This one is for the writers. Some great tips on what to do when you’re stuck. Read the full article here. Also, if you haven’t seen it, Arrival holds a 94% on Rotten Tomatoes.
5. The head is important, the heart is vital.
In all my draft work on the adaptation, I spent the most time on the intellectual and political challenges of the story. But if I ever encroached on the intimate, emotional through-line of Louise’s journey, the story fell apart. Other scenes could be sacrificed, reworked, moved, or cut to the bone. But director Denis Villeneuve and I found a bare minimum of steps to Louise’s personal journey, and that became our Alamo; our hill we would die defending. Denis had a knack for visuals that spoke on an emotional level while also dovetailing with the intellectual challenges our characters faced. Marrying those two, sometimes in a single line of dialogue or image, made the film come alive. It made us feel the story. And at the end of the day, what drew me most to Ted Chiang’s story was the way it made me feel, and above all else we wanted to transport and share that feeling with audiences.
Spring is finally here and yet another shot ruined by power lines (who needs electricity anyway? Come on engineers).
To celebrate the 10th birthday of their Fortress album, Protest the Hero is doing a tour. It was a truly fantastic show.
Their last album is amazing. Check out Love Death Immortality if you like melodic synth with hard hitting drums and breakdowns. Mind blowing complexity that will have you rediscovering every song with each listen.
Life doesn’t get better, you do.
The key idea behind the above quote can be summed up in one word, perception. We can be philosophical here because there is a discipline dedicated to this subject called stoicism but we won’t go there today. Instead lets take a look a Pixar movie because they somehow, time after time, manage to convey visceral ideas beautifully in their movies. In Inside out for example, the main character is a young girl (Riley) that is in turmoil because she is forced to start over in a new city, at new school, with new friends because her dad gets a new job. As she slowly comes to terms with her situation she goes through some real hard changes. It’s painful to watch our character suffer. But the transformation that was so painful is what also makes the ending doubly beautiful. We can identify with Riley about the good and bad changes in our own lives. The difference for adults is that we get to choose. We get to choose whether we’re happy or unhappy. However, this is not to say that everything is happy all the time and that sadness has no place in our lives. It’s the understanding that all feelings have their place and we have a certain amount of control over how we respond to life as it unfolds outside our control. Emotional intelligence is something we can develop, slowly, one day at a time. This one of the many lessons one take away from the movie, it’s A+ and we highly recommend it. Tears not included.
MitiS is releasing some tracks from his upcoming album and they’re fantastic.
When I let go of what I’m, I become what I might be ~ Lao Tsu
The problem with getting really good at something, for example poker, is that eventually you fall in to certain patterns of thinking. This is good because you’re adhering to the best practices which will help you get better at poker. You’ll make incremental skill gains and end up in the 95th percentile or above with enough practice. However, you’re probably not going to change the sport, which may not be what you want at the beggining. But what happens when you’re bored at the top? Maybe you’ll master another subject, or maybe you start experimenting with poker. This is one interpretation of the above quote. What does it mean to you?
Artwork by Dominik Mayer
I read a great article sometime toward the end of last year that regards advice that Naval has given in the past. Here are some of the points that stood out to me. I recommend reading the whole article if you have the time.
1. If you want to be successful, surround yourself with people that are more successful than you are. If you want to be happy, surround yourself with people that are less successful than you are.
2. To add behaviours/habits, do it one at a time.
To subtract, easier to do a lot at once. Most of them are interwoven anyways.
3. Pick one behaviour to change and give it 3 – 6 months to carry out.
SET PUNISHMENTS AND REWARDS.
4. Knowing how little you matter – very important for your own mental health and happiness
5. Set super low expectations and you won’t be disappointed. Seneca’s practice.
6. Confucius says you have two lives and the second one begins when you realize you only have one.
7. Advice to 20-year-old self:
- chill out, don’t stress so much, everything will be fine
- be more yourself, don’t try to live up to other people’s expectations
- say no to more things
- your time is very precious – on your dying days, you will trade EVERYTHING for another day
- live in the moment
8. If I had always done what I was qualified to do, I would be pushing a broom somewhere***.