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Issue 002

Saturday, April 4, 2020

It's Saturday, 4/4. You're reading the second issue of plus450, an outlet for my thoughts, babble, inspirations, etc.

A few words.
 

This week, I took up running. Yep, I finally cracked. It is unclear at this time how long this delusion of physical fitness will last, or the exact cause for my unusually sensible wellbeing decisions. 

In all seriousness, there's no reason why any of us can't treat this situation like a bit of a reset. I've never been fond of New Year's resolutions—The closest I ever got to one was a flawed and embarrassing daily photo tumblr that I somehow managed to upload 366 (leap year) photos to, only missing a few days. It was a surprisingly anthropological self-study of what I experienced and how I viewed the world in 2016. And let's not forget my vlogging days of 2017...if you know, you know. Things. Have. Changed. 

But today, we're faced with a universal, forced hibernation. We've seen just the beginning of how individuals and companies are reinventing themselves to adapt. How has your life changed? Are you taking advantage of this opportunity to try a new hobby, learn an instrument, or focus on mental health and well-being (that's just as advantageous too)? No matter how you look at it, this is a time for refocus, pivoting, and recentering ourselves.

Some visual stimuli.

Mathographics by Bradley G. Munkowitz
Behance Link
Warsaw Ghetto Museum Branding by Redkroft
Behance Link

A reimagination of time.

I think a lot of us have been rethinking our daily schedules and perception of time, especially if you are fortunate enough to work from home. I took this thought and sketched and ideated and ended up designing a fairly dysfunctional reimagination of the 24-hour clock. Not a circle, but a triangle—a composition that just scratches the surface of this idea of repositioning our perception of time.
I expanded this idea to the yearly "clock"—a calendar representation with my subjective understanding of season length and position. Perhaps everyone has a mental "map" of the year, and this is what mine looks like. When people reference seasons like Winter or a month, I internally reference this type mental visual. Why does it progress counter-clockwise? I can't explain it, this is just built in. Here it is, designed:

A playlist. (updated 4/4)

Updated this week! 15 new tracks...curated on a rainy day...you'll see what I mean.

A digital painting toy, by Zach Lieberman and WeTransfer.

It's weird, it's experimental, it's fun. Give it a try! Here's mine above.

A coffee shop ambiance.


If you're like me, you're missing your oases. Many of us find comfort and motivation in the hum and buzz of our favorite coffee shop. Those bits of conversation you pick up on, the grinding of coffee beans, the clink of glasses and mugs...
In the meantime, try Coffitivity! It's a soundscape engine for cafe's and lounges and perfect for putting on in the background while you work or study or just meditate—you forget it's even there.

A treat for my fellow Dukes.

For those of you who go to or went to James Madison University, this live stream might bring a calming smile to your day. I've left it up on my desktop all day.
That's it! Thank you for scrolling and hopefully appreciating. Shoot me a line at 450@tannerleslie.com if you'd like to share your thoughts or feedback on this issue. Happy April, stay inside, and be well. Cheers!
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