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In the News 14.10.15 : Today’s Articles of Interest from around the Internets

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In the News 14.10.15 : Today’s Articles of Interest from around the Internets
In the News 14.10.15 : Today’s Articles of Interest from around the Internets

Photos by Emily Faulstich

The Boundless Artistry of Steve McQueen

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Over lunch in a sunny Manhattan restaurant, the British artist explains to Wyatt Mason how he finds the perfect medium for his every idea, transforming the ubiquity of violence into the viewer’s personal, revelatory shock.

Read the rest of this article at The New York Times

The death and life of the great British pub

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The Murphy family, John, Mary and their adult son Dave, were preparing to spend a 33rd Christmas as landlords of the Golden Lion pub in Camden, north London when they heard the rumours. A mysterious figure was said to be looming in their corner of the industry, harrying publicans, striking down premises. There was “a Grim Reaper of pubs”, the Murphys were told, and he was circling their handsome Victorian building on Royal College Street.

It was December 2011. In front of the pub’s eyelash-shaped bar, beneath a blackboard that, for as long as anyone could remember, had advertised a heavy discount on tumblers of Irish Mist, the family met with a representative of Admiral Taverns. Admiral was the large pub-owning company – a pubco, as they are known in the trade – that leased the Murphy family their tenancy at the Golden Lion. “The rep told us she had bad news,” said Dave Murphy, a solid, red-cheeked man in his 40s.

Dave Murphy was 11 in 1978, the year his parents signed their first lease at the Golden Lion, and moved the family in to rooms on the building’s upper storeys. Their previous home, in Holloway, had backed on to a prison. Now Dave got to tell school friends he lived in a pub. Before remaking himself as a landlord, John Murphy, originally from Cork, had worked for years in London as a bus driver. Mary, from Galway, had been a nurse. “You’re nursing the sick. And suddenly you’re nursing the drinkers,” Mary recalled, of the transition. “I don’t think I found it too difficult.”

Read the rest of this article at The Guardian

Her Code Got Humans on the Moon—And Invented Software Itself

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MARGARET HAMILTON WASN’T supposed to invent the modern concept of software and land men on the moon. It was 1960, not a time when women were encouraged to seek out high-powered technical work. Hamilton, a 24-year-old with an undergrad degree in mathematics, had gotten a job as a programmer at MIT, and the plan was for her to support her husband through his three-year stint at Harvard Law. After that, it would be her turn—she wanted a graduate degree in math.

But the Apollo space program came along. And Hamilton stayed in the lab to lead an epic feat of engineering that would help change the future of what was humanly—and digitally—possible.

Read the rest of this article at Wired

The New Guilded Age

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One afternoon in May, Chris Chavez, Jerone Hsu, and Dan Taeyoung splayed themselves out along a suspended I-beam and stray ladder on the roof of a pair of conjoined buildings on the Hell’s Kitchen end of Fifty-fourth Street, talking about their co-working collective, Prime Produce, and the history of the world. The three entrepreneurs, who are in their late twenties and early thirties, were overseeing a total renovation of the structure beneath them. First built in 1919 as a garage, it was being transformed to include an art studio in the basement, an open-plan office and café at the ground level, and a room for workshops and meditation on the second floor. Chavez greeted construction workers by name as they passed by.

Read the rest of this article at The New Yorker

The Secret To Achieving Flow That No One Talks About

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Jeremy Piven, the actor famous for his roles in Entourage and Mr. Selfridge, was recently interviewed by Success Magazine. In the interview, he mentioned that, as an actor, the only way to get work is to audition for specific roles. There’s just no way around that tried and true ritual.

The challenge for most actors and actresses? They get in their own way. It doesn’t matter how much homework they’ve done for the audition. It doesn’t matter how talented they are. If they are so set on getting a part, they fail at one of the key aspects of auditioning: being present, which is the essence of flow. Thus, they come across as desperate and scattered; and it manifests in lackluster performances before an auditioning committee.

It was only when Piven quit worrying about the outcome that he was able to audition successfully. He came across more natural and spontaneous. He quit trying to be what he thought others wanted him to be; and instead allowed his art to be a gift without attached contingencies. If he didn’t get the gig, either they didn’t “get it,” or it just wasn’t the right fit. He could then move on to the next audition without over-analyzing his performance. This shift in approach and motivation allowed him to get the jobs he always wanted.

Piven is not alone. For the first six seasons of American Ninja Warrior, not a single person completed all of the stages. However, Isaac Caldiero recently became the first American Ninja Warrior. In previous years, Caldiero said he put too much pressure on himself to succeed. However, this year, he just wanted to have fun and see what happened.

In a similar vein, trying to create a particular outcome while showing affection to loved ones can pull you from the now and comes off as inauthentic. People can sense phoniness, especially when it comes to love.

As Leo Buscaglia, world renowned researcher and speaker on love, has said, “Love is always bestowed as a gift—freely, willingly and without expectation. We don’t love to be loved; we love to love.”

It’s so easy to forget that the work we do—although enjoyable to us—isn’t completely about us. Our work is for and about the people we are providing it for. As Seth Godin has said, “A generous gift comes with no transaction foreseen or anticipated.” Yet, Godin continues, “In most families, even the holidays are more about present exchange than the selfless act of actually giving a gift.”

Read the rest of this article at Observer

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