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A bit more of an international flavor today. Italian physicists, Swedish Craftsmen and a UK-based Nigerian musician. Covering a lot of the globe today, so let's get started.

Carlo Rovelli

Carlo Rovelli Books
Apparently, I'm trying to break my brain.

Carlo Rovelli is an Italian theoretical physicist and writer. His work first entered my orbit thanks to Coralie Bickford-Smith's gorgeous design of his Seven Brief Lessons on Physics. Over the years, more of Rovelli's books found their way into my design feeds thanks to the talented work of Jason Booher.

The Order of Time has popped up from time to time in Libby (where I do most of my audiobook listening). As a hard sci-fi fan of long-standing, this book was tempting. But also daunting. I assumed the amount of math-centric discussion would outpace my art-major brain by leaps and bounds. But a 4-hour audiobook read by Benedict Cumberbatch seemed surmountable. Possibly.

Being totally transparent, I am not smart enough to wrap my head around many of the concepts Rovelli relates throughout the book, and I know a missed a ton via audiobook. But I do know that his beautiful and engaging writing style made the dense nature of Time so much more accessible than I imagined.

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So I tried listening to Seven Brief Lessons on Physics. Again. Missed a ton. Especially for such a minuscule book, but these two books had my brain stretching in some new and delightful ways.

I picked up Helgoland (because more books are always the answer) at my local bookshop to see if I could retain more reading Rovelli analog. It worked. I think? Grabbing physical copies of the other two finds me with a small stack of reading that is slowly trying to break my brain. But in a good way? Like, that first time at the gym - lifting too much due to an overly-optimistic outlook of your abilities. Or at least that's what I'm assuming.

These are a beautiful set of books that encourage you to break out of your comfort zone and think some very big thoughts. I highly recommend them.


Love Hultén

Love Hultén is a Swedish audiovisual artist and craftsman who is creating some of the best functional art today for the A/V geek at heart. His custom video game and synth "sculptures," for lack of a better word, are stunning in a way that is truly unexpected.

His newly released piece, the NES SY37 only raises that bar. This easily drops into a top spot on the "Want" List.
Hultén's inspiration comes not from the future, like much of the industrial design in these particular industries these days, but from the past. To call his work inspirational for someone like me is an understatement worthy of an Olympic medal. I see in his work the level of design that I aspire to.

Every new piece from Love Hultén pushes me closer and closer to pulling that trigger on building my own arcade cabinet. Talk about life goals...


Jacob Banks

There's something about the purity in this performance of Uknown (To You) by Jacob Banks. Maybe it's the stripped-down nature of the instrumentation. Maybe it's the setting. Maybe it's his amazing voice. Whatever it is. I could listen to this song all day.
Born in Nigeria, now a UK resident since the age of 13, Banks has one of those voices that stops you in your tracks. I've been a faithful listener of his work since I was introduced to his song, Chainsmoking. Take a listen. It's worth it.