a Skill: Schools Need to Teach It
Before we know it, the complexity and subtlety of the world we inhabit will be invisible to us when we try to make sense of what is going on around us.
There’s so doubt that the digital age diminishes our ability to attention. We read in simplified headlines and rarely skip on to the next page to get into the detail.
Complexity lies in the deep end; stories, music, and life can't be fast-forwarded and simplified into a nugget. You have to read on, listen, and live the whole thing to gain understanding. But how can we focus on long-form when all that the media produces is snackable bites?
7. Show Your Work
It Doesn’t Matter Where You Go to College
“Especially in the tech industry, employers want to see skills applications rather than traditional resumes; Show, don’t tell,” says Stadelman.
Who needs a college degree when all your really need is care, curiosity, and a hard work ethic? Show your work. Replace your portfolio with your Instagram feed. Unless you attend an Ivy League school, it really doesn’t matter where you go to college.