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Welcome to newsletter N.84,
Switching off. Sounds easy huh?
But we all know that it is not the case.
Just one more email.
Just one more phone call.
Just 5 more minutes of research.
And before you know it, the day is gone, the evening is gone and you have been ON the whole time.
You owe it to yourself, your loved ones and your ability to do your best work to switch off once in a while.
So go on, put your device down and go take a walk. - Sammy
Joe Ward | NY Times | 23rd July 2021
The Tokyo Olympics are finally upon us and whilst it looks like a bonkers event and even more bonkers cost to the good people of Japan, it does provide an opportunity to focus on sporting figures who live outside of the mainstream.
This fantastic interactive feature from the NY Times on Adam Ondra, the world's best rock climber is a good starting point.
The Royal Ocean Film Society | YouTube | 21st July 2021
The trials and tribulations of director Joe Dante; his "Inferno" was 2003's Looney Tunes: Back in Action. The studio seemed to misunderstand the animation medium—as Dante put it, "the problem came when the studio executives started to get tired of our jokes and wanted us to change them. But of course, the animation is done to the voices and not the other way around"
Apple | Youtube | 14th July 2021
In this video, The Snoopy Show storyboard artist Krista Porter and Apple’s Anthony Jackson show us how to draw yourself as a Peanuts character. Once you get past all of the Apple synergy stuff (Pages! Pencil! Apple TV+!), this is actually pretty neat and you can obviously do it with any device/app or even pencil & paper. They’ve even included a PDF of drawing references to make it easier.
Why Does Utopian Architecture Suck?
Kate Wagner | The Nation | 14th July 2021
This article from Kate Wagner examines the key question of why utopian architectural futures often suck.
These utopias, in the practical sense of the term—as imaginaries of an ideal society—frankly suck. As a result, their progeny, be they in the form of 3D-printed tiny houses for the indigent or spurious off-shore eco-villages, also suck. The reason they suck is simple: Design, while obviously involved in the process of world transformation, cannot by itself solve social problems related to climate and urbanization.
Ground Control Productions | Vimeo | 14th July 2021
Imagine that, 262 years. That’s the length of time you connect across. You’ll know the people who span this time. Your time is the time of the people you know and love, the time that molds you, and your time is the time of the people you will know and love, the time that you will shape. You can touch 262 years with your bare hands. Your great grandma taught you, you will teach your great granddaughter, you can have a direct impact on the future right up to the year 2186. Imagine that.
We are so much the victims of abstraction that with the Earth in flames we can barely rouse ourselves to wander across the room and look at the thermostat.
– Terence McKenna
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