Solid Wool

Last week, at the Do Lectures I got to touch a material that I thought for sure was fibreglass, but no, it was wool, Solid Wool to be concise. I had to ask about three times if I heard correctly. Wool? As in W-O-O-L?

Solid Wool is a beautiful, strong and unique composite material. Think fibreglass, but with wool. Mind blown! So much mad respect to the founders!

Fireworks

These firework images made me look.

How the Web Was Lost

“As public outrage grows over the centralization of the Web, and as enlarging numbers of coders join the effort to decentralize it, he has visions of the rest of us rising up and joining him. This spring, he issued a call to arms, of sorts, to the digital public. In an open letter published on his foundation’s Web site, he wrote: “While the problems facing the web are complex and large, I think we should see them as bugs: problems with existing code and software systems that have been created by people—and can be fixed by people.”

When asked what ordinary people can do, Berners-Lee replied, “You don’t have to have any coding skills. You just have to have a heart to decide enough is enough. Get out your Magic Marker and your signboard and your broomstick. And go out on the streets.” In other words, it’s time to rise against the machines.”

“I was devastated”: Tim Berners-Lee, the man who created the world wide web, has some regrets

(Thank you Manu)

How The Web Was Lost

Berners-Lee has seen his creation debased by everything from fake news to mass surveillance. But he’s got a plan to fix it.

Givers

“Givers Get Lucky.”
Do Lectures

OK

Love this OK Wall Mural by Anna Dorfman.

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My Recent 99u Talk

A few weeks ago I gave my second 99u talk, at their 10th anniversary conference here in NYC. And I am happy to see they just made it public for everyone to watch. In fact, they released all of the talks. So many good ones! Dive in!

Swimming Naked

“You never know who is swimming naked until the tide goes out.”
– Warren Buffet

(via the Do Lectures)

Giles Duley

I just arrived in London after a spectacularly heart-opening three days at the Do Lectures in Wales. I will be mentioning many of my experiences and people I met over the coming weeks here, one simply can’t wait: I had the incredible pleasure get to know Giles Duley, which I would now describe as the man with the biggest, most fearless, most empathetic heart I have ever met.

If you are moved by his story, please join me in supporting his charity Legacy of War Foundation.

Brands With Purpose

“The most important brands in the world make you feel something. They do that because they have something they want to change. And as customers, we want to be part of that change. These companies have a reason to exist over and above just to make a profit: They have a purpose. Yes, we admire the product they make. But the thing we love the most about them is the change they are making.”
David Hieatt

10 Hours of Relaxing Oceanscapes

Wow! 10 Hours of Relaxing Oceanscapes, from BBC Earth. I know what I am projecting on my walls when I get back home from Wales!

Friday Link Pack

My link pack this week is shorter than usual as I am on a farm in Wales, attending the wonderful, heart opening Do Lectures, sleeping in teepees. (You can tune in on the (paid) lifestream.)

IKEA Hacks for your patio

– “The problem with the jerk path is not that it isn’t more effective, it’s that you have to spend your days being a jerk.” The Jerk Fallacy

– Holy smokes: Eminem’s sign language interpreter is remarkable.

Paul McCartney Carpool Karaoke

– Adobe Has Created Five Fonts From the Lost Lettering of Original Bauhaus Designers (via Chris)

10 Ways To Lose The Underdog Spirit.

– Widly fascinating: Dr. Robert Lanza MD and astronomer Bob Berman have developed an explanation of the universe in which none of us dies. It’s called “biocentrism,” and states that life and consciousness create the reality we experience, and without those two elements, it’s just not there.

– A big thank you to Pipsticks and Workman Publishing for sponsoring my blog this week.

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A big thank you to Pipsticks and Workman Publishing for sponsoring my blog this week.

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Surrender

“Time and again I was seeing that if I could handle the winds of the current storm, they would end up blowing in some great gift … Challenging situations create the force needed to bring about change. The problem is that we generally use all the stirred up energy intended to bring about change, to resist change. I was learning to sit quietly in the midst of the howling winds and wait to see what constructing action was being asked of me.”
– Michael Singer

Taken from The Surrender Project

The Answer

Love this. By Tauba Auerbach.

Transform your Handwriting into a Font

Calligraphr helps you transform your handwriting into a font: Fill out the form, get a handwritten font. Easy as that.

(via Chris)

GeoGuessr

GeoGuessr: Play with a friend or by yourself. You’re plopped somewhere in the world in Google Maps and you have a set amount of time to pinpoint where you are.

(via Chris)

American Blooms

American Blooms by Pop Chart Lab.

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Mean People Fail

“There is also a complementary force at work: if you want to build great things, it helps to be driven by a spirit of benevolence. The startup founders who end up richest are not the ones driven by money. The ones driven by money take the big acquisition offer that nearly every successful startup gets en route. The ones who keep going are driven by something else. They may not say so explicitly, but they’re usually trying to improve the world. Which means people with a desire to improve the world have a natural advantage.”

Mean People Fail, by Paul Graham from 2014

(Thanks Paul)

Submarines Emerge From Beneath The Arctic Ice

This is crazy mind-blowing.: U.S. Navy and UK Royal Navy submarines got their readiness to operate in frigid environments tested by breaking through the North Pole ice.

Update: This comment on Twitter made my heart sink. Talk about perspective.

The Illusionists Documentary

The Illusionists is an award-winning documentary about the globalization of beauty and the dark side of advertising. Directed by Elena Rossini. Definitely watching this one.

Friday Link Pack

Here’s How You Can Help Fight Family Separation at the Border

– This story! A lonely 94-year-old man put a pool in his backyard and let kids in neighborhood use it.

A huge community where yoga is free and events promote neighborhood bonding. This sounds like the future.

10 Unusual Musical Instruments From Around the World

– “For the first time in its history, New York is, well, boring.”‘

– !!!! Woman Spends 3 Years Converting Old Bus Into Mobile Home, And It Looks Better Than Most Apartments

19 Tactics to Solve the Chicken-or-Egg Problem and Grow Your Marketplace

– What the what? Two Human Toes Were Stolen From an Anatomy Exhibit

Domino Park looks stunning!

– I love this website and Instagram account so much: Nitch. I want to have coffee with the person that runs it. Who is it?

Human feet as a geological force

– Do you have negatives or slides in your closet from the days before smartphones? I do, and I haven’t gotten around to tackling the task of transferring them into digital format. Wondering if PictoScanner is any good.

The Observers is a curious community dedicated to photography and books, an interview series in which notable photographers, curators, and filmmakers speak about the photo books that inspire their work.

– From earlier this week: Seized Belongings of Migrants

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