Monday Morning Dispatch - Volume #149

Start your Monday off right:

  1. A French group of bikers updated the design of the traditional fixed gear bike allowing the back wheel to swing side to side. I have no idea if this makes the bike a lot harder to ride or more fun (or both). 
  2. An interview with Sarah Walk, a photographer from Dayton, Ohio, who takes these gorgeous intimate photos of people.  
  3. The photographer, Damien Rayuela, traveled the world's longest railroad, the Trans-Siberian, with his camera in hand documenting his fellow travelers. 
  4. Barbed wire is an almost forgot item for most Americans today. Yet, barbed wire transformed this country in a way equal to the telephone. 
  5. The skateboarding video, "Alpha", is both beautifully shot in black and white employing creative angles. The insane tricks is just the cherry on top. 
  6. “A life that doesn’t include hard-won accomplishment and triumph over obstacles may not be a satisfying one. There is something deeply fulfilling — even thrilling — in doing almost anything difficult extremely well. There is a joy and pride that come from pushing yourself to another level or across a new frontier. A life devoted only to the present — to feeling good in the now — is unlikely to deliver real fulfillment. The present moment by itself it too small, too hollow. We all need a future. Something beyond and greater than our own present gratification, at which to aim or feel we’ve contributed.” 
    — Amy Chua and Jed Rubenfeld
  7. I found the quote above reading "If It Doesn’t Suck, It’s Not Worth Doing".  The article presents the interesting case that happiness comes from over coming obstacles to achieve goals. 

  8. Alec Soth is the odds on favorite to be one of the greatest photographers on our generation. He has a massive exhibit in Germany right now and he sat down with Ignant to talk about the exhibit and his process. 

  9. Mike Boyd has a youtube channel where he learns various skills in the shortest amount of time possible. He shares his "secrets" on how to learn anything quickly