Big Art  ūüď¨ ūüėĪ ūüėć #42

Big Art ūüď¨ ūüėĪ ūüėć #42

Happy 2017!

I’m a fan of delighting people via postal mail.

Most end of year cards I saw this year were wrapped in thick, unrecyclable plastic so I ordered recycled paper postcards and got out the watercolours.

If you’d like a treat in your postbox, reply with your postal address before 16 December.¬†Let’s have fun.



Big Art.

I’ve had a great surprise this week: a bird’s eye view of a new, massive street art being painted and seeing focused artists¬†Fintan Magee¬†and¬†Jason Parker. They’re¬†painting in all kinds of weather, up and down and across in the cherrypicker (effortlessly working at heights) and their iPhones are getting workouts to check their plan. Seeing them write the original grid with numbers on the empty cement wall then filling in each section with such attention to the shading and colours has been so inspiring.¬†Imagine doing a paint by numbers of this size, to this level of detail and with such success. Whoah! Talent!

Great to see they’re supported by Taubmans (I enjoyed reading links to street art and their¬†history)¬†with loads of paint rollers, brushes and sooo much paint.

If you’re in Melbourne, head down Little Bourke Street, just before Spencer, to see this and others painted. Otherwise,¬†here are the photos¬†as it comes to be (I plan to add photos to this link until the art is completed).

Thanks to¬†Juddy Roller¬†& crews for bringing this to be and to Sarah Moran for helping me track down the artists’ names.


“Fin uses a combination of human and machine intelligence to provide high quality, on-demand assistance so you can focus on what is most important to you.”¬†Product Hunt newsletter.

Excellent! This great product video shows how Fin is clever.

Fin could save you time and give you more ease. It’s a great time to try it out as¬†“Fin is waiving the $120 monthly minimum spend for the Product Hunt community — you can signup¬†here¬†to pay per request.”

Ross Hill first mentioned using Fin so you could get in touch with him.

Favourite Reads & Listens.

Once again Cal Newport (author of “Deep Work”) has me captivated. In “So Good They Can’t Ignore You” he shares his observations of the 3 core traits in people he’s interviewed that love doing exceptional work:

(1) Impact
Creativity (2)
(3) Control

He debunks the passion hypothesis (that you need to follow your passions to find work you love) and courage culture (that you need to be emotionally brave too) and instead highlights people who have developed their experience and skills (career capital) prior to using it for greater autonomy, income, flexibility and more.

These¬†summarised notes¬†are worth a scan if you’re not going to read the book (the Audible version is short & engaging).

It’s a fascinating time as always. I’m curious to see what happens with¬†Facebook’s Messenger for Kids¬†and will be looking on¬†to see what the main character in this street art has in his left hand (will let you know)! Haven’t yet mentioned anything about the Apple Watch 3 – after a couple of months I’m a fan!

That’s all from me for now.¬†As always, shoot me a reply with topics you’d like to read – they add extra spark.

Have a wonderful time,

~ Sam

Humanity  ūüėć ‚Źę ūüôĆ #34

Humanity ūüėć ‚Źę ūüôĆ #34

Welcome to the 34th edition of this email. Did you know you can read past editions right here?



The¬†overview effect¬†teaches that astronauts leave as scientists and return to earth philosophers. Having seen the blue planet in space I wonder if you and I would have the same realisation that we’re one race ‘aboard’ this rotating Earth.

As Blockchain technology takes off (and Bitcoin soars over A$5,000), there is great potential for the human race.

And from a currency point of view, we’re beyond the need to carry physical currency. Why wouldn’t money be digital and evolve to different, useful forms?

A Lovely Funeral.

On the weekend I attended a close friend’s Dad’s funeral in Sydney. It was lovely and uplifting for all – not the usual description!

He was a wonderful listener, conversationalist, and contributor to those around him. Everyone left the service having learnt something new about him, amazed at all he’d done in life and how many people he’d touched.

We each have an impact on our family, friends and those around us. Hear’s to you.

The End of Typing.

Loved the caption of this image:

“Ilphaz Khan, 24, communicates via voice text
with a family member on WhatsApp
at a New Delhi railway station.”

“The internet‚Äôs global expansion is entering a new phase,
and it looks decidedly unlike the last one.” ~WSJ

Global Income Support.

Having imagined how a Universal Basic Income could come to be, I’ve seen government support as the easiest way though wondered if cryptocurrencies could provide an answer. Someone¬†thinks so¬†(final 4 minutes).

Favourite reads & listens

Last week I chased into the storm to Mount Hotham and improved my skiing. Catch up with the story I added to Instagram.

Waving from the harbour city,

~ Sam