This is reassuring news. Have a great weekend!
Poster by Marion Deuchars
Mine: Giving the dog a belly rub.
Illustration by Marc Johns
According to the theory of the hedonic treadmill, we have the tendency to return to our own baseline of happiness soon after major life events regardless if they’re joyous or heartbreaking. That’s why the fantasy of what it would be like to win the lottery doesn’t usually pan out. If we’re a pissed off person, we’ll find a way to be angry even then. Right now, on the Jewish calendar, it’s a week before the High Holidays and a time of spiritual excavation. With that in mind, I’m trying to edge myself up towards gratitude. Where do you hover?
Steiner-Rand Scale of Acceptance via magnificent ruin
For the last few days, according to my weather app, Los Angeles has been in an “excessive heat warning.” At 8 PM, it’s 90 degrees, and my dog, who is used to a more temperate climate, is boycotting her walks. In the interest of hydration, we’re both drinking a lot of liquids.
Pantone-inspired beer packaging
We’re in the midst of one of the worst droughts on record in California, and I should think about it more while luxuriating in the shower. I’ve grown accustomed to never keeping the water running while brushing my teeth, but I flush the toilet more often than is advised. I wonder whether I ought to be rinsing my plastic orange juice container before recycling. I need to pay attention.
Shower Stall by Kristen Martincic
At a hotel in Toronto for the film Festival, I was zipping up my suitcase watching the Today Show, getting ready to return home to San Francisco. 5 terrifying days later, I was finally able to find a flight back, and for the first time, we were handed plastic cutlery to eat with our in-flight meal.
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Photo of Sam Pulia, mourning over the name of his cousin who was killed in the South Tower. Andrew Burton/Getty Images
Apple unveiled its new iWatch today. Right now, it may not seem like we need one, but resistance is futile. We will all be wearing some sort of gadget like this eventually. The iWatch won’t hit stores until early 2015, but with a very sleek design and a range of band styles, it’s going to be a huge hit. Sign me up.