“When I’m terrified, I’m probably on the brink of something that’s pretty rad.”
– Shannon Lee Simmons
Research Scientist Janelle Shane collected all the candy heart messages she could find, and then gave them to a learning algorithm called a neural network. Given a set of data, a neural network will learn the patterns that let it imitate the original data – although its imitation is sometimes imperfect. The candy heart messages it produced are quite humorous. Made me chuckle. Also, Happy Valentine’s everyone. It’s my son’s birthday, so this day is extra special.
Today’s Tattly release is a multisensory experience combining the calming scent of Eucalyptus, a sound meditation, and six sacred geometric shapes. The accompanying sound meditation download by Sara Auster features her playing crystal singing bowls. Zen out everyone!
(Not sure what sacred geometry is? Here you go)
“As someone who has decades of experience on the web, I hate to compare myself to the tortoise, but hey, if it fits, it fits. Let’s be more like that tortoise: diligent, direct, and purposeful. The web needs pockets of slowness and thoughtfulness as its reach and power continues to increase. What we depend upon must be properly built and intelligently formed. We need to create space for complexity’s important sibling: nuance. Spaces without nuance tend to gravitate towards stupidity. And as an American, I can tell you, there are no limits to the amount of damage that can be inflicted by that dangerous cocktail of fast-moving-stupid.”
Everything is Hard Again, by Frank Chimero
“The difference between a community and a network is that you belong to a community, but a network belongs to you. You feel in control. You can add friends if you wish, you can delete them if you wish. You are in control of the important people to whom you relate. People feel a little better as a result, because loneliness, abandonment, is the great fear in our individualist age. But it’s so easy to add or remove friends on the internet that people fail to learn the real social skills, which you need when you go to the street, when you go to your workplace, where you find lots of people who you need to enter into sensible interaction with.”
At a dinner party a few weeks ago my neighbors listed the five best products they bought in 2017. Without hesitation, they started raving about these linen sheets called Parachute. As someone who has never spent a lot of money on sheets, I was surprised at the excitement and enthusiasm that oozed out of both of my neighbors, especially as they are more the quiet, reserved types. Their love for these sheets was palpable. So much, that I spontaneously bought a set after I got home, even though they are super duper pricy. Granted, the 3 glasses of wine might have had something to do with it.
A few days later the sheets arrived. The moment of truth was here! And the verdict: They are F-A-N-T-A-S-T-I-C. They feel a tiny bit rough, but in a good way. I admit, I am excited to go to bed because of my sheets. And, yes, I do sound like a bored suburban housewife by talking about how much I love my sheets. BUT I REALLY DO!
I admit though, I can’t get over how much I paid for them. They better last a loooooong time! Also, yes, adulting hard!
A big thank you to Ode to Things for sponsoring this week’s RSS Feed.
Ode to Things is a micro-store run by an artist-designer duo based in New England. It is a tribute to and celebration of quality lifestyle objects. Together they gathered products from around the world that are significant in the way they unify form, function, and style. Things that bring joy to humans that care about form and function, that want objects that become an essential part of their living space.
I was beyond bummed when I learned Apple killed the MagSafe on their latest laptops. I am clumsy and tend to trip over cables and thanks to MagSafe my laptops didn’t go flying. No longer.
Meet Tug: It works with any power cord you might trip on, by placing the magnetic break-away connection at the outlet. Smart.
Windows of San Francisco is an interactive “documentary” featuring views from 100 windows around San Francisco. What a wonderfully conceptual, slightly voyeuristic experiment!
(Thank you Jon Murray!)
“The things that you put inside your head are like lego blocks. If you are trying to build with just with one shape and one colour your creations will always be limited. The more blocks you have and the more diverse their shapes and colours, the more interesting castles you can build.”
– Maria Popova
“Here is the world. Beautiful and terrible things will happen. Don’t be afraid.”
― Frederick Buechner
I’ve had a pretty remarkable a few days in Los Angeles this past weekend and felt like I got to see a glimpse of the magic that’s inside of me, coming into my true power. I had to chuckle when I found this banner just now. They got it from a Frances Hodgson Burnett quote:
“No one smiled. They were all too much in earnest. Colin’s face was not even crossed by a shadow. He was thinking only of the Magic.
‘Then I will chant,’ he said. And he began, looking like a strange boy spirit. ‘The sun is shining – the sun is shining. That is the Magic. The flowers are growing – the roots are stirring. That is the Magic. Being alive is the Magic – being strong is the Magic. The Magic is in me – the Magic is in me. It is in me – it is in me. It’s in every one of us.’…”
“What you do makes a difference and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.”
– Jane Goodall
These leaf shaped serving plates made my heart jump a little when I saw them in a store in LA last weekend. How stunning are these? Hat tip to the designer, Nao Tamura.
If your family reunion only lasts three minutes, what will you do? A unique Chinese New Year story shot on iPhone X by director Peter Chan.
“The art of living is neither careless drifting on the one hand nor fearful clinging to the past and the known on the other. It consists in being completely sensitive to each moment, in regarding it as utterly new and unique, in having the mind open and wholly receptive.”
– Alan Watts