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Let's get together - Monocle Magazine / Issue 75

The Monocle shares its list for the best cities for loitering.

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Marcus loves music. Marcus fakes press passes to get backstage at concerts. Marcus made a documentary about doing what he loves that will make you very envious.
(via No Cameras Allowed on Devour.com)

Polygon goes to Poland to see why so many good video games are coming out of this little country in the middle of Europe.
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Is it a box? Is it a shelf? No it’s a Cubby.

The Cubby uses magic to transform everyday objects into works of art.

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(via Loop - Wall Hook by LaSelva studio — Kickstarter)

Self-portraits by Hyper-realist painter Eloy Morales

(Source: gaksdesigns, via helloyoucreatives)

Your Selfie Idea Is Not Original. It's shit.

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The Cubby is a customizable display/storage window box that helps you find a place for all your favourite things. Help turn this product into a reality by backing it, and get your very own Cubby in the process for a limited time.

 

via Cubby Box-Frame by Thomas Zukowski — Kickstarter)

The Cubby is a customizable display/storage window box that helps you find a place for all your favourite things. Help turn this product into a reality by backing it, and get your very own Cubby in the process for a limited time.


via Cubby Box-Frame by Thomas Zukowski — Kickstarter)

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Loop Findr

Software developed by Collin Burger can automatically locate loops in video to create perfect GIFs - video embedded below:

Loop Findr is a tool that automatically finds loops in videos so you can turn them into seamless gifs.

Since their creation in 1987, animated GIFs have become one of the most popular means of expression on the Internet. They have evolved into their own artistic medium due to their ability to capture a particular feeling and the format’s portable nature. Loop Findr seeks to usher in a new era of seamless GIFs created from loops found in the videos the populate the Internet. Loop Findr is a tool that automatically finds these loops so users can turn them into GIFs that can then be shared all over the Web.

You can find out more background about the project here

There is also a loopfindr Tumblr blog which has examples and links to download the software (Mac only) here

AN EMPTY BOX FULL OF POSSIBILITIES.

The Cubby lets you turn anything and everything into art. Yes even your underwear. Its stowaway lid and window make it the perfect place for your favourite things. Turn it into a box-frame and show off your collectibles or use it to just add storage space for your kid’s toys. Create a windowless cabinet for the bathroom or create shelf space for candles and small plants to spruce up a space. The possibilities are endless.

If you dig it, back it, and share it. 

De Bottom on Travel

Where you live, it’s likely to rain far too much. You probably spend some intense moments every year wishing you could move somewhere else, a place with a balmier, lighter climate.

Frustration with the weather can be intense, but that’s not the same as fully seeing what it is we are missing in our own land. The trouble might not merely be climatic. It’s not just the rain, but what the rain seems to stand for: psychological gloom, sexual repression, a lack of imagination, conservatism, joylessness. A craving for the sun hints at needs that extend beyond the sun, and indeed, could be secured without it: an openness of mind, a sense of adventure and possibility, a sensuality, an integration with the community, a feeling of hope.

Hockney’s Portrait of an Artist was painted in California, where the artist had moved from his native Yorkshire. California was for 20th Century artists what Rome had been for their English and German counterparts in the 18th and 19th Centuries: it was a place of pagan happiness.

However, the ideal response to Hockney’s picture is not necessarily to head for the sun. You don’t actually need to go to California to get access to the things that Hockney found there (and which might elude you if you simply booked yourself on the next flight). You need to get more accurate about what you are missing at a psychological level and try to infuse your day to day life with it, whatever the state of the skies. The reason the picture is so moving is that it is a symbol of what is ultimately an inner destination. It should be a place we learn to take our spirit to, rather than our bodies.

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In an unprecedented case, a man in Ireland pleaded guilty to criminal charges after he posted on the woman’s Facebook account that she was a “whore” and “would take any offers.” He’d been prosecuted under the country’s Criminal Damages Act, which imposes a maximum prison sentence of 10 years and $13,600 fine. The case marked the first time someone had been held liable for damages involving a social media account.

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In an unprecedented case, a man in Ireland pleaded guilty to criminal charges after he posted on the woman’s Facebook account that she was a “whore” and “would take any offers.” He’d been prosecuted under the country’s Criminal Damages Act, which imposes a maximum prison sentence of 10 years and $13,600 fine. The case marked the first time someone had been held liable for damages involving a social media account.

The path to what I’m doing started with not knowing what I wanted to do… Pursuing that feeling of not really knowing what to do, and choosing what doesn’t quite seem like the logical next step, but feels right at a gut level, is how I’ve pieced together where I am today.

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Every time I tried something new, I realized that I had no experience in it, so it felt like the right move. There is a data line that suggests a connection between all of those experiences: whenever something made me uncomfortable, I would give it a try.

in her recent interview on The Great Discontent. writer, designer, editor, and educator Liz Danzico, NPR’s first-ever creative director, echoes Daniel Pink’s commencement address on why the best roadmap to an interesting life is the one you make up as you go along.

Rilke would agree. Or, as Picasso famously put it, To know what you’re going to draw, you have to begin drawing.”

Previous TGD interviews have included Debbie MillmanAustin KleonJohn Maeda, and yours truly.

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Art as Therapy: thoughts on growth

The child who is praised for his or her first modest attempts at humour, and called witty as a result, is being guided and helped to develop beyond what he or she actually happens to be right now. They grow into the person they have flatteringly been described as already being. This is important because the obstacle to our good development is not usually arrogance, but a lack of confidence.

Art as Therapy

The urge to make art starts with the desire to preserve. This is something you know from your own life. The impulse to pick up a camera stems from an awareness of our cognitive weaknesses in relation to the passage of time. We will forget the Taj Mahal, the walk in the country and, most importantly, the precise look of a child aged seven as they feed an animal. 

Art makes the fruits of experience both memorable and renewable. It is a mechanism to keep precious things and our best insights, in good condition and makes them publicly accessible. Art banks our collective winnings.

- Alain de Botton