Monday, July 20, 2009

Tom Watson and the 138th British Open

Tom Watson wrote history yesterday, but not really the one many hoped for. Watson won the 1977 British Open at Turnberry in Scotland and was now, despite 59 years of age, extremely close to win the 138th British Open and claim the Claret Jug on the same course. A possible victory would have erased every record but in my book he was a winner yesterday, a co-winner after 72 holes played.

Watson showed us clearly with his game that age is just a number and that the bar of what is possible in a mature age should be raised. It is my firm conviction that a feat such as this will make dreams and aspirations that previously seemed impossible to achieve, possible.

Thanks Tom for a wonderful performance! Congratulations to Stewart Cink on the victory!

Picture via The New York Times.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Empowerment with Frank Zane

Frank Zane, three-time Mr. Olympia, shares his knowledge and experiences about the power of thoughts, dream yoga, visualization, manifestation among other things. The article left me with a sense of great personal strength, and once again I was deeply reminded of the powerful beings we are.

Via Soul Travel Magazine. Image from the documentary Evolution of Bodybuilding.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Pentagram Papers 39: SIGNS

International design firm Pentagram´s issue Pentagram Papers 39: SIGNS features a collection of homeless signs and a series of large format portraits of homeless people.

In the spring of 2008, when DJ Stout proposed that our next issue of Pentagram Papers focus on the plight of the homeless, the Dow was above 13,000 and the U.S. unemployment rate was below 6%. This choice of subject matter, however, proved sadly prescient. While the publication was in production, the world suffered the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression.

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Monday, July 13, 2009

Japanese Gardens Captured by Photographer William Corey

Late photographer William Corey captured the beauty and essence of Japanese gardens during more than 30 years.

In 1974 Boulder photographer William Corey was sitting in his Colorado home watching a PBS documentary on Japanese gardens. He was so intrigued that the next day he dropped in on a travel agency and inquired about traveling to Japan. Within a week he was there, studying and admiring the ancient art of growing.

Twenty-eight years later, with numerous trips to Japan and countless images recorded, Corey may well be considered the premier garden photographer. At this point in his career, he is considered the foremost western artist to photograph Japanese Gardens and the only western photographer ever invited to photograph the gardens of the Japanese Emperor.

Via Ursi´s Blog.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

The 4 Hour Workday

Scott H Young has done a great job explaining how to achieve The 4 Hour Workday. I especially like how he advices not to add more work when you´ve completed your daily tasks early, and in so doing have precious time over to do things not work-related.

However, if you work at home, you have no excuse. Scheduling an eight-hour workday is wasting precious hours from your life. If you change how you evaluate your efforts, finishing eight hours of work in 3-4 hours is probable. You might even be able to increase your total output while reducing the amount you work.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Inspiring Work Spaces

The Guardian has an ongoing series called Writers' rooms which potraits the spaces where authors create. Picture above shows the writing space of author Nicola Barker, taken by photographer Eamonn McCabe.

It´s very inspiring to see where classical writers like Virginia Woolf and George Bernard Shaw used to write and the writing spaces of modern authors, very often heavily filled with books, papers and of course, their own energy of creativity.

Thanks to Moleskinerie for finding this.


30 Tips to Take Control of Your Life Now

Success Magazine has compiled a great list of 30 Tips to Take Control of Your Life Now. Not a lenghty read but nevertheless a very powerful one.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Evian Roller Babies

I didn´t know mineral water from the French Alps had this kind of rejuvenating effect:

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Matt Mullenweg´s Workday

Matt Mullenweg, founder of WordPress, talked to Inc. about how his typical workday can look like.

I like to read first thing in the morning. I'm addicted to the Kindle. I read a lot of business books, because I feel like I should figure out how to be a real businessman before someone figures out that I'm not one. I really enjoy reading classics as well, which I try to work in once every two months. Reading is my break. Otherwise, I go to sleep and wake up thinking about WordPress.

Matt´s picture taken by Timothy Archibald.

Wingsuit Base Jumping

I recently watched the amazing and thrilling movie Adrenaline Rush, but I was once again in awe when I saw how these guys can move in the air using a wingsuit.


Monday, July 6, 2009

Moderate Physical Activity for a Better Mood

Researchers at the University of Vermont have conducted an really interesting study about how moderate physical activity improves our mood and it´s lasting benefits.

Exercise experts have known for years that moderate physical activity improves mood. Now a study shows that people are in a better mood for up to 12 hours after they work out.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Best of Zen Habits

Leo Babauta at Zen Habits has compiled a good list containing his favorite posts from the archives.

Many of you haven’t dug through the massive archives (nearly 800 posts, at least half of them pretty decent), so I decided to cull through them and find a few nuggets you might have missed.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Lynx Kittens Found in Colorado

10 lynx kittens have been found in Colorado. They are so cute!

Spring brought a surprise delivery from the stork: A litter of 10 lynx kittens—the first newborns documented in Colorado since 2006, gladdening the hearts of conservationists, as well as drawing waves of squeals from computer monitors everywhere.

Picture via TreeHugger and taken by Colorado Division of Wildlife.

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