1. Natalie Wong’s exquisite and strange fantasy coral murals made from paper
2. This guy who really wanted McDonalds but could only go through the Drive-Thru
3. How to break free of the stimulation nation
Some advice from the always relevant Dr Eric Perry
Here are some steps that I use with my clients to help them become accustomed to less stimulation and learn to enjoy S. I. L. E. N. C. E.:
1. Start slowly
Do not rush into this without realizing that it may be challenging. You will need to acclimate to the “noise” of silence. Accept that you may not be able to be away from stimulation for long periods of time, but with patience and dedication, you can learn to wean yourself from the urge of constantly being on your phone.
The most essential ingredient to accomplishing any goal is to start. Set the intention to sit quietly for 10 minutes then gradually increase this time by 10-minute increments. The ultimate goal is for you to be able to spend time away from your phone without feeling that you have to check your phone. The phone should be an accessory in your life, not a necessity.
Listen to the world around you as well as the world within you. At first, the sounds of silence may be a bit distracting. You may experience a quiet buzzing or other noises in your ears or perhaps you will hear your heartbeat. Enjoy the quiet time for self-reflection. If you are taking a walk outdoors, enjoy the different sounds that nature has to offer.
Don’t give up. Be patient with yourself. Many times we are our own worst critique and this causes us to give up. Remember no one is judging you. Focus on the reason why you are trying to wean yourself off your phone. Life away from your phone and other electronic distractions can be more meaningful if you dedicate the time to building healthy bonds and surrounding yourself with positivity.
Nurture your relationships with your loved ones. Perhaps being constantly on your phone has caused some disconnect in your relationship. Take the time to communicate and acknowledge that you have a problem. Together, you can create a system where there is accountability for over using your phone.
Not having your life dictated by your phone or other electronic distraction will free up your time. Why not use your mind to create something beautiful. I believe that everyone has the ability to write and touch at least one person. Just imagine if you used all the time you spend on distractions on honing your writing skills. Perhaps if you unchained your brain from the internet you could write a beautiful poem or even a novel.
Once you have stopped the cycle of having to be constantly stimulated and are ready to exit the Stimulation Nation, put away your phone. Start enjoying your life while interacting and connecting with friends and family without having to disconnect to check your phone.
4. Victorian cook Mrs Crocombe make a macaroni cheese in the Victorian way
In case you are wondering. Mrs Avis Crocombe was a real woman who lived and worked in Audley End estate in Essex during the Victorian era. She passed down to her descendants a book of recipes, which the family passed on to English Heritage. These form the basis of many of the videos on the channel as well as in the cookbook. A fascinating story if you want to delve deeper is available on the podcast.
5. Pride of Wellington City, Mittens aka His Floofness
wins the coveted Keys to the City for his work, following in the paw-steps of Sir Peter Jackson (of LOTR fame)
6. Portguese words that became Japanese by Kanariya Eishi
Talented Rakugo performer Kanariya Eishi who performs the timeless art of Japanese Rakugo explores the quirky and little known aspects of Japanese culture as well as Rakugo performances.
Here are other Portuguese words that have become Japanese, which we still use today:
Buranko (ブランコ; from balanço) = swing
Furasuko (フラスコ; from frasco) = flask (for experiment)
Jouro (じょうろ; from jarro) = watering can
Kappa (かっぱ; from capa) = rain jacket
Read more on his blog
7. Director General of Health Dr Ashleigh Bloomfield has a chill-wave channel
Director General of Health in New Zealand Dr Ashleigh Bloomfield recommends that if you feel stressed, just listen to this laid back mix with his voice in it
8. A recipe for erotic dreams by Surrealist artist Remedios Vardos
One kilo black radishes; three white hens; one head of garlic; four kilos honey; one mirror; two calf’s livers; one brick; two clothespins; one whalebone corset; two false moustaches; two hats of your choice.
9. The difference between ordinary and extraordinary people
On Sam Cardy’s extraordinary blog Patchwork, he discusses what we can all take from the philosophy of great author Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Where the first category represents “ordinary people” and the second, “extraordinary people”:
The first category are always the lords of the present, while those of the second category are the lords of the future.
The first conserve the world and increase its population; the second move the world and lead it towards its goal.
10. Interesting and relaxing chillout beats by Phlocalyst
Any cool stuff you have seen this week? Let me know!