"As you grow older, your perspective changes. I no longer think in terms of the next ten, or twenty years. I think in terms of the next three years."
“So what do you want to accomplish over the next three years?”
All colors will agree in the dark —Francis Bacon
MATTHEW DAY JACKSON
"Dyralaekir River on Myrdalssandur" Photographed by Edward Burtynsky near Iceland, 2012
"The man who invented the Total Perspective Vortex did so basically in order to annoy his wife.
Trin Tragula — for that was his name — was a dreamer, a thinker, a speculative philosopher or, as his wife would have it, an idiot.
And she would nag him incessantly about the utterly inordinate amount of time he spent staring out into space, or mulling over the mechanics of safety pins, or doing spectrographic analyses of pieces of fairy cake.
“Have some sense of proportion!” she would say, sometimes as often as thirty-eight times in a single day.
And so he built the Total Perspective Vortex — just to show her.
And into one end he plugged the whole of reality as extrapolated from a piece of fairy cake, and into the other end he plugged his wife: so that when he turned it on she saw in one instant the whole infinity of creation and herself in relation to it.
To Trin Tragula’s horror, the shock completely annihilated her brain; but to his satisfaction he realized that he had proved conclusively that if life is going to exist in a Universe of this size, then the one thing it cannot afford to have is a sense of proportion."
Douglas Adams, Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy
It’s undeniable—technology is changing the way we think. But is it for the better? Amid a chorus of doomsayers, Clive Thompson delivers a resounding “yes.” The Internet age has produced a radical new style of human intelligence, worthy of both celebration and analysis. We learn more and retain it longer, write and think with global audiences, and even gain an ESP-like awareness of the world around us. Modern technology is making us smarter, better connected, and often deeper—both as individuals and as a society.
The World’s End (2013) directed by Edgar Wright
"I’m an artist. I paint murals."
"What would you say to a young artist?"
"Fuck the rules."
Photograph by Peter van Agtmael
Humble, Texas, USA. June 12, 2013.
"I took this picture of Bobby Henline at a Motel 6 a few miles away from the Houston airport. Earlier that day he’d met the father of Rodney McCandless, a 19-year-old who died in the same humvee explosion in Iraq that injured him.
It was sweltering. The pool was lit by a soft glow. Bobby got in the water and floated on his back into the light. From the balcony, I hammered at the motor drive of my camera. Every little movement he made seemed significant. A few people staying in the motel drifted to the balcony to drink beer and watch silently. Bobby didn’t mind the attention. By becoming a standup comedian, he’s taken ownership of his injuries.”