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Milky Chance
If you haven’t heard Sadnecessary, the debut studio album by German alternative pop folk rock duo Milky Chance, fire up Spotify and check them out. Right now.
Amazing.

Milky Chance

If you haven’t heard Sadnecessary, the debut studio album by German alternative pop folk rock duo Milky Chance, fire up Spotify and check them out. Right now.

Amazing.

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This is what it sounds like in Brasil when Brasil score

This video was taken by Claus Wahlers in Moema, São Paulo, during the opening game Brasil x Croatia. And no, those are not gunshots, just regular Brasilian fireworks.

Awesome.

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The big bumper toolkit for HAPPY LIVING
'Modern Life is Rubbish'. Arguably Blur's best album, but not an entirely accurate sentiment – modern life is actually pretty spiffy. However, there are certain key elements of it that you need to get properly locked down in order for it all to function satisfactorily, and for this reason we've compiled for you the Big Bumper Toolkit for Happy Living. Y'know, just to help out.
Here’s what you need to do or acquire to ensure that everything is lovely -
1. Quality bedding
Never underestimate the importance of having a decent kip. Being asleep is pretty much the best thing you can do. So don’t balk at the cost of decent bedding, it’s worth every penny. Take £200 to John Lewis and buy an all-seasons duck-down duvet (unless you’re allergic to feathers, obviously – then it’d be a really stupid idea); while you’re there, another £50-odd on Egyptian cotton sheets will help. Yeah, it’s annoyingly expensive, but just trust me. Best money you’ll ever spend. Thank me tomorrow.
2. Chargers
Your life will be infinitely less annoying if you make sure you’ve got enough phone chargers.
Get one to live beside your bed, another for the living room or kitchen, one for the car, and one for your desk drawer at work. Then you won’t be that annoying person who’s always bitching about low battery and scrounging for leads, and you also won’t do that frustrating thing where you get into bed, realise your battery’s on 7% and your charger’s downstairs, and have to trek all the way down to get it.
And don’t believe that crap about your device being harmed by non-branded generic chargers, it’s just a bridge between your power socket and your battery. Buy Chinese 99p chargers from eBay. What can go wrong*?!
*Please don’t send me a bill if your phone catches fire
3. A good television
I don’t know about you, but I spend a fair bit of time watching telly. It pays to get a good one. Even if you do end up blowing more money than you can comfortably afford right now, the cost-per-view will shrink every time you switch it on; buying quality will mean it lasts for years, as well as giving better sound and picture. And it gives you an excuse to watch TV constantly, using that whole cost-per-view thing as justification.
Please, please don’t just go to Tesco and buy a Technika (or other shit brand you’ve never heard of) – yes, it’s very cheap, but you get what you pay for. It’ll be awful, and you’ll have to replace it next year.
4. Decent wi-fi
C’mon, it’s 2014. Fast internet access is readily available. If your provider can’t provide, swap to someone who can. Time spent waiting for pages to load is dead time you’ll never get back.
5. Tactile glassware
Some people end up with a cupboard full of random mismatched glasses that they’ve acquired over the years from a variety of sources. These people are doing it wrong.
If you’re having a beer, pour it into a pint glass (and don’t pour an ale into a lager glass, the agitator in the base will fizz it up and ruin it). Get some nice wine glasses. Buy a set of chunky tumblers with heavy bases for your spirits. It’ll feel right. Little luxuries, they make a big difference.
6. Buy new socks every now and then
It might just be me, but I reckon the whole rigmarole of getting dressed in the morning is massively improved by having socks that you like. I mean, getting dressed is very little effort, but the fact that you’ve had to get up at all makes the whole thing annoying. But nice socks make it OK. Yeah? Comfy socks, soft ones, with attractive stripes or interesting patterns. I spent years in the wilderness wearing cheap black socks, and I’m pretty sure my life is better now.
7. Make sure everyone fucks off and leaves you alone
Register with the Telephone Preference Service. This should, in theory, ensure that you never received unsolicited marketing calls on your landline (you still will, that’s just life, but now you have an amazing weapon in your arsenal that makes the bastards hang up immediately).
Stop mindlessly deleting all of those crap emails that keep popping into your inbox and actually bother to open them and click ‘unsubscribe’ - your new-found inbox cleanliness will make your heart smile.
Oh, and disconnect your doorbell. No-one of any interest will ever ring it out of the blue, and if it’s somebody you know then they’ll definitely call you and say “yo, I’m at the front door…”
8. Get spares
Set aside a drawer in your house. Fill it with the following -
AA batteries. Light bulbs of various wattages and fittings. AAA batteries. Plasters. Germolene. Bonjela. Sellotape. Menus for your favourite local takeaways. Two screwdrivers (one flathead, one Phillips). A torch. A biro. Some string. Paracetamol, ibuprofen, Immodium. A tape measure.
Call this your useful drawer. It’ll save all sorts of where-the-fuck-is-that-ism.
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Unfortunately most of these suggestions involve buying something, and they’re not all cheap things either.
Sorry about that.
But then if you had your life in order, maybe you’d have sorted some of this shit out already. You can’t blame me for that.
JuicyPips, direct from the mind of @denialvibes, is published weekly.

The big bumper toolkit for HAPPY LIVING

'Modern Life is Rubbish'. Arguably Blur's best album, but not an entirely accurate sentiment – modern life is actually pretty spiffy. However, there are certain key elements of it that you need to get properly locked down in order for it all to function satisfactorily, and for this reason we've compiled for you the Big Bumper Toolkit for Happy Living. Y'know, just to help out.

Here’s what you need to do or acquire to ensure that everything is lovely -

1. Quality bedding

Never underestimate the importance of having a decent kip. Being asleep is pretty much the best thing you can do. So don’t balk at the cost of decent bedding, it’s worth every penny. Take £200 to John Lewis and buy an all-seasons duck-down duvet (unless you’re allergic to feathers, obviously – then it’d be a really stupid idea); while you’re there, another £50-odd on Egyptian cotton sheets will help. Yeah, it’s annoyingly expensive, but just trust me. Best money you’ll ever spend. Thank me tomorrow.

2. Chargers

Your life will be infinitely less annoying if you make sure you’ve got enough phone chargers.

Get one to live beside your bed, another for the living room or kitchen, one for the car, and one for your desk drawer at work. Then you won’t be that annoying person who’s always bitching about low battery and scrounging for leads, and you also won’t do that frustrating thing where you get into bed, realise your battery’s on 7% and your charger’s downstairs, and have to trek all the way down to get it.

And don’t believe that crap about your device being harmed by non-branded generic chargers, it’s just a bridge between your power socket and your battery. Buy Chinese 99p chargers from eBay. What can go wrong*?!

*Please don’t send me a bill if your phone catches fire

3. A good television

I don’t know about you, but I spend a fair bit of time watching telly. It pays to get a good one. Even if you do end up blowing more money than you can comfortably afford right now, the cost-per-view will shrink every time you switch it on; buying quality will mean it lasts for years, as well as giving better sound and picture. And it gives you an excuse to watch TV constantly, using that whole cost-per-view thing as justification.

Please, please don’t just go to Tesco and buy a Technika (or other shit brand you’ve never heard of) – yes, it’s very cheap, but you get what you pay for. It’ll be awful, and you’ll have to replace it next year.

4. Decent wi-fi

C’mon, it’s 2014. Fast internet access is readily available. If your provider can’t provide, swap to someone who can. Time spent waiting for pages to load is dead time you’ll never get back.

5. Tactile glassware

Some people end up with a cupboard full of random mismatched glasses that they’ve acquired over the years from a variety of sources. These people are doing it wrong.

If you’re having a beer, pour it into a pint glass (and don’t pour an ale into a lager glass, the agitator in the base will fizz it up and ruin it). Get some nice wine glasses. Buy a set of chunky tumblers with heavy bases for your spirits. It’ll feel right. Little luxuries, they make a big difference.

6. Buy new socks every now and then

It might just be me, but I reckon the whole rigmarole of getting dressed in the morning is massively improved by having socks that you like. I mean, getting dressed is very little effort, but the fact that you’ve had to get up at all makes the whole thing annoying. But nice socks make it OK. Yeah? Comfy socks, soft ones, with attractive stripes or interesting patterns. I spent years in the wilderness wearing cheap black socks, and I’m pretty sure my life is better now.

7. Make sure everyone fucks off and leaves you alone

Register with the Telephone Preference Service. This should, in theory, ensure that you never received unsolicited marketing calls on your landline (you still will, that’s just life, but now you have an amazing weapon in your arsenal that makes the bastards hang up immediately).

Stop mindlessly deleting all of those crap emails that keep popping into your inbox and actually bother to open them and click ‘unsubscribe’ - your new-found inbox cleanliness will make your heart smile.

Oh, and disconnect your doorbell. No-one of any interest will ever ring it out of the blue, and if it’s somebody you know then they’ll definitely call you and say “yo, I’m at the front door…”

8. Get spares

Set aside a drawer in your house. Fill it with the following -

AA batteries. Light bulbs of various wattages and fittings. AAA batteries. Plasters. Germolene. Bonjela. Sellotape. Menus for your favourite local takeaways. Two screwdrivers (one flathead, one Phillips). A torch. A biro. Some string. Paracetamol, ibuprofen, Immodium. A tape measure.

Call this your useful drawer. It’ll save all sorts of where-the-fuck-is-that-ism.

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Unfortunately most of these suggestions involve buying something, and they’re not all cheap things either.

Sorry about that.

But then if you had your life in order, maybe you’d have sorted some of this shit out already. You can’t blame me for that.

JuicyPips, direct from the mind of @denialvibes, is published weekly.

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Joss Whedon releases his latest film on demand
Joss Whedon has taken the film world by surprise by releasing his latest film for download on the same day that it premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival.
'In Your Eyes' comes from Whedon’s own “micro studio”, Bellwether Pictures, and is featured on Vimeo as a $5 rental, (free trailer).

"It’s exciting for us because we get to explore yet another new form of distribution — and we get $5."
- Joss Whedon

Whedon has a history of pushing the delivery envelope, as with Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog, in 2008 (which if you’ve not seen, you should).

Joss Whedon releases his latest film on demand

Joss Whedon has taken the film world by surprise by releasing his latest film for download on the same day that it premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival.

'In Your Eyes' comes from Whedon’s own “micro studio”, Bellwether Pictures, and is featured on Vimeo as a $5 rental, (free trailer).

"It’s exciting for us because we get to explore yet another new form of distribution — and we get $5."

- Joss Whedon

Whedon has a history of pushing the delivery envelope, as with Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog, in 2008 (which if you’ve not seen, you should).

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Rubiks cube + Lego + smartphone + brains

What happens when one of the most popular and timeless puzzles that the 1980’s bestowed upon us, a world famous 65 year old children’s toy and a smartphone meet the hands of a couple of british engineers.

That’s right, you get the Cubestormer III

What the latest version of Cubestormer does in nothing short of remarkable. Solving a Rubik’s cube in 3.253 seconds, this smartphone powered intricate Lego contraption gains it’s creators David Gilday (@DavidGilday) and Mike Dobson a refreshed position in the guinness book of records.

The pair of engineers used the latest Lego Mindstorm motors, along with a custom made phone app to beat their previous record of 5.352 seconds set by the Cubestormer II back in 2011. The human record still stands at  5.55 seconds and unfortunately for mankind, the pair  who both dabble in robotics in their spare time, are already planning a Cubestormer IV.

@Mingard is a regular contributor to Found Things.

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So you think surround sound & multi-tasking is something new? Think again

This is possibly the silliest thing I’ve seen all year, but I’m smiling corner to corner!

Oh, and you really should see this second video to fully appreciate the magic of the American Fotoplayer.

@ColonyClive is a regular contributor to Found Things.

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Can you imagine not wanting one of these?
3D printing without the printer. Well, actually… you are the printer.
The 3Doodler is a new kind of pen that doodles in three dimensions instead of two. It works like a 3-D printer, melting and cooling colored plastic to create rigid, freestanding structures in any shape imaginable (sort of like a hot-glue gun, but better, obviously).

Invented by Maxwell Bogue, Peter Dilworth and Daniel Cowen at the Boston-based toy company WobbleWorks, the 3Doodler raised over $2 million on Kickstarter. They were shooting for $30,000.
You can preorder online for $99.
Stuff magazine has a great hands on review.

Can you imagine not wanting one of these?

3D printing without the printer. Well, actually… you are the printer.

The 3Doodler is a new kind of pen that doodles in three dimensions instead of two. It works like a 3-D printer, melting and cooling colored plastic to create rigid, freestanding structures in any shape imaginable (sort of like a hot-glue gun, but better, obviously).

Invented by Maxwell Bogue, Peter Dilworth and Daniel Cowen at the Boston-based toy company WobbleWorks, the 3Doodler raised over $2 million on Kickstarter. They were shooting for $30,000.

You can preorder online for $99.

Stuff magazine has a great hands on review.

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Full screen, volume up. Something fun & colourful to brighten your day

"Catch Of The Day" is the second single off Sally Seltmann's “Hey Daydreamer”, the Australian singer-songwriter's fourth album for Arts & Crafts, including two under the moniker New Buffalo.

"Hey Daydreamer" was produced with the collaboration of her husband Darren Seltmann (The Avalanches), and is Sally’s most fully realized work to date, with pervasive melodies and lush instrumentation intermingling in bright, vibrant environments, as seen in this video directed by Isobel Knowles.

Sally is well-known for having co-written Feist’s hit “1,2,3,4”, and is also a member of Seeker Lover Keeper.

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Random red swings

What started as a fun experiment in Austin, Texas has turned into a grassroots project to hang this common playground fixture in surprising places all around the world.

Walk under a bridge in Austin, Texas, past a temple in India, or down a street in Thailand, and you’ll find a charming red swing (assuming it hasn’t been taken down by city officials).

Each is one of more than 200 swings that volunteers have hung around the world as part of the Red Swing Project.

The project started in 2007 when an architecture student in Austin was asked to design an urban intervention for a class.

"My idea was just to put out swings - like graffiti, just go out at night and see what would happen

"It was always meant to be this grassroots, anonymous initiative… magically discovering the swing and not knowing who put it there is part of the experience."

- Andrew Danziger

He started with five swings in different parts of the city.

Right away, it was clear that each swing would lead a different life. While trying to hang one by the university campus, Danziger was stopped by police, who reluctantly let him continue. The next day, the swing was cut down.

But across town, in a vacant lot next to a bus stop in a lower income neighbourhood, a swing that he hung the same night stayed up for five years.

What a lovely idea.

@paulrgn is a regular contributor to Found Things.

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Check out these amazing collages by Flickr artist Adrian Sayago

We see a lot of artwork in our day-to-day, but it is rare that I see so many images in one sitting that I really want up on my walls.

I just adore this work.

Perello currently lives in Valencia.

You can see much, much more on Flickr.

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1,764 finds down… we’re three years old today!
Sweet :) I’m off to eat cake.

1,764 finds down… we’re three years old today!

Sweet :) I’m off to eat cake.

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A method to find balance
Despite the insipid title of this post, work-life balance is a bit of a myth.
Sure, we work too much, don’t have time for all the other things we want to do, are always tired, eat convenience food or comfort food rather than nutritious or nourishing food, never have time for solitude… but that’s the life we want, right?
OK, maybe it needs a bit of readjusting. Work and life and learning and relationships and health are all really the same thing, and so “balance” is perhaps the wrong word. But adjusting our lives to our aspired priorities is not a bad thing.
A friend recently asked me how I balance my personal lives and all my projects, and it made me pause and think. And that pause, and the thinking, is really the key to it all, I discovered.
So here’s the method I use -
Pause regularly. In our lives, we are so busy and caught up in what we’re doing that we have no space for thinking. I build regular pauses into my life, so that I have some space for thought. What kind of pauses? I use morning meditation, drinking coffee in the morning with my notebook, my morning shower, a walk alone, tea or a run or other meeting with my wife or a friend, as space for thinking about my life. Pause regularly to create space.
Zoom out. When you take a pause, zoom out from the close-up view, so you can look at the big picture. What are you doing with your life? What kind of person do you want to be? Are you making decisions in the aggregate? What are your priorities? And are you living those priorities? You don’t need to think about all of these things during each pause, but use the pauses for this kind of thinking.
Readjust. When you notice that you’ve been spending too much time on the computer, and too little with your kids or other loved ones, make a note of it. When you notice that some important projects are being neglected, or you don’t have time for exercise, or your diet has gone to hell and settled in there, make a note. Think about what adjustments you can make.
Now actually block off time. Making a note and mental adjustment is great, but it’s meaningless without action. What kind of action can you take to adjust how you actually spend your time? Make a commitment, on your calendar. Not one that you’ll skip when the time comes and you’re browsing your favourite sites. A commitment you’ll keep. For example, if you want to work out more, make a regular date with a friend to go for a run or do a bodyweight workout in the park or go to yoga class or go to the gym you signed up for 11 months ago and never use. Make a regular date. If you want to work on a project, make an appointment to go to a tea house or library for 3-4 hours just to work on that project. Or commit to a whole week of working on your novel. Tell somebody about it, and better yet commit to getting them the work by the end of the week (or whatever period you choose). Make the time, solidly.
That’s the method. Four steps, done regularly.
Life is a constant readjustment. It’s whether you readjust consciously that makes all the difference.
Article by Leo Babauta.

A method to find balance

Despite the insipid title of this post, work-life balance is a bit of a myth.

Sure, we work too much, don’t have time for all the other things we want to do, are always tired, eat convenience food or comfort food rather than nutritious or nourishing food, never have time for solitude… but that’s the life we want, right?

OK, maybe it needs a bit of readjusting. Work and life and learning and relationships and health are all really the same thing, and so “balance” is perhaps the wrong word. But adjusting our lives to our aspired priorities is not a bad thing.

A friend recently asked me how I balance my personal lives and all my projects, and it made me pause and think. And that pause, and the thinking, is really the key to it all, I discovered.

So here’s the method I use -

  1. Pause regularly. In our lives, we are so busy and caught up in what we’re doing that we have no space for thinking. I build regular pauses into my life, so that I have some space for thought. What kind of pauses? I use morning meditation, drinking coffee in the morning with my notebook, my morning shower, a walk alone, tea or a run or other meeting with my wife or a friend, as space for thinking about my life. Pause regularly to create space.
  2. Zoom out. When you take a pause, zoom out from the close-up view, so you can look at the big picture. What are you doing with your life? What kind of person do you want to be? Are you making decisions in the aggregate? What are your priorities? And are you living those priorities? You don’t need to think about all of these things during each pause, but use the pauses for this kind of thinking.
  3. Readjust. When you notice that you’ve been spending too much time on the computer, and too little with your kids or other loved ones, make a note of it. When you notice that some important projects are being neglected, or you don’t have time for exercise, or your diet has gone to hell and settled in there, make a note. Think about what adjustments you can make.
  4. Now actually block off time. Making a note and mental adjustment is great, but it’s meaningless without action. What kind of action can you take to adjust how you actually spend your time? Make a commitment, on your calendar. Not one that you’ll skip when the time comes and you’re browsing your favourite sites. A commitment you’ll keep. For example, if you want to work out more, make a regular date with a friend to go for a run or do a bodyweight workout in the park or go to yoga class or go to the gym you signed up for 11 months ago and never use. Make a regular date. If you want to work on a project, make an appointment to go to a tea house or library for 3-4 hours just to work on that project. Or commit to a whole week of working on your novel. Tell somebody about it, and better yet commit to getting them the work by the end of the week (or whatever period you choose). Make the time, solidly.

That’s the method. Four steps, done regularly.

Life is a constant readjustment. It’s whether you readjust consciously that makes all the difference.

Article by Leo Babauta.

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Time-lapse video of “the cleanest, darkest skies on Earth”

"I shot this film over 12 days around the San Pedro de Atacama region of Northern Chile

"San Pedro is an oasis town in the Atacama and sits at an altitude of 2600m. The town is a great base to explore the fascinating landscapes that surround it, and everything just goes up and up. The Atacama is well-known for what are arguably the cleanest, darkest skies on Earth."

- Videographer Nicholas Buer.

Simply incredible.

@ColonyClive is a regular contributor to Found Things.

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214 songs to get you excited for Coachella 2014
Outkast are reuniting at Coachella 2014 — fo’ real.
The hip-hop duo will be headlining the first night of the weekend-long event, with alternative rock groups Muse and Arcade Fire headlining Saturday and Sunday, respectively. The festival features over 150 different musical acts of all genres, offering prominent acts to music fans of all types.
Music fans are sure to recognize big names such as Ellie Goulding, Lorde, Girl Talk, HAIM, Beck, Neutral Milk Hotel, Nas, and Pharrell Williams, but there are plenty of lesser-known artists or you to familiarize yourself with ahead of April.
And Mashable have a Spotify playlist to help you do just that! It features songs from every single act on the 2014 bill.
Check it.

214 songs to get you excited for Coachella 2014

Outkast are reuniting at Coachella 2014 — fo’ real.

The hip-hop duo will be headlining the first night of the weekend-long event, with alternative rock groups Muse and Arcade Fire headlining Saturday and Sunday, respectively. The festival features over 150 different musical acts of all genres, offering prominent acts to music fans of all types.

Music fans are sure to recognize big names such as Ellie Goulding, Lorde, Girl Talk, HAIM, Beck, Neutral Milk Hotel, Nas, and Pharrell Williams, but there are plenty of lesser-known artists or you to familiarize yourself with ahead of April.

And Mashable have a Spotify playlist to help you do just that! It features songs from every single act on the 2014 bill.

Check it.

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Sans-Culottes!
Hundreds of people took part in the 5th annual ‘No Trousers Tube Ride’ on the London Underground and metro systems across the world last week.
Participants travel on the tube without trousers, to the surprise - and delight - of other passengers.

The tradition started by the Improv Everywhere collective in New York 12 years ago.
By Tolga Akmen.

Sans-Culottes!

Hundreds of people took part in the 5th annual ‘No Trousers Tube Ride’ on the London Underground and metro systems across the world last week.

Participants travel on the tube without trousers, to the surprise - and delight - of other passengers.

The tradition started by the Improv Everywhere collective in New York 12 years ago.

By Tolga Akmen.