A world that has produced a Mozart is a world worth saving.Franz Schubert
Been funking to this album all week. Half the album is just introducing the band. Donny Hathaway Live
I am an honest artist. What I write is intended to reach the customer—and affect him, if possible with pity and terror … or at least divert the tedium of his hours. I never hide from him in a private language, nor am I seeking praise from other writers for ‘technique’ or other balderdash. I want praise from the customer, given in cash because I’ve reached him—or I don’t want anything.Robert Heinlein’s character Jubal Harshaw, from Stranger in a Strange Land.
There is a form of Japanese pottery called Kintsugi, where broken pottery is repaired using gold dust. This kind of pottery takes what many people would consider a flaw and draws attention to it. It acknowledges a truth that our flaws create our unique beauty.Kintsugi
Love this life hack by Nick Gray.
I download a lot of books, but they just sit there and get lost in my Kindle. I forget about them.
So I developed this hack: I add books I want to read to my Amazon Wishlist. Every once in a while I dump that into Fancy Hands and reserve all the books at the local library. Whenever I stop by there are invariably books waiting for me. It’s much easier to pick up and read a book when the physical copy is sitting out on my coffee table, reminding me of its presence. I rarely finish reading all the books I check out, but this little hack has increased the number of books I read ten-fold.
In the flawed there lies great beauty: Torn pages. Crackles on vinyl. Scratches over celluloid frames. The limitations of physical media become an inescapable component of the art we consume. They place the fiction within a reality, and reveal them both to be susceptible to the ravages of time. More precisely, they expose the beauty within art’s tales and emotion as being mortal—just like us.John Porter
The Family Stories That Bind Us
Recently I read an article about how family stories make for healthier individuals. A strong family narrative leads to increased emotional health and happiness. I found the concept of an “intergenerational self” fascinating. From the article:
Why does knowing where your grandmother went to school help a child overcome something as minor as a skinned knee or as major as a terrorist attack? “The answers have to do with a child’s sense of being part of a larger family,” Dr. Duke said.
Browsing our family tree website a few months ago I stumbled upon a story about my grandpa. Apparently he once won a shiny belt buckle in a rodeo and was the envy of the boys in his town. This reminded me of bailing hay with him in Alaska when I was 15 and how he told me another story about when he was a young man growing up in Colorado. He had two horses: a work horse and a “party horse”. Just like a young man with a new car, he kept his party horse clean so he could take it to town in the evening, he told me with a wink.
Sharing my initials with my grandpa, great-grandpa, and great-great grandpa has been a source of pride for as long as I can remember. My initials bond me to my lineage and add to my identity—they provide me a sense of my “intergenerational self”.
Orbits of Potentially Hazardous Asteroids
Image Credit: NASA, JPL-Caltech
I was raised up believing I was somehow unique / Like a snowflake distinct among snowflakes, unique in each way you can see / And now after some thinking, I’d say I’d rather be / A functioning cog in some great machinery serving something beyond me.
“Helplessness Blues” by Fleet Foxes
I like these lyrics.
Good design is seldom accepted. It has to be sold.Julius Shulman
When you make a thing, a thing that is new, it is so complicated making it that it is bound to be ugly. But those that make it after you, they don’t have to worry about making it. And they can make it pretty, and so everybody can like it when the others make it after you.Picasso (as quoted by Gertrude Stein)