September 14, 2014

I was reminded of the well-known story of Alexander the Great and the Dervish who refused to prostrate himself as the King of Kings went by. Alexander sent for him and asked why he had failed to show respect. He answered:

"I TOO AM A KING OF KINGS"

"Then where is your army? There is no king without an army."

"I HAVE NO ENEMIES AND I NEED NO ARMY."

"Then where is your treasury? Every king has a treasury."

"I HAVE NO WANTS, SO I NEED NO TREASURY."

This story shows, in an exaggerated opposition, the two aspects of freedom: the freedom of having everything, and the freedom of wanting nothing.

— J.G. Bennett, from Gentry Magazine Number Eight, Fall 1953

September 13, 2014

Guy Overfelt

(Source: vimeo.com, via fletter)

September 13, 2014
"Until a man is twenty-five, he still thinks, every so often, that under the right circumstances he could be the baddest motherfucker in the world. If I moved to a martial-arts monastery in China and studied real hard for ten years. If my family was wiped out by Colombian drug dealers and I swore myself to revenge. If I got a fatal disease, had one year to live, and devoted it to wiping out street crime. If I just dropped out and devoted my life to being bad."

— Neal Stephenson, Snow Crash

September 4, 2014
 Bonaire Caves of the Dutch Caribbean, National Geographic

 Bonaire Caves of the Dutch Caribbean, National Geographic

September 4, 2014
Deliberately Inconvenient Objects

Deliberately Inconvenient Objects

September 4, 2014
Chicago, 1967 (via National Geographic)

Chicago, 1967 (via National Geographic)

September 4, 2014
Dreadnoughtus, the largest land mammal ever known to exist

Dreadnoughtus, the largest land mammal ever known to exist

September 3, 2014
Great costume (via reddit)

Great costume (via reddit)

September 2, 2014

Project Wing. The store comes to you.

August 28, 2014

Great film making from Miranda July in this promo for her art project app (sponsored by Miu Miu), Somebody.

August 25, 2014

August 24, 2014
Creative People Say No

parislemon:

Kevin Ashton:

Saying “no” has more creative power than ideas, insights and talent combined. No guards time, the thread from which we weave our creations. The math of time is simple: you have less than you think and need more than you know. We are not taught to say “no.” We are taught not to say “no.” “No” is rude. “No” is a rebuff, a rebuttal, a minor act of verbal violence. “No” is for drugs and strangers with candy.

I love and agree with everything about this post.

“The difference between successful people and very successful people is that very successful people say no to almost everything.” - Warren Buffett