Cool Internet Stuff (Craig Mod, Stephen Gill and more)

  • I can’t remember how I discovered Craig Mod’s work earlier this year (a video of a Japanese coffee shop was involved somehow), but I am glad I did. I signed up for his recent pop-up newsletter, Where Are All the Nightingales, and became hooked. Lots of walking, photography, Japan, and a nice dose of off-the-beaten-pathness:
From Season 01 of Craig Mod’s Huh newsletter
  • Ted Gioia gives some parenting advice (basically, don’t worry too much, and read aloud to your kids) in which he quotes from Paul Graham’s essay on How to Work Hard, which I enjoyed (although again, nothing too earth shattering). A quote from Graham’s essay:

The difficulty of figuring out what to work on varies enormously from one person to another. That’s one of the most important things I’ve learned about work since I was a kid. As a kid, you get the impression that everyone has a calling, and all they have to do is figure out what it is. That’s how it works in movies, and in the streamlined biographies fed to kids. Sometimes it works that way in real life. Some people figure out what to do as children and just do it, like Mozart. But others, like Newton, turn restlessly from one kind of work to another. Maybe in retrospect we can identify one as their calling β€” we can wish Newton spent more time on math and physics and less on alchemy and theology β€” but this is an illusion induced by hindsight bias. There was no voice calling to him that he could have heard. So while some people’s lives converge fast, there will be others whose lives never converge. And for these people, figuring out what to work on is not so much a prelude to working hard as an ongoing part of it, like one of a set of simultaneous equations.

From Stephen Gill’s The Pillar
  • Like This or Die – Christian Lorentzen (also from a couple of years ago) – liked this bit especially:

Why would someone who watched a television show on a Sunday night want to read a summary of it on Monday morning? I’ve often been puzzled by this question. Episode by episode, television doesn’t require much in the way of interpretation. Any program that did would be too recondite to stay on the air, the work of David Lynch being a glorious exception. But the TV recap has become a popular form because it extends the love between program and viewers. The love is still false.

  • This podcast episode, Making Demille, following a bike messenger in London over five years, was great – I think I have Alan Jacobs’ newsletter to thank for pointing it out.
  • Wisdom (as I think I’ve mentioned before, I’m not on Twitter, but Twitter is on the internet):