Margin for Boredom

Now, we all know that there’s nothing morally or instinctively wrong with checking your social media timeline before getting out of bed. And neither is there anything wrong with keeping your computer’s email app open all day and switching over to it every few minutes.

But what these moments of “just checking” do is teach our brains that boredom is bad. They put a ceiling on our creative energy. […] Choosing to allow yourself to be bored when standing in line at the grocery store is also a choice to set yourself up to do your absolute best creative work.

Shawn Blanc on the “Margin for Creativity“. So true in my own experience. Yay for boredom!

About Your Hair Dye

In our world, no trend ever ends. You can still buy tape decks and wear baggy pants and publish a blog and unironically listen to Guns’n’Roses. Trends don’t stay the same all the time: They start small, they spread, they become part of the mainstream – and then, at some point, they go underground again. But they don’t end there. They might just become a nerd hobby. Or they do return: After a period of flying under the radar of mass culture, the cycle begins anew. I know a guy who has been getting the same silver-colored hair dye ever since the 1990s. It was the shit then. At some point, it will be again.

Just a thought I wanted to share with you in case you ever feel like a weirdo. It’s not you. Just give it a while. Chances are, your look will return. Big time.

Vulnerable by Choice

“In the safest, most boring country, the worst lone gunman shooting happens. The worst in the world, in history. But it will not make our country worse. The safe, boring democracy will supply him with a defense lawyer as is his right. He will not get more than 21 years in prison as is the maximum extent of the law. Our democracy does not allow for enough punishment to satisfy my need for revenge, as is its intention. We will not become worse, we will be better. We lived in a land where this is possible, even easy. And we will keep living in a land where this is possible, even easy. We are open, we are free and we are together. We are vulnerable by choice. And we will keep on like that, that’s how we want to live. We will not be worse because of the worst. We must be good because of the best.”

An important reminder from 2011 in days like these. (via ben_)

Don’t Forget to Remember

I do, like many of you, appreciate the comfort of everyday routine, the security of the familiar, the tranquility of repetition. I enjoy them as much as any bloke. But in the spirit of commemoration, whereupon important events of the past, usually associated with someone’s death or the end of some awful bloody struggle, are celebrated with a nice holiday, I thought we could mark this November the 5th, a day that is sadly no longer remembered, by taking some time out of our daily lives to sit down and have a little chat.

Remember, remember, the 5th of November
The gunpowder treason and plot.
I know of no reason why the gunpowder treason
Should ever be forgot.

“Everything I do is a joy. And that’s the way it’s oughta be.”

I wanted to live like a hermit, but also make it really cool. Like the coolest kid fort you have ever seen.

So while we’re all going crazy about the new iPhone, here’s a guy who lives in a kind of hobbit hut somewhere in Oregon. He’s called the “Hobo Artist” and the video is a perfect Sunday watch, full of interesting buildings1 and insights on living a simpler life:

Coming from the photography days, I learned how to edit. And I think I have edited my life all along. […] The secret in life is: Have very few things – but the things you have are really killer.

I quite agree with his notion that “having way less makes life way more of an adventure.” Go watch the video here.

  1. Also, the Hobo Artist is playing a kind of steel drum called “hand pans”. If you have never heard it, this might be a revelation on its own. I for one am lost on Youtube. (And he’s a great graphic artist, too.) []