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It’s not the best speech I can imagine, but this little exploration of the meaning of life from Derek Siver is quite enjoyable and worth a listen.
Both my smart friends and my spiritual friends insist that the meaning life is learning - that the reason you’re here is to learn. Not just for your own sake, but for everyone alive, and future generations, the meaning of your life is to learn.
So if life is learning, the way to have a good life is to learn a lot.
This is a neat little time suck. It’s not the simplest browsing experience, but people from all over the world read the same paragraph. I pulled out some examples:
- Native Cantonese speaking woman, 23 years old, from Hong Kong who has lived in Canada for 15 years
- English man, 19, from Chester
- Indian woman, 28, who spent seven years in the US
- Israeli man, 24, whose spoken English since he was ten
- Lithuanian woman, 24, who lived in the US for a bit over a year
- Somali woman, 50, who has spent five years in the US
- Male, 23, native Mandarin speaker who lived in Singapore and the UK all his life
- Zimbabwean woman who speaks four languages, and lived in the US seven years
- 42-year-old man from Pittsburgh who also speaks Mandarin
In a completely charming audio story, On the Media’s TLDR profiles Matt Farley — a musician who decided the easiest way to make money with music is to make more songs than anyone else. He’s created over 14,000 songs, which you can find on iTunes and Spotify. Go listen to this, NOW!
99% Invisible is a great podcast about design. If you don’t regularly listen, you really should. This episode was so great I couldn’t let it go by unnoted: a musical exploration of the way we relate to nature, based on a book I’d not heard of but feel I really must read now. Roman Mars explains the episode:
So, when I read Jon Mooallem’s brilliant book, Wild Ones: A Sometimes Dismaying, Weirdly Reassuring Story About Looking at People Looking at Animals in America, I didn’t think we’d ever do an episode of 99% Invisible about it. I just read it for fun.
But then I saw Jon perform stories from the book live with musical accompaniment from the band Black Prairie. And that changed everything. I accosted Jon and the band in the dressing room and told them they had to let me share it with the 99% Invisible audience.