Below are some of my favorite reads and music discoveries from this past week. You can also subscribe to this newsletter and get it in your email every Sunday.
Embrace Your Chronotype
They say that you should do your most important work in the morning, but studies show that not everyone is naturally suited to be a morning person. Some people are more alert and diligent at night, like teenagers.
+ If you're not a morning person, you might want to consider mindfulness meditation to help you wake up. You can also practice mindfulness while commuting, or by simply walking which has actually proven to be more effective. Whatever you do, just take some time away from your phone whether that's in the bathroom or in the bedroom.
New Fitbit device. New iPhone. New social network. We get excited when we can start fresh. But inevitably the same doom of disorganization happens and excitement wanes. We don't need new tools nor do we need more time. We need better personal systems for coping or we'll keep reacquiring new for nothing. To false hopes:
"I will be better. I will improve. And all I need is this one, new piece of software. I know I’ll get it right this time."
When Art Meets Science
"Our culture has drawn an artificial line between art and science, one that did not exist for innovators like Leonardo da Vinci and Steve Jobs."
Is it better to be a specialist or a generalist? How about both, applying "cross-disciplinary thinking to an incredibly complex world." Furthermore, a lot of kids today wants to learn how to code. They should learn how to write well too, or "journal," if that makes writing less intimidating.
Some people suffer from Misophonia, or the fear of annoying sounds such as when people smack, sneeze, or dogs bark. The good news it that Misophoniacs still like music.
+ Speaking of sounds, here's how a 70s graduate student at Cornell used radio waves to computer generate a pulsar which eventually became the cover for Joy Division's Unknown Pleasures album.
Buzzfeed is a master of viral news but as Paul Ford points out, its success didn't happen overnight. Buzzfeed has been learning how to ace Internet ridiculousness for years. It's not about algorithms but knowing what's going to make the masses tick at just the right time. BTW, it's gold and white like Joe Montana's college jersey.
+ Shaq tweets an equally divisive question: Is this Derrick Rose or Dwayne Wade?
♫ Tunes of the Week
- Loyle Carner - Cantona
- Patricia - Unpaid Interns
- TomDemac - Smoke Stained Ivories
- Clark - Silver Sun
- Elzhi - the Great
- Lord RAJA - Throw Them Out (pattern Remix)
I also DJed on Snapchat this weekend using its new iTunes music feature. Add me (bombtune) to check it out. Here's the track listing for those who miss by the time it expires (re: Ephemeral).
Thought of the Week
“Giving something a name can be just the same as inventing it.” - Brian Eno
Video of the Week
I always wondered why people threw up sneakers on telephone wires. Seems to be a plethora of reasons, depending on location. Check it.