A beauty: “Midnight Dinner” Quilt
Millions of baby boomers are moving into their senior years with empty pockets and declining choices to earn a living. And right behind them is a younger generation facing the same challenges. In this deeply personal talk, author Elizabeth White opens up an honest conversation about financial trouble and offers practical advice for how to live a richly textured life on a limited income.
A big thank you to Ode to Things for sponsoring my blog and RSS Feed this week.
Ode to Things is a tribute to and celebration of quality lifestyle objects. The creators of this New-England based shop believe that the more everyday an item is, the higher quality it needs to be. With this as their mantra, they evaluate dozens of products each week, and only acquire one or two per month — those that adhere to a stringent set of criteria they call “the ode-worthiness checklist”. The result is a unique, consistent, and finely-curated collection.
It is an absolute visual pleasure to visit Ode to Things. See for yourself.
“Recycling plastic is to saving the Earth what hammering a nail is to halting a falling skyscraper. You struggle to find a place to do it and feel pleased when you succeed. But your effort is wholly inadequate and distracts from the real problem of why the building is collapsing in the first place. The real problem is that single-use plastic—the very idea of producing plastic items like grocery bags, which we use for an average of 12 minutes but can persist in the environment for half a millennium—is an incredibly reckless abuse of technology.”
This Stabilo Boss campaign highlighting the remarkable, as in history’s forgotten women, is fantastic.
Below The Surface is an archaeological project of the North/South metro line in Amsterdam. At Damrak and Rokin in the city centre, archaeologists had a chance to physically access the riverbed, thanks to the excavations for the massive infrastructure project of the North/South metro line between 2003 and 2012. Rivers in cities are unlikely archaeological sites. It is not often that a riverbed, let alone one in the middle of a city, is pumped dry and can be systematically examined. The excavations in the Amstel yielded a deluge of finds, some 700,000 in all: a vast array of objects, some broken, some whole, all jumbled together.
So. Many. Stories! See all the objects.
(Thank you Wesley)
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Onsen married functionality with minimalism to craft a lightweight bath towel that dries like its job depended on it. The key to this obsessively designed towel isn’t what they added, but rather what they eliminated. Most towels go through a chemical bathing process so that they feel soft and fluffy, at least at first. Not Onsen. Instead of short-lived softness that washes away, Onsen relies on premium materials and traditional techniques to deliver a thirsty towel that only gets softer over time.
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“Make your interests gradually wider and more impersonal, until bit by bit the walls of the ego recede, and your life becomes increasingly merged in the universal life. An individual human existence should be like a river — small at first, narrowly contained within its banks, and rushing passionately past rocks and over waterfalls. Gradually the river grows wider, the banks recede, the waters flow more quietly, and in the end, without any visible break, they become merged in the sea, and painlessly lose their individual being.”
Last week, at the Do Lectures I got to touch a material that I thought for sure was fibreglass, but no, it was wool, Solid Wool to be concise. I had to ask about three times if I heard correctly. Wool? As in W-O-O-L?
Solid Wool is a beautiful, strong and unique composite material. Think fibreglass, but with wool. Mind blown! So much mad respect to the founders!
“As public outrage grows over the centralization of the Web, and as enlarging numbers of coders join the effort to decentralize it, he has visions of the rest of us rising up and joining him. This spring, he issued a call to arms, of sorts, to the digital public. In an open letter published on his foundation’s Web site, he wrote: “While the problems facing the web are complex and large, I think we should see them as bugs: problems with existing code and software systems that have been created by people—and can be fixed by people.”
When asked what ordinary people can do, Berners-Lee replied, “You don’t have to have any coding skills. You just have to have a heart to decide enough is enough. Get out your Magic Marker and your signboard and your broomstick. And go out on the streets.” In other words, it’s time to rise against the machines.”
“I was devastated”: Tim Berners-Lee, the man who created the world wide web, has some regrets
(Thank you Manu)
Berners-Lee has seen his creation debased by everything from fake news to mass surveillance. But he’s got a plan to fix it.