Monday Morning Dispatch - Volume #89

Start your Monday off right:

  1. I love people who get obsessed with an idea and push the idea to an almost ridiculous level. Bruce Zaccagnino has spent years building Northlandz which contains over 100 model trains riding across 8 miles of tracks. The facility is incredible stretching across 52,000 square feet. I dont live that far away so I already planning on taking Miles up there for a visit. 
  2. A couple purchased one of the very first indoor auto dealer built in the 1920s in Braddock, PA and renovated into a gorgeous house
  3. An 100-year old theatre has been transformed into an absolutely gorgeous bookstore in Buenos Aires, Argentina.  
  4. “Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.”
    – Helen Keller
  5. Carsten Witte uses multiple exposures to create his great series, Deconstruction. The lines in the architecture appear to be vibrating due to the layering of images. 
  6. The artist, Kyle Scheele, had a Viking funeral for his 20s. He built a big cardboard Viking ship and set in on fire with roman candles for his birthday. Might be on the best birthday parties I have heard about. 
  7. Attempting to relax when you feel anxious about an upcoming event is almost impossible. Researchers at Harvard discovered that anxiety is very closely related to excitement. Saying "I am excited" before public speaking or any other high anxiety event help improved people's performance. 
  8. James March examines why large institutions rarely tolerate "genius" in their search for innovation and how to structure a team for the best possible outcome. He uses the analogy of the hare and tortoise to easily explain his "solution".