This has to be one of the best (and my most favorite) TED Talks that I’ve seen! Retired colonel Chris Hadfield is most well-known for chronicling his life aboard the space station and sharing pictures of earth through social media, allowing us to connect with space in a way that we might not have ever been able to. He talks here about the idea of fear, and how by overcoming it, we’re able to go places we might have never dreamed of.

| “You can fundamentally change your reaction to things so that it allows you to go places and see things and do things that otherwise would be completely denied to you.”

Check out the TED page here!

When news surfaced of the typhoon that hit the Philippines on November 8, 2013, I don’t think anybody was prepared to take in the enormity of the situation.  As days passed, more and more information came out of just how bad the situation was and how many lives were lost. 

This video was a stark reminder for me of what strength meant in the face of destruction, and just how much we have to be thankful for.

Peter Wegner’s work made me think a lot about perspective.  He took a standard urban landscape, flipped it, and produced a body of photographs that captures color, atmosphere, and a depth that you’d otherwise never notice.  All it took was perspective.

| Between the buildings of a city, another city. It’s invisible, the city no one built. In this city, the buildings are made not of brick or steel, but of sky.

All images © Peter Wegner, courtesy of the artist & Galerie m, Bochum, Germany. (via FeatureShoot, Peter Wegner)

Here at Silo Number Seven, stories are a big deal — be it hour-long epics or 5-minute shorts. I came across this Wes Anderson-esque video and I started thinking about how we live in a digital vacuum compared to the tangible reality that generations before us lived in. While I’m not sure we’re less authentic, I do think there’s something to be said about physical objects and how they can say a lot about a person.

| More deeply it is about how people use objects to connect with times, ideas, and people.

See more of Douglas’s work here.

When I was 17, I read a quote that went something like: ‘If you live each day as if it was your last, someday you’ll most certainly be right.’ It made an impression on me, and since then, for the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: ‘If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?’ And whenever the answer has been ‘no’ for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.

– Inc. did an awesome job in putting together some of the most inspiring quotes by Steve Jobs here.  The guy knew what he was talking about.

My first impression of Gene Wilder came as the eccentric Willy Wonka back in the 1971 classic, Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory. Since then he’s had a couple movies here and there but the impact he’s had on children’s imaginations everywhere with that role can’t be matched.

92Y and BlankonBlank came together to animate this interview that Wilder did in 2007 with Ms. magazine founding editor Letty Cottin Pogrebin.

You can hear the entire interview in all of its glory here:

“I felt on stage or in the movies I could do whatever I wanted to. I was free.”  – Gene Wilder, March 2007

This is incredible. I don’t remember ever walking through New York City and looking at each person individually, especially when the place houses almost 8.5 million.

Microsoft and renowned filmmaker Paul Trillo joined forces to create a smartphone system that allows users to control multiple Nokia Lumia 1020 devices wirelessly and simultaneously. Designed for the Windows 8 mobile platform, the “bullet effect” is a technical first on a mobile device, offering 100% mobility. After connecting 50 Nokia Lumia devices, a separate, designated Surface tablet was used as a remote control, creating the “Lumia Arc of Wonder”. The result reveals the phones’ incredible capabilities for striking, vivid imagery, whilst pushing the boundaries of photography and technology.

Slow down movement, listen carefully, and the city becomes becomes this incredible masterpiece. You can find out about the process behind the video here.