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Five Things #109

Every Wednesday I share five things I've liked and think you might like too. Here are this week’s Five Things…

  1. An Instagram account where album art meets classical art.

  2. The worrying effects of social media on our mental health. My takeaway: Using social media for real conversations, building communities and sharing your work is a positive thing, whilst using social media too much and to compare yourself to others is not good.

  3. A wonderful project detailing the hidden treasures found along the banks of the river Amstel in Amsterdam during recent excavations for a new metro line. Here's an introduction to the project and here's what they found.

  4. Better ways to learn. Space out your learning sessions, take notes, test yourself and get plenty of sleep!

  5. What a tune. 🎶 Tame Impala - Let It Happen

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Five Things #105
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Every Wednesday I share five things I've liked and think you might like too. Here are this week’s Five Things…

  1. An interesting piece on the idea of a growth vs fixed mindset — "You can tell kids that they’ve done something fantastic, but don’t label them as smart"

  2. I have a new favourite iOS game, Pocket Run Pool. It really helped me through my recent 2-hour stint of being stuck on the runway on the way home from Berlin!

  3. A great Youtube series from Holistic Songwriting analysing the writing styles of various artists. I'm only partway through but have learnt a lot.

  4. This Twitter thread of neural net-generated jokes is rather amusing. The jokes are only funny because they are terrible, but I did enjoy them all the same.

  5. I've been really enjoying Jonas Bonnetta's album All This Here. I really like his use of field recordings.

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Five Things #101

Every Wednesday I share five things I've liked and think you might like too. Here are this week’s Five Things…

  1. A great piece on learning. Aim for fluency, not just understanding.

  2. Useful (short) video: This is how (not) to calm your nerves

  3. I'm definitely guilty of this at times: "We tend to grossly overestimate the pleasure brought forth by new experiences and underestimate the power of finding meaning in current ones." The quote is from this excellent piece: Travel Is No Cure for the Mind.

  4. Cool interactive website: www.populationspast.org. Explore demographic and social change using maps of the UK between 1851-1911. How far we've come in the last 100 years or so!

  5. What I was listening to in April 🎶

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James Kochalka on being creative
 
 

I had two main takeaways from watching this interview with the cartoonist and musician James Kochalka.

The first:

"If you are a creative person and you're good at one thing you're probably good at another thing"

Creativity compounds (knowledge builds on knowledge) so you'll probably find that some ways of thinking or skills overlap between the different activities.

And the second:

If you want to get better at something, do it every day, and work hard at getting better at it. That last bit is really important, simply repeating an activity isn't enough — you have to focus on improving to get better.

Copying is how we learn
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You start by imperfectly copying someone or something that inspires you. You keep copying, making mistakes and drawing inspiration from other sources. And eventually, you find you've made something new and original.

This short post (and its title) was inspired by a far more insightful one by Austin Kleon called Copying is how we learn. If you like that you should also check out his book Steal Like An Artist, which is excellent.

Five Things #67

Every Wednesday I share five things I've liked and think you might like too. Here are this week’s Five Things…

  1. Episode #1 of Radiotopia's new mini-series Ways Of Hearing explores how digital audio changes our experience of music and time. If you are a musician or big music fan, I think you'll love it.

  2. Austin Kleon hits the nail on the head in his post You can be woke without waking up to the news. Give it a try, no phone, no social media and no news for the first couple of hours of your day.

    "A friend of mine said he didn’t know how long he could wake up to such horrible news every day. I suggested to him that he shouldn’t wake up to the news at all, and neither should anyone else. There’s almost nothing in the news that any of us need to read in the first hour (or two or three or four…) of our day."
  3. This is quite the long-read, but if you are a big user of Facebook and have any concerns about your privacy, it's probably worth your time: You Are the Product.

  4. I've just rediscovered James Clear's excellent blog. He has a wealth of articles exploring habits, thinking and learning. I found this one particularly interesting: Mental Models: How to Train Your Brain to Think in New Ways.

  5. Over the last week, I've been making a concerted effort to listen to more albums by artists I like, that I've not really listened to previously. This week's music recommendation is Blanck Mass' self-titled album, which in spite of liking their other music, I'd neglected to listen to at all!

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Five Things #65

Every Wednesday I share five things I've liked and think you might like too. Here are this week’s Five Things…

  1. A diver's worst nightmare. How he remained calm is beyond me!
     
  2. Albert Einstein's advice to his son on how to learn.
     
  3. There are some things that you just can't unsee. At least in this case they're pretty funny!
     
  4. If you are learning a foreign language (or want to), this is a great list that will help supercharge your learning. I'm putting as much of it into practice as I can as I continue my quest to learn German!
     
  5. This week's musical recommendation is Islands by The XX. I'd forgotten how good their first album is! 

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Five Things #63

Every Wednesday I share five things I've liked and think you might like too. Here are this week’s Five Things…

  1. One of my projects this year is learning to code. Learning anything from scratch is hard work, but it feels like I'm starting to make some progress. I've completed three projects in the last couple of weeks: a quote machine, a weather app and a Wikipedia viewer. I'll report back with my fourth project once I've made some progress! If you fancy learning to code, check out freeCodeCamp.
     
  2. Having opinions is easy, doing the work to justify holding them is less so: The Work Required To Have An Opinion.
     
  3. If you like birds (and high quality photography) you're going to like these: Birds Around the World in 31 Incredible Photos.
     
  4. I've been really enjoying the latest series of Dead Ringers. It seems whatever the state of our politics, it never ceases to be a great source of comedy.
     
  5. This week's musical recommendation is Moments Descend On My Windowpane by Rafael Anton Irisarri. If you like it, check out his album A Fragile Geography.

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