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  • Facing the fear that you may not be that creative and all your ideas are bad

    Creative Something
    26 Aug 2014 | 9:16 am
    Nearly every idea I have feels bland or stale. Some of my ideas have been bad. But have all of them, all of my ideas and all of my projects, been so… uncreative? Some of my writing has certainly felt repetitive or seemingly outdated. Some of my artwork has felt boring and unoriginal. Most of my ideas strike me as “not all that great” on their face. And, sometimes, when I write an idea down, or start writing an article, or open Photoshop to design, I stop myself before I even get started on the idea. Why? Because I feel that the idea is just not creative enough. What’s the…
  • "You’ll make mistakes, but as long as what you’re focused on is what you’re passionate about, all the..."

    Creative Something
    29 Aug 2014 | 8:14 am
    “You’ll make mistakes, but as long as what you’re focused on is what you’re passionate about, all the other things will fall into place. If there’s anything you’re going to give less priority to, it shouldn’t be your passion. You can never go wrong with that.” - Great advice from Dan Rubin, in celebration of The Great Discontent turning three today.
  • The Shortness of Life: Seneca on Busyness and The Art of Living Wide Rather Than Living Long

    Brain Pickings
    Maria Popova
    1 Sep 2014 | 12:20 am
    “The greatest obstacle to living is expectancy, which hangs upon tomorrow and loses today… The whole future lies in uncertainty: live immediately.” “How we spend our days,” Annie Dillard memorably wrote in her soul-stretching meditation on the life of presence, “is, of course, how we spend our lives.” And yet most of us spend our days in what Kierkegaard believed to be our greatest source of unhappiness — a refusal to recognize that “busy is a decision” and that presence is infinitely more rewarding than productivity. I frequently…
  • Where Do You Fall on the Creativity Spectrum?

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    Tanner Christensen
    1 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    The Creativity Spectrum from Kevan Lee at Buffer We often hear the advice “just start,” but it comes without a clear explanation as to how. Visualizing the gap between mediocre and great work in this way makes it evident that the only way to get on that scale is to overcome the bigger gap between nothing and something. Over at Buffer, Kevan Lee gives us an answer by taking creative author Shirky’s notes to create The Creativity Spectrum.: What holds you back from creating something? For many of us, it’s fear. Fear that something might not be good enough, unique enough or novel…
  • Creation Myth

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    Joachim I. Krueger, Ph.D.
    1 Sep 2014 | 11:58 am
    Creativity is important and fun. Now let’s look at the dark side. Can it drive a wedge between us? read more
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    Brain Pickings

  • The Shortness of Life: Seneca on Busyness and The Art of Living Wide Rather Than Living Long

    Maria Popova
    1 Sep 2014 | 12:20 am
    “The greatest obstacle to living is expectancy, which hangs upon tomorrow and loses today… The whole future lies in uncertainty: live immediately.” “How we spend our days,” Annie Dillard memorably wrote in her soul-stretching meditation on the life of presence, “is, of course, how we spend our lives.” And yet most of us spend our days in what Kierkegaard believed to be our greatest source of unhappiness — a refusal to recognize that “busy is a decision” and that presence is infinitely more rewarding than productivity. I frequently…
  • Click Like You Give a Damn: The Politics of Linkbait and How Feeding on Buzz Ensures a Malnourished Soul

    Maria Popova
    1 Sep 2014 | 12:10 am
    “We have to start shaping the world we want with our clicks, because clicking is a public act.” When we feed on buzz, are we really nourishing our souls? Most intelligent, motivated people believe that we shape the world with our choices — that subverting our convictions to some this-is-just-the-way-it-is ideology is unacceptable, disempowering resignation. And yet even the best-intentioned people often get caught in believing this on an abstract level, while making passive, semi-automatic choices in our daily lives that float us further from rather than closer to the world…
  • From a Gentleman to a Lady: A Clever Cryptographic Love Letter from the 1850s

    Maria Popova
    1 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    “…dropped from the pocket of a young man who is very well known in sporting circles.” It’s been said that “nothing is mysterious, no human relation, except love,” which is a dynamic language that has to be learned. As a lover of love letters, I was infinitely delighted, while perusing the Printed Ephemera collection of the Library of Congress, to chance upon an ingenious specimen from the 1850s bridging the mystery and language of love in a cryptographic masterpiece. The missive was allegedly penned by a resourceful young man courting the daughter an…
  • Leonard Bernstein’s Moving Letter of Gratitude to His Mentor and a Prescient 1943 Manifesto for Crowdfunding the Arts

    Maria Popova
    28 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    Decades before Kickstarter, a vision for how micro-patronage can help creators “ascend to new heights” and “gain in confidence, in self-esteem and in fortitude.” As a great proponent of the mutual gift of gratitude to those who touch our lives in a meaningful way and a joyful practitioner of sending regular notes of appreciation to these generous people in my own life, I was extraordinarily moved by a letter of gratitude that legendary composer Leonard Bernstein sent to one of his big heroes and mentors, the Russian-born conductor, composer, and Boston Symphony…
  • Darwin’s Battle with Anxiety

    Maria Popova
    28 Aug 2014 | 1:30 am
    A posthumous diagnosis of the paralyzing mental malady that afflicted one of humanity’s greatest minds. Charles Darwin was undoubtedly among the most significant thinkers humanity has ever produced. But he was also a man of peculiar mental habits, from his stringent daily routine to his despairingly despondent moods to his obsessive list of the pros and cons of marriage. Those, it turns out, may have been simply Darwin’s best adaptation strategy for controlling a malady that dominated his life, the same one that afflicted Vincent van Gogh — a chronic anxiety, which rendered…
 
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  • Where Do You Fall on the Creativity Spectrum?

    Tanner Christensen
    1 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    The Creativity Spectrum from Kevan Lee at Buffer We often hear the advice “just start,” but it comes without a clear explanation as to how. Visualizing the gap between mediocre and great work in this way makes it evident that the only way to get on that scale is to overcome the bigger gap between nothing and something. Over at Buffer, Kevan Lee gives us an answer by taking creative author Shirky’s notes to create The Creativity Spectrum.: What holds you back from creating something? For many of us, it’s fear. Fear that something might not be good enough, unique enough or novel…
  • 6 Coffee Alternatives That Are Better for Productivity

    behanceteam
    29 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    Designed by Claire Jones for the Noun Project Regardless of where you fall on the “is coffee good or bad for you” debate, there will come a workday when you can barely keep your head up at your desk, and coffee is not an option. Maybe you’ve already had two or three cups with no real effect, or maybe you’ve been trying to quit but still haven’t found a good alternative yet. As part of Fast Company‘s “Coffee Week” coverage, Lisa Evans offers a number (6 in all) of other options. Here’s a few of our favorites:  Green Tea: This beverage…
  • Do Elite Colleges Produce Risk-Averse Students?

    behanceteam
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:00 am
    Statue of John Harvard aka the “statue of three lies” at Harvard University. Extracurriculars, straight A’s, volunteer work. . . Getting into top-flight colleges demands a ridiculous amount of free time, dedication, and energy, which are exactly the kinds of things that stifle learning. So does that mean that the Ivy Leagues are now producing students who are better at following orders than experimenting? The New Yorker takes on the issue using William Deresiewicz’s book Excellent Sheep: The Miseducation of the American Elite and the Way to a Meaningful Life as a…
  • The Case Against “Doing What You Love”

    behanceteam
    28 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Cartoon by Rachel Nabors Web developer Rachel Nabors followed her passion and was a full-time comic book artist. But an unexpected surgery and a lack of health insurance debunked her plans and gave her a new outlook on creative work. Now? She believes that “do what you love” is bad advice. My first love, comics, gives me an edge in this industry. If I’d just gone straight into web development because it seemed like a money-maker, I wouldn’t be half as excited about what I can do or as interesting to others in my field. I and my community are better for the years I spent making…
  • 5-Second DIY: Notebook Index

    Tanner Christensen
    27 Aug 2014 | 11:00 am
    Photo by Adam Akhtar of highfivehq.com Adam Akhtar of Highfive has a great—albeit surprisingly simple—tip to add visual tags to your notebook or moleskin for organizing your notes. All it takes is your notebook and a pen: The back of your notebook will act like a tag list or index. Every time you create a new entry at the front of the book you’re going to “tag” it [in the back]… Now you’d go back to the first page where the [note] is and on the exact same line as the…label you just wrote you’d make a little mark on the right edge. You’d make…
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    Creative Something

  • "You’ll make mistakes, but as long as what you’re focused on is what you’re passionate about, all the..."

    29 Aug 2014 | 8:14 am
    “You’ll make mistakes, but as long as what you’re focused on is what you’re passionate about, all the other things will fall into place. If there’s anything you’re going to give less priority to, it shouldn’t be your passion. You can never go wrong with that.” - Great advice from Dan Rubin, in celebration of The Great Discontent turning three today.
  • Learning how to start something creative is more important than learning how to perfect it

    27 Aug 2014 | 8:14 am
    Many of my articles here are centered around doing anything to move an idea or project forward. Why isn’t the focus more on the importance of perfecting an idea or project, rather than the repetitive notion of simply getting started? The reason I insist that we, as artists and writers and designers, focus on simply getting the work out the door is that it’s undoubtedly the biggest struggle we each face. Even experts and professionals struggle to get their ideas moving. Action is an ongoing battle. Of course, perfection is a battle too, but one that can only come once there’s…
  • The creative process, illustrated.

    26 Aug 2014 | 1:43 pm
    The creative process, illustrated.
  • Facing the fear that you may not be that creative and all your ideas are bad

    26 Aug 2014 | 9:16 am
    Nearly every idea I have feels bland or stale. Some of my ideas have been bad. But have all of them, all of my ideas and all of my projects, been so… uncreative? Some of my writing has certainly felt repetitive or seemingly outdated. Some of my artwork has felt boring and unoriginal. Most of my ideas strike me as “not all that great” on their face. And, sometimes, when I write an idea down, or start writing an article, or open Photoshop to design, I stop myself before I even get started on the idea. Why? Because I feel that the idea is just not creative enough. What’s the…
  • How creating mental blocks from curiosity, and knocking them down, can spark creative ideas

    25 Aug 2014 | 1:18 pm
    “Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working.” This quote from Pablo Picasso has always intrigued me. What does it mean to work for inspiration? Is it enough to spend time browsing the web in search of some spark? Or does the work need to be of a more difficult kind? I found a similar quote this afternoon, from the great Greek ruler Leonidas, that may give us some additional insights. He said: “Action produces the appetite for more action.” This, I believe, is a crucial key to getting creatively unstuck. It’s when we stop working that our ability to think creatively also…
 
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    Creativity

  • Creation Myth

    Joachim I. Krueger, Ph.D.
    1 Sep 2014 | 11:58 am
    Creativity is important and fun. Now let’s look at the dark side. Can it drive a wedge between us? read more
  • Knowing What You've Never Learned

    Michael Jawer
    1 Sep 2014 | 11:43 am
    What theory could possibly account for suddenly knowing something – intensively, thoroughly, and often obsessively – that you’ve never been taught? This is what happens with prodigies and savants.read more
  • "Synesthesia is in the mind, not the brain" - Geoffrey Rush

    Maureen Seaberg
    1 Sep 2014 | 11:34 am
    Geoffrey Rush believes synesthesia lives in the realm of the senses and the mind, not the brain alone.read more
  • Five Ways Writing Can Make You Braver and Happier

    Harriet Lerner, Ph.D.
    31 Aug 2014 | 7:43 pm
    These writing tips can show you where you want to go, and how you can get there. Start by picking one challenge from the list of five. read more
  • Art Therapy + CBT Treats Panic Disorder--Maybe

    Cathy Malchiodi, PhD, LPCC, LPAT
    31 Aug 2014 | 3:22 pm
    Does art-based therapy plus cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) reduce symptoms in panic disorder or generalized anxiety disorder? The answer is a very tentative "maybe" according to a recent study's findings. Despite the limited participant size and other limitations, it's a study worth considering for many reasons.read more
 
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    Creative Every Day

  • CED Check-In: August 25- 31

    Leah
    24 Aug 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 8/25/14 - 8/31/14.  The widget below is an optional method of sharing your creativity that makes it easier for others to check out what you're…
  • Introducing Baby Alex!

    Leah
    17 Aug 2014 | 9:49 pm
    Born August 11th at 8:09 pm, weighing 8 lbs, 9oz and measuring 21 inches long. Everyone is doing well!
  • CED Check-In: August 18 – 24

    Leah
    17 Aug 2014 | 9:46 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 8/18/14 - 8/24/14.  The widget below is an optional method of sharing your creativity that makes it easier for others to check out what you're…
  • Creative Every Day Check-In: August 11 – 17

    Leah
    10 Aug 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 8/11/14 - 8/17/14.  The widget below is an optional method of sharing your creativity that makes it easier for others to check out what you're…
  • Creative Every Day Check-In: August 4 – 10

    Leah
    3 Aug 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 8/4/14 - 8/10/14.  The widget below is an optional method of sharing your creativity that makes it easier for others to check out what you're up to. You can use it to link…
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    The Art of Non-Conformity

  • Scholarships for Real Life: “Your First Clue”

    Chris Guillebeau
    1 Sep 2014 | 10:21 am
    Last year we started a foundation, making an initial investment of $100,000 and pledging to support “Scholarships for Real Life,” a program to enable people to pursue a dream of their own while also addressing a problem that affects others. In this short series, we’ll highlight our initial grantees. Up until now the LGBT narrative has focused on the often painful and conflicted “when did you know?” and “coming out” stories. In contrast, the First Clue project collects and shares stories from LGBT individuals answering the question, “What was your first clue that…
  • Ending Soon: 50,000 United Mileage Plus Bonus Offer

    Chris Guillebeau
    31 Aug 2014 | 6:58 pm
    Link: 50,000 Miles for United MileagePlus Explorer Card For the next 24-48 hours (or less, depending on when you’re reading this), you can still earn an improved signup bonus on this card. I first wrote about this offer several weeks ago. Here’s what I said: Chase has increased the bonus for their United Explorer card. The card now offers 50,000 MileagePlus miles (formerly 30,000) upon completion of a $2,000 minimum spend. In addition to the improved signup bonus, the card also offers the following benefits: Get a free checked bag every time you fly as long as you keep the card…
  • Mini City Guide: Aachen, Germany

    Chris Guillebeau
    31 Aug 2014 | 6:00 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 that are just waiting to be explored by real travelers? Our new “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 Ann Belle. – Which accessibly obscure city would you like to share?
  • The Surprising New Trend of Active, Nomadic Retirement

    Chris Guillebeau
    30 Aug 2014 | 4:21 pm
    David Law and his wife, Bonnie Carleton. Instead of settling down for retirement, they hit the road. The nomadic way of life is not just for the young. Or to be precise, it’s for the young of all ages. For years I’ve been meeting retired folks who are embracing a more active lifestyle than their parents’ generation may have done. I also often receive emails from people in this demographic, along with the question, “Am we the only ones?” Good news: they’re not the only ones! I’m always glad to see press coverage of this new lifestyle choice. More…
  • Giveaway: Color Cloud Hammock

    Chris Guillebeau
    29 Aug 2014 | 11:25 am
    Every Friday is giveaway day. Comment to win! Several years ago, three nomadic adventurers started a small business making and selling hammocks. The hammocks have since gone global, with sightings in more than 40 countries and all 7 continents. I love these hammocks! We use them in the Highly Sensitive Person (HSP) lounge at WDS every year, and they’re always a huge hit. Also, be sure to check out their hammocks around the world on Instagram via hashtag #inacolorcloud. What you need to know: Color Cloud hammocks are sweatshop-free and individually crafted by a small team of Cambodian…
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  • gapingvoid and the public trust

    Laura Viberti
    27 Aug 2014 | 7:29 pm
    Left to right: Gapingvoid CEO Jason Korman, Miami Beach City Commissioner Ed Tobin, Miami Beach City Commissioner Michael Grieco, Gapingvoid Director Laura Viberti, City of Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine, City of Miami Beach City Manager Jimmy Morales   While we count some of the largest companies in the world as clients, our studio is actually based in the seaside hamlet of Miami Beach. One of the nice things about being here in Miami, which is actually like a small town (pop 90,000 with 13 million visitors annually), is that we are privileged to interact with great local institutions…
  • My next book project….

    Hugh MacLeod
    9 Jul 2014 | 12:02 pm
    [IMPORTANT: The book is going to be a very small limited edition, so if you want to reserve a copy, let me know at themarfaproject@gmail.com and I’ll send you a notification when it comes out. Keep on checking here for updates etc. The preceding link will be the book's offical landing page etc etc. Thanks.] THE PLAN: i. I’m writing a book, working title, “The Marfa Project”. It’s going to be my magnum opus. ii. Everything in the book will be hand-drawn in my usual business-card-size format. Just pen & ink, no typing etc. iii. The book will express everything…
  • gapingvoid in Miami

    Hugh MacLeod
    27 Jun 2014 | 11:18 am
    [Ilana Berman wrote this great article about gapingvoid for OurCityThoughts.org, the Knight Foundation's online magazine about Miami entrepreneurship and culture. I've printed the whole thing below- Ilana took the photograph of me above as well- I hope they don't mind... Thanks, Ilana! -Hugh] University of Miami’s Toppel Career Center looks a little brighter these days. Maybe it’s because of the new building. Or perhaps it’s the smiles of recent graduates glad to be rid of homework. But one new development stands out among the rest: the opening of a permanent exhibition featuring…
  • gapingvoid makes the news!

    Hugh MacLeod
    9 Jun 2014 | 6:52 pm
    [gapingvoid is hiring. Please read below. Email: jobs AT gapingvoid.com.] It was a big day in the media for Team Gapingvoid. Not only did the local CBS news do a story on us (see video above), we got a big write up in the Miami Herald’s business section (got picked up by Bloomberg Businessweek): At face value, Gapingvoid is an art business. But it seeks to go deeper to address the communication issues that occur in companies where employees are often disconnected from the outcome of their work. The business consultants work individually with each business’s employees to produce art…
  • gapingvoid is getting its HR on

    Hugh MacLeod
    7 Jun 2014 | 6:17 pm
    The rumors are true, the team is heading up to Orlando for a big HR event. Official Blurb: Gapingvoid will be at SHRM: 2014 Orlando from June 22nd-25th this year. We’re excited for the opportunity to connect to so many folks in HR and rap about the future of work. We created a survey for folks attending the conference to see how their core values stack up against their day-to-day reality at their company. It’s not one of those “get your online quiz result now!” things -you get personalized results and feedback from a real, human consultant. Our head of…
 
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    IttyBiz

  • 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,…
  • What To Put On Your Contact Page: 6 Unbreakable Rules to Avoid Certain Death

    Naomi Dunford
    21 Aug 2014 | 9:45 pm
    The Contact page seems like such a simple little thing, doesn’t it? You wouldn’t think that certain death was even a possibility. Well! Aren’t you glad you read IttyBiz? Let’s discuss. We’ll start with the basics. Do you have a website? If so, does it have a Contact page? If so, please go to your Contact page now and read it. Go. Now. This will wait. The internet lasts forever. I will quietly hum in your absence. Ok. You’re back. Good. Now, I want you to think of the most exciting person or entity that could ever visit your website. Perhaps it’s the…
  • 13 Lessons on Unschooling and Running A Business

    Naomi Dunford
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:29 pm
    For the beautiful Ali Luke, who requested a post about unschooling while running a business. If we’ve never met, and you got here because some lovely unschooler forwarded this to you, hello, and welcome! I’m Naomi, one half of Naomi-and-Dave. I’ve been running IttyBiz since 2006, and we’re unschoolers. The boys - Jack and Michael – are 7 and 15. So. Unschooling and business. Here’s what I’ve learned so far. 1. Embrace multitasking. There is a lot of advice out there saying that when you multitask, you’re less productive. I would agree with that.
  • 4 Steps That Stop Your Brain From Hijacking Your Goals

    Naomi Dunford
    18 Aug 2014 | 8:52 pm
    In our summer business planning class, we ask people to select an Area of Devotion – like lead generation, or building up a back catalog, or improving conversion rates – and then set a goal for that area. Then we ask, “What does success look like for this goal at the end of six months?” The reason we ask this question is because we want them to come up with a specific goalpost that will feel satisfying to reach. It’s like when you’re cleaning up for company to come over – if you don’t know what “success” looks like, then you’ll never…
  • How To (Honestly) Love Your Customers

    Naomi Dunford
    13 Aug 2014 | 5:58 pm
    We’re bringing back some old favorites by request. If there’s anything you’d like to see us run again, please get in touch. This one is for Jenny. Originally published December 7, 2009 as Crushed Hopes and Spicy Chicken. I’m not a big cook. I’m not a cook at all, really. I didn’t cook before I started IttyBiz and I sure as hell don’t cook now. My husband and I eat out a lot, and if we’re not actually eating in a restaurant, somebody’s going for takeout. One day, we were having one of those not-really-an-argument arguments, the kind you’ll often see in…
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    Belmont Club

  • All in the Name

    Richard Fernandez
    31 Aug 2014 | 3:43 pm
    “What’s in a name?” Shakespeare asked.  Everything, it may turn out. The Washington Post describes the efforts of Samaritan Ministries to offer an alternative to Obamacare.  Samaritan is a leading health-care sharing ministry where a group of individuals undertakes to share health costs according to a certain procedure.   The payouts are less defined than insurance, but the bills are typically smaller as well.  But a year ago Reason Magazine warned that such plans could be killed off by Obamacare: Samaritan may soon become a casualty of new incentives created by…
  • The Battle of the “Gulang” Heights

    Richard Fernandez
    31 Aug 2014 | 2:42 am
    A minor drama just concluded in the Middle East.  A couple of days ago, Syrian rebels identified with the Nusra front, Syria’s al-Qaeda affiliate, went up to a Fijian United Nations peacekeeping outpost on the Golan Heights and demanded their surrender. The events began Thursday morning on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights, an area divided between Israel and Syria. Tikoitoga said three vehicles filled with about 150 armed rebels converged on the Fijian camp at about 7:30 a.m. He said the rebels demanded the Fijian soldiers leave within 10 minutes and insisted they board the rebel…
  • Legends of the Fall

    Richard Fernandez
    30 Aug 2014 | 4:33 pm
    Eden’s greatest attraction is that it was a time before guilt; before hatred, greed and lust took over the world.  But as Philip Ross’s article in the International Business Times suggests, Eden must have been a long time ago. The University of Copenhagen, using DNA technology identified a group called the “Paleo-Eskimos, the ancestors of modern-day Inuit and Native Americans and the earliest people to settle the North American Arctic”. They were the last remnant of the Dorset people who disappeared without a trace. The curious thing about these recently extinguished…
  • The Night Before

    Richard Fernandez
    29 Aug 2014 | 3:00 pm
    2014 will be a year when the populations of the world began to wake up and smell the smoke. “Began” because sleep has habits all its own. It would be unnatural if Mr and Mrs Joe Average didn’t hit the alarm snooze button because the ringing they hear doesn’t correspond with the familiar. It isn’t time for office yet; the Home Depot’s still closed and Jimmy’s soccer practice is still at 10 am.  ”Honey will you get up and answer the door. There are some bearded men outside the window and I think they want something.” But it may be no…
  • Don’t Worry, Be Happy

    Richard Fernandez
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:25 pm
    The president has just held a press conference announcing he will do nothing much to counter the crises unfolding in the Ukraine and Syria. The New York Times reports:  ’Obama Urges Calm in Face of Two Crises’. WASHINGTON — President Obama confronted a pair of volatile international crises with restraint on Thursday as he said he was not close to authorizing airstrikes against Islamic extremists in Syria and played down the latest escalation of Russia’s military intervention in Ukraine. With tensions rising in Europe and the Middle East, Mr. Obama emphasized that a military…
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    Idea Sandbox

  • Creative Problem Solving To Be Innovative

    Paul
    25 Aug 2014 | 5:23 am
    Whenever we have a challenge – a client problem, trying to generate a new idea, developing strategy – we rely on the key steps below to solve our problem, creatively. We use this creative problem solving process to create ideas that we hope become an innovation. Stay Informed -Stay Informed of your own business, of your customers, of your industry, of your competitors. Problem Recognition – Problem Recognition is critical. It is the ability to notice that change is about to take place. Problem Identification – Once you realize you’ve got a problem the next step is to…
  • Brand Differentiation with Storytelling: Sugar House Day Spa & Salon

    Shannon
    3 Jul 2014 | 11:43 am
    When it comes to Branding, there are many ways to differentiate your brand. One very authentic way is “Tell a story that defines you and is unique to you.” We recently experienced an example of storytelling at Sugar House Day Spa & Salon. Sugar House is located in the historic center of Alexandria, Virginia in a beautifully restored early 19th century home. The building was once part of a sugar refinery and now Sugar House leverages that story in what they do. Here are just some of the ways… Treatments Sugar House Scrub: A sweet full body exfoliating scrub using…
  • 12 Tips For Successful In-Store Events

    Paul
    9 Jun 2014 | 5:23 am
    No matter what you call them… your customers, clients, consumers or participants – they are all Guests when they visit your location. Being a great host to those visiting your location is no different from entertaining friends and neighbors at your house. While we do think about details when planning a big event at home, as restaurant and retail owners, we and our teams need to be a great host to Guests every day. Here is our guide to being a great host to Guests – from preparation and during to after your event. ♦ Planning ♦ Have A Plan You’ve got to prepare and…
  • They’re Your Words, Choose Them

    Paul
    19 Apr 2014 | 8:37 am
    You’ve seen the signs: ABSOLUTELY NO CREDIT CARDS. NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR LOST OR STOLEN ITEMS. BATHROOMS FOR PATRONS ONLY. Guess what? There’s no legal requirement that signs have to make you sound like a harsh jerk in order to carry weight or to inform the public. To keep our prices as low as possible, we only accept cash. The good news is that there’s an ATM next door. Careful! We’d like to watch your stuff for you, but we’re busy making coffee. Our spotlessly clean restrooms are for our beloved customers only, so come on in and buy something! Also, there’s…
  • CapitalizeYourURLsAndHashTags

    Paul
    2 Apr 2014 | 3:45 pm
    Check out these URLs: ExpertSexChange.com vs. ExpertsExchange.com How it is written: expertsexchange.com | How it is interpreted: ExpertSexChange.com What they meant: ExpertsExchange.com And these two… TeacherStalking.com vs. TeachersTalking.com How it is written: teacherstalking.com | How it is interpreted: TeacherStalking.com What they meant: TeachersTalking.com While the URLs are spelled the same, there is a big difference in the meaning depending on how they’re interpreted. We need to treat our messages as if they’re written for a billboard, posted on a highway, with a 65…
 
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    Logic+Emotion

  • 5 Ice Bucket Envy Filled People To Avoid

    David Armano
    18 Aug 2014 | 9:20 am
    Like millions of others, I recently filled a bucket full of ice and water, shot a video and called on a few friends to do the same. While not required to, I also donated to the ALS association because it seemed like the right thing to do.  Is the infamous "Ice Bucket Challenge" working? According to the New York Times, the campaign has raised over 13 million dollars compared to the 1.7 million raised last year at this time. So is there a down side? According to my social feeds—kind of. While I don't agree with them, here's a snapshot of some of the feedback I've seen in addition to the…
  • Should You Help Someone You Don't Know? Yes.

    David Armano
    14 Aug 2014 | 1:41 pm
    Meet Justin Levy.I know Justin, but in a world of having many connections, "knowing" someone doesn't mean much, and Justin and I don't talk every day—in fact we've have had only a handful of interactions. But a status update on social media caught my attention and hasn't lost it since. Recently, Justin posted the following: And since then, he's undergone one of several surgeries for his shoulders which were both badly injured due to the violent nature of the seizure. To make matters even more unnerving, a brain tumor has been found and he's scheduled to have the majority of it…
  • Responsive Marketing in a Real Time World

    David Armano
    16 Jul 2014 | 7:59 pm
    We needn't look much further than our everyday lives to realize that the way we consume, share and produce our own media has changed drastically. The major forces in this evolution are largely a combination of hardware and software (mobile) combined with connectivity (social) all accelerated in the context of time which gives the impression of immediacy (real-time). When it comes to marketing and communications in this real time business environment it is forcing us to re-think the notion of both content and distribution. It was these thoughts that have been driving much of my own thinking…
  • Is Sharing Link Bait a Huge Mistake?

    David Armano
    28 May 2014 | 4:45 am
    You've probably done it too. Shared an article you didn't fully read or absorb because the headline grabbed your attention. If you're guilty as charged—don't feel too bad as there is a legitimate reason we sometimes do this. As I've said many times before, content is currency and it's human nature to want to share things that resonate with us and we know will resonate with others. I did this recently with a Business Insider article titled:"We Got A Look Inside The 45 Day Planning Process That Goes Into Creating A Single Corporate Tweet" So here's what I did; I read the headline and…
  • The New York Times Innovation Report is Both a Manifesto and Warning For Entrenched Organizations

    David Armano
    18 May 2014 | 6:40 pm
    "To improve is to change; to perfect is to change often"~Winston ChurchillThere are few documents, articles or any media for that matter that capture and illustrate the complex yet efficient nature of disruption than the New York Times 2014 Innovation Report. Recently leaked, presumably in some connection with the dismissal of executive editor Jill Abramson the 91 page report has been somewhat eclipsed by the debate around Abramson. But while that story has been garnering the most attention in the media—it is the innovation report which needs to be read cover to cover by anyone whose work…
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    Creativity at Work Blog

  • 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

  • Mini-Maker Faire Coming to Manhattan, Kansas September 20, 2014

    Wesley Fryer
    1 Sep 2014 | 7:14 am
       by  Wesley Fryer  Do you, your students, and members of your family know about the MAKER movement? According to the English WikiPedia: The maker culture is a contemporary culture or subculture representing a technology-based extension of DIY culture. Typical interests enjoyed by the maker culture include engineering-oriented pursuits such as electronics, robotics, 3-D printing, and the use of CNC tools, as well as more traditional activities such as metalworking, woodworking, and traditional arts and crafts. The subculture stresses new and unique applications of technologies, and…
  • 70 iPad Apps for Elementary STEM

    Wesley Fryer
    29 Aug 2014 | 9:05 pm
    Update 8/30/2014: Somehow duplicate entries found their way into my app list. Thanks to a tweet from @kiboser I removed them, so the list now includes 70 apps. I also added 3 paid apps I’m going to purchase via VPP this fall: Green Screen by Do Ink, Do Ink Animation & Drawing, and Stick Around. I may also later add some of these 3D visualization apps. This past summer our school district IT department erased all the iPads used in classrooms like mine to update iOS firmware and install Lightspeed “mobile manager” software to (among other things) track and facilitate app…
  • Start of School Reflections (Fall 2014)

    Wesley Fryer
    28 Aug 2014 | 5:17 am
    Yesterday I recorded a 25 minute reflection about my initial 5 STEM lessons for my students as we’ve gotten back to school this fall. I recorded this on my morning commute using the free iOS app AudioCopy, and then uploaded it to SoundCloud. Access referenced resources on stem.wesfryer.com, including the referenced “Maker Studio” resources.    by  Wesley Fryer  Did you know Wes has published 3 eBooks, and 1 of them is available free? Check them out! If you're trying to listen to a podcast episode and it's not working, check this status page. (Wes is migrating his…
  • Create an iOS iMovie Video Collage with YouTube Contributions

    Wesley Fryer
    24 Aug 2014 | 8:45 pm
    I’m almost finished with my pre-conference keynote video for the 2014 K-12 Online Conference, which kicks off on October 14th. I’ve used my iPhone for all the video clips, but I’m also including several videos from other people I’ve asked to contribute ideas. I’m THRILLED this is working as I hoped it would. Here is the workflow I’m using to combine these submissions.    by  Wesley Fryer  I asked a few other people to record short videos responding to the three questions I’m addressing in my keynote about “Igniting Innovation.” Each…
  • Change the Tagline of Your WordPress.com Website

    Wesley Fryer
    24 Aug 2014 | 8:05 pm
    This weekend I’ve seen two different WordPress.com sites with the default tagline, “Just another WordPress.com weblog.” This is the default tagline which WordPress.com uses for every new site when it’s created. The tagline of your WordPress.com site is displayed by most WordPress themes in the header section of your blog. It’s like a byline. It’s a good idea to change this default tagline either to something appropriate for your site (which gives visitors more information about it) or to delete it completely. The image below shows two WordPress.com sites…
 
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    Lindsey Lewis

  • 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…
  • a message to outliers, dreamers and doers, you who stand on the fringes

    lindsey
    19 Aug 2014 | 7:05 am
    Meeting the Regulars There was a crew of them we called the regulars, the mostly-retired, grey-haired ladies who spent hour after hour at the outdoor pool at our building, gabbing, laughing, getting together for Friday night order-ins delivered straight to the pool. The delivery guy would pull up on the sidewalk and hand the pizza over the fence. “Thanks Jim, see you next time.” They had a blast. I thought of them a bit like the Golden Girls–remember that show? These ladies who’d been friends forever, cracking you up with their commentary and jibes. They were funny,…
  • how I learned to be ok with messing up. plus: I’m sharing my biggest mistakes–yikes

    lindsey
    12 Aug 2014 | 7:05 am
    Mistakes Ooooh boy, have I ever made a lot of mistakes. A friend of mine and I were talking the other day about when we leave situations, or move onto the next thing. Let’s use being on an airplane as a metaphor for our moving-on process. My friend has a history of staying until the last person is off the plane, waits to make sure no one else is still there, and then sits a while in her seat, just looking around–thinking about the flight and everything she did on it, wondering if maybe it will lift off again. Me: I have a history of ejecting at 30,000 feet. And when I reach up for…
  • power of peace interview series: Aileen de la Torre of Spark Creations

    lindsey
    5 Aug 2014 | 7:05 am
    Power of Peace Interview Series This beautiful woman is the co-founder of Spark Creations. You’ll love what she has to say about living in flow, and what this does for our lives. Also, how to do it. 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 Aileen de la Torre Aileen is the co-founder and chief flow officer for Spark Creations. SPARK Creations is a heart based leadership and empowerment organization that provides highly interactive and fun experiential learning…
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    SA CREATIVES

  • Freelance Commercial Photographer- Freddie Child-Villiers

    SA Creatives
    29 Aug 2014 | 2:19 am
    Who is Freddie Child Villiers and what do you do? I am a freelance commercial photographer living in Cape Town, South Africa. I specialize in Fashion and Advertising for online and print media. I was born in the UK and came to South Africa when I was thirteen. I am a self-taught photographer and started my business while I was in high school. At the time, I shot anything and everything I could ranging from portraits of children for families, sports and events for schools as well as real estate for agents and publications. I was the type of kid who pulled apart the cassette player to see how…
  • Win a trip to Sweden! – Photo contest

    SA Creatives
    29 Aug 2014 | 1:40 am
    Win a trip to Sweden! Get exhibited! Get published! Creatively capture and interpret a Swedish innovation through the lens of your camera. Do it in South African Style. Together we’ll create something COMPLETELY South African and COMPLETELY Swedish! Entries are welcome until September 7. Using photography, interpret a Swedish innovation in a South African context. Smart, out-of-the-box entries, which capture the ‘spirit’ of South Africa will be selected to form part of an exhibition (venues and dates TBA) and a publication. The overall winner wins a trip to Sweden! The competition…
  • 21 Icons Season II featuring sixth icon Grace Masuku

    SA Creatives
    29 Aug 2014 | 1:39 am
    Grace Masuku: “In my culture we’ve got a saying: every parent is your parent, every grandmother is your grandmother.” On 7 September 2014 at 20h27 on SABC 3, the acclaimed series 21 ICONS South Africa will feature the sixth icon of its second season: renowned traditionalist, conservationist and environmentalist Grace Masuku. As a descendant of the Bakgatla ba Kgafela people Masuku has worked tirelessly to preserve the tradition and culture of the Batswana people. She has established numerous community outreach projects aimed at improving the lives of her community and restoring…
  • British Council Connect ZA announces creative innovators to take part in Creative Futures gathering

    SA Creatives
    29 Aug 2014 | 1:08 am
    British Council Connect ZA have announced sixteen leading creative innovators and entrepreneurs from across South Africa, the rest of Africa and the UK who will participate in a three-day event from 10 to 12 September in Braamfontein, Johannesburg. Featuring creative exchanges, collaborations, talks, performances and a live music party, the British Council Connect ZA initiative, Creative Futures, will bring exciting new creative talent together in one city to create an experiential exchange of knowledge, practice and creativity. Young innovators and entrepreneurs that have been selected to…
  • Facebook to Host Its First Ever African Hackathon at Loeries 2014

    SA Creatives
    28 Aug 2014 | 2:16 am
    As part of Loeries® Creative Week™ Cape Town, Facebook will host its first Creative Shop Hackathon in Africa on Thursday 18 September. A Hackathon is a workshop where teams collaborate to solve real-world business problems, usually while working against a tight deadline. Designed specifically for young creative designers with one to two years of experience, the workshop offers the opportunity to work on a real creative brief for the Loeries Creative Future Scholarship, with winners announced at the end of the workshop.  The Hackathon is limited to 40 participants and will take place…
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    The Creative Mind

  • 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…
  • Robin Williams: Intensity Is Not Pathology

    Douglas Eby
    20 Aug 2014 | 12:38 pm
    The tone of a number of responses to the suicide of Robin Williams seem based in the insidious “Crazy Artist” mythology: that artistic creativity depends on mental disorder. A number of people have expressed the idea that his brilliance and creative comic energy were fueled by his “demons” including addiction and bipolar depression. One example was columnist Meghan Daum, who wrote: “As an actor and a comic, his emotional pendulum swung in a wide arc between manic ebullience and almost Zen-like sincerity. “And the ease with which he occupied both…
  • Idleness and Being Creative – Part 2

    Douglas Eby
    12 Aug 2014 | 8:33 pm
    [Continued from Part 1] Lawton Ursery, quoted earlier, writes in his Forbes magazine article Your Brain Unplugged: Proof That Spacing Out Makes You More Effective: “We’re taught that taking on more is better—it makes us more valuable. The reality is that doing too many things makes us less efficient.” He notes that Andrew Smart, whom he interviewed, “argues that our ‘culture of effectiveness’ is not only ineffective, but it can be harmful to your well-being. Andrew says that in order to be more creative and more engaged, we need to unplug.” Smart refers…
  • Idleness and Being Creative

    Douglas Eby
    11 Aug 2014 | 10:46 am
    “I don’t think necessity is the mother of invention. Invention, in my opinion, arises directly from idleness, possibly also from laziness – to save oneself trouble.” Agatha Christie [via brainyquote.com] We may feel pressured to stay busy and keep producing, but is there some value for developing creativity in being, if not lazy, at least idle for a time? In his article Why We Like to Keep Busy, John Grohol (founder & CEO of Psych Central) refers to studies in which “researchers discovered that we can be happy doing nothing at all and remaining idle.
 
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    Cruzine

  • Photo Manipulations by PureRomance

    Paul Viluda
    1 Sep 2014 | 6:17 am
    Jenny aka PureRomance is a young talented digital artist / photo manipulator based in Vietnam. Below, we made sure to select the most beautiful artworks from her portfolio. Enjoy and get inspired! Read More
  • Creative Concept Art by Vvlad-vVolfen

    Paul Viluda
    1 Sep 2014 | 4:24 am
    Collection of creative dark digital concept illustrations by Vvlad-vVolfen. If you guys are into fantasy creatures, wolves to be exact, make sure to scroll through. Enjoy! Read More
  • Fantasy Digital Art by Anto Machado

    Paul Viluda
    29 Aug 2014 | 5:35 am
    Collection of inspiring fantasy photo manipulations / digital artworks by Anto Machado, an artist from India. Enjoy! Read More
  • Inspiring Digital Art by Chen Wei

    Paul Viluda
    29 Aug 2014 | 4:31 am
    Wei Chen aka Lorland Chen is a Chinese concept artist who has worked with various gaming and publishing companies. He brings strong sensibilities gained from years of experience with traditional media to his CG artwork, which combines aspects of Eastern and Western painting. Below, you may scroll through several hot pieces selected from his portfolio. Read More
  • Sci-Fi Fantasy Art by Ameeeeba

    Paul Viluda
    28 Aug 2014 | 6:05 am
    Ameen aka Ameeeeba is an amazing digital sci-fi / fantasy artist based in Thailand. Below, you may scroll through several inspiring artworks selected from his portfolio. For more, make sure to follow the link at the very bottom. Enjoy! Read More
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    Inspire Fusion - Art, Design & Inspiration Blog

  • Low in Calories, High in Wool: Beautiful Knitted Comfort Food by Jessica Dance

    Jahangir Agha
    1 Sep 2014 | 3:50 am
    These realistic-looking meals are actually made entirely of lambswool by art director and model maker Jessica Dance. The project is a collaboration between ex-fashion student Dance, 26, from east London, and photographer David Sykes, 38, […] The post Low in Calories, High in Wool: Beautiful Knitted Comfort Food by Jessica Dance appeared first on Inspire Fusion.
  • Fascinating Food Illustrations By Anna Keville Joyce

    Jahangir Agha
    29 Aug 2014 | 8:49 am
    Artist Anna Keville Joyce based in Argentina creates beautiful pieces of edible art from rice, seeds and vegetables. Her series of illustrations titled “A Tribute to Budgie” started when she lost her pet bird, she […] The post Fascinating Food Illustrations By Anna Keville Joyce appeared first on Inspire Fusion.
  • Palestinians Offering Prayer In The Shadow of Toppled Minaret

    Jahangir Agha
    28 Aug 2014 | 2:15 am
    Palestinians attend Friday noon prayers in the shadow of a toppled minaret at a mosque that was hit by Israeli strikes, in Gaza City. Also see this beautiful photograph of a young boy offering prayer […] The post Palestinians Offering Prayer In The Shadow of Toppled Minaret appeared first on Inspire Fusion.
  • Beautiful Henna Crowns For Patients Dealing with Hair Loss

    Jahangir Agha
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:26 am
    © Henna Heals 2013 Henna by Tarquin Singh Photography by Frances Darwin (cancer) Henna Heals is a Toronto-based organization managed by a group of artists who created “Henna Crowns” as a form of empowerment for […] The post Beautiful Henna Crowns For Patients Dealing with Hair Loss appeared first on Inspire Fusion.
  • Creative Donation Stamps For Animals Protection

    Jahangir Agha
    27 Aug 2014 | 2:30 am
    German agency Guertlerbachmann used a surprising and unseen medium, stamps, to achieve the awareness for wild animals protection. Challenge For Prow Wildlife: The killing of endangered species for trophies or pleasure is unfortunately sometimes overlooked. […] The post Creative Donation Stamps For Animals Protection appeared first on Inspire Fusion.
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    Farnam Street

  • Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload

    Shane Parrish
    1 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    The Organized Mind: Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload, a book by Daniel Levitin, explores “how humans have coped with information and organization from the beginning of civilization. … It’s also the story of how the most successful members of society—from successful artists, athletes, and warriors, to business executives and highly credentialed professionals—have learned to maximize their creativity, and efficiency, by organizing their lives so that they spend less time on the mundane, and more time on the inspiring, comforting, and rewarding things in…
  • What Is Meditation?

    Shane Parrish
    31 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    I’ve been putting this off for years. Now is the perfect time. Meditation offers a path toward increased happiness, creativity and mindfulness. Steve Jobs was a lifelong practitioner, reading deeply on the subject and taking meditation retreats. Each year he’d re-read his copy of Autobiography of a Yogi. I’ve always put off exploring meditation until later. I convinced myself I was too busy. That I’d explore it when things were less hectic. But I was wrong for two reasons. First, logically, if meditation is beneficial enough to practice at some point, it is probably…
  • My Interview with Jenny Blake

    Shane Parrish
    27 Aug 2014 | 12:00 pm
    In May I did an interview with Jenny Blake on some of the public speaking I do and what it means to speak like a pro. The interview is live (and free) for 24 hours. Some excerpts are below. On reading books. Jenny: Shane and I both share that we have a compulsive shopping problem when it comes to books and I love when I first found Shane’s blog, he has this philosophy that he makes reading and learning an absolute priority. If there’s room in the budget for it, if there’s room in his day, he will cut out TV. He will cut out all other kinds of spending to make room for reading and…
  • Neil deGrasse Tyson: Your Ego and the Cosmic Perspective

    Shane Parrish
    27 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    “All you can do is sit back and bask in your relevance to the cosmos.” In this short video, theoretical physicist Neil deGrasse Tyson puts our ego into the perspective of the enormous universe. There’s something about the cosmic perspective, which for some people is enlightening and for other people it’s terrifying. For those who are terrified by it, they’re here on earth and they have a certain self-identity, and then they learn that earth is tiny and we’re in this void of interplanetary space and then there’s a star that we call the Sun and that’s kind of average and…
  • The End of Absence: Reclaiming What We’ve Lost in a World of Constant Connection

    Shane Parrish
    26 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    Technology is neither good nor bad, nor is it neutral. — Melvin Kranzberg It won’t be long before people fail to remember a world without the internet. Michael Harris explores what that means in his new book The End of Absence: Reclaiming What We’ve Lost in a World of Constant Connection. For those billions who come next, of course, it won’t mean anything very obvious. Our online technologies, taken as a whole, will have become a kind of foundational myth —a story people are barely conscious of, something natural and, therefore, unnoticed. Just as previous generations were…
 
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    Cultural Weekly

  • TIFF, Terror, and the International Language of Film

    Adam Leipzig
    1 Sep 2014 | 5:38 am
    TIFF, the Toronto International Film Festival, is my favorite film festival of them all. It is well-curated, precisely run, and always has an exceptional mix of big Hollywood movies that will soon open in theatres, and international films you will never see anywhere else. In this century, the vapor of terrorism has hovered over TIFF, ever since the September 11, 2001 attack took place during the festival that year. Many in the international film community recall that morning as fire trucks raced down Bloor Street, and dreadful news began to appear on CBC. The festival shut down temporarily.
  • The Lynchian Gaze: David Lynch and Nudity in Film

    Donald McCarthy
    27 Aug 2014 | 6:09 pm
    Nudity in cinema has a long history. American mainstream films began featuring nudity as early as 1915 with the film Inspiration. Nudity in large studio films was not common during the silent era, but nor was it unheard of. Come the Hays Code, essentially a puritanical list of what could and couldn’t be put in film, in 1936, nudity vanished from films almost entirely. A few exceptions slipped past the censors, but the films did not receive much mainstream release. When the Hays Code ended in the 1960s, nudity once more cropped up. By the 1970s, you’d be hard pressed to find a film that…
  • Love Is Strange but Life’s A Bitch – Lithgow & Molina Deliver

    Sophia Stein
    27 Aug 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Love Is Strange is a peculiar film that subverts our expectations. I walked into the Holiday Village Cinema theatre at Sundance expecting to see a romantic comedy starring John Lithgow and Alfred Molina, undisputedly two of our most gifted performers, as a pair of newlyweds comically struggling to make it work as freshly minted husband and husband. In the traditional romantic comedy, the wedding comes as a celebration at the end of the narrative. It’s the reward for the lovers having successfully surmounted all matter of obstacles, whereas in Love Is Strange, the wedding at the top of the…
  • Getting Happy

    Sarah Elgart
    27 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    When I was researching the work of Wendy Morgan who directed the beautiful short promo featured in last week’s ScreenDance Diaires for rag & bone, I got completely wrapped up in another work of hers, a music video for “Happy,” from C2C. Composed of four French DJs, Atom and Pfel from Beat Torrent, and 20Syl and Greem from Hocus Pocus, C2C have been making music together since 1998, although this is my first time hearing of them. The feel of “Happy”(not to be confused with artist Pharrell Williams’ song & music video of the same title) is perfectly…
  • DTLAB: Bit of Perspective

    Chiwan Choi
    27 Aug 2014 | 4:00 pm
    I am in Pittsburgh this week, helping Judeth settle into her new apartment in Pittsburgh (in a neighborhood called Squirrel Hill) during her first week of school. It’s nice here. She has nothing in her apartment yet, save for a futon mattress on the floor that we’ve been sleeping on. The apartment is really nice and the neighborhood too. She was worried that it was too quiet and too neighborhood-like, meaning there wasn’t a bar within walking distance. But we found one! Right by the bus stop! And I saw that it was open by noon! So there. where Judeth will be creating magic I’ve been…
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    FLIC Magazine

  • Tania

    Luis Corzo
    1 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    Shh, don’t tell her I always liked her A delicate rock She doesn’t need anyone I think she likes girls anyway 93’ She must taste like peach.
  • Desdicha

    Jara Dominguez
    1 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    Desdicha (Misfortune) does not agree with many things, especially with proverbs, mottoes, core ideas, idioms, or popular sayings. Desdicha.org is a large project and a small revenge in which she writes and illustrates her free version of events. One day Desdicha choked on happy endings, aspirational pastel-colored phrases, and the excess of “like” buttons. So she decided to talk about herself and to tell defective truths, because reality is much more fun. Desdicha lives in Madrid and although she has an iPhone she is still an intern. She reads more than she speaks, she knows…
  • The Panteres Grogues at Circuit Festival Barcelona

    Editorial Team
    29 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    One more year, in August, Barcelona becomes the capital of the gay Circuit festival . The “Panteres Grogues” were also present in the gay and lesbian festival organized by the leisure group ”Matinée” with two sports. Here’s the proof:
  • The Congress (Ari Folman)

    Eva Vera
    29 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    Israeli director Ari Folman, author of the heartbreaking animation documentary about the war in Lebanon, Waltz with Bashir (2008) that won a Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film, is back with another captivating tale, half animated half real and a story about cinema within cinema. Folman takes the story line from the novel The Futurological Congress by the Polish writer Stanislaw Lem – one of the big names of sci-fi literature with works such as Solaris, translated in over 40 languages – and directs a free adaptation to go for the jugular of the cinema industry. With an…
  • A romance with fashion

    Amai Rodriguez
    28 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    If you thought you’d already lost your passion for and faith in fashion, you’ll literally fall back in love thanks to a brand that, though founded in 2005, is still making us invest and believe in creativity and fantasy, thanks to the powerful imagery sent out by the two heads of this Australian firm, Romance was born. Forget the “it’s fashionable” and recover the “it fascinates me”. These two thinking heads and their expressive collections will make you immerse yourself in a Lewis Carroll-like dream and a sweetly twisted world, from the moment you look at their lookbooks,…
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  • 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….
  • Gift for him!

    I'm the universe
    15 Jun 2014 | 6:46 am
    Here’s a gift for my husband for Father’s day, a pair of “one of a kind” gloves created with love. I so wanted to gift something warm and fuzzy, handmade by me, especially for him. Now that it’s done, I cannot wait to see him in those! Needless to say our kids love their dad, we are very thankful for him and so is he, therefore you see him with folded hands(anjali mudra) in this picture! He is deligent and tacit. We are one another’s moon, we shine and reflect in complementarity! continue Read more….
 
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  • 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…
  • Prisoner Jailor Prime Minister

    Ram
    8 Apr 2014 | 11:52 pm
      Book Review: Prisoner Jailor Prime Minister Author: Tabrik C Publisher: Hachette India Number of Pages: 319 Price [INR]: 350 Genre: Fiction (Political Thriller) The story evolves around Siddhartha Tagore, the newly elected Prime Minister of India. He is the wrong man in the most powerful place. He has his heart soaked deeply in love and Mozart that anything else makes no sense. I would have titled the book ” The Mozart Man”. Tabrik talks so much about Mozart in so many chapters that his music has set the tone in this fast paced book. Siddhartha Tagore is a difficult…
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  • 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…
  • Café Sketches

    Lucy Chen
    4 Aug 2014 | 10:08 pm
    Sketch of a couple in Bluwater Grill Café in Hornsby Ink pen on paper My little girl has been coughing, on and off, on and off, for the last three weeks.  This means she’s been staying home most of the time.  With a little kid at home, as you can imagine, there would be no painting going on. In order to work my drawing muscle, I’m now keeping a small sketchbook with me, and I make quick sketches whenever I have a few minutes.  Here are a few café sketches of faces I see in my local cafés. One thing I notice is that people move A LOT. A lady reading in Black Mocha Café in…
  • Story of a Little Octopus

    Lucy Chen
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    A quick sketch of Alan and his little octopus Alan told me a story of a little octopus.  A story that I want to remember for the rest of my life.  Here it goes: “Once upon a time, there was a little octopus. He had no friends. And he made all the friends.   And he made all the friends.   And he made all the friends.   And he made all the friends.   And he made all the friends.   And he made all the friends.   And he made all the friends.   And he made all the friends.” The post Story of a Little Octopus appeared first on Lucy Chen Fine Art.
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  • Enforcement on the Agenda: Jail Time for “Arrogant” Fast & Furious Pirate

    Gordon Platt
    28 Aug 2014 | 12:12 pm
    The Fast and the Furious: Popular with pirates (Photo credit: Wikipedia) The anti-piracy movement has focused a great deal on education this year, but enforcement is still very much on Hollywood’s mind. Especially when those responsible are as “arrogant and cocksure” as Philip Danks, a 25-year old programmer in the UK who has been handed three years jail time for his ill-advised pirate activity. Danks was not only brazen in his illegal recording of “Fast & Furious 6″ upon its day of release last year, he also forgot the old adage that “pride comes…
  • Why Google Might Finally Act Against Piracy on YouTube

    Gordon Platt
    25 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    When it comes to getting Google to take action in an area it’s uncomfortable,there are usually only two options: hit them in the courts, or hit them in the wallet. Google and YouTube booth, San Mateo 2008 –  (Photo credit: Wikipedia) The former has worked for privacy advocates in Europe, but it looks like the latter that will force Google to fight against piracy on YouTube. And the video hub’s own new subscription music service could be the the catalyst. After years of pushing back against its responsibilities to curb piracy as it makes billions from the content it serves…
  • Pre-Release Piracy Halves the Value of Expendables 3 Opening

    Gordon Platt
    21 Aug 2014 | 10:42 am
    The Expendables franchise (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Four years ago, the all-action, star-studded cast of “The Expendables” celebrated a solid opening weekend of $34.8 million taken at the box office. Fast forward to this past weekend and the movie’s third iteration barely limped towards half of that, taking just around $16 million. A drop off in interest, perhaps? That would be one explanation, were it not for the fact that the second version also opened not far off $30 million. If we multiply $8 by 2.2 million, however, the resulting figure is $17.6 million, even half of…
  • Even If Grooveshark is Back Onboard, Has It Missed the Boat?

    Gordon Platt
    18 Aug 2014 | 10:51 am
    Grooveshark, long considered a service that had bitten off more than it could chew with music rights holders, is showing signs of life. The Florida-based streaming service had been in something of a limbo status with Google after being blacklisted last summer, but has now been added as a featured app for Chromecast, Google’s popular TV device. Grooveshark’s short history (it was founded back in 2007) is a checkered one. Frequently beset by claims that it failed to officially license the music that it made available to millions of subscribers, the charge was made to stick in early…
  • Is a Music Video Gold Rush Awaiting Artists?

    Gordon Platt
    14 Aug 2014 | 1:46 pm
    Pinterest logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia) The news that Pinterest is partnering with Vevo to expand its video content base could be the start of something big for artists. Video may yet revitalize the radio star. While most of the focus has been on the development of Pinterest itself, the potential expansion for music videos, often considered a relic of the MTV generation, should be pricking up the ears of artists everywhere. Why? As with most money-making schemes online, it all comes down to advertising.   Viral Views and Revenues The more that spins videos get online, the more…
 
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