Top Three, by Rowan Simpson

Rowan Simpson
A weekly collection of things I notice in 2021. I’m writing it for myself, and will include a lot of half-formed work-in-progress, but please feel free to follow along and share it if it’s useful to you.
Created 03 Jan 2021
  • 26th December, 2021
    25 Dec 2021 • 8 min read • 2 0
    Sunset over Te Waha O Rerekohu at Te Araroa, by me. 🏁 Finish There will come a time when you believe everything is finished. That will be the beginning — Louis L’Amour What am I doing publishing a ne...
  • 19th December, 2021
    18 Dec 2021 • 8 min read • 1 1
    Pōhutukawa Tree, photo by me. In the year 4 BC (Before Covid, aka 2016) we spent a year travelling. It was so good the only real negative was that it may be a high tide mark that we never return to. A...
  • 12th December, 2021
    12 Dec 2021 • 13 min read • 1 0
    Swiss Bobsled team racing at PyongChang Winter Olympics, 2018, photo by me. This is week 50 of this mad project … three to go! Up until now I’ve included this note in the footer each week: Top Three i...
  • 5th December, 2021
    05 Dec 2021 • 9 min read • 1 0
    Moroccan Peacock, by me 🤫 Shush! Here’s to the quiet ones. The co-founders, the assistants, the collaborators. The round pegs in the round holes. The ones who see things as they are. They work behind...
  • 28th November, 2021
    27 Nov 2021 • 10 min read • 5 0
    Photo by blueberry Maki on Unsplash 🔮 Predict When you hear people explaining their vision for the future, always consider if it's thematic or specific. A thematic vision is a top-down way of thinkin...
  • 21st November, 2021
    21 Nov 2021 • 11 min read • 1 0
    Photo by Markus Winkler on Unsplash 🧫 Culture When we forecast growth it's easy to draw straight lines - up and to the right. But that's not how it ever actually goes, in practice. We've talked previ...
  • 14th November, 2021
    14 Nov 2021 • 6 min read
    Two sides of the same dune at sunset in the Sahara The first two things this week might trigger an angry feeling. Please read all three before drafting your letter to the editor… 🧱 Build When we're p...
  • 7th November, 2021
    07 Nov 2021 • 6 min read
    🗳 Choose How do we decide what technology to use and what technology to avoid? Back in the late 1900s Howard Rheingold wrote an essay for Wired Magazine called Look Who's Talking, about an Amish comm...
  • 31st October, 2021
    31 Oct 2021 • 13 min read • 1 0
    Unused Saturn Rockets from the Apollo Program, Cape Canaveral, by me ⚖️ Compensate I feel like the theme of the moment, if we read the news, is the growing list of things in which we have collectively...
  • 24th October, 2021
    24 Oct 2021 • 25 min read • 1 1
    View from the air over Rwanda, by me. 🧢 Recap This whole thing was inspired by a talk given by Sir Paul Callaghan from ten years ago, in which he exposed a bunch of myths about New Zealand: When I re...
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