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About me The past two weeks has been exhausting for me. I am a “stress sleeper” and I’ve found myself
Tuesday TEA Time
Tuesday TEA Time
By Nathan • Issue #3 • View online
About me
The past two weeks has been exhausting for me. I am a “stress sleeper” and I’ve found myself accidentally falling asleep a few times. I read an article on BBC Capital titled “Why you should manage your energy, not your time” and I recommend it. I identify with the idea that energy is the scarce resource, not time. 
Back home
Hurricane Harvey is still effecting residents of Texas in the USA. If you can, consider donating to a local food bank or other local charity. Some suggestions are:
Also consider giving to the Texas Diaper Bank. Diapers are not always included in relief supplies.

The most interesting thing I recently read about technology is a tweet.
It took 150 years for the automobile to finally implement the self-driving features of the horse. Just saying 😜
I think of this type of comparison often when I hear people talk about the limitations of their technology. Smart watches are not as good as physical watches because they need to be charged. Tablets are not as good as laptops because they lack a mouse. Smart phones are not as good at making phone calls as older candy bar phones. These things are all true. 
When building a product that replaces some existing workflow it’s tempting to try to exactly replicate or replace every single detail of the old way. This is a mistake. Instead, how can we help people in ways we haven’t been able to before? How can we push people further than they could have gone? How can we keep people safer than they were before?

Nike decided a while back they wanted to break the two hour marathon barrier. So they worked on shoe tech that would enable runners to run faster and further, with less stress, and less energy loss. Read about it on their website. 
The result was the Nike Zoom Vaporfly 4%. (There is also an Elite version that is not for mass production.)
In lab tests, the shoe measured 4% better for running economy than Nike’s latest and fastest marathon racer…

Some reviews about the shoe state that it’s a bit unstable when walking, a bit too squishy, and probably not that good for everyday use. And that’s the point. These were made to be better at something specific (marathon running), and therefore, must also be worse in some way. Very few products that solve real problems are better in every way than what came before them.
My favorite new album is HEAVN by Jamila Woods of Chicago. Pitchfork published an article about her, her story, and her music. They also favorably rated the album.
My favorite song is Holy. There are so many good lyrics to point to, but the most impactful to me is “Woke up this morning with my mind set on loving me.”
Jamila Woods - Holy (Official Video) - YouTube
Jamila Woods - Holy (Official Video) - YouTube

And for the past I-don’t-know-how-many weeks I haven’t been able to stop listening to River by Leon Bridges.
Leon Bridges - River - YouTube
Leon Bridges - River - YouTube
Some days I could just listen to these two songs, back to back, all day.

I’ve never spent enough time listening to poetry, instead opting to read it. But I believe we experience poetry different when we hear it vs. when we see it. This soundcloud user will hopefully help me change that.
A photo series titled Spaceships by Lars Stieger really caught my eye.
Sometimes we think we want to be in a different place to get away from trouble or to change our perspective. And yet, we are often surrounded by objects that seem other-worldly when in a different light.

I, also, was blown away by this Floating Cloud table-top piece by Richard Clarkson. It’s cute and I really wish it could somehow give me my weather forecast every day by acting out what it’s like outside.
It’s a little too expensive at $4,620. Yeah.
Also, I laughed when I saw how one has to “charge the cloud.”

The illustration portfolio by Juliana Vido made me so happy. The colors, the fact that so many are animated gifs, and the life they have is uplifting. Especially the Peggy Olson image:

And finally, I found two articles about Pablo Picasso. I am a sucker for anything related to Picasso: he wasn’t afraid to make himself uncomfortable, to try new things, and he had the talent to execute. He was also prolific. I am convinced talent is really just past practice being realized at a point in time.
The first is an article about his self portraits by Open Culture. The second is titled The Picasso You Didn’t Know and is about his design and illustration work, which many have probably never seen.
My favorite example of his graphic design work:
And here are my favorite of the self portraits from the first article:

And that’s all I got. I hope you have a good rest of your week.
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