In this edition:
✍🏼 Too many tennis balls are never enough - editorial by Danu
🎙 Still Curious Podcast - five freshly remastered episode guides
🪧 Community Corner - Shout-outs and shareables from fellow grokkists
🍬 Snackables - assorted awesome links
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✍🏼 Too many tennis balls are never enough
When I reach for words to describe how a grokkist moves through life, there’s one image that always springs to mind – a dog chasing too many tennis balls at once.
Too many tennis balls is how a grokkist feels all the time. Nothing sets the tail wagging like an overwhelming deluge of interesting things to chase all at once!
A grokkist may act to others as if too many tennis balls is a huge inconvenience that is somehow holding them back. This is a self-defence mechanism – clearly too many tennis balls is an insane way to live by any sensible standards, so a pre-emptive pretence towards the usual (boring) rules of focus, discipline and productivity must be made.
Some grokkists do self-impose their own rules of focus, discipline and constraint on their interests (for the next 30 days, I'm only going to chase this ball as fast as I can!) but this is something they do for their own amusement – it is playful productivity.
In any case, if they complain about how much they are trying to do, try taking away some of a grokkist’s tennis balls and see what happens.
Get a grokkist among their own kind, however, and watch them explode with excitement and enthusiasm for all the projects they are pursuing simultaneously, and witness the motivation fuelled by desire simply to find out what happens and discover the ways in which everything might eventually somehow connect.
For a grokkist, this is living.
Friends, there is a reason why people love sending each other videos of dogs carrying sticks that are too big and other animals doing funny things. We envy them.
It’s like the saying goes – the reason adults are constantly asking kids what they want to be when they grow up is because they are looking for ideas.
Too many tennis balls is where a grokkist thrives.
But try putting that in a CV. Try chasing all your ideas in a school assignment. Witness the microexpression of anxiety flicker across a grokkist’s face whenever someone asks ‘so what do you do?’
A grokkist finds their own way to navigate these things over time, to the point where eventually they forget that it’s an adaptation that carries an overhead on their soul.
But no matter how serious they may seem, on the inside they are dreaming of chasing too many tennis balls.
It's called Unlock the Grok and I'm aiming to have it ready early in the new year. If you want to join the waitlist or get involved in an early prototype, reply or DM me.
🎙Still Curious Podcast
In the last edition I announced a major quality-of-life update to Still Curious to create a new podcast hub on the Grokkist site and give each remastered episode its own feature page with a full digest summary, audio highlights and an interactive transcript.
You can now enjoy the following episodes which have been freshly remastered and repackaged since the last newsletter edition...
🪧 Community Corner
Shout-outs and shareables from fellow grokkists
A couple of community-based projects in sustainability, circular economy and regenerative systems design that grokkist Emily McGill is helping to organise:
- Master Recycler Vancouver — a non-profit 8 week education program for adults around waste prevention and reduction. There are similar programs across North America.
- Textile Lab for Circularity — Building Your Circular Strategy workshops. Taking the Framework for Strategic Sustainable Development (FSSD) aka The Natural Step and applying it to the textile and apparel / fashion industry.
Assorted awesome links
I'm a big planner, but I also don't like being told what to do. Often this means I refuse to follow my own plans, sometimes as soon as 5 minutes after making them. This guy gets it. "I don’t wanna follow my plans if I’m not feeling them" is a core process that many grokkists always have running. Here is an extended meditation on what that's all about.
Exactly what it says on the tin – 20 mechanical principles combined in a useless lego machine. Captivating from start to finish. 10 points also go to the YouTube commenter who says "I would like to point out this machine is not useless: its use is demonstrating 20 mechanical principles 👍"
A couple of programmers created the CityWalks platform as a pandemic project to help people virtually explore cities from all around the world by foot, with optional ambient sounds. Surprisingly soothing. It also has a 'during covid' mode for those who miss the eerie feeling of wandering empty streets.
A short and sharp piece that asks a simple question: what if we are confused about the difference between inflation and real changes in price? And what if our confusion meant we pursued some unhelpful policies while ruling out others for the wrong reasons?
If you're a Mac user who mainly uses Gmail, do check out Mimestream, which combines the best of both worlds with neither pain nor friction. I've been using it for months and it keeps getting better and better. Technically still in beta and free for however long that lasts.