- keep good company. don’t hang out with negative, bitchy, judgemental assholes (or…don’t hang out with them too much. sometimes you gotta, especailly if they’re family).
- don’t do too many drugs or drink too much. (do shit, but everything in moderation.)
- unplug. we’re all too fucking plugged in, including me. put your phone in a drawer the next time you’re hanging out with someone. it feels amazing.
- yoga, mediation, or any kind of mindfulness practice is gold. it keeps me sane, at least. i don’t think i’d be here, where i am, without those things.
- i’ve been doing this one lately and finding it incredibly handy…occasionally look around, or wake up, and ask: “how can i be helpful” instead of “what do i want”. it re-focuses you.
- don’t take shit too seriously. everything changes.
- remember every so often that you’re going to die. sounds weird, but it helps. lastly….
- don’t watch stupid television, and especially stay away from advertising. it rots your time and your brain and your soul.
The inimitable Amanda Palmer shares her advice on life in answering a college freshman’s question about how to love oneself physically and mentally – fantastic addition to this archive of essential advice on life.
David Foster Wallace would vigorously agree with her last point.
Also see Palmer on the art of asking without shame and on the terrifying joy of sharing your creativity online.
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Presence is far more intricate and rewarding an art than productivity. Ours is a culture that measures our worth as human beings by our efficiency, our earnings, our ability to perform this or that. The cult of productivity has its place, but worshipping at its altar daily robs us of the very capacity for joy and wonder that makes life worth living — for, as Annie Dillard memorably put it, “how we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.Maria Popova in “7 Things I Learned in 7 Years of Reading, Writing, and Living”
Ridiculously beautiful cover of Daft Punk’s Get lucky by Daughter.
Cliff Watson taling about kids using Snapchat and Kik more than Facebook.
“Social” is what happens when someone posts personal information—photos, thoughts, announcements, favorite songs, jokes—on the internet and another person comes along and clicks a thumbs up icon or a star or a heart. If someone’s really “social,” they’ll even type a comment or reply.
Kids aren’t leaving social networks. They’re redefining the word “social.” Rather, they’re actually using the word with the intent of its original meaning: making contact with other human beings. Communicating. Back-and-forth, fairly immediate dialogue. Most of it digitally. But most of it with the intent of a conversation where two (or more) people are exchanging information and emotion. Not posting it. Exchanging it.
That’s “social.” That’s why they’re increasingly skipping over static, interface-based URLs and apps in order to define “social” as messaging services.
For once the kids get it, and we don’t. Hats off to you, kids.
To advertise the game, Chipotle created an online video called “Pure Imagination” featuring Fiona Apple singing the classic song from “Willy Wonka”
The game highlights Chiptole’s commitment to only using quality ingredients. The video/game are in the same vein as their prior online video, Back To the Start.
Well played, Chipotle.
For years I’ve battled with the extreme inability to be a morning person.
I’ve made feeble efforts to change this a few times, but I’ve mostly given up now. I really suck at it, so what’s the point.. right? Let me just get shit done in the nights instead of putting myself the pain of fighting a bad habit.
That’s how I was operating till this weekend, till I stumbled upon this article. Apparently, waking up early is possible if one makes the act of waking up a subconscious action rather than a conscious one.Now, this method might not work at all and I might have to figure out other tricks to make this whole waking up early business work for me. But I’m super excited about giving this a shot ‘cause it’s a perfect opportunity to start my first #quantifiedself experiment. (http://quantifiedself.com in case any of you are interested)
Here’s what I’ve done so far -
1) Created a going to bed routine to indicate to my body it’s time to sleep.
2) Started up a google doc to record my progress
3) Blog about it so it becomes REAL. (I don’t care if no one reads my blog. But writing always makes things real for me :p )
I’ll write more about the details of this whole affair tomorrow, but for starters I’m off to bed early today.