Criticism vs. Creation

Don’t Be a Crehater

“Good creators don’t talk shit about their fellow creators. They champion the work of those around them. They know how hard this stuff is. They accept that stumbles are part of what we do. And they treat one another with respect—because we all deserve that.”
– Eric Karjaluoto

Important read: Don’t Be a Crehater

A Double Triangular House

This A-Frame inspired house made me gasp. It is by Jean Verville architecture and called the FAHOUSE. It’s a residence burrowed in the middle of a hemlock forest in Eastern Townships, Canada. Click through to design milk for more images.

Mistakes

Mistakes are the portals of discovery.’
– James Joyce

(via)

Dan Mall

Dan Mall speaking on the ups and downs of freelancing. He is the founder of Superfriend.ly and a human with really great values. If you haven’t seen his 99u talk I highly recommend it.

More freelancer wisdom over on Freelance.tv.

Japanese Pearl Hunters

Every day, in an obscure corner of Japan’s Shima peninsula, traditional pearl hunters dive beneath the waves to harvest from the ocean floor. If you live in NYC, you have the chance to see a documentary that follows three female divers of varying ages out onto (and under) open water and back into their homes, describing the little routines which make up their lives. Plays at the Metrograph theater on Saturday May 3rd!

Worries

Synchronized Swimmers Filmed Upside Down

This is totally mesmerizing.

The Eva Bucket Bag

Last weekend I noticed a woman sitting next to me at a cafe with this beautiful leather handbag. Couldn’t help but ask her where she got it from, a thing I was told not to do growing up in Switzerland. Good thing I live in NYC now.

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Promises

“Promises are like debt — they accrue interest. The longer you wait to fulfill them, the more they cost to pay off.”
– Jason Fried

Don’t Promise, by Jason Fried

Crows in D

This is visually stunning.

Friday Link Pack

– Break the binge: How to turn off autoplay for the next episode on Netflix. (via)

How to Make the Most of Your Workday

Climate March is happening on April 29th

Feminist pin.

– Fire Drills: Communications Strategy in a Crisis

– My kind of gun.

– Really cute Kids Travel Blankets.

How To Cook Asparagus

May you feel awesome like this.

World’s “Mattest and Flattest” Black Paint

– “Both the military and professional kitchens are environments where there’s zero tolerance for slackers and indecision” – Why Chefs and Soldiers Make the Best Product Managers

– This is a smart coat for airplane travel.

– This tray!

– The short doc The Culture of Proximity digs into the notion that millennials see themselves as creators as much as consumers. (via)

– Want to convince someone to help you with a project? Try the bingo method.

Dragons love tacos is one of my son’s favorite picture books. I just noticed there’s a sequel!

The new Google Earth

Ways to Use Leftover Eggshells

– Ms. Management: The Hard Work of Hiring Well (via)

Setting intentions versus goals.

– Some of these signs made me laugh out loud.

The Faces behind Craigslist’s “Strictly Platonic” Personal Ads

– I heard this book helps you teach your kids about money. I’ll order it and will see for myself.

What it means to be a seeker

How Often You Should Do 12 Household Chores

– Here’s something to try at home: 6 fun activities to introduce your kids to physics!

How to keep your iMessages from popping up on other devices

– Made me laugh: IKEA “Relationship Saving Station

– Stina Persson’s watercolor Tattly collection now includes a Panda!

Giant Iceberg

A giant 150ft iceberg is floating past Canada. Wow.

Discipline

“The only alternative left for mankind…is discipline…But by discipline I don’t mean harsh routines. I don’t mean waking up every morning at five-thirty and throwing cold water on yourself until you’re blue. Sorcerers understand discipline as the capacity to face with serenity odds that are not included in our expectations. For them, discipline is an art: the art of facing infinity without flinching, not because they are strong and tough but because they are filled with awe.”
– Carlos Castaneda

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Humor

“Humor has a tremendous place in this sordid world.”
– Dr. Seuss

The Solar Do-Nothing Machine

The Solar Do-Nothing Machine by Charles and Ray Eames is one of the first devices to convert solar energy to electricity.

Endless Loop

Float Utensil Holder

Float is a multi-functional kitchen utensil holder that can be mounted underneath your cabinet or on the wall, accepting a wide range of kitchen tools for easy accessibility.

Flute Beatboxing

Clearly I must be living under a rock as I didn’t realize Flute Beatboxing was a thing. Hat tip off to this young man, Cosmic Cioca!

(Thanks Emerline)

Citizen Jane

In 1960 Jane Jacobs’s book The Death and Life of Great American Cities sent shockwaves through the architecture and planning worlds, with its exploration of the consequences of modern planners’ and architects’ reconfiguration of cities. Jacobs was also an activist, who was involved in many fights in mid-century New York, to stop “master builder” Robert Moses from running roughshod over the city. This film retraces the battles for the city as personified by Jacobs and Moses, as urbanization moves to the very front of the global agenda. Many of the clues for formulating solutions to the dizzying array of urban issues can be found in Jacobs’s prescient text, and a close second look at her thinking and writing about cities is very much in order. This film sets out to examine the city of today though the lens of one of its greatest champions.

Check for Tickets and Showtimes near you.

Integrity

“Be impeccable with your word. Speak with integrity. Say only what you mean. Avoid using the word to speak against yourself or to gossip about others. Use the power of your word in the direction of truth and love.”
– Don Miguel Ruiz

Bog Rug

YES to this simple, strip-y hallway rug.