Fridays @ Five (July 22, 2016)

Fridays @ Five: Five Things We Loved this Week

Every Friday, we send out an exclusive list of five unique or interesting things we’ve found (or explored) around the web during the week.

It may include books, gadgets, albums, articles, new hacks/tricks, and — of course — all sorts of weird stuff we dig up around the web. It’s often focused on Intuitive things and personal growth. Please feel free to spread the word with friends who would also enjoy.  

Here’s some great stuff to check out over the coming weekend…




Don’t watch this if you’re nervous about bees.

I love bees. I love Wes Anderson. This video combines both. A tea company named Taylor Teas made a “bee hotel” in the style of the Grand Budapest Hotel (from the Grand Budapest Hotel movie.)  There’s a tiny bee gym, two bedrooms, a lounge, a lobby, and a pool. ASIDE FROM SHOWING YOU SOMETHING CUTE, if you’re interested, a good way to help bees is to plant flowers like mums, geraniums, carnations, or violets. They’re pretty and honeybees love them. They also love baths, so leave out a shallow pool of water for them to play in. Click here to watch the video.





I came across this post the other day on Tumblr. It’s controversial, but I want to hear your thoughts. Depression and anxiety disorders have, more or less, become an epidemic in the last 20 years. Are we over diagnosing, or is it really that common? Honestly, I got kind of defensive when I read this for the first time. I am a person who has dealt with the symptoms of depression for 6+ years. As far as I know, it’s genetic to my family. After rereading it though, I reconsidered my stance: am I voluntarily sad because I am uncomfortable with my own life? Or is it something else? I’m not sure. Let me know what you think about it in the comments. Click to check out the website.





Yesterday my friend sent me a video that delighted me. A Youtube channel called the Game Theorists compared some stats from choices within a game called “Life is Strange” with 1. The subscribers of the channel, and 2. With MBTI stats of Game Theorists users. The results are really fascinating (spoiler: most Game Theorists fans are iNuitives), and their explanation of sensing vs intuition is cute. Click here to watch the video.




PHzen-pencilsZEN PENCILS

Zen Pencils is a webcomic that illustrates famous quotes, stories, or poems. They did an amazing illustration of one of my all-time favorite poems, Invictus by William Ernest Henley. The illustration itself is a tribute to the late Nelson Mandela, though the poem is much older. Click here to read “Invictus” and check out Zen Pencils.





The last “link” I’m including today isn’t *actually* a link. I was perusing Tumblr (as I often do) and I came across this really interesting “thinkpiece” about Millennials. So, in honor of our upcoming generational podcast, I’m including a copy of the text post created by Tumblr user falsedetective.

thinkpiece: The Millenials have cultivated a nihilistic, absurdist brand of satirical humor as a response to a cultural environment where 

1. the traditional social order has collapsed into chaos because of rapid technological advancement, economic downturn, and endless war (much like the dadaists after WWI)


  1. sincere admissions of despair are seen as somewhere between embarrassing and obnoxious and the only acceptable way to express negative emotion is by disguising it in witty, share-able quips 
  2. violence, sex, and profanity have become commonplace in the media and the only remaining frontier of shock value is absolute nonsense like “while you were having premarital sex i was dehydrating tangerines. While You Wasted Your Days At The Gym In Pursuit Of Vanity I Was In Hospital With Scurvy”


Do you think this is true? When I was reading it, it struck me as pretty accurate to my experience of being a younger Millennial. Do you agree or disagree with falsedetective’s observations?



So there you have it. Of course these picks reflect some of my personal biases and interests – but having hung around the Personality Hacker community for a while now – and being personal growth focused – I’m pretty sure you will find at least one thing from the above list to be interesting.


Also – leave a comment or your thoughts below. Love to hear what you think.


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Showing 3 comments
  • Joshquinn Andrews

    I understand! BY the way what do you think of the latest podcast?

  • Joshquinn Andrews

    Hi! I only just learn of this blog post today so I am a bit late, but I want to respond to your question concerning the general thoughts of the people that are labeled as Millennials. I can’t really speak if this relates to how people of this group as I’m not in touch with how people around my age group generally thinks (or at least that’s how I feel about it). So instead I would just share my own views.

    For starters I don’t have a nihilistic view of life, and in fact I am not too fond of the philosophical thought of Nihilism. I prefer living a life that is align with what I believe I was meant to do here on this planet, and I’m currently working to get to that point. My view seems to align with more of existentialism although I don’t know if I would call myself an existentialist. As for the absurd satirical jokes if it’s dark humor this post is referring to then no I’m not usually into those jokes (although I do watch a web show that seems to have those kind of jokes at times).

    Now for the reasons:

    1. I don’t mind the social order being change so as long it leads to a better society. This is especially true for the social order that is being follow in Christianity. I’m happy the institutional side of it going down hill. Also, I would like the war to stop as I think there is no need to continually fight for revenge or to gain materials. As for the economic downturn and technological advancement I have no comment on those.

    2. So basically it means being sassy about one’s feelings? …Yeah…I’m just going to talk to the people I’m close to about my problems. Perhaps for people who are not as close to someone and who isn’t empathetic about others I can understand, but I don’t personally feel like caring what society thinks in this regard.

    3. Concerning the the fact people are swearing more often, I thought of it as society becoming more lax compared to how it was back then when it was more strict. I for one like the fact society is becoming more relax although I would not want to see anyone use profanity in front of children. Otherwise, I don’t usually watch shows/games that have the kind of content the article is describing. Plus I don’t seem to be relating to the shock values that were listed as examples.

    That’s it for now. I’m looking forward to the generations podcast. I know they mention about wanting to talk about this topic in a past podcast.

    • Addison Dunlap

      Hmm… That’s an interesting answer. I included the post because I have noticed that I, and a number of my peers, seem to really identify with the absurd, nihilistic mindset that comes with growing up in this era. But I’m sure not everybody does. Thank you for sharing your thoughts. 🙂

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