Friday Link Pack

Megan Poe is a psychiatrist and interpersonal psychoanalyst who teaches one of New York University’s most popular and fastest-growing classes. Her topic? Love!

The most disruptive office distractions, ranked. (#12 made me laugh)

This t-shirt keeps making me giggle.

– “Anger is one of the densest forms of communication. It conveys more information, more quickly, than almost any other type of emotion.”

Downlink updates your desktop background with the newest images of Earth. (Mac OSX) (via Chris)

10 Fun Facts about the New TWA Hotel at JFK Airport

Banana Peel Art

Let’s all wear cats on our collars.

– Resonance: How to Open Doors For Other People

– “My Plants Understand Me”-Pin.

– These delicate hand-blown glass tubes each contain a unique piece of nature sealed within them.

Toro Y Moi Tinydesk Concert

– “I worry more about the subtle, pervasive draining out of meaning, of intimate contact, from our society and our culture.” The Machine Stops

Why Do Birds Fly in a V-Formation?

– “The collective noun for a group of pugs is a grumble.”116 Amazing Facts for People Who Like Amazing Facts

– Tattly is running a 25-50% off Tin Sale today. Tattly tins are a party in a box.

– The CreativeGuild is a global directory of creative companies.

– A big thank you to Parsons at Open Campus for sponsoring my blog and RSS Feed this week.

Brick Mode

“When my phone is in Brick™ Mode and I’m completely disconnected from the internet (at dinner with a friend, on a hike, or reading a book) anyone who texts me will get an automatic reply saying that I’m off my phone and I’ll get back to them when I’ve reconnected. This simple auto-reply relieves my “always on” pressure because I know that anyone who texts knows I haven’t seen the message yet.”

How I Hacked My iPhone’s “Do Not Disturb While Driving” Function and Significantly Improved My Life

(via Jocelyn)

Ello Ceramic Travel Mug

This Ceramic Travel Mug by Ello won my heart.

Amy Padnani: Overlooked Obituaries

New York Times digital editor Amy Padnani talked about Overlooked, a series telling the stories of remarkable people who never received an obit in their publication.

Feeling Regretti


Gigantic Pivoting Door

Gah! This gigantic pivoting door of a modern home in Antwerp made me gasp.

♥ / Use Your Creativity for Good

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The Value of Ritual in Your Workday

“What if every performance review began with a short thought about the importance of clear and open communication? If every time we worked on a spreadsheet someone else created for us, we paused to acknowledge the complexity of the work she did and the attention to detail she brought to it? If at the beginning of the day we paused to honor the work we are about to do and the people with whom we are about to do it?”

The Value of Ritual in Your Workday

Half: Indigo Rings

Intrigued by this rainbow-y looking sculpture by MQuan Studio.

Fruit Aliens

This made me laugh.


Advice For My Younger Self:

“When I was younger, I worried that every decision I made would send me down that path for LIFE. Every time I faced a choice of whether to accept a new job, move to a different city or stay in a relationship, I built it up as a definitive, forever-life-altering moment. And while that was true on some level — all the little choices do, in fact, add up to the life that you end up living — I wish I could go back in time and whisper in my own ear, ‘Let this decision just be this decision, not a loaded choice about the rest of your days on earth. You can always reroute.’”
— Ann Friedman

What Advice Would You Give Your Younger Self?

Friday Link Pack

The absolutely wonderful Ashley Ford gave a remarkably person talk at 99u yesterday, which received a well deserved standing ovation. It starts at 2:24.

Happiest man alive?

Chair Socks! No, really!

What a sweet poster! (via)

Easy daily ways to feel more connected

– Excited for Julia Rothman’s new book project “Sex With Everybody“. Can’t wait to get my hands on it and share it with my daughter.

– This Mother’s Day, write a letter to your children. Leave them something for after you’re gone.

The benefits of boredom

– A moon clutch? YES!

– “Your life will in certain ways be a long sequence of different kinds of homework; and – horribly – maths is the easiest version: a beginners guide, almost a pleasure. Poor darling. I love you more than I can say. ” What You Might Want to Tell Your Child About Homework

Barack Obama’s Spring 2019 Book Recommendations

– I can stand behind Adam J.K.’s definition of success.

– Remember the guy running the London Marathon dressed as Big Ben? Here is some background story on why he did it and it broke my heart. .

– Status meetings: Don’t bring people together in real time to talk about stuff that has nothing to do with *right now*. Here’s what Basecamp does instead.

This frying pan is beautiful!

How to Tidy Up Your Laptop So It’s Actually a Pleasure to Use Again

I found my summer pants! I don’t like summer pants. But I like these. This is a personal breakthrough. Hooray!

Bracelet Charger Cord

– I am too chicken to ever get a real tattoo. But I do enjoy wearing a Tattly designed by a real-life tattoo artist. That’s the most rebel I will get.

– CreativeMornings is building a global rolodex of creative companies, a tool that will allow our community to connect beyond the monthly lectures. Being a member comes with unlimited job postings. Our job board is a treasure trove of opportunity. Check it out.

– A big thank you to Parsons at Open Campus for sponsoring my blog and RSS Feed this week.

Hamster Butts

Hamster Butts. (I love the internet!)

People > Craft

I keep coming back to this brief talk by Larry Legend. Reminding me that People > Craft.


1. What am I taking for granted this week?
2. Who helps to keep the comforts of my life coming to me?
3. What systems are helping my life to run right now?
4. Three mundane things that I do almost daily that I’m grateful for.
5. Five utilitarian things I use in my life, why I’m grateful for them, and some of the factors and circumstances that help bring those into my life.

Loving these 5 questions for deeper gratitude. Thank you for sharing, Danielle LaPorte.

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We All Have Hurt Someone

Bee Charm

Bees are the quintessential collaborators, strong and focused. I’d wear this bee charm.

Please Wash Hands

Please Wash Hands. Pretty, please.

The Great Mental Models Project

This new book by Farnam Street covers the first 9 mental models that we refer to as the General Thinking Concepts. A thorough understanding of these will improve the way you approach problems, consider opportunities, and make difficult decisions.

The Great Mental Models is a project by Farnam Street to help equalize opportunity in the world by making a high-quality education free and available to everyone.

Their newsletter is one of my favorites. Always super thoughtful and thought provoking. You can sign up here.

The Speed of Achievement

Two remarkable women in conversation: On Jocelin K. Glei’s latest Hurry Slowly episode, designer Debbie Millman brings the real talk about her struggle with being an over-achiever. In a world tailored to deliver instant gratification, how do we accept the idea that making anything worthwhile takes time?

Politeness vs Kindness

“Manners matter, but at the end of the day, politeness is cold comfort.

Politeness is rote memory. It comes from the mind, not the heart. And people can feel that — both the giver and the receiver can sense the shallowness off the interaction.

But kindness is all heart. When we are kind, we are sharing the light within us to make another person’s burden a little lighter.

Not because it’s the mannerly thing to do. But because it’s a human thing to do. And when we interact with people in this whole-hearted way, it can lift the vibrations of the entire room.”

— Dr. Laura Berman

Trilby Nelson Blanket

On my trip to Santa Fe last week I bought this blanket by Trilby Nelson. It not only looks but also feels beautiful.