Assorted links from week5, 2024

👧👦 It feels like I’ve been on a ‘kids spree’ lately. Maybe this is the ‘I want to be a better Dad’ thought kicking in. It started with Henrik’s great recommendation — following my own ‘Our relationship to children’ — Derek Sivers asking: Who is parenting really for?

Because I realized that the parenting things I do for him are also for myself. And that’s an idea worth sharing.

PG detail some of the lies we [adults] tell kids. He starts with ‘Protection’:

If you ask adults why they lie to kids, the most common reason they give is to protect them. And kids do need protecting. The environment you want to create for a newborn child will be quite unlike the streets of a big city.

That theme fits perfectly with Etienne’s take on ‘risky play’. I can’t agree more with him when he writes:

society has moved towards an overabundance of caution around kids

I do have many stories to tell here. I also think there is an asymmetry of caution between the physical and online world.

Children's Games by Pieter Bruegel the Elder (1560)

📱I loved Anu’s take on ‘companionship content’ and totally agree when she writes:

short-form video could just be a glitch in the long arc of consumer media

I also wondered at some point: what if we replace ‘content’ and ‘media’ by ‘objects’ and ‘consumption’ 🤔 I also like the sound of this: “disposable stuff could just be a glitch in the long arc of consumerism”.

👜 'One Thing' wrote 2 pieces that resonated lately. One with great tips to re-enchant our web-life: beyond the search egine. And one closer to our work with Objet: “you are what you carry”.

🧰 Talking about Objet: repair is such an important theme for us. And Emilia gifted us something priceless: The Repair Month Google Doc -- crowdsourced recommendations for the best tailors, cobblers, menders, etc.

While Gilles dove into the Japanese mending practice of ‘kintsugi’ — its poetic power and ‘how broken becomes beautiful’.

🧠 I just love a good reminder on how foolish we all tend to be; and the importance of humility. Peter did a great job with that one.

For those unaware, the midwit meme, as depicted by the IQ bell curve, signifies the horseshoe theory at play with a myriad of opinions. Individuals at both extremes of the bell curve share similar views, albeit with differing rationales. Meanwhile, those in the middle, the "midwits," hold opinions they overestimate, overpraising their intelligence in the process.

📸 There are many pieces of wisdom and awe in this conversation between Clayton and JDP.

We sat down with the man himself to talk about those early days, how social media has shaped the fashion landscape since, printing coffee table books of his own work, reconnecting to his lineage by living in his grandfather’s (who’s now passed) house, a new project he’s working on to help men become more vulnerable, and much more.