Ahhh Friday. What a lovely day of hope and optimism (although, true confession, now that I work for Symphony every day feels like a delicious Friday with wonderful things to come).
Every Friday we present some things discovered from near and far, some old, most new, some legal, some business, some life-related, all fun and/or important and/or interesting. This week we present:
Unsplash do an amazing thing: every week they release 10 beautiful images for use or alteration in any way you'd like. They credit the photographers (as will I whenever I use their work), but explicitly allow people to use the work for anything. It's a pretty generous gift of self and art. And the pictures are SO GREAT (see exhibit A, above).
I read this great article late last year, when Symphony's seeds were sown but not yet out of the ground, and I thought, "Yes! That's the problem! It doesn't have to be like that!" It really shows that much of the problems people suffer with lawyers are about communication. What it's going to cost. When it's going to happen. Why we're doing this in the first place. As lawyers it's easy to skip all that and jump straight to the law but in doing so we really risk failing our clients. Here's to the promise of a different way...
3. Eat by date
I am suspicious of most people with a commercial motive, so use-by dates have never been absolutes for me. I was so excited to come across this site this week, with big explanations of how far past use by dates it's reasonable to go, what foods look like when they've gone bad, and any factors that might give different results between the same foods.
For example, in the peanut butter section, it turns out that oil and solids separation is natural and common in high quality pure(ish) peanut butter (like Pic's, God I love Pic's), but is a sign of deterioration in more commercial peanut butters laced with extra fats, emulsifiers, etc. Good learnin'.
I love brains. So complex. So extraordinary. So mysterious. As always, Wait but Why does a great job of translating complexity and important concepts into elucidating Paint drawings and stories that make sense to our narrative-happy brains. In this case, procrastination, which is really part of a bigger matrix of why we don't do what's best for ourselves even when we Know Better.
I finish with this one because it seems especially apropos this week: a treatise on what it means to love what you do. Maria Popova curates Brain Pickings, an amazing exploration of great books, thinking and art, that has dominated my leisure time for years now. In this article she looks at "How to Avoid Work", a 1949 guide to doing what you love. As I close my first week of Symphony, so much of what is said rings true, including the following quote from Amelia Earhart:
Whether you are flying the Atlantic or selling sausages or building a skyscraper or driving a truck, your greatest power comes from the fact that you want tremendously to do that very thing, and do it well.
Happy weekend everyone.