You don’t even need to watch this, or even know anything about weightlifting, to appreciate it. You just need to have a passion that you pursue, day in and day out.
…I heard Howard Stern railing about an uncle who liked to play golf. “It infuriated me that he never took a lesson, never tried to get better. He was happy just playing, he didn’t care if he got any better. It made no sense to me. How can you enjoy something and not want to get better at it?” Answer: some people are happy with par. He isn’t, which is why he succeeded. The retort is, “well, I don’t want to have to improve on everything, some things I just want to mindlessly enjoy.” I sympathize, but I also own a clock, and there are only 24hrs in a day. Look on how many of those hours go to true self-improvement vs. mindless enjoyment, and despair.
by Kai-hung Fung, via “Good News! It’s Tuesday”
Louis C.K. (via CJ)
SPACE CHIMP LIVES.
An example of the former is Neal Stephenson’s Heiroglyph Project. Stephenson wants to push science fiction authors to tell stories that can inspire the doing of new Modernist-scale dreams. Personally, he wants to build a 2km tall tower to make it cheaper to put things into space.
To this, I say: fuck yeah. We need these big dreams to try to dynamite us out of our incrementalism (in both physical and digital innovation). If Neal and his buddies can do it then I’d love to see them take the scale of Modernist ambition and prove that it can be done without the attendant de-humanizing that lead us to reject Modernism in the 20th Century.
Caption reads, “The Devil’s Hand-shake.” From a book on jujitsu.
Fortuitous follow up. Came across this book at the library today. Can’t tell if he’s just napping.
They used to call it “God’s Waiting Room,” on account of the propensity of the city’s many elderly to spend their days sitting on the green benches that lined the streets.
From a South African jersey. Presumably to be scanned before purchase, or by nosey (and short) strangers on the street.
Invisible design propogates the myth that technology will ‘disappear’ or ‘just get out of the way’ rather than addressing the qualities of interface technologies that can make them difficult or delightful.
It’s utterly unfair to quote just a single paragraph from this essay. It’s short, well-reasoned, and you should read it.
Clearing out starred items in Google Reader ahead of the planned shutdown [aside: %$?%!!&#@#!]. Came across these gorgeous cover sheets from insurance company maps - Tampa’s dates from 1915.
Many more to be found here.
A Syrian rebel uses a videogame controller to activate the machine gun of Sham 2, a homemade armored vehicle made by the rebels’ Al-Ansar brigade, in Bishqatin, 4 km west of Aleppo, on December 8, 2012. (Herve Bar/AFP/Getty Images)
Worth checking out all of these, especially the “100% made in Syria” homemade armored vehicle.
(via Mr. Wess)
Saturn from Cassini spacecraft. Earth is the bluish dot within the rings to the left.