Writing in Self-Imposed Confinement

This part of an article about singing naked and other rituals of creativity {guardian} caught my eye:

Writing rituals, like all fetishes associated with creativity, are intrinsically interesting. Jonathan Franzen attracted a lot of attention when he described writing The Corrections in a state of primitive solitude. According to Time magazine, “Franzen works in a rented office that he has stripped of all distractions. He uses a heavy, obsolete Dell laptop … Because Franzen believes you can’t write serious fiction on a computer that’s connected to the internet, he not only removed the Dell’s wireless card but also permanently blocked its Ethernet port.”

I don’t think there would be another way to be a full-time, self-employed writer—and physically blocking your computer’s internet port is brilliant. I’d imagine he’d also have to leave his phone at home, too…

Common is…

… a startup enabler.

… a bike company.

… almond butter.

… funding companies who have a social mission as part of their business plan.

Common is, in their own words:

…about making something. To be more specific, COMMON is about connecting people together and harnessing the power of true, rule-breaking creativity to launch socially beneficial businesses. Businesses that are designed to spread love and prosperity to all stakeholders.

{via design matters}

Life in a Day

Life in a Day {official site}:

A documentary shot by filmmakers all over the world [192 countries] that serves as a time capsule to show future generations what it was like to be alive on the 24th of July, 2010.

They took 80,000 submissions and 4,500 hours of footage, and turned it into a ninety minute film. I could’ve done without the symphonic soundtrack, but it was interesting to see.

Here’s the trailer: