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Critical Linking

😃 Martha Beck, the merchant of just be happy. LINK

🖥 The rise of AI documentary by Bloomberg. LINK

🎹 Angélique Kidjo on the myth of cultural appropriation and covering Talking Heads’ Remain in Light in its entirety. Including this magical version of Once in a Lifetime, one of my spirit songs. LINK

“Humans have moved from a world where they met only a few hundred people during their entire lifetime, to encountering that many strangers riding the subway or attending a conference,” says Rollag. “We are out of our element from an evolutionary standpoint, and our minds and cognitive abilities are still catching up.”

 👻 ^Why we’re hardwired to be anxious at a new job. LINK

💌 In the wake of this week’s sad high profile suicides, Brene Brown explains that everyone has a story. LINK

🙅🏽‍♀️ I fell in love with Laura Berger’s work this week – fluidity, evolution and connection. LINK

🎧 Rowan Slaney’s favourite podcasts made by women. LINK

🎯 “If I start from the basic assumption that attention is life, then how I cultivate my attention and direct it, is how I live and cultivate my life. To not spend time obsessing about this to a certain extent is sort of saying, ‘I don’t particularly care how my life unfolds.” –Jocelyn K. Glei’s Hurry Slowly is one of the most thought-provoking podcasts I listen to, and the ideas around attention in this interview with Jonathan Fields really resonated. LINK

🌾 Sensing a theme yet? Introducing Winnow, a podcasting directory and support network for women, non-binary people, and their co-hosts. It’s the first intervention for my Hyper Island innovation project. To winnow is to blow a current of air through (grain) in order to remove the chaff… I also like the potential of a WIN NOW interpretation. LINK

This week I am also thinking about:

  • I became a UK citizen after nearly seven years! Hurrah. My friend Lisa took me out for Pimms afterwards, the quintessential celebration.
  • While I am a known plant nerd, it appears I sleep-bought a membership to the Royal Horticultural Society last month… I also visited Kew Gardens this weekend.
  • Being a ‘project’ person versus those who don’t have a massive array of personal, usually unpaid projects always on the go. While some of this is currently attributed to my masters’, there has and always will be those projects. Kindred, Book Club for Drunks, zines, films, bars…

Critical linking 05

Critical Linking

🧠 Mental models – an almost complete guide. LINK

🕰 Everything is timing. Being awake to temporal forces can help us work smarter and live better. LINK

⛵ These Women Circumnavigated The Earth But Came Back To The Same Sexist Attitudes. An amazing story of perseverance, ocean life and the retrograde bullshit of the Indian Navy. LINK

☠ The Corpse Project. What is the most eco-friendly way to shuffle off this mortal coil? LINK

👾 Discovering a name for it. The imp of the perverse – a metaphor for the urge to do exactly the wrong thing in a given situation for the sole reason that it is possible for wrong to be done. LINK

💘 Esther Perel on the different language men and women use when we ask for what we want in relationships, and the permissions we are granted by society. LINK

🔮 The tarot cards of tech. LINK

⌨ There is no place for Garamond on the web, with reference to graffiti from Pompeii. LINK

This week I am also thinking about:

  • Resilience in the workplace, and whether resilient people are the key to adaptable companies.
  • Jessica Lanyadoo’s horoscopes and how they serve as really on-point life advice stars aside. “Growth requires you to change and to risk outgrowing things or people that you’re invested in. Follow the organic flow of your life to see where it takes you this week, Scorpio. You’re ready to embody more of yourself in your relationships, even if that means going through a period of discomfort or uncertainty with others. When you show up with more of yourself, things get more real, and if that makes things worse, then it’s just a matter of time anyways. Show up all the way.”
  • I’ve started a full-time contract at Canary Wharf – it feels very back to the future, it was the first area in London I worked, circa 2011. Get your nails done on demand. Amazon Lockers in the canteen. Self-scan & pay machines at the pharmacy. Conveyor belt food options. The design on convenience for an (upper-middle class segment) office worker is insane.
  • Reading Esther Perel’s The State Of Affairs: Rethinking Infidelity – a book for anyone who has ever loved. (And wondering how I can look as good as the author at 60.)

The origins of Bluetooth

Harald “Bluetooth” Gormsson (born c. 910—died c. 987) was a king of Denmark and Norway, best known in his time for introducing Christianity to the country. In recent times, his legacy continues in the oddest of forms. wireless Bluetooth technology is named after him, and the symbol is composed of the two runes spelling out his initials RB. The logo is a bind rune merging the Runic letters Hagall and Bjarkan. Something to ponder the next time you connect your headphones to your phone. Beep-boop.

Bluetooth Rune

Via The Guardian: Boy unearths treasure of the Danish king Bluetooth in Germany