Friday Inspiration, Vol. 68

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Oregon, through infrared cameras:

You check email, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram… And by the time you’ve done all that, it’s time to check email, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram again. You may call this your ‘happy place.’ Researchers call it a ‘ludic loop.’ It’s what slot machines are designed to produce.”

“The problem is, as far as I can tell, the internet and its technologies don’t deliver us from tribalism. They don’t deliver us from our baser instincts. They do the opposite. They mainline tribalism into our eyeballs. And what we’re seeing is the beginning of that terrifying impact.”

“I live and ride in Los Angeles, and my local bike lanes are full of women, fixie kids, riders of color, rebels, throwback granddads, artists, and other interesting people who are defining and redefining cycling culture in a good way. I see folks on road bikes with mismatched colorful rims and helmet mirrors and triple chainrings and aviator sunglasses and miraculous medleys of technical and casual apparel. And the truth that we all need to get our heads around is that these people are not doing it wrong.”

“We often discuss art this way: the artist had something he “wanted to express”, and then he just, you know … expressed it. … The actual process, in my experience, is much more mysterious and more of a pain in the ass to discuss truthfully.”

(ouch) “Conscious consumerism is a lie. Small steps taken by thoughtful consumers—to recycle, to eat locally, to buy a blouse made of organic cotton instead of polyester—will not change the world.”


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