Monday Morning Dispatch - Volume #150

Start your Monday off right:

  1. How to Talk Minnesotan is for my Dad's side of the family who originated from the land of 1000 lakes.  
  2. As the Hurricane Irma prepared to slam into Florida, this article on how zoos attempt to handle the fury popped up. The best part of the whole article is the picture of the flamingos huddled in a bathroom staring at the mirror. 
  3. Italian-born photographer, Daniel Faro, traveled through Britain's most western portion of the island, Cornwall. I have no idea how far the area is from London but these beautiful photos feel a world part from the capital.  
  4. Lecia is a legendary name in photography. The brand shares how they assemble a legendary M10 camera.  
  5. Maximilian Motel created this amazing series combing an astronaut roaming the deserted streets of Cuba. I would love to know if the astronaut was added in post or part of the original photograph.  
  6. Edo Zollo wanders the streets of London after dark capturing those who are fighting the draw of their bed. A great collection of moody images with an almost cinematic feel to them. 
  7. "If you're to try, go all the way. Otherwise, don't even start."             Charles Bukowski 
  8. Nassim Nicholas Taleb burst into the public eye with the book, Black Swan. He is working on his fifth book on risk and posting chapters prior to finishing the manuscript. The logic of risk taking has helped enlighten what proper risk taking is. 

  9. Micheal Pederson leaves these hilarious signs and street "installations" around Sydney. I would love to see people's reaction to stumbling on one of these.  

  10. It may seem like a small goal but tremendous progress can be made if you get 1% better every day. The power of compounding is well understood in financial terms. The same lessons apply to every endeavor as James Clear points out. 

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

Monday Morning Dispatch - Volume #148

Start your Monday off right:

  1. The artist, Paige Smith (aka A Common Name), fills cracks around LA with brightly colored folded paper crystals. A fun take on street art. 
  2. Stanley Kubrick was a photographer for Look magazine before his career as a film maker. This is a collection of images from NYC from 1946 - 1950 by Kubrick.   
  3. For the last 40 years, people have flocked to the Bonneville Salt Flats for "Speed Week" to test out their automotive creations. They variety of cars as well as operators is stagering. 
  4. Jens Krauer is a street photographer based in Zurich, Switzerland shooting purely in black and white. A great example of classic street photography. 
  5. Lloyd Pursall speaks about his journey from southern Wales to LA and the creative spark that the move generated. 
  6. “Hope is not an emotion: It’s a cognitive process—a thought process made up of what researcher C. R. Snyder called the trilogy of “goals, pathways, and agency.” Hope happens when we can set goals, have the tenacity and perseverance to pursue those goals, and believe in our own abilities to act. Snyder also found that hope is learned. When boundaries, consistency, and support are in place, children learn it from their parents. But even if we didn’t get it as kids, we can still learn hope as adults. It’s just tougher when we’re older because we have to resist and unlearn old habits, like the tendency to give up when things get tough. Hope is a function of struggle. If we’re never allowed to fall or face adversity as children, we are denied the opportunity to develop the tenacity and sense of agency we need to be hopeful.”
    — Brené Brown
  7. If you put anything out into the world, you will face rejection. You can add that to the life guarantees of death and taxes. Seth Godin details what you should do once you encounter the inevitable rejection. 
  8. I think I posted this a while ago but Derek Sivers's short idea of "Obvious to you. Amazing to others" needs to be consistently repeated to creatives. Its so hard to see the true nature of our own work because we are just too close to our own work.