Foot-Powered Washing Machine

Yirego created a foot-powered, mobile washing machine. Smart.

Jad Abumrad on the Function of Music

My office neighbor and über-talented friend Mac Premo sat down with Jad Abumrad, of Radiolab fame and talked about sound, music and the function of music. Then he turned that conversation into a film. I am glad he did.

Weird, or just different?

“There’s a flip side to everything,” the saying goes, and in 2 minutes, Derek Sivers shows this is true in a few ways you might not expect.

Bob Dylan at 20 on Freak Shows

Dylan was just 20 years old when he appeared on the Folksingers Choice radio program on WBAI FM in New York City. He’d arrived in Manhattan just a few years earlier and was playing in the coffee houses of Greenwich Village, at one in particular he was paid “a dollar plus a cheeseburger.”

During this hour-long interview with Cynthia Gooding, Dylan played some of his own songs (“The Death of Emmett Till”, “Standing on the Highway”) and covers of classics by Howlin’ Wolf, Hank Williams, and Woody Guthrie. We scored this Blank on Blank with Dylan tuning up his guitar and playing his harmonica.

It’s a wonderful snapshot in time, with a young Dylan before he was famous and before he even released his debut album. He’s nervous and funny. He’s just a guy with a guitar with a little mischief underneath.

Listen to the full interview and hear some rarely heard songs here.

Hat tip to the team of Blank on Blank for creating this beautiful video series.

Six Million Years of Human History



(via Kottke)

Under Our Skin

What do we mean when we talk about race?

Under Our Skin grew out of conversations about how The Seattle Times covers race at a time when national and local events — the furor over police shootings, the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement, protests on college campuses and charged campaign rhetoric — dominate headlines. Absolutely fantastic.

What do we mean when we talk about race?

Tattly + 5 Seconds of Summer

Look, it’s a commercial, for Tattly!

Our studio community neighbors, Mac Premo and his team produced and directed the fun, colorful, and energetic Tattly commercial that will be played before the 5 Seconds Of Summer Summer 2016 tour performances in Toronto, New York, San Francisco and Dallas. We are talking BIIIIIIG screens! You will be able to find me in the audience of the NYC concert, most likely tearing up, when it comes on. Tattly sure keeps my life eventful!

Thank you Mac Premo and team. You are the best!

Free Wi-Fi Experiment

Imagine if free Wi-Fi was the key to getting strangers to talk with each other! Wonderful little experiment by Michael Reiner and Ivan Cash.

Synchronizing Fireflies

Trailer for Synchronicity (Thailand) by Robin Meier & Andre Gwerder, 2015.

(via Jad)

Sleepy Steve

Don’t you sometimes wish for a machine that helps you get ready in the morning? I do!

Lightpainting-Stopmotion

This Lightpainting-Stopmotion by Daniel Barreto made me look.

Reframing Entrepreneurial Success

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Kid Lessons

In this CreativeMornings talk Dallas Clayton shares what he calls ‘kid lessons,’ bite-size lessons that make your life and the lives of the people around you better. You can also listen to it here, in our podcast.

Words, by Maya Angelou

Autoeromatons

HeyHeydeHass makes beautiful art object machines.

When they started working on this project they had just two requirements: the automata they were about to produce had to perform a sensual act when being handled – in a safe for work way. They also needed to be simple, beautiful objects when in rest, made from high quality materials. Sexy alternatives to all those Executive Ball Clickers.

Team HeyHeydeHaas does the majority of the work on the Autoeromatons in house and by hand. From figuring out the mechanics of the automata and casting bronze at a local foundry, to polishing till you drop. They are a thing of beauty.

Totally Waterproof

In case you ever wondered, Tattly are indeed totally waterproof.

David Lynch on Meditation

David Lynch explains how meditation enhances our creativity!

The DNA Journey

To celebrate diversity in the world momondo presents The DNA Journey: a journey into who we are and how we are all connected as a global family. They asked 67 people from all over the world to take a DNA test, and it turns out they have much more in common with other nationalities than they would ever have thought.

The Dipped Painting Project

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It is my personal dream to one day own a dipped painting by Oliver Jeffers.

The Importance of Grit!

Leaving a high-flying job in consulting, Angela Lee Duckworth took a job teaching math to seventh graders in a New York public school. She quickly realized that IQ wasn’t the only thing separating the successful students from those who struggled. Here, she explains her theory of “grit” as a predictor of success.

If there is one thing I want to teach my children, besides being kind, it’s the importance of GRIT!

Look-Se

This new film by Daniel Savage is beautiful. What a talented human!

The Little Prince

(via On Animation)

The Myth of Average

High school dropout turned Harvard faculty talks about how a simple new way of thinking helps nurture individual potential.

(via Katie)

Creative Spark: Deborah Cook

Really enjoyed this mini documentary on stop motion costume designer Deborah Cook in which she takes viewers inside her creative process. Fascinating.