1. Here’s something to play with today: simplify.thatsh.it. You drag an image in and it creates “random modern art by simplifying images to their core elements.” Here is an example of the dachshund-robin dird from yesterday:
2. And here’s your long read, by Cord Jefferson, about his mom and about being kind: On Kindness. Sad and lovely and bonus points for the use of “lizard brain” in the Sagan sense:
As a man who’s done it, I can say with certainty that it’s easy to roll down the window and call the person who cut you off on the freeway a “f*cking asshole.” It’s easy to revere tradition over people’s feelings. It’s easy to respond to a broken heart with a devastating comment, one that cuts so deeply because you know everything about the person to whom you’re speaking, including the exact thing to say to crush them. It’s easy to be a racist. Tapping into the darker recesses of your lizard brain in order to live a life unencumbered by self-examination or regard for others is simple because it’s reflexive, like throwing a punch, like stealing Monopoly money from the bank when your little sister isn’t looking. Conversely, waking up each day and devoting yourself to being kind, even and especially to people who are not kind to you, is actually incredibly difficult. It is arduous and deliberate work, and the doing of it will at times make you feel small and foolish. What’s more, in the end, it will on its own merits almost never yield a person awards or honors or riches.