From “Navigating Stuckness” by Jonathan Harris:

All we have in life is our time. People struggle after success. They hunger for fame, fortune, and power. But in all of these things, the same question exists — what will you do with your time? How do you want to spend your days? As Annie Dillard reminds us, “how we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.”

In life, you will become known for doing what you do. That sounds obvious, but it’s profound. If you want to be known as someone who does a particular thing, then you must start doing that thing immediately. Don’t wait. There is no other way. It probably won’t make you money at first, but do it anyway. Work nights. Work weekends. Sleep less. Whatever you have to do. If you’re lucky enough to know what brings you bliss, then do that thing at once. If you do it well, and for long enough, the world will find ways to repay you.

Read the full autobiographical journey over on Transom.

(via @andrewhearst)


Living the Family Dynamic — Big changes to The New York Times Motherlode blog about parenting, family, and relationships.

Motherlode / The New York Times

Michael Kimmelman on Art

A 2007 interview with The New York Times art critic Michael Kimmelman on modern art. It was originally included in the special features of the DVD “My Kid Could Paint That,” a documentary film by Amir Bar-Lev.

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Part 2 of 2

“(Dis)Honesty – The Truth About Lies” - A Documentary Feature Film that examines the human tendency to be dishonest.

Kickstarter — a painstakingly curated presentation of the most well designed apps.

Cameron Koczon (@fictivecameron) on the business of today and why startups are not the only game in town:

VCs are not villains. They’re people with money who invest in a very specific kind of story: the blockbuster.

Nothing sinister here. It’s just a game with a set of rules that everyone is expected to follow. And, when that game goes well, it can go extremely well.

Cameron Koczon

Somnium, or The Dream, which is often considered to be the first science fiction story, was written by Johannes Kepler (1571-1630) who is considered to be among the most important astronomers of the very early scientific period in Europe.

Follow a new english translation of Kepler's Somnium at The Somnium Project.

Kepler’s Somnium

Roman Mars on The Anatomy of a Magazine Cover:

Even though magazines are covered in words, there’s tremendous debate among editors and art directors as to how to maximize the value of the key pieces of real estate on a magazine front cover. These key pieces of real estate vary depending on the kind of magazine.

Roman Mars

Cross Section of 6 Seconds of Life

Cross Section of 6 Seconds of Life, 2002

Ink on Paper

Beautiful thought

There's a chain of beating hearts connecting back in time from you to a fish that crawled onto land, one of your many ancestors.

Here's another interesting idea. That entire chain is entirely female, all the way to the last link, and if you're a woman, including the last link.

Dave Winer

Patrick McKenzie has never seen a computer system which handles names properly and doubt one exists, anywhere. So as a public service, he listed the many assumptions programmers make about names.

Patrick McKenzie

The Physical Record of a Thought

The Physical Record of a Thought, 2002

Paper, Ink, Tape, and Tire Print

On Not Caring About The News — Much of what we now take for granted as news has its origins in the information needed by people taking major decisions or at the centre of national affairs. We still hear the echoes in the way news is reported; timing is assumed to be critical, as it really would be if we were active agents. If you don't have the latest update you might make a terrible blunder or miss a wonderful opportunity.

Alain de Botton


Untitled, 2002

Electrical Tape and Typewriter on Paper

"There is no hint that help will come from the outside to save us from ourselves. Doing that is up to us." — From Carl Sagan's 'Pale Blue Dot'

The Atlantic

“I have more flexibility, and can make decisions on staff and stories so much quicker, that we can keep up with organizations that are so much bigger than we are,” — Kara Swisher, from David Carr's article on the state of the media in early 2014.

Yours vs. Mine, should the interface refer to the user as “your” or “my” when talking about the user’s stuff? @dcurtis explains.

A chart that lists the distances between the avenues, the width of the avenues and streets and the length of blocks north of Houston Street. via @t

A very detailed review of the architecture in the Incredibles.


Untitled Drawing,

Another collection of notable letterheads over the years.

North Sentinel Island in the Bay of Bengal is home to the Sentinelese — a hunter-gatherer tribe that has lived on the remote island for over 65,000 years.

Clocks, a poem about time by Ana Martins Marques