Start your Monday off right:
- A couple just outside of Stockholm, Sweden solved the problem of heating a house during the winter by wrapping the house in a greenhouse. The other big advantage is the new exterior of the house allowed them to replace the roof with a terrace.
- Top Ten Ted Talks (try saying that 3 times fast) of 2016. My personal favorites were the talk on gravitational waves and procrastination (watch it later).
- For the last 47 years, Yolanda Baker has been making disco balls and now she is the last of her kind still working in the USA. You can see the years spent at her craft as you quickly guides over a new disco ball.
- Illustrator, Ivan Beliko, shared a few pages from his moleskine notebook of his, "Home is for the Heartless" series. Beautifully drawn giant prehistoric creatures or birds smashing Russian pre-revolutionary architecture is fascinating combination.
- Novae is the visually stunning look at a supernova impressively created with an aquarium, ink, and water. I highly recommend watching the making of Novae videos as well (part 1 & part 2).
- I absolutely love A Story About A Bird. A short story written and illustrated within a day about a bird named Rodney.
“When people talk, listen completely. Don’t be thinking what you’re going to say. Most people never listen. Nor do they observe. You should be able to go into a room and when you come out, know everything that you saw there and not only that. If that room gave you any feeling you should know exactly what it was that gave you that feeling. Try that for practice.”
– Ernest Hemingway
This week I discovered the Magic Hour photography podcast and quickly downloaded all the episodes. Each episode is slightly different but each one was highly thought provoking.
Richard Restak argues in Mozart's Brain and the Fighter Pilot that improving our cognitive ability through training can be just as effect as increasing your IQ (which is far more difficult). The big takeaway is "the more you learn, the more you can link. The more you can link, the more you increase the brain’s capacity. And the more you increase the capacity of your brain the better able you’ll be to solve problems and make decisions quickly and correctly. This is real brainpower."
Austin Kleon shared the 100 things that made my year and there absolute gems found in this list.