Elon Musk's new project is getting attention and is similar to the concept that Iain Banks developed in his novel Surface Detail.
What is pattern recognition?
Here are 7 perspectives:
Never looking back. Leaving your old self behind. Moving on.
Why does it matter if you go back or not?
The thought patterns, habits, and routines that got you to this point are not the same ones that will carry you forward into the future.
Returning to where you started your journey never quite feels the same as when you first arrived. It may seem dated or you may perceive that people may be doing the same things--or you've grown.
After a period of travel you will have developed new frames of reference based on your experiences that will inform how you see reality. Although you've returned to where you started, it's as if you've returned to a different point in time. Ever expanding and contracting, time seems to snap back into place upon your return home.
This is one of my favorite exercises to stimulate creative thought.
The instructions are simple: Compare and contrast the two pictures. Look for commonalities and differences.
Leave your thoughts in the comments section.
This is a collection of articles that caught my attention this week with the theme of designing for resilience.
Who's talking about resilience? People working in psychology, government, information technology, climate change, architecture, product development, urban design, and infrastructure. I believe that as people become more aware of change, the more they will want to figure out how to work with it to survive for the long term.
These posts were published earlier in the week on this blog:
I used to not like coffee.
However, after being introduced to a café latte in architecture school, I never looked back. Once I started working, my relationship with coffee expanded exponentially.
I began to notice the subtle differences in beans, the grade of roast, techniques used by baristas in various shops, and traditions in multiple parts of the world. Using fresh beans vs older beans made a difference in the quality of the cup. I explored several methods of making coffee at home and came to like the French Press in particular. Once I started using a burr grinder, I noticed the way the coffee changed flavor depending on the method used to make it.
I never got into roasting my own beans.
Espresso, macchiato, cappuccino, latte, flat white, ristretto, lungo, moka, doppio, cortado, Americano, Cuban, Viennese, Turkish, drip, pour over, and French press--I've tried them all and can make most of them.
Coffee was a daily morning ritual. In time, I would get an occasional afternoon cup that would serve as a pick-me-up to get me through the rest of the day. I also noticed that my servings were growing larger in size. I don't feel that I ever developed a dependency on it.
A meeting over coffee has brought me in touch with many people and I still like to find out of the way shops that serve a high quality, consistent product. On one level, it became a way to facilitate social interaction.
And now I'm tired of coffee.
I still like the way it tastes and can appreciate a good cup, but I really don't want to think about it anymore. It was taking up too much of my time and I felt like I was getting obsessive with it to the point where I would only drink a specific drink from a certain shop with the right barista. I needed to step back and I've gone back to a simple 6 ounce serving--black--out of the office coffee machine. It's not bad.
I haven't quit coffee for good, but just need to step back from it for a bit and give it a rest. I have no doubt that my interest will pick back up again, but my relationship with it will be different, more moderated, or controlled. Maybe I'll be even more discerning than I was before.
The process of refinement involves a period of expansion followed by a subsequent contraction. It's a natural cycle and it's not a bad thing. Being aware that it will happen, at some point, can make you better prepared for your next period of growth.
I have no interest in starting a coffee shop.
This is a reprint of an article that was published during the summer of 2016.
“There is an ecstasy that marks the summit of life, and beyond which life cannot rise. And such is the paradox of living, this ecstasy comes when one is most alive, and it comes as a complete forgetfulness that one is alive.
This ecstasy, this forgetfulness of living, comes to the artist, caught up and out of himself in a sheet of flame; it comes to the soldier, war-mad in a stricken field and refusing quarter; and it came to Buck, leading the pack, sounding the old wolf-cry, straining after the food that was alive and that fled swiftly before him through the moonlight.”
— Jack London, The Call of the Wild
The Call of the Wild is a story that I read as a child that still stands as one of my favorites.
I believe that all people have the capacity to create art. However, your success is partially determined on the ability to turn yourself over to your work.
How many of us can say that we have done that in our lives? To be clear, I'm not talking about ignoring responsibilities, but rather freeing your mind.
This is generally accomplished by letting go of all preconceived notions, unlearning what you've learned, and developing a heightened awareness of what is going on around you.
I work daily at the process of letting go in order to go to a place where I can focus on my work. And I loosely define work as anything that is occupying your time right now... aspects of your job, family time, hobbies, sports, etc.
Being creative, in any discipline, requires patience, discipline, and space. Obstacles can exist mentally and physically, and can be imposed on us by others. Removal of these ties that bind people to existing mental or physical states requires discipline and mindfulness. The mental barriers can be the toughest to overcome.
There's a process to it that you've got to figure out for yourself. It's important for the process to work for you. Getting to that point is half that battle in any project on which you may be working.
Once you've created the physical and mental space in which to work, the act of creation should just simply flow. Creating flow in our daily lives allows people to move fluidly between activities, relationships, and tasks in harmony with their environment.
If I'm not flowing on a moment to moment basis, then I know that I have a problem.
I try to give people the space they need to grow and achieve their goals. As a parent and coach, I find it helpful to give guidance to kids when needed and then back off and see how they respond. I believe that it works the same way with adults. Like the development of ideas, people simply need space to develop.
Once working in a barrier-free environment, people are often amazed at how effortless things can be.
Communicating with people through a machine is effortless. Well, almost. Energy is required to input your message into a phone, email, tweet, text, or direct message on one of a variety of tools such as a phone, app, or network. Once your message has been crafted, it's easy to spread it quickly and without friction.
Moving without resistance enables you to be many places at what appears to be the same time. "You're everywhere" is something one might say to another who makes extensive use of social media. Using technology with intent is when the results start to appear.