Five Things #64 by Ross Farley

Every Wednesday I share five things I've liked and think you might like too. Here are this week’s Five Things…

  1. An interesting discussion on how products (like Facebook and Twitter) are being engineered to be addictive, the relationship between novelty and familiarity in making “a hit”, and how we’re encouraged to binge watch TV shows.
     
  2. A cool video from the Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows: Sonder, The Realisation That Everyone Has A Story.
     
  3. This list got me very excited, a treasure trove of great music: The 50 Best Ambient Albums of All Time.
     
  4. They were ghastly at the time, but to say they haven't aged well is quite the understatement: 13 "Changing Rooms" Designs That Really Haven't Aged That Well.
     
  5. This week’s musical recommendation is Grapevine Fires by Death Cab for Cutie, I really like that drum beat.

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Five Things #63 by Ross Farley

Every Wednesday I share five things I've liked and think you might like too. Here are this week’s Five Things…

  1. One of my projects this year is learning to code. Learning anything from scratch is hard work, but it feels like I'm starting to make some progress. I've completed three projects in the last couple of weeks: a quote machine, a weather app and a Wikipedia viewer. I'll report back with my fourth project once I've made some progress! If you fancy learning to code, check out freeCodeCamp.
     
  2. Having opinions is easy, doing the work to justify holding them is less so: The Work Required To Have An Opinion.
     
  3. If you like birds (and high quality photography) you're going to like these: Birds Around the World in 31 Incredible Photos.
     
  4. I've been really enjoying the latest series of Dead Ringers. It seems whatever the state of our politics, it never ceases to be a great source of comedy.
     
  5. This week's musical recommendation is Moments Descend On My Windowpane by Rafael Anton Irisarri. If you like it, check out his album A Fragile Geography.

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Five Things #62 by Ross Farley

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Every Wednesday I share five things I've liked and think you might like too. Here are this week’s Five Things…

  1. If you get a chance, try to catch Edgar Wright's latest film Baby Driver while it's still in the cinemas. One of the best films I've seen in ages, plus the soundtrack is incredible!
     
  2. A Dizzying View of a Bicycle Graveyard in China.
     
  3. If, like me, you're prone to procrastination, this simple exercise might give you a kick start.
     
  4. This is a really great interview: Debbie Millman talks to the composer Nico Muhly for her podcast Design Matters. She's a fantastic interviewer and Nico is an equally fantastic interviewee.
     
  5.  This week's music recommendation is Split by Rauelsson. If you like it, check out his album Vora.

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Five Things #61 by Ross Farley

Every Wednesday I share five things I've liked and think you might like too. Here are this week’s Five Things…

  1. I know you've been thinking this too... Where are all the aliens?
     
  2. Do you want to be more creative? Try pretending you're someone else"Creativity is not an individual trait, but a 'malleable product of context and perspective.' Everyone can be creative, as long as they feel like creative people".
     
  3. Self-healing clothes? Self- healing electronics? How about a self-healing Wolverine-like artificial skin? Researchers at the University of California, Riverside might have a fabric to make just the thing.
     
  4. I really like this advice from Charlie Munger: "I constantly see people rise in life who are not the smartest, sometimes not even the most diligent, but they are learning machines. They go to bed every night a little wiser than they were when they got up and boy does that help, particularly when you have a long run ahead of you." Are you a learning machine?
     
  5. In the past week I've booked tickets to see two of my favourite musicians play shows in London. So this week's musical recommendation is a track by each of them. St Vincent performing Black Rainbows and Nils Frahm performing Toilet Brushes - More. Can't wait to see them both live again!

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Five Things #60 by Ross Farley

Every Wednesday I share five things I've liked and think you might like too. Here are this week’s Five Things…

  1. A fun video exploring a question with a potentially scary answer... "How long do you think it will take before machines do your job better than you do?"
     
  2. Radiohead's Creep performed on the Gayageum (a traditional Korean stringed instrument dating back to the 6th Century.)
     
  3. Habits or Goals? A great article exploring why you should focus on building positive habits rather than setting goals: "While goals rely on extrinsic motivation, habits are automatic. They literally rewire our brain."
     
  4. A cool video that uses the Schlieren Imaging method in slow motion to reveal the invisible.
     
  5. The week's musical recommendation is Love Is To Die by Warpaint. I really love this song but it's Stella Mozgawa's drumming on this track is that makes it for me.

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Five Things #59 by Ross Farley

Every Wednesday I share five things I've liked and think you might like too. Here are this week’s Five Things…

  1. On the 3rd June, the rock climber Alex Honnold became the first person to climb El Capitan (3,000 ft!) without a rope. It's an insane and remarkable achievement, and surely one of the greatest human accomplishments of all time.
     
  2. Not your average cover, Orkestra Obsolete perform New Order's Blue Monday using 1930s instruments.
     
  3. Get 5% Better. A great read from the Farnam Street blog (one of my favourites) on the power of incremental progress — "[I]f I can get 5% wiser and better every year, then I will be about twice as wise as I am now in less than 15 years." 
     
  4. Changing Time, a documentary on the legendary drummer Jojo Mayer and his band Nerve is currently streaming for free on Youtube. He's a fascinating and inspiring guy, and the documentary gives a good insight into what it takes to be a performer at his level. Recommended viewing for musicians and music fans.
     
  5. This week's musical recommendation is Tame Impala's Let It Happen. It's in essence a pop song, but unlike the vast majority of pop songs, it clocks in at just under 8 minutes long! 

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