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  • Cassandra Austen’s Drawings of English Royalty for Teenage Jane Austen’s Parodic History of England

    Brain Pickings
    Maria Popova
    30 Jan 2015 | 12:30 am
    “By a partial, prejudiced & ignorant Historian.” “At fifteen, she had few illusions about other people and none about herself,” Virginia Woolf once wrote of Jane Austen. Indeed, the future author of Sense and Sensibility was an early master of dispelling cultural illusions through parody, satire, and general wryness. In 1791, decades before she offered writing advice to her own teenage niece, fifteen-year-old Austen penned The History of England — a short manuscript of 34 pages, subtitled “By a partial, prejudiced & ignorant Historian,”…
  • The Best Work Cultures Use the #1 Problem-Solving Technique: Candor

    99U
    Allison Stadd
    30 Jan 2015 | 12:30 pm
    By Les Éclaireurs, Elizabeth Laferrière, and Sarah Ouellet Whether you work at an agency, startup, traditional corporate company, or for yourself, one essential value to cultivate in your work environment is candor. Former SquareSpace COO Jesse Hertzberg credits professional candor, in other words a culture centered around speaking the truth, with the nourishment of courage and risk-taking in employees as well as the crucial enlightenment of decision makers about their risks and opportunities. Candor surfaces valuable ideas that might not be expressed in a less open environment, and asks…
  • "Most people can learn a lot more than they think they can. They sell themselves short without..."

    Creative Something
    28 Jan 2015 | 8:12 pm
    ““Most people can learn a lot more than they think they can. They sell themselves short without trying.”” -  Elon Musk
  • Day 28: Seizing 9 Golden Meaning Opportunities

    Psychology Today - Creativity
    emaisel
    30 Jan 2015 | 10:37 am
    This series supports the free Future of Mental Health virtual conference I’m hosting from February 23 – 27, 2015. Please get your free ticket to the conference now by visiting here. And plan to attend! Each day in this series of 30 days to better mental health I want to propose one simple idea and one simple strategy in support of that idea. If you’d like to view other posts in this series, please visit here: You might like to ask a friend to join you for these 30 days. The two of you can chat about the ideas I’m presenting and support each other in your efforts to try out some new…
  • Updated: START Your Creativity!

    Creativity-Portal.com | Explore and Express Your Creativity!
    1 Feb 2015 | 5:00 am
    How do you reconnect or rediscover the creativity that lies deep within? You just begin! Read more...
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    Brain Pickings

  • Cassandra Austen’s Drawings of English Royalty for Teenage Jane Austen’s Parodic History of England

    Maria Popova
    30 Jan 2015 | 12:30 am
    “By a partial, prejudiced & ignorant Historian.” “At fifteen, she had few illusions about other people and none about herself,” Virginia Woolf once wrote of Jane Austen. Indeed, the future author of Sense and Sensibility was an early master of dispelling cultural illusions through parody, satire, and general wryness. In 1791, decades before she offered writing advice to her own teenage niece, fifteen-year-old Austen penned The History of England — a short manuscript of 34 pages, subtitled “By a partial, prejudiced & ignorant Historian,”…
  • D.T. Suzuki on What Freedom Really Means and How Zen Can Help Us Cultivate Our Character

    Maria Popova
    30 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    “The ego-shell in which we live is the hardest thing to outgrow.” Alan Watts may be credited with popularizing Eastern philosophy in the West, but he owes the entire trajectory of his life and legacy to a single encounter with the Zen Buddhist sage D.T. Suzuki (October 18, 1870–July 12, 1966) — one of humanity’s greatest and most influential stewards of Zen philosophy. At the age of twenty-one, Watts attended a lecture by Suzuki in London, which so enthralled the young man that he spent the remainder of his life studying, propagating, and building upon…
  • How to Listen Between the Lines: Anna Deavere Smith on the Art of Listening in a Culture of Speaking

    Maria Popova
    29 Jan 2015 | 1:00 am
    “Some people use language as a mask. And some want to create designed language that appears to reveal them but does not.” In his exquisite taxonomy of the nine kinds of silence, Paul Goodman included “the silence of listening to another speak, catching the drift and helping him be clear.” And yet so often we think of listening as merely an idle pause amid the monologue of making ourselves clear. Hardly anyone has done more to advance the art of listening in a culture of speaking more than artist, actor, playwright, educator, and enchantress of words Anna Deavere Smith,…
  • How Playing Music Benefits Your Brain More than Any Other Activity

    Maria Popova
    29 Jan 2015 | 12:30 am
    “Playing music is the brain’s equivalent of a full-body workout.” “Each note rubs the others just right, and the instrument shivers with delight. The feeling is unmistakable, intoxicating,” musician Glenn Kurtz wrote in his sublime meditation on the pleasures of practicing, adding: “My attention warms and sharpens… Making music changes my body.” Kurtz’s experience, it turns out, is more than mere lyricism — music does change the body’s most important organ, and changes it more profoundly than any other intellectual, creative,…
  • Rilke on What It Really Means to Love

    Maria Popova
    29 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    “For one human being to love another: that is perhaps the most difficult of all our tasks… the work for which all other work is but preparation.” The human journey has always been marked by our quest to understand love in order to reap its fruits. We have captured that ever-shifting understanding in some breathtakingly beautiful definitions. There is Susan Sontag, who marveled in her diary: “Nothing is mysterious, no human relation. Except love.” There is Tom Stoppard, who captured its living substance in a most memorable soliloquy. There is Vladimir Nabokov, who…
 
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    99U

  • The Best Work Cultures Use the #1 Problem-Solving Technique: Candor

    Allison Stadd
    30 Jan 2015 | 12:30 pm
    By Les Éclaireurs, Elizabeth Laferrière, and Sarah Ouellet Whether you work at an agency, startup, traditional corporate company, or for yourself, one essential value to cultivate in your work environment is candor. Former SquareSpace COO Jesse Hertzberg credits professional candor, in other words a culture centered around speaking the truth, with the nourishment of courage and risk-taking in employees as well as the crucial enlightenment of decision makers about their risks and opportunities. Candor surfaces valuable ideas that might not be expressed in a less open environment, and asks…
  • Prioritize Better by Asking the Focusing Question

    Hamza Khan
    29 Jan 2015 | 1:00 pm
    By Stefano Marra Making things happen requires focus, especially when you’re a creative professional. But in a world of increasing distractions and multiple competing priorities, achieving focus is often easier said that done. Being overwhelmed paralyzes our productivity. In The One Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results, Gary Keller says that you only need to ask one question in order to move in the right direction. The Focusing Question “helps you keep your first step from being a misstep,” writes Keller. Ask yourself: What’s the one thing I can do…
  • What Should I Charge? How to Justify Your Freelance Rates

    behanceteam
    29 Jan 2015 | 8:09 am
    When I first started freelancing, I thought I knew how to price myself. I charged $50 an hour because, well, it’s what my equivalent hourly rate was before I went out on my own. It was easy to justify — I could point to any number of other rate sheets, pricing calculators, and other resources to make it clear why I should be paid what I was asking. It was the “market rate” of somebody like me.  But almost 10 years later, I now charge upwards of $20,000 a week. This is nowhere near market rates, and I haven’t come across any freelancing pricing calculator saying that this…
  • Here is Your Official Permission to Be a Copycat

    Allison Stadd
    29 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    By Neo Dhlamini On Aeon, Kat McGowan reveals research that suggests copying others’ work isn’t only undeserving of its reputation as a professional cardinal sin, it is essential to innovation: Throughout human history, innovation – including the technological progress we cherish – has been fuelled and sustained by imitation. Copying is the mighty force that has allowed the human race to move from stone knives to remote-guided drones, from digging sticks to crops that manufacture their own pesticides. Plenty of animals can innovate, but no other species on earth can imitate…
  • Overcome Anxiety by Creating Your Personal Buffer

    Tanner Christensen
    28 Jan 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Photo by Wan Mohd via Flickr Being overwhelmed can create a vicious cycle: as a result of feeling anxious, you then spend all of your energy worrying about your anxiety, which in-turn makes you even more anxious, repeating the cycle endlessly. To break the cycle, we must find or create a place for ourselves where we can go to get away from it all, both mentally and physically. This is particularly true of the modern-day work environment, where we not only worry about criticism from our boss or co-workers, but also have to deal with conflicts and competition, staying in-the-loop with an…
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    Creative Something

  • "Most people can learn a lot more than they think they can. They sell themselves short without..."

    28 Jan 2015 | 8:12 pm
    ““Most people can learn a lot more than they think they can. They sell themselves short without trying.”” -  Elon Musk
  • In any group, it's your ideas that matter

    26 Jan 2015 | 8:04 am
    There’s an awful stigma within creative groups, where you have to be the best in order to succeed. Not even good enough or at least as good as those around you in the group. If you’re not contributing the most, having the biggest ideas, or making the most impact, you’re going to fail. I’d argue it’s ok to be good enough. To have only one out of 100 ideas accepted by the group, to have only one suggestion for the project implemented, or to be the only person focused on the pieces too small for anyone else in the group to pay attention to. Asking a lot of dumb…
  • Ideas can be found at the end of mental strings

    22 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    If you see a string and pull it, something is bound to come apart. The same is true of our minds: given a small string of curiosity, our minds will attempt to unravel it. We are, by our nature, driven toward resolution, toward seeing what comes next, and minakg snese of the iencispbrehlmone. Yet, how often do you introduce your mind to those small mental threads that inevitably drive you to pulling on them? Even if you work in a creative field – writing, design, the arts – are you providing yourself with enough curiosity to unravel something worthwhile? Routine is easy and safe.
  • Worth always remembering: M⃫ Make More Mistakes (via my...

    20 Jan 2015 | 10:23 pm
    Worth always remembering: M⃫ Make More Mistakes (via my Instagram)
  • "The attention someone gives to what he or she makes is reflected in the end result, whether it is..."

    20 Jan 2015 | 10:25 am
    “The attention someone gives to what he or she makes is reflected in the end result, whether it is obvious or not.” - Erik Spiekermann spills the beans on why details matter
 
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    Psychology Today - Creativity

  • Day 28: Seizing 9 Golden Meaning Opportunities

    emaisel
    30 Jan 2015 | 10:37 am
    This series supports the free Future of Mental Health virtual conference I’m hosting from February 23 – 27, 2015. Please get your free ticket to the conference now by visiting here. And plan to attend! Each day in this series of 30 days to better mental health I want to propose one simple idea and one simple strategy in support of that idea. If you’d like to view other posts in this series, please visit here: You might like to ask a friend to join you for these 30 days. The two of you can chat about the ideas I’m presenting and support each other in your efforts to try out some new…
  • The Mysterious Demise of Mr. Mojo Risin'

    dr_sdiamond
    30 Jan 2015 | 1:04 am
    Jim Morrison, the poetic lyrical  voice of The Doors, died at the age of 27 in Paris, France. On the group's next-to-final album (Morrison Hotel, 1970) before his untimely demise, sounding a lot like he just "woke up this morning and got myself a beer," Morrison (Mr. Mojo Risin') famously wails, "The future's uncertain, and the end is always near." Very existential stuff. Life is inherently insecure, and death an everpresent inevitability. Clearly, Jim Morrison recognized these existential facts of life. But one wonders what Mr. Morrisons's state of mind was at the time he wrote that lyric,…
  • Too Busy to Be Yourself?

    rjudkins
    30 Jan 2015 | 12:02 am
    People convince themselves they are important and worthwhile because they’re busy. It’s a modern problem, everyone is rushing around but few are doing what they really want to. Many people spend their lives hurrying about pleasing their boss or family but rarely themselves. They spend their lives racing, but however fast they go, they never seem to achieve anything. It’s a 21st century problem. Or is it? “So it is: we are not given a short life but we make it short, and we are not ill-supplied but wasteful of it… Life is long if you know how to use it.” Wrote Roman philosopher…
  • Don Jones: Make Art (Therapy), Not War

    Cathy
    29 Jan 2015 | 5:41 pm
    Many of my art therapy colleagues were sad to learn today that Don Jones, one of the founders of the profession, has died. Don’s life and work as an artist and art therapist have had a deep and significant impact so many of us that it is difficult to articulate just how much he has influenced modern day practice. Most importantly, he was part of a unique generation of individuals who simultaneously arrived at the idea of “art therapy,” yet practiced in isolation for many years until making contact with each other in the 1950s and 60s. © 2010 C. Malchiodi | Don Jones Flashcard, mixed…
  • Ride the Wave of Winter

    jcardillo
    29 Jan 2015 | 4:38 pm
    We can get busy enough during any of the seasons that we become distracted from where we really need to be mentally and physically. Sometimes you can wind up giving yourself just the opposite of what you need and lose your sense of flow. When this happens, it is easy to mess up routine daily endeavors. For you this may be anything from needing to greet individuals in a hospitable way or pay attention to job-related data, to stay on task and successfully hit your goal. You may feel you are emotionally being pulled too far in one energetic direction – up or down – and so you feel…
 
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    Creative Every Day

  • CED Check-In: January 26 – February 1

    Leah
    25 Jan 2015 | 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 2015 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 1/26/15 - 2/1/15.  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: January 19 – 25

    Leah
    18 Jan 2015 | 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 2015 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 1/19/15 - 1/25/15.  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: January 12 – 18

    Leah
    11 Jan 2015 | 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 2015 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 1/12/15 - 1/18/15.  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: January 5 – 11

    Leah
    4 Jan 2015 | 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 2015 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 1/5/15 - 1/11/15.  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: January 1 – 4

    Leah
    1 Jan 2015 | 6:45 am
    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 2015 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 1/1/15 - 1/4/15.  The widget below is an optional method of sharing your creativity that makes it easier for others to check out what you're…
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    The Art of Non-Conformity

  • This Brand-New “Habit Journal” Helps You Keep Track of What’s Most Important to You

    Chris Guillebeau
    31 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    We’ve all heard it takes our brains 21 days to form a new habit. This new journal, currently being crowd-funded, does exactly that—keeps you on track while you form new daily habits, with these habits eventually leading you to conquer big goals. Here’s how it works: Choose a goal Write down the daily habits that you think will help you achieve that goal Plug those habits into your daily tracker pages At the end of each day, take 5 minutes to reflect on how you did Review at the end of each week, then repeat until the month ends Seems pretty simple. But like a lot of simple…
  • Watch This Pan Am 747 Take to the Skies (Or At Least the Ground) in the Ultimate 1970s Recreation

    Chris Guillebeau
    30 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    Air travel has changed a bit over the past few decades—and mostly for the better. Back in the day, an average transcontinental airfare would run you at least $1,500 in today’s dollars, compared to $400 or so now. Yikes. There were no budget airlines, and—shocking—there were no Frequent Flyer programs where average people could earn large amounts of miles and effectively travel for free. Still, a little nostalgia never hurt anyone (or does it?). In another example of people who devote an incredible attention to detail, I loved seeing how a collector and a photographer recreated an…
  • Walking the Te Araroa Trail : Kylie Lang’s Quest

    Chris Guillebeau
    29 Jan 2015 | 8:06 am
    This is a quest case study. (Read others or nominate yourself I love New Zealand, and when I heard the story of someone who set out to walk the length of both main islands, I had to hear more. Introduce yourself. I am a New Zealander who until recently led a pretty standard life as a coordinator of an online sports mentoring program. A few years ago, I got it into my head to walk the length of New Zealand—all 3058 kilometers of it, following the Te Araroa Trail. When I told my husband, he was concerned about me going alone, and that’s when the quest got a theme: Not Alone. I’d walk the…
  • The Insane World of Underground Bike Messenger Racing

    Chris Guillebeau
    28 Jan 2015 | 12:06 pm
    File under: I had no idea this was a thing. This mini-doc on the world of “underground bike messenger racing” might seem a little slow in the beginning, but if you stick with it you’ll be like, “Holy @!*%! I can’t believe they did that!”   Even if you don’t like the concept, think about the below quote, taken from about nine minutes into the video. It can apply to a lot more than illegal bike racing: “There are totally different ways to think about these kinds of situations, in this traffic, all these vehicles stuck idling in my way. You get to decide how…
  • There’s a Good Reason Why We Keep Repeating the Same Mediocre Experiences

    Chris Guillebeau
    28 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    I loved this story from a reader in response to why I enjoy the routine of visiting a hotel that’s consistently bad: “Years ago my in-laws would drive me crazy by complaining about the food at a (now defunct) restaurant chain that they would unfailingly stop at numerous times when traveling from Pennsylvania to Florida each year. It was a major topic of discussion; how not-good the food was, service was terrible, etc. But the food wasn’t bad enough to stop them from going back to the chain (and same locations) year after year. I asked them why they went there at all when all…
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  • This Week at Gapingvoid: 1/19 – 1/23

    Valerie Urso
    24 Jan 2015 | 10:17 am
    Buy The Print Some people wake us up. They bring us a new idea or a new way to do things. They challenge us to think differently, they challenge the status quo. They make things that previously seemed impossible, possible. We call what they have vision. They see with their mind’s eye a different future. We call them “visionaries” when they act on the present to make that future a reality. That’s what Martin Luther King Jr. did, and that’s why he inspires us today. He saw a different future, and he pursued it relentlessly. And isn’t that is what…
  • This Week At Gapingvoid: 1/12 – 1/16

    Valerie Urso
    17 Jan 2015 | 9:11 am
    Robots. Can’t live with ‘em, can’t live without ‘em.We’re all tired of calling customer service and reaching a machine. Press 1 for…Instead of making life simpler, a lot of digital tools have simply made it more annoying.That’s what this image is about – in an age where many companies are caught up with innovation, what really makes a difference to your customers?Reaching a human being.    Connection for the medical industry: remember who you serve.Sick people. Scared people. People who are fighting illness. People who want to give up.
  • This Week at Gapingvoid: 1/5 – 1/9

    Valerie Urso
    10 Jan 2015 | 9:07 am
    The other side: accountability.What good leaders do for their organization. They hold themselves accountable, and everyone else, too. It’s all about setting the right example, even when it’s not easy to do. Especially when it’s not easy. That’s when they need you most. Excellence has become just another word. It gets thrown around too often and lost its meaning. So Hugh redefined it for the University of Miami into something we can live. What does excellence actually mean? Hint: it’s not about how good you are or what you’ve accomplished.It’s about…
  • Our consulting practice: Culture Science

    Jessica Higgins
    6 Jan 2015 | 8:25 am
    Management science: a manufacturing-based methodology that stopped evolving in the 1960s. Consultants keep tweaking it, applying it, and selling it by the hour.  But we aren’t like management science. We are evolving. We need strategic thinking and creative outcomes now, not lever pullers who work at perfect speed with zero defects. And that’s why you’re losing. Because the processes, the systems, the people – they must support what really matters to you.   Culture Science: driving change by connecting intimately with employees and rallying them around a higher…
  • This Week at Gapingvoid: 12/29 – 1/2

    Valerie Urso
    3 Jan 2015 | 7:39 am
      Does your mission statement speak to the most essential values in your business? Or is it full of jargon and buzzwords?Mission statements unite your employees around a common goal – the more aspirational, the better. This is one of those times you go big or go home. Of course, writing a killer mission statement is only half the battle. Next, you have to make sure everyone in your organization gets behind it…easier said than done.   A lot of smart people have said something along the lines of: the only way to be secure is to be comfortable with insecurity.One thing that’s…
 
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  • Success Generally Happens After This Part

    Naomi Dunford
    9 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    A few weeks ago a client brought us two domain names and asked which one he should choose. Both names were perfectly fine – one was a little more geared towards SEO keywords, and the other leaned towards being better for personal branding. Which one to choose? What choice would give better results? The answer is: It kind of doesn’t matter. People’s first tendency – and I mean all people, not “those stupid ones who are nothing like you and me” – is to overestimate the importance of a single decision. We like to believe in the power of fate and how one specific choice determines…
  • How We Launch, Part 9!

    Naomi Dunford
    7 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    Is that a light at the end of the tunnel? Indeed it is. We have reached the very last part in our behind-the-scenes series on some of our biggest launches, and we’re capping it off with something a little more real-time. So, we’ve told you about eight of our big launches. We told you why and how we made our decisions, what our deciding factors were, and how the behind-the-scenes played out. What are we doing today?  Today, we’re going to do the same with the launch of our BIG LAUNCH class. The one you’re seeing right now. From start to finish, we’re going to tell you how…
  • How We Launch, Part 8: Launching over a holiday

    Naomi Dunford
    6 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    This is part 8 of a 9-part behind the scenes series on how we ran our biggest launches.  You can start at the beginning right here. Today we’re going to talk about the Your Next Six Months class. This was one of my favorite classes to run because it had a lot of the classic IttyBiz flavor to it: Do something no one else is doing, at the weirdest possible time, and name it something obvious. It happened to be coming up on June (right at Memorial Day weekend), and we had been thinking about what we were going to be doing for the next six months. We’d also had a lot of recent clients…
  • How We Launch, Part 7: In which we sell 3 unrelated things and it actually worked.

    Naomi Dunford
    5 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    This is part 7 of a 9-part behind the scenes series on how we ran our biggest launches. You can start at the beginning right here. Spring was rolling around and it was time to release a few new products. Since Dave and I had started working together, we had so many products in the production queue that it was a tough call to figure out when to release them and in what order. We had more products than we had launch slots, and the backlog was getting worse instead of better. We had three ebooks in particular we wanted to release next, though, and we wanted them out as quickly as possible. (You…
  • How We Launch, Part 6: The Launch That Kind Of Wasn’t A Launch.

    Naomi Dunford
    4 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    This is part 6 of a 9-part behind the scenes series on how we ran our biggest launches. You can start at the beginning right here. Sometimes figuring out how to launch your stuff only comes to you at the last minute. Today we’ll talk about the launch that was actually a relaunch, and a pretty poor example of even that, but which still sold many hundreds of copies. This is where we learn that if you build enough loyalty and authority, you can totally suck and still make money. But first, we’ll flash back. Beginning of 2008, and I didn’t have any products. I had just started consulting…
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  • Mini Saga #135 – Leave Your Mind

    thinksulting@gmail.com (Rajesh Setty)
    25 Jan 2015 | 4:49 pm
    Mini Saga #135 – Leave Your Mind The temple door said, “Leave your mind and shoes at the door.” Nodding his head, Ravi walked in. An elderly man stopped him, “Sir, can’t wear your shoes inside.” Ravi said, “Ah..sorry, when I left my mind, I forgot about shoes completely.” They changed the sign reordering the instructions. Sometimes, the order makes a big difference… Note: 1. A mini saga is a story told in exactly 50 words. Not 49 or 51 but exactly 50. 2. You can download a photographic manifesto of Mini Sagas at ChangeThis. Here is the link – Mini Sagas: Bite-sized…
  • Lessons from The Instigator Experience – Interview with Srinivas Rao

    thinksulting@gmail.com (Rajesh Setty)
    16 Dec 2014 | 7:25 am
    I have known Srini for a number of years and he never ceases to amaze me with his interviews (The Unmistakable Creative series)  and the projects that he pursues such as The Instigator Experience events. Being a co-host of a few Cerebrate events in the past, I am fascinated with the concept of The Instigator Experience. I asked Srini a few questions about the lessons learned from creating and hosting the last event. Here is that interview: RS: Srini, what is the Instigator Experience and more importantly what led you to create this event series? SR: It’s a 2 day bushiness event for people…
  • One blind spot to avoid in your quest to be true to yourself

    thinksulting@gmail.com (Rajesh Setty)
    14 Dec 2014 | 8:00 pm
    You would have heard (generally from motivational speakers) about the need to be true to yourself. Common terms used are: Be yourself Be true to yourself You can only be yourself, everybody else is taken Be You I can go on and also I agree with most of the statements but with a caveat. If you want to feel good about yourself and exercise freedom of speech or freedom of expression then go ahead by all means. Nobody can stop you. But… If you are thinking of meaningful accomplishments, the above theory paints only half the picture. There is a blind spot to avoid with the above approach and if…
  • Why is it hard to get what you are worth?

    thinksulting@gmail.com (Rajesh Setty)
    7 Dec 2014 | 1:55 pm
    You or someone you know are struggling to see how to fill the gap. The gap I am refering to is the difference between what you earn currently and what you are worth. There is an outside chance that you are in a situation for personal reasons where you can’t positively influence how much ever you try to reduce the gap. I say it’s an outside chance because those situations are rare. It does feel good to say that you are in one of them because when you truly believe that, “you absolve yourself from the blame” for your current situation. You are a victim and you are in a way happy being…
  • How to Handle Thankless Assignments

    thinksulting@gmail.com (Rajesh Setty)
    29 Nov 2014 | 6:01 pm
    A thankless assignment is one where there is a limited upside for doing a great job on the assignment, but there is a serious downside if something goes wrong with it. You (or someone you know) have been tasked with thankless assignments not once, but many times over unless you have been “Vegas-style lucky” – meaning VERY VERY lucky.. Over the last few years, I have helped a number of people handle thankless assignments and turn them into situations that will create potential advantages for them. Here I present those ideas that have worked well. Here we go: 1. Understand…
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  • Learning to Hate

    Richard Fernandez
    1 Feb 2015 | 2:29 am
    Obama may be leading the world in offering condemnation for the death of Kenji Goto, a Japanese journalist beheaded by ISIS when authorities failed, in some way, to comply with their demands to release bomber Sajida al-Rishawi.  But it is Jordan which may have seized the popular imagination when it threatened to summarily execute all its ISIS prisoners should a hair on Jordanian pilot in the gunmen’s custody be hurt. Elijah Magnier, chief international correspondent for Kuwait’s Al Rai newspaper, told MailOnline: ‘I have reliable contact in the Jordanian government who…
  • The Lying Sleeps Tonight

    Richard Fernandez
    30 Jan 2015 | 5:15 am
    Jonathan Ray of the National Interest examines the question of how China builds weapons that it declares are immoral. “Why does China develop weapons systems that it opposes? China criticizes U.S. ballistic missile defense (BMD) systems, but conducted three BMD tests of its own from 2010 to 2014. China regularly supports a treaty to ban space weapons, but has repeatedly tested an anti-satellite (ASAT) system.” Why? Because the Chinese have realized that given a choice between what is real and what is depicted on paper, Western leaders always believe the paper.  Incredulously,…
  • Man Versus Man

    Richard Fernandez
    29 Jan 2015 | 7:18 am
    Oddly enough there’s a tenuous cultural connection  between the long ago days of the Philippine anti-Marcos underground and Auschwitz. Back in the day I went to see Jose Diokno about getting someone in trouble with the regime off the hook.  Martial law was still in force and Diokno’s willingness to meet with a nobody from the shadows under doubtful circumstances says a lot about his willingness to run risk for the cause, especially since he himself had just been released from two years in prison. I should  explain to my readers and anyone born in the last 30 years, that former…
  • The Desert and the Sown

    Richard Fernandez
    28 Jan 2015 | 4:11 am
    Two pageants held the attention of the media over the last few days.  The first was the burial of the Saudi King, which though ceremonially simple attracted presidents and kings, prime ministers and potentates, a testament according to the BBC’s Jonny Dymond, of “Saudi Arabia’s global standing”. The second was the world economic forum at Davos, which had so many “power” figures that its participants had to be categorized into divisions like the Oscar awards. You can read about the The 2015 Power Women Of Davos, for example.  Both spectacles proved…
  • The Field of Miracles

    Richard Fernandez
    26 Jan 2015 | 3:39 pm
    In the other Western hemisphere state of the union speech, Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro,  while acknowledging that his government had no money, nevertheless promised to provide more “free” services for everyone.  Free school stipends, free housing. No cutbacks to social welfare. How would the bankrupt state pay for it?  He said , that while “oil will never cost $100 again but God will provide. Venezuela will never do without.” “God will provide.” Which only goes to show that Marxists aren’t really what people evolve into after they lose their…
 
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    Creativity at Work Blog

  • Creativity Drives Business Results

    Linda Naiman
    16 Jan 2015 | 11:06 pm
    Creativity Drives Business Results What better way to boost business performance in the New Year, than to kickstart your creativity. If you are reading my blog, then chances are you [...] Creativity at Work [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 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! ]]
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    Moving at the Speed of Creativity

  • Thanks to Donors Choose Supporters of Classroom Sphero Project

    Wesley Fryer
    28 Jan 2015 | 3:48 pm
    Today I finalized the thank you letter and submitted photos for our fall classroom Sphero project on Donor’s Choose. Thanks to the generosity of our donors we now have THREE additional Sphero robotic balls to use in Makers Studio during STEM class. Here’s the letter I submitted to our donors along with six photographs. If you’re interested in using Donor’s Choose to obtain equipment, supplies, or other resources (including field trip support) for your classroom, I highly recommend last year’s Classroom 2.0 Live webinars that are filled with helpful tips. Thank…
  • Document Your World With HyperLapse Videos

    Wesley Fryer
    23 Jan 2015 | 8:41 pm
    If you own an iOS device and have not yet given the amazing videography app Hyperlapse a try, consider this post your official invitation and challenge. According to the English WikiPedia: Hyperlapse (also walklapse, spacelapse, stop-motion time-lapse, motion timelapse, moving timelapse) is an exposure technique in time-lapse photography, in which the position of the camera is being changed between each exposure in order to create a tracking shot in timelapse sequences. In opposite to a simple motion timelapse – dolly shots, which are realized with short camera sliders; in hyperlapse…
  • Cool iPad Art & STEAM Apps & Hacks

    Wesley Fryer
    22 Jan 2015 | 11:05 pm
    Wednesday after school I shared a few different iPad apps and a great STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) drawing device with our art teacher at school whose classroom is just down the hall from me. Here’s the list of links I sent her afterward as a follow-up, along with a few other videos and related resources. My complete list of fall 2014 iPad apps for my STEM classroom is available on List.ly. ProCreate ($6) More information is available on the official app website: http://procreate.si/ This $10 online course about ProCreate brushes from Art Study Online looks…
  • Students & Teachers Explain Benefits of MinecraftEDU [VIDEO]

    Wesley Fryer
    22 Jan 2015 | 11:28 am
    Thanks to this post last week by Joel Soloman (@mole555) in the “Minecraft Teachers Google Group” I saw this excellent 7.5 minute video featuring interviews with both students and teachers, explaining the benefits of using MinecraftEDU in school. Check it out! This week I am introducing my STEM students to MinecraftEDU in a two part lesson, so this is timely. I’ve added it to my main MinecraftEDU STEM curriculum resource page. As the teachers explain in the video, MinecraftEDU is wonderful to use at school for a wide variety of reasons. At a basic level, playing…
  • 10 Things I Learned Teaching A Full Day iPad Workshop

    Wesley Fryer
    19 Jan 2015 | 8:27 pm
    Last Thursday I led a full-day workshop on iPad apps and technology integration strategies with iPads for about 175 educators at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas. I’ve led numerous workshops and presented lots of keynotes,conference breakouts in the past 10+ years, but this was the largest group of of educators I’ve taught simultaneously in a hands-on, full day iPad workshop. Here are 10 things I learned.    by  Wesley Fryer  University Bandwith Rocks Whenever a BYOD (bring your own device) workshop is offered these days, most participants bring MORE than one…
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    Lindsey Lewis

  • how to handle your own negative thinking

    lindsey
    27 Jan 2015 | 10:41 am
    Dearest you; The other day I had a conversation that I wish we had taped. I was in a cafe with a friend of mine, also an entrepreneur and change agent, and we started talking about what to do when you can’t cut the negative noise in your head. You know that noise: The “Who do you think you are”s The “You should be further ahead by now”s The “You’re not gonna make it to where you want to go”s That noise. Because we not only recognize that noise but also have big dreams, we started talking strategy. How do you get beyond negative thinking?
  • on realizing happiness. Andrea Cairella interviews me for her True Potentials Lovecast

    lindsey
    20 Jan 2015 | 7:05 am
    Dearest Libre tribe. I recently did an interview with Andrea Cairella on happiness. You can listen to the full interview here. Check out some of the highlights, below. xL “Yes. There is so much more. And it’s really about realizing that happiness comes from within, and it’s about creating a life from that place, rather than thinking it comes from some place external to us.” AC: What are some specific strategies you can share? LL: The first one is both a strategy and the foundation of all of the ones that come afterwards. It’s the realization that in order to find…
  • when it’s just one thing after another. what you can gain from it

    lindsey
    13 Jan 2015 | 1:48 pm
    There are days when everything seems to be going wrong. Days when it’s just one thing after another. Here’s a way to understand why it’s happening and what you can gain from it. Let me tell you about Allison… Allison had a bad week at work. Customers were jerks, her colleagues were know-it-alls, and even the Telus guy who came in to fix her internet was not a nice guy. It was just one thing after another. She was tempted to tell everyone exactly what she thought, and walk out the door. Ah. Freedom. No more jerks, no more know-it-alls, no more feeling like crying.
  • what will you love up fully this year?

    lindsey
    6 Jan 2015 | 10:18 am
    Dearest Libre tribe …This new year, I’ve got a question for you: What are you going to embrace? What parts of you or your life will you love up fully this year? Here’s a few of mine–I’m fully embracing that my yoga-loving side is deeply, divinely inspired; that this means the deeply world-loving, fashion-loving (don’t even get me started on Karl Lagerfeld and Paris women), business-loving, entrepreneurial side of me gets a kick-start from a place beyond fear. And then–big things happen. Really big things. What I Didn’t Used to Love…and…
  • when you hit the wall. what it means and how to make it through

    lindsey
    22 Dec 2014 | 10:12 am
    Evelyn’s Story Evelyn was tired. She’d been trying and trying to make a go of it, to change how she felt during the day, to be stronger, more confident, and better able to handle the challenges of her work. Each morning she got up before dawn. She made a cup of coffee. She drank it on the way to boot camp. There, she charged through a routine that made her sweat from head to toe, pushed herself to go further and faster–be stronger. She loved how she felt afterwards, the high of having achieved it all, the pulse in her muscles and in her breath. She showered, did her hair.
 
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    solar news wearejustcreative

  • Heat and Solar Energy

    31 Jan 2015 | 1:11 pm
    Solar heating systems incorporate several principles on the conversion of solar energy into solar thermal energy, as well as the physical behavior of heat. The primary principle that people need to know more about include solar home heating, which involves getting solar energy and transforming it into heat. You will better appreciate solar heating systems and solar energy as a whole by knowing how the process works. Here is some more info. About the Collectors A solar energy collector gets the radiant energy from the sun to be converted into heat. A solar collector transforms solar energy…
  • How To Install Marine Solar Panels

    26 Jan 2015 | 12:35 am
    Solar panels can be a great help to sailors, keeping vital lights and appliances functioning, even when batteries run low or a generator malfunctions. They are also a much quieter way of recharging batteries! Learning how to install marine solar panels will be vital for the sailor who wants their advantages, but first he or she must learn which solar panels are best. Three types of solar cells are commonly used in solar panels, each with its own advantages. The sailor needs to learn these advantages and select the solar panels that are best for the need. Types of Solar Panels Solar panels…
  • Heating Your Home With Solar, But Without Panels

    25 Jan 2015 | 4:47 am
    With rising energy costs and massive stress on our electrical grids, solar is gaining in popularity. Not everyone realizes you can heat your home without buying big panel systems. Heating Your Home With Solar, But Without Panels – Gain You can use solar energy to heat your home through a concept known as gain. While you may associate panel systems with any mention of solar power, they are not a component of this approach. Of course, this makes the installation a heck of a lot cheap than going with traditional panel systems. Solar gain is a concept that has been with us for much of the…
  • Get Great Tips About Solar Energy From Experts Who Know!

    24 Jan 2015 | 1:09 pm
    Solar panel installation is a green solution. This is an investment that is important. You have to understand if it will fit into your budget. Continue reading to educate yourself about solar energy so that you can decide whether or not it’s the right choice for you. If you’re prepared to stick with the investment in the long run, solar energy systems are an outstanding means for saving money. Installing solar panels requires a substantial investment, so years may pass before the panels generate sufficient savings to cover your cost. Invest in solar conversion only when you are…
  • Concentrating Solar Power Systems

    15 Jan 2015 | 8:43 pm
    If you have ever seen a field with several mirrors pointing toward the sun you may be looking at a solar power system. These systems work to concentrate the sunlight to one area and use the heat to heat up the liquid that flows along the pipes. This system is called Parabolic-trough system. This type of system heats oil that is flowing through the pipe. The oil is hot and that is why it is used to boil water to power a steam generator which in turns powers electricity. The reason that this system works so well is because the U-shaped mirrors attracts and collects the suns heat which is then…
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    SA CREATIVES

  • 11 Playful Condom Packaging designs

    SA Creatives
    30 Jan 2015 | 2:26 am
    Clever condom packaging design ideas promote safe sex in a fun way. Today more so than any other time it is important to get people excited about condom usage. Below is our favourite condom packaging. 1. Dapper style  2. Happy Condoms 3.Election Condoms 4. Peacoque Condoms 5. Pizza Condom     6.Salute Condom       7.Cheeky Condoms   8. Skin Condom   9.Fairy Condom 10. Play Condoms       11. Ion Condoms    
  • New Careers 24 campaign directed by Terence Neale of Egg Films

    SA Creatives
    29 Jan 2015 | 2:49 am
    Terence Neale of Egg Films has directed a new three-part campaign for Ogilvy Cape Town with the creative team of Chris Gotz, Oskar Petty and Monique Kaplan for Careers24. The premise of the commercials focuses on that often awkward and not-so-proud moment when asked what you do for a living. In a world where success is often measured by what career you have built for yourself, the campaign plays on the simple human truth that people generally seem to define you by your career, and the inadequacy experienced if you don’t quite live up to those expectations. The central characters lack of…
  • Bobby’s Looking For Love In Coca-Cola’s Summer TVC

    SA Creatives
    29 Jan 2015 | 2:34 am
    Bobby, the handsome and street smart Border Collie who starred in the popular ‘Share a Coke’ campaign, is looking for love in Coca-Cola’s new summer TVC currently flighting. In a nutshell, the new ad tells the exciting story of Bobby’s summer. He’s on a mission to find love, and navigates through the vibing city to do so, passing by many different types of interesting people and South Africa’s coolest teens. In his mouth, he carries a mysterious can, which eventually explains the reactions of those surrounding him and reveals his intentions. The sound track to his epic journey is…
  • 5 awesome things to do this week for SA Creatives

    SA Creatives
    28 Jan 2015 | 11:26 pm
    1.William Kentridge – The Refusal of Time Johannesburg – Exhibition Where: Johannesburg Art Gallery Description: The Refusal of Time at the Johannesburg Art Gallery. The work is a collaboration with composer Philip Miller, projection designer and editor Catherine Meyburgh, choreographer and dancer Dada Masilo, Peter Galison, a scientist from the United States and machine-makers, costume designers and set designers from many parts of the world. Date: Exhibition runs until Sunday 1 February2015 Cost: Free Contact:  Johannesburg Art Gallery   2.Amanda Palmer’s Ninja Gig…
  • SOUTHERN GUILD GALLERY PRESENTS AWARD WINNING BRITISH ARTIST JESSICA ZOOB

    SA Creatives
    28 Jan 2015 | 4:32 am
    Southern Guild is bringing the work of acclaimed British contemporary artist Jessica Zoob to South Africa for the first time in partnership with London Connoisseur. In the exhibition Passion and the Still Life, Zoob’s monumental Passion collection is paired with a curated selection of ceramics, sculpture, glass and curiosities by South African designers. “Until now, South Africans have only been exposed to Jessica’s fabric collection produced for Romo,” says Trevyn McGowan, who co-founded Southern Guild with her husband Julian. “As the winner of the 2014 ELLE Decoration British…
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    The Creative Mind

  • Three Creative Minds: Dolan, Lange, Binoche

    Douglas Eby
    30 Jan 2015 | 6:43 pm
    Multitalented people often express stimulating perspectives on realizing their creative abilities and passions. Here are comments from three well-known artists. Xavier Dolan has credits including: Actor, Writer, Producer, Costume designer, and at age 25 has directed five feature films. He has said “I don’t know that I’m being prolific, I’m just responding, I’m being authentic and I’m just listening to my needs in terms of expression.” … “I do feel that technically I’m still a neophyte, and that scares me. But I am a nerd, I learn fast, I’m passionate and I’m…
  • Creative People, Mental Health, Misdiagnosis

    Douglas Eby
    23 Jan 2015 | 6:28 pm
    A full list of talented and creative people who suffer anxiety, depression and other mental health challenges, would, of course, be limitless; being creative, gifted and talented does not exempt any of us from those problems. Novelist Patricia Cornwell is one example of an artist who has experienced mental health issues. She comments: “I’ve had my own difficulties. My wiring’s not perfect and there are ways that you can stabilise that. I have certain things that run in my own ancestry. “It’s not unusual for great artistic people to have bipolar disorder, for example…The diagnosis…
  • Alejandro Inarritu on the Creative Process

    Douglas Eby
    16 Jan 2015 | 6:35 pm
    “In the creative process every human being is confronted with doubts and contradictions and flaws…” Acclaimed for his films including “Amores Perros,” “Babel” and “21 Grams,” Alejandro González Iñárritu has earned a number of award nominations for directing and co-writing “Birdman.” In a theatre, we can enjoy the results of sometimes hundreds of talented people collaborating on making a movie, but there may be many years of often messy and emotionally challenging creative process that goes into getting a film actually…
  • High Sensitivity, Creativity and Brain Differences

    Douglas Eby
    11 Jan 2015 | 11:20 am
    Highly sensitive people are considered by many to be exceptionally creative as a group. Psychologist Elaine Aron even declares “I know ALL HSPs are creative, by definition.” The personality trait (technically referred to as sensory processing sensitivity, SPS) may show up in curious ways for some of us who are highly sensitive. For example, in the 1980’s, Arthur B. Lintgen, M.D. could look at the groove patterns in vinyl records and correctly identify the piece of music. – From post: Sensory processing sensitivity: smelling books and reading vinyl record grooves. Research by…
  • Margaret Keane: Overcoming Exploitation

    Douglas Eby
    4 Jan 2015 | 7:14 pm
    In the 1960s, paintings of “sad-eyed children,” massively reproduced in posters and cards, became possibly the best-selling art in the world for a time, thanks to the tireless marketing by Walter Keane of “his” work. The “big eyes” images were owned by celebrities and hung in many permanent collections. But Walter Keane was a fraud and plagiarist: the art was actually created by his wife Margaret Keane. “After years of silence, Margaret finally told a radio audience in 1970 that she, in fact, had painted all those wide-eyed waifs.” “A…
 
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    Cruzine

  • Nature Photography by Alex Greenshpun

    Paul Viluda
    30 Jan 2015 | 3:56 am
    Alex Greenshpun is a fabulous self-taught photographer based in Israel with a flare for the bold, vibrant, and beautiful. Below you may check out several inspiring photos selected from her portfolio. Enjoy! Read More
  • Illustrations by N.S. David

    Paul Viluda
    29 Jan 2015 | 3:20 am
    N.S. David is an artist / illustrator specializing in portraits with a surrealistic tint, using watercolors and paper. Enjoy the collection! Read More
  • Hot Fashion Photography by Amanda Diaz

    Paul Viluda
    28 Jan 2015 | 3:47 am
    Amanda Diaz has worked as a freelance photographer in Canada since mid 2008. Her focus in photography ranges from fashion, conceptual, beauty and portraiture. Her work has been featured in multiple blogs, magazines and websites from around the world. She was nominated as one of the top ten fashion / editorial photographers of 2012 with the Framed Network. Read More
  • Comic Art by W. Scott Forbes

    Paul Viluda
    26 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    W. Scott Forbes is a comic artist / illustrator living and working in Toronto, Canada. Below, you may check out several pieces selected from his portfolio. Enjoy and get inspired! Read More
  • Cool Concept Art by Dmitriy Prozorov

    Paul Viluda
    23 Jan 2015 | 8:01 am
    Dmitriy Prozorov is a talented digital concept artist living in Moscow, Russia. If you're into fantasy, make sure to scroll through our picks below. Read More
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    Farnam Street

  • Andy Warhol on Love and Sex

    Shane Parrish
    29 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    “People should fall in love with their eyes closed. Just close your eyes. Don’t look.” *** Pop art luminary Andy Warhol had a lot to say about love and sex. As found in the wonderful pseudo memoir The Philosophy of Andy Warhol (From A to B and Back Again). Love affairs get too involved, and they’re not really worth it. But if, for some reason, you feel that they are, you should put in exactly as much time and energy as the other person. In other words, “I’ll pay you if you pay me.” People have so many problems with love, always looking for someone to…
  • Real vs. Simulated Memories

    Shane Parrish
    28 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    Software memory is increasingly doing more and more for us. Yet it lacks one important element of human memory: emotion. This thought-provoking excerpt comes from Mirror Worlds: or the Day Software Puts the Universe in a Shoebox…How It Will Happen and What It Will Mean, a book recommended by tech luminary Marc Andreessen, (famous VC, sits on the board of Facebook, and HP). When an expert remembers a patient, he doesn’t remember a mere list of words. He remembers an experience, a whole galaxy of related perceptions. No doubt he remembers certain words—perhaps a name, a diagnosis,…
  • The Psychology of We

    Shane Parrish
    27 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    Two categories of people that can be hard to have a conversation with are good friends and people who have worked together for a long time. Sometimes it’s like they are speaking their own language — and they are. But these connections can transcend conversation and touch on life. In Powers of Two: Finding the Essence of Innovation in Creative Pairs, Joshua Shenk explores how the identity of pairs resemble that of a mosaic, “a series of pieces that connect to one another.” A good place to begin is with ritual, since this is often the foundation of creative practice. Igor…
  • Vincent van Gogh on the Two Types of Idlers

    Shane Parrish
    26 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    Self-Portrait by Vincent van Gogh (1889) The anthology Ever Yours: The Essential Letters, contains 265 of Vincent van Gogh’s letters, which is nearly a third of all the surviving letters he penned. In a long and winding letter to his brother Theo dated Thursday, 24 June 1880, van Gogh shines light on his independent mind. Now one of the reasons why I’m now without a position, why I’ve been without a position for years, it’s quite simply because I have different ideas from these gentlemen who give positions to individuals who think like them. Later, in the same letter, he defines two…
  • The Difference Between Seeing and Observing

    Shane Parrish
    25 Jan 2015 | 9:20 am
    In A Scandal in Bohemia, Sherlock Holmes teaches Watson the difference between seeing and observing: “When I hear you give your reasons,” I remarked, “the thing always appears to me to be so ridiculously simple that I could easily do it myself, though at each successive instance of your reasoning, I am baffled until you explain your process. And yet I believe that my eyes are as good as yours.” “Quite so,” he answered, lighting a cigarette, and throwing himself down into an armchair. “You see, but you do not observe. The distinction is clear. For example, you have frequently…
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    Cultural Weekly

  • Cultural Weekly Partners With CreatorUp!

    Tod Hardin
    28 Jan 2015 | 10:42 pm
    $50 Off CreatorUp Classes PLUS a FREE Copy of Adam Leipzig’s Inside Track for Indie Filmmakers! Our educational partner CreatorUp is launching four-week-long Live Classes that will also be virtually live streamed.  The classes will be taught by incredible industry leading teachers starting on FEB 2nd.  Live classes include: Crowdfunding a Successful Campaign Launching a Web Series to Build 10K Subscribers Branded Content for Filmmaker Entrepreneurs Storytelling Foundations To Grow Make A Short Film in Four Weeks And guess what … as a Cultural Weekly reader … YOU RECEIVE…
  • Sundance Infographic 2015: Dollars and Distribution

    Adam Leipzig
    28 Jan 2015 | 6:02 pm
    $4.6 Billion Invested in Indies; Nearly All Festival Films Get Distribution Congratulations Sundance filmmakers! You have a 4 in 5 chance of getting a distribution deal. That’s one key finding from our data-crunching preparation for the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. As recently as 2010, getting distribution at Sundance was rare. In that year, as in years prior, only about 10 percent of the movies got deals. But then came the Great Digital Shift, with the explosion of Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, iTunes and other opportunities for video on demand. We may now predict that more than 100 of…
  • The Bedford Shakespeare: The Bard in Hypertext

    Adam Leipzig
    28 Jan 2015 | 6:00 pm
    Most editions of Shakespeare’s plays are exactly what you’d expect: text, footnotes, some introductory remarks. They cram words into your ears, but don’t give much sense of them, or the context of the plays, or how the plays make context for our lives today. A new edition, The Bedford Shakespeare, is different. It presents the 25 most-studied plays as part of an experiential banquet, which also includes essays, contexts, explanations, quotes from actors and lots of illustrations; one of the authors calls it “a hypertext reading experience.” I imagine students…
  • Tony Danza Throws Off Honeymoon in Vegas

    David Sheward
    28 Jan 2015 | 5:46 pm
    The first 30 minutes of Honeymoon in Vegas, based on the 1992 film comedy, are among the best in any musical now on Broadway. The amazing Rob McClure, who dazzled us a few seasons back with his title performance in the uneven Chaplin, opens the show with “I Love Betsy,” a peppy, funny number with zestful music and lyrics by Jason Robert Brown. With the aide of Gary Griffin’s sharp direction and Denis Jones’s engaging choreography, McClure establishes his character Jack, a shlubby but amiable guy about to buy an engagement ring for his girlfriend of five years. Then we meet the lady in…
  • Laurel Ann Bogen: Five Poems

    Laurel Ann Bogen
    28 Jan 2015 | 5:27 pm
    Laurel Ann Bogen is the author of ten books of poetry and short fiction, including Washing a Language; Fission; The Last Girl in the Land of the Butterflies and Rag Tag We Kiss. In 2016 Red Hen Press will publish All of the Above: New and Selected Poems 1975-2015.  She is a recipient of the Pacificus Foundation’s Curtis Zahn Poetry Prize, two awards from the Academy of American Poets and a 2011 Pushcart Prize nomination. Her work has appeared in over 100 literary magazines and anthologies including The Maverick Poets, California Poetry from the Gold Rush to the Present, The Outlaw Bible of…
 
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    i heart creation

  • Please have some colorful tea!

    I'm the universe
    15 Jan 2015 | 7:22 pm
    HD Wallpaper 1280 X 720 You are welcome to use the free wallpaper & the image above. A link back to our website www.iheartcreation.com is appreciated, but not mandatory. The images cannot be used for resale without the prior permission from it’s owner who can be reached at info@iheartcreation.com
  • Colors in harmony!

    I'm the universe
    15 Jan 2015 | 12:09 pm
    You are welcome to use the free picture above. A link back to our website www.iheartcreation.com is appreciated, but not mandatory. This picture cannot be used for resale without the prior permission of it’s photographer who can be reached at info@iheartcreation.com
  • A posy of colors for you!

    I'm the universe
    15 Jan 2015 | 12:02 pm
    You are welcome to use the free picture above. A link back to our website www.iheartcreation.com is appreciated, but not mandatory. This picture cannot be used for resale without the prior permission of it’s photographer who can be reached at info@iheartcreation.com
  • Look what we made!

    I'm the universe
    4 Dec 2014 | 6:58 am
  • Kharek ki kheer (Dry date pudding)

    I'm the universe
    29 Nov 2014 | 4:48 pm
    Today I have the pleasure of introducing you to a very delcious dish. Treat yourself, your family and guests with this amazingly simple and wholesome dessert. Dates is the natural sweetener in this dish with no added sugar. This is an ayurvedic sattvik dish, an authentic recipe from the east. Often eaten without any celebratory occasion but can […]
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    Lucy Chen Fine Art

  • Beautiful Blossoms are Just Around the Corner

    Lucy Chen
    26 Jan 2015 | 2:05 am
    Just Around the Corner Flowers 16″x16″.1.5″ (or 40cm*40cm), oil on linen canvas, by Lucy Chen Original Available, $385, Purchase Info I hope you life is flowing fluidly and gracefully, my friend.  But if you are experiencing some challenges, remember: Beautiful blossoms are always just around the corner, you only need to look to see them. Beautiful blossoms are always just around the corner, you only need to look to see themClick To Tweet Valentine’s Day is approaching, why not send your love flowers that will never wither, just like your love that will never fade…
  • The Dark Side of Pop Art

    Lucy Chen
    19 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    During the holiday, my little girl and I went to see the Pop to Popism exhibition at the Art Gallery of New South Wales.  It was the biggest pop art show in Australia, and the first time where Australian pop art is shown alongside their American and European peers. What it attracted me to the show as the opportunity to see originals of the famous Andy Warhol.  I can now proudly announce that I’ve seen the original Marilyn Monroe, the Jackie, the Elvis, the Mao, the canned soups, and quite a few other Warhols! Every major art movement was somewhat radical because it changed how we see…
  • Keeping Your Child’s Childhood Memories Alive

    Lucy Chen
    11 Jan 2015 | 1:00 pm
    A Girl’s Childhood, 24″x24″, oil on linen, by Lucy Chen What will you keep for your children as they grow up? What toys or mementos would they treasure as adults?  What do they want to remember about their childhood? My children are turning five and three this year, and we’ve already accumulated piles of stuff – toys, drawings, tiny jumpers (many of which I knit for them) and more.  Can you imagine how big the piles would grow by the time they reach adulthood and are ready to leave home?  Thing is, it’s unlikely they would want to keep all those…
  • How to Learn New Things

    Lucy Chen
    4 Jan 2015 | 4:00 pm
    CHLOE ON PLAYGROUND IN CHINA 14″x11″, oil on board, by Lucy Chen 1. Recognize you have something new to learn Richard Schmid says in his book Alla Prima II that if you want the purest color possible, you need to use a palette knife TO DO WHAT? (I think mixing?).  And I saw how he painted an orchid pedal with only one sweep of the knife – amazing! I have no trouble mixing my paints with a palette knife, but painting with it is totally different from using a brush. So I put off trying them until I came across this article.  Then I started imagining how palette knives would…
  • Merry Christmas

    Lucy Chen
    18 Dec 2014 | 8:56 pm
    Have a very happy and safe holiday, my friend! P.S. If you’d like to download a version of the above Christmas painting for your computer’s wall paper (it’s sized for desktops and laptops), simple put in your email below to have it delivered to your inbox.  It’s a small gift from me, to thank you for your support this year. Thank you! Related posts: The Beauty in Simple Things How a Magical Coincidence Leads to a Floral Painting Painting Oncidium Orchid
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  • Google Gets Heavy-Handed with Indie Artists on YouTube

    Gordon Platt
    26 Jan 2015 | 8:27 am
    If you had high hopes for YouTube’s forthcoming streaming service, Music Key, be prepared to have Google dash those dreams. (If you’re a creator of any kind, this may already  be a familiar feeling.) Although it depends very much on the agreements the company has signed with labels if you’re signed up to a record deal, recent reports suggest that indie artists will face a ‘take it or leave it’ deal that leaves them with few options to control their creative rights. Worse still, Google is leveraging the unique dominance of its platform to refuse negotiation…
  • Google’s Fast and Loose Approach to Copyright

    Gordon Platt
    22 Jan 2015 | 10:52 am
    Image courtesy of Pixomar by FreeDigitalPhotos.net Where its own proprietary content is concerned, Google seeks the fullest protection of the law — not so much when it comes to the proprietary content of others. When it wants what you have, Google is prepared to engage in judicial gymnastics and puts its considerable financial muscle to work to get it. The most recent case in point is Google’s copying of Oracle’s proprietary Java software into its Android operating system. Oracle makes the source code and organization of the Java platform available to companies to license.
  • Microsoft Makes Its Moonshot with HoloLens Tech

    Gordon Platt
    21 Jan 2015 | 12:02 pm
    If you thought the future of wearables was limited to Apple‘s adventure on the wrist and Google’s stalled Glass experiment, think again. Microsoft is making the uncharacteristic move of driving into a new product category without its main competitors leading them there. Windows 10 hopes to make holographic computing a reality (Photo credit: Wikipedia) At its Windows 10 launch event today, Microsoft unexpectedly unveiled its HoloLens technology, a cross-platform project combining new hardware and software that makes holographic computing a reality. That spans wearables, Windows,…
  • With Woody Allen, Amazon Brings the Big Guns to TV

    Gordon Platt
    16 Jan 2015 | 2:42 pm
    Woody Allen – Cannes Film Festival (Photo credit: Wikipedia) If 2014 was the year that Amazon found its feet with original programming, 2015 promises to be the year it gets its running shoes on. The increasingly diversified ecommerce giant revealed this week that it has signed up Woody Allen for an exclusive television series, one which will be his first foray into the format, despite a fabled career making movies. Following hot on the heels of Golden Globes success for Amazon’s series ‘Transparent,’ – admittedly alongside even bigger success for Netflix –…
  • Charlie Hebdo: Creative Thinking is not (always) a Pretty Thing

    Gordon Platt
    12 Jan 2015 | 7:16 am
    Creativity is not necessarily a beautiful thing. It is a process fraught with dead ends, missteps and waste. Sometimes the results are great. Sometimes, not so much. There is, however, that occasional jewel that makes it all worthwhile. A great deal has been written about Charlie Hebdo this week, but there has been a bit of a backlash. Some saying explicitly that they are not Charlie Hebdo. While no one has come close to saying the egregious crime committed in Paris was justified, there has been criticism that Charlie Hebdo itself was guilty of hate speech. Certainly some of Charlie…
 
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  • 11 Compelling Reasons Creatives Should Teach (And 7 Signs You Shouldn’t)

    Leanne Regalla
    28 Jan 2015 | 9:03 am
    [Read to the end of today’s post to get details of a free half-hour coaching bonus ($99 value) that I’m offering to any of my readers who sign up for Danny Iny’s Course Builder’s Laboratory (aff.) before Thursday, January 29th, 2015.] Do you have so many paying customers that you’re turning people away? Are folks pounding down your door for your writing, art or design projects, stage production, or latest musical compositions? Are you wondering how you’ll ever work through your waiting list? Or are you still dreaming of that magical day? Let’s face it. It can take a while…
  • 05- How Creatives Succeed Without Industry Approval with Cartoonist, Author Hugh MacLeod [Podcast]

    Leanne Regalla
    15 Jan 2015 | 11:42 am
    Subscribe to the podcast on Stitcher or iTunes, rate, and leave a review to let me know what you think! Your feedback helps others to find the show. Subscribe on Stitcher Subscribe on iTunes Follow on Soundcloud And as always, please share if you know someone who needs to hear these great interviews. Show Summary In this session of the Make Creativity Pay Podcast, I talk to cartoonist and author Hugh MacLeod of GapingVoid Art about seeking industry approval, balancing creativity while keeping a business focus, and the importance of having a mission. Besides being an extremely successful…
  • 7 Lessons From the Craig Wayne Boyd School of Overnight Creative Success

    Leanne Regalla
    7 Jan 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Craig Wayne Boyd at Rose Bowl Parade – Instagram You’ve wondered. Admit it. How some people get the breaks and the attention. How did that performer land that audition or appointment with the industry rep? How did that writer, speaker, designer, or cartoonist come from out of nowhere to suddenly being everywhere? How did that contestant impress the judges and manage to stand out from thousands of hopefuls to secure a spot on The Voice, American Idol, or America’s Got Talent? Why were they picked? Are they well connected or just lucky? They might obviously be much more talented than…
  • Holiday Cheer

    Leanne Regalla
    23 Dec 2014 | 9:55 am
    Wishing you a holiday season filled with peace, joy, and love, and an amazing 2015! One of my favorite things about this past year has been to see all the fantastic creative work that’s being done by the folks in our very own community. Many thanks to Sharon Netzley for this gem. If you like it, please leave her some kind words in the comments, or ask about buying a print. Happy New Year! Celestial Ornamentation by Make Creativity Pay community member Sharon Netzley The post Holiday Cheer appeared first on Make Creativity Pay.
  • 04- The Truth About Selling, Selling Out, and Competition in Creative Fields with Paul Jarvis [Podcast]

    Leanne Regalla
    2 Dec 2014 | 10:55 am
    Subscribe to the podcast on Stitcher or iTunes, rate, and leave a review to let me know what you think! Subscribe on Stitcher Subscribe on iTunes Follow on Soundcloud And as always, please share if you know someone who needs to hear these shows. Show Summary Paul Jarvis has made a career as a professional creative. He’s the author of 5 books as well as a musician and a web designer. He’s been doing web design for over 20 years with such high-profile corporate clients as Yahoo, Mercedez Benz, and Microsoft, as well as with online celebrities Danielle LaPorte, Marie Forleo, and Kris Carr.
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  • Why Language Learning Software Doesn’t Work

    Megan Coxe
    14 Jan 2015 | 2:31 am
    Generally, I get excited about technological innovation, software with potential to change an industry, or at the very least make things more efficient. And I still do. But lately, I’ve heard a lot of buzz about a program called Duolingo, a language learning program that uses translation as its base. It’s become the new miracle language learning tool to replace Rosetta Stone, which held that position for years. But the problem is that only thing that Rosetta Stone was good at was marketing. I’ve been learning and teaching languages for years, beginning with Spanish and Portuguese.
  • On New Beginnings

    Megan Coxe
    7 Jan 2015 | 6:12 am
    When I first moved to New York, a friend had commented to me: “There’s no graceful way in or out of this city.” As I prepare to move again, I’ve come back to this thought. It’s true that the physical comings and goings of this city, the cement aerial and subterranean veins of America’s greatest metropolis, are anything but the jewels of New York. The subway looks like a sewer. The roads out are almost always choked with traffic. JFK is s far off never- ending sprawl of labyrinthine construction. Newark Airport is, well, in New Jersey. And LaGuardia – actually LaGuardia would…
  • Why You Shouldn’t Freelance

    Megan Coxe
    16 Dec 2014 | 5:49 am
    Freelancing can sound like a dream. No boss, setting your own schedule, choosing your own clients, projects, and rates. While it’s true that you can have more flexibility than if you’re working for someone else, gaining this freedom can be a long road. A few of the obstacles to freelance freedom. You need clients. If you have a standing list of people you can call up as potential clients, you might not have a bad time. But most people spend their first year as an independent contractor scrambling to find the right projects – or any projects. The internet will undercut you. If you…
  • The Future of Digital Marketing

    Megan Coxe
    9 Dec 2014 | 6:04 am
    Last week, I went to a talk ambitiously titled the Future of Digital Marketing. Despite the alluring sound, the talk by Young & Rubicam CEO, David Sable, was less about what will be different and more about what will be the same as it ever was. “Creativity is how we tell the story. Innovation is how we get the story out.” Sable was referring to the ad world when he said this. But his words ring true for all storytellers. That first part, the story, is what separates the good stories from the bad ones. But getting that story out – whether it’s your fiction novel or your holiday…
  • No, Really: What Is Thought Leadership?

    Megan Coxe
    4 Dec 2014 | 5:58 am
    Thought leader is a silly term (as I’ve stated before). It’s redundant, almost denigrating leadership through ideas as a marketing ploy rather than true expertise. Yet, it’s become an important one in our time.  As David Brooks once said in his New York Times column on the subject: Little boys and girls in ancient Athens grew up wanting to be philosophers. In Renaissance Florence they dreamed of becoming Humanists. But now a new phrase and a new intellectual paragon has emerged to command our admiration: The Thought Leader. Brooks and others use the term “thought leader” to…
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    Creativity For Life

  • How to Felt Your Yarn Crafts

    Deborah
    31 Jan 2015 | 2:00 am
    Felting is one of the oldest fiber crafts, and is a method by which you create an object made with wool fibers. Felting gives knitted items a whole new look. It eliminates the definition of the stitches, creating a soft, smooth piece. Felting is most commonly done to hats, purses and other accessories. How To […] The post How to Felt Your Yarn Crafts appeared first on Creativity For Life.
  • Edward de Bono On Innovation Vs Creativity (Video)

    Deborah
    29 Jan 2015 | 1:00 am
    People confuse creativity with innovation all the time. “Innovation is doing new things. Creativity is thinking up new things” – Theodore Levitt In this video, Dr. Edward de Bono talks about innovation vs creativity. Edward de Bono is regarded by many as the leading authority in the field of creative thinking, innovation and the direct […] The post Edward de Bono On Innovation Vs Creativity (Video) appeared first on Creativity For Life.
  • DIY Washi Paper Clips (Tuesday Tutorial)

    Deborah
    27 Jan 2015 | 1:00 am
    I love, love, love washi tape! I use it to decorate my Erin Condren planner and to add a little bit of beauty to so many ordinary things. In today’s ‘Tuesday Tutorial,’ Jennifer from My Purpley Life shows us how to make adorable washi paper clips! Washi tape feels a little bit like masking tape, […] The post DIY Washi Paper Clips (Tuesday Tutorial) appeared first on Creativity For Life.
  • Stay Hungry…

    Deborah
    26 Jan 2015 | 1:15 am
    “Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish.” – Steve Jobs    The post Stay Hungry… appeared first on Creativity For Life.
  • How To Press Flowers At Home

    Deborah
    24 Jan 2015 | 12:30 am
    Pressed flowers make beautiful additions to all sorts of crafts. They’re often used to make handmade greeting cards, but there’s so much more that can be done with them. They’re great for plaques and other home décor items, scrapbooking, and even decoupaging onto furniture. Here are some tips on how to press flowers yourself at […] The post How To Press Flowers At Home appeared first on Creativity For Life.
 
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  • Make Room for Loopholes Modular Storage

    Donald Rattner
    28 Jan 2015 | 5:30 pm
    Loopholes by Belgian studio Atelier Belge is a stylish new entry into the growing market for modular storage that is both versatile and attractive. Comprised of a steel grid and multiple storage add-ons, Loopholes can serve organizing needs in almost any area of a home. The hooks, containers, and shelves can be mixed and rearranged in countless arrangements, and the structural grid can be assembled in units to form larger assemblies. Loopholes can be used in the kitchen, home office, entryway, bathroom; you can even turn it into a hanging garden wall in exterior applications. The grid…
  • Hot Stuff: Ranking Creative Pursuits by Sex Appeal

    Donald Rattner
    25 Jan 2015 | 5:30 pm
    We don't need science to know that creativity is sexy. Mick Jagger's number proves that point. As do anecdotes from everyone's lives about far lesser musicians than the Rolling Stones. In one recent study—conducted, of course, in France—a male researcher solicited phone numbers from 300 random young women on the street. He got more digits when carrying a guitar case than when carrying a gym bag or nothing at all. So, chicks dig musicians. To repeat: not exactly rocket science. But how do musicians stack up in the appeal department to, say, a programming whiz, or a stand-up comic, or an…
  • Magnetic Poetry Word Kits Are For Cut-up Creativity

    Donald Rattner
    21 Jan 2015 | 5:30 pm
    The backstory to Magnetic Poetry kits is almost as interesting as playing with the product itself. Owner and founder Dave Kappell had been an aspiring songwriter plagued by chronic writer's block. Not a good situation. Determined to clear this debilitating hurdle to career advancement, one day he decided to write down various words on scraps of paper and rearrange them in the hope of finding unexpected inspiration. Inspiration came, though in an even more unexpected fashion than expected. While assembling his cut-up words Dave suddenly sneezed (a result of allergies), and his paper…
  • Yes, Minecraft Teaches Kids Creativity — and Other Things

    Donald Rattner
    18 Jan 2015 | 5:43 pm
    The popular build-and-survive video game Minecraft could very well be the most surprising tech success of this decade. Created in 2009 by programmer Markus "Notch" Persson, expanded by a small team, and advertised mostly by word of mouth, it has more than 100 million users. To drive home its success, Microsoft bought the game a few months ago for a staggering $2.5 billion. I'm sure you've heard many kids, teens, and adults in your life talking about Minecraft. Here's why that might be a good thing, and how to keep it from turning bad. 1. It builds creativity I'm a huge fan of Lego. My son and…
  • Katris Modular Cat Scratcher and Furniture System

    Donald Rattner
    14 Jan 2015 | 5:30 pm
    This brand new cardboard cat furniture line is taking creative modularity to a new level! The work of the design team Papercut Lab, Katris is a system of sturdy cardboard shapes that fit together just like the ones in the game Tetris, allowing you to create an endless number of interlocking configurations. By stacking and attaching the pieces, you can build a customized cat tree that doubles as a scratcher or even a piece of furniture for you! Make a side table or coffee table with nooks and crannies for the cats to explore. Or just let it stand as a piece of sculpture suitable for…
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  • How To Help Your Daughter Quit Drinking And Drugs

    Abia
    1 Feb 2015 | 2:53 am
    The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) reports in “Alcohol Use Among Girls” that depression and substance abuse often occur together. It is often not clear which comes first: depression leading to use of alcohol or drugs to alleviate the symptoms, or use of drugs and alcohol leading to depression. Recent studies conducted by the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University found that approximately 45 percent of high school girls drink alcohol, compared with 49 percent of boys; girls use prescription drugs more than boys do;…
  • How Young Girls Become Drug Addicts And What Parents Can Do

    Abia
    31 Jan 2015 | 6:28 pm
    Today, our children live in more dangerous times and with a higher state of anxiety than we did as teens. Studies also show that smoking is on the rise among young women. Girls as young as 12 are smoking. What is interesting in terms of gender differences is that boys begin smoking because of the influence of their peer group, but girls are more likely to smoke if their parents do. Marijuana is more potent now than ever before, date rape drugs are readily available, and sexual activity with unknown partners can be lethal. The U.S. Department of Education reports on its website that…
  • How To Deal With A Daughter Insecure About Her Looks Daughter

    Abia
    31 Jan 2015 | 5:00 pm
    We baby boomers have questioned everything, except, for the most part, the standards and ideals of beauty and body image. If the amount of money and/or time spent on makeup, cosmetic surgery, and skin care products is any indication, we are still trying to meet these unrealistic ideals. We try to look young at any cost. In fact, CNN.com reported that from 1997 to 2001 there was a 304 percent increase in the number of cosmetic procedures. Therefore, it should come as no surprise that our daughters have taken in these messages. We are teaching our daughters to sculpt their bodies,…
  • How Teen Girls Try To Fit In The Modern Society

    Abia
    31 Jan 2015 | 4:47 pm
    In addition to the tyranny of beauty and niceness, there are other standards of perfection teens are compelled to meet. Teenage girls are obsessed not only with how they look but also with whether they belong to the right crowd and how popular they are with boys. Overemphasis on fitting in fosters a disregard for uniqueness and individuality. The pressure to fit in, to achieve in school, and to be nonthreatening to boys and other girls can chip away at a girl’s self-image. Consumed with being liked by others, she doesn’t get around to liking herself. As Susan, Hillary’s mother,…
  • Why Your Daughter Might Be Hiding Her Feelings

    Abia
    31 Jan 2015 | 4:32 pm
    Boys start to hide their vulnerability and mask their feelings at the age of four or five. Girls start to hide their (controversial, messy) feelings and lose trust in what they know at age 12 or 13. This happens because of the enormous pressure they feel to be “nice girls.” Our culture expects girls to be sensitive, caring, and nice, which “creates a burden on girls that plays into a larger myth that ‘girls are good.’ The ‘tyranny of the nice and kind,’ a phrase coined by Lyn Mikel Brown and Carol Gilligan, forces girls to express in public those aspects of girlhood that…
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