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.
“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
Lovely animation illustrated by Molly Crabapple captures an excerpt from Susan Cain’s book. You can also view her TED talk here.
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 ….
“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
This is one of the funniest things that I’ve seen in a while! The floating guitar had us in stitches! Chris Hadfield sings his little heart out to David Bowie’s ‘Space Oddity’ on the International Space Station as a parting gesture before he returns to earth.
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!
The revered author David Wallace in 2005 presented the graduating students from Kenyon College with a deep insight into life after education.
In his speech he tells us that life is often filled with routine, dead eyed clerks, empty phrases and annoyances, which can turn us into negative, impatient whining self-centered pessimists, with little tolerance of others. Driving along on the highway of life on auto pilot.
What he also says is that we have the choice to change the way we perceive these situations. We have the choice to decide how we see it, and we have the choice to decide what is meaningful.
His quote sums it up…
“The only thing that’s capital “T” True is that you get to decide how you’re going to try to see it. This, I submit, is the freedom of real education, of how to be well-adjusted. You get to decide what has meaning and what doesn’t. That is real freedom. That is being educated and understanding how to think. The alternative is unconsciousness.”
The ‘auto-pilot’ or as David puts it the ‘unconscious’ state is an easy route for many. Specially when our lives are moving so fast. It sometimes feels like we don’t have control and we give in because it’s just easier that way. It takes real effort to fight the darkness and brake away into the light.
David Foster Wallace committed suicide in 2008 after suffering from depression for over 20 years.
The Dalai Lama, when asked what surprised him most about humanity, answered …
“Man…. Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived.”