I have always been fascinated with abandoned places. In my younger years I have several times tricked my friends into joining me breaking in to houses no one has lived in for many years. Dusty, quite places that makes you wonder what happened to the people who used to live there. Why did they just leave everything behind? What happened to them? Where they planning on coming back? These amazing photographs of abandoned houses are taken by Dutch photographer Niki Feijen, who has made urban exploration his speciality. Visit his website or portfolio on 500px for more photos. It also reminds me of one of my favorite episodes from This American Life, House on Loon Lake. A young boy and his friends finds an abandoned house that is left in perfect condition, and tries to figure out what happened. Definitely worth listening to!
For quite some time ago, I added Snap Judgement to my podcast app. But for some reason I never listened to it. (Perhaps because there is only so much time in one day and I also have a day job.) Today however, I started with the episode Sugar & Spice. About love. And, surprise, I loved it. I caught myself walking around smiling after ten minutes, and that is always a good grade for me. By the way, their website also gets a top grade from me. Easy to navigate with a good structure and embeddable content via Soundcloud (both separate stories and full episodes). And hey, they even have Spotify playlists for each episode!
If you have followed this blog for a while, it probably is not a surprise that I like the surrealistic type of photography. So the fact that I love Vincent Bourilhon’s photography, it goes without saying. Even though I just said it. Oh, well. Read and see more on MyModernMet, visit his website or follow him on 500px.
Sometimes you stumble upon something and you just cannot understand why it has not been done before. That is Triip for you. A site that brings travellers and locals together and creates a platform for people to a) experience new things, and b) build businesses. Inspiring idea and I will definitely try it out when I get the chance. (Thanks to Fredrik Stenbeck for the tip!)
The fact that Baz Luhrmann is directing The Great Gatsby is enough to make me excited, considering Moulin Rouge is one of my all time favorite movies (you would not believe the number of times I’ve seen it). But this trailer, seriously, it gives me goosebumps. It premiers here in Sweden May 17 and I can’t wait.
“Writing clarifies your thinking. Thoughts and feelings are nebulous happenings in our mind holes, but writing forces us to crystalize those thoughts and put them in a logical order.” – Leo Babauta on Why You Should Write Daily. Writing has always been a big part of my life. When I was younger I could spend the whole night writing novels and poems. Most of them stayed as drafts, I still have a bunch of them backed up on some old hardrive. But as you get older, with work taking up most of your mental capability, it gets harder to find the energy. But I have managed to post something daily for almost a hundred days on this blog. Mostly just short notes and links to other peoples content, but it has still forced me to think one extra round. So I think it is time to stop making excuses and get…
“The essential choice is this: you have to describe (and live) the difficult choices. You have to figure out who you will disappoint or offend. Most of all, you have to be clear about what’s important and what you won’t or can’t do.” – Seth Godin, Your manifesto, your culture. It’s not easy, but it will be worth it.
With everyone being on social networks, having their own platform to become a news central, the “I was first” syndrome is becoming a bigger issue. The article Breaking News Is Broken brings up a good point. Everyone wants to be first with sharing the latest news. And being critical of the sources and think twice before posting, well, a good story is a good story. Right? “Just be sure to exercise caution about what you tweet and retweet—after last night, I know I’ll be able to do at least that much. And just remember, for all the time you spend online, you won’t be any better informed than a guy who spent all day cleaning his gutters.” – Farhad Manjoo in Breaking News Is Broken. Even though I do enjoy following news close in some cases, I love the last sentence. (Article found via Youwza.)