The conscious mind adheres to a sense of understanding that’s designed by the subconscious and this has precipitated a magnetism in religions showing a universal demand for spirituality.

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Christopher Anderson — Caracas. Venezuela.

I’m not religious, but I do think there’s value in how religion is a vehicle for a lot of people to become spiritual. And the value of mindfulness that arises from spirituality seems to have been valued across most civilisations. From Abrahamic religions to the Indigenous beliefs in Australia and the pagan ideologies in antiquity, there’s palpable evidence that no matter the time, people have always sought more than just physical sensibility in this life.

The brain normalises itself over time, meaning as we age, the mind settles into a self-reinforcing cycle that can only be described as making us run in circles throughout our life.

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People in the Sun — Edward Hopper

This is an observation I keep noting and I’m going to briefly describe it here.

I’ve always believed that for the majority of the Western world, the two most life-defining events for anyone, excluding birth are;

  1. Getting married,
  2. Securing a mortgage.

This is because of how consequential both of these are. Marriage typically brings with it a host of new fundamental new responsibilities that emerge when a couple begin raising a family. A mortgage forcibly changes what most people will spend most of their waking lives doing — working.

What’s strange about this, is that so much of this traditional way of living began taking shape well before any of these events started. For instance, to pursue these events, we have to be orientated towards them, to orientate ourselves, we must know of their existence to begin with. …

The virtualisation of the real world is restitching the physical and spiritual states of living to overcome the body’s temporality.

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Trauma Bay — NYT

Consider the following:

For all the human body has offered us, it remains, and always will be the Achilles heel of our livelihood. As the mind ages, our body degrades and while modern medicine has done much to keep us afloat into our 70s, 80s and beyond, there is an inevitability of death that no one can escape. This obsession with avoiding what must happen is founded on the fragility of the human body. …

A lot of pain points throughout the year but we still love building the App and Orb, and are only going to move forward faster in 2021.

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From the bedroom to our first office.

One year on and Streamplate has grown exponentially. With nearly 20 team members, a completed App and an Orb ready for manufacturing, we’ve gone through a lot to get here. As the year closes, I spent some time reflecting on what we achieved and what we failed to reach.

Almost four years ago to the day since I started discussing the Orb, we’re now preparing to build the first 100 units.

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A message to a friend that studied mechatronic engineering.

The first idea for Streamplate was to build a hardware device that projected the menu onto a table. This was going to be a projector that was centred on a table and was nicknamed “The Snowglobe” because it was to be a dome-like structure with a frosted housing.

In that initial message, I sent a document detailing the idea further and included a few drawings.

Here’s a list of companies and artists I’ve taken notes from over the years.

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Apple, SpaceX, South Park Studios, Pixar, McKinsey & Company, Paul Thomas Anderson, Charlie Kaufman, Arctic Monkeys, Kanye West and Dr. Havey Cushing.

Some of these entries relate to the operation used to build amazing products, like Apple with their CEO-centric format, or the focus on in-house development like SpaceX. Others have been able to develop timeless content that is always relevant and boundless in its originality like South Park Studios and Pixar. Part of building products is attracting and developing top-tier talent which I think McKinsey & Co. does as seen in the impressive positions alumni have taken.

Next to the operational aspect of building products, is the idea of building a company that can continuously release amazing products. I think a lot of people involved with start-ups overlook this and instead only think about one product without having an idea of what their next product will be. Film writer/directors like Paul Thomas Anderson (PTA) and Charlie Kaufman have overseen a set of incredibly bold and original works. …

The odds that we’ll be accepted are low but regardless of the outcome, hopefully by sharing our application, it’ll help others.

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The sprint to build a demo

Streamplate applied for Y-Combinator’s Winter 2021 cohort a few weeks ago. While we’ll be submitting our app onto the App Store by October 14th and this is our primary strategic goal, it goes without saying that being accepted into Y-Combinator would be an amazing opportunity. In fact, when we’re pursuing a last-mover strategy in a crowded market that is the food-ordering space, any type of acceleration like this would be incredible.

Y-Combinator works with start-ups in San Francisco and provides them~$150k AUD seed financing. Some notable past entrants are:

I forgot my keycard this morning so I called campus security to let me into the office. Later that day, the same guard that opened the building came past my desk to say goodbye.

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‘Golden Hour Zine’ — Denis Vejas

Realising I had forgotten my access card, I called the security at the University of Sydney to see if they could open the building for me. As I waited for over 45 minutes for them to appear, I thought of how bad they were at their job — I could see their building and it was a Saturday morning, surely they weren’t busy.

Eventually, a woman in her 60s arrived, overweight with a fluorescent green scrunchie in her grey hair. …

I used to burn out a lot. So much so that in 2019 I was being tested for an insulin tumour. Here’s what I do now.

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“Fields-1” — Kieran Gabriel

Balancing commitments doesn’t come naturally to me, and it’s easy to fall into a tunnel-visioned mentality where I go all in one task. Unfortunately, when each semester of university had 40+ contact hours per week for Computer Engineering and Neuroscience, and the nature of building a company meant it required a limitless amount of time, I had to change how I usually worked.

Streamplate’s growing rapidly now, and our roll call at the moment is Antonio Castiglia, Nathaniel Fleming, Mike Ma, Jason Manon, Annabel Caley, George Kingston, Ian Qu, Kevork Mouradian, Matt Crott, Oliver Pether, Lina Kim and Pradeep Murthy.

We’re also hiring for an Operations Lead, a Business Development Manager, Customer Service Lead and a number of different Software Engineers for product and infrastructure so it’s expected to continue growing in the coming weeks. …

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ADHD is associated with neuroanatomical and neurophysiological changes that can be observed with neuroimaging techniques. There are primary symptoms such as inattention, hyperactivity and impulsivity which are more pronounced during childhood but become abstracted in adulthood. For instance, adults with ADHD will display less hyperactivity but the internal challenge for stillness that comes with inattention remains ever-lasting.

There’s clear evidence outlining the benefits of amphetamines or methylphenidate and this underscores the neurophysiological basis of ADHD; dysregulation of dorsal striatal and ventral striatal dopamine systems and dysregulation of noradrenaline. …


Bryan Jordan

Electrical engineering/Neuroscience at University of Sydney. Aspiring neuro-trauma surgeon with a few software/hardware goals.

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