Top 10

Top 10 - February 2013

  1. Uncertainty, luck and Black Swans - Yes, more anti-futures and this other stuff called reality. Designers, please wake up, you can't invent the future.
  2. Danzig
  3. Coffee shops that sell comics and play Danzig and also happen to be a 5 minute walk from my house.
  4. Not being precious about sketching and drawing - Recently I've given up on the idea of having a proper sketchbook because it was stressing me out having to maintain one more thing and be precious and all art studenty about. In art school the sketchbook is your bible, your rifle and your car and you're trained to love it and protect it and prune and preen it like an exotic breed. Its just paper though. Its the shit you make, not in what form it gets laid out, that matters.
  5. Dennis Busenitz - The man crush continues
  6. Chewy Cannon - This guy is basically the UK's Busenitz and actually smiles when he lands the ball dropping tricks he pummels with
  7. Flights to non-states (like Kosovo) - One of my erstwhile homes Ljubljana was also one of the first places that you could fly to a non-country from a couple of years back. This is amazing, that you can fly to a non-state, and yet has a capital.
  8. The School of Life Stricty Secular Sermons
  9. Sweet potatoes
  10. Greenleaf – No Time Like Right Now! - Just when you think classic riffs don't really matter, or that, you know, they're cool and all, but I have to talk to my accountant today so whatever - the rock gods drop this nuke on us and have us begging for more six string salvation.

Top 10 - November

1. The Sword - Not even having heard their new album yet due to it not being Spotify hasn't held me back from giving the sheer riffing genius of Warp Riders, the planet destroying riffs of which I've ridden through a couple of astral planes this past month. 2. Dark Chocolate

3. Monocle - I wish I could take credit for the line "Changing the world one first class ticket at a time" but unfortunately I can't. The first thing I love about this magazine is that when you read it from your cramped seat on the budget airline you still think you're somehow a hotshot jetsetter. The other thing is that it's probably one of the only places I read about people giving a shit about having gone to the RCA.

4. Songs of Fire and Ice - The main reason it's number 4 and not 1 is that I finished reading all 5000 pages so don't know what to do with myself

5. Modernist lamps

6. Not living like an immigrant anymore - I don't care what anyone says, and immigrant parents guilt aside, it's amazing not really having to live like an immigrant anymore. There's that whole bit about the power and honesty of the struggle but I'm over it.

7. Bilingualism for children now being cool - When I was a kid the whole sordid matter of my parents not speaking English at home was a matter of shame. Now, however, the fact that my kid has loads of languages thrown at her makes her cool.

8. Istanbul - Back again and can't wait to commute from one continent to another.

9. Schnapps - The Stark words are already here for us in Northern Europe which means its time to warm up from the inside out Eastern style. I recommend having on hand home brew in plastic water bottles from ex Yugoslavia and the former Soviet Union.

10. Wacom tablets

Top 10 - May 2012

It's been probably almost a year since I've written or posted anything. Loads has happened and loads hasn't. Either way, here's a first stab at getting going and doing the doing and actually getting back to writing. So here's a top ten list which of course everyone loves and which summarises my life this month in a very neat, easy to read and SEO-bashable format.

1. Black Sabbath - In particular the drums on The Wizard

I someday hope to be able to say that I've done anything as epic as Bill Ward's fills on this already amazing song - always in between just where it should be, not too much, but with just enough rolling intensity to make you cry and barely notice its there. If I could pull off design half this good I could die a happy man.

2. Toddler chairs

Just look at how funny this thing is. That's it. I could try to expound on this and sound smart but that's quite unnecessary. Just look at it.

3. Multilingual toys

My kid has a toy that you can actually switch languages (English and Turkish) which I'm still amazed by, especially by how haphazard the Turkish version of Old McDonald is translated to fit the music.

4. The canal

London has loads of canals and I sort of live by one. No matter how much they're scummed over with algae or filled with dead ducks and old scooters, it just makes you feel like there is something that isn't just concrete and city around you.

5. Sailing

I don't remember which number this was, but this was definitely on my bucket list since I was about 12. I took a two day intro course in a local reservoir and still stoked. I could try and make some sort of digital comparison between bandwidth/connectivity and wind and dependencies, etc., but that would be pretty dumb with something this righteous. The best thing about it is that the wind makes you move. That's it. No power, just you against this massive thing you can't see, but if you work right you can go super fast.

6. Trying to have less and less stuff

This one is sort of self-explanatory, but majorly impactful. By the way, that was one of the worst sentences I've ever written.

7. Trello

Amazingly simple managment software and as complicated as you want it to be. Kanban or die.

8. Owning software legally

I'm pretty sure I'm almost 100% legal software-wise on my machines. This might just make me officially an adult. But its an incredibly weird feeling actually owning (or leasing rather) the Adobe Creative Suite and not having to worry about how the crack is going to work.

9. Open source Linux kernel developers

With my recent work on The Yocto Project I've met and talked to a few Linux open source developers who I can't help but give massive respect to. Working off their own backs to contribute to this amorphous type thing that anyone can then take and do whatever they want with is conceptually quite nuts. But more than anything I respect these guy's passion - something most of us could never touch.

10. Eating whatever the hell I want but being mindful about it

After roughly a year of experimenting with this whole paleo/primal nonsense I've realised that its so fundamentally flawed if you are concerned with eating and what it means. Its not half about what you eat, but how you eat. Mindfullness takes it once again.