Sunday, 23 October 2011
Kathryn & I founded and it's coming along pretty good. The idea is for the site to be kind of like the table we would set up at a fair with all our books strewn around and movable. Have hit a bit of a brick wall with some coding but hopefully it should be up and running within the next couple of weeks.
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Thursday, 13 October 2011
I've been getting big into American Football as of late and while browsing the internet the other day I came across some amazing collectors forums dedicated to old football cards and memorabilia that just have some spectacular graphics. Here's some of my favourites, I posted a load more over on my tumblr.
Posted by Adrian Curcher at 19:17
Thursday, 6 October 2011
Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.
About a year ago I was diagnosed with cancer. I had a scan at 7:30 in the morning, and it clearly showed a tumor on my pancreas. I didn’t even know what a pancreas was. The doctors told me this was almost certainly a type of cancer that is incurable, and that I should expect to live no longer than three to six months. My doctor advised me to go home and get my affairs in order, which is doctor’s code for prepare to die. It means to try to tell your kids everything you thought you’d have the next 10 years to tell them in just a few months. It means to make sure everything is buttoned up so that it will be as easy as possible for your family. It means to say your goodbyes.
I lived with that diagnosis all day. Later that evening I had a biopsy, where they stuck an endoscope down my throat, through my stomach and into my intestines, put a needle into my pancreas and got a few cells from the tumor. I was sedated, but my wife, who was there, told me that when they viewed the cells under a microscope the doctors started crying because it turned out to be a very rare form of pancreatic cancer that is curable with surgery. I had the surgery and I’m fine now.
This was the closest I’ve been to facing death, and I hope it’s the closest I get for a few more decades. Having lived through it, I can now say this to you with a bit more certainty than when death was a useful but purely intellectual concept:
No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don’t want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new. Right now the new is you, but someday not too long from now, you will gradually become the old and be cleared away. Sorry to be so dramatic, but it is quite true.
Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.
When I was young, there was an amazing publication called The Whole Earth Catalog, which was one of the bibles of my generation. It was created by a fellow named Stewart Brand not far from here in Menlo Park, and he brought it to life with his poetic touch. This was in the late 1960′s, before personal computers and desktop publishing, so it was all made with typewriters, scissors, and polaroid cameras. It was sort of like Google in paperback form, 35 years before Google came along: it was idealistic, and overflowing with neat tools and great notions.
Stewart and his team put out several issues of The Whole Earth Catalog, and then when it had run its course, they put out a final issue. It was the mid-1970s, and I was your age. On the back cover of their final issue was a photograph of an early morning country road, the kind you might find yourself hitchhiking on if you were so adventurous. Beneath it were the words: “Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.” It was their farewell message as they signed off. Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish. And I have always wished that for myself. And now, as you graduate to begin anew, I wish that for you.
Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.
Posted by Adrian Curcher at 12:36
Tuesday, 4 October 2011
This is another idea that came out of the 'White Out' brief. It all stemmed from an amazing video of White blood cells fighting off an infection I stumbled upon and obviously connected the two and decided to try and use the metaphor in some way. So I came up with the idea for a Chrome Extension that would work as a white blood cell for your internet browsing, if there are certain subjects you hate seeing on the internet, things like x-factor etc. then the extension would get rid of them and replace them with things you like, comics, sexy ladies etc.
The name Leucocyte is the scientific word for a white blood cell.
I have no idea if this is something I could actually do, but well I decided to mock up a website and icon for my presentation and now I really hope I can figure out a way to make it work because I've kind of fallen in love with the idea. If anyone reading this has any experience coding Chrome Extensions could pop me and email and tell me whether this is actually possible I'd greatly appreciate it.
Posted by Adrian Curcher at 23:56