New Coke didn't die

The Coach's Notes #45

I’m ridiculously tired right now. But I can’t take a nap for fear of missing my flight back to the UK. I guess it's a combination of the travel here, the late night last night and the full day of training today and the post adrenaline come-down that has me zapped of the will to stay awake. And this Starbucks Coffee isn't doing a damn thing! I still have another 4 hours to kill before I board my flight!

What else can I do though except soldier on! I'm hoping the caffeine from this coffee and the sugar from this humongous slice of chocolate cake will kick in at some point and help me hold on until I board my flight. I plan to promptly fall asleep once onboard!

That said…

Here are 10 things I thought were worth sharing with you this week:

1. And here I thought talking trees was something out of The Lord of the Rings, it turns out, trees really do communicate with each other.

2. I've always been fascinated with posters, especially those that have something political or mind expanding to say. Just last week I had the urge to get into the guerrilla art poster making gig. Check out what Led by Donkeys are doing with outdoor posters.

3. Who hasn't fantasied about a solitary retreat to a cabin in the woods? I sure have. Thoreau did it with Walden. John Cage did. So did Justin Vernon. And now Poet Ron Padgett has gone and done it and documented in Big Cabin.

4. Have we lost the ability to be bored? Here's why being bored is good for you.

5. During the suffrage movement, conventional wisdom held that civic duty was bad for the ovaries. William T. Sedgwick went as far as to say that no good could come of letting women vote: “It would mean a degeneration and a degradation of human fiber which would turn back the hands of time a thousand years...”

6. The essay to read if you even think about wearing clothes.

7. Sometimes I am tempted to "turn on, tune in, drop out" and go do the hippie thing in the woods on some commune somewhere. But as these two found out, hippie living ain't so easy.

8. Slowly, the significance of spatial thinking is being recognized...

9. Do you think AIs could never replace human imagination? Think again!

10. The “Stranger Things” kid is right—it tasted fine. It died because of a Southern rebellion. I’m talking about New Coke and it didn’t fail, it was murdered.

Alright, I'm still awake. And if you read this far, thanks for your attention. I still have a few hours to kill so I think I'll go walkabout the airport now.

Peace and love,

Clay