Happy new year!
Hello 2022 - the year of twos. Hope you have a smooth start. I took a few extra days off this week—not ready to let go of the holiday vibe just yet, so easing myself in gently.
I spent Christmas with family in Southwell, a 'historic market town' as we like to call them. Gothic architecture, period properties, beautiful countryside and cute cafés (mostly closed as family-run businesses), but the pubs were busy.
Slightly surreal seeing people drinking outside in t-shirts on the warmest NYE on record, and nice to have strangers say hello in the street. It felt odd coming back to a much bigger town where people don’t make eye contact but still invade your personal space!
I'm not into big, lofty resolutions that are doomed to fail but I like to evaluate my rituals and routines and set some intentions. I’ve stopped guzzling coffee first thing and will let cortisol do its job and wake me up naturally. Enjoyed this piece by the Codecademy community: 29 bite-sized goals for learning to code in 2022 - on starting small and making resolutions you can keep by tying your learning to something you love.
Noreena Hertz talks about the importance of micro-interactions—something I need to get better at locally when WFH. So I will keep saying hello to people on my fake commute and work in coffee shops when I can. Yes, it's expensive, but also important to support indie businesses if we want them to stick around. Think of it as a kind of ‘community tax.’
Here are 10 Things worth sharing this week. I hope you find something in here you like—recommendations are always welcome!
Enjoy the rest of your Sunday.
10 Things 👀
1. The web3 renaissance: a golden age for content
People are willing to pay high prices for exclusive, differentiated content and access to a network of like-minded individuals.
Li Jin on how the advent of web3 signals a disruption that tilts the scales in favour of creators—rather than platforms.
2. How to think for yourself
Can you make yourself more independent-minded? I think so. This quality may be largely inborn, but there seem to be ways to magnify it, or at least not to suppress it.
Paul Graham on the three components of independent-mindedness.
3. Oliver Burkeman: What if I never change?
What if we never get over our greatest flaws?
Four Thousands Weeks - Time and How to Use It. Oliver Burkeman on why we try to control time, how perfectionism holds us back, and the problems with a "when-i-finally" mindset.
4. A stunning second act! Meet the people who changed course in midlife - and loved it
It might feel like your options narrow with every passing year. But taking a big risk could mean the second half of your life is much more exciting and fulfilling than the first.
And we need to take some time and space to do it—you will not be able to figure this stuff out between your emails.
5. Pair writing across the pond 🌎
Let's pair write - but make it remote! A collaboration over 4,617 miles across the pond.
UX writers Andrew Astleford and Katrin Suetterlin on growing as writers, inspiring resources, remote work hacks, breaking into the field, interviewing for a role, and work-life balance.
6. The art of empathy
The sort of empathy that is extraordinary is the empathy that reaches beyond the tribal boundary, and that's what I think is the purpose, if you like, of culture, education.
Sir Peter Bazalgette on how empathy is lacking in today's society and how arts and culture can help bridge the gap.
7. Freelance Business book
It is the first-ever crowdsourced freelance business wisdom manual. 50+ written insights from Freelance Business event sessions and 50+ selected video recordings to help your creative business thrive.
Supported by organisations bringing about change in the freelance economy. Let it be the source of inspiration and ideas in 2022!
8. Covid-19 shifted patent applications towards technologies that support working from home
The share of new patent applications that advance WFH technologies more than doubled from January to September 2020, greatly surpassing its previous peak, and following an upward trajectory since the onset of the pandemic.
The economic reasoning is simple: When remote work becomes a bigger share of all work, the incentives to advance technologies that support WFH become stronger.
9. The Untold - out of the red!
Making the decision to get the van was the catalyst for a complete mindset change; seeing the world is the bigger picture.
James and Courtney were fed up of struggling to make ends meet and decided on a radical solution: they swapped their rented house for a bright orange sprinter van which they’ve converted and affectionately christened DeeDee.
What happens as they put their plan into action and hit the open road?
10. The Tourist
You make priorities in life, Lammon. It’s a decision you make. I didn’t used to, I just worked. Every hour God gave and then I got sick. Surgery, chemo; I spent a lot of time in hospitals thinking about what’s important.
I loved this intense thriller on BBC iPlayer. Opens with The Man waking up with amnesia following a car accident and trying to figure out who he is.
Quirky characters (Twin Peaks, The Bourne Identity, Tarantino, Monty Python) in a vast, beautiful outback, and a sharp script—written by brothers Harry and Jack Williams (Fleabag, The Missing, Baptiste) who were told they should never work together 🌯
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