Outlasting The Critics

“Outlasting the critics feels like it will take a very long time, but you’re more patient than they are.”
Seth Godin

How to send stuff to your Kindle

Did you know you can send articles to your Kindle, directly from your browser? Ryan Shelley teaches us how, on our brand new CreativeMornings project called Skills. What can you *you* teach us?

Diving for Scallops

This short documentary profiles a fisherman in Maine who practices a fading craft: diving for sea scallops on the ocean floor. I will have a whole new appreciation of the work that goes into the scallops that end up on my plate.

Phone-Brella

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Here’s a prime example of a product solving a first-world problem: Phone-Brella lets you text and hold the umbrella at the same time.

Hearing Color

A few months ago I was at JFK and noticed this gentleman in front of me, about to go through security. I noticed his strange head piece and thought it was a fashion accesorry. So happy to stumble upon this video over on Shoko’s blog shedding some light. His name is Neil Harbisson. He is a colorblind artist with a surgically-implanted antenna that allows him to hear color. Wow!

Giving and Receiving Negative Feedback

“You can say almost anything to someone if they feel safe. Likewise, you can hear almost anything, if you feel safe. Now let me be clear — I’m not suggesting negative feedback will make you feel giddy — but I am suggesting that if you feel psychologically safe you’ll be able to hear it, absorb it, reflect upon it.”

This article offers some fantastic insight in how to give and receive negative feedback.

(via Brian)

Interactive Explanation Why Time Flies

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Maximilian Kiener’s side project on the brevity of life explains why ‘time flies‘.

Reply To That Email Already

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This is what my nightmares are made of. (By Adam JK)

Japenese Words

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These 14 Japanese phrases are fantastic. Especially MAJIME, an earnest, reliable person who can simply get things done without causing drama. The best kind of people.

(via shoebox dwelling)

The Coffee Nap

How to take a caffeine nap:

1) Find perfect nap spot.
2) Grab and drink your favorite caffeine laden beverage.
3) Set your alarm to go off in 15-20mins
4) Don’t delay, take your nap straight away.

More info here. Thanks Malcolm!

Tattly in the New York Times

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Today was a big day for Tattly: We got featured in the New York Times’ Styles section. It’s a long and positive article. I can’t thank the writer, Courtney Rubin, enough for her kindness and generosity. Want to read it yourself? Here you go!

Hazmat Surfing

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Michael Dyrland’s Hazmat Surfing Photo Series imagines what life might be like twenty or twenty-five years into the future, when our waters become so poisoned that we might only enter them in full biohazard gear. Yikes.

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How New York City’s subway technologies are being modernized

This is an astounding behind-the-scenes video about the technologies running the NYC subway system. While I knew that the system is *old* I didn’t realize the infrastructure has never really updated and still is run with 1930 equipment.

(via The Kid Should See This)

CreativeMornings: Wilson Miner

In this CreativeMornings/SF talk Wilson Miner talks about collaboration and it’s crossover with appropriation.

And if you enjoyed this talk, make sure to also watch this one by him titled When We Build from 2011.

Daily Overview

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The Overview Effect, first described by author Frank White in 1987, is an experience that transforms astronauts’ perspective of Earth and mankind’s place upon it. Common features of the experience are a feeling of awe for the planet, a profound understanding of the interconnection of all life, and a renewed sense of responsibility for taking care of the environment. ‘Overview’ is a short film that explores this phenomenon through interviews with astronauts who have experienced the Overview Effect and features important commentary on the wider implications of this understanding for our society and our relationship to the environment.

Get your Daily Dose of Overview Here.

This American Life: NUMMI 2015

If you run a company, think a lot about what it means to create a healthy company culture, you will enjoy this episode of This American Life on a car plant called NUMMI in Fremont California that might have saved the U.S. car industry. In 1984, General Motors and Toyota opened NUMMI as a joint venture. Toyota showed GM the secrets of its production system: How it made cars of much higher quality and much lower cost than GM achieved.

The part that really made me listen up is when they talk about how Team Toyota taught the American employees what it means to work as a team and help each other out. Really shows the importance of a healthy company culture where employees stick together and help each other, where your co-workers care about you doing a good job and lift you up, if necessary.

Really inspiring episode. Listen in!

Behind Every Product…

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Wonderful ugmonk and krochet kids collaboration reminding consumers that behind every product is a person.

Getting Past Status Anxiety

Writer Alain De Botton says that status anxiety is more pernicious and destructive than most of us can imagine, and recommends getting out of the game altogether.

The Fourth Wall

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These photographs of famous European theater auditoriums taken from the stage are breathtaking. Hat tip to Klaus Frahm, the photographer.

The Same Song in 15 Places

This gentleman sings the same song in 15 different places experimenting with natural revert, early reflections and short delays. Beautiful.

(via one of my favorites, Open Culture)

DesignMatters with Kelli Anderson

Debbie Millman in conversation with the uber-talented Kelli Anderson. Do yourself a favor and listen in.

Purpose Is the New Bottom Line

Watch Casey Gerald deliver a powerful speech inspiring all of us to give a damn. He received the first standing ovation in CreativeMornings/NYC history. Trust me, watching this is 20 minutes well spent.

John Waters’s RISD Commencement Address

John Waters gave a spectacular 2015 RISD graduation speech on creative rebellion and the artist’s task to cause constructive chaos. Find annotated highlights transcribed over on Brain Pickings.

Human Head Helmets

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These Human Head Helmets make me all kinds of uncomfortable. A goosebumps inducing project by Dubai based digital designer Jyo John Mullor.