Archive for June, 2012

Get addicted to imagination with Jason Silva.

He’s described as “part Timothy Leary, part Ray Kurzweli and part Neo from The Matrix” – do you need any more of an incentive to watch his videos? Meet Jason Silva, a digital DJ and philosopher who creates micro-documentaries that explore the co-evolution of human and technology. At under 5 minutes a pop, his videos are well worth the watch, pushing us to imagine delightful future possibilities through a combination of science + art. If there’s anything close to mind blowing right now on Vimeo, I’d say its this. The more we visualize, the more we can expand our mind. You can watch the videos on his website. Below is one of my favorites, “Imagination.”

Open a window to a new world with Condition One.

Imagine if you could jump inside a video and really feel what it’s like to be there. You know, something like opening up a window to another world. Well, you don’t have to imagine for too long. Danfung Dennis has a new solution to this futuristic concept – and it could change the way we look at the world. His start-up, titled Condition One, marries still images with virtual reality to induce a highly interactive, “real life” video experience. Dennis believes we can use his app to create immersive narratives in a number of live settings – from journalism to concerts to sporting events to adventure filmmaking. The possibilities are endless, you’ll finally be able to have the world at your fingertips. The only question that remains is what story you would tell if you could take someone by the hand and show them life from all angles…

Holiday Matinee’s June Mixtape!

If you thought we’d retire this series after 3 years, you thought wrong. We love making these mixes and made sure that our newest contributor would be just as down as the rest of us. This month, catch tracks from Atlas Genius, Emma Louise, Dent May, New Mexico and more. Plus some sage gym observations from a very funny (and very pale) man that’s not Conan O’Brien.

p.s. Not seeing the tape ’cause you’re on your mobile device? You can listen to what’s available through Spotify here.

Internet to the rescue!

I don’t know if you saw recently, but there’s this video floating around of a middle school bus monitor getting verbally abused to the point of tears. It’s pretty depressing stuff – but it’s not all bad. In light of the shit she had to put up with, a campaign was started to send her on the vacation of a lifetime. People from around the world rallied together and have pledged to send her $650k on Indie Gogo (at the time of this post). If that isn’t inspiring, I don’t know what is. Seriously… it’s making me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. The citizens of the Internet – sometimes trolls online, usually superheroes IRL.

Promise to do more of what you love?

If you’re a fan of productivity – ugh, let’s not call it that… finding ways to spend time doing what you love, you’re probably familiar with the costs of switching and how batching your tasks is totally the way to get shit done.

But like a lot of things, even when we know better, we don’t always take action. We need reminders. That’s why I wanted to share this guide by Jared Goralnick on minimizing email/social media use to spend time on more important things. It’s been a battle for me (new messages are proven crack – consult science), so I’m guessing at least a few of you are familiar with the struggle.

I won’t go in depth (seriously just trust me, it’s quality besides the lame clip art), but advice like killing off notifications and not using email as a task list are solid recommendations on keeping yourself in check. The thing that stuck with me the most though is how researchers now say becoming an expert isn’t a matter of being a genius, it’s being able to focus. Maybe you’re already an ace, but why sacrifice your gift and any creative potential all because you couldn’t concentrate?

Note: This guide was actually a complimentary copy for Ramit Sethi’s I Will Teach You To Be Rich readers, so check out Ramit’s non-bs personal finance and career advice (that’s helped me a ton too). That way, if he sees this, I’m not the subject of one of his hilarious rants on what’s wrong with America.

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