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Brain Pickings
I am in no way affiliated with Brain Pickings or its founder, Maria Popova, but I admire both Tremendously.


Pessimist? Really?


Pessimist? Really? I think I’m actually an eternal optimist. I think optimism is whether you are still exhilarated by life, whether you are curious, whether you still believe there is possibility. From this perspective I am very much an optimist. —Ai Weiwei, from the documentary Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry

Inherently Musical


Visual and auditory information often mingle within the mind. Perhaps there is something inherently musical in the experience of abstract art. Wassily Kandinsky’s abstractions were the result of a lifelong preoccupation with the relationship between sound and colour. He discovered his synaesthesia at a performance of Richard Wagner’s opera Lohengrin in Moscow: ‘I saw all Read More

Golden Joinery


The Japanese art of celebrating breakage and repair. Kintsugi (金継ぎ, “golden joinery”) is the Japanese art of fixing broken pottery with lacquer resin dusted or mixed with powdered gold,silver, or platinum. […] As a philosophy it speaks to breakage and repair becoming part of the history of an object, rather than something to disguise. […] Kintsugi Read More

Alain de Botton on Making Ideas Real, The Art of Living, and Using Culture To Cope


There are lots of tremendous ideas in this 20-minute talk from writer and philosopher Alain de Botton. He grabs a hold of art, religion, vulnerability, advertising, love, marriage, philosophy, and making money. It might be the single most significant video I watched this year. “We are too focused on the idea and not focused enough Read More

this week in Tremendous


The first in a recurring series of bullets where I gather bits of Tremendous that have crossed my path. The term ‘week’ will be used liberally and incorrectly. Recent research shows that patients with left hemispatial neglect (i.e. damage to one hemisphere of the brain leading to an inability to process and perceive stimuli on one side Read More