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  • Here's an exercise for thinking creatively

    Creative Something
    19 Sep 2014 | 9:24 am
    How do you get better at thinking creatively? The answer is how you get better at anything: practice. But what does creative practice look like? If creativity is your ability to come up with unique and valuable ideas, practicing creativity is doing that without the context of what makes them unique or valuable. Anything goes. It can be doodling for 10 minutes or free writing for 5, it can be sitting in a crowded area and making up stories for the people you see, or closing your eyes for 15 minutes to imagine yourself in another country. To become better at thinking creatively, you simply need…
  • Why everyone isn't creative all the time

    Creative Something
    22 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    Why isn’t everyone creative, all the time, if it’s an ability we’re all born with? Creativity means going against the grain of how we expect the world to be. It means we have to push against what we believe, how we act, and what we think. Because the nature of creativity is to go against everything we’ve been led to believe, it can make us uncomfortable. Creativity is scary for the same reason, it’s also easy to look at it as bizarre or weird. To be creative, we have to question how we think, often at the risk of being wrong (one way or the other). Who wants to…
  • Being Happy As An Artist

    The Creative Mind
    Douglas Eby
    5 Sep 2014 | 12:25 pm
    “I’ve suffered enough. When does my artwork improve?” Refrigerator magnet The tortured artist mythology is an ancient and enduring one: The idea that art depends on suffering, and artists need to be suffering with dark emotions, and need their pain to create. But that is a wrong and destructive idea. For example, in his appearance as a guest on The Ellen Show, Colin Farrell said he is more creative being sober and happy. “I ascribed to the notion that to express yourself as an artist, you have to live in perpetual pain. And that’s nonsense.” Musician Sting also said he bought into…
  • Chaos and Creative Expression

    The Creative Mind
    Douglas Eby
    21 Sep 2014 | 5:50 pm
    “The very impulse to write, I think, springs from an inner chaos crying for order, for meaning, and that meaning must be discovered in the process of writing or the work lies dead as it is finished.” Arthur Miller Creative people and writers about the creative process often say creative work is a way to release or make use of inner chaos; what is this turmoil? Psychologist Stephen Diamond declares in his book that our impulse to be creative “can be understood to some degree as the subjective struggle to give form, structure and constructive expression to inner and outer…
  • Writing Wild: Wild Instincts

    Creativity-Portal.com Live Inspiration Feed
    13 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    How does acknowledging our wild instincts directly help our writing? Read more...
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  • A Life Worth Living: Albert Camus on Our Search for Meaning and Why Happiness Is Our Moral Obligation

    Maria Popova
    22 Sep 2014 | 1:50 am
    Why “the demand for happiness and the patient quest for it” isn’t a luxury or a mere need but our existential duty. “To decide whether life is worth living is to answer the fundamental question of philosophy,” Albert Camus wrote in his 119-page philosophical essay The Myth of Sisyphus in 1942. “Everything else … is child’s play; we must first of all answer the question.” One of the most famous opening lines of the twentieth century captures one of humanity’s most enduring philosophical challenged — the impulse at the heart of…
  • Joni Mitchell on Freedom, the Source of Creativity, and the Dark Side of Success

    Maria Popova
    22 Sep 2014 | 1:30 am
    “How does a person create a song? A lot of it is being open… to encounter and to… be in touch with the miraculous.” At the age of eight, Joni Mitchell (b. November 7, 1943) contracted polio during the last major North American epidemic of the disease before the invention of the polio vaccine. Bedridden for weeks, with a prognosis of never being able to walk again, she found hope in singing during that harrowing time at the hospital a hundred miles from her home. And yet she did walk again — an extraordinary walk of life that overcame polio, and overcame poverty,…
  • Susan Sontag on the Perils of Publicity in Creative Work

    Maria Popova
    22 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    “Publicity in general is a very destructive thing, for any artist.” When Harper’s Bazaar editor Leo Lerman approached Anaïs Nin about profiling her in the magazine, she declined in an exquisite letter, lamenting the way in which such forms of publicity flatten a dimensional and ever-evolving human being into a static, salable story. But publicity — particularly interviews, profiles, and public appearances — has another, perhaps even more perilous demand: It distracts the artist or writer from the very work that sprouted the demand for such interviews, profiles,…
  • David Foster on Commercial Entertainment, the Redemptive Power of Reading, and the Future of Writing in the Age of Information

    Maria Popova
    19 Sep 2014 | 12:30 am
    The fun of reading as “an exchange between consciousnesses, a way for human beings to talk to each other about stuff we can’t normally talk about.” Despite his heartbreaking end, or perhaps in part because of it, David Foster Wallace endures as one of the most revered and celebrated modern sages, from his wisdom on writing and self-improvement to his superb definition of true leadership to his chilling-in-hindsight insights on death and redemption to his unforgettable commencement address on the meaning of life. In May of 1996, Wallace appeared on The Charlie Rose Show to…
  • John Dewey on the True Purpose of Education and How to Harness the Power of Our Natural Curiosity

    Maria Popova
    19 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    “While it is not the business of education … to teach every possible item of information, it is its business to cultivate deep-seated and effective habits of discriminating tested beliefs from mere assertions, guesses, and opinions.” “Do not feel absolutely certain of anything,” philosopher Bertrand Russell instructed in the first of his ten timeless commandments of teaching and learning in 1951. And yet formal education, today as much as then, is for the most part a toxic byproduct of industrialism based on the blind acquisition of certainty and the demolition…
 
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  • Manage Your Energy: Are You Engaged or Unengaged?

    Hamza Khan
    22 Sep 2014 | 11:30 am
    Pulse by im icons from The Noun Project As we free up more time and increase our per-hour output, we can easily exhaust our physical, mental and emotional energy by working longer and harder. To help manage our energy, blogger Penelope Trunk suggests re-imagining our time by splicing it into engaged time vs. unengaged time: People actually don’t mind working long hours when they are engaged. Burnout is not a result of how much work you’re doing but what type of work you’re doing. So instead of organizing time into work time and personal time, you could organize it into time when you…
  • The Narrative Fallacy: Why You Shouldn’t Copy Steve Jobs

    behanceteam
    22 Sep 2014 | 7:36 am
    There are dozens of blog posts about Ben Franklin’s strict daily routine (and they all almost always include this picture), advocating that we should follow suit. Writers love to point out how Maya Angelou made sure she wrote in a hotel room every day to help give her a safe space to work. A young Steve Jobs lived an extremely sparse possession-free lifestyle, and thousands of techies have attempted to emulate this no-nonsense, minimalistic living style. This kind of hero worship can be a good thing, it can be a guiding light. But this has also given rise to the dramatic oversimplification…
  • How to Be a Happier Entrepreneur

    behanceteam
    22 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    Castle designed by James Christopher for the Noun Project Being an entrepreneur can mean a demanding, unpredictable schedule; spreading oneself way too thin; and trying to pull off tremendous, seemingly impossible feats. This sometimes leads to burnout, and even if we don’t want to admit it, unhappiness. Matthew Toren penned a piece for Entrepreneur about habits of healthy, happy, and wise entrepreneurs. One of the best practices that leads to happiness? Setting and enforcing boundaries. Sounds obvious, but definitely easier said than done when you’re trying to please everyone from…
  • 99U Conference 2015: Ticketing Is Now Open!

    behanceteam
    22 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    Registration is now open for the 99U Conference 2015! The official dates are April 30 – May 1, 2015 at Lincoln Center in New York City. You can apply for tickets here As part of our constant push to innovate and improve the event, we’re implementing a new approach to registration this year. Here’s why we’re doing it, and how it will work… We’ve been putting together an incredible annual event that’s all about executing on great ideas for six years running at 99U. And we’ve learned a lot in the process. Learning #1 is: No matter how bootstrappy you get with it, producing a…
  • Find New Clients the Creative Way

    behanceteam
    19 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Binoculars designed by Luis Prado for the Noun Project For many creatives, finding new clients can be challenging, and well, a real drag when all we want to do is work on our next masterpiece. Alex Mathers of Red Lemon Club developed a list of 50 ways for creative people to land clients. A creator himself, the list is both practical and creative-centric. Here are a few of his suggestions: 10. Shoot a behind the scenes film of your workspace and share it online. 15. Give a free talk on something that would truly benefit your target prospects and encourage people to connect with you at the end.
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    Creative Something

  • Why everyone isn't creative all the time

    22 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    Why isn’t everyone creative, all the time, if it’s an ability we’re all born with? Creativity means going against the grain of how we expect the world to be. It means we have to push against what we believe, how we act, and what we think. Because the nature of creativity is to go against everything we’ve been led to believe, it can make us uncomfortable. Creativity is scary for the same reason, it’s also easy to look at it as bizarre or weird. To be creative, we have to question how we think, often at the risk of being wrong (one way or the other). Who wants to…
  • Here's an exercise for thinking creatively

    19 Sep 2014 | 9:24 am
    How do you get better at thinking creatively? The answer is how you get better at anything: practice. But what does creative practice look like? If creativity is your ability to come up with unique and valuable ideas, practicing creativity is doing that without the context of what makes them unique or valuable. Anything goes. It can be doodling for 10 minutes or free writing for 5, it can be sitting in a crowded area and making up stories for the people you see, or closing your eyes for 15 minutes to imagine yourself in another country. To become better at thinking creatively, you simply need…
  • "You have to be burning with ‘an idea, or a problem, or a wrong that you want to right.’..."

    18 Sep 2014 | 5:34 pm
    “You have to be burning with ‘an idea, or a problem, or a wrong that you want to right.’ If you’re not passionate enough from the start, you’ll never stick it out.” - Steve Jobs
  • Worthwhile ideas are 1 in 10,000

    18 Sep 2014 | 1:05 pm
    All it takes to turn the amateur into a professional is one piece of work. Just one days worth of work. One project. But what we don’t commonly see is the hundreds and thousands of other ideas that came before that one. How many attempts did it take Edison and his team of innovators to turn the lightbulb into something more functional? The rough estimate ૻ based on conjecture – is 10,000. 10,000 attempts before they finally got something that worked! How many paintings and sketches do you think van Gogh made (and destroyed) before anyone noticed him? Or how many tons of clay did…
  • "If at first the idea is not absurd, there is no hope for it."

    16 Sep 2014 | 1:37 pm
    “If at first the idea is not absurd, there is no hope for it.” - Albert Einstein
 
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  • Avoiding Innovation Failures

    Gary Klein, Ph.D.
    22 Sep 2014 | 8:04 pm
    Tempted by how-to books to adopt a business innovation? The underlying idea may be a good one. But misapplying a new idea or introducing it in the wrong place can absorb time and resources that could have been better spent. How could you discern which ideas might help you and which won’t? Ask this question: “For this to work here, what must be true?read more
  • Life Lessons From Our Two Competing Definitions of "Cool"

    Jeremy E. Sherman, Ph.D.
    22 Sep 2014 | 7:50 pm
    In pop culture and pop psychology, being cool means either being a winner or being OK with losing. To make sense of this ambiguity, and peace with the challenge of staying cool, we explore coolness's evolutionary roots. read more
  • Do Men Nag More Than Mothers?

    Judy Carter
    22 Sep 2014 | 10:50 am
    On the anniversary of my mother’s death, I was crossing the street, deep in thought when a guy lowered his car window and shouted at me, “Smile! You look prettier when you smile!” -- I was a victim of DRIVE BY NAGGING. Why is it that men, okay, may be not all of them – just the ones that notice me – feel entitled to say stuff like that?read more
  • Innovation: Hedge First, Optimize Later

    Jeff DeGraff, Ph.D.
    22 Sep 2014 | 9:03 am
    Only the perfect walk in straight lines from hither to yon and only the trenchant believe in perfect people. The path to the future is ever winding and walked by those brave irregulars who constantly shift their weight and correct their course.read more
  • Intelligence Is Critical to the Future of Humankind

    Jonathan Wai, Ph.D.
    22 Sep 2014 | 7:31 am
    How will our understanding of human intelligence be fundamental to the future of humankind? I discuss this and more with the founder and editor of Intelligence, a journal that explores the current state of knowledge surrounding how smart we are and how smart we can be.read more
 
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    Creative Every Day

  • CED Check In: September 22 – 28

    Leah
    21 Sep 2014 | 9:01 pm
    This weekly check-in post is a place for Creative Every Day Challenge participants to share their creative activities.  Join in the Challenge: You can sign-up for the 2014 Challenge here! Ways to share: Once you've signed up, you can leave a comment on this post and/or use the "Mr. Linky" widåget below to link to a blog post(s) or flickr image of your creative activities during the days of 9/22/14 - 9/28/14.  The widget below is an optional method of sharing your creativity that makes it easier for others to check out what you're…
  • CED Check-In: September 15 – 21

    Leah
    14 Sep 2014 | 6:41 pm
    This weekly check-in post is a place for Creative Every Day Challenge participants to share their creative activities.  Join in the Challenge: You can sign-up for the 2014 Challenge here! Ways to share: Once you've signed up, you can leave a comment on this post and/or use the "Mr. Linky" widåget below to link to a blog post(s) or flickr image of your creative activities during the days of 9/15/4 - 9/21/14.  The widget below is an optional method of sharing your creativity that makes it easier for others to check out what you're…
  • CED Check-In: September 8 – 14

    Leah
    7 Sep 2014 | 10:01 pm
    This weekly check-in post is a place for Creative Every Day Challenge participants to share their creative activities.  Join in the Challenge: You can sign-up for the 2014 Challenge here! Ways to share: Once you've signed up, you can leave a comment on this post and/or use the "Mr. Linky" widåget below to link to a blog post(s) or flickr image of your creative activities during the days of 9/8/4 - 9/14/14.  The widget below is an optional method of sharing your creativity that makes it easier for others to check out what you're…
  • CED Check-In: September 1 – 7

    Leah
    1 Sep 2014 | 2:24 pm
    This weekly check-in post is a place for Creative Every Day Challenge participants to share their creative activities.  Join in the Challenge: You can sign-up for the 2014 Challenge here! Ways to share: Once you've signed up, you can leave a comment on this post and/or use the "Mr. Linky" widåget below to link to a blog post(s) or flickr image of your creative activities during the days of 9/114 - 9/7/14.  The widget below is an optional method of sharing your creativity that makes it easier for others to check out what you're up…
  • Creative Every Day Theme for September: School

    Leah
    1 Sep 2014 | 2:20 pm
        At the end of each month I will announce the totally optional theme for the following month. For the month of September 2014, the theme will be School. It's back to school season after all and my daughter has just had her first day of preschool. But there are lots of ways to play with this theme. As always, this month's theme for the Creative Every Day Challenge is totally optional. Use it if it inspires you, continue being creative every day in your own way if it doesn't, or do something in between. You can sign up for the 2014 Creative Every Day Challenge…
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    The Art of Non-Conformity

  • “Your Time to Build for the Future Before the World Descends On You”

    Chris Guillebeau
    22 Sep 2014 | 9:39 am
    I’m not very good at all the things you’re supposed to do to be more productive. I check email first thing in the morning and then continually throughout the day. I jump from task to task and I read the news five times a day. But I do try to be outcome-focused, and I appreciated this perspective from Tyler Cowen, a professor of economics who’s been blogging daily for a decade while also writing books, teaching students, traveling the world, and eating good food: “There is always time to do more. Most people, even the productive, have a day that is at least forty…
  • Lessons from the Journey: Everyone has a calling. Follow your (own) passion

    Chris Guillebeau
    22 Sep 2014 | 5:26 am
    From my own 193-country journey to the stories of many other people who were kindly willing to share, The Happiness of Pursuit attempts to extract and convey the lessons of modern-day quests. This series explores some of these lessons. Lesson: Everyone has a calling. Follow your (own) passion. Pay attention to the things that excite you and the things that bother you. In the book I wrote about Jiro Ono, a world-famous sushi chef from Tokyo. In one of my favorite clips from a documentary on his restaurant, he talks about how excited he becomes over a particularly nice tuna. “When we have a…
  • The Happiness of Pursuit Is a NYT Bestseller! (Because of you!)

    Chris Guillebeau
    21 Sep 2014 | 4:38 pm
    Yep yep, it’s true… because of our great readers, The Happiness of Pursuit debuted at #3 on the New York Times bestseller list this weekend. I’m so excited! Debuting on the list is harder than ever these days because paperback, hardcover, and ebooks are all combined into “one list to rule them all.” The same non-fiction list includes books about dieting, money, pregnancy, lifestyle, and a wealth of other topics. In other words, it’s a tough crowd to compete against. But we did it, and I’m grateful. Thank you, everyone!   If you haven’t…
  • 6 Discoveries from Near and Far: Volume XI

    Chris Guillebeau
    21 Sep 2014 | 12:00 pm
    I. Around the World Things I found on long walks in foreign cities, or perhaps when someone posted them on Twitter. Time Spent Creating Vs Consuming — “When you’re sitting at your desk and you find yourself thinking ‘this isn’t fun,’ that’s when you really start working” How Conductors Keep Getting Better at 90 — 70, 80, and 90-year-old symphony conductors talk about keeping a passion for their profession Architects Propose Converting World Cup Stadium Into Affordable Housing– An unconventional architecture project Dating While…
  • Mini City Guide: Toubacouta, Fatick Region, Senegal, West Africa

    Chris Guillebeau
    20 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    I love big cities, and always enjoy returning to Hong Kong, New York, and Sydney—among many others. But what about those unknown gems that are off the beaten tourist path… those obscure places just waiting to be explored by real travelers? Our “Mini City Guides” are here to uncover those gems, and we’re looking to our favorite explorers—AONC readers—to give us the inside scoop. Tell us if there’s a city you’d like to nominate. This city was nominated by reader Megan Wannarka. – Which accessibly obscure city would you like to share? Toubacouta.
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  • Scotland and The Startup Question.

    Hugh MacLeod
    18 Sep 2014 | 10:01 am
    So the Scots are voting today whether or not they want to be an Independent nation. As somebody who grew up in Edinburgh, Scotland, I’m stunned. Only a few years ago, it seemed so unlikely. How thing change! My own two cents: For all the issues mentioned in the press- North Sea Oil, Taxation, The NHS, EU membership, government ideology, will they be allowed to keep the British Pound etc etc- it surprises me that there’s been so little talk about something I think equally important: How will Scottish Independence affect Scottish startup culture? No one is talking about it, certainly not…
  • “Surrounding people with ideas via Art, is how you get people to live them”

    Hugh MacLeod
    17 Sep 2014 | 4:42 pm
    [Like this cartoon? Buy the print here or sign up to the gapingvoid Daily Cartoon etc.] I drew this cartoon during an internal gapingvoid meeting a few years ago. Creating “Visceral encounters with important ideas” inside organizations, is pretty much the gapingvoid business model. And yes, it’s designed to be emotional, designed to hit hard in the right brain. Like Maya Angelou famously said, “People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel”. Ideas aren’t only able to change a business, they are the glue that…
  • “Creating art for people who are also fighting like hell”

    Hugh MacLeod
    16 Sep 2014 | 7:50 am
    [Like this cartoon? Buy the print here, or sign up to the gapingvoid Daily Cartoon here When gapingvoid was still in its infancy, I drew the gun cartoon above. Before gapingvoid, I had pretty much spent the first half of my career being an ad-industry grunt, and not a very good one a that. Though I received an incredible education from the experience, I was glad to leave that world behind, when the time came. I spent the next decade after that, fighting like hell to find a better alternative. I had a lot of ups and down, but once Jason and I started working together on gapingvoid, Boom! It…
  • Creativity at Scale: “What is scarce and valuable are creative cultures *within* organizations.”

    Hugh MacLeod
    15 Sep 2014 | 8:48 am
    [Like this cartoon? Sign up to the gapingvoid Daily Cartoon here.] “Creativity at scale” is a nice idea. It’s the lifeblood of large organizations. The companies who can execute more good ideas, more often, win over time etc. The trouble begins when you think it can be replicated without great added costs or great effort to yourselves, that all you have to do is hire a few consultants, hire a few intern designers, pull a few levers and Voila! Instant masterpieces 24/7. If only… From the gapingvoid perspective, the problem with producing “Creativity at scale” isn’t a lack of…
  • gapingvoid business cards

    Hugh MacLeod
    13 Sep 2014 | 8:26 am
    [Order your own gapingvoid business cards here.] [Thanks to my old friend, Dennis Howlett for the following plug he left me on Facebook. Republished here with permission:] I’ve restarted that age old practice of handing out business cards after more than 20 years of refusing to do so. It is so ‘not’ correct in a post modern Internet-y digital world. Right? Wrong. Mine are not corporate compliant or even remotely brand compliant. They are far far from that corporate stricture. They’re “Hugh Cards” – as in Gapingvoid Gallery that are drawn from the…
 
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  • 6 Steps To Finding Your Writing Voice This Week

    Naomi Dunford
    21 Sep 2014 | 6:00 pm
    By request, for the lovely Laura, who will be reading this in impossibly beautiful Dubrovnik, Croatia. In a world where content marketing is often (wrongly) considered the only way to do anything anymore, and when we’re constantly being told that if we don’t blog we’ll die, and everybody and their dog wants to get into indie publishing, one of the issues on a lot of people’s minds is writing voice. Are you struggling to find yours? I have always maintained that if you can competently speak – and by “speak” here, I mean “open your mouth and have…
  • It’s Freebie Friday! How to Get Great Testimonials

    Naomi Dunford
    19 Sep 2014 | 3:35 pm
    To celebrate my love of alliteration, this Friday is “Freebie Friday.” What is the freebie, you ask? One of the modules from our launch class (BIG LAUNCH), which we’ll be re-opening in late December. Since December is a long way away, and I want my alliteration now, let the freebies begin! We’ll send out more over the next few months so that you can learn something new (pretty much) each week about increasing sales and conversion, and get a feel for if you’d like to join the BIG LAUNCH class this year. To give you some context, the freebies will be a selection of…
  • What Should You Wear To Work?

    Naomi Dunford
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Last year, we implemented a dress code at the office. (OK, I implemented a dress code at the office. Plural is probably not appropriate here.) I implemented a dress code and it had some cool effects and every now and again I think about writing an article about it. Then I read this article about what entrepreneurs should wear to work – and of course, as we all know, you’re only an entrepreneur when you are under 30 and attempting to sell software in California – and I thought, you know? Perhaps now is the time. Because dressing up has provided values I couldn’t have expected…
  • Let’s All Pretend The Internet Doesn’t Exist

    Naomi Dunford
    16 Sep 2014 | 8:17 pm
    Woody Allen famously said, “Eighty percent of success is showing up.” That’s probably true. But when it comes to your ittybiz, the other twenty percent probably includes things like… doing what you do, competently, and also asking people for money in exchange for your goods or services. This last twenty percent is what seems to get a lot of people. They get caught up spending almost all of their time in the “showing up everywhere” arena. They set up their metaphorical shop, they hang out with people and make small talk, and they wait for the money to roll in.
  • 6 Remedial Rules For A Respectable Looking Blog

    Naomi Dunford
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:12 pm
    So, recently we posted the 6 unbreakable rules for contact pages. There was the threat of death, and also a kitten. Some time before that, we posted an idea of what to do if you don’t want to blog. This piece was borne of me being sick, and sad that the state of blogging is not what it once was. Well, I’m sick again. This time it was my fault. I broke a cardinal rule, which is: When the question is, “That should be okay to eat still, right?” the answer is NO. I ate something knowing full well I was taking my life into my hands, with predictable results. That leads me,…
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  • US Bombs Syria — Can We Say That?

    Richard Fernandez
    22 Sep 2014 | 7:05 pm
    Is it “kinetic military action”? Is it an “extended counterterrorism operation”? Is it war? Nah.  Never war. The United States launched its first wave of bombing attacks over Syria early Tuesday against an expected 20 to 25 Islamic State targets, U.S. officials said. The operation, expected to last several hours, involved planes launched from U.S.destroyers in the Persian Gulf and Red Sea. Planes from five Arab countries also participated in the strikes. The first explosions from Tomahawk missiles were heard in northern Syria. Targets were expected to include command…
  • The Attractions of Paradise

    Richard Fernandez
    22 Sep 2014 | 5:40 pm
    Back in the 1930s intellectuals sometimes advised each other: don’t give to beggars, you’ll delay the revolution.  Socialism has been described as a method of loving humanity so that you can be indifferent to your actual neighbor.  The idea has been around a long time. The 1960s musical Hair caught the notion in these lyrics: How can people have no feelings? How can they ignore their friends? Easy to be proud, easy to say no And especially people who care about strangers Who care about evil and social injustice Do you only care about the bleeding crowd? How about a needing…
  • Ersatz

    Richard Fernandez
    22 Sep 2014 | 3:06 pm
    Recent events in Yemen have underscored the problem of the failure of the substitute.  For those who’ve not been following events in Yemen, Shi’ite rebels, who some say are backed by Iran, have been attacking government buildings in the capital and shutdown the international airport. “This is a coup attempt,” President Abbed Rabbo Mansour Hadi said. The fighting on Sept. 19 marked an escalation of the Shi’ite revolt in Yemen. After several days of massive protests, the Shi’ites, also known as Ansar Allah and led by Abdul Malik Al Houthi, have turned to open attacks on the…
  • The Inexplicable Emotion

    Richard Fernandez
    20 Sep 2014 | 11:47 pm
    Glenn Greenwald tries to solve a mystery. Why does the Muslim world hate Obama? Greenwald gleefully rips into Andrew Sullivan’s prediction that Obama’s election would make America a hit in the Islamic world. Obama’s most devoted supporters have long hailed his supposedly unique ability to improve America’s standing in that part of the world. In his first of what would be many paeans to Obama, Andrew Sullivan wrote back in 2007 that among Obama’s countless assets, “first and foremost [is] his face”, which would provide “the most effective…
  • Shape Shifter

    Richard Fernandez
    19 Sep 2014 | 3:44 pm
    J. Christian Adams discussion of the Obama political machine’s CATALIST database provides a peek into “Big Data” as applied to politics. Mr. Adams gives an example of how CATALIST, which collects, collates and analyzes data on a vast scale can be used as a political marketing tool.  He tells the story of voters who should have been “safe” Republican voters being lured away by this new tool. During the 2012 election, a producer for a conservative news network received a knock at his door in a key swing state. Two neighbors were standing on his stoop campaigning…
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  • How do you find the next big thing?

    Linda Naiman
    28 Aug 2014 | 10:04 pm
    How do you find the next big thing? Every entrepreneur with startup dreams, seems to ask, “How do you find the next big thing?” but is it the right question? Biz Stone, co-founder [...] Creativity at Work [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Great Entrepreneurs Are Creative Thinkers

    Linda Naiman
    22 Aug 2014 | 12:35 pm
    Great Entrepreneurs Are Creative Thinkers Gallup has created a really useful profile on the creative thinker in business. Use the tips below as a coaching tool to help you and your team develop [...] Creativity at Work [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Creativity and Education: Why it Matters

    Linda Naiman
    24 Jun 2014 | 12:11 pm
    Creativity and Education: Why it Matters In case you need convincing… Creative thinking deserves a much higher priority in education curricula, according to college-educated professionals surveyed in new research by Adobe. [...] Creativity at Work [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Decision-making in the yellow-light zone

    Linda Naiman
    13 Jun 2014 | 11:14 am
    Decision-making in the yellow-light zone Decision-making is easy at a red or green light, but what about the yellow light? An aha moment coaching a client. One of my roles [...] Creativity at Work [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Are you too Busy to Innovate?

    Linda Naiman
    10 Jun 2014 | 3:23 pm
    Are you too Busy to Innovate? When I ask corporate clients what their biggest barrier to innovation is, they mostly say they are too busy to innovate —must be why this widely-circulated cartoon struck [...] Creativity at Work [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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    Moving at the Speed of Creativity

  • Don’t Equate Competency With Identity

    Wesley Fryer
    22 Sep 2014 | 9:38 pm
    The tendency to stereotype, define, and “put someone in a box” may be universal in our U.S. culture. Lots of people seem to have an innate desire to label others. Adults may sometimes think this is a youth behavior, or just something kids do at school, but I think many (if not most) adults follow the same behavior patterns. What we see people DO, we tend to associate with their identity. Of course the things WE do in our lives, we also tend to take on as identification markers. This is one reason an unexpected job change as an adult (young or old) can be such a jarring…
  • 2nd PLAYDATE PD Event in Oklahoma: Saturday October 4th!

    Wesley Fryer
    21 Sep 2014 | 9:33 pm
    Please plan to join in our 2nd FREE “PLAYDATE” professional development event in Oklahoma on Saturday, October 4th from 9 am to 2 pm at John Marshall High School in Oklahoma City. PLAYDATE is similar to EdCamp, but the focus is PLAYING with apps and websites you want to explore along with other educators. Free registration is available on EventBrite, and more details about PLAYDATE are available on playdate.edcampokc.org. A 1 page printable PDF flyer is available and linked to the image below: Please share this with other teachers, librarians, administrators, and educators you…
  • Teaching iPad Videography From 3800 Miles Away

    Wesley Fryer
    20 Sep 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Friday I had an opportunity to share a videoconference about iPad Videography from my home in Oklahoma City with a group of about 15 homeschoolers in Nenana, Alaska, which is almost 4000 miles away.    by  Wesley Fryer  It blows my mind that it’s possible to teach and share like this. I posted the recorded audio from the session to my “Fuel for Educational Change Agents” secondary podcast channel. In the session I introduced participants to the use of the free “YouTube Capture” app for trimming videos, making video collages by combining clips, adding…
  • Minecraft and MinecraftEDU in the Classroom

    Wesley Fryer
    17 Sep 2014 | 7:24 pm
    I submitted a new professional development program to the CILC this evening for “Minecraft and MinecraftEDU in the Classroom.” The CILC’s website (The Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration)  is the primary videoconference-based professional development resource I use to advertise after-school videoconferences I teach for other teachers on a variety of technology integration topics. Since I went back into the classroom last November as a fulltime elementary STEM teacher, my availability to travel to conferences for professional development has been significantly…
  • Starting Off Makers Club with Water Bottle Rocket Launches

    Wesley Fryer
    16 Sep 2014 | 7:24 pm
    Today was the first day of our after-school “Maker’s Club.” Over the weekend I had to make selections from 55 applications, and it was REALLY hard. I decided to have 2 different six week sessions this semester, and originally planned to accept 15 students per session. Last year I accepted 30 students, and that was too many at one time. For a couple reasons, I took 16 students per session, so 32 students were pretty excited yesterday to receive acceptance letters and 23 students were not. I’m going to give priority to the 23 students who applied and were not accepted in…
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    Lindsey Lewis

  • throw-back thursday: me, 14 years old, photographed in nothing but a cardigan and nylons

    lindsey
    18 Sep 2014 | 7:05 am
    That Time I Was a Model–for a Moment The last time our crew of newly recruited models had gathered in the warmth of the brick-walled room tucked away in a converted warehouse we’d been following our agent Giles up and down a hallway, prancing and swaying our hips to Right Said Fred’s song ‘I’m too sexy’: “I’m a model, you know what I mean, and I do my little turn on the catwalk.” We lunged and stomped, lunged and stomped, single file and hoping we looked confident as the song played over, and over, and over. Nine to fivers wrapping up their workday in the surrounding…
  • #invitationals: rest

    lindsey
    8 Sep 2014 | 10:04 am
    You’re invited. To an uplifted life! Join us for the weekly #invitationals–every Monday. Sign up here. An intention, a reminder, an inspiration for the week ahead. Beginnings are sacred. Seeds carry the source of everything that comes next. How are you starting your week? xoL Related posts: you’re invited. to an uplifted life! pause here. rest a moment I’m in the ring of fire
  • chosen by a stallion. how to activate the power of presence

    lindsey
    2 Sep 2014 | 7:05 am
    I could never possibly go for him. He’s too gorgeous, too tall, too dark and handsome. That’s what I was thinking. Even though the facilitator told us to choose the horse that we felt first drawn to, the one we noticed when we first arrived. Good gawd he was a gorgeous horse. A great big beauty of a beast, taller than all the rest and standing there like a stallion. I was in awe. And intimidated. Standing on their Ground We’d all arrived at Epona Rise Retreat Centre to experience what it was like to hang out with a herd in an environment as close to their natural one as it…
  • body.life.balance 30-day challenge Sep 1-30. join up with 645 past participants!

    lindsey
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:06 am
    Body.Life.Balance You’re invited! Body.Life.Balance is about a return to our true nature, giving ourselves permission to do what’s right for us, and learning some key proven AyurVedic health teachings that will help us bring our body and our life into balance. Bringing your body and your life into balance. So you can thrive. Do you want to feel better every day? Is low energy and overwhelm making you feel exhausted and frustrated? Are you tired of trying the latest thing, only to have it not work for you? Body.Life.Balance Madhuri and I have been there. Madhuri healed herself of a 7-year…
  • power of peace interview series: master life coach Jackie Gartman

    lindsey
    26 Aug 2014 | 7:05 am
    Power of Peace Interview Series This beautiful woman is Jackie Gartman. She’s a Master Certified Life Coach and eternal optimist, who loves helping her clients blast through the blocks of their limiting beliefs to help boost their confidence—both personally and professionally—so they can live more authentic, electric and purposeful lives. The Power of Peace series explores ideas about peace and how it can transform our lives–from the inside out. It features luminaries from all walks of life. About Jackie Gartman Jackie works primarily with women whose dreams have been diluted…
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    SA CREATIVES

  • NATIVE VML soars at the Loeries

    SA Creatives
    23 Sep 2014 | 12:03 am
    NATIVE VML’s promise to produce work that has a meaningful impact in people’s lives is bearing fruit, with some of the agency’s most ambitious projects of the past year winning awards at the 2014 Loeries. The agency was honoured with eight Loeries and one Craft Certificate. The winning campaigns are: Nedbank Ke Yona Team Search: Campaign Gold for Digital Integrated Campaign and the Integrated Campaign categories; Bronze in the Effective Creativity category NATIVE VML’s bookly app: Bronze for Digital and Interactive – Mobile Applications & sites; Campaign Bronze in the Digital…
  • More Than Gold At The End Of Coca-Cola’s Rainbow

    SA Creatives
    22 Sep 2014 | 11:42 pm
    There was more than gold at the end of the rainbow for Coca-Cola South Africa and its marketing communication agency, FCB Joburg, at the 2014 Loerie Awards this weekend (Saturday September 20, Sunday September 21, 2014). The team was one of the best performing of the show, winning no less than six Loeries, including one of just four Grand Prix awards made over the weekend for its inspirational #RainbowNation activation during Freedom Month. Using sunlight, water, some fancy science and a little bit of magic, the rainbows were conjured up in the Johannesburg CBD by FCB Joburg and a technical…
  • 18th Poetry Africa Festival – Line-up announced

    SA Creatives
    22 Sep 2014 | 5:27 am
    The Centre for Creative Arts (UKZN) is excited to announce the main line up for the 18th Poetry Africa festival which takes place from 13 to 18 October at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre (UKZN) and numerous other venues in and around Durban and KwaZulu-Natal. Twenty-four poets and spoken word artists from twelve countries will meet in Durban to celebrate a diverse mix of traditions in oratory and storytelling. The 18th Poetry Africa festival will feature the following poets: Mak Manaka (South Africa), Makhafula Vilakazi (South Africa), Kyle Steven Allan (South Africa), Page Ngwenya (South…
  • Young creatives excel at Facebook’s first African Creative Shop Hackathon

    SA Creatives
    22 Sep 2014 | 3:20 am
    Facebook’s first Creative Shop Hackathon in Africa was a strong showcase for the creativity and storytelling excellence of young South African advertising professionals, with five teams of five talented creatives from various agencies across South Africa, vying for the first place. The Hackathon took place on 18 September at the Cullinan Hotel in Cape Town as part of Loeries Creative Week 2014. A Hackathon is a workshop where teams collaborate to solve real-world business problems, usually while working against a tight deadline. The Facebook Creative Shop Hackathon was built based on a…
  • The 2014 Loerie Winners Announced

    SA Creatives
    21 Sep 2014 | 10:07 pm
    The 36th Annual Loerie Awards took place on Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 September 2014 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre. The Loeries is an annual recognition of the best work produced in the brand communication industry in our region – including the whole of Africa and the Middle East. The awards were judged by over 140 local and international experts in their fields, including four international jury chairman from Hamburg, Melbourne, New York City and San Francisco, as well as regional judges from Accra, Nairobi and Dar Es Salaam. A total of 256 awards were handed out in the…
 
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    The Creative Mind

  • Chaos and Creative Expression

    Douglas Eby
    21 Sep 2014 | 5:50 pm
    “The very impulse to write, I think, springs from an inner chaos crying for order, for meaning, and that meaning must be discovered in the process of writing or the work lies dead as it is finished.” Arthur Miller Creative people and writers about the creative process often say creative work is a way to release or make use of inner chaos; what is this turmoil? Psychologist Stephen Diamond declares in his book that our impulse to be creative “can be understood to some degree as the subjective struggle to give form, structure and constructive expression to inner and outer…
  • How Sensitivity Can Enhance Creativity

    Douglas Eby
    15 Sep 2014 | 11:52 am
    “For me, fashion is incredibly emotional. I go to shows in Paris and try not to cry.” Actor Jessica Chastain Qualities such as emotionality and empathy can help highly sensitive people be especially creative. The self-test Are You Highly Sensitive? by Elaine N. Aron, PhD includes the items: “I have a rich, complex inner life” and “I am deeply moved by the arts or music.” In a research paper, Dr. Aron described more characteristics, noting “the highly sensitive generally feel they are more aware than others of beauty and pleasure; better able to…
  • Being Happy As An Artist

    Douglas Eby
    5 Sep 2014 | 12:25 pm
    “I’ve suffered enough. When does my artwork improve?” Refrigerator magnet The tortured artist mythology is an ancient and enduring one: The idea that art depends on suffering, and artists need to be suffering with dark emotions, and need their pain to create. But that is a wrong and destructive idea. For example, in his appearance as a guest on The Ellen Show, Colin Farrell said he is more creative being sober and happy. “I ascribed to the notion that to express yourself as an artist, you have to live in perpetual pain. And that’s nonsense.” Musician Sting also said he bought into…
  • Transformational Writing and Sparking Creative Flow

    Douglas Eby
    28 Aug 2014 | 12:29 pm
    Author, professor and CEO Ocean Robbins and his father John are examples of transformational writers. Ocean recalls: “I was ten-years-old when my dad first began to write Diet for a New America. It was the first book to expose the truth about factory farms, and the link between food and our planet, to a wide audience. In the five years after the book’s publication in 1987, beef consumption in the United States dropped by 25%, and my dad received more than 50,000 letters from readers, thanking him for changing their lives. “As we’ve seen in our family, sometimes writing can…
  • Robin Williams: Intensity Is Not Pathology – Part 2

    Douglas Eby
    21 Aug 2014 | 11:48 am
    [Continued from Part 1] As Dr. Webb explains “Existential depression is a depression that arises when an individual confronts certain basic issues of existence… (or ‘ultimate concerns’) – death, freedom, isolation and meaninglessness.” [Gifted, Sensitive, In Need Of Meaning: Existential Depression.] His related book: Searching for Meaning: Idealism, Bright Minds, Disillusionment, and Hope. Webb has written extensively about how characteristics of giftedness that are a part of so many people – including well-known artists such as Robin Williams – are often…
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    Cruzine

  • Awesome Illustrations by Devon Cady-Lee

    Paul Viluda
    22 Sep 2014 | 3:19 am
    Devon Cady-Lee aka Gorrem is an illustrator and concept artist from the streets of Chinatown, New York. Currently he's based in Seattle where he works for Motiga Games. Let's check out several of his artworks. Read More
  • Beautiful Digital Art by Ana Prazeres

    Paul Viluda
    19 Sep 2014 | 5:58 am
    Ana Prazeres aka Aegils is a 27-year-old hobby digital artist specializing in dark fantasy-themed photo manipulations. Currently she's based in the Portuguese city of Porto. Let's take a look at some of her artworks. Enjoy! Read More
  • Psychedelic Manga by Emperor Penguin

    Paul Viluda
    19 Sep 2014 | 5:44 am
    Emperor Penguin aka EmperPep is an imaginative young male artist based in Thailand specializing in colorful paintings of sweet and playful young girls. Below, you may check out several of his artworks. Enjoy! Read More
  • Creative Concept Art by Francisco Rico Torres

    Paul Viluda
    18 Sep 2014 | 7:30 am
    Francisco Rico Torres aka Mancomb-Seepwood is a talented fantasy artist / illustrator based in Spain. Below, you may scroll through several quality artworks selected from his portfolio. Enjoy! Read More
  • Breathtaking Paintings by Christophe Vacher

    Paul Viluda
    16 Sep 2014 | 6:01 am
    Christophe Vacher is a 2-time Emmy Award winner and Annie Award Nominee French artist who has provided Backgrounds, Visual Development and Art Direction for Disney, Dreamworks, Universal Studios and the film industry since 1989. He worked in many small animation studios before joining Disney's Paris-based animation unit for three years, where he painted backgrounds for such animated films as "The Hunchback of Notre Dame", "Runaway Brain" and served as head of background for the 1995 feature, "A Goofy Movie". Read More
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    Tangible Development

  • Power posing and global cultures

    Vera Dordick
    22 Sep 2014 | 11:12 am
    Most people know that often, body language can say more than words, so it’s no surprise that Harvard Professor Amy Cuddy’s TED talk on “Power Poses” is one of the most watched ever. Before you start striking a power pose at your next team meeting, however, you might want to take into account the cultural background of your counterparts. Yesterday’s New York Times featured Cuddy and her research and talked about how organizations from Zappos to Feed to Facebook are learning about her theories and practices. While it’s fascinating stuff, it may not translate well. As Westerners, we…
  • Closing the deal with multicultural clients

    Vera Dordick
    22 Jul 2014 | 12:15 pm
    Educating staff to communicate and negotiate effectively is a key goal when working with our real estate and property management clients.  We’re really excited to have the opportunity to share our expertise with professionals across the state by contributing an article to the New York Real Estate Journal. Check it out here:
  • Corporate culture has to go beyond your four walls

    Vera Dordick
    14 Jul 2014 | 8:07 am
    An inclusive and effective corporate culture has to go beyond the four walls of your company for success in a global market. This and many other aspects of creating a more productive and collaborative work environment are the focus of the Capital Region’s next BOSS Resource Forum: Energizing Corporate Culture. We’re excited to be highlighting the critical role of cultural intelligence in today’s business setting at the forum this Wednesday, July 16. A diverse and experienced list of Capital Region business leaders will be speaking about tackling big issues in fostering an…
  • We have a new certification!

    Vera Dordick
    28 May 2014 | 8:20 am
    We’re really excited about our latest news:  Tangible Development has now been certified to deliver cultural awareness training using the Cultural Orientations Approach (COA)! The COA is a leading suite of best practices tools and frameworks for understanding, managing and leveraging the phenomenon of multinational culture in human organizations and interactions. This culturally based, behaviorally driven assessment provides business executives and their teams with a framework to understand their individual behaviors. It centers on the Cultural Navigator a unique web platform that has…
  • Tampa proves cultural awareness is great for business

    Vera Dordick
    30 Apr 2014 | 9:42 am
    Tampa wooed Bollywood and the city’s economy won. Last weekend the Florida city hosted the International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) awards and all its related events. It was an unqualified success for the city, predicted to have brought more than $11 million to the area economy. It was also the first time the awards were held in the United States. It’s all great but London, Singapore……and Tampa? As the Tampa Tribune said in an editorial, it was no accident. It all started with complaints from Indian constituents about a lack of cricket facilities at Hillsborough county parks. County…
 
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    Inspire Fusion - Art, Design & Inspiration Blog

  • Little Dog Dressed Up As Sheriff

    Jahangir Agha
    22 Sep 2014 | 2:19 am
    Look out. There’s a new sheriff in town, this is Sake Sue, a therapy dog dressed up as a sheriff for a walk for the Animals event in Huntington Beach California. The even sponsored by […] The post Little Dog Dressed Up As Sheriff appeared first on Inspire Fusion.
  • Stunning Photo-realistic Drawings on Wooden Boards

    Jahangir Agha
    21 Sep 2014 | 5:02 pm
    Singapore-based artist Ivan Hoo draws these stunning photo-realistic drawings on wooden boards using pencils and pastels. He uses “wooden boards” as medium to draw his drawings which is very unusual but still he manages to […] The post Stunning Photo-realistic Drawings on Wooden Boards appeared first on Inspire Fusion.
  • Giant Image of Marilyn Monroe Created In Rice Field

    Jahangir Agha
    20 Sep 2014 | 5:02 pm
    Giant image of famous celebrity Marilyn Monroe created by planting four varieties of rice which have different colored leaves. This type of aesthetic planting began in the Japanese village of Inakadate in 1993 in order […] The post Giant Image of Marilyn Monroe Created In Rice Field appeared first on Inspire Fusion.
  • Assault Weapons Created Using Camera Equipments

    Jahangir Agha
    20 Sep 2014 | 11:51 am
    Canadian advertising agency launched an ad campaign for the group Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE). The ads showed weapons created using journalist equipment and carried the tagline, “Information is Ammunition”. Inspired by this creative […] The post Assault Weapons Created Using Camera Equipments appeared first on Inspire Fusion.
  • Train Tracks Graffiti Art by Portuguese Artist Artur Bordalo

    Jahangir Agha
    18 Sep 2014 | 10:54 pm
    Portuguese graffiti artist, Artur Bordalo, creatively uses parallel lines of a railroad as a canvas. Bright neon colors are used to make it stand out against the gray backdrop of gravel and rail. Arturo’s work […] The post Train Tracks Graffiti Art by Portuguese Artist Artur Bordalo appeared first on Inspire Fusion.
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    Farnam Street

  • Harper Lee on Reading and Loving Books

    Shane Parrish
    22 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Harper Lee, author of the much-loved novel To Kill a Mockingbird, wrote the following letter to Oprah Winfrey, May 7, 2006 Dear Oprah, Do you remember when you learned to read, or like me, can you not even remember a time when you didn’t know how? I must have learned from having been read to by my family. My sisters and brother, much older, read aloud to keep me from pestering them; my mother read me a story every day, usually a children’s classic, and my father read from the four newspapers he got through every evening. Then, of course, it was Uncle Wiggily at bedtime. So I…
  • Mistakes

    Shane Parrish
    21 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    “Forgetting your mistakes is a terrible error if you are trying to improve your cognition… Why not celebrate stupidities!” — Charlie Munger “If anyone can refute me – show me I’m making a mistake or looking at things from the wrong perspective – I’ll gladly change. It’s the truth I’m after and the truth never harmed anyone. What harms us is to persist in self-deceit and ignorance” — Marcus Aurelius in Meditations Sometimes we lose our way. We make mistakes. We focus on the wrong things. We pursue goals at all costs. We…
  • The Darwin Economy – Why Smith’s Invisible Hand Breaks Down

    Shane Parrish
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    In The Darwin Economy: Liberty, Competition, and The Common Good Robert H. Frank, an economics professor at Cornell’s Johnson Graduate School of Management, takes on the debate of who was a better economist—Adam Smith or Charles Darwin. Frank, surprisingly, sides with Darwin, arguing that within the next century Darwin will unseat Smith as the intellectual founder of economics. Why does the invisible hand, “which says that competition challenges self-interest for the common good” break down? Without question, Adam Smith’s invisible hand was a genuinely ground…
  • Eight Things I Learned from Peter Thiel’s Zero To One

    Shane Parrish
    16 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Peter Thiel is an entrepreneur and investor. He co-founded PayPal and Palantir. He also made the first outside investment in Facebook and was an early investor in companies like SpaceX and LinkedIn. And now he’s written a book, Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future, with the goal of helping us “see beyond the tracks laid down” to the “broader future that there is to create.” The book is an exercise in thinking. It’s about questioning and rethinking received wisdom in order to create the future. Here are eight lessons I took away from the book. 1. Like…
  • The History of Cognitive Overload

    Shane Parrish
    15 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    The Organized Mind: Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload, a book by Daniel Levitin, has an interesting section on cognitive overload. Each day we are confronted with hundreds, probably thousands of decisions. Most of which are insignificant or unimportant or both. Do we really need a whole aisle for toothpaste? In response to all of these decisions most of us adopt a strategy of satisficing, a term coined by Nobel Prize winner Herbert Simon to describe something that is perhaps not the best but good enough. For things that don’t matter, this is a good approach. You don’t…
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    Cultural Weekly

  • The Zero Theorem - An Interview with Cinematic Master-Builder Terry Gilliam

    Sophia Stein
    18 Sep 2014 | 1:07 am
    Filmmaker Terry Gilliam is a master at immersing us in an alternative world. The playscape of his imagination is always a rich and fantastic place to frolic; his vision is ceaselessly intriguing. The stories Gilliam tells most often take place in a world that is slightly abstracted, futuristic or other by degree. Gilliam uses settings to illuminate the particulars of our life and times with original and uncanny insight. His latest film, The Zero Theorem is set in the near future of “London Sooner Than You Think,” and it was shot on a shoestring budget of $8.5 million in Bucharest,…
  • Bristol: Europe’s Street Art Hub

    Stephen Hayles
    18 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    An Introduction to Bristol Street Art and Graffiti Bristol’s See No Evil public street art project. Photo: Ben Merrington Nestled beneath one of the world’s most famous bridges, designed and built by one of history’s most famous engineers, Brunel’s Clifton suspension bridge acts as an all seeing eye. Gazing over an area of the United Kingdom that has become a leader in creativity, largely with its foundations in non-traditional and non-academic platforms, Bristol continues to amaze, break new ground and be ahead of the game, time after time. The work of Aryz on Bristol’s…
  • CLS Ferguson: Three Poems

    CLS Ferguson
    17 Sep 2014 | 3:33 pm
    CLS Ferguson, PhD is a communication professor at Mt. San Antonio College and California State University, Northridge and a Mary Kay Sales Director. CLS (Crystal Lane Swift) has published poetry in Shangri-La Shack, Still Points Quarterly, PQLeer, and other places. Her poetry collection, God Bless Paul, is out on Rosedog Books and her chapbook, The Way We Were, as well as her “Fourplay,” Still Learning to Let Go, is out on Writing Knights Press. Art is His Religion I’m going to do something I have never done before, he tells me. I made you something. It’s made of wood, so it’s…
  • Life After Birth tries to beat the heat

    Carol Green
    17 Sep 2014 | 8:54 am
    Everyone has a secret…on how to beat the heat. The post Life After Birth tries to beat the heat appeared first on Cultural Weekly.
  • A Singular ‘Tempest’ at South Coast Repertory

    Sylvie Drake
    17 Sep 2014 | 8:45 am
    Modified versions of Shakespeare’s plays are certainly nothing new. They have been tweaked, stretched, disassembled and reassembled in any number of ways. Some work, some don’t, and I say bring them on. I’ve always felt Shakespeare himself would say as much. We’ll never know, but we’re allowed to speculate. As long as it does not disrespect it, such tinkering only shows an abiding interest in the deeper value of the original. It also feels like vindication to be making such a statement in the wake of the version of The Tempest currently on the boards at South Coast Repertory,…
 
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    FLIC Magazine

  • Joaquim Gomis. Mercè 1969

    Editorial Team
    23 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    The exhibition of the Joan Mirò Foundation Joaquín Gomis. Mercè 1969recovers the atmosphere of the Rambla, the music bands and the majorettes that transport us to the Mercè parties of 1969, which are 45 years old today, through a selection of festive pictures. Joaquim Gomis was the first president of the Foundation, an entrepreneur and an amateur photographer who was very active in the cultural circles of the Barcelona of the post-war. This artist’s photographic archive contains about 70,000 entries and a large art of his material remains unpublished. What is highlighted in this…
  • 2000

    Luis Corzo
    22 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    The unknown the young.
  • Dark vs Light

    Editorial Team
    19 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    FASHION DESIGNER: YOLANDE GABRIEL MINGRAMM www.illdisciplined.com HEAD PIECES: LAST DAY ON EARTH by KELLY POWER INT’L FASHION DESIGNER SCOUT: KRISTLE HAYNES www.kristlehaynes.com MAKEUP ARTIST: EMMA GAMBINO www.egmmakeup.com PHOTOGRAPHY: JAMES FULLERTON FreezeFlowMediawww.freezeflowmedia.com
  • Favourite cup of tea: Happy Cuppa co.’s “Special Grey”

    Jess Carey
    18 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    There’s not much I love more than a good, hot cup of tea at the end of a long day, and my current favourite is the amazing Special Grey blend by Happy Cuppa co. I discovered them at the Melbourne Good Food & Wine Show a few months ago, and it’s easily the best earl grey tea I’ve ever had. They had other delicious flavours too, like Turkish Apple, Pink Musk and Red Velvet! I was pretty upset last week when I realised I used the last of the pack I purchased at the show. I jumped on their website and 2 minutes later, more was on the way (thank goodness). The lovely Samantha was in…
  • Google Street Art Project

    Pedro Gomez
    18 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    Google has embarked on making life easier  for us in every field and this time the beneficiary has been street art. The Cultural Institute of Google, which was born in 2011, has launched a proposal called Street Art Project, which offers support to urban artists all over the world. Its aim is to reach a higher artistic expression and to reflect the popular culture of each country, helping to preserve art and any other form of personal expression. Urban art has always been a controversial subject: free expression or vandalism? At last someone has taken a position and has had the great idea of…
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    i heart creation

  • Celebrating

    I'm the universe
    7 Sep 2014 | 7:04 pm
    Like all the creatures who constitute our web of life, elephants are divine. Here they are symbolized as “Ganpati”. Just as (Om) is the aural representation of universal  consciousness , Ganesh is the visual representation of the same.  I used orange, as it is the color of sun (the source of energy). The blue lotus symbolizes enlightenment. The blue lotus is rare and hard to find, it is native to Himalayas. continue>> Read more….
  • Chalk Drawing

    I'm the universe
    10 Aug 2014 | 8:18 pm
    I ♥ summer! Here are couple of chalk drawings I and my kids created recently on our driveway. Please enjoy! It was fun! We love to stay outdoors in summer. The weather is warm, bright and sunny everyday continue>> Read more….
  • Doodled Butterflies

    I'm the universe
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:30 am
    Hi everyone! Hope you all are enjoying the summer. Here’s a doodle I created recently. They are not at all, as pretty as the real butterflies that you see outdoors. Purposefully patterned, warm & bright colors would make lovely accent to an otherwise indoor plain wall specially in winter when the real butterflies migrate away. continue>> Read more….
  • Happy Father’s Day!

    I'm the universe
    15 Jun 2014 | 7:58 am
    I ♥ dad ~ Please share this sentiment with all the great dads in your life everyday and always!
  • For my dad!

    I'm the universe
    15 Jun 2014 | 7:43 am
    My Dad would compliment me everytime I drew these kind of phones. He liked the way I drew such phones with effortless ease & dexterity. He liked the color green. Now he’s no more with us but, he is still around us in another form, I’m sure. I’m so blessed and thankful to have had a father like him. His dedication and love for all mankind made him special. I’m very proud of how he lived his life. For me he is an example of how to be joyous and child-like forever! continue Read more….
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    all three aces

  • Team-By-Lines-Chapter-5

    Ram
    16 Sep 2014 | 5:39 am
    Read the Fourth chapter here. The incessant caressing of the sunlight trickling in through the curtains awakened Tara. Taking a deep breath, she stretched and with a smile got up from the bed. The other side of the bed was empty. That meant that Shekhar was extremely serious about his ongoing project. Listening at the study room door, she heard Shekhar snoring away to oblivion. Tara allowed him to sleep and walked towards the kitchen to begin a new day. She had breakfast with Cyrus and Roohi. Silence reigned in the room as all of them were preoccupied with their own thoughts. “Do you want…
  • You are watching

    Ram
    17 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    “You are watching the news hour tonight, and with you is……………..” Click. Enough I thought. I shut off the TV and threw the remote on the bed. It was 11pm on August 14th, and the nation was waiting to hear the PM’s Independence Day speech the next day. “No news is good news”, I mumbled. The mindless chatter of spokesperson’s  from various party’s went on their usual daily grind, throwing daggers at one another. Wasn’t this a daily spectacle conducted by most of the TV channels? Gosh. What a waste of time! I switched…
  • The Hot Seat

    Ram
    25 May 2014 | 3:24 am
    The war cries have already begun. The new Indian Prime Minister is yet to take oath. His invitation to all SARC country heads has created a stir as expected. What will the politicians and the news channels do? Their daily bread and butter is another man’s agony. Normally NEWS is nothing but seeing or reading about a helpless situation, a helpless man, or a woman in any part of the world. As we may all know most of the “NEWS” is negative in nature. So a wise man said to me ” Don’t watch the news channel before retiring to bed.” He may be right. Now, let me…
  • A Bright Summer Day

    Ram
    9 May 2014 | 2:04 am
    This time we’re having at a mother’s day special! Your post must contain the word MOM and you have just 5 sentences to complete your story. This post is a part of Write Over the Weekend, an initiative for Indian Bloggers by BlogAdda. Tagged: blogadda contests, blogadda wow, desi india blogs, flash fiction, Indian author, short fiction, wordpress indian blog, write over the weekend
  • Nameless Island

    Ram
    25 Apr 2014 | 11:33 pm
    ” Lalith Gyaneshwar  buys an Island in Bahamas to make it nameless“… “The headlines screamed and echoed in as Vikram read the “Times of India”, this morning. What the heck is wrong with this guy? Buying an Island is not an everyday joke. It seemed cranky as he read further with curiosity. ” Lalith Gyaneshwar, the well-known NRI businessman from India will hereafter call himself LG. He has purchased this island to keep it nameless. Yes. He has invited people from all walks of life to be a part of this virgin island. He has offered them beautiful…
 
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  • Plein Air Still Life, Rosanna

    Lucy Chen
    16 Sep 2014 | 2:29 am
    ROSANNA 12″x12″, oil on panel, by Lucy Chen Have you tried painting a still life “en plein air” (meaning “outdoors”)? I took what I learned from my first plein air still life attempt, and did it again with a small pot of Rosanna. It is a petite that has flowers that look like a hybrid of roses and carnations, and deep green leaves that resemble Chinese cabbage. Oh, and the 3rd tip about painting outdoors (find the other two tips here)? Wear a hat! The post Plein Air Still Life, Rosanna appeared first on Lucy Chen Fine Art.
  • How a Magical Coincidence Leads to a Floral Painting

    Lucy Chen
    7 Sep 2014 | 11:37 pm
    PINK AND TURQUOISE ©Lucy Chen, 14″x10″, oil on panel My husband bought me a small pot of flowers from the supermarket when he went to get a few office supplies.  It was inexpensive, but it was also a priceless gift because I loved it. You didn’t know this about me, but I am now a hobbyist gardener.  I’ve dreamed of having big beautiful gardens of my own since my early teens.  But I’ve never had the chance to grow anything, until now. The little plant’s name tag was missing when my husband brought it home.  But in order to care for it properly, and I…
  • What Does Art Do

    Lucy Chen
    31 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    THE SUNFLOWERS ARE MINE 18″x14″, oil on panel, by Lucy Chen Original SOLD Prints available here My grandmother has rubbed shoulders with death many times in her youth – she had several punctures of both of her knee joints, as well three intestinal obstruction repair surgeries in her twenties.  That, in the 1950s China, did not come with small risks.  She almost died, or had wished she had. It was miracle when her first granddaughter was born and came into her care, that her health had started to improve dramatically.  Before her granddaughter turned three and was returned…
  • Top 7 Places to Practice Sketching

    Lucy Chen
    20 Aug 2014 | 6:10 am
    If we only look around, there are plenty of places for us to practice sketching.  Let me suggest a few top choices of mine. 1. Cafés Sketch of a get-together in the Black Mocha Café Turramurra Ink pen on paper This is on top of the list, because there are always plenty of models to choose.  You sit in your comfortable chair, sipping your coffee or tea, and get to pick whoever catches your eye. 2. Home (yours or other people’s) Sketch of my brother who was ordered to clean the dishes Ink on paper Sketch of my mom video chatting on iPad Ink pen on paper What do people do when…
  • What is Great Art?

    Lucy Chen
    13 Aug 2014 | 7:16 pm
    As human beings, especially as artists and creatives, it is part of our duty to document and move forward our history, culture, civilization, as well as connecting the past, present and future in some kind of form or format. Artists do that by creating art, and great art.  But what is great art? In this graduation speech by Daniel Graves, he asked four questions that I think we all must think about: 1. What is great art? 2. What does great art do?  Does it do anything? 3. How does it do it? 4. If you are an artist, are you doing that in your own work? I think by asking these questions would…
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  • Diane Rehm Draws Out the Duality of Google’s Eric Schmidt

    Gordon Platt
    22 Sep 2014 | 12:27 pm
    Eric E. Schmidt, Chairman and CEO of Google Inc | Photo credit: Wikipedia Google CEO Eric Schmidt took to NPR-stalwart Diane Rehm‘s show this morning, stumping for his new book and providing some insight into the world’s most dominant gateway to the online world. Amusingly referencing the “little start up” that started out with “Don’t Be Evil” as its mantra, the contrary mixed with the creativity and innovation that the company now trades upon is evident from the outset. For all the transformative technology solutions that Google has brought to the…
  • Renewed California Tax Credits Aim to Help Hollywood Bounce Back

    Gordon Platt
    19 Sep 2014 | 12:39 pm
    Hollywood Sign (Photo credit: Wikipedia) When most of us think of audio-visual excitement, our eyes and ears instinctively turn  to the west. Hollywood and, by association, California, has always been the home of movies and television. The modern entertainment industry was born there and we have Hollywood studios to thank for some of the most beloved moments in American cultural history. But Tinseltown has lost some of its shine in recent years. A mixture of piracy playing on the minds of creators and waning domestic interest in the standard summer  . And while a lot of the studio’s…
  • Kim Dotcom’s Truth is Just Another Moment of Madness

    Gordon Platt
    17 Sep 2014 | 12:46 pm
    If you’re going to drop a “bombshell,” it probably pays to bring the explosives. Even with two microphones, Kim Dotcom fails to deliver his message | Image Credit: Peter Harrison Unsurprisingly that was the key oversight missing from Kim Dotcom’s self-described – well, self-hyped – “Moment of Truth” this past Monday, when the exiled poster boy of piracy failed to deliver on a publicity-stoking promise. Expected to deliver a smoking gun email linking current New Zealand Prime Minister John Key to Hollywood-backed efforts to expel him, the…
  • Can European Lawmakers Slay the Google Dragon?

    Gordon Platt
    9 Sep 2014 | 2:04 pm
    Europeans are beginning to see Google as a beast with many heads, few of which they trust not to burn them (Image Credit: Wikipedia) While the eyes of the technology world are focused today on Apple’s big event, Europeans are perhaps more concerned with another American tech giant.Long the 100 lb gorilla in the room for Germans, Google is increasingly starting the attention of the wider European community. From privacy advocates to publishers, and financial questions to concerns over free trade, there are few companies that infuriate the the Eurozone than the dominant search force in…
  • After Many False Dawns, Apple Is Set to Make Wearables Shine

    Gordon Platt
    8 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    For a trend often cited as the cutting edge of technology, wearables already feel a little dated. After years of speculation and “big talk, no walk” product launches (ever seen anyone sporting Galaxy Gear? Thought not.), a widely desired piece of wearable technology still seems a distant promise. Tomorrow Apple could be set to change all that. After many false dawns, the real one may be about to shine a light on wearable technology for the mainstream.   Wearables and the iWatch Myth WIll we all soon be able to wear Apple on our wrist? | Image credit: Terry Johnston Although…
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  • Gluten Free Living

    9 Sep 2014 | 6:20 am
    Check out our new website: www.FreeMeFromG.com We're a family of two dedicated to evangelizing the public about the benefits of a gluten-free diet. Our journey wasn't easy. We learned the hard way about the detrimental effects gluten can have on the gut, the mind, joints and muscles to name a few. And we learned it can take years to manifest itself. Many doctors are given minimal education/training in detecting gluten allergies and intolerance in medical school; maybe 2 hours of subject matter.  If you are affected by gluten because of an intolerance, manifestation is not necessarily…
  • Character and Personal Quality - The Search is On

    13 Jun 2014 | 9:25 am
    Everyone searches for meaning in life and those that find "it" discover that developing a skill or aptitude for a task or service is not enough. It has more to do with becoming a special person, a certain "type" of person, a person of character.Anyone who has lost a loved one will tell you life is not about accumulating stuff or about office titles  -- even if it was prior to the loss. It's one thing to succeed in life, and quite another to truly excel -- to make a "lasting" impression that withstands time and other events. Think back to the Greeks in Athens and the Egyptians -- what…
  • The Dark Side of "Baby" 

    20 May 2014 | 7:03 am
    Ah yes, the day I'd been anxiously awaiting finally arrived. I knew it would happen -- eventually; I'd been given a heads up. Though my teen daughter "E" didn't ask for it, an infant -- yes, a child, arrived, brought to us from overseas -- China to be exact. Baby was delivered to our doorstep -- on Christmas Day, 2012. What a memorable experience. Baby received a grand reception on Christmas and took center stage. And afterward, Baby never left E's sight. At night after prayers, I'd mumble a soft good night and find Baby buried beneath layers of blankets, kept warm by E's side.  And in…
  • Teachable Moments -- Science in the Home

    14 May 2014 | 7:55 am
    People often tell me they cannot teach science easily in the home because it "Costs too much" ... or "We don't have the right kits..." Excuses Excuses.Kids ask me, 'How does your daughter pick her science fair project? How did she come up with the idea?" The answer is easy: think, imagine, make connections in your mind about "what you know about a topic" with facts to back it up, then ask a question about an "unknown" -- something you do not know the answer to, then put together a way of testing out the question...and watch for interesting results. Ask, then act. It's that simple.BARBIE…
  • Sweet Serendipity: A Lesson in Sales on a Flight from Tampa

    1 May 2014 | 5:00 am
    I had the most amazing flight a few weeks ago. Flying back from Tampa, Florida, I sat beside an elderly gentleman whom I’ll call LJ — 81 years young. LJ and I started what was to become a 3 hour conversation most of it mid-air. LJ planted in me a seed of determination. He exemplified all that is so so right about entrepreneurship — and a bit of what is wrong in America. Driving home long after my flight ended — and even now, a month later, I cannot get the memory of LJ out of my head, nor would I want to — ever. He’s an inspiration to anyone who aspires to…
 
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