Reader: December 5, 2010

Laptopistan is a terrible referential term but it’s an interesting read. The article is a bit dramatic and exaggerated but again, an interesting read. Cafe Grumpy in Greenpoint and Atlas Cafe in Williamsburg are the only places I go to to stare at my laptop, earphones in tact, focused and productive. I’ve tried and tried to find other spaces with internet and plugs but they are very few and far between, especially in the city. And there are those Cafe owners who scowl at laptopistanis for taking up all that space and sitting there for hours on end with their coffee mug empty from 4 hours ago. But pity on us freelancers, writers, designers, and everyone else who is office-less and would rather not take the work to the house. I’ve always daydreamed of opening a cafe that is also a rotating events and arts space. If only…

“At home, the slightest change in light is enough of an excuse to get up, walk around, clip my nails or head into the kitchen. Though home offices seem like the perfect work environment, their unrestricted silence, uninterrupted solitude and creature comforts breed distraction. In Laptopistan, I focused with intense precision, sitting motionless for hours at a time. At home, when the Internet goes down, I feel professionally castrated, and usually retire to the sofa until the connection is restored. When the wireless network at Atlas seized up two afternoons in a row, I just switched to off-line tasks without breaking stride. No one else seemed fazed, either. If anything, the place got more crowded. Laptopistan provides structure, and freelancers, like children, secretly crave structure. You come to work, for two or four or eight hours, and you take comfort in the knowledge that everyone else is there to work as well. There’s a silent social pressure to it all.”

– Turning bloggers into authors.

– Lingerie slide show.

– Interview with Vija Celmins.

Hot lady cooks.

– Guide to holiday pop-up shops.

Alcove beds.

– Start up slow food makers and making money. “it can feel like every hipster on the L train has his own salsa startup…the current collision of “a craftless society and a jobless society has made it appealing to go into a business where you can experience deep creative satisfaction…passion is the main ingredient common to every last edible startup in town, a group that’s decidedly more DIY than MBA.”

– 40 homemade gifts.

Getting creative things done: How to fit hard thinking into a busy schedule. “This is what’s important about GCTD, not the general idea of blocking out time, but the carefully-calibrated details that accompany it: the blocks are treated like real appointments and are dedicated to only one (or, at most, two) projects in a week; absolutely zero interruptions are allowed during the blocks; and the focus is on process, not goals.”

– Ernest Hemingway on the merits of getting up early: “When I am working on a book or story I write every morning as soon after first light as possible. There is no one to disturb you and it is cool or cold and you come to your work and warm as you write… You write until you come to a place where you still have your juice and you know what will happen next and you stop and try to live through until the next day when you hit it again. You have started at six in the morning, say, and may go on until noon or be through before that. When you stop you are as empty, and at the same time never empty but filling, as when you have made love to someone you love. Nothing can hurt you, nothing can happen, nothing means anything until the next day when you do it again. It is the wait until the next day that is hard to get through.”

Best New Blogs of 2010.

– Greenpoint Food Market Alum Anton Nocito of P&H Soda Co on Martha Stewart.

50 best albums of 2010.

100 Notable Books of 2010. And art books.

Holiday dresses under $100.

– Best cocktails of 2010.

Eastern District is finally open. stoked.

– Design Sponge’s gift guides. I love this placemat for $8 and these bowls for $4 each

– 8 ways to reduce your impact on the planet.

Farmageddon

Krrb is what happens when craigslist and etsy make a baby.

– I’m slowly becoming more and more concerned about money and fashion, obtaining more of both. Refinery 29 and it’s publisher are my new obsession. She’s beautiful.

 

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