Deep Work

“The ability to perform deep work is becoming increasingly rare at exactly the same time it is becoming increasingly valuable in our economy. As a consequence, the few who cultivate this skill, and then make it the core of their working life, will thrive.”
– Cal Newport

From the book Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World, via this post.

This Planter!

This planter design by Chen Chen & Kai Williams is brilliant AND beautiful as they have their own saucers integrated into the design! YES!

The Original Mac OS Control Panel

I remember the day my dad brought home our fist Mac. I was 11. Looking back now, the first control panel was a thing of beauty. Still cracking up over the turtle and bunny in the keyboard typing speed setting.

Anyone remember the game Frogger? I plaid for hours on end.

Friday Link Pack

It’s Friday everyone!

The 29 Most Common Social Media Rules

Cloud Eggs.

The Fear of Feelings at Work

– “If you’re snubbing your partner in favor of your phone it’s called phubbing (phone + snubbing). If you’re snubbing a person in favor of any type of technology, it’s called technoference.” The Phones We Love Too Much

– Proud to say that me and my big heart made it on the back cover of the Pantsuit Nation Book.

– Pre-orders begin for two styles of the Telsa Motors Solar Roof

– Are robocalls flooding your cellphone? Here’s how you can fight them.

Self-healing bio-concrete.

– YES! This girls’ soccer team joined a boys’ league, and won it

The birthplace of soy sauce

Stream 18 Hours of Free Guided Meditations

– Cool new series of videos from Apple, showing how to get the most from your iPhone camera.

Deray interviewed Snowden.

– Some actually made Sean Spicer lawn ornaments you can put in your bushes

Do One Thing Well

– “The Poor Man’s Selfie Drone” by Nico Vuignier

– I am currently in Switzerland and just learned that there is a company in Brooklyn selling authentic Swiss sausages.

– In these politically confusing times, I keep reminding myself of this.

On Being Nice

A new book from The School Of Life on the neglected art of being nice.

CreativeMornings: Piera Gelardi

Last month, co-founder of Refinery29, Piera Gelardi, delivered an inspiring and actionable talk on living a courageous and creative life.

Home

Painted Garlic

Vegetable Canvas is a photography series by designers Tessa Dóniga and Christian Baumgartner. Made me look. Also, garlic!

Quick Knife (1970s)

Super neat and retro 1970s pocket knives, for opening boxes and cutting paper. Each one measures 5.5cm.

Portable Ultra Short Throw Projector

The Portable Ultra Short Throw Projector made me look. As it easily rotates to project images or videos, it can turn any flat surface into a monitor, a movie wall or a work of art.

Minecraft Photography

As a mother of a Minecraft obsessed kid these retouched images of animals made me laugh out loud. Hat tip off to Aditya Aryanto.

Change

“When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.”
— Max Planck

From this article.

Restaurant-Worthy French Toast

Here’s a NYTimes article helping us all to up our French Toast Game. My son will be happy!

Watermelon Party Trick

This Watermelon trick made me laugh!

Avoiding Organizational Debt

“…, organizational debt is the accumulation of changes that leaders should have made but didn’t.”

Avoiding Organizational Debt, by Scott Belsky

Record Player P1

A thing of beauty, the Dieter Rams designed Record Player P1 from 1959.

Goals

“The reason most of us are unhappy most of the time is that we set our goals – not for the person we’re going to be when we reach them – we set our goal for the person we are when we set them.”
– Dan Gilbert

Kevin Waldron

Kevin Waldron is a Brooklyn based illustrator. His tiger paper collage won my heart and is now proudly watching over us in our co-working space. Check out his work and his prints for sale over on society 6.

Communal Groupthink

“Most of our views are shaped by communal groupthink rather than individual rationality, and we cling to these views because of group loyalty. Bombarding people with facts and exposing their individual ignorance is likely to backfire. Most people don’t like too many facts, and they certainly don’t like to feel stupid.”

People Have Limited Knowledge. What’s the Remedy? Nobody Knows, by Yuval Harari

(via Bailey)

Shattered Glass Ceiling Necklace

A friend of mine gifted me this Shattered Glass Ceiling Necklace. It’s a tribute to all the women who have ever crushed it and symbolizes all the milestone breakthroughs achieved by women past, present, and future.

Love this so much!

Friday Link Pack

(Anyone know who created this?)

Download 200+ Free Modern Art Books from the Guggenheim Museum

– Shining a light on the positive impact immigrants have on the world: thebrightside.co

– Seth Godin is going to teach you how to tell stories that resonate with his brand new online seminar.

– The wonderful Olimpia Zagnoli launched a Skillshare class.

An alarm rug that forces you to get up. Brilliant and annoying.

– The ‘Shazam For Plants‘ Will Identify Any Plant From A Picture (via)

The self-healing letter of complaint

– Dieter Rams’ classic design principles updated for the tech industry

Check who has access to your Google account (via)

Nomadic gardener rents people’s yards to grow produce

– Here’s your chance to explore Sicily with one of my favorite humans, Linda Sarris, aka The Cheeky Chef. A week of Italian culture and culinary delights. YES!

– The delicate art of “managing up”. (via)

Page Weight lets you see how images affect your page speed.

– Helen Dealtry makes beautiful scarves.

Best shot of all time.

Forget about brainstorming, try brainwriting.

This wall rack is beautiful and practical. The two conditions that have to be met to enter my home.

A person is a person through other persons. “We know from everyday experience that a person is partly forged in the crucible of community. Relationships inform self-understanding. Who I am depends on many ‘others’: my family, my friends, my culture, my work colleagues.” (via one of my favorite newsletters)

– Jamila Woods – “Holy

– Beautifully designed weight training equipment? Wow!

– I want to give this Make-Ahead “Ham & Cheese” Breakfast Casserole a try!

– “No parent should ever have to decide if they can afford to save their child’s life. It just shouldn’t happen.” Jimmy Kimmel

– Love what Jason Fried is doing over at Basecamp with their new referral program: You save $50 on your first month if you sign up with this link and the best part: They are going to be donating $50 per signup to the Chicago Food Depository.

– This throw! So fun! (via)

– Did you know CreativeMornings is now happening in 170 cities? Here are all of the upcoming events this month.

I feel great. I feel great. I feel great.

♥ / Layers

A big thank you to Layers Design Conference for sponsoring this week.

Layers is a design conference featuring diverse speakers with educational, engaging talks to hone your skills and broaden your perspective. Created by and for people who love user interface design.

Register with the code “SWISSMISS” to get $100 off your pass.

www.layers.is, San Jose, CA, June 5-7, 2017.


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Rules for Making Memorable Connections

1. Convey genuine appreciation.
2. Listen with intent.
3. Use humility markers
4. Offer unvarnished honesty.
5. Blue-sky brainstorm.

How to Become Insanely Well-Connected, by Chris Fralic

Astronomical Phenomenon Stamp

A new postage stamp reveals a rare astronomical phenomenon when you touch it.