The uniformity of visual pop culture

“Ultimately, the uniformity of visual pop culture is far too ominous to consider when planning a gathering, the announcement of a milestone, or a flat lay.

In an online environment where accounts live and die by engagement, modifying our households to be public facing, rather than personal, is rooted in the simple desire to look nice and be noticed.

A few shimmery streamers from Amazon, a $250 letter board, or a faux marble pattern will get you there, no matter how far from the reality of your living space.”

Home is where the photo booth is (The Ringer)

Not saying we considered this while renovating our kitchen… but we may have considered this while renovating our kitchen. 🤷‍♂️

How the Bauhaus survived

“Ultimately, the Bauhaus survived because it left the building. The Bauhäuslers were scattered all around the world in exile. Germany’s loss was as numerous as other countries’ gain as teachers and students took the design ethic with them, to places like Tel Aviv, Chicago, Detroit, Tokyo, and Amsterdam—through architecture, art, and industrial design.”

How the Bauhaus Kept the Nazis at Bay, Until It Couldn’t (CityLab)

Visiting the Bauhaus museum in Berlin was a highlight from our trip to Germany a couple years back. The building is under renovation until 2022 and I’m grateful that we got in before the close.

Closing chapters of our lives

“We are more likely to have positive feelings about transitioning from one stage of life to the next if we have a “well-rounded ending”—or one marked by a sense of closure.”

Life’s Transitions Easier With Well-Rounded Endings (NYU)

Our recent move from Toronto to Durham Region felt like strong closure. We left the city, bought a house, and now we’re settling into the next stage of our lives.

Staying afloat is a win for yourself

“Build something good, keep your costs low, keep your growth in check, hold back your expectations, find some customers, charge them money for your good/services, make more than you spend, and you’ll buy yourself another day, or week, or month, or year in business. Just aim to stay open, don’t aim to win anything from anyone. Staying afloat is a win for yourself.”

Q&A: How do I win in a packed category? (Signal v. Noise)

This is exactly what I’m trying to do with my new side hustle. I’m “soft launching” it at WordCamp Niagara next week, and formally opening it up on November 1st.

Related: My notes and recap for Company of One by Paul Jarvis.

The last pre-web generation

“I am both part and not part of this new generation. I was born in 1988, two years before the development of HTML. I didn’t have a computer at home until middle school, didn’t have a cell phone until I was eighteen. I remember the pained beeping of a dial-up connection, if only faintly. Facebook launched as I finished up high school, and Twitter as I entered college. The golden hours of my childhood aligned perfectly with the fading light of a pre-internet world; I know intimately that such a world existed, and had its advantages.”

Reading in the Age of Constant Distraction (Paris Review)

I feel this. I was also born in 1988. We didn’t get online until the late 90’s.