"Creative work, summarized: In the time you set aside each day to work your ass off, ignore anything that makes you consider stopping."
Merlin Mann
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robfranks:

And then the sun goes down, and the stars come out, and I’m lying on the beach. And kinda the wind picks up. And I suddenly feel like, there is nothing keeping me from falling into the sky, forever…And I lay there on the beach looking up at the infinitude of the universe, and I literally was holding on—I was grabbing onto the sand because I was terrified. I was in a terror that I was going to just start falling…up. And the feeling did not pass. And I spent what felt like an eternity lying there on this beach, not easily convinced that if I let go…And most of it was a psychological letting go. Like if I just said, “Ok, fine”—if I had surrendered—I would fall off that beach into space, and I would still be falling.  - John Roderick, Roderick on the Line, Cement Gravy Boat of Suffering

My first listen of this story was quite something. I felt directly transported into his experience by his soft, deep voice, and it felt truly profound.
The image above is an excerpt from the delightful comic book, The Second Window Love Affair by Jade Gordon.

robfranks:

And then the sun goes down, and the stars come out, and I’m lying on the beach. And kinda the wind picks up. And I suddenly feel like, there is nothing keeping me from falling into the sky, forever…And I lay there on the beach looking up at the infinitude of the universe, and I literally was holding on—I was grabbing onto the sand because I was terrified. I was in a terror that I was going to just start falling…up. And the feeling did not pass. And I spent what felt like an eternity lying there on this beach, not easily convinced that if I let go…And most of it was a psychological letting go. Like if I just said, “Ok, fine”—if I had surrendered—I would fall off that beach into space, and I would still be falling.  - John Roderick, Roderick on the Line, Cement Gravy Boat of Suffering

My first listen of this story was quite something. I felt directly transported into his experience by his soft, deep voice, and it felt truly profound.

The image above is an excerpt from the delightful comic book, The Second Window Love Affair by Jade Gordon.

Liam Finn on the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson

Use this to wake you up in the morning.

Moora Moora is a co-operative residential community made up of a diverse group of about 50 adults and 20 children. We deliberately choose to live together in six small hamlets located on a beautiful co-operatively owned 245 hectare property situated at an altitude of 700 metres on Mt Toolebewong.

Today I went to the open house tour of Glen and Sarah’s sustainable house that is part of the Moora Moora co-op. Only one photo above shows their buildings, as there were more appealing scenery on the trip there and back.

Features of their house that comes to mind:

  • Lotsa solar panels
  • Battery power storage
  • Composting toilet (that doesn’t smell)
  • Roof water stored in big tank up the hill to give water pressure
  • Straw-bail construction
  • Hydronic heating inside concrete slab.

After the full tour and explanation, their set-up didn’t seem all that crazy or complex. As in, I was expecting to be presented with something that seemed out of reach for a person like me to achieve. But it seemingly isn’t. Though I have no doubts that a tonne of time and effort was put into putting together what is now a comfortable, fully operational home with little amenity sacrificed – when compared with what we’re used to having when connected to the grid (power, water, sewage).

Don’t get me wrong: there was a orderly web of water pipes and pumps to make the hot water system do it’s thing. And you won’t find me illegally playing electrician to wire up panels to batteries. But with knowledge gained and shared after doing the hard yards, people like Glen and Sarah made the road to sustainable housing a smoother ride.

As for living in a co-op… Well, to find out more you’ll have to join my Premium Platinum Gold Insiders Knowledge Club for just $499 a month. Simply click the link on your forehead to sign up. (Or just read the transcript from George Negus Tonight, from when they visited Moora Moora in 2003.)

Maciej Ceglowski – The Internet With a Human Face – beyond tellerrand Düsseldorf 2014

The Internet as we’ve built it is getting boring and creepy. Everything is tracked forever, not just by sneaky governments, but by advertisers who see any human relationship as a sales opportunity. We’re told to confess our interests, our activities, and our physical location to a small group of centralized companies, or risk being forever left behind. But being left behind is starting to sound more appealing.

What would it mean to have a more human Internet? How can we keep the convenience and fun without sacrificing so much of our dignity? How can we fix the online world so we’ll be proud to pass to our children? And where do we begin?

An entertaining and interesting talk, and a good reminder for me to be more circumspect about what I throw up on the internet. And that the Adblock browser plug-in is a godsend!

fairmanrants:

I’m not sure if everyone is aware but Threatened Species Commissioner Gregory Andrews is the first robot-human. He was built using advanced techniques combining all the most irritating aspects of public servants. Here we see Greg doing his best to express the human emotion of “happiness”. Sadly a bug means that he reads all commands in caps lock so its actually “HAPPINESS”. Well done, Greg! “TRAINED AS AN ECONOMIST I LOOK FORWARD TO MAKING THREATENED SPECIES MORE EFFICIENT AT DELIVERING OPTIMAL OUTCOMES” Greg shouted at the cameraman after this photo was taken.

fairmanrants:

I’m not sure if everyone is aware but Threatened Species Commissioner Gregory Andrews is the first robot-human. He was built using advanced techniques combining all the most irritating aspects of public servants. Here we see Greg doing his best to express the human emotion of “happiness”. Sadly a bug means that he reads all commands in caps lock so its actually “HAPPINESS”. Well done, Greg! “TRAINED AS AN ECONOMIST I LOOK FORWARD TO MAKING THREATENED SPECIES MORE EFFICIENT AT DELIVERING OPTIMAL OUTCOMES” Greg shouted at the cameraman after this photo was taken.

austpicious:

The Australian Heart Foundation’s ‘dietary guidelines’ would be a joke if there was anything funny about misleading the public for decades. Kudos to the Canucks and their Heart Foundation for consciously uncoupling from the Big Food monopolies and telling it like it is. 

austpicious:

The Australian Heart Foundation’s ‘dietary guidelines’ would be a joke if there was anything funny about misleading the public for decades. Kudos to the Canucks and their Heart Foundation for consciously uncoupling from the Big Food monopolies and telling it like it is.