Fridays @ Five: Five Things We Loved this Week
Every Friday, we send out an exclusive list of five unique or interesting things we’ve found (or explored) around the web during the week.
It may include books, gadgets, albums, articles, new hacks/tricks, and — of course — all sorts of weird stuff we dig up around the web. It’s often focused on Intuitive things and personal growth. Please feel free to spread the word with friends who would also enjoy.
Here’s some great stuff to check out over the coming weekend…
1.FUTURISTIC STREET SIGNS
One of my favorite authors, Octavia Butler, once said that essentially the downfall of science fiction is an author’s tendency to project current technology into the future, instead of inventing new technology (ie robot maids to help a housewife, instead of robots making takeout for working families.) That’s immediately what I thought of when viewing these signs. Some of them are definitely photoshopped, but some aren’t- either way, they’re an interesting look at our potential future. I have to wonder about the accuracy of super-high speed trains and high risks of hacking in certain public areas though. Click here to look through the photo album.
Since this is a personal development site, I found a tool to help you in your personal development tracking. It’s described as a “game,” but basically, it’s a customizable visualization of how your various development projects are coming along. Each “leaf” can be customized into individual facets of development, and you “feed” those leaves with “sunlight” (or plans/progress) and “water.” (action steps) Click to check out the website.
3. IS TINDER KILLING LOVE?
I love 8-bit philosophy. We featured their “Philosophy of Rick and Morty” video in an earlier Fridays post, but I’m not done yet. This video discusses the potential damage that dating sites inflict upon the process of falling in love with a partner. It argues that someone is more likely to have romantic feelings for the idea of a person instead of the person themselves, because intial interactions are often removed and characteristics are able to be chosen from. Do you agree? Is online dating ruining love? Let me know in the comments. Click here to watch the video.
4. ALTERNATE REALITY GAMES
For those of you who want to go explore things, but aren’t necessarily into PokemonGo, I have another option: ARGs. Alternate reality games are essentially puzzle games that take place in real time, and are run by real people. The Cloverfield movie and the Dark Knight Trilogy are two examples of big franchises who have employed this style of game in advertising their products. ARGs use Youtube, Instagram, telephone calls, emails, Reddit posts, and other forms of media to tell a story to its users. If you don’t want to solve a puzzle yourself, I recommend looking up ARGs on Youtube. There are lots of channels that have done detailed walkthroughs of past games. If you’re interested in checking out ARGs that are going on now, or just interested in learning more about it, I’ve included the link to ARGNet below. Click here to check out the website.
5. THE ENTIRE HISTORY OF JAPAN IN NINE MINUTES
This video is a little “old” (as far as viral videos go) but I love it. Imagine if all of history was taught this way? As an Ne (Exploration) primary, I could only hope that all history was taught to me this way. I’m mostly including this here because it’s funny, and the history of Japan in incredibly complex, which I didn’t know. Let me know what you think of this video- do you wish history was taught this way? Why or why not? Click here to watch the video.
So there you have it. Of course these picks reflect some of my personal biases and interests – but having hung around the Personality Hacker community for a while now – and being personal growth focused – I’m pretty sure you will find at least one thing from the above list to be interesting.
Also – leave a comment or your thoughts below. Love to hear what you think.
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