#37: As we hope it will be

The horse is a cow, the church is a chicken, and the rocks are as surprised as we are.


Lovely Linky Bits

Thoughtful reads and so forth.

Maria Popova — Cartographer of Meaning in a Digital Age
“You know, we never see the world exactly as it is. We see it as we hope it will be or we fear it might be. And we spend our lives going through a sort of modified stages of grief about that realization. And we deny it, and then we argue with it, and we despair over it. But eventually — and this is my belief — that we come to see it, not as despairing, but as vitalizing. We never see the world exactly as it is because we are how the world is.”

The Tiny-House Revolution Goes Huge
“As with any sect—or recovery group—its core is the narrative of personal transformation, whether being saved or getting sober. Here the stories pivoted around Turning Tiny. Before Tiny, there was an unhappy marriage, unpaid bills, stifling office work, a home of 2,500 square feet or more; after Tiny came freedom, new love, debt relief, self-employment, and, of course, a handmade nest. When Tiny Jammers asked one another ‘Are you building?’ it was no minor inquiry but rather the existential question, and when someone responded ‘Three months now,’ a giddy thrill bubbled into the air, because we knew she had been reborn.”

John Berger: Drawing is Discovery
“Each confirmation or denial brings you closer to the object, until finally you are, as it were, inside it: the contours you have drawn no longer marking the edge of what you have seen but the edge of what you have become. Perhaps that sounds needlessly metaphysical. Another way of putting it would be to say that each mark you make on the paper is a stepping stone from which you proceed to the next, until you have crossed your subject as though it were a river, have put it behind you.”

Curiosities & Delights

Some things to be glad about.

The chicken church of Indonesia.
Untranslatable words from Japan.
The museum of rocks with human faces.
Could this be the flamingo scarf you seek?
Five things to learn from the Moomins.
The small town of big things.
The ‘living photographs’ of Mole and Thomas.
Fred and Myrtle’s shell house.
Learn better, like Feynman.
Write better, like Nietzsche.
Then put on a duvet cover, like a champion.
Also, here’s a list of 68 things to see, hear, and read in January.

Moving Pictures

Video treats upon which to press play.

Entropy and the arrow of time.
The improv origins of the Seinfeld theme song.
How stamps get designed.
Just a girl and her trusty cow.
And Atlantium: the smallest country in Australia.