Monday Morning Dispatch - Volume #129

Start your Monday off right:

  1. Urban Golf could only have originated in a place like Portland. Armed with a few clubs, a tennis ball, and probably a few beers, you golf along the street with various structures serving as the "holes".  
  2. My oven is currently in need of repair as it wont light properly (its a gas oven). Naturally, I keep finding recipes for gorgeous loaves of bread like this TUSCANY’S PORK FAT BITS COUNTRY BREAD. I can imagine how amazing a grill cheese made with this bread would be. 
  3. The illustrator, Christopher Niemann, documented his trip to the remote island of Svalbard combining photographs with his whimsical drawings. A great example of story telling in different ways than the conventional methods. 
  4. National Geography photographers continually return with stunning images providing a new glimpse at the world. Kenji is their secret weapon. He builds the custom camera gear that makes some of the images possible. 
  5. I am not really sure how I stumble upon the jazz documentary, 1959 The Year that Changed Jazz, but I easily spent the next hour watching the stories behind 4 of the most influential jazz albums which all were released in 1959. I bought the Miles Davis and Dave Dave Brubeck's album yesterday at my local record shop. 
  6. your life is your life
    don’t let it be clubbed into dank submission.
    be on the watch.
    there are ways out.
    there is light somewhere.
    it may not be much light but
    it beats the darkness.
    be on the watch.
    the gods will offer you chances.
    know them.
    take them.
    you can’t beat death but
    you can beat death in life, sometimes.
    and the more often you learn to do it,
    the more light there will be.
    your life is your life.
    know it while you have it.
    you are marvelous
    the gods wait to delight
    in you.
    -- by Charles Bukowski
  7. Milton Glaser, the famed graphic designer who came up with the "I "heart" NY" campaign, shares his 10 things he has learned over his career. The "Doubt is Better than Certainty" is a particularly interesting idea to explore. 

  8. Jon Burgerman exploded on the internet for his quirky doodles combined with mundane life events. In this Nice Tuesdays talk, he shares how he built his career of weird side projects which built upon each other. 

  9. Gary Vanyerchuk continues to deliver gems. If you are struggling to get something started, just watch "How to Start" and I am pretty sure Gary's energy alone could push you to action. 

  10. Speaking of starting, I restarted my podcast, "The Creative Bar". I interview fellow creators who inspire me and we have a free flowing conversation. Check it out and if you like it, subscribe. 

Episode 10 - David Allen

After a long layoff, The Creative Bar is back. I spoke with  Dave Allen, a surrealist photography (, designer and mathematician) currently living in Toulouse, France, about photography and art. A great wide ranging conversation. Check out his awesome work.  

Monday Morning Dispatch - Volume #128

Start your Monday off right:

  1. The last time you probably used a pencil was in high school. Caroline Weaver the owner of CW Pencil Enterprise, is trying to change that. Her tiny pencil shop preaches the virtues of the humble writing instrument. She delivers the history of the pencil in her last interview.    
  2. Using a drone to capture the view from 300 feet, Mantas Bačiuška captures the abstract patterns created in the snow on the frozen lakes of Lithuania. The resulting images feel like the came from a NASA probe rather than our own planet. 
  3. 15 years ago, Corey Arnold put up a job-wanted sign in Seattle's Fisherman Terminal and he quickly ended up joining a fishing crew out of Dutch Harbor in the Aleutian Islands. The photo series from his work is a true behind the scene of a completely different world. 
  4. Fiiiirst pairs up two photographers for a month long "photograph conversation" where each image becomes the inspiration for the next image. Right now there is only a few "discussions" but I cant wait to see where this idea goes. 
  5. “Kindness toward others and radical kindness to ourselves buy us a shot at a warm and generous heart, which is the greatest prize of all.”
    – Anne Lamott
  6. Micheal Joseph's series, "Lost and Found", is a collection honest and revealing portraits of people traveling the country hoping on freight trains. The difficulty of their lives is often visible on there face. 

  7. Routine is used to optimize tasks through efficiency. Yet as Jonathan Foer points out, the sameness which allows for improved performance also destroys anything memorable. Adding novelty back into our lives lengthens our perception of our lives

  8. "Low price is the last refuge of the marketer who doesn't care enough to build something worth paying for." Seth Godin nails one of the major problems with many corporations. 
  9. A remarkable thing happens when we continually push ourselves past our comfort zone and the thing which previously terrorized us has become our favorite thing. Derek Sivers reminds us that we can turn anything fear into a strength with practice. 
  10. If you feel you need permission to start something, here it is