WITHIN OUR ABILITIES

John Maeda once explained, “The computer will do anything within its abilities, but it will do nothing unless commanded to do so.” I think people are the same — we like to operate within our abilities. But whereas the computer has a fixed code, our abilities are limited only by our perceptions. Two decades since determining my code, and after 15 years of working in the world of branding, I am now in the process of rewriting the possibilities of what comes next. I don’t know exactly what I will become; it is not something I can describe scientifically or artistically. Perhaps it is a “code in progress.”

IN TUNE WITH WHAT YOU LOVE

Interesting insight by Robert Greene…

“…the difference between people who are successful and not are that those who are successful seemed to know from the age of 7 or 8, maybe older, they’re very in tune with what they love. I compare it to a voice inside their head, not literally a voice but something that says “you really are drawn to this subject” and they hear it throughout their lives. For me it was writing and books, since I was a kid. At any time I deviated from that love and went into something else, I was just so unhappy and I knew that I wasn’t doing the right thing. It’s just this voice that keeps drawing you back to what you really, really love.”

THE LIFE AND DEATH OF MOUNTAINS

This is a short film about the processes by which mountains are created and eventually destroyed. It is based upon the work of British geographer L. Dudley Stamp, and was shot in Iceland.

Despite their great size and age, their lives pan out in much the same way that a living creature’s does: They have a beginning, a middle, and an end, and as such, the life of a mountain mimics our own — it is a life that carries the weight of being and anticipation of sadness that one day things will change.

The Weight of Mountains from Studiocanoe on Vimeo.

WISE WORDS

“So what I want to argue for is not that we should give up on our ideas of success, but we should make sure that they are our own. We should focus in on our ideas. and make sure that we own them, that we are truly the authors of our own ambitions. Because it’s bad enough, not getting what you want, but it’s even worse to have an idea of what it is you want and find out at the end of a journey, that it isn’t, in fact, what you wanted all along.”

~Alain De Botton, A kinder, gentler philosophy of success

INSPIRING INFINITE UNIVERSE

We are so engrossed in the happenings of our daily lives that we often forget that far beyond the earth’s atmosphere, we are engulfed in an awe inspiring infinite universe. These images remind me of the beauty that exists out there in the unknown and also the planet that we inhabit ….

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Photo details:

1. The foothills of the Andes mountains near the southern coast of Peru are captured by the Kompsat-2 satellite on 5 July 2013

2. Korea’s Kompsat-2 satellite captured this image over the sand seas of the Namib Desert on 7 January 2012

3. Herschel’s view of the horse head nebula

 

4 HOUR CHEF

“We’re all going to die, you have a limited amount of time. Time is your most valuable, non-renewable resource. Learn to squeeze every ounce of life out of every minute and every hour you have on this planet.”

This is a quote from this cleverly put together promo video for Tim Ferriss’ new book called ’4 Hour Chef’. Apparently he has devised a technique called meta learning and rapid skill acquisition which enables us to learn more efficiently. Sounds interesting and my hungry mind will probably be following up this book shortly ;-)

DOMO BATMAN CAKE

Every 10th of May and 12 of October since 2002 I set myself the creative cake decorating challenge.

This year my son requested a Domo Batman cake.  So armed with the sugary play-dough-like icing and many tiny bottles of food colouring (which I’m sure contain all the bad ingredients that Chem-eleon would not approve of), I spent 5 hours baking 3 cakes and sculpting this crazy looking character.

The day after my hands are still stained with food colouring, but it was all worth it just to see his face full of happiness on his 11th birthday!

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