Look Up

See also Right Here, Right Now.

Bob Hoskins – The Long Good Friday

The Long Good Friday is one of my favourite films, and has one of the best endings ever committed to celluloid.

The way in which Bob Hoskins conveys a range of emotions from surprise to anger to realisation and finally acceptance without speaking a word is mesmerising.

A wonderful actor and a huge loss.

Bob Hoskins 1942 – 2014

Aged to Perfection #2

Aged to Perfection Fisher Space Pen

In a world where we consume and replace items at an alarming rate, and where there is a multi-billion dollar industry in protective cases for our devices it feels as if almost everything we carry is new and blemish free.

Which is why I love items such as the iPhone in my original Aged to Perfection, and now this wonderfully worn Fisher Space Pen I came across in a review over at The Pen Addict.

“I usually carry this pen as a tool instead of a writing instrument that I enjoy using.”

I love the story that accompanies the review, and that even though there are pens that may write better the author still carries it everyday because, as he says, it is a tool.

Work, Life and Coca Cola

“Imagine life as a game in which you are juggling some five balls in the air. You name them – Work, Family, Health, Friends and Spirit and you’re keeping all of these in the air.

You will soon understand that work is a rubber ball. If you drop it, it will bounce back. But the other four balls – Family, Health, Friends and Spirit – are made of glass. If you drop one of these; they will be irrevocably scuffed, marked, nicked, damaged or even shattered. They will never be the same. You must understand that and strive for it.

Work efficiently during office hours and leave on time. Give the required time to your family, friends and have proper rest.

Value has a value only if its value is valued.”

Bryan Dyson, Former CEO of Coca Cola.

John Cleese on Creativity

This talk by John Cleese has been recommended to me many times, today I finally watched it.

Tomorrow I will watch it again, it’s that good, and I humbly suggest you find 36 minutes in your day and do the same.

Happy Birthday Macintosh

The Apple Macintosh celebrated its 30th birthday this week. Having visited the National Museum of Computing at Bletchley Park yesterday this short film from Apple feels even more pertinent.

Higby

I’ve talked before about the distraction of the many elsewheres your smartphone tempts you with.

Well it seems that Wolff Olins have come up with a ‘hardware solution’ to this modern day challenge in the form of Higby:

Other People’s Moments

“You’re fucking swimming in everyone else’s moments, likes, and tweets and during these moments of consumption you are coming to believe that their brief interestingness to others makes it somehow relevant to you and worth your time.”

— Michael Lopp

Hope in the Future

“Hope in the future is rooted in the memory of the past, for without memory there is no history and no knowledge. No projection of the future can be formed without reference to the past. Past, present and future, memory and prophecy are woven together into one continuous whole. In a clear understanding of the past lies the hope of our future.”

Buckminster Fuller