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2014.08.30 Master of Play - The New Yorker

Master of Play - The New Yorker

What an interesting view into Shigeru Miyamoto - a man to whom I owe many thanks for taking my imagination to great places. I've had this sitting on my to-read list for a while, but once I actually started, I felt like I couldn't stop. I'm not sure I could go so far as to read a whole novel about him (yet), but this certainly filled my need for now. #

2014.08.22 The Last True Hermit - GQ.com

The Last True Hermit - GQ.com

What a fascinating story. I have displayed anti-social tendencies at times, but obviously nothing to this extent. Additionally, I doubt I could keep away from people that long, nor survive one winter in Maine in a tent - let alone 27.

Get enough sleep.

Sound advice for any of us. #

2014.08.20 The Sailor's Dream by Simogo

The Sailor's Dream by Simogo

This is a bit out of my norm, but I'm looking forward to this game. I've played other games by Simogo, and have really liked them. The concept and artwork behind this are appealing, and I find myself sucked in. #

2014.08.17 30 for 30 Shorts: The High Five

30 for 30 Shorts: The High Five

I'm so torn. I'm an avid fan of the Los Angeles Dodgers, yet I'm not much of a fan of the high-five. I tend to subscribe to the solid science I read years ago, and have used on countless over-users of the high five. That being said, this one story about an interaction between Glen Burke and Dusty Baker may be the thing that pushes me over the edge to actually high-five people. Maybe. #

2014.08.16 No Time To Think - NYT.com

No Time To Think - NYT.com


In 11 experiments involving more than 700 people, the majority of participants reported that they found it unpleasant to be alone in a room with their thoughts for just 6 to 15 minutes.

Moreover, in one experiment, 64 percent of men and 15 percent of women began self-administering electric shocks when left alone to think. These same people, by the way, had previously said they would pay money to avoid receiving the painful jolt

What a fascinating set of results. As a personal fan of journaling, and the forced introspection that provides, I find it baffling that people don't value (and take) the time to look inward. A couple more tidbits:

But you can’t solve or let go of problems if you don’t allow yourself time to think about them. It’s an imperative ignored by our culture, which values doing more than thinking and believes answers are in the palm of your hand rather than in your own head.

... Hard as they sometimes are, negative feelings are a part of everyone’s life, arguably more so if you are crazy busy. But it’s those same deep and troubling feelings, and how you deal with them, that make you the person you are. While busyness may stanch welling sadness, it may also limit your ability to be overcome with joy.

Have I mentioned how much I love Day One (iOS/OS X)? Because you should know I love it. #

2014.08.04 Stuart Scott Accepts Jimmy V Award

Stuart Scott Accepts Jimmy V Award

Cancer sucks. I've already seen too many people die from it, and unfortunately, I anticipate losing more. Anybody who watches ESPN has watched him battle, and this speech is pointed and well spoken.

"When you die, it does not mean that you lose to cancer. You beat cancer by how you live, why you live, and the manner in which you live." #

2014.07.31 Digital Ocean

Digital Ocean

Here I've ventured yet again into the world of VPS. I'm okay with DreamHost, but the general slowness of sites is frustrating. Admittedly, my needs are a bit complex, especially for a blogger. I enjoy the flexibility of having multiple domains, and a web hosting account. Digital Ocean's pricing, and options were/are fantastic. I'm diving back in. Check out their hosting options, and see if one makes sense for you. Get ready to get your nerd on. #

2014.07.25 Jian Guo - Lord of the Rings Covers

Jian Guo - Lord of the Rings Covers

These are gorgeous designs submitted for a contest for Chinese versions of The Lord of the Rings. There are so many nice touches. Looking around Jian's other work, these seem slightly out of style for him, yet still close enough. I'd probably buy a nice trio of these if they were prints, even if only available in Chinese. #

2014.07.24 You are not a storyteller - Stefan Sagmeister

You are not a storyteller - Stefan Sagmeister

Simple, straightforward input on people like you who are clearly under the wrong impression that you're a storyteller. You're not. Probably. #

2014.07.11 US Trade Emblems by Arno Kathollnig

US Trade Emblems by Arno Kathollnig

Really clever design, especially on that upper-right one. Sure, it has a hint of renaissance-era type, but I love how the type hints at that classic shield form. The added bonus here is the accompanying vector files. Awesome. I came upon these after seeing Arno's stamps in the Dribbble 5th Anniversary blog post. Looking through his work on here, I see these aren't a fluke. Well done. #

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