February 25, 2014 at 3:27am
"But though we may not approve of how these obsessive innovators lived their lives, we can unequivocally admire both how they solved particular problems and the attributes that they brought to their crafts—the thoroughness, the dedication, and the passion."
Ugh — I have A LOT of beef with this book
When you find yourself saying “somehow,” that’s how you know you’re getting lazy. The whole point is to say, or at the very least imagine, exactly how.
THIS IS THE MOST BEAUTIFUL THING
Let it rain let it pour
((now the ears of my ears awake and
now the eyes of my eyes are opened))
(Source: we-love-rain, via studiosaraeileen)
The word comfort is from two Latin words meaning ‘with’ and ‘strong’ – He is with us to make us strong. Comfort is not soft, weakening commiseration; it is true, strengthening love.
— Amy Carmichael (via k-cady)
Ooooooh this is why making FORTS WITH people is so much fun
"…that not every difficulty is irreversible and that determination can matter more than determinism."
Post-Super Bowl road trip read
Roberto Montenegro 1950s Mexico, Melissa Gutierrez 2014 America
Pastel Icebergs by Zaria Forman
Zaria Forman perfectly masters drawing with pastels. Recently, the artist reveals works representing icebergs. An impressive record, discovered in a series of beautiful images.
Pumped about the sides, and to finish something in general, and to give this to Hil soon
We are at a critical point in human history where those that lack any active self-discipline will be eaten alive by the deluge of distraction that grows with each day.
January 25, 2014 at 12:21am
I’m about to paint over these little crazymuffins from the good ol’ 1990s. So I want to remember them
Are you establishing voice and content — or just voice?
— God workshop notes from your early twenties are just TOO METAPHORICAL
Why Do the Smartest Cities Have the Smallest Share of Cars?
Think cars are over in America? We do.
The Atlantic has called "peak car"—not once but twice. We have repeatedly explained why young Americans "don’t care about owning" a vehicle. We predicted a long-term decline of auto sales, and, in a dramatic moment, essentially announced "the end of car ownership," generally.
We had strong data. Perhaps we had strong biases, too.
Read more. [Image: Reuters]
Also worth noting, even though I can’t prove it quantitatively/scientifically, that life without cars is for some reason / a million reasons hyper-significantly more happy
On the soccer field, taking the space is keeping your head up, reading the movement of the ball and players on the field, and taking advantage of opportunities as they occur in front of you. SSUSA teaches this in the context of a soccer game but it’s a short through ball to equate this skill to players’ lives off the field. The game provides a secure environment where participants are encouraged to look for opportunities, to have the confidence to take chances as they arise, and to not fear making that first move forward.
— Word! Can’t believe I just learned about SSUSA today!
Why My Life Is Great #1: Shower Beverages
Having recently come to terms with the fact that I am a total weirdo, I decided that my new blogging routine should just be to routinely recommend the weird things I do that make my life better, or to routinely document the weird things that happen to me to make my life great. I know everyone isn’t like me and everyone doesn’t need to be like me so these aren’t things that you “should” do per say but just more things you can do if you want. So without further ado:
#1. Shower Beverages
An important routine of mine is called “Shower Beverages.” It came to my attention recently that not everyone does this which is surprising. In case showers alone weren’t awesome enough, here is you you make them better: add the beverage of your choice.
Shower Beverages began in my life when, as a kid, we would stop by Jamba Juice on the way home after a soccer game or track meet or something. Now since Jamba Juices are really big and take a while to drink, I wouldn’t be done with them before I was ready to get in the shower (after a soccer game or track meet this is usually right away), so I would just take them into the shower with me and finish them off there. It didn’t take long to discover that this was the best idea ever. Jamba Juice is pretty good already, but Jamba Juice in the shower was like someone put a magnifying glass on your taste buds and all of a sudden all that Strawberries Wild just tasted so much more pink.
This phenomenon occurs, I believe, for the same reason that foods taste better when you cook them: the temperature releases different things in them, or makes them feel a different way in your mouth, which makes them a different experience, which makes them exciting and usually better. But instead of changing the temperature of the Shower Beverage, you’re changing the temperature of the environment in which you are consuming it. It’s like the way we drink hot chocolate more in the winter, except way more concentrated and extreme. If you take a really hot shower, your Jamba Juice tastes really cold. And since you have no distractions — other people, television, clothes, etcetera — you’re way more fully physically present to this extreme taste experience.
As an adult of course Shower Beverages have evolved into many new, exciting forms. When I lived in Tucson we had this nice shower with a big old tile shelf in it that you could put your coffee mug on, so you could drink coffee in the shower without getting shower water in it (caffeine and hygiene all at once!). This is something you need to consider — the logistics of drinking your Shower Beverage without watering it down. A Jamba Juice has this lid-straw setup which is ideal because it allows you to control (read: prevent) water flow into your Shower Beverage. Shower Beers are also pretty good in that respect on account of the bottleneck form, and cans too, though for some reason I’m not a big fan of aluminum in the shower. I don’t like the way it sounds against ceramic/tile and I don’t like the noise the water makes when it hits the sides and also as you drink a can it gets light and flimsy. And usually when you need or want a Shower Beverage it is because you need a moment of substance in your life — a substantial, elemental moment — and you don’t want flimsy.
SIDE NOTES: One of my favorite post-workout treats is to open up a can of halved pears, eat all the pears out with a fork, pour the remaining pear-sugar juice into a cup, add a hit of vanilla vodka, and take that puppy to the shower. I know this is no Cytomax but let’s be honest, there is no real evolutionary advantage these days to looking like this. Ciders — Ace Pear, Angry Orchard, etc — are also awesome because they are sweet but not that heavy. Slurpees too — the heat and steam somehow help tamper out their normal saccharinity. Coors Light is disgusting because it always is, but, like everything, better in the shower.
BONUS: you get to wash/rinse out your mug/cup/bottle in the shower once you’re done with it, so you don’t have to do dishes later.