Worth Readings (20161030)

A collection of articles and films I came across this week that I thought were worth sharing.

  • Matt Jacobson, an early employee at Facebook has traveled the world with a beautifully worn Leica camera. Interesting to me, in particular, is his belief that “as things grow of age, they absorb wisdom and experience.” This reminds me of the Japanese concept of “wabi-sabi,” where the beauty in objects is found in their imperfections, like the scuffs and scratche on his worldly camera – Link
  • At WWDC in 1997, Steve Jobs did an hour long, open mic Q&A. This was at the time when Apple had already bought Next but he hadn’t become CEO yet (he was still only acting as advisor to Gil Amelio). In retrospect, you can hear that he’s using this moment to rally the troops for his imminent return. It’s fascinating to watch him lay out the vision and re-align people’s thinking during a time when Apple was considered a sinking ship. It’s quite different from the marketing-focused keynotes we usually associate with him – Link
  • The Leonardo DiCaprio-produced environmental documentary “Before the Flood” came out in theatres a couple of weeks ago and was released on YouTube today. It’s the spiritual successor to Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth” from 2006 and centers around DiCaprio’s travels around the world in the 2 years leading up to his speech at the Paris Agreement for Climate Change, where he witnesses the effects.
  • Werner Herzog is one of my favorite filmakers and human beings in general. His films cover range of topics that rarely fall within the zeitgeist and expose people, places, and thinking we don’t usually encounter. This interview with the CBC comes ahead of his newest film and covers a lot about his process including how he decides what movies to make, saying it’s less of a decision and more like dealing with a burglar that breaks into your house that you have to deal with. Interesting side-note: his new movie is being released exclusively on Netflix. Herzog says the traditional film industry can’t keep up with the rate of his output (~3 movies per year) – Link