The Art of Stillness: Adventures in going nowhere

Pico Iyer is a philosopher who looks at the world from the lens of a travel writer. His books have a certain poetic quality to them. And I have been inspired by his work to travel to distant places. His latest book is not about going somewhere. Instead it is about the journey within.

The Art of Stillness is one of his shortest books — you can read it in less than an hour. It is ironic that I read this on a plane, going somewhere. The book is simple, devoid of pretense or pretentious prose. It makes you aware of the virtues of being still, going nowhere. Starting a few minutes a day, we can take this journey within. It is a way healthier addiction than that Xanax.

Or as Pico Iyer says

In an age of speed, I began to think, nothing could be more invigorating than going slow.
In an age of distraction, nothing can feel more luxurious than paying attention.
And in an age of constant movement, nothing is more urgent than sitting still.

P.S. The book is worth buying in print — because the photos by Icelandic/Canadian photographer Eydís S. Luna Einarsdóttir are mesmerizing.

Silicon Valley: A Reality Check

If you are tired of the negative narrative around Silicon Valley ecosystem, then you might want to read this piece. It does what is missing in many of the news reports in technology — context and perspective. A lot of great things are happening in Silicon Valley — you just have to look.

The unique thing about Silicon Valley isn’t that it’s got overpriced status goods designed to separate rich people from their money. The unique thing about Silicon Valley is that it’s got anything else.

 

All Rise for Aaron Judge

As a fan of the Yankees, it has been a while since we have had a chance to cheer for a homegrown player. It is why I root for outfielder Aaron Judge, who is well known for hitting home runs (13 so far this year) like no one else can. Thank god, I have him on my Fantasy team — which isn’t doing so well these days, thanks to injuries to old guys.

How to take care of your batteries

My dear friend Steve is a very smart guy and he has come up with a gem of post that explains how to take good care of your batteries.

If you try to stop charging around 80% and never drop below 30%, you should be able to double the battery’s service life…..Stay away from third-party chargers.  Not only are you likely to shorten battery life, some have proven to be serious fire hazards ….. Temperature is important.  Below about 40°F capacity drops dramatically.  Heat is another matter.   Anything over about 95°F (35°C) will begin to cause permanent damage.

The whole piece is worth reading!

A reflection on our speedier times

This stood out in this weak & meandering piece about designers and fashion. It is the reality of our world beyond just fashion. There is nothing that has a permanent impact and we are always looking for the next fix:

For better or worse, we live in an age of constant content. It feels like every week, new prestige TV shows premiere, breaking news exposés are published, award-worthy movies hit the theaters, anticipated albums appear out of nowhere and hyped-up clothing drops. Even if you do your best to avoid the incessant news cycle, you’re bound to get hooked at some point. One devastating byproduct our new, always-on world is that the time for true, considered digestion has been whittled down to roughly zero…Meanwhile, the echo chamber around everything moves the needle from classic to trash with seemingly nothing in between….Lately, the fight for relevance—even for luxury brands with decades of history behind them—has shifted from creating something desirable to continually vying for time on the consumer’s radar by releasing new items at all times. It’s now harder than ever to find a signal in all the noise.