Monday Morning Dispatch - Volume #81

Start your Monday off right: 

  1. Two buildings on Canal Street in NYC have been waging a post-it note war for last week continually upping the size and scope of the post-it note art pieces. The windows now resemble an elementary school rather than a professional office. 
  2. The Onbashira Festival in Japan involves cutting down trees that Paul Bunyon would have been proud of felling and riding the logs as they slide down the mountain until they are erected as pillars. The video of the log riding is insane. 
  3. Imagine traveling to another company and being able to just a wear an ear piece that translates the foreign language in real time. Waverly Labs believe they have created just that. 
  4. Paolo Pettigiani armed his camera with an infrared lens and took a stroll through iconic Central Park in NYC. The lens turns the common green abundant in a park into a florescent pinkish red. The images feel like they are straight out a sci-fi book.  
  5. For certain people, the loneliness place to be is right in the middle of everyone. Hiroharu Matsumoto captured this feeling in his black and white street photographs isolating a single person in the scene. Beautiful work.  
  6. Jamie Molina creates these wooden sculptures of bearded men using nails to frame highly expressive faces. I love the examples which open up revealing another sculpture inside.  
  7. "We are cups, constantly and quietly being filled. The trick is, knowing how to tip ourselves over and let the beautiful stuff out." - Ray Bradbury
  8. The skateboarder, Rodney Mullins, reminds us that our expectations prevent us from being a beginner and being willing to fail in public. Yet, one must be willing to fail in order to achieve anything. 
  9. The future becomes ever more unknowable as the rate of technological changes continues to advance. Derek Sivers offers advice on how to thrive in an unknowable future
  10. The 10K hour rule popularized by Malcolm Gladwell has been ingrained into many areas of culture. However, psychologist Anders Ericsson and journalist Robert Pool point out that the rule only really applies to fields with highly developed fields with direct competition such as sports and music. The rule doesnt necessarily translate into the creative fields. This article in Scientific America provides 12 other factors than deliberate practice that contribute to creativity.