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MacLaren P1 vs Porsche 918 vs Ducati 1199

I just keep watching this video over and over.

I think all three machines could have been driven better. And I’d like to see two more runs. But this is my pick for best film/video of the year.

192 mph on a production bike is bonkers.

Fun fact: there are a number of bikes that are close to 200 mph and less than 3 seconds, 0-60. And they’re all less than $20,000. What do you have to say for yourself, Exotic Car?

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Elizabeth Gilbert: Your elusive creative genius

My friend, Dan, sent this to me. Mandatory viewing for anyone who aspires to creative work.

Some quotes:

“That distance, that psychological construct, that protects you from the results of your work.” (From too much narcissism, from feelings of failure, from fear, from emotional problems, from unmanageable expectations about performance, from pressure, etc)

“The maddening capriciousness of the creative process.”

“Even I, in my mulishness, have brushed up against that thing sometimes.”

She used these examples:

  • Ancient Greek culture
  • Ancient Roman culture
  • Ruth Stone (poet)
  • Tom Waits (musician)

“I know you know what I’m talking about. A transcendent performance. Lit from within, lit from below, lit up on fire with divinity. There it is: a glimpse of god.”

“It’s one of the most painful reconciliations to make in a creative life.”

“Olé to you, nonetheless.”