Let yourself be silently drawn by the strange pull of what you really love. It will not lead you astray - Rumi


Google’s Bert Update

Google has rolled out the new BERT search algorithm update representing the biggest leap forward in the past five years, and one of the biggest leaps forward in the history of Search.



Mastery Learning

Mastery Learning is an approach for advancing an individual's potential for learning. Unlike traditional learning models used in 99% of schools and universities, Mastery Learning allocates sufficient time, attention, and help to each student.




Proximity produces change.



If you live long enough, pretty much anything can happen.


21st century view of success

21st century view of success: a happy, healthy, caring, child who grows up to be a collaborative person, a creative innovator, a thinking person and a social person, while also being a good citizen.

Everything goes through the social. Everything we learn starts with collaboration and relationships. We have a lot of learning to do, and the learning is social.

Monologue is not quite the way to do it. It has to be dialogue, that back and forth conversation. As parents, we sometimes jump in because the baby didn't say something fast enough, and we don't want any lull in that conversation. But if we let it lull for just a moment even 10-week-olds can start to have a conversation with us.

Now, once you have a good communication base built on a strong collaboration base, then you can have strong content skills. And that can be reading content, writing content. There's also learning-to-learn skills under content, and that's things like learning how to focus your attention.

Creative innovation, also depends on having strong content and strong critical thinking. Because you have to hit the right buttons to know how to make something that's truly novel. It doesn't just come from monkeys and a jar of paint. It comes from actually being thoughtful.

And last is confidence. This is a very hard one for me as a parent, and I suspect for everyone as a parent, which is our children learn the most through failure. If we never let them fail, then they never know what it feels like to thrive and succeed. So it's a growth mindset. It's grit. The perseverance to keep at it even though the tower fell down when you tried to make it high.

It turns out that you learn better when things are joyful than when they're not joyful.

Kathy Hirsh-Pasek, a professor of psychology at Temple University and co-author of Becoming Brilliant: What Science Tells Us About Raising Successful Children


Anywhere the wind blows

Anywhere the wind blows is the rule for a falling leaf.


you have the answer

At the center of your being you have the answer; you know who you are and you know what you want. — Lao Tzu.


Stay in the Moment

Living a life with flow is being like water. Water has no purpose, no goal, no specific desire.


Love Makes Us Stronger

True love is an unconditional acceptance of another.

I fell in love with you Sophia. And that's okay. I learnt a tremendous amount about myself in the process. I would do it all over again in a heartbeat. Thank you for being so gentle with me.

essential self

What makes You Happy?

Marion Milner was better known by her pseudonym, Joanna Field. She was as a pioneer of introspective journaling. In 1926 she began an introspective journey journalling how she felt happy and thoughts going through her. She observed fleeting thoughts (she called these butterfly thoughts) and also  an openness to sensory experience that she calls "wide awareness".

How often do we ask ourselves, ‘What will make me happy? What do I really want from life?’

Marion's introspective journaling became one of her best-known books, A Life of One's Own where she explores these questions and embarks on a seven year personal journey to discover what it is that makes her happy.


We are all broken together. That’s part of what makes us human

— @treyratcliff



The Copenhagen Consensus

The Copenhagen Consensus Center assembled an Expert Panel of five world-class economists – including three recipients of the Nobel Prize. They met in September 2009 to deliberate and form conclusions about which solution to climate change is the most promising. They created the following prioritised list, outlining the most - and least - effective responses to global warming.

1  Climate Engineering  Marine Cloud Whitening
2  Technology  Energy R&D
3  Climate Engineering  Stratospheric Aerosol Insertion
4  Technology  Carbon Storage R&D
5  Adaptation  Planning for adaptation
6  Climate Engineering  Air Capture R&D
7  Technology Transfers  Technology Transfers
8  Forestry  Expand and Protect Forests
9  Cut Black Carbon  Stoves in Developing Nations
10  Cut Methane  Methane Reduction Portfolio
11  Cut Black Carbon  Diesel Vehicle Emissions
12  Cut Carbon  $20 OECD CO2 Tax
13  Cut Carbon  $0.50 Global CO2 Tax
14  Cut Carbon  $3 Global CO2 Tax
15  Cut Carbon  $68 Global CO2 Tax





Lions, Tigers And F*ckboys: 7 Reasons To Walk Your Own Path After A Breakup

Whether you like it or not, it's time to rewrite your future. So, sharpen your pencil and set new goals: read, work harder, wake up earlier, self-motivate, advance yourself for you.


Visual World

If you're an artist, keep the connection to your art  practice open and flowing. Everything else is detail.

I have been making art for about 25 years. I've had various levels of what you might call 'success'. But I still lose my way.

When I get lost in trying or straining I  strangle my work to death. Then I open up and flow again and the work flows. It's been a cycle for me. All I need to be is easy and it flows. I just drop the trying.

Trying and straining strangles the work to death. Being easy and flowing lets the work flow.


Joseph Look Up

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Spending time looking up is good for the spirit.

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Dissolving Views

Dissolving Views (Cottesloe Beach Redux), 2019
digital video, 16:9
silent, 6:10 min


A line Between

I have been taking routine trips into abstraction. I enjoy the line work. These are the form of works that come through.


enlightenment, desire and love

Fire consumes, warms, and illuminates, but can also bring pain and death. It's emotional, irresistible, mercurial, unpredictable. Fire is often the symbol of inspiration, but it is also the predominant symbol of hell. It represents spiritual enlightenment, desire and love. Fire is the only one of the four elements that humans can produce themselves, bridging the connection between mortals and gods.


Let yourself be silently drawn

Let yourself be silently drawn by the strange pull of what you really love. It will not lead you astray - Rumi



Land owners burning off grass, stubble, weeds, undergrowth and other vegetation. We talked, connected, and drank mulled wine and ate soup.


Big Ideas

Undeniable success is when you master activities and emotions whilst helping others. ― Derek Sivers

One reason children are capable of joy is because they take almost nothing for granted. ― William B. Irvine

The difference between successful people and really successful people is that really successful people say no to almost everything ― Warren Buffett

Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.. ― Pablo Picasso


What I'm reading Today

Thirty Years of ProjectsSeth Godin

16 PersonalitiesI'm an Advocate

Hell Yeah or NoDerek Silvers

A Guide to the Good LifeDerek Silvers

How Artists Use TwitterDerek Silvers

The Voice That Puts You in the Zone



You’re free, but you’re not really free. Chances are if you’re a freelancer, you aspire to doing stuff completely on your own.

Why I’ll Never F****** Freelance Ever Again

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New beginnings.

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