How many times in your life have you had to think long and hard about what you believe in and who you want to be? I think I’m going through it again right now. The last time was when I was applying for grad school. I’m now done with grad school. I guess this is what people call “life-defining moments.”
I remember the first time I started questioning things was in first or second year high school, or maybe it was in college? I don’t remember that well. I was at the dinner table with my brother who a little older than me. I can’t remember how we got to the topic, but I started questioning the things we were “learning” in C.L.E. (which stood for Christian Life Education). “Jesus died on the cross for our sins. What does that mean? And what would be different now at this moment, at this dinner table, if Jesus did not die?” I never really understood it, and I’m not sure my classmates did either, but everyone read the assigned readings and scored very high on tests, because we answered everything we were supposed to answer.
Our topic somehow moved on to the idea of the end of the world. What does that mean? Will the world ever end? What does that look like? Will it just be black space? But is nothing black? Nothing is nothing! Not even black. It won’t even be white. Because white is still something. Our minds can’t even conceive “nothing”!
I just created a Quora thread on it here.from ._. http://bit.ly/14SOqfT
So I learned that this screwdriver that comes with all assemble-it-yourself furniture pieces is called a hex key. What I want to talk about tonight is the hex key that came with the Muji side table we recently bought.
The Japanese have struck again! The design is genius. While most hex keys (ie. Ikea) are flat in the end, this has a sort of waist close to the end, and tapers at the end, forming a hex ball. What this does, is it allows me to screw the screw at an angle! Which is exactly what I had to do because the screw was too close to the underside of the table.http://bit.ly/17wtF4x
from ._. http://bit.ly/11esLJR
I love these projects that use the city as a playground for doing guerrilla… helping. This one is from a project called Fabrique | Hacktion in France, where they sell a kit of parts such as a hand-crank iPhone charger, hooks, and light reflectors — so anyone can modify their city to be more useful.
from ._. http://bit.ly/11ss3b8
“…and it was so satisfying and fun, that I thought, I want to figure out how to get paid sharpening pencils.”
“…a brand new freshly sharpened pencil that hasn’t been applied to the page yet. It just makes you think about the past of our country and the future of our country…”
Ever lose yourself in your food?
This chocolate milk popping action is something I always used to do growing up having to drink milk every morning and night.
Over the last couple weeks, I’ve been putting up videos on a blog called eating carefully.
It’s funny, but I wouldn’t really call myself a foodie even though all the videos are of food. To me, it’s about exploration, creating mini worlds, play/rules, ritual, and getting lost in the details.
Submit suggestions for future posts here. I can’t guarantee I’ll take every one on, but it will definitely trigger ideas, so I’d love to hear them!
Recently, I’ve been surprised at how old certain 80′s commercials look because it doesn’t match my memory of them. When I was around 6, I thought the world was black and white and only turned colored around the late 1950′s based on old pictures of my dad. Look at the room you’re in. Imagine the same room 50 years ago. Does it look the same? Are the colors just as vivid? Or do they look more muted like they do in pictures?
This collection of recolored photographs reminded me of this idea.from ._. http://bit.ly/P0syTh
There are such interesting interactions that take place in elevators. If we’re having a conversation with each other and someone comes in from another floor, do we continue our conversation?
Yesterday, someone who just entered the building yelled “hold the door!” She came in, panting. What floor? Four. I press 4. She says thanks and explained that the elevator takes forever to get anywhere.
*ding* 2… we still have leftover smiles on our faces… now what? nuninuuuu… stare at the floor… okay enough staring. do i have any ultra-important facebook updates? let’s check my phone.
*ding* 3… look up at the indicator while trying to imagine all the machinery that makes getting to the next floor seem like forever…
*ding* 4… ahh here we are! … and…now! … and… nuninuuu… any moment now…
*elevator settles* ah here we are. do i say goodnight? or do i pretend to be lost in my ultra important facebook updates?
*exchange smiles* goodnight!
whew! *and the world goes back to normal again*
This is a design project waiting to happen.from ._. http://bit.ly/U96vPx