If you haven’t yet, treat yourself to this soul-stretching 1992 interview with Leonard Cohen on songwriting, creative process, and working for the right motives.
n. the desire to care less about things—to loosen your grip on your life, to stop glancing behind you every few steps, afraid that someone will snatch it from you before you reach the end zone—rather to hold your life loosely and playfully, like a volleyball, keeping it in the air, with only quick fleeting interventions, bouncing freely in the hands of trusted friends, always in play.
If I am not ____________ then who am I?
"If I am not the lover, who am I? If I am not writing poems in melancholy who am I? If I am not running away from solitude who am I?"
We come to associate ourselves with certain routines we make for ourselves over and over and again. We repeat those, make them into habits, we perform elaborate rituals. How else would we ground ourselves? Like a grid paper is so much easier to work with than a blank sheet- our habits give us a structure to construct our day around.
Now that the grid is fading fast, the vast space of a blank white sheet is scarier than a dark empty room. But you put a pen to it, you start again to get structure, this time of your own choice. This time of your own making.
You know what I learned from the Internet? We got nothing to worry about. Everybody has their moment. We might get a cat one day. That cat may play the keyboard. A bear might fall on our trampoline. We don’t need to have it figured out right now. We just need to be patient. Our moments will come.
Be it a slum in India or the Silicon Valley, be it in a modest dwelling or a luxury car, the currency of happiness lies in authentic conversations.
Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure - these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.
If you are in school today the technologies you will use as an adult tomorrow have not been invented yet. Therefore, the life skill you need most is not the mastery of specific technologies, but mastery of the technium as a whole - how technology in general works.
Going from an audience of zero to an audience of 10 is so big that it’s actually huger than going from 10 people to a million.
Floppy disks forever!
Oh, the remarkable self centeredness and shortsightedness of the tech industry.
Yes there, I said it! I am a part of it- seeing it from both ends, its almost too glaring to miss- How the tech industry has turned out to multiply in clones. There is no room for individuality, no room for experimentation, there are outliers of course but few and far between.
Interaction design of today- suffers from acute Myopia.
It is in the history of new technology to totally destroy the previous one- remember “video killed the radio star”? Yet in whatever technological present we reside, it is easily assumed to be the future- something that will sustain and stay exactly the way it is.
Apps are for good, floppy disks forever! Yeah!
When I look at it as a recent graduate and as someone who had started my own company - I run into a shockingly narrow definition of interaction design all the time. How easy it is to look back and learn from the impermanence of technology, and yet how rarely will you find an introspective, truly future facing tech company.
The question that no one is asking in tech : Are we prepared for obsolescence? Companies need leaders for tomorrow. Not clones of today.
itwonlast: Kintsugi (to patch with gold) or Kintsukuroi (to repair with gold) is the Japanese art of fixing broken pottery and ceramics using a lacquer resin sprinkled with powdered gold (or silver). Rather than being concealed, the damage is celebrated and becomes a defining feature of the object. As a general rule, the repaired artifact acquires far higher value and enjoys greater appreciation than it had in its previously undamaged state.
There are no limits. There are plateaus, but you must not stay there, you must go beyond them. If it kills you, it kills you.
The poetic and the veridical, the proven and the unprovable, the heart and the brain—like charged particles of opposing polarity—exert their pulls in different directions. Where they are brought together the result is incandescence.
Within that place of radiant intersection, love begins to reveal itself.