Posts filed under ‘mediated’

the power of negative thinking

The Anitidote, by Oliver Burkeman, proposes that living with uncertainty will make you happier than positive thinking. I’ve been living with uncertainty for over 5 years (actually my whole life but that’s another blog) and I’m not sure if I agree about the happier part but it is a more realistic way to navigate our current crazy economy.

I saw this trailer on my favorite blog, Brain Pickings. Blogger Maria Popover has an omnivorous curiosity for all things science and art. I highly recommend signing up for her newsletters. It’s like Christmas (or Hanukkah?) for the mind every Sunday morning.

June 24, 2012 at 11:21 am 2 comments

Wisdom of the elders

I highly recommend this interesting talk by Andrew Zuckerman about the Wisdom project: a moving compilation of interviews with some of our world’s finest elders about life, work, wisdom, love, and creativity.

If you are an artist struggling with inspiration, the blank page, or whatever you call a block, Zuckerman has some wisdom to share. I especailly resonate with his discussion about what he calls the ‘anxiety of influence.’ How do we make work that is not derivative or influenced by others? How do we quiet self doubt so we can get something done?

The architect, Frank Gehry, thinks we each have a unique signature that no one else can replicate. In Zuckerman’s words, “projects are collections of our responses” and if we respond consistently throughout the life of the piece, it will be uniquely ours. Chef Jacques Pepin went a few steps further to say that even if he gave five people the same recipe, at the end of the day, there would be five unique dishes placed on the table.

For Zuckerman, the goal is to “put myself in a situation where I can respond truthfully and honestly.” If he trusts himself, the outcome will be truly his. Why is that so hard to remember?

May 18, 2012 at 7:00 am 1 comment

Caine’s Arcade

This is a moving story about a little boy in East LA who built an arcade out of cardboard. I was deeply touched not only by his ingenuity but also by the filmmaker’s desire to make a difference in his life. It is the perfect synergy between art and life. I kinda got all choked up.

April 14, 2012 at 11:12 pm Leave a comment

lost inside the psychedelic factory

January 5, 2012 at 8:00 am 2 comments

A History of the Sky

I think this is a companion to my cloudy day post. Just a lot more relaxing.

A year-long time-lapse chronicle of the heavens above San Francisco. If you want to know how this was made, click here.

November 19, 2011 at 12:25 pm 2 comments

mistaken identity .01

August 11, 2011 at 10:47 pm 2 comments

identity map


I’m far from my scanner and what I used to call home. My iPhone on the bed seems adequate for now.
If it’s blurry, then I have captured the moment perfectly.

July 5, 2011 at 10:46 pm 5 comments

love at first sight

January 27, 2010 at 10:39 pm Leave a comment

flattened out

Inspired by a Richard Foreman quote about the loss of personal cultural complexity as we become accustomed to information at the touch of a button.

January 13, 2010 at 11:41 pm Leave a comment

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October 12, 2009 at 9:31 pm Leave a comment

more old fashioned tweets


what do we own?

September 6, 2009 at 12:17 pm Leave a comment

old fashioned tweets


August 29, 2009 at 12:16 pm Leave a comment




  • @farnamstreet Not fulfilling my potential and not using my talents in the place were they will make the most impact. 1 year ago


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