Kygo remix of Benjamin Francis Leftwich’s “Shine” is just what you need on a NYC morning where the wind chill is 20.
Pretty ugly stuff.
+ POOL, the project that aims to put a water-filtering, floating pool into the East River, has just launched their Float Lab! It’s a smaller-scale test pool, which will be used to collect data about the river. Hooray for making things happen in the world!
My favorite Kickstarter that we’ve funded
A typewriter is a miraculous tool for disconnecting in a time when we are all constantly connected to our smartphones or tablets. When I’m sitting down at a computer, I don’t know what I’m going to do next; I can get distracted very easily. In today’s increasingly connected world, production and focus in writing are being sacrificed for Facebook updates, tweets, and blog posts. There are a thousand distractions. But with a typewriter, I know I’m writing. When you sit in front of a typewriter, that’s all there is: you and the machine. In an age where every action is given less time, depth, and attention, a typewriter demands focus and dedication. There are no links to click, tabs to check, or pages to refresh. When constant digital connectedness has taken over most of our daily lives, a typewriter can give us back that time and attention.
A nice thought.
More of this please.
DeAndre Jordan of the Los Angeles Clippers dunks during pregame warmups before facing the Dallas Mavericks at Staples Center on April 3, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.
(Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
"My Silver Lining" from First Aid Kit - dig it
—Bonnie And Clyde
Heard this tonight on a Mad Men episode and well, jeez, it’s the sexiest thing I’ve ever heard.
The setup to this is that Kelly has found that while we have the technology to connect everyone to everyone, those who have tried to live in this way have found that the only way to get stuff done is to disconnect.
It’s important to note here that Kelly hangs out with some pretty exceptional folks and much of their work is intellectual production in terms of papers, books and the like. But, Kelly wrote this is 1991, when folks like him were exceptional. Now connecting everyone to everyone is the norm and that level of connection is causing just the problem that Blackstrap is meant to play a small part in solving. We are too distracted to get things done.
In the case of Blackstrap the doing is reading and pondering the content that we indicated that we wanted to spend more time on by saving to read later services.
Disconnection is a key pathway to accomplishment. Let’s start carving out some disconnected space 74 pages at a time.(via blackstrapping)
Disconnection as essential complement to connection.
A new Blackstrap is coming. We’ve learned a thing or two in the last few months (we have also had a few kids) and as a consequence Blackstrap is being rebuilt. We are simplifying your interaction with Blackstrap to focus on the most meaningful bit…getting that Blackstrap in your mailbox. The moment of undistraction.
Blackstrap is an effort to create undistracted space and this redesign and reprogramming will serve that mission better. In the weeks ahead I’ll post more on our blog in an effort to crisply identify the reasoning and promise of Blackstrap.
I look forward to building this community of the undistracted together.
I’m excited about the progress we are making to bring Blackstrap to a new, stronger place. More to come.
A technical glitch causes the Hubble Space Telescope, which ordinarily captures magnificently crisp scientific imagery of the cosmos, to lose balance and create this inadvertent piece of modern art.
It is suspected that in this case, Hubble had locked onto a bad guide star, potentially a double star or binary. This caused an error in the tracking system, resulting in this remarkable picture of brightly colored stellar streaks. The prominent red streaks are from stars in the globular cluster NGC 288.