Vanishing Asia/Depths of Wikipedia/7 types of rest


Recomendo: issue no. 246

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Vanishing Asia Kickstarter
For 40 years I’ve been photographing the disappearing traditions of Asia. This week I launched a Kickstarter campaign for my oversized 3-volume book set that captures this wonderful otherness. I crammed a continent of images into 1,000 pages. The book, Vanishing Asia, is a time machine that will take you to a place where everything is done differently, before the world was all the same. I guarantee it will inspired you. My goal is to maximize the number of fans who get the book rather than maxing revenue, so I’ve discounted the Vanishing Asia Kickstarter way below the retail price. I hope you join me in this adventure and back the book. — KK

Depths of Wikipedia
Last year a college student named Annie Rauwerda launched Depths of Wikipedia, an addictive Instagram account with screenshots of unusual and fascinating Wikipedia entries. I’ve learned about Revenge bedtime procrastinationBroken escalator phenomenon, the Fregoli delusion, and a lot more. — MF

Different types of rest
This TED article outlines the 7 types of rest you might need and how to go about getting it. The 7 types are: physical, mental, sensory, creative, emotional, social, and spiritual. Obvious advice would be to make sure you are carving out time for exercise, sleeping, screen-breaks, nature, and meditation. But two types of rest that I’ve never had words for before are emotional rest and social rest. Emotional rest is giving yourself time and space to freely express your feelings. (I think my twice-monthly therapy sessions satisfies this.) And to experience social rest spend time with positive and supportive people that “revive” you, and stay away from the relationships that drain you of energy. — CD

Aromatherapy tablets for the shower
We don’t have a bathtub in our home so luxurious baths are not a possibility for me, but these aromatherapy bomb fizzies by Floroma are designed for showers and are the next best thing. The key to using these is to place them near where the water hits, but not directly beneath. They’re scented with 6 different essential oils (eucalyptus, peppermint, lavender, lemon, rose and orange) and the smell is so relaxing and makes the entire bathroom smell really good. — CD

Wild Argan Oil Body Butter
During the colder months I need to apply skin moisturizer after I take a shower or else my legs itch like crazy. I recently started using The Body Shop’s Wild Argan Oil Body Butter and I love the smell and feel of it. Argan oil comes from the fruit produced by a tree of the same name. It’s edible, too! — MF

Followable twitter bots
I follow two bots on Twitter to break up its relentless seriousness. Systemantic Quotes posts one-line riddles about the antics and behavior of all systems derived from the book “Systemantics, or the Systems Bible.” Such as: “In dealing with the shape of things to come, it pays to be good at recognizing shapes.” Every four hours the Magical Realism Bot posts a one-sentence “story” written by an AI. These summaries are surreal, mostly absurd, but every once in a while, it’s a core of a decent idea. Other bots to follow are welcomed. — KK

-- Kevin Kelly, Mark Frauenfelder, Claudia Dawson 04/4/21

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