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  • To-Do and Task Manager Options

    Moving at the Speed of Creativity
    Wesley Fryer
    18 Aug 2014 | 5:42 pm
    I’ve been trying different digital “task managers” to keep to-do lists over the years, and this semester I’m really liking Wunderlist. It has a viable free plan (I haven’t paid for a commercial plan yet) and if you want you can collaborate with others on your lists. You can also share your lists in a read-only format with others. Previously, my favorite task manager had been Nozbe. Nozbe is also free and GTD-friendly, which means it works with the “Getting Things Done” organizational method espoused by David Allen. There is also a task manager in…
  • Everyday Sayings Turned Into Funny & Clever Illustrations

    Inspire Fusion - Art, Design & Inspiration Blog
    Jahangir Agha
    20 Aug 2014 | 6:58 am
    Graphic designer and illustrator, Nabhan Abdullatif, from Oman specializes in conceptual illustrations and vector art. His works are a collection of visual puns where he uses everyday objects in his illustrations along with clever captions. […] The post Everyday Sayings Turned Into Funny & Clever Illustrations appeared first on Inspire Fusion.
  • The Best School Supplies

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    behanceteam
    19 Aug 2014 | 11:30 am
    From thewirecutter.com Even if you’re not heading back to college or putting your own kids on a school bus this fall, there’s something about September that brings out an itch for new office supplies. But with thousands of options out there, and a high-price not always equaling a higher value, how do you know what’s the best bang for your buck? You ask The Wirecutter, whose writers tested everything (with “over 50 hours spent on fresh research”) to compile a detailed list of the best pens and notebooks, to dorm life products like eye masks and shower caddies, to…
  • Tim Brown: How to Be a Creative Listener

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    Stephanie Kaptein
    19 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Listen designed by Rémy Médard from the Noun Project International design firm IDEO created a four-part podcast series on Creative Listening for the 2014 Aspen Ideas Festival. In a total of 30 minutes, you can learn key habits for better listening: How to utilize your intuition: Sometimes too much information is just that. It can be overwhelming and logic can only get you so far. That’s when you need to trust your gut and ask, “What’s really important here?” “What’s going on behind the surface, the unsaid versus the said?” How to hone your interpretation skills: Industry…
  • Idleness and Being Creative

    The Creative Mind
    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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    Brain Pickings

  • James Baldwin on the Creative Process and the Artist’s Responsibility to Society

    Maria Popova
    20 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    “A society must assume that it is stable, but the artist must know, and he must let us know, that there is nothing stable under heaven.” “The sole purpose of human existence,” Carl Jung wrote in his reflections of life and death in 1957, “is to kindle a light in the darkness of mere being.” Five years later, in one of his least well-known but most enchanting works, the great novelist, playwright, poet, essayist, and cultural critic James Baldwin argued for this existential kindling of light as the sole purpose of the artist’s life. In a 1962 essay titled…
  • Inside, Outside, Upside-Down: A Sweet Children’s Book About Understanding the World Through Relative Positions

    Maria Popova
    20 Aug 2014 | 1:30 am
    A gentle reminder that everything is a matter of perspective. It’s hard enough for grown-ups to grasp that distances shape how we relate to the world, so how is a child to comprehend the importance of positional relationships in making sense of the world? In Inside, Outside, Upside Down (public library) — not to be confused with Upside Down Day, the curious 1968 gem by NASA’s head of publicity — British illustrator and animator Yasmeen Ismail offers young minds a primer on relational aesthetics in the form of a playful activity-book. Beneath the simple line drawings…
  • Why the Sky and the Ocean Are Blue: The Color of Distance and Desire

    Maria Popova
    20 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    “Something is always far away… After all we hardly know our own depths.” “To see the Earth as it truly is, small and blue and beautiful in that eternal silence where it floats,” the poet Archibald MacLeish wrote after Apollo 8′s legendary “Earthrise” photograph made its debut in 1968, “is to see ourselves as riders on the Earth together, brothers on that bright loveliness in the eternal cold…” Its unprecedented perspective of distance seemed, paradoxically enough, to bring us earthlings closer together, to desire connection to…
  • Thoughts on Design: Paul Rand on Beauty, Simplicity, the Power of Symbols, and Why Idealism Is Essential in Creative Work

    Maria Popova
    19 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    “Catering to bad taste, which we so readily attribute to the average reader, merely perpetuates that mediocrity.” “Paul’s a gem [who] works on perfecting the exterior of a curmudgeon,” Steve Jobs reminisced about working with legendary art director and graphic designer Paul Rand (1914–1996), adding, “He’s perfected it to new heights, actually.” Indeed, Rand is remembered as much for being one of the most significant visual communicators and commercial artists in history as he is for his famous grouchiness — a fact that renders his…
  • Maya Angelou on Courage and Facing Evil

    Maria Popova
    19 Aug 2014 | 1:30 am
    “There is nothing quite so tragic as a young cynic, because it means the person has gone from knowing nothing to believing nothing.” In 1982, nearly a decade after their spectacular conversation about freedom, beloved poet, memoirist, dramatist, actor, producer, filmmaker, and civil rights activist Maya Angelou and celebrated interviewer Bill Moyers traveled together to the beautiful Texas countryside to discuss the ugliest aspects of human nature at a conference titled Facing Evil. It was a subject with which Angelou, the survivor of childhood rape and courageous withstander of…
 
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  • Some of the Best Designed Offices in the World

    behanceteam
    20 Aug 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Airbnb’s San Francisco Headquarters via officelovin.com We’ve discussed before how much our working environments can have an outsized effect on our output. Luckily, Officelovin is collecting photos of their favorite offices in a variety of industries and locations. The beautiful photos provide plenty of inspiration for both home offices and company workplaces alike. Some of our favorites include Bitium’s industrial wall shelves: Bitium’s Santa Monica Offices via officelovin.com And Bulldog Drummond’s lounge area, that looks like a real living room: Bulldog…
  • Yoga Hacks: How to Undo the Damage of a Desk Job

    behanceteam
    20 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Have you ever spent a day at your desk only to leave feeling physically worn down? Chances are, you’re not passing your days doing intense physical tasks, so why are you dead tired come 6 p.m.? The physical toll of knowledge work rarely comes in the form of a sudden injury. Instead any bodily damage from our nine to five is the result of tiny imperfections in our work habits building up over time — maybe we have bad posture when we email or inadvertently hold our breath when reading from our computer. If you spend an average of eight hours each day in front of a screen (and that’s not…
  • Tackle Your Passion Project With The 90-90-1 Rule

    Hamza Khan
    20 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Wake up by A.M. Briganti from The Noun Project The daily grind can quickly overshadow our passion projects; emails and meetings tend to displace things like writing a book or training for a marathon. How can we strike a balance and dedicate time, attention and energy to that one special project that needs our focus? Robin Sharma encourages us to use the 90-90-1 Rule. For the next 90 days, devote the first 90 minutes of your work day to the one best opportunity in your life. Nothing else. Zero distractions. Just get that project done. Period. Sharma urges us to not give our peak hours to…
  • The Best School Supplies

    behanceteam
    19 Aug 2014 | 11:30 am
    From thewirecutter.com Even if you’re not heading back to college or putting your own kids on a school bus this fall, there’s something about September that brings out an itch for new office supplies. But with thousands of options out there, and a high-price not always equaling a higher value, how do you know what’s the best bang for your buck? You ask The Wirecutter, whose writers tested everything (with “over 50 hours spent on fresh research”) to compile a detailed list of the best pens and notebooks, to dorm life products like eye masks and shower caddies, to…
  • Tim Brown: How to Be a Creative Listener

    Stephanie Kaptein
    19 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Listen designed by Rémy Médard from the Noun Project International design firm IDEO created a four-part podcast series on Creative Listening for the 2014 Aspen Ideas Festival. In a total of 30 minutes, you can learn key habits for better listening: How to utilize your intuition: Sometimes too much information is just that. It can be overwhelming and logic can only get you so far. That’s when you need to trust your gut and ask, “What’s really important here?” “What’s going on behind the surface, the unsaid versus the said?” How to hone your interpretation skills: Industry…
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    Creative Something

  • Build creativity and energize your imagination with Brainbean

    15 Aug 2014 | 9:55 am
    “A brain training app suitable for anyone from the ages of nine to 109. With eight games available, based on various scientific exercises, with the aim of challenging your brain to the full.” – Gizmodo Download Brainbean for free from the iPad App Store.
  • Give yourself a break: everyone gets stuck

    15 Aug 2014 | 9:28 am
    It’s easy to get overwhelmed when you’re not feeling as creative as you’d like. But frustration is just another hinderance in the creative process, one that we must find a way to overcome in order to get back to creating. But here you are, stuck. You’ve tried everything you heard would help. Maybe you went for a walk, tried brainstorming with a friend or coworker, or you spent the equivalent of a full work day browsing for inspiration online. You should have had a good idea by now, you think to yourself. I don’t want you think having creative ideas is easy. The…
  • "There could be something 10 times greater than what you’re doing, but you don’t realize it because..."

    13 Aug 2014 | 11:22 am
    “There could be something 10 times greater than what you’re doing, but you don’t realize it because you’re fixated on the thing you feel like you should be doing.” - Love this blurb from The Great Discontent interview with Merlin Mann. It’s a good reminder to stay foolish and curious for what comes next. Try new things, experiment, don’t be afraid to step away from what you think you’re supposed to be doing.
  • All you need is five minutes to do creative work

    12 Aug 2014 | 9:33 am
    What are you waiting for? If you want to write a book, you need to write. But maybe you’re not at your desk, maybe you’re too tired, maybe you’ve lost track of the storyline. What do you do? The answer – whether you’re writing a book, or anything – is: anything you can. Even if you don’t have all the tools, or all the answers, even if you aren’t exactly sure what comes next, there is something you can do. Maybe that something is to get out your notebook or phone and create a simple list of what you need to move forward. Better yet: make the list, then…
  • "I never thought that I’d be discovered. I just thought I’d be somebody who was a hard worker. For..."

    11 Aug 2014 | 11:59 am
    “I never thought that I’d be discovered. I just thought I’d be somebody who was a hard worker. For me, things started to happen once I completely gave up the concept of being discovered. I discovered what I wanted to do. That would be my advice to young performers: don’t want to be famous. Want to be legendary. In many ways, fame is the industrial disease of creativity. It’s a sludgy byproduct of making things.” - Mike Myers (via austinkleon)
 
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    Creativity

  • What One Quality Makes a Good Cartoon Better?

    Donna Barstow
    19 Aug 2014 | 7:52 pm
    Annual physicals: a bundle of laughs, or something else not as sweet?read more
  • Humor for Hope

    Alex Niles
    19 Aug 2014 | 1:14 pm
    Humor isn't in a pill box, but sometimes it helps healread more
  • Choose Green!

    Sally Augustin, Ph.D.
    19 Aug 2014 | 11:56 am
    Looking at the color green and at plants is good for our mental health.read more
  • The Toothbrush Test For Avoiding Bankers

    Ken Eisold, Ph.D.
    19 Aug 2014 | 8:58 am
    It’s a crude idea, an inelegant metaphor, but it makes a lot of sense. At a time when the financial industry appears to have a lock on mergers and acquisitions, the technology industry is taking another path. Larry Page calls in the "Toothbrush Test".read more
  • Making the Most of Your Mistakes

    Polly Campbell
    19 Aug 2014 | 8:37 am
    Imperfection is the common denominator in freedom, authenticity, and success.read more
 
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    Creative Every Day

  • 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…
  • Creative Every Day Theme for August: The Unknown

    Leah
    31 Jul 2014 | 7:57 pm
    At the end of each month I will announce the totally optional theme for the following month. For the month of June 2014, the theme will be The Uknown. It came to mind because my second child is due this month and I know from my experience with my first that I am about to enter a period of unknowns and finding my footing again!  As always, this month's theme for the Creative Every Day Challenge is totally optional. Use it if it inspires you, continue being creative every day in your own way if it doesn't, or do something in between. You can sign up for the 2014 Creative Every…
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    The Art of Non-Conformity

  • Nobody But Yourself

    Chris Guillebeau
    20 Aug 2014 | 10:30 am
    “To be nobody-but-yourself—in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else—means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting.” -ee cummings
  • Limited Time 70,000 Hotel Points Offer — Ending Soon

    Chris Guillebeau
    19 Aug 2014 | 3:20 pm
    Link: 70,000 Points for Marriott Card For the next 20 or so 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: Marriott isn’t my favorite hotel program (that would be Starwood and Hyatt), but this new offer is worth a look for the free nights you’ll earn right away. They used to provide 50,000 points upon signup, but for a limited time—we don’t know for how long—you can earn 20,000 additional points for a total of 70,000. 70,000…
  • Next Time You Pass Through the Helsinki Airport, Take Time for a Sauna

    Chris Guillebeau
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Regular readers know that there’s nothing I enjoy more than spending hours in a nice airline lounge. Whenever I travel I always plan for an extended connection, especially if there’s a great lounge. I don’t pass through Helsinki, Finland very often, but now I want to: there’s a new lounge that includes a sauna! I’ve only seen such a thing in one other place, the Doha First Class lounge for Qatar Airways. From their press release –> NEW PREMIUM LOUNGE IN EARLY AUGUST 2014 In August 2014, Finnair introduces a new Premium Lounge to complement the current Finnair Lounge in the…
  • Internal Adventures: On the Road with Betsy and Warren Talbot

    Chris Guillebeau
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    This is a traveler case study. (Read others or nominate yourself I met Betsy and Warren in Seattle—and then I promptly saw them again in Barcelona, Portland, and probably some other places. Like me, they get around. Tell us about yourselves. We’re Betsy and Warren. In 2008, Betsy’s brother had a heart attack. Then, our good friend Maria had a brain aneurysm. They were both 35. Realizing there are no guarantees in life, we asked one another, “What would change about your life right now if you knew you wouldn’t make it to 40?” “Travel!” was the answer for both of…
  • Scholarships for Real Life: Electric Vehicles & Cross-Country Road Trips

    Chris Guillebeau
    18 Aug 2014 | 5:05 pm
    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. Working with at-risk youth is never easy, and finding ways to engage teenagers while trying to help them grow is even harder. For the past four years, Voyager Linda Bucner and MINDDRIVE have sought to inspire students to learn, expand their vision of the future and to have a…
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    IttyBiz

  • 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…
  • How To Ask For Feedback… And Get A Decent Answer

    Naomi Dunford
    12 Aug 2014 | 9:13 pm
    I was in a conversation on Facebook recently with a woman I’ve known for a long time. This lovely lady has a new venture she’s working very hard on, and she’s wondering if she can send it over to get my feedback. (Incidentally, IttyBiz is on Facebook! Please come and click Like and validate our existence! Ahem. This was done for many reasons, most prominent among them that my mother and my kids have been nagging me for years. You’ll be happy to know that now IttyBiz is on Facebook, they have moved on to nagging me about Pinterest and YouTube, respectively. I believe…
  • Should We Stop Marketing When Tragedy Strikes?

    Naomi Dunford
    11 Aug 2014 | 9:07 pm
    Imagine you’re at a party, and you’re watching a football game. Every time the Broncos score, a riotous cheer breaks out. Drunk 40-somethings trying to recapture their inner frat boys scream “YEEEEEEEAH!!!” a lot. Everyone’s loving the game. In calmer moments, people are tossing around stories. They’re cracking jokes. There’s a lot of good-natured ribbing. Then something terrible happens. Let’s say somebody has a seizure. The paramedics come. They get the guy onto a gurney. The ambulance drives off into the night. The door closes behind them.
 
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    Belmont Club

  • The Upper and Nether Millstones

    Richard Fernandez
    19 Aug 2014 | 2:22 pm
    Yesterday’s post about the inexorable expansion of government can be read in conjunction with Roger Simon’s current piece about how the Great Society laid the foundations for the riots in Ferguson. Ironically, Michael Brown and the paramilitarized Ferguson Police Department are two sides of the same coin. They are the joint product of the politics of grievance and the growing expansion of government. The taxes that made the mobs dependent also armed the paramilitary police that contain them.   You have one government department handing out Obamaphones and another handing out…
  • Shrinking Government and Seeing a Shrink

    Richard Fernandez
    18 Aug 2014 | 3:38 pm
    The National Treasury Employees Union has a PDF document on its website which shows why any attempt to shrink the government is foredoomed.  ”The National Treasury Employees Union (NTEU) is an independent labor union representing approximately 150,000 employees of 30 agencies of the United States government. The union specializes in representation of non-supervisory federal employees in every classification and pay level in civilian agencies.” The document urges NTEU members to oppose a list of “bad bills” now before congress. Here is the list of “bad…
  • Dover Beach

    Richard Fernandez
    17 Aug 2014 | 4:22 pm
    It is said that in the dungeons of Dzerzhinsky square, where many an Old Bolshevik languished before execution, the walls contain this scrawled inscription: “why?” Disillusion for James Risen of the New York Times has come early. Risen, who is about to go to jail for revealing how Iran gained vital intelligence called president Obama “the greatest enemy of press freedom in a generation.” Risen faces jail over his reporting of a botched intelligence operation that ended up spilling nuclear secrets to Iran. The Justice Department has long been seeking to force him to testify and…
  • Man Without a Country

    Richard Fernandez
    16 Aug 2014 | 3:59 pm
    The statement of the convenience store owner allegedly robbed by Michael Brown seemed almost straight out of a 1950s TV show. The owner, of subcontinental or Middle Eastern appearance on the robbery surveillance tape,  issued a statement to the public through his lawyers. Leave me out of it. The store’s owners, through their attorney, sent the message that they want to stay as far away from the situation as possible. In fact, he said, even after the initial alleged theft, it was a customer who called police. “It’s not about them. They didn’t call the police, they…
  • Looking for the Attractor

    Richard Fernandez
    15 Aug 2014 | 3:55 pm
    There’s a crisis in punditry. Disasters have become altogether too predictable. Almost everyone saw the costs of instability in Eastern Europe coming. The bill is now due, as Ukrainian artillery destroyed a “significant” part of a Russian armored column alleged to have entered Ukraine. Russia denied this occurred, but the tumbril of disaster jolts along yet another rut and the State Department has accused the Russians of violating an arms control agreement, too late to make a difference. Just another opportunity missed. “Vladimir Putin does not take his obligations…
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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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    Moving at the Speed of Creativity

  • To-Do and Task Manager Options

    Wesley Fryer
    18 Aug 2014 | 5:42 pm
    I’ve been trying different digital “task managers” to keep to-do lists over the years, and this semester I’m really liking Wunderlist. It has a viable free plan (I haven’t paid for a commercial plan yet) and if you want you can collaborate with others on your lists. You can also share your lists in a read-only format with others. Previously, my favorite task manager had been Nozbe. Nozbe is also free and GTD-friendly, which means it works with the “Getting Things Done” organizational method espoused by David Allen. There is also a task manager in…
  • First Android-Edited Video: WeVideo App

    Wesley Fryer
    15 Aug 2014 | 9:38 pm
    This evening I edited, created, and published my first video using an Android-based Nexus 7 tablet. I used the free Android mobile app “WeVideo” to edit it, because it was recommended in this recent Google for Education video about creating stop motion videos in the classroom. I used some images and 1 video clip from last week when I was in Sequoia National Park for this 1.5 minute video. I learned several important things in this process. Probably the most important is why the YouTube Capture App is not available for Android, but it is for iOS. On Android devices, the YouTube app…
  • Wii Remote Interactive Whiteboard for $60

    Wesley Fryer
    15 Aug 2014 | 1:39 pm
    Mat Cooper, a 5th grade teacher at Lakeview Elementary School in Yukon, Oklahoma, made his own interactive whiteboard with $60 of supplies including a Wii Remote ($40), a $17 infrared pen he ordered online, and a demo license of Smoothboard software . Earlier this week, I recorded a 3 minute video of Matt demonstrating and explaining how he did this in his classroom. I first met Matt in June during our STEM Seeds Professional Development Camp. He’s a very sharp guy! (And not YET on Twitter, in case you were wondering…) For more information, directions, and ordering details for…
  • Remove distracting Apple TV icons

    Wesley Fryer
    13 Aug 2014 | 3:44 pm
    Here’s a quick video showing how you can remove distracting icons from Apple TV if you have one in your classroom. We hadn’t updated the AppleTV firmware to the latest version, so I was unable to show/hide icons from the main menu screen, but I did show how to do it from the SETTINGS menu in Apple TV.    by  bfishadow  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 podcasts to Amazon S3 for hosting.)…
  • Learn About Lightspeed Mobile Manager

    Wesley Fryer
    13 Aug 2014 | 9:18 am
    Our school district is using the Lightspeed Mobile Manager for ALL our iPads this year. Previously I synced my iPads in my STEM classroom cart to a Macbook laptop and didn’t use a mobile manager. Here are a couple of links our IT department provided, which I’m going to use to learn more about using the Lightspeed Mobile Manager: Free Online Course: Lightspeed Mobile Manager for Teachers Documentation website: Mobile Manager for Teachers    by  flickingerbrad  Did you know Wes has published 3 eBooks, and 1 of them is available free? Check them out! If you're trying to listen…
 
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    Lindsey Lewis

  • 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…
  • you’re invited. to an uplifted life!

    lindsey
    29 Jul 2014 | 1:05 am
    Hey you guys; Tell me where I’m wrong here, but I’ve got a hunch you’re leaning into an uplifted life. One filled with a steady source of gratitude, a happiness beneath all the turmoil on the surface, and maybe even some magical moments. I want to help you get there. I really do. So I’m creating the Weekly Invitationals. Each Monday, they’ll land in your inbox, fresh from me to you. An invitation, an intention, and an anchor-point for your week ahead. ‘Cos how we begin something is often how it keeps on going. Sign up Get ‘em here. ‘I found more…
  • on awareness, breath and trust. jam session with me and Susanne Mueller, holistic nutritionist

    lindsey
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:05 am
    Hey you guys, Some super juicy personal stuff came up for me and Susanne Mueller when we got together to talk about awareness, breath and trust for Food: A Love Story. The participants already received the recording, and because I think there’s some really good stuff in here, I wanted to share it with you, too. You can listen to the entire 15-minute convo down below. Or take a read-through some of what we shared, here: LL: Sus, what does awareness mean to you and how do you practice it? SM: Awareness was the most important part of instilling change for me in my body, the way I eat and…
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    SA CREATIVES

  • Richard Scott Takes Art For a Joyride

    SA Creatives
    20 Aug 2014 | 2:46 am
    The internationally successful Cape Town Pop artist, Richard Scott, finds new inspiration in an iconic vehicle of expression. Stand by for his latest exhibition, opening at Hyde Park Corner, in Johannesburg on 4th September 2014 Joy is the most unbridled of human emotions, an outburst of positive energy that adds vigour and vitality to life. Joy is spontaneous, natural, surging, celebratory. Joy is a poem, an ode, a crescendo to a symphony. Joy is art. Add an engine and a set of wheels to the mix, and you’ve got a surefire formula for exuberance and exhilaration, in the form of a dazzling…
  • Getting To Know Photographer Karl Schoemaker

    SA Creatives
    20 Aug 2014 | 2:21 am
    Who is Karl Schoemaker and what do you do? I was born in Dublin, Ireland and lived in Hong Kong as a child before moving to South Africa, and although the rest of my family eventually moved all over the world; I stayed! Funny thing is that they are slowly moving back! I read a degree in Fine Arts at Rhodes, majoring in photography, under the tutelage of the great bard, and photographer; Obie Oberholzer. After varsity I did my National Service (as we had to way back when) in the Air Force at Waterkloof airbase in Pretoria, where I was part of the photographic unit. I learnt a wealth about…
  • Portrait Of An Artist- Photography By Mpho Mokgadi

    SA Creatives
    19 Aug 2014 | 1:34 am
    Who is Mpho Mokgadi and what do you do? I am a 26 year old photographer from Pretoria moved to Johannesburg a year ago. I have been shooting since my mother got me a point and shoot camera as a gift and i have never stopped since. How would you define your style or art? My form of photography, captures the honesty within me, i seek to document my own personal experience and share it with other through the lens. What inspires your work? Everyday people, and the spaces i constantly occupy What are you currently working on? I am currently a student at The Market Photo Workshop located in…
  • An inspired graphic designer Siyanda Ngcobo

    SA Creatives
    17 Aug 2014 | 10:47 pm
    Who is Siyanda Ngcobo and what do you do? I’m a 23 year old young Male from Newlands East North of Durban.Im an artist, enthusiast and  software programmer by profession but I’ve always had a very open relationship with Art, took it from doodling to sketching and where I am today, a self taught graphic designer. I design Logo’s, Event Flyers, Mix tape covers ,email signatures and letter Heads.I also do photo retouching and photo manipulation. How would you define your style or Art My style is made up of a mixture of ingredients, a few being Simplicity, Motion, Poetry,…
  • 21 Icons Season II featuring fourth icon Frene Ginwala

    SA Creatives
    17 Aug 2014 | 10:43 pm
    Frene Ginwala “The hallmark of a good leader is that you don’t see yourself as a leader. Leadership is about listening to people, setting an example, thinking about the issues from all aspects and then leading by example, not just making speeches.” On 24 August 2014 at 20h27 on SABC 3, 21 ICONS season two features Frene Ginwala, the first female speaker at the National Assembly of South Africa. The preview is available on YouTube. This episode is the fourth in the series, which pays homage to the men and women whose courage, passion, dedication and vision has not only helped to shape…
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    The Creative Mind

  • 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.
  • Photography: Art and Healing

    Douglas Eby
    3 Aug 2014 | 8:45 pm
    Photographic images can be a powerful form of expression for creative people, and also a tool for therapists and anyone to help explore our inner selves. This image by artist Jennifer Moon is titled “A Story of a Girl and a Horse: The Search for Courage.” A news article about an installation of her photographs, sculpture and text-based works at UCLA Hammer Museum’s “Made in L.A. 2014″ biennial, describes the piece as a “self-portrait, a chromogenic digital photo [that] depicts Moon on a chocolate brown horse, leaping over a bed of clouds shot through with…
  • Feeling Pressured To Create

    Douglas Eby
    26 Jul 2014 | 6:10 pm
    One kind of pressure is feeling an intense urge to create; it is probably an inherent part of being a creative person. But other pressures can lead to stress and overwhelm, and being pulled away from the joys of creating. Annemarie Roeper (founder of the Roeper School and The Roeper Review, a professional journal on the gifted) wrote about this intense inner pressure to create as a characteristic of high ability people – but you may experience this even if you are not “technically” gifted: “Gifted adults may be overwhelmed by the pressure of their own creativity. The…
  • The Surreal Fashion Photography of Miss Aniela

    Douglas Eby
    19 Jul 2014 | 8:16 pm
    Most of my limited experience of fashion photography has been the occasional magazine feature or ad, and the images typically seem to me mainly designed to document the clothing. The work of London-based fashion photographer Natalie Dybisz, who works under the name Miss Aniela, is much more complex and intriguing. Writer Sarah Bradley describes some of how Miss Aniela works: “Blurring the lines between art, photography, and fashion, Miss Aniela’s collection of Surreal Fashion takes us to a mysterious place where the most elaborate and fantastical dreams come to life.”…
 
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    Cruzine

  • Cool Illustrations by Caleb Thomas

    Paul Viluda
    19 Aug 2014 | 5:22 am
    Caleb Thomas aka dCTb is a young concept artist / illustrator based in the United States. Most of current digital artists work with Adobe Photoshop … it’s really surprising Caleb works with GIMP only, a free alternative to Photoshop. Anyway, let’s take a look at several pieces selected from his portfolio. Enjoy! Visit Caleb Thomas
  • Creative Photography by Anita Anti

    Paul Viluda
    18 Aug 2014 | 4:27 am
    Set of stunning photos and photo manipulations by an artist from Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine – Anita Anti. Get inspired! Visit Anita Anti
  • Quality Concept Art by Jacob Atienza

    Paul Viluda
    15 Aug 2014 | 6:04 am
    Jacob Atienza is a young 20 years old digital concept artist based in Oakland, California, United States. Below, you may scroll through several artworks handpicked from his portfolio. Enjoy! … and have great weekend. Visit Jacob Atienza
  • Stunning Digital Art by ANG-angg

    Paul Viluda
    14 Aug 2014 | 6:57 am
    Collection of inspiring digital concept illustrations by ANG-angg, an artist from Malaysia. Enjoy! Visit ANG-angg
  • Hot Digital Art by Eduardo Garcia

    Paul Viluda
    13 Aug 2014 | 7:48 am
    Eduardo Garcia aka EdCid is a talented concept artist / illustrator based in Spain. Below, you may scroll through over 20 amazing concept illustrations selected from his portfolio. For more, make sure to check out the link at the bottom. Get inspired! Visit Eduardo Garcia
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    Inspire Fusion - Art, Design & Inspiration Blog

  • Everyday Sayings Turned Into Funny & Clever Illustrations

    Jahangir Agha
    20 Aug 2014 | 6:58 am
    Graphic designer and illustrator, Nabhan Abdullatif, from Oman specializes in conceptual illustrations and vector art. His works are a collection of visual puns where he uses everyday objects in his illustrations along with clever captions. […] The post Everyday Sayings Turned Into Funny & Clever Illustrations appeared first on Inspire Fusion.
  • Beluga Whale Sprays Water Onto Visitors

    Jahangir Agha
    11 Aug 2014 | 11:21 pm
    A beluga whale sprays water onto visitors at a summer attraction at the Hakkeijima Sea Paradise aquarium in Yokohama, suburban Tokyo. Photograph by: Yoshikazu Tsuno/AFP Photo More Stuff For Your Inspiration: Princess Pixie Pants: A […] The post Beluga Whale Sprays Water Onto Visitors appeared first on Inspire Fusion.
  • Amazing Papercut Illustrations by Eiko Ojala

    Jahangir Agha
    10 Aug 2014 | 10:32 am
    We previously featured papercut artwork by Estonian graphic designer and illustrator Eiko Ojala, and today we are showcasing more of his fantastic three dimensional drawings for leading publications around the world. Eiko has won a […] The post Amazing Papercut Illustrations by Eiko Ojala appeared first on Inspire Fusion.
  • Intricate Olive Pit Sculpture Carved in 1737

    Jahangir Agha
    3 Aug 2014 | 6:49 am
    This incredible olive pit sculpture was created in 1737. Its only 1.34 inches in length and 0.63 inches tall. The perfectly carved Olive-Stone Boat was crafted by Ch’en Tsu-chang. On the tiny boat eight figures […] The post Intricate Olive Pit Sculpture Carved in 1737 appeared first on Inspire Fusion.
  • Everyday Objects Turned Into Funny Art & Playful Images

    Jahangir Agha
    31 Jul 2014 | 7:56 am
    Australian art director, photographer and illustrator Domenic Bahmann draws his inspiration from daily objects and turns them in funny artworks. Making it an inspiration for us all to take a look at the world and […] The post Everyday Objects Turned Into Funny Art & Playful Images appeared first on Inspire Fusion.
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    Farnam Street

  • Lincoln on Leadership

    Shane Parrish
    20 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    Fight the Good Fight The probability that we may fall in the struggle ought not to deter us from the support of a cause we believe to be just. Try Honey Before Vinegar If you would win a man to your cause, first convince him that you are his sincere friend. On the contrary … mark him as one to be shunned and despised, and he will retreat within himself, close all avenues to his head and his heart; and tho’ your cause be naked truth itself, transformed to the heaviest lance, harder than steel, and sharper than steel can be made, and tho’ you throw it with more than Herculean…
  • What makes Warren Buffett a great investor? Is it the intelligence or the discipline?

    Shane Parrish
    19 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    I thought this excerpt from Warren Buffett’s 2011 interview in India was relevant to not only investing but also decision making. A member of the audience says to Buffett: “As we all know, you are an extremely intelligent person. At the same time, you are very disciplined with your investing approach. What makes Warren Buffett a great investor? Is it the intelligence or the discipline?” Here is Warren’s response. Warren: The good news I can tell you is that to be a great investor you don’t have to have a terrific IQ. If you’ve got 160 IQ, sell 30 points to…
  • Steve Jobs on Creativity

    Shane Parrish
    18 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    “Originality depends on new and striking combinations of ideas.” — Rosamund Harding In a beautiful article for The Atlantic, Nancy Andreasen, a neuroscientist who has spent decades studying creativity, writes: [C]reative people are better at recognizing relationships, making associations and connections, and seeing things in an original way—seeing things that others cannot see. … Having too many ideas can be dangerous. Part of what comes with seeing connections no one else sees is that not all of these connections actually exist. The same point of view is offered by…
  • 19 More Book Recommendations from Billionaire Charlie Munger

    Shane Parrish
    17 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    In Book Recommendations from Billionaire Charlie Munger That will Make you Smarter, we covered off some of the books that he’s recommended to readers and Berkshire Hathaway shareholders over the years. As a voracious reader himself, however, he has even more recommendations. Here are 19 others Munger has recommended to the curious reader. 1. No Two Alike: Human Nature and Human Individuality Harris is a great detective and systematically works her way though the currently popular explanations, such as birth order, and explains why none of these solve the mystery of human individuality.
  • Crimes Against Logic: Exposing the Bogus Arguments of Politicians, Journalists, and Others

    Shane Parrish
    13 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    A lot of our day is spent trying to convince people of something. To do this we often make arguments as to why our product or service is better, or, more commonly why our own opinion is right and yours is wrong. But few of us understand the art of argumentation. Crimes Against Logic: Exposing the Bogus Arguments of Politicians, Priests, Journalists, and Other Serial Offenders, a book by Jamie Whyte, “aims to help fill the gap left by the education system,” in the ways that our reasoning can go wrong. “The logic equivalent of one of those troubleshooting guides in your car or…
 
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    Cultural Weekly

  • May in the Summer

    Cultural Weekly
    19 Aug 2014 | 2:50 pm
    May in the Summer, the sophomore venture from director/writer/star Cherine Dabis, begins its theatrical run this week. It’s a cross-cultural drama/comedy about a thirty-something New Yorker (portrayed by Dabis herself) who goes home to Jordan to plan her summer wedding only to be confronted with the fallout of her parents’ divorce. The movie reveals a different side of marriage and companionship, and also a view of the Middle East you won’t get anywhere else. “I grew up spending summers in Jordan with my mom and sisters,” explains Dabis. “We’d stay with…
  • Temple of Art: A Documentary Worth Supporting

    Tod Hardin
    16 Aug 2014 | 7:09 pm
    Every now and then we come across a great crowdfunding project that is worthy of giving our highest recommendation of support. Our good friend, and creative master, David Mack, recently turned us on to a documentary project called Temple of Art, which is the brainchild of photographer Allan Amato. Temple of Art director, Allan Amato Two years ago Amato began photographing artists and asking them to interpret those portraits through their particular medium. The film will follow these collaborations from conception to completion, providing viewers with an insightful look at the lives and…
  • In Working with Ang Lee, Seizing the Moments

    Ted Hope
    14 Aug 2014 | 1:10 am
    Ted Hope has produced more than 70 films, and his work has largely defined American independent cinema. This is an excerpt from his new book, Hope for Film: From the Frontline of the Independent Cinema Revolutions, available now on Amazon. “Let me take a minute to think about it.” The phrase seems innocuous enough. But for Ang Lee, perhaps the most commercially successful and critically regarded director whom we ever worked with at Good Machine, the comment was far more than a simple request to ponder. Ang really took a minute to think about things—often far longer. You’d say…
  • Poetry + Murder: My Dance with the Manson Women

    Sarah Elgart
    14 Aug 2014 | 1:05 am
    On the 45th anniversary of the Manson Family Murders, Sarah Elgart remembers her time with Susan Atkins and Patricia Krenwinkel “To live in prison is to live without mirrors. To live without mirrors is to live without the self.” ~ Margaret Atwood, “Marrying the Hangman”   One afternoon in October of 1981 I found myself standing in a large, empty gymnasium at California Institution for Women, caught in the middle of an argument between two maximum-security women inmates and four of their respective friends.  I was not there as an inmate, but rather as a young, emerging…
  • Robin Williams – Missing You Already

    Sophia Stein
    14 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    Robin Williams always brought me to the space of awe.  His imagination was so facile, so quick; I often felt four steps behind.  Frankly, that’s the way I like my art – jaw to the ground, gaping in amazement, while my heartstrings are gently being plucked. I fell in love with a capital “L” for the first time to The Fisher King.  I shivered at One Hour Photo, and awaited with anticipation each and every successive project graced by his presence. I am moved to learn that Robin Williams was such a generous friend to Christopher Reeve.  At the time of Christopher Reeve’s critical…
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    FLIC Magazine

  • Begin Again (John Carney)

    Eva Vera
    20 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    From director and former bass player of the Irish band The Frames comes this new comedy about music that will bring pleasant memories of the director’s previous work, the award winning indie musical Once (2006), to the biggest music lovers. A winner at the Independent Spirit, Sundance and Raindance awards, that feel good movie from John Carney also won the Academy Awards for Best Original Song for Falling Slowly, composed by its main characters, Markéta Irgolvá and Glen Hansard, the latter also a member of The Frames. It might be that Begin Again (or Can a Song Save Your Life?)…
  • Rhythm of Catania gallery presents Momo and Tono until the 31st of August

    Raul Bernabe
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    This summer one of the most desired exhibits comes to Italy at the hand of Rhythm gallery, which presents the exhibition of two artists who are the most significant of nonrepresentational graffiti, Momo and ElTono. The exhibition “Varianti“ brings us a proposal where both artists agree on their understanding of art as a form of abstraction where the representation of space takes on a higher meaning. ElTono and Momo represent the greatest exponent in nonrepresentational graffiti is in Europe and the US, and together they present an exhibition which suggests a union between their…
  • Nothing really, really nothing

    Luis Corzo
    18 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    The end of the road, What was done was Done. Done. That’s all folk.    
  • HAPPY HOLIDAYS

    Editorial Team
    1 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    The Flic Magazine Team is taking some time off to enjoy the summer! Also on vacation? Here are some suggestions to fill your free time during the hot days to come. Find out which books to read, travel destinations, latest films and exhibitions all around the world… We’ll be back on August 18th. Have a lovely summer!
  • Song for Summer

    Editorial Team
    31 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    “A special thanks to Sara Fernandez, Aida Lirola and Alicia Boada – The girls from the 411.” Raquel Solá
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    i heart creation

  • 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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    all three aces

  • 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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    Lucy Chen Fine Art

  • 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.
  • Painting Oncidium Orchid

    Lucy Chen
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:05 pm
    YELLOW AND VIOLET 24″x12″, oil on stretched linen canvas, by Lucy Chen Original $297, Prints from $20 I’ve loved growing flowers from a young age.  But many things, such as money, time and the ambition to “make it” in the corporate world, got in the way. Now, finally, I have the fortune and luxury to not only grow my flowers, but paint them. I hope you will like my new series of floral paintings. The one shown here is titled “Yellow and Violet“.  The design is simple, yet can you feel the slow release of energy vibrating quietly but surely from the…
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  • 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…
  • Amazon Grasps at Analogies in Fight Against Publishers & Authors

    Gordon Platt
    12 Aug 2014 | 7:50 am
    George Orwell (Photo credit: Wikipedia) George Orwell predicted a state where technology is used to control the general populace. What he may not have foreseen is how purveyors of tech would twist his own words to control public opinion, as Amazon did over the weekend in its latest PR salvo against publisher Hachette. “Orwellian” is already a frequently misused term when applied to oversight of the digital environment, but Amazon has managed to take that to the next level. The online retail giant, whose roots are firmly planted in pioneering the delivery  of ebooks through its…
  • Australia’s Example Says Abundance of Choice Should Scupper Piracy

    Gordon Platt
    8 Aug 2014 | 10:06 am
    Australian flag flying in Queensland. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) When it comes to copyright infringement in Australia, “lack of availability is no longer an excuse,” says Simon Bush, CEO of the country’s Home Entertainment Distributors Association. In reality, of course, it has never been a valid excuse for piracy, but his wider point is well taken in this global example of creative content access. In the major entertainment markets consumers now have access to more legal than ever before, making it more a case of which one or two will I choose, as opposed to will I choose…
  • Monkeying Around with Photo Copyright

    Gordon Platt
    6 Aug 2014 | 12:26 pm
    As far as we know, this simian has no claim to this image.  (Photo credit: Wikipedia) There’s plenty of monkey business around the issue of copyright at the best of times, so when it’s reversed to benefit the business of a monkey, we can be forgiven for still thinking figuratively. But no, it’s true, the latest debate over copyright material involves a monkey who owns the rights, some say, to his own selfie. Those “some” are Wikipedia editors, in this case, while the photographer involved is left to face one of the more bizarre copyright cases of this or any…
 
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