Bonus

#70: Zach Kron 鈥 Art, Creativity, and Personal Evolution

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馃摃 Nature/Code/Drawing by by Hiromasa Fukaji and Junichiro Horikawa. Vetro Editions. "A reimagining of nature, depicted through the lens of generative art."


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馃暥 Four ways to see the world differently

馃帳 Eight podcasting tips

馃攣 Meta

How many of these can you write?

馃暪 Are you available?

#69: Q&A with Nono 鈥 Podcasting Tips

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馃帴 Automating pro podcasters鈥 Mac workflows with Jason Snell and Dan Moren) at Matthew Cassinelli's podcast.

馃帴 How to Look Your Best on Camera.

鉁嶐煆 High-Resolution Image Synthesis with Latent Diffusion Models.


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馃摓 Frank's feedback

馃挕 Idea generation versus execution

馃棧 Open for interpretation

馃弨 Habits and play

馃尅 Summer content post-mortem

#68: Leire Asensio Villoria and David Mah 鈥 Systems Upgrade

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鉁嶐煆 The Pathologies of the Attention Economy. L. M. Sacasas points out the 鈥渁ttention discourse鈥 is not new and existed before digital technology. 鈥淲e inhabit a techno-social environment manufactured to fracture our attention. The interests served by this environment in turn pathologize the resultant inattention; These same interests devise and enforce new techniques to discipline the inattentive subject.鈥


Sketch of a black and yellow screwdriver.

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馃毎 Twenty rupees

馃枈 It doesn't always work

One more task

馃幉 A recipe for disconnection

馃獩 Keep your tools at hand

#67: Frank Harmon 鈥斅燱riting, Drawing, and Sense of Place

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鉁嶐煆 Greater Creative Control for AI Image Generation. Make-A-Scene is Meta AI's take on text-to-image generation with machine learning.

馃摃 "As Thoreau鈥檚 example emphasizes, there鈥檚 nothing wrong with connectivity, but if you don鈥檛 balance it with regular doses of solitude, its benefits will diminish." 鈥擟al Newport, Digital Minimalism


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馃憡馃徎 Should you be doing the work?

馃 When the machine does the work for you

鈽锔 Summer vacation

馃彔 Newsletterversary III

#66: DALL-E 2, The Creative Process, and Blogging Tools

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鉁嶐煆 AI-art isn't art by Erik Hoel. "Corporations will photocopy our culture over and over until it becomes only a grainy image."

馃帴 Google Engineer on His Sentient AI Claim.

鉁嶐煆 Construction is life. "Every part of every city or town, even every neighborhood, is chock full of unfinished demolition, detours, cranes, ug-up streets, and on-going construction. Their motto is 鈥渨e are not done yet.鈥 I recognized this work now as a sign of prosperity, of a healthy metabolism."

馃 texts1111101000 Robots. A book of robot illustrations generated with DALL-E 2.


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馃摉 It's all about reducing friction

The meaning of done

馃 If it's not fun, you shouldn't do it

Tic tac

#65: Sketches 鈥 It's Nice to See You, In Person

Bonus

鉁嶐煆 Taking a Break from Social Media Makes you Happier and Less Anxious by Cal Newport.

馃帴 Making Art with Dynamo with Zach Kron with TheRevitKid.


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馃摓 Yet another call

馃帳 What do you want to be doing?

馃 Another one of those

馃捄 Back from Atlanta

鉁堬笍 It's nice to see you, in person

馃惌 Curiosities, a podcast, and blog posts

#64: Habits & Passion Projects

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馃惒 The Fable of the Dragon-Tyrant.


Sketch of a broken Amazon box.

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馃摉 Curiosities: Alcohol sedates you and Dunbar's number

馃搱 One nudge at a time

馃嵆 Cooking ideas

鉁嶐煆 Which one would you like to read?

#63: Andrew Witt 鈥 Formulations, Mathematical Design, and Writing

Bonus

馃 Why we stopped making Einsteins by Erik Hoel. The most depressing fact about humanity is that during the 2000s most of the world was handed essentially free access to the entirety of knowledge and that didn鈥檛 trigger a golden age.

鉁嶐煆 Does Wordle Prove That We Can Have Nice Things on the Internet? The New Yorker.

馃帴 Nicole Perlroth on Cybersecurity and the Weapons of Cyberwar. Lex Fridman Podcast.


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馃彄 The reason to finish

馃枌 How much time did that take?

馃挼 The Basic Attention Token

#62: Adam Menges 鈥斅燰isual Programming, Social Fintech, Bitcoin and NFTs & Lessons Learned Building Software Products

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鉁嶐煆 End Procrastination. iA. Seven simple techniques to fight procrastination from the Information Architects' blog.


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馃尵 The myth of a better life

#61: Nate Peters 鈥 NFTs, Generative Art, Making Your Own Tools & Online Attention

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鉁嶐煆 Be Anonymous by Kash. Two possible extremes to navigate the web; being public about who you are and posting personal details on the web versus being untraceable and going to great lengths to hide your online identity

馃帴 Dark Matter of Intelligence and Self-Supervised Learning. A conversation with computer scientist Yann LeCun and Lex Fridman.

馃幑 Radiohead for Solo Piano. "A beautifully produced collection of some of Radiohead's best-loved songs, arranged for intermediate piano solo by pianist Josh Cohen."


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馃 The tiny, green chameleon

馃ぇ Daily blogging, barely shipping

馃敡 A part of the journey to enjoy

#60: The Short-Sightedness of Web3 and Blockchain, Anonymity & Original Ideas of Where We Could Go

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鉁嶐煆 Who Owns Web3? by Anthony Pompliano.


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馃摑 On to the next one

馃摑 A try at blogging daily

#59: Jordan Gray 鈥 Creative Friction, Storytelling in Design, Passion Projects & the Beginner Feeling

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馃帴 'I'm Never Far From a Good Idea'. A conversation between Atomic Habits author James Clear and Polina Pompliano. The Profile.

馃摃 Formulations by Andrew Witt. MIT Press. Witt depicts a series of conceptual investigations appealing to the designer minds, tracing the origins of the use of mathematics and scientific methods in architecture.


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馃攽 Algorithmic passwords

When to-do lists get too long

馃獧 Most-visited stories of 2021

#58: Goodbye, 2021

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馃 The Science of Mind Reading by James Somers. The New Yorker. "Researchers are pursuing age-old questions about the nature of thoughts鈥攁nd learning how to read them."

馃尦 The Great Offline by Lauren Collee. Real Life.


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馃嵕 Goodbye, 2021

馃帳 Periodicity

鉁嶐煆 The growing drafts

鉁嶐煆 Beginner feeling

#57: Bytes 鈥 The Black Box

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鉁嶐煆 The Hidden Costs of Automated Thinking. The New Yorker. SUMMARY

馃帴 The Matrix Awakens: An Unreal Engine 5 Experience. A technical demo to showcase what Unreal Engine 5 can do. Read more about this demo in The Matrix is Unreal by Mike Seymour.


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馃嵖 Play next

馃攪 Bitcoin, bookmaking, and publication announcements

馃ザ It's getting cold(er)

#56: One Year of Live Streams 鈥 Teaching & Coding

Bonus

馃挕 Ikigai. "A Japanese concept referring to something that gives a person a sense of purpose, a reason for living."


Sketch of a hand chisel.

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馃崼 Using friction to break bad habits

馃敤 Where's the friction?

馃泿 Ding! Ding!

#55: One Year of Live Streams 鈥 Live Q&A

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鉁嶐煆 Willingness to look stupid by Dan Luu.


Sketch of a Zoom H6 hand recorder.

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馃帳 Digital art, black boxes, live streaming, and more

#54: Bytes 鈥 NFTs & Digital Art

Bonus

馃拵 Andr茅s Reisinger sells collection of "impossible" virtual furniture for $450,000 at auction. Dezeen.

馃帴 Jaron Lanier on Virtual Reality, Social Media & the Future of Humans and AI at Lex Fridman Podcast.


Sketch of a Sony Alpha 6500 Evit Mirrorless Camera on a Video 8 Tripod.

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馃摲 Will new tools make your content any better?

馃棐 A tiny notepad as checklist

鈱氾笍 There's no post today

馃搹 A set of informal rules

#53: Machine Learning-Based Audio Editing, React, UI Libraries, NFTs, and COVID

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馃帴 Luis Ruiz Padr贸n on Sketching, Writing, and Teaching Through The Lens of Architecture. I'm excited to share Getting Simple's first full-video interview.

馃棡 The Frustration with Productivity Culture by Cal Newport. The New Yorker. "Why we鈥檙e so tired of optimizing our work lives, and what we should do about it."


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馃挱 Write your thoughts, now

馃惉 Three kilos of lead

馃獧 A hundred million satoshis

馃帴 There is never a later

#52: Sketches 鈥 Work or Walk

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鉁嶐煆 Notes on Quentin Tarantino's Writing Routine by Cal Newport.

馃棡 Mark Frauenfelder's top-ten newsletters.


Sketch of a MacBook Pro.

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馃摀 Why are you doing that?

馃枌 Multiple identities

馃殬 Batteries not included

鉁嶐煆 Newsletterversary II

#51: Bytes 鈥 StyleGAN

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馃棡 A Guide to Getting on an Airplane Again by Carlos Greaves. "The best time to book your flight was two weeks ago."

馃帴 The Meditative Thrill of Free Diving. A film by Bo Clausen and Theo Baunsgaard.


Sketch of diving fins.

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馃た The diving reflex

鉁嶐煆 One word per day

馃 We need new interfaces

鉁嶐煆 My journals

#50: Freediving

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馃帣 Mathematics of High-Dimensional Shapes. Jordan Ellenberg was interviewed by Lex Fridman.


Sketch of the Otovent device.

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馃ソ Freediving: How to prevent your diving mask from fogging up

馃ソ Freediving: First impressions

馃巿 Freediving: Otovent

鉁嶐煆 My journals

馃憻 Energy and time

#49: Crist贸bal Valenzuela 鈥 Machine Intelligence, Interfaces for Creativity and Originality, the Freedom of Being a Startup, and Runway

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馃 Emotional Agility: Get Unstuck, Embrace Change, and Thrive in Work and Life by Susan David. Learn how to develop greater levels of emotional agility鈥"a critical capability that enables us to interact more successfully with ourselves and the world."


Sketch of a Cressi Focus diving mask.

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馃ソ Freediving: How to prevent your diving mask from fogging up

馃ソ Freediving: First impressions

馃巿 Freediving: Otovent

#48: H茅ctor Ruiz 鈥 Magic and The Art of Illusionism

Bonus

馃 Robinhood's Big Gamble by Sheelah Kolhatkar. New Yorker. "In eliminating barriers to investing in the stock market, is the app democratizing finance or encouraging risky behavior?"

鉁嶐煆 Why We Pay Writers by Hamish McKenzie.


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馃摑 Should I fix my typos?

鉁嶐煆 The process is messy

馃捑 Introducing the Bytes series

#47: Bytes 鈥 Intro

Bonus

馃 Why Computers Won鈥檛 Make Themselves Smarter by Ted Chiang. "We fear and yearn for 'the singularity.' But it will probably never come."

馃獧 We鈥檙e All Crypto People Now by Erin Griffith. "Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies have gone from curiosity to punchline to viable investment, making them almost impossible to ignore 鈥 for better or worse."


Sketch of a fifty-euro bill.

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馃摃 The Sawyer effect

馃挾 A frugal practice: Use cash

#46: Luis Ruiz Padr贸n 鈥 Sketching, Writing, and Teaching Through The Lens of Architecture

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馃 Algorithmic Nudges Don鈥檛 Have to Be Unethical by Mareike M枚hlmann. "Companies are increasingly using algorithms to manage and control individuals not by force, but rather by nudging them into desirable behavior 鈥 in other words, learning from their personalized data and altering their choices in some subtle way."

馃馃徎鈥嶁檧锔 Non鈥攁 sound meditation app for iOS.

馃幑 Brian Eno鈥檚 Music for Anxious Times by Lindsay Zoladz for The New York Times.


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馃暥 Tools: Pen case

鉁嶐煆 Why should you write?

馃帇 Clack! Clack! Clack!

馃棧 Do you have something to say?

馃捊 Looping playlists

#45: Habits 鈥 Looping Playlists

Bonus

馃懆馃徎鈥嶐煆 How Craving Attention Makes You Less Creative TED Talk by Joseph Gordon-Levitt. "There is no amount of attention you can get where you feel like you've arrived."


Sketch of a set of Bose QC53-II headphones.

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馃彇 Mini-retirements

#44: Mini-Retirements

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馃懆馃徎鈥嶐煉 The man who produced Steve Jobs鈥 keynotes for 20 years. "Wayne Goodrich was the producer for every keynote Steve gave after his return to Apple. Before that, Wayne helped him create presentations at NeXT and Pixar. He is writing a book about what it was like on the inside."


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馃帹 Tools: White Nights watercolors

馃馃徎鈥嶁檧锔 Breathe in, breathe out

#43: James Melouney and Selene Urban 鈥 Overcoming The Fear of Meditation, Practices, Authenticity, Connecting With Your Audience, and More

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鉁嶐煆 Has the Pandemic Transformed the Office Forever? by John Seabrook. "In a job setting, social capital is accumulated by working in the presence of others, and depleted during virtual interactions. [Microsoft's C.E.O., Satya] Nadella told the Times he was concerned that 'maybe we are burning some of the social capital we built up in this phase where we are all working remote. What鈥檚 the measure for that?'"

馃摲 Photography through the Eyes of a Machine - an interview to Mario Klingemann. "I鈥檓 of the unpopular opinion that true imagination does not exist. Our brains are not capable of creating something from nothing. Obviously, we are great at combining knowledge and ideas that we have observed or learned during our life and to transform them into something different. But in order to do that, we first have to have seen, heard or read raw information somewhere else."

馃寠 The Island of Sea Woman by Lisa See. I'm enjoying this gem of historical fiction about the Korean woman divers on Jeju Island, recommended to me by Heather Lech. "No one picks a friend for us; we come together by choice. We are not tied together through ceremony or the responsibility to create a son; we tie ourselves together through moments. The spark when we first meet. Laughter and tears shared. Secrets packed away to be treasured, hoarded, and protected. The wonder that someone can be so different from you and yet still understand your heart in a way no one else ever will."


Sketch of a MUJI todo list on top of an IKEA bamboo stand.

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A world without email

馃彈 The urban sketching habit

馃帶 Each sketch is different

馃尐 Snow emergency and sunny walks

#42: Mike Gabour 鈥 Falling in Love With the Ocean, Dark Showers, Attention, The Sensorium, and The Contents of his Backpack

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鉁嶐煆 Is Substack the Media Future We Want? by Anna Wiener. New Yorker. "The newsletter service is a software company that, by mimicking some of the functions of newsrooms, has made itself difficult to categorize." I'm thinking of moving my newsletter there, and you can join already. =)

馃 The Plague Year by Lawrence Wright. New Yorker. A long-form essay on "the mistakes and the struggles behind America's coronavirus tragedy."

馃摎 Why Your To-Do List Never Ends by Joe Pinsker.


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馃帹 The new sketchbook

馃帴 What's so great about live streaming?

馃彈 What do architecture and software engineering have in common?

鉁嶐煆 Most-visited stories of 2020

馃樂 Goodbye, 2020

鈾ワ笍 Thanks to Lilli Smith for her link recommendations.

#41: ALGO 鈥 Lessons from Teaching, Live Streaming, Publishing, and 3 Years of Podcasting

Bonus

馃帣 Seth Godin on The Game of Life, The Value of Hacks, and Overcoming Anxiety. "We each find our own sinecure, our own way to hide out from the thing that is keeping us from the creativity that we want to deliver." Tim Ferriss interviews Seth鈥攐ne of my favorite authors鈥攚ho once again shares insightful thoughts.


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馃挭 600 days of practice

馃憮 Better times lie ahead

#40: Music or Podcasts? Commuting, Meditative Walks, and Solitude

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馃棑 Inbox Zero is not a Lifestyle by Tim Kroeger. "Personal productivity is [the] subject of frequent debate and optimization. Learn how to stay organized as a leader and feel accomplished every day."


Sketch of a Christmas tree.

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馃巹 Closed for vacation

鉁嶐煆 My weekly post

馃殠 The first question

Time is ticking

#39: Roberto Molinos 鈥 Plan for Failure: The Peace of Mind of Being Patient and Antifragile

Bonus

鉁嶐煆 Deep Habits: The Importance of Planning Every Minute of Your Work Day by Cal Newport. For the past month, I've experimented with a time blocking planning method Newport wrote about in 2013. In his own words, "[this method] generates a massive amount of productivity."

馃棑 Download this 7:00鈥19:00 Time-Blocking Sheet with the PDF template I've been using. It contains four planning cards to print in an A4- or Letter-sized sheet to fold in four. Works best with two-sided printing to create eight cards to cover an entire week. I try to block time for deep tasks one day in advance at the end of my workday.


Sketch of a Shure SM58-LC microphone.

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馃徍 Who made it, why, and in what context?

馃柋 The machine takes care of it

馃帳 Ask me anything

#38: Sketches 鈥 Newsletterversary

No bonus.

#37: Adam Menges 鈥 Lobe: Machine Learning Made Simple

Bonus

馃摃 Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking by Malcolm Gladwell. Gladwell believes that "decisions made very quickly [in a blink] can be every bit as good as decisions made cautiously and deliberately," and that "our snap judgments and first impressions can be educated and controlled."


Sketch of a 3M IBM Disquette of 1.44 MB.

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馃捊 Updates are available

馃敡 If it can be automated, it will

鉁嶐煆 What would a scrivener do if gifted a printer?

馃嵔 If someone were to follow you all day long..

馃帴 The Myth of Sisyphus

#36: Daniel Natoli 鈥 The Making of Sisyphus

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馃摑 You're Right! You Are Working Longer and Attending More Meetings by Danielle Kost. "A study of 3 million people confirms what many work-from-home employees already know: We're swamped."

馃摑 How Can We Pay for Creativity in the Digital Age? by Hua Hsu on The New Yorker. "There鈥檚 still money to be made, but it鈥檚 mostly not the creators who are getting rich."

馃摃 The Death of the Artist: How Creators Are Struggling to Survive in the Age of Billionaires and Big Tech by Will Deresiewicz. A book I'd love to read on the challenges artists face in the era of instant gratification鈥攁 phenomenon that is shaping how art is created and perceived.


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Four laws to create good habits

鉁堬笍 Terminal E, Logan Airport

馃憸 Color or not

Big thanks to Saurabh Mhatre for link ideas.

#35: Habits 鈥 Atomic Habits

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Sketch of a lemon tree.

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馃毀 Hit a wall

馃尦 The lemon tree

#34: Sketches 鈥 Quantity or Quality

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馃摑 You Really Don鈥檛 Need To Work So Much by Tim Wu on the New Yorker. Written in 2015. But still current. "The antidote is simple to prescribe but hard to achieve: it is a return to the goal of efficiency in work鈥攆ulfilling whatever needs we have, as a society, with the minimal effort required, while leaving the option of more work as a hobby for those who happen to love it."


Sketch of buildings seen through a window and a Shure SM58 microphone in a Rhode PS1 boom arm.

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馃 Imbued with memories

馃樂 Phone. Keys. Mask.

馃懇馃徎鈥嶐煆 Jack of all trades, master of none

馃毝馃徎鈥嶁檪锔 Work or walk?

#33: Carmen Chamorro 鈥 From 9-to-5 to Freedom, A Journey to A Portfolio Career

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馃懆馃徎鈥嶐煄 A Moment of Reflection: On the Paradox of Individual Creative Work by Jason Kottke. Sarah Urist, producer of YouTube channel The Art Assignment just released a video titled Why I'm Slowing Down to share the struggles and lessons learned after 6 years making more than 200 videos, and to announce she's going to take a break. "I suspect that many people who do creative work in public struggle in similar ways," Kottke points out.

馃摑 A Tribute to the Father of Deliberate Practice Theory, Anders Ericsson by Cal Newport. "Anders tackled the fundamental question of how experts get really good at what they do."


Sketch of my Getting Simple drafts.

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馃捇 Repetition, automation, organization, and disconnection

馃摃 Unitaskers: Introduction

馃コ Newsletterversary

#32: JR 鈥 Insisting Simplicity, Frugal Practices to Achieve Financial Independence, and Permaculture Design

Bonus

馃惁 Cal Newport on social media and character. "I wanted to see what I could do. Nothing to do with you, or your friends, or the neighbors, or the members at my gym, or my competitors, or family. It was all within, as it should be, and as it has to be."

馃敡 ImageQuilts. A Google Chrome extension to make "quilts" from images on your computer or anywhere on the web.


Sketch of my Getting Simple Moleskine notebook.

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馃 Achievements of 2020

馃摑 Should you aim for quantity instead of quality?

馃摃 Are you writing enough?

馃憢馃徎 Hello, June

#31: Kean Walmsley 鈥 Fun, Freedom, Flexibility, and Family

Bonus

馃摃 The Laws of Simplicity by John Maeda. I love the tone of the book鈥攕harp, on point, but also personal, funny, and entertaining鈥攁nd the way he invites the reader, I welcome you to this creative experience. A short read (of 100 pages) to learn about the foundations of simplicity and complexity and how they affect design, art, technology, and emotion.

馃帣 Cal Newport on the narrow path to success, fatherhood & challenging conventional wisdom at Scott Young's podcast.


Sketch of Luisa Salles during our trip around Iceland for We Just Wanted Free Internet.

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馃摗 What am I looking at?

馃懕馃徎鈥嶁檧锔 We just wanted free internet

馃摃 Feels like simplicity

馃槾 Keeping memories

馃崙 Into the wild

馃彌 Stories are the answer

馃崈 The luxury of simplicity

馃弮馃徎鈥嶁檧锔 The subject keeps moving

#30: Sketches 鈥 Stories Are the Answer

Bonus

馃枼 Tab Modifier. A Google Chrome extension I use to simplify and remove distracting information from website tabs.

馃摑 Productivity Isn鈥檛 About Time Management, It鈥檚 About Attention Management by Adam Grant. "Often our productivity struggles are caused not by a lack of efficiency, but a lack of motivation. Productivity isn鈥檛 a virtue. It鈥檚 a means to an end. It鈥檚 only virtuous if the end is worthy. If productivity is your goal, you have to rely on willpower to push yourself to get a task done. If you pay attention to why you鈥檙e excited about the project and who will benefit from it, you鈥檒l be naturally pulled into it by intrinsic motivation. Attention management also involves noticing where you get things done.鈥

#29: Scott Mitchell 鈥 Experimentation in the Arena

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馃摃 Why We Sleep by Matthew Walker. This link takes you to a commentary of the book from Bill Gates.

馃摑The world after coronavirus by Yuval Noah Harari. "With coronavirus, the focus of interest shifts. Now the government wants to know the temperature of your finger and the blood-pressure under its skin."

馃摑 The world is changing, so can we. "The pandemic is revealing the many ways our lives intersect. Is this an opportunity for us to reimagine what we can be?"


Sketch of Sanjay on my way to Toronto from Paris. We are out of face masks. Coronavirus.

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馃 News from the future

馃樂 We are out of face masks

馃殏 From a parallel universe

#28: A Year of Transformation

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馃摑 There is no catching up by Frank Chimero (2010). Still current. Have you ever hoped the entire world stopped publishing stuff for you to "catch up?"

馃摑 Everything is an ad. We love to think we're in control of what we think and how we think about it, and we are often convinced we can ignore ads. But our brain is easily fooled and can't avoid reading a short sentence or processing an image when put in front of us. In this short essay, I invite you to think differently about what happens in your brain when you're exposed to an ad鈥攚hich, broadly speaking, can be anything from a TV commercial to a vague recommendation made by a friend.

#27: Tatjana Dzambazova 鈥 The Art of Asking The Right Questions

Everything is an ad sketch by Nono Mart铆nez Alonso.

Bonus

馃摑 What's the time? A short essay on unitaskers, being present, old-tech gadgets.

馃帣 Show you work by Seth Godin. An Akimbo episode on the meaning and effects of keeping your work visible instead of hiding.

馃摫 The start of another decade. "Somehow it鈥檚 not only the beginning of the new year, but also a new decade. Life is full of these cycles. The days, the seasons, the years themselves. Longer cycles tend to prompt reflection, and with each new year we look to the past, often in search of some insight about the future. [鈥 Kawara helps alleviate social media burnout and cultivation of healthier habits by providing a daily collection of things you want to remember; people, music, art, anything."

#26: Habits 鈥 Writing

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#25: Nono Mart铆nez Alonso 鈥 The Origins of Getting Simple

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馃摃 Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman. One of the reads I've most enjoyed this year, recommended by Adam Menges. Kahneman helps us understand how our brain is working when we use System 1 and System 2 to think automatically and deliberately, respectively.

馃摑 Frank Chimero's website. I'm digging Frank's re-design of his personal website. You can follow him along the process on his new Redesign Blog.

馃帴 Watch the trailer of Sisyphus. Condemned to perform a useless task, Sisyphus starts feeling a strange relentlessness towards the world. Getting Simple's first short film鈥攄irected by Daniel Natoli鈥攕creened at the 16th Seville European Film Festival. We'll be releasing this four-minute movie online soon.

#24: Nate Peters 鈥 Design for Good

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馃摑 When will our curiosity kill us?. Can thinking about A.G.Is (artificial general intelligences) help clarify what makes us human?

馃摑 The double opt-in introduction. Should we ask both parties before we introduce them?

馃帴 Sisyphus. Getting Simple's first short film鈥攄irected by Daniel Natoli鈥攈as been selected to screen at the 16th Seville European Film Festival. Condemned to perform a useless task, Sisyphus starts feeling a strange relentlessness towards the world.

#23: Andrew Witt 鈥 Letting Ideas Grow

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馃摃 The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell. What are the key ingredients for something to spread and be epidemic or, in modern words, go viral? According to Gladwell, three factors he describes as the Law of the Few, the Stickiness Factor, and the Power of Context. "The tipping point is that magic moment when an idea, trend, or social behavior crosses a threshold, tips, and spreads like wildfire."

馃摃 Where Good Ideas Come From by Steven Johnson. As we discuss in this episode, Johnson describes how many of the most relevant ideas of our history came to be and the conditions that made them possible. "We have a natural tendency to romanticize breakthrough innovations, imagining momentous ideas transcending their surroundings, a gifted mind somehow seeing over the detritus of old ideas and ossified tradition. But ideas are works of bricolage; they鈥檙e built out of that detritus. We take the ideas we鈥檝e inherited or that we鈥檝e stumbled across, and we jigger them together into some new shape."

#22: Scott Young 鈥 Ultralearning, How to Master Hard Skills, Outsmart the Competition, and Accelerate Your Career

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馃摎 Grit by Angela Duckworth. What does it mean to have grit? According to Duckworth, it is a combination of passion and perseverance.
"Talent is how quickly your skills improve when you invest effort. Achievement is what happens when you take your acquired skills and use them."
"Greatness is many, many individual feats, and each of them is doable."

#21: Crist贸bal Valenzuela 鈥 Machine Learning for Creators

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馃帴 Are Smartphones Slot Machines? Interview of Tristan Harris with Anderson Cooper. 鈥淵our telephone in the 1970s didn鈥檛 have a thousand engineers on the other side of the telephone [redesigning and updating the way it works daily] to be more and more persuasive.鈥

#20: Pier Gustafson 鈥 Drawing Fast, Thinking Slow

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馃帣 Neil Gaiman interviewed by Tim Ferriss. Neil uses fountain pens () and Leuchtturm notebooks () to handwrite his novels. "You can just get a sense of are you working, are you making forward progress? What鈥檚 actually happening. I also love that because it emphasizes for me that nobody is ever meant to read your first draft. Your first draft can go way off the rails, your first draft can absolutely go up in flames, it can 鈥 you can change the age, gender, number of a character, you can bring somebody dead back to life. Nobody ever needs to know anything that happens in your first draft. It is you telling the story to yourself."

馃摑 The Modern Trap of Turning Hobbies Into Hustles (via Jocelyn K. Glei). "Whenever I have some time to myself, I panic. Unstructured time鈥攅specially spent alone鈥攊s phenomenally rare in my life and I feel an overwhelming obligation to make good use of it."
"We don鈥檛 have to monetize or optimize or organize our joy. Hobbies don鈥檛 have to be imbued with a purpose beyond our own enjoyment of them. They, alone, can be enough."

#19: Panagiotis Michalatos 鈥 Slow Down From What?

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馃摃 Digital minimalism. "People don鈥檛 succumb to screens because they鈥檙e lazy, but instead because billions of dollars have been invested to make this outcome inevitable." Cal Newport highlights the need for a philosophy of technology use, rooted in your deep values; a clear definition of what tools to use, and how to use them, so you can ignore everything else.

馃摑 Ten words per page. "What do we see when we scan your work?"

馃摑 Saying no to everything else. "This is a decision to stop deciding. It鈥檚 one decision, in advance, that the answer to all future distractions is 'no' until you finish what you started. It鈥檚 saying yes to one thing, and no to absolutely everything else."

#18: Getting Lost on the Tools

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馃摃 Atomic Habits by James Clear.

馃摑 Structured Procrastination, 鈥渁n amazing strategy I have discovered that converts procrastinators into effective human beings, respected and admired for all that they can accomplish and the good use they make of time.鈥

#17: Saba Ghole 鈥 On Growth Mindset

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馃摃 When by Daniel H. Pink.

馃摑 Be the change you want to see. "Changing how you behave to others can be the fastest way to alter how others behave towards you." (via Swiss-miss)

#16: Matt Jezyk 鈥 The War for Attention

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#15: Antonio Garc铆a Guerra 鈥 A Holistic Approach to Yourself

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#14: Craig Long 鈥 The Unexpected Life Plan

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#13: Ben Fry 鈥 Co-creator of Processing

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#12: Jiyoo Jye 鈥 The Challenge of Art

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#11: Nathan Melenbrink 鈥 Who Decides What's Important to You?

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#10: Nono Mart铆nez Alonso 鈥 Who's Up Next?

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#9: Ian Keough 鈥 How to Make Better Decisions Faster

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#8: Saurabh Mhatre 鈥 Space-saving Deployable Mechanisms

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#7: Julia Hayden 鈥 How You Affect the Planet

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#6: Peter Boyer 鈥 Running Away from Centralized and Addictive Technologies

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#5: Andr茅s Colubri 鈥 A Personal Narrative to Bring Your Interests Together

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#4: Jacob Hamman 鈥 Virtual Reality and Life Habits to Prevent and Reverse Alzheimer's Disease

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#3: Jose Luis Garc铆a del Castillo y L贸pez 鈥 Will Robots Simplify Your Life?

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#2: Zach Kron 鈥 Putting More Ideas Into The Things We Make

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#1: James Melouney 鈥 How to Lead Your Best Life

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