Aug 24

Links to keep you busy

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Taken outside Kohi Cafe on Sunday before a sadly average brunch

1. I made this for dinner last week. It was good, but it tasted amazing the next day.

2. Why should you care about typography? Beautifully done.

3. How much do you look like your family members? This photo project is SO COOL.

4. Travelling? Or got a spare room and wanna make some cash? (Hello RWC) This website is beautiful and it’s a no-brainer really. Ivan and I have already started booking some rooms for our travels.

5. The modern animated gif. They call them ‘cinemagraphs’.

6. Loving this new song by Feist.

7. Ivan just ordered us some new headphones. I got mine in ‘mustard’ and he got his in ‘grass’. How sweet is their website?

8. I’ve been talking recently with some friends about forgiveness and moving on. This article pretty much sums up our discussions. It’s quite long, but the gist of it for me:

“Bernstein’s big idea turns on resolving the conflict she says we all face between love—the pure state we’re born into, before we start collecting reasons to attack ourselves and each other—and fear. Fear breeds what she calls the ego, not Freud’s version but essentially that inner voice pushing doubt to the forefront of your mind, reminding you that you’re not good enough and neither are your thighs. Almost everything Bernstein espouses—asking for and learning to recognize miracles, surrendering to the guidance of the universe, and, especially, forgiveness—is contingent on silencing the ego, or, as Bernstein might say, “telling it to shut the fuck up!” She teaches that the people we’re jealous of, intimidated by, or angry with are our “assignments,” opportunities to practice compassion and to experience—hopefully, eventually—a sense of oneness rather than judgment and separation.”

“It sounds as pat as a greeting card, but think about that moment you leave a funeral, having faced the fragility of life; everything looks different. Babies seem smilier, the cashier at the drugstore seems kinder, that bridesmaid dress doesn’t bother you as much. It’s not because anything’s changed, but because you have, if only for a day or two—simply because you’ve brought more compassion to the world around you.”

9. And finally, a beautiful poem by an unknown author that Adele posted recently:

When I was a young man,
I wanted to change the world.
I found it was difficult to change the world,
so I tried to change my nation.

When I found I couldn’t change the nation,
I began to focus on my town.
I couldn’t change the town and as an older man,
I tried to change my family.

Now, as an old man,
I realize the only thing I can change is myself,
and suddenly I realize that if long ago I had changed myself,
I could have made an impact on my family.

My family and I could have made an impact on our town.
Their impact could have changed the nation
and I could indeed have changed the world.

  • brad

    #8 reminded me of an amazing commencement speech delivered by the late grate DFW. Here’s the link. A long read but certainly reflects the core feeling of Bernstein.

  • Pamela

    woah baby, that’s a sweet speech.