A STRONG LEAD
Still measuring success by the bigger, better, more yardstick? You might want to stop racing along and take stock of other, less showy metrics instead. A poll of 70 business leaders at the recent World Economic Forum put the most desirable quality in business as authenticity. We’re pretty sure they all appreciate good healthy profit and career growth, but take it from those who know. Without investment in emotional wellbeing, integrity and awareness of self it’s all just a bubble waiting to burst. Ground before you grow. There’s always a market for real leadership.
Source: New York Times
TENDER IS THE NIGHT
How deep is your love? Dutch photographer, Paul Schneggenburger photographed 80 sleeping couples under a long-exposure camera to find out. The resulting images revealed the couples reaching out for each other throughout the night, even when unconscious. Connection is instinctive. Good to know you’re a born romantic isn’t it?
Source: Visual News
How have we managed to translate the modern obsession with non-stop activity into our gaming environments? Sure, there are always points to be scored and narratives to run, but sometimes you’ve just got to take time out to smell the digital roses. Traveling through this vivid cinematic film of the landscapes in top game titles, minus the gameplay, is a chance to get Zen. Subtract the distractions and stop for a moment to observe the craft and intricacy. Whether you’re onscreen or off, it’s worth appreciating a world that was created just for you.
Source: Other Places
We could list a hundred useful virtues, but we reckon trust comes high up in any successful partnership. Need more convincing? Listen to Jawbone founders Hosain Rahman and Yves Béhar talk about their eleven years work and innovation together. Neither is short on individual ambition, but together they’ve pushed each other further than they could have imagined at the start of their journey. The key: raw honesty – and a shared vision. Trust is potent stuff, and not for the faint hearted. But if you want to build big things it’s the strongest foundation possible.
Source: Fast Code Design
You might be keeping it real there, but sometimes the unreal is just too intriguing to ignore. Like this amazing film of computer animated 3D images projected onto flat panels. No trickery involved, the whole thing was filmed in camera and in real time by design and engineering studio Bot & Dolly. Watch and you’ll find your view on reality becomes as fluid as the visuals. Confusing, challenging and a fascinating reminder that perception really is the final frontier.
TIME’S ON MY SIDE
You know that moment; the one when everything works, life flows. And you just..nail it. That’s timing, my friend. And if you want it, you’ve got to have patience. Wait, stay alert - and the chances are you’ll witness something extraordinary in your life. Make sure you’re ready to greet it. Especially if it’s a 120-tonne whale.
Source: Twisted Sifter
We all want to dance to our own tune, and now we can, quite literally. Genetic testing company 23andMe’s DNA Melody project allows customers to generate unique pieces of music based on a combination of 40 different genetic traits. Rhythms, timbre and pitch are generated by eye colour, how fast you metabolise caffeine and even how likely you are to sneeze in direct sunlight. The matching of traits to melody is arbitrary – there’s no inherent sound for the curly hair gene. But with the infinite nature of combinations no two pieces of music are the same, demystifying our DNA and giving us a fascinating way to see ourselves clearly in a different medium.
Source: New Scientist
We admit it, we’re not entirely sure what Big Bang Theory is. Which is why this cartoon crib to the biggest scientific theory of modern times is so inspiring. Not only can we now discuss black holes, we even know what a singularity is - matter squashed into such a small space it becomes a point of infinite density, punching a hole through the universe. Stephen Hawking showed our whole universe was once squeezed into one, which exploded out in the Big Bang forming…well everything. Okay, we’re not going to win a Nobel Prize. But as understanding quantum physics in two minutes goes we’re still pretty happy with our progress.
Source: Fast Company
The sheer diversity of life is impossible to comprehend, even if we sort of appreciate the general idea. That’s why these incredible photographs from the National Geographic Traveller Photo Contest inspire, surprise and move us so much, giving us a glimpse into worlds far away, yet right on our doorstep. We can’t think of a better incentive to keep travelling - and remain curious about the world
Source: Lost at Eminor
DO WHAT YOU LOVE
What would you do if money were no object? We’re touched by the reminder to follow our passion in this beautiful narration by philosopher Alan Watts. “If you say getting the money is the important thing you’ll spend your life completely wasting your time. You’ll be doing things you don’t like doing, in order to go on living - that is to go on doing things you don’t like doing. Which is stupid. After all, if you do really like what you’re doing you can eventually become a master of it. And then you’ll be able to get a good fee. It’s so important to consider this question: what do I desire?”
Source: The Cultureist