The Era of Blind Faith in Data Must End

“Algorithms don’t make things fair. They repeat our past practices, our patterns. They automate the status quo.”

Interesting and timely talk by Cathy O’Neil, a data skeptic.

Seth Godin Facebook Live

Seth Godin had me as a guest on his Facebook live today. What an honor!

He is the force behind numerous bestseller books, the creator of AltMBA. Watch his CreativeMornings talk and see his magic.

Collateral Damage

“Sometimes we are just the collateral damage in someone else’s war against themselves.”
Lauren Eden

The Untethered Soul

I don’t think I have ever said this: I wish this book, the Untethered Soul, would have found me sooner.

This Laundry Soap!

I don’t think I have ever raved about a laundry detergent. Until now: This laundry soap by Zum Clean makes my laundry and my house smell delightful. I discovered it thanks to my friend Camella. Every time I’d hang out with her or visit her house I’d wonder why she smells so good. We “sniffed around” until we realized it was her laundry detergent! :)

Friday Link Pack


What are the most popular email clients?

Lock down your Facebook privacy settings with these simple steps.

Supporting Musicians: A Practical Guide (discovered this blog because of this thread)

– 3 things employees really want: Career, Community, Cause

AIGA launched a Magazine called Eye on Design. It was created by an all-women team based in NYC, London and Berlin. WOW!

– Curious Emperor penguins have been captured in Antarctica getting up close and personal on film. (via Coudal)

– It’s Official: The VW Bus is Back and it’s Electric

– I love how my friend Sawyer shares the books he is reading.

Slow Hack: Ask “Why?” 5 Times. (discovered this blog because of this thread)

– Some digital wallpaper gems in here.

– I am quite enamored with Evi O’s bold art.

Symmetry. (discovered this blog because of this thread)

Whatever you do, don’t run back to what broke you.

OpenIDEO got a facelift.

– “Reading books can make you happier and reading is for awesome people. Visiting art galleries and museums can make you smarter and trips to see live theatre “enhance tolerance, and empathy”.” How to Balance Your Media Diet

– Gulp. How much do I need to retire?

12 things everyone should know about tech, by Anil Dask. (via)

Why are sloths so slow?

This boy! Wow!

– “Amazon is slowly but surely chipping away at its larger advertising rivals. This year, its US ad revenues will climb 63.5% to surpass $2 billion for the first time.” Article.

How to get back your privacy online without completely checking out.

– This new peacock feather Tattly is flying off the shelves.

– Thank you Layers conference for sponsoring my blog this week.

The Broccoli Tree

When you share something, you risk losing it.”

Do That Thing


A good reminder by Dallas Clayton.

Future of Content

“The future of content, in my opinion, is all about creating context. We are bombarded with so much information from so many channels every single day, that people crave editorial that can actually help them make sense of everything. We get so much of our “content” in these little bursts now — be it an email, a tweet, a blog post. But it’s always this little bite-sized, isolated bit of information. We rarely understand how it actually fits into our lives.

Given this, I think what’s needed are curators, editors, writers, filmmakers, etc who can really zoom out from that narrow perspective and take the long view. Who can do some of that sense-making for people so that they understand how this political development fits into the long arc of history, or how developing this particular habit will give their life more meaning in the long run. The future of content is about creating a rich, well-thought-out context that makes it possible for people to really process and synthesize ideas in depth — not in this surface-y way we’re all accustomed to now.”

– Jocelyn K. Glei

This interview with my friend Jocelyn really made me think.

Tik Tak Table

What a beauty of a wooden table. Designed by Switzerland based Ueli Frischknecht.

(Thank you Notta)

Eraser Collection

I would totally hang this eraser collection print by Lisa Congdon in my house. (I had that blue/orange one as a kid!)

The Eternal Creative Struggle

This illustration by Veronica Dearly made me chuckle.

Cristiana Couceiro

Absolutely loving these collages by Portugal based illustrator Cristiana Couceiro.

NITCH

I have a new favorite website and Instagram account to get lost in: NITCH.

Honesty

“Honesty always gets my attention. Not particularly someone who is honest to me, but someone who is honest with themselves.”
– Heath Ledger

(via Nitch)

Ideas You Consume

“What you think is a function of the ideas you consume.”
Faris

Excellent read: How to balance your media diet.

The Love You Put Into Something

“I strongly believe that the amount of love and care you put into a project is always apparent. Even if people are not conscious of it, they can sense when you have paid attention to every little detail.”
– Jocelyn K. Glei

I wholeheartedly agree with Jocelyn. Read the full interview.

How to do nothing

Jenny Odell believes time and places for the practice and art of doing nothing are crucial to uncover underlying problems and to understand yourself. She regularly spends time in a nearby rose garden for observational activities such as bird watching and doing nothing to discover what unfolds from her inner journey and peace in mind.

Isle of Dog

Can’t wait to see Isle of Dogs. Mad respect for the creators.

♥ / Layers Conference

A big thank you to Layers Conferece for continuously sponsoring my blog and RSS feed.

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The World

“The world needs the sense that we are all in it TOGETHER!”
– Jean Houston

Bustin Moves and Movin Busts

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This animation by Frida Ek made me giggle.

Bird Of Paradise Courtship Spectacle

Why have I never seen this bird of paradise courtship dance before? I must live under a rock! it gets really good at 2:28. I had to laugh out loud. And watch it numerous times.

Every Opportunity Comes with a Cost

“As much as we’d like to be nice people, we owe others a lot less of our time than we believe we do. It’s your business, you’re allowed to be a little selfish with it, especially when the net result of saying “yes” to everything to be “nice” is that you have less time to actually spend on your business and serving your customers.”
Paul Jarvis

(via my favorite newsletter)