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 difference
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!)

Sensitive to Pleasure

“We cannot be more sensitive to pleasure without being more sensitive to pain.”
— Alan Watts

Out of Season Chairlift Structures

A collection of out of season chairlift structures, by Daniel Bushaway.

Link Pack

I keep coming back to this lecture by Ram Dass. It’s packed with so much wisdom.

How to Host a Cocktail Party on Zoom (and have better classes, conferences and meetings, too)

This Twitter thread is internet gold.

– I love what Jordan Ferney is posting these days over on Oh Happy Day

– My friend Ian Adelman has been building modern sandcastles this summer. Check out this one, or this one or this one. The VOTE sandcastle is my favorite.

– I enjoyed this talk by Ethan Hawke.

– Use Backlight, a little inspector tool to check your favourite (and your own) websites for how visitors are being tracked and what data is shared. It’s always surprising to see how mindlessly even small sites overshare visitor information. (via)

– I want a huggable heat bag.

– I am always amazed when people tell me they don’t know about Giphy. Sit back, put in some odd search terms and be amused.

BUTTER!

– This Bosch Heart Smart Commercial by Ben Callner made me laugh.

– I am intrigued by Levels. It apparently tracks your blood glucose in real time, so you can maximize your diet and exercise. Would love to give it a try. (Or hear from anyone who has!)

– “Loneliness is usually framed around your relationships to others—community, friendship, family. But that’s not the whole picture. To feel less lonely, you have to also build your relationship with yourself, which requires time alone, free from distractions, and that can feel scary. This is an essay about why you might want to give being alone a try.”

– I dig these magnetic bookmarks.

Adult Fly Costume.

Sobering: Even with a good vaccine, Dr. Fauci is forecasting a return to “something that closely resembles normal” by the end of 2021 *at the earliest*, stressing it’s “not going to eliminate things like mask wearing and avoiding crowds”.

– Yes, the Step Bucket Stool is pricy, but I love the design.

– We have some amazing free digital FrieldTrips coming up at CreativeMornings: How to Manage (or Avoid) Nightmare Clients, Fundraising on Instagram Live, Enrich your personal and professional relationships with the 5 Love Languages, and then there is this one: Notes from a Regular Creative: 5 Things I’ve Learned from CM FieldTrips. You can view all upcoming FieldTrips here.

– We introduced a new artist at Tattly. Her name is Christina Mrozik. Her Floraflies sheet is a big hit.

– 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.

Days Of The Week Origins

(via)

Ledge House

I am drooling over this house, designed by New York based Architecture studio Desai Chia Architecture. I could lounge here. No problem.

Accidentally Wes Anderson

I am very excited about getting my hands on one this Accidentally Wes Anderson Book.

In case you’re not familiar with the Instagram account Accidentally Wes Anderson, it’s one of my favorites. It features scenes from all over the world that look like it could be out of one of Wes’ movies.

♥ / 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!)

Making Choices with Nature in Mind

“In every moment of every day, there’s a choice to be made. If we all make our choices with nature in mind, then together we’ll find a way to live in balance with the natural word. After all, we are nature, and we need it to survive.” A new film with David Attenborough.