Friday Inspiration, Vol. 1

A few things I’ve been reading and watching this week:

This film might make you cry, and/or go visit your grandmother.

“One thing that all climbers are obsessed by when dealing with the cold is how to keep their hands warm. This of course is easy – just wear a huge pair of f**k off mitts!” Awesome list of tips from Andy Kirkpatrick on how to stay warm this winter.

“Cheap coffee is one of America’s most unsung comfort foods. It’s as warming and familiar as a homemade lasagna or a 6-hour stew. It tastes of midnight diners and Tom Waits songs; ice cream and cigarettes with a dash of Swiss Miss. It makes me remember the best cup of coffee I ever had.” Keith Pandolfi, The Case for Bad Coffee

This caption by Brody.

An illustrated book discussing the most important hip-hop track every year since 1979.

A film about a literally once-in-a-lifetime ski photo. In front of a solar eclipse. In Svalbard. (Also, polar bears!)

“In 1950 the average size of a home in the US was 983 square feet. Compare that to 2011, when American houses ballooned to an average size of 2,480 square feet – almost triple the size.” Buying begets buying: how stuff has consumed the average American’s life


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5 replies on “Friday Inspiration, Vol. 1”
  1. THANK YOU Brendan!! Your links/topics are quite a “roller coaster” of Emotions and Experiences. Its a Ride that I Highly recommend to everyone. I sure Needed it !!! THANK YOU SOOO MUCH !!! Blessed are those who LIve out their Dreams.

  2. says: S. Martindale

    I have stories attached to bad coffee much like I have stories attached to bad winter gear. Today, I have good gear and drink good coffee. I wonder whether my stories suffer for it?

  3. says: Julian

    Thanks for the post. Reminds of the olden days when people had a link section on their private website and you were surfing the web without google and ‘social media’.

    Also interesting that you link to the UKC article of Andy Kirkpatrick. On his website , there is much more high quality advice (eg here: and here: But for me, the real gem is his blog. Extremely well written stuff , a kind of darker existentialism than your posts here or over at the Stone Mind. See for instance: and or or seemingly a bit darker:

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