I’m so sick of people thinking they can just waltz into my room when I’m obviously listening to music in 4/4.
Daily hair growth: the human body produces 100 feet of hair substance every day. If all this growth were to converge into one single hair, that hair would grow by one inch every minute. (1929)
How German gynecologist-turned-designer Fritz Kahn revolutionized science communication and became the Carl Sagan of infographics in the 1920s-1930s.
(Source: , via freshphotons)
Joe Meiser: Mobile Transcendence Device, 2009The Mobile Transcendence Device shifts an individual’s brainwaves to the Theta state that is associated with the transcendence achieved in deep meditation or prayer. This device consists of a visor fitted with a brightly pulsating light that is attached to a bone-embellished box, resembling a reliquary. The bones are a reference to death and are included because mortality and the experience of transcendence seem to be two sides of the same coin.
my friend Cory, talking about bad relationship advice he has received from his father
My counter (bad relationship advice I have received from my mother):
1. Don’t date anyone who is much better-looking than you are, because you will always be afraid that they are cheating on you, and other people will hit on them.
In 1967 a 16-year-old Boston kid named Jonathan Richman was obsessed with a New York band called the Velvet Underground. He wrote an article about them for a tiny local rock magazine called Vibrations. And in that article he included this diagram, showing what he projected their career trajectory to be relative to some other fashionable bands of the time. (via this fine book)
Venkatesh Rao, from “The Gooseberry Fallacy”
As an avowed skeptic of self-help books, I recently read Oliver Burkeman’s The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can’t Stand Positive Thinking. In it, he discusses how conventional (and shoddy) self-help tips purport to teach us how to reach our own defined goals, while psychologists contend that an enormous prerequisite for happiness comes from cultivating comfort with uncertainty (John Keats called this “negative capability,” Plato’s somewhat-similar term is “metaxis”) instead of fighting for closure and definitive answers. I thought of this while reading Rao’s post—he uses short stories from Lev Tolstoy and Anton Chekhov to make a case similar to Burkeman, arguing that we should “embrace ambiguity and uncertainty in a fundamental way, and choose life over death, even when you don’t know what that life might hold for you.”