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Watch a lightning bolt strike the Empire State ⚡️

Journalist Henrik Moltke snagged an excellent photo last night of a lightning bolt striking the Empire State Building. Watch the full video below.

“I got that.” Yes, you did Henrik. Yes, you did. ?

PS: Watch a live stream of a foul-smelling corpse flower about to bloom at the NYC Botanical Garden.

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It is a grave error to assume that ice cream consumption requires hot weather.

Anne Fadiman
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Whether Weather

Weather is fickle. Knowing what it is or going to be before you go outside both saves and ruins the day.

Weather forecasts save your day when it storms because you’ll have packed an umbrella or extra rain jacket. However, weather predictions disappoint you when the day turns out dry; you just lugged around extra protection all day for nothing.

Expectation initiates preparation. The whole point of knowing the future is to prevent it. But even if you prepare nothing you’ll still survive. There’s always a way to circumvent bad weather; you can take transportation or merely stay inside, walk between buildings. You’re just as fortunate not knowing what’s to come and living as is.

You can deal with forecasts now and prepare, wait and see what happens, or ignore the forecast completely and just adapt. It all works out in the end.

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Another misty day in New York.
Another misty day in New York.
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It’s the Weather, Stupid

The weather is fickle. But so is the mind. Not surprisingly, the two play off each other.

If you want to be less stressed, move out West. Trust me, I’ve done it and it works. Everything that I was worried about just disappeared in my 6 months in LA. The East Coast, on the other hand, is a roller coaster.

Just look at all the snow that got dumped on New York this week. Sure, there’s sledding and beautiful scenery but the beach is nice every day. And the sand and 70 degrees is not going anywhere.

Of course, the creativity that emerges from the dark days and moodiness through the four seasons (Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer) is irreplaceable. Do you think Edgar Allen Poe could have written such morose poems in LA? Don’t think so.

The weather especially, but all your surroundings in general, predetermine your mindset. Having lived on both coasts, you definitely get a richer mixture of vibes on the East coast, for better or worse.

Either way, creatives need fuel. And the external world is a huge part of that. Where you live and what you breathe impacts how you think. In the end, we need both the good and bad days so we have something to compare them to.

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Mind change like climate change

Whether you like or it not, it’s happening. Our minds are wired, inheriting the chaos of the digital world.

We crave a need for speed, checking in for the latest Instagrams and Tweets twice in 5 minutes while responding to text messages.

The state of constant connectedness is turning us into rapid responders. Everything feels like breaking news. Information is making us fat and unnecessarily stressed.

The fear of missing out (FOMO) exceeds our ability to moderate attention. We always want to know more.

Imagine what the world will be like when Smart technology gets embedded into our eyes. If Google already has Smart glasses, the next iteration is computerized eye contacts.

The Internet is a lifestyle. It’s part of our lives, integral to communication, school,
play, and work. Turning if off completely would make us severely disadvantaged.

Internet overuse goes unnoticed like the abuse of the environment. Sustenance is an excuse for killing off all that we have left, all that is natural. We under-appreciate the essentials, consuming more than we need. All this will backlash.