Art that is like snippets of movies you want to see.
You’d be in some kind of arts center, wearing roomy overalls, looking at a tray of precious gems, and you’d say, “That’s cat’s-eye,” and your friend would say, “Nope. That’s opal.” And you’d say, “That’s definitely cat’s-eye.” And there would be no way to look it up, no way to prove who was right, except if someone had a little booklet. “Anyone got a little booklet?” you’d ask, looking around. “Is there a booklet on this shit?”
Come for the music, stay for the writing: “But a bop’s a bop, and this is a pop song like a teddy bears’ picnic, brilliant and summery, with old friends asnooze and bottles resting sideways in the grass.”
Tiny little details.
Always a good read from Tom Whitwell. My favorite TIL was the existence of ethnographic coolers:
Harbinger customers are customers who buy products that tend to fail. They group together, forming harbinger zip codes. If households in those zip codes buy a product, it is likely to fail. If they back a political candidate, they are likely to lose the election.
Adding this to my to-read list. Jorge Arango interviewed one of the authors on his podcast if you want to learn more about the topic.
Some things I liked this week:
Reading: Hollow Kingdom by Kira Jane Buxton. It’s an end of the world zombie story from the point of view of the animals, but wonderfully more weird than that description. + I’m listening to The Witch Elm by Tana French via the great app: Libby
Apps: Appy Weather. Yes, another weather app, but this one is pleasingly chunky.
Site: People with Cool Avatars, tiny works of art, a collection of digital self portraits.
Eye Candy: The Kimberly.
A little bit of love for one of the most recognizable cannon fodder bad guys in movie history.
A story from Craig Mod that ends with this quote: “Time passes, and that’s what happens. Things become … other things.”
Always worth a looksee.
It does, of course, look to everyone else like you’re not doing a damn thing. And, often, you don’t have anything to physically present for the hours you’ve burned staring at the wall or whatever.
More sleep, more reading, more hiking, more reflection, more soup, more movies, more night sky. /via kottke
Winding roads in the Dolomites.
Tiny books to grab instead of your phone.
by Sam Partaix. Example:
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