obsessed with this sculpture that i saw in TIME magazine: “horizons”, by neil dawson. he’s been surprisingly hard to google, considering that he seems to have a rather cool body of work. might have to find out more about him and post some more of his stuff.
8:48 pm • 27 August 2012 • 1 note
“We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.”
— Joseph Campbell
11:21 am • 24 August 2012
wolfgang behnken’s apartment is unbelievable. [ via studiojake ]
1:56 pm • 21 August 2012
sorry if this is vulgar…i like it a lot
11:05 am • 13 August 2012 • 2 notes
Thoughts on the Olympics.
Re-watching Katie Ledecky swim the 800M in this year’s Olympics gives me chills.
First of all, the concept of it. The girl is fifteen years old, and the 800M is 32 LAPS OF A REGULAR POOL. When I was in high school, just the 500M was enough to give everyone nightmares. (Me especially, since I swam it regularly.)
She wasn’t the favorite to win this race, and when she immediately jetted way ahead of the pack, you can hear the commentators warning, “That’s something that the coaches have been working with Katie on, her tendency to go too fast and not set a regular pace for herself…she should be trying to stick with Adlington...” You could see this sentiment reflected in the way Adlington chose to hold back and stick with the pace of her other immediate neighbor.
However, Ledecky just never slowed down. You could hear the commentator’s voices get more and more amazed and excited as she went from several strokes ahead to a full body length, to a body length and a half. After a few more laps, she so stripped the pace of her peers that I imagine she must’ve felt an eerie sense of being alone in the pool.
I really get chills at this point. As a spectator, you see the lone girl in the pool, and you see the World Record stripe right at her fingertips, and you go nuts. But as that girl, you have no idea. There’s no one around you, no markers of how you are doing. When you’re underwater, all sounds above blend together. As a former swimmer, I can attest that possibly no other sport so physically keeps you inside your own head, racing against your own self, while also possibly keeping you relatively unaware of how exactly you are doing.
In this case, that’s what made it all so amazing. My favorite part is when Ledecky finishes the race and turns to look at the board. I watched this on TV and can’t find confirmation of this in the videos that have been published, but from what I remember, she freaked out. You could see her mouth going “OH MY GOD!” with complete amazement, and possibly, a “WHAT HAVE I DONE?” THAT’S THE BEST PART. In the Olympics, you see a lot of people achieve their best, and know it immediately. But you don’t often get to see Olympic athletes achieve something crazy because they have no idea it’s crazy.
Anyway. In case this is all too inspiring for you, just want to note that her Wikipedia page states that she was born in 1997. 1997. 9-7. Holy cow.
3:33 pm • 6 August 2012
“But by far the most surprising study was one that finds the causal link between unhappiness and a wandering mind. If you ask almost anyone, they will say that unhappiness causes the mind to wander. If life sucks, you look around for anything else other than your current situation. But the authors prove the opposite. Unhappiness is caused by a wandering mind. In other words, being focused will make you happier. Don’t try to be happy first so that you can then be focused.”
— “The Empirical Science of Happiness”
4:26 pm • 1 August 2012 • 3 notes
“We didn’t have a lot else going for us. But one of the keys to the High Line’s success was in always showing progress, even if it was a really small step.”
— from “The Inside Story of New York City’s Park in the Sky”, by Joshua David & Robert Hammond
2:57 pm • 27 July 2012