Monday Morning Dispatch - Volume #96

Start your Monday off right: 

  1. The Chinese artist, Wenyi, collects pieces of cardboard to use a canvases for his gorgeous drawings/paintings of the streets of Dali, China. Each piece of art carries a certain uniqueness from the individuality of each canvas. 
  2. I admit that I am a little biased working at Trader Joe's but here are a few grant options for dinner courtesy of Trader Joe's.  The comments are filled with great suggestions. 
  3. The great street photographer, John Free, examines a giant box of his dark room prints explaining his philosophy and what he was look for in the scene. This video is a photography master class in of itself. 
  4. The work of Neda Vent Fischer feels like it was taken from a car speeding past each building. The blur delightfully obscures the majority of the frame focusing your attention on the remaining architecture. 
  5. Vanessa O'Brien walked away from finance after the crash of 2008 feed up and disillusioned with what she saw. She set her sights on climbing mountains and finished the Seven Summit Series (climbing the highest peak on all the continents) in record time. 
  6. The famous film maker, Werner Herzog, in his book, The Guide for the Perplexed, included 24 maxims. Most of the maxims deal with fear and pushing past them to create the work you want. However, my favorite is the last one....."Get used to the bear behind you."
  7. "Practicing an art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow, for heaven’s sake. Sing in the shower. Dance to the radio. Tell stories. Write a poem to a friend, even a lousy poem. Do it as well as you possible can. You will get an enormous reward. You will have created something." VONNEGUT
  8. Learning how to improve your thinking process is a huge point of interest for me. The internet is a fire hose blasting information at an ever increasing pace at you. Without a deliberate practice to improve yourself, its easy to get lost under the sheer volume of information available. Issac Watts's classic "The Improvement of the Mind" offers rules that could prove valuable if integrated. 
  9. Other than hilarious, Prolific might one of best descriptors for Mike Birbiglia. His advice can be summed up in point #5 of this article. "BE BOLD ENOUGH TO MAKE STUFF THAT’S SMALL BUT GREAT". The world has enough of Big. Great gets noticed.