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N.87 / Taking a walk

THIS WEEK → Robotic delivery services ⊗ Hidden melodies ⊗ George Lucas's birdhouse ⊗ Stunning Moths
N.87 / Taking a walk

Greetings —

Over my lifetime, I’ve walked many steps.
Sometimes as a pilgrimage.
Sometimes in service to gettin’ places.
Yet, each time I have to marvel.
At the act of walking.
The conversation of walking.
Since, each step is part of the conversation.
Big. Small.
Fast. Slow.
Deliberate. Aloof.
Graceful. Blunt.
To what is unfolding in that moment.
I guess the choice is ours, how we choose to see it.
So, shall we take a little walk out there?

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Converse In Verse

Sooner or later we get offered things in life. Untold opportunities, potential dramas and parts of the great unfolding. After a time, it’s handy to have an Immediacy Filter.

As described by the very wise Kevin Kelly

One of the most useful bits of advice I ever got, came from the writer Anne Herbert who said that whenever she got an invitation to do something months away or even a week away, she asked herself whether she would accept the gig/meeting/task if it was tomorrow. The answer was often no. I use that immediacy trick all the time, and it has served me very well.

I’ve been trying it out and finding it useful for for an immediate hit of what I’d really like to do, or not.

In a simple, yet serious way this is a decision to stop deciding.

Creation Nation

Run An Empire →

Turn your movement into adventures

Being physically active has a significant positive impact on our mental health. Since the Olympics have come and gone, many of us feel inspired to try a new sport or increase our fitness levels. If this is you, you may enjoy Run an Empire - a free location-based strategy game for runners and walkers. (Try)

Merlin →

Shazam for bird songs

If you’ve ever heard a bird sing and wondered how you could possibly figure out what type of bird it could be without laboriously searching through recordings, The Cornell Lab of Ornithology now has you covered (Try).

For Your Consideration

How many robots does it take to run a grocery store?

Tom Scott | Youtube | 6th July 2021

This video of the (grocery delivery service) Ocado warehouse is mindblowing. Obviously we should not draw conclusions from it about the moral character of the bots. (Watch)

The Hidden Melodies of Subways Around the World

Sophie Haigney and Denise Lu | The New York Times | 13th August 2021

Most chimes these days are computer generated, played automatically as part of the door-closing process. But some originally emerged from mechanical processes in older trains (Read).

Sending An Attractive Lookalike To My High School Reunion

Vice | YouTube | 9th November 2020

A man who had a rough time in high school sends an actor to play a hotter, more successful version of himself at his ten-year high school reunion. Unexpectedly, almost everyone instantly recognises that it isn't him. Sad, strange, fascinating social experiment, perhaps revealing more about the psychology of its subject than the psychology of his classmates (Watch).


Greg Ross | Futility Closet  | 5th August 2021

The birdhouse at George Lucas’ Skywalker Ranch is a replica of the 50,000-foot main house. Working from the original blueprints, architect Thomas Burke produced the structure in four months and installed it in April 2011. Roughly the size of a Volkswagen Beetle, it has four levels and 50 individual compartments, each with a separate entry made of PVC piping (Look).

7 Spectacular Moths in Slow Motion!

Ant Lab | Youtube  | 4th August 2021

Take off flight sequences captured at 6,000 fps! Moth-flight in ultra-slow-motion; stunning. All of the moths were released into the wild. (Watch).

The Contemplation Station

Rather than "seize the day," "carpe diem" more accurately translates as "plucking the day," referring not to aggression, but to enjoying this moment. Yes, this moment right now.

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