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Sep 29

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Perspective Matters

I hate running. I really do. Almost as much as I hate yard work. 

But over the weekend I ran around the lake by my house; mostly because it was raining and I’m a sucker for experiences. 

About 15 minutes into the run, I had to talk myself into running into the next tree, or next light pole so I wouldn’t quit. It worked. Eventually, I came across a marker that said 1.25 miles. Because I think the world revolves around me, my natural thought was that my house was 1.25 miles from that very spot.

So naturally, I made a deal with myself. I would run until the marker that read 0.5 miles, then stop and walk home. 

So naturally, I was stunned when the next marker I noticed said 2.0 miles instead of the 0.5 miles I was hoping for. 

I write down this whole story because that day I realized my perspective was flawed and finite. Not only did I not see the whole picture of where the markers stopped or started, I assumed (foolishly and selfishly) my house was the beginning of it all.

Soon I realized that I bring the same flawed perspective into “real life”. I get all pissed off about my circumstances without pausing to remember that I don’t see it all. I don’t see my life from end to end, I see where I am at at the moment (and often think I’m the only piece that matters). So maybe that really sucky part of my life now is actually crucial to the next season or crucial to someone else’s current season. I don’t know. But I do know that the right perspective matters. And the right perspective has to come from an outside source.


May 18

mentalalchemy:

tedx:

Watch the whole talk here»

At TEDxDelft in The Netherlands, Dr. John Cohn — Chief Scientist of Design Automation at IBM and the force behind 60 patents issued or pending in the field of design automationgave a rousing talk on why we need to be more playful — in and outside of work and school.

Watch it yourself for a dose of inspiration, and make sure to look out for the smoking pickle (no, really) at 5:22.

(But don’t forget to always seek out adult supervision and be super careful when carrying out experiments. Stay safe and have fun!)

But where do we get that headband?

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Apr 5

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Apr 4
fastcompany:

This is what happens when you take pictures of all the planes that take off from Los Angeles International Airport each day and smush them together into one image.

It was a spontaneous project. “I was down at the airport a week ago with a friend of mine watching planes take off and land, and thinking it would be really cool if I could get all of the planes into one picture,” Kelley says. “Then on Sunday I woke up and it was unbelievably clear. If you’ve ever been to LA, to be able to see as far as you can is a once-in-a-year kind of thing.”

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fastcompany:

This is what happens when you take pictures of all the planes that take off from Los Angeles International Airport each day and smush them together into one image.

It was a spontaneous project. “I was down at the airport a week ago with a friend of mine watching planes take off and land, and thinking it would be really cool if I could get all of the planes into one picture,” Kelley says. “Then on Sunday I woke up and it was unbelievably clear. If you’ve ever been to LA, to be able to see as far as you can is a once-in-a-year kind of thing.”

More> Co.Exist


“My first thought that day was that while I was asleep I’d made more money than she had all year. And I’d done it with a mobile-phone game about shooting fish with a machine gun.” The Guilt of the Video-Game Millionaires : The New Yorker (via fastcompany)

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Mar 31
hyper-caine:

Dominion Kitchen | Source | HC

hyper-caine:

Dominion Kitchen | Source | HC

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nateyoung:

Good morning LA. A little Ethiopia Suke Quto from @panthercoffee via V60. This coffee is the man. #LTU

nateyoung:

Good morning LA. A little Ethiopia Suke Quto from @panthercoffee via V60. This coffee is the man. #LTU


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Grey Loft by Oooox

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Grey Loft by Oooox


hyper-caine:

Dominion Lounge | Source | HC

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Dominion Lounge | Source | HC

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Aston Martin. Next car?

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Aston Martin Vanquish | Source | HC

Aston Martin. Next car?

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