Friday Inspiration, Vol. 174

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A super-fun, short, hand-drawn skiing animation (video)

The thing that makes us happiest in life is other people. And yet other people are often the first thing to fall off our list of priorities.”

“My favorite new social network doesn’t incessantly spam me with notifications. When I post, I’m not bombarded with @mentions from bots and trolls. And after I use it, I don’t worry about ads following me around the web. That’s because my new social network is an email newsletter. Every week or so, I blast it out to a few thousand people who have signed up to read my musings. Some of them email back, occasionally leading to a thoughtful conversation. It’s still early in the experiment, but I think I love it.”

When your friend tells you that they’re skeptical that hip hop could make cheese funkier, you can show them this study

Woman’s Solo Hiking Trip Shockingly Doesn’t Have To Do With Inner Journey Or Anything (The Onion)

Katie Klingsporn writes about giving up the dream of living in Telluride (after more than a decade).

“His antics make a certain sort of sense if you skateboard, because skateboarding is such a totalizing worldview. After all, the most cherished places in skateboarding are infrastructural background noise to most people: parking lots, empty schoolyards, disused plazas. It’s as if two universes exist, identical and coterminous with each other, and all you need is a skateboard in your hand to see the other. Phelps has been looking at the world this way for four decades now, so long that he can’t unsee it.”
— Willy Staley writing in 2016 about Thrasher editor Jake Phelps, who died last week

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