Welp, this is amazing. You’re welcome.
Welp, this is amazing. You’re welcome.
Originally posted on Experiences For Mankind:
Google has done it again. In their most recent ad, which celebrates Ernő Rubik, inventor of the Rubik’s Cube – the search mogul uses the 1970s game as an inspiring metaphor encouraging the vitality of fostering problem solving skills coupled with the fine art of asking questions for the next generation of potential inventors – ie: kids.
The casual vernacular uses allusions to automatic grilled cheese makers, time machines and even, time machines with automatic grilled cheese makers. The ad poses a question then about the future invention of these seemingly impossible – but awesome things. It asks how future inventors get to be future inventors – without which our cool time machine centric grilled cheese makers will cease to exist. Rubik himself is interviewed in this gem of a spot and notes that the problem with old schooling is that they were teaching answers while what is arguably more important than the answers, are the questions that…
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So I’ve been 27 for a few weeks now and thought in honor of my fare birthday month, I’d throw together a little listcicle for the occasion. Now I know not all of these will apply to everyone… but surely a few will resonate. #Turn27forWhat #ForeverYoung #27isthenew25
- You have to drink 2 liters of water daily just to feel normal.
- Fast food hangovers are real. Cost benefit analysis says no.
- Getting tipsy off a few bottles of good wine sounds significantly better than taking tequila shots at a loud club
- Sleeping in? HA. Only whilst sober… and then we wake up to be “productive”.
- 2 beers feel like 6 in the morning.
- Doing new things and going to new places is like crack to us. No more being totally validated by going to the same bar every night.
- When you do ‘go hard’ – weird sh*t happens
- 24 year olds say new ‘it’ words… and you don’t know what they mean.
- When a hot 22 year old young thang gives you the eyes…and you don’t quite know what to say.
- Things don’t always work like they used to…
At the end of the day though, here’s to us still going hard in the paint in nearly every aspect of our lives… just not all at the same time.
To 27 and beyond…
Reddit users caught wind of the above SOS message from Hazel Hammerserley, a patient at Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles earlier this week. The message read “Send Pizza, Room 4112″ during a day of aggressive cancer treatments. What happened next was nothing short of awesome.
Pizza poured into little Hazel’s room to the point that her mom had to request a pepperoni ceasefire – the best kind of ceasefire to call.
Needless to say, Hazel was thrilled and her day was brightened in the cheesiest of ways. Well played Internet, well played.
In case you missed the #trending news yesterday, a big ass, 60 ton blue whale has beached itself on the shores of a 600 person town in Newfoundland. Why should I care, you ask, aside from the strange fascination with dead whales everyone has but no one talks about? Well – did you know WHALES EXPLODE once they’re did? I sure at sh** didn’t.
If you’re squeamish… at all… might want to rethink clicking the ol’ play button. This stuff is weirdly fascinating though sooooo, take a peeksie to see the top 3 exploding whale shots captured in the last few years.
Thought Catalog posted this gem of a video and while I can’t share the author’s How I Met Your Mother finale spawned anguish, it sure as Shirley made my day. I hope it does the same for you.
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I had never heard of Austin Kleon before this year’s South by Southwest – but now I have, and for that I am glad.
Austin is a writer who draws. What does that mean, you ask? Well, he is perhaps most famous for taking New York Times articles and blacking out everything except carefully chosen words, thereby forming print/sharpie clad poems. As an early blog adopter and aficionado of words, doodles and humanity, his was the first keynote I attended in Austin this year and, in addition to wanting to be his new best friend, I really enjoyed what he had to say.
Here’s an example of one he showed during this presentation.
He talked about, wait for it, Vampires and Human Spam. Allow me to elaborate. These tragic creatures were once lovely humans, existing on planet earth just like you and me. Somewhere along the way though, something went awry and they were given the very false life manual where competition and self promotion rule. When you spend time with vampires, they suck your energy stores dry, use them for their own selfish, vampirey benefit and leave you lifeless. Jerks. Human spam, conversely, ramtheir stuff- projects, events, whatever- down your throat as hard as spamingly possible, forever shoving harder if you, by some miracle, evade them during the first go around. Once they’re in, don’t expect even a flicker of reciprocity. It’s simply not in their nature.
Austin went on to discuss the more human like qualities of creativity and it’s purest derivative: collaboration. He noted we are all part of a ‘scenious’ – or a group of like minded people, consistently fostering and encouraging one another toward a common goal. In theory, our goal as artists is to get noticed. In practice, our mindset should be how we can contribute to our scenious – as opposed to standing out as a genius. A scenious is nurtured by collaborative sharing. You cannot have a healthy scenious with the presence of Vampires or Human Spam.
nice photo, I know.
How can we then, make the transition to effectively contribute to our scenious – to better serve it, ourselves and one another? Let me count the ways:
1. Listen. Pay attention and take stock. Find gaps worth filling and find ways to fill them. Improve scenious efficiency and wholeness. Become a citizen of any community before you attempt to influence it.
Find gaps aka opportunities in your scenious. Fill them.
2. Don’t be a hoarder. Share your stuff. Similar interests will be attracted to it – and you.
3. Share. Other people do awesome things. Share them and make a habit of it- but give credit. Steal like an artist – don’t be a Vampirey or Spam-like.
4. Find people of like minds. <insert sports analogy here> In baseball, all pitchers are competitive. No one shares their secrets for fear of falling short on the mound. This is true for all but one: the knuckleball pitcher. This unruly pitch is so unpredictable that like-pitchers have formed a brotherhood of sorts. Knuckleball pitchers share experiences, secrets and share a cross team bond unlike any other position in the sport. Find your knuckleballers, teach what you know, learn what you hear.
All in all, Austin jives very well with a concept we’ve been working a lot on at EFM and that is the idea of ‘collective intelligence’. Essentially, this concept reflects our belief that like minded people with similar beliefs can do more. They can do good. They can harness a usually ignored energy that comes from within. This energy is selfness, it is non competitive, it is purpose driven and it is unbelievably powerful.
No matter what scenious of which we are a part, or what purpose we have committed to, we should always live to contribute, share, embrace and flourish for we can, as Margaret Mead once said, “never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”
Follow Austin on Twitter if you feel so inclined. I highly recommend it.
Try as I might to keep my musical loving self at bay, it has no choice but to creep out on this fine March day. Watch as these awesome parents absolutely crush Disney’s Frozen and their cute daughter literally gives zero cares.
I dare you not to have a better day after watching it.