"Like air and drinking water, being digital will be noticed only by its absence, not its presence."
— Nicholas Negroponte
"All is flux. Nothing is finished. Nothing is done. This never-ending change is the pivotal axis of the modern world."
— Kevin Kelly
Through the temptation
Through the crowd.
Through the doubt.
Through the loss.
Through the wall.
Through the fire.
To the end.
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The Soft Manifesto
Can you afford to break down any barriers between your work and the audience? (monetary, language, accessibility, etc.)
What can you gain, that is not money, from the work?
Who, that is not you, can gain from the work?
Can you remove yourself from the center of the work?
Does the work consider its impact on our planet?
Does the work consider your politics?
Does the work reflect your understanding of the responsibility of being human?
Have you learned all you can from the work before presenting it as finished?
In what ways have you grown or changed from older work, and are you proud of these changes?
Can you afford to rest?
Often I see people putting on earphones and zoning out, trying to either numb their mind or distract themselves until their body is done running. Of course, I cannot be too critical of this technique, as some runners get into incredible shape this way. Music can be motivating. It can invigorate us, bringing our mind in tune with our body. In this way, music makes a powerful and inspiring tool. At the same time, music can be used as a way of disguising our workout—taking our attention far away from what we are doing. In this case, music becomes a source of distraction. So while at times music can seem helpful, ultimately it challenges our ability to be present and embodied.
Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. “Running With the Mind of Meditation: Lessons for Training Body and Mind.”
"... if I make something that doesn't look like it came from my heart, then I don't want to show it." — Hassan Rahim on New Reader
"It's so funny that the Internet has become a series of traps where you do innocent things like give your name or address or indicate a preference — "I like this thing" — and therefore you open yourself up to a deluge of advertising based on those stated preferences. That's what you're doing, you're signaling who you are as a consumer."
'Minimalism is a perfect fit because it allows for just enough character to make a space interesting but not too much. The rest gets smoothed over into blankness.'
Chayka, Kyle. 'The Longing for Less.'