Litecup

My kids always want a bottle of water next to their beds at night. And often they knock it over and it spills. This is where Litecup comes in. It emits a blue glow so your kid doesn’t have to fumble in the dark. It allows you to drink from anywhere on the lid—there’s a 360-degree valve. And when you’re done, the valve locks automatically. So even if you knock it over, it won’t spill. Pretty cool!

How To Cook With Cast Iron

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Present

“Real generosity toward the future lies in giving all to the present.”
– Albert Camus

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Man Without Wings

Man Without Wings

This beautiful print by Geffen Rafaeli is a reminder to everyone in the US to go vote today!

How the Electoral College Works

Today’s the day! Go VOTE!

Simon Sinek Q&A at CreativeMornings/San Diego

If you haven’t seen Simon’s recent CreativeMornings/San Diego talk, I recommend you watch it first. Then the above Q&A. What a remarkable human!

Me by Tinybop

The latest app by Tinybop, called Me, launched last week and I wan’t wait to show it to my six year old.

Me asks kids 100s of questions about their feelings, their families, friends, school, and home, with words, pictures, photos, and sounds to create a vibrant, dynamic self-portrait.
Me aims to help kids build skills like self-awareness, social awareness, and emotional literacy. The app is based on research suggesting that the better kids understand themselves, the more able they are to be empathetic and understand others.

Learn more about Me and find additional resources to help raise a good human.

Success

“Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.”
– Maya Angelou

Nordic Kitchen Pot

Nordic Pot

Industrial designer Eva Solo strikes again, this time with the Nordic Pot. Designed to resemble cast iron but made from lightweight aluminum, this pot is easy to use and to clean. Comes with non-stick coating and can be used on stovetop as well in the oven. Love!

Habit Calendar

The Habit Calendar gives you the satisfaction of crossing something off your to do list while tracking the small habits that make a huge difference. (If you like this idea, you might also like my to-do app, TeuxDeux!)

Alexis Taylor and his Stationary Bike

Alexis Taylor pedals a stationary bike in random London locations in the video for his solo track “So Much Further To Go”. LOVE this! So much!

This Song Reduces Anxiety by Up to 65 Percent

Given the upcoming US election here on Tuesday, I could most certainly use some stress reducing tunes. According to Dr. David Lewis-Hodgson of Mindlab International the above song produced a greater state of relaxation than any other music tested to date. In fact, listening to “Weightless” resulted in a striking 65 percent reduction in participants’ overall anxiety, and a 35 percent reduction in their usual physiological resting rates.

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Friday Link Pack

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– In a truly historic moment, New York City became the first city in the nation to protect freelance workers against client nonpayment today on October 27, 2016.

6 Books Supposedly Written by Ghosts

– “A survey is a useful tool for brainstorming, but it shouldn’t be confused with what the group actually feels.” What does the poll say?, by Seth Godin

Seth Godin’s 10 rules for the internet should be taught in school.

A Playlist of 172 Songs from Wes Anderson Soundtracks: From Bottle Rocket to The Grand Budapest Hotel

David Bowie’s favorite books.

– A blog dedicated to poor decisions that make great stories.

– Cate Blanchett Morphs a Dozen Times in ‘Manifesto

Animals being weird. YES!

Scientists explain how happiness makes us less creative

– I had the chance to meet the founders behind The Fourneau Oven, now I am dying to try it myself. Nothing beats a homemade bread.

Defy The Product Life Cycle

– I am currently attending our second ever CreativeMornings organizer summit in Austin. Today is the final day. Get some impressions of the fun we’ve had with the Instagram hashtag #CMsummit16.

Historical Photos of NYC

oldnyc

OldNYC is a beautiful way to discover historical photos of New York City. Yes to digital time travel!

Sneaker Puzzle

Sneaker Puzzle

Are you a sneaker head? You might really dig this sneaker puzzle designed by Yoni Alter, made from 19 colorful, handmade resin pieces.

Notabag Kids

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Notabag, the smart combination of a bag and a backpack just launched a kids version. What a fun gift! Also, they make reflective ones, for you bikers out there!

Paper Lettering

Sabeena Karnik

How stunning is this paper lettering by Sabeena Karnik?

Soviet Arcade Machines

I want to go visit The Museum of Soviet Arade Machines!

Doubt

“I don’t think there’s an artist of any value who doesn’t doubt what they’re doing.”
– Francis Ford Coppola

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Legacy

“Your legacy is every life you have ever touched.”
– Maya Angelou

NEW! Gold Peacock by Rifle Paper

Gold Peacock By Rifle Paper

This Peacock Tattly by Rifle Paper launched today! Looooooove it! (Their entire collection is beautiful.)

Negative Emotions and The Creative Process

“Rigor is the key to overcoming obstacles and completing tasks—and good mood doesn’t improve problem-solving, which involves judgments that almost by necessity won’t feel good: critique and evaluation, experimentation and failure. The stress that arises from problems may be unpleasant but it also motivates us to complete tasks, Davis says. In other words, negative emotions are actually beneficial to the creative process.”

Scientists explain how happiness makes us less creative

Dare to Disagree

Most people instinctively avoid conflict, but as Margaret Heffernan shows us, good disagreement is central to progress. In this TED talk she illustrates how the best partners aren’t echo chambers — and how great research teams, relationships and businesses allow people to deeply disagree.

Mont Saint-Michel

Mont Saint-Michel looks like a fairytale castle, but it’s actually a French monastery. It’s on my list of places to visit one day.