Chalets of Switzerland

These photographs of Swiss houses by Patrick Lambertz stopped me in my tracks. Having grown up in Switzerland, this architecture is so deeply familiar and comforting. (The series is called Swiss Chalets, but I disagree, these are not chalets.)

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To Be Kind

Three Things in Human Life Are Important.
The First Is To Be Kind.
The Second Is To Be Kind.
And the Third Is To Be Kind
— Henry James

NYC’s New Digital Subway Map

The new MTA Live Subway Map is a real-time digital map designed to help riders navigate New York City’s ever-evolving transportation network.

The Live Subway Map is a web-based application that works across a range of devices. It’s a pro bono collaboration between the MTA, the Transit Innovation Partnership , and design and technology company Work & Co.

Ordinary

“Ordinary isn’t the enemy but instead something nourishing and unavoidable, the bedrock upon which the rest of experience ebbs and flows. Embrace this — the warm water, the pruned hands, the prismatic gleam of the bubbles and the steady passage from dish to dish to dish — and feel, however briefly, the breath of actual time, a reality that lies dormant and plausible under all the clutter we pile on top of it. A bird makes its indecipherable call to another bird, a song from a passing car warps in the Doppler effect and I’m reminded, if only for a moment, that I need a lot less than I think I do and that I don’t have to leave my kitchen to get it.”
– Mike Powell, An Ode to Washing the Dishes

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♥ / Hidden Mirrors Game

A big thank you to Hidden Mirrors for sponsoring my blog this week.

Hidden Mirrors is a mobile game for and by people that don’t play mobile games. It’s visual, addictive and just the right amount of an 80s vibe.

The goal of the game is to fill the highlighted tiles, either one at a time, or by swiping to mirror everything you’ve filled already. The way the symmetries unfold appear deceptively simple, and it becomes a pleasant visualization exercise to predict how the inner shapes will interact.

Hidden Mirrors is free for a limited time. You can download it for Apple and Android. And, you can even win a free t-shirt if you beat the Pacifica levels!(They have given out 160 T-Shirts so far!)

Awkward

“Social skills are like any other kind of ability in that they require practice.” Smith writes in the latest edition of her newsletter, Inside Your Head. “And by this point in the pandemic, starved of normal, everyday social interactions — running into an acquaintance on the street, sharing an elevator with a co-worker, or making small talk with a barista — most of us are pretty rusty.”

We’ve already gotten kind of awkward. But over the next few months, with even fewer chances to practice being social in person, we’re all about to get super awkward.

We’re All About to Get a Lot More Awkward

In Flight

In Flight: Dramatic photographs by Mark Harvey capture acrobatic birds mid-air. Stunning.

Unresolved

“Be patient toward all that is unresolved in your heart.”
— Rainer Maria Rilke

Mercury’s Retrograde

This is beautifully absurd: A millennial is looking for her magic 8 ball inside her unconsciousness.

(via The Curious Brain)

Swim Wild

(Via Alastair)

Little Peek

Little Peek, a stunning home fifteen miles from Maine’s mid-coast on the island of Vinalhaven. Designed by Berman Horn Studio.

Be Kind

Be Kind Banner by Secret Holiday Co.

Essential Lessons From 2020

stand up for what is right
prioritize your mental health
being flexible brings success
your voice makes a diffeerence
do not hide from your emotions
hard moments do not last forever
healing yourself makes life better
pursue your goals no matter what
embracing change eases your mind

young pueblo

Link Pack

Tasha Blank, force behind the legendary The Get Down, hosted a global dance party this morning with CreativeMoOnrings. It felt so good to get into our bodies. She has a daily dance challenge going. Get in on it! Want to get dancing right away, on your own terms? Check out her playlists over on SoundCloud.

– Thank you Kai for introducing me (and all of your Newsletter subscribers) to Icarus Complex Magazine.

– To Mend a Broken Internet, Create Online Parks

– This is so 2020: The Flaming Lips performed a gig in bubbles to an audience also in bubbles last night.

– Schitt’s Creek – Every “DAVID” From Alexis and Moira From Every Season (via)

New emoji approved to help express the anguish of 2020

– Imagine all the progress that could be made if Biden wins: Biden’s First 100 Days

– Many isolated people have struggled in lockdown, but others enjoy solitude and choose it as a way of life. Here, Elliot Caunce portrays four modern hermits who live off the grid in Scotland. (via)

– Stunning: An abandoned potato sorting station near Krasnosilka, Ukraine with a unusual, cantilevered design

– I keep thinking how much I love my Sonos Move. It’s tucked away on the window sill for regular use but I put it next to me when I watch movies on my projector, for better sound experience. It works so well.

– Honoring Indigenous Peoples: 20 Recommended Reads

– This temple hot air balloon is everything. (via)

– I am embarrassed to admit I like these faux hanging vine garlands. So much fun could be had with these decorating.

– Hello there, polka dot pouf.

Skinskool is a “dupe finder” that compares the active ingredients in your favorite skincare products and matches them to other products on the market. (via)

– Always fun to get a glimpse into a redesign process.

– “The internet makes it possible for like people to find each other, and this is extremely important. But it makes it difficult for unlike people to contact each other without their defences up. …” ‘ —> On connection, by Kae Tempest

CreativeMornings turned 12. We have grown to 219 cities and 67 countries. I love this community so much.

– Are you a voter? Then wear it on your skin!

– Thank you Hidden Mirrors for sponsoring my blog this week. Hidden Mirrors is a super fun visual game, with the right amount of an 80s vibe. You can download it for Apple and Android.

Rainbow Stripes Olive Oil Bottle

Loving this handprinted rainbow stripes Olive Oil Bottle from Italy. (Also loving the rainbow planter and plate.)

(Thank you Linda)

Music Melts

“Music melts all the separate parts of our bodies together”
— Anaïs Nin

Dancing Through Harlem

I love this so much.

Life is An Act of Faith and an Act of Gamble

“Well now really when we go back into falling in love. And say, it’s crazy. Falling. You see? We don’t say “rising into love”. There is in it, the idea of the fall. And it goes back, as a matter of fact, to extremely fundamental things. That there is always a curious tie at some point between the fall and the creation. Taking this ghastly risk is the condition of there being life. You see, for all life is an act of faith and an act of gamble. The moment you take a step, you do so on an act of faith because you don’t really know that the floor’s not going to give under your feet. The moment you take a journey, what an act of faith. The moment that you enter into any kind of human undertaking in relationship, what an act of faith. See, you’ve given yourself up. But this is the most powerful thing that can be done: surrender. See. And love is an act of surrender to another person. Total abandonment. I give myself to you. Take me. Do anything you like with me. See. So, that’s quite mad because you see, it’s letting things get out of control. All sensible people keep things in control. Watch it, watch it, watch it. Security? Vigilance Watch it. Police? Watch it. Guards? Watch it. Who’s going to watch the guards? So, actually, therefore, the course of wisdom, what is really sensible, is to let go, is to commit oneself, to give oneself up and that’s quite mad. So we come to the strange conclusion that in madness lies sanity.”
– Alan Watts

Falling Into Love

Alan Watts on Falling In Love.

Carving Food

Thank you Tomoko Sato, I will never be able to look at an apple or a radish the same way again.

Stunning Portraits by Tim Tadder


These stunning portraits by Tim Tadder made me gasp.

Her Morning Elegance / Oren Lavie

Not new, but worth rewatching. Her Morning Elegance, by Oren Lavie.

5 Levels of Communication

Level 1: Ritual
Level 2: Extended Ritual
Level 3: Content (or Surface)
Level 4: Feelings About Content
Level 5: Feelings About Each Other

Interesting read: Richard Francisco’s Five Levels of Communication maps out a series of “levels” that represent increasing degrees of difficulty, risk, and potential learning in our interactions.

♥ / Hidden Mirrors Game

A big thank you to Hidden Mirrors for sponsoring my blog for another week.

Hidden Mirrors is a mobile game for and by people that don’t play mobile games. It’s visual, addictive and just the right amount of an 80s vibe.

The goal of the game is to fill the highlighted tiles, either one at a time, or by swiping to mirror everything you’ve filled already. The way the symmetries unfold appear deceptively simple, and it becomes a pleasant visualization exercise to predict how the inner shapes will interact.

Hidden Mirrors is free for a limited time. You can download it for Apple and Android. And, you can even win a free t-shirt if you beat the Pacifica levels!(They have given out 160 T-Shirts so far!)