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  • Take your headphones off if you want creative inspiration

    Creative Something
    28 Jul 2014 | 8:43 am
    Sometime over the weekend I started discussing the creative importance of taking headphones off in the work place or studio. Taking your headphones off allows you to be more in tune with the world around you, which is where the inspiration to do what we do comes from. This belief, that you have to take your headphones off or turn the music down to do good work, understandably got a lot of backlash. What do you think? If I told you that you should take headphones off, or turn off the music, where you do your best creative work, would you do it? Or would you think I was crazy? It’s…
  • Feeling Pressured To Create

    The Creative Mind
    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…
  • “Vacation Sex”: A Poem by Dorianne Laux

    Brain Pickings
    Maria Popova
    25 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    “…in hotels under overpasses or rooms next to ice machines, friends’ fold-out couches…” “Love is never finished expressing itself,” philosopher Gaston Bachelard wrote in his beautiful essay on poetic reverie, “and it expresses itself better the more poetically it is dreamed.” While love and sex might be worlds of ambiguity apart, one would hope this sentiment holds equally true of sex and the poetics of desire. In 1999, poet Dorianne Laux visited my alma mater, the Kelly Writers House at the University of Pennsylvania, for a reading and…
  • Want to Get Better at Storytelling or Collaborating? Play Dungeons & Dragons.

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    29 Jul 2014 | 11:00 am
    Designed by Derek Palladino for the Noun Project Now in its 40th anniversary, the roleplaying game Dungeons & Dragons has emerged as an initial force behind many creatives’ success. As a piece in the New York Times explains: Though Mr. Díaz never became a fantasy writer, he attributes his literary success, in part, to his “early years profoundly embedded and invested in fantastic narratives.” From D&D, he said, he “learned a lot of important essentials about storytelling, about giving the reader enough room to play. . . “For nerds like us, D&D hit like an…
  • To be more creative, question what you know you know

    Creative Something
    29 Jul 2014 | 9:17 am
    There’s a conundrum with knowledge in the pursuit of creativity. It goes something like this: the more you know, the more information your brain has to access in order to generate new ideas. That’s good. But the more you know, the more likely you are to rely on that knowledge in order to do your work. Which can be bad. It’s the classic scenario of an expert being unable to solve a problem, but a novice enters the scene and effortlessly finds a novel way to do it. Why? When we become experts, we begin to frame our perspective on problems around what we know is possible. Where…
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    Brain Pickings

  • “Vacation Sex”: A Poem by Dorianne Laux

    Maria Popova
    25 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    “…in hotels under overpasses or rooms next to ice machines, friends’ fold-out couches…” “Love is never finished expressing itself,” philosopher Gaston Bachelard wrote in his beautiful essay on poetic reverie, “and it expresses itself better the more poetically it is dreamed.” While love and sex might be worlds of ambiguity apart, one would hope this sentiment holds equally true of sex and the poetics of desire. In 1999, poet Dorianne Laux visited my alma mater, the Kelly Writers House at the University of Pennsylvania, for a reading and…
  • Migrant: An Alice in Wonderland for the Modern Immigrant Experience

    Maria Popova
    25 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    A compassionate chronicle of the laboring nomad’s optimism and wistfulness. Having spent my entire adult life as an immigrant, with all the relocations, bureaucracies, and social strain implied, I have tremendous respect for any effort to capture the complexities of the immigrant experience, its joys and its struggles, without robbing it of dimension. So I was instantly enamored with Migrant (public library) — a gem of a picture-book by Canadian writer Maxine Trottier and illustrator Isabelle Arsenault, the artist who also gave us the wonderful Jane, the Fox & Me, a graphic…
  • C.S. Lewis on Suffering and What It Means to Have Free Will in a Universe of Fixed Laws

    Maria Popova
    24 Jul 2014 | 11:00 pm
    “Try to exclude the possibility of suffering which the order of nature and the existence of free wills involve, and you find that you have excluded life itself.” If the universe operates by fixed physical laws, what does it mean for us to have free will? That’s what C.S. Lewis considers with an elegant sidewise gleam in an essay titled “Divine Omnipotence” from his altogether fascinating 1940 book The Problem of Pain (public library) — a scintillating examination of the concept of free will in a material universe and why suffering is not only a natural but…
  • The Poetics of Reverie: Philosopher Gaston Bachelard on Dreams, Love, Solitude, and Happiness

    Maria Popova
    24 Jul 2014 | 1:30 am
    “There are still souls for whom love is the contact of two poetries, the fusion of two reveries.” “Creative writing, like a day-dream,” Freud observed, “is a continuation of, and a substitute for, what was once the play of childhood.” But how, exactly, does the playful imagination weave dream and storytelling together to frame our creative experience? Gaston Bachelard (1884–1962) is one of the most wonderful — literally: full of wonder — philosophers of the twentieth century, yet one of the most underappreciated. His writings on poetics…
  • Love Is Forever: A Children’s Book That Helps Kids Deal with Losing a Loved One

    Maria Popova
    24 Jul 2014 | 1:30 am
    A tender lesson in living with loss from Little Owl. If grief is so gargantuan a struggle even for grownups, how are tiny humans to handle a weight so monumental once it presses down? That’s precisely what writer Casey Rislov, who holds a master’s degree in elementary education and has an intense interest in special needs, and Minneapolis-based children’s book illustrator Rachel Balsaits explore in Love is Forever (public library) — the story of Little Owl, who loves her Grandfather Owl very much, and how she, with the help of her parents and baby brother, deals with…
 
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  • Want to Get Better at Storytelling or Collaborating? Play Dungeons & Dragons.

    behanceteam
    29 Jul 2014 | 11:00 am
    Designed by Derek Palladino for the Noun Project Now in its 40th anniversary, the roleplaying game Dungeons & Dragons has emerged as an initial force behind many creatives’ success. As a piece in the New York Times explains: Though Mr. Díaz never became a fantasy writer, he attributes his literary success, in part, to his “early years profoundly embedded and invested in fantastic narratives.” From D&D, he said, he “learned a lot of important essentials about storytelling, about giving the reader enough room to play. . . “For nerds like us, D&D hit like an…
  • How to (Politely) Dodge Job Recommendations

    behanceteam
    29 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Elephant in the Room designed by Luis Prado for the Noun Project If an acquaintance, or someone you’re just not that close enough to, asks for a job recommendation that you feel uncomfortable giving, New York Magazine suggests you try one of the following “humanely disingenuous” approaches: 1. Respond enthusiastically with information of limited value: “Would it help if I gave you the name of the human-resources person? I think I might even have his e-mail!” 2. Issue a self-deprecating disclaimer of helplessness: “I don’t know how much my word counts on this one . .
  • Richard Feynman: What Counts as “Worthwhile” Work?

    Tanner Christensen
    28 Jul 2014 | 11:00 am
    Problem Solving designed by Rob Maslin from the Noun Project How can we know which projects are worthwhile for us and which are trivial? At Hotel Genius, a letter from the late quantum physicist Richard Feynman explains why the humbler projects are also some of the most important for us to work on: The worthwhile problems are the ones you can really solve or help solve, the ones you can really contribute something to… I would advise you to take even simpler, or as you say, humbler, problems until you find some you can really solve easily, no matter how trivial. You will get the pleasure…
  • Avoid Playing Email Ping Pong With “If…Then” Statements

    Hamza Khan
    28 Jul 2014 | 8:45 am
    Ping Pong by Janina Reinhard from The Noun Project Scheduling meetings over email is like playing ping pong, where a simple “Can you meet at 4:00 pm?” could easily turn into an endless volley of back-and-forth replies.  In The 4-Hour Work Week, author Tim Ferris suggests a simple strategy to streamline things: Email communication should be streamlined to prevent needless back-and-forth. Thus, an email with “Can you meet at 4:00 pm?” would become “Can you meet at 4:00 pm? If not, please advise three other times that work for you.” Get into the habit of considering what “if…
  • Never Stop Learning: How Self-Education Creates a Bullet-Proof Career

    behanceteam
    28 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Business writer Tom Peters once said, “A career is a portfolio of projects that teach you new skills, gain you new expertise, develop new capabilities, grow your colleague set, and constantly reinvent you as a brand.” At the heart of expanding your social graph and reinventing yourself is an unquenchable desire to learn—a mindset that stays fluid and facilitates personal growth. It is the learners, those willing to open their minds and augment their skillsets, who will be poised to succeed in the future.  But how do we foster this desire to learn? Dont we all want to learn? Who ever…
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  • To be more creative, question what you know you know

    29 Jul 2014 | 9:17 am
    There’s a conundrum with knowledge in the pursuit of creativity. It goes something like this: the more you know, the more information your brain has to access in order to generate new ideas. That’s good. But the more you know, the more likely you are to rely on that knowledge in order to do your work. Which can be bad. It’s the classic scenario of an expert being unable to solve a problem, but a novice enters the scene and effortlessly finds a novel way to do it. Why? When we become experts, we begin to frame our perspective on problems around what we know is possible. Where…
  • Take your headphones off if you want creative inspiration

    28 Jul 2014 | 8:43 am
    Sometime over the weekend I started discussing the creative importance of taking headphones off in the work place or studio. Taking your headphones off allows you to be more in tune with the world around you, which is where the inspiration to do what we do comes from. This belief, that you have to take your headphones off or turn the music down to do good work, understandably got a lot of backlash. What do you think? If I told you that you should take headphones off, or turn off the music, where you do your best creative work, would you do it? Or would you think I was crazy? It’s…
  • Download Brainbean FREE in the App Store, because there’s...

    27 Jul 2014 | 3:54 pm
    Download Brainbean FREE in the App Store, because there’s no app out there like it for iPad! “A great way to exercise both sides of your brain.” – The Unofficial Apple Weblog “Educational but not necessarily just for kids.” – MSN.com “Build creative confidence and energize your imagination.” – Mobile Entertainment
  • Getting past when you can't take your ideas further

    25 Jul 2014 | 8:57 am
    Yesterday I wrote about how to explore ideas quickly by asking “What comes next?” It’s a great way to recognize the importance any question has in the role of creative thinking. Questions lead us down new paths, good questions help us plot where we are on the route between powerfully creative ideas and subpar ones. Landing at a place where there are seemingly no more questions for the work you’re doing can be dangerous. “If you don’t have any more questions for what you’re doing, that doesn’t mean you’ve arrived at an end point. It means you…
  • Why wait for an idea to strike? Buy this poster

    24 Jul 2014 | 2:51 pm
    Why wait for an idea to strike? Buy this poster
 
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  • Expressive Arts Therapy: A Creative Career Path

    Cathy Malchiodi, PhD, LPCC, LPAT
    29 Jul 2014 | 2:23 pm
    In past posts, I have explored and explained art therapy and the creative arts therapies as a career paths. But there is another career pathway that the “creative therapist” may want to consider as an option; it’s called an expressive arts therapist and it involves using all the arts to help clients communicate, express, explore and make meaning.read more
  • Can You Be Fulfilled by Desire? Three Illuminating Examples

    Leon F. Seltzer, Ph.D.
    29 Jul 2014 | 11:51 am
    Consider that—quite literally—your dreams are comprised of visual and auditory hallucinations. But thoroughly “wrapped up” in them, you can’t help but experience them as real. Fantasy and reality are no longer separable: they’re fused, indistinguishable. And in your most pleasurable dreams, what’s being dramatized is the fulfillment of a personal wish. . . .read more
  • The Spinning Moral Compass of Forensic Art Therapy

    David Gussak, Ph.D., ATR-BC
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:24 am
    Being ethical in our profession is one thing–but what happens if we are called to do something that may put us in a position to examine and question our own moral convictions? This post picks up where the last one left off, and provides a very personal examination of what testifying for the defense of a man who murdered his children did to my own moral compass.read more
  • Great Shakespeare Quotes that Inspire Us to Age Creatively

    Susan Krauss Whitbourne, Ph.D.
    29 Jul 2014 | 7:58 am
    We tend to think of Shakespeare's views of aging as almost entirely negative. Yet, Shakespeare’s writings about aging in many ways contradict how he himself experienced aging. From his work and his remarkable career, we can gain inspiration into how we ourselves can realize our own creative potential throughout life.read more
  • Could You Drop Out of Your Life?

    Jennifer Haupt
    28 Jul 2014 | 3:01 pm
    Many of us dream of dropping out of our lives to find something we can’t completely name. But what would taking time off from work and family really look like? And what might you find?read more
 
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    Creative Every Day

  • Guest Post by Tangerine Meg

    Leah
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:01 pm
    5 Interview Qs from Leah for Tangerine Meg Thanks for having me Leah! I'm delighted to be hosting you and your answers over at my blog today too. What is it about cats that you love most? I love so much about cats - the happy vibration when they purr, their warm spiral sleeping poses and the way they push their noses against everything! My favourite is when, with self-placement on backgrounds, they awaken me to new vibrant colour schemes; this compels me to make artwork to record the wonder, be it painting, lino print or phone photo! I have 2 Orange Cats and I love when they plonk…
  • Creative Every Day Check-In: July 28 – August 3

    Leah
    27 Jul 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 7/28/14 - 8/3/14.  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 Check-In: July 21 – 27

    Leah
    20 Jul 2014 | 9:21 am
    This weekly check-in post is a place for Creative Every Day Challenge participants to share their creative activities.  Join in the Challenge: You can sign-up for the 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 7/21/14 - 7/27/14.  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 Check-In: July 14 – 20

    Leah
    14 Jul 2014 | 6:23 am
    This weekly check-in post is a place for Creative Every Day Challenge participants to share their creative activities.  Join in the Challenge: You can sign-up for the 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 7/14/14 - 7/20/14.  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 July 2014: Fireworks

    Leah
    7 Jul 2014 | 7:25 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 Fireworks! It seemed like a good month for it, especially after I saw my 3 year old firework experience her first fireworks at a Fourth of July celebration. I was thinking not only of actual fireworks, but also of the Katy Perry song in which she encourages you to be your own firework, letting your colors show. Ever seen the video? As always, this month's theme for the Creative Every Day Challenge is totally optional. Use it if it inspires…
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  • Peace Corps, Gateway to the Travel Bug: On the Road with Michelle and Jedd Chang

    Chris Guillebeau
    29 Jul 2014 | 7:57 am
    This is a traveler case study. (Read others or nominate yourself I first heard about Jedd & Michelle through a blog submission… but then I got the chance to work with them at WDS this summer. They were two of our most reliable and hard-working ambassadors (volunteers), and I loved hearing their story of serving abroad in Jamaica. Here’s more. Tell us about yourselves. We’re Jedd and Michelle. In 2011, we left our “real jobs” to take a sabbatical – a time set aside to experience new things, learn, and grow. After an epic road trip and house-sitting, we made the…
  • Helpful Email Tip: Always Draw from the Top

    Chris Guillebeau
    28 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    I’m pretty good at keeping up with a lot of projects, but inevitably I fall behind on some emails. The way it works for me is that I get stuck on a final batch—I fly through a couple of hundred messages a day, but then there are at least a dozen that stymie me. I mentioned this phenomenon on Twitter recently, and @kavla made an interesting comment: @chrisguillebeau if you never cherry pick that doesn't happen. #alwaysdrawfromthetop — Kav Latiolais (@kavla) July 28, 2014 In other words: first in, first out. Address the issues related to one email at a time without skipping ahead.
  • Why Artistic Compromise Makes for Better Work

    Chris Guillebeau
    28 Jul 2014 | 5:56 am
    Once in a while (thankfully not often), I look back at some of the posts and articles I wrote in the early days. What in the world was I thinking? Most of them are riddled with errors, typos, and sometimes just bad writing. For both The $100 Startup and my new book (more news on that coming soon), I worked with a fantastic editor from Random House. There’s no doubt that both manuscripts were much, much better off because of his efforts. I’d love to say I’m the kind of writer who turns in a manuscript complete and ready to go, but that’s definitely not the case. Rick Horgan, that…
  • Limited Time: Marriott Card 70,000 Points Signup Bonus

    Chris Guillebeau
    27 Jul 2014 | 1:09 pm
    Link: 70,000 Points for Marriott Card 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 points can put you in one of their nicer hotels or resorts worldwide for up to two nights. Marriott also partners with Ritz Carlton, where awards can also be booked. In addition to the improved signup bonus, the card…
  • 6 Discoveries From Near and Far, Volume III

    Chris Guillebeau
    26 Jul 2014 | 3:11 pm
    I. Around the World Things I found on long walks in foreign cities, or perhaps when someone posted them on Twitter. Traveling in Yemen — what it’s like to travel as a Westerner in this isolated country The Social Good Ipsum — Filler text with compassion (and randomness) Give Peace a Chance (still) — Why civil resistance remains the best strategy for social and political change in the face of oppression. Habits (Video) — “I’ve often wondered why do I act unlike my friends, why do I feel one way and not the other.” The Shadowy World of High-Speed Tennis Betting —…
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  • 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…
  • “Human beings will ALWAYS copy what they perceive to be successful behavior.”

    Hugh MacLeod
    3 Jun 2014 | 12:07 pm
    [Buy the print.] This cartoon went out this morning in the Daily Cartoon. I originally drew it to celebrate the latest book of one of my favorite business thinkers, my friend, Mark Earls. I can safely say that Mark is one of the VERY few marketing writers that really changed my life, back in the day. His first book, “Welcome to The Creative Age” deeply infomed The Hughtrain. Mark was one of the top advertising planners in the UK, back in the 1990s when the British still had the best advertising in the world (thanks in no small part to the advertising planner system that they…
 
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  • 7 Very Hard Questions You Must Ask Before You Make That Info Product

    Naomi Dunford
    28 Jul 2014 | 9:28 pm
    So you’re probably hearing it from all sides that you should be getting into information products, and you probably have been for five years now. Yes? And you’re supposed to scale, right? And you’re supposed to stop “trading hours for dollars”? Get some freedom already? Somebody said something about making money while you sleep? Right. Want to talk about that? Here are seven things you need to consider before you get into info products. If, having done so, you discover you’re not really in a position to create them right now, feel free to shoot an email to…
  • Write Like It Never Happened

    Naomi Dunford
    26 Jul 2014 | 7:30 pm
    So I had writers’ block for four years. That is not an exaggeration. There was a week in the summer of 2010 when I had two life-changing conversations. In both of these conversations, each had with different people, and for different reasons, and ostensibly on different topics, the people I was speaking with suggested that perhaps lil ol’ me would be more successful and make more money and be more awesome if I acted, well, more like them. They didn’t say it like that, of course. People don’t. When well-meaning people want to give advice, they tend to simply paint a…
  • Updates, Some Of Which Are Important!

    Naomi Dunford
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:42 pm
    Do you see what I did there? With the “some of which are important” thing? Don’t you hate it when somebody makes an “important” announcement, and you’re like, “I’m sure it’s technically possible that a human or two on earth might find that important, but I’m struggling to imagine what they might look like, and regardless, I am not among their undoubtedly few number”? (No? Maybe that’s just me.) Anyway, do you see how I deftly avoided that outcome by allowing YOU to determine which ones are important? Do you see what I did…
  • You’re Probably Not Going To Die Over Your Pricing

    Naomi Dunford
    13 Jun 2014 | 9:06 am
    So I’m looking at buying a book. This book is called Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When The Stakes Are High. I am looking at buying this book because for some reason, Dave and I cannot hold a conversation these days without someone ending up in tears. (I blame the Cardinal Grand Cross. And Mercury in Retrograde. And Neptune in retrograde. And Mars in retrograde. Good Lord, it’s amazing neither of us is dead.) Here is a sample conversation in my office: One of us: So have you had any thoughts about the YouTube thing? The other: Jesus ****ing Christ, why did you have to…
  • “How Do I Know If My Business Is Viable?”

    Naomi Dunford
    11 Jun 2014 | 10:54 am
    We get the “business viability” question fairly often around here. People want to know if their business idea, as an idea, will work. Fair enough. The answer to that, like just about everything else we talk about here, is not a cut and dry one. Asking if a business idea will work is like asking if those two people getting married will stay together. There are a lot of variables in that equation. It depends on a lot of factors. And there are no guarantees. However! Whether you want a business or a marriage to be viable, there are indicators you can look for and questions you can…
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  • Three Things to Think About Before Making a Request for an Introduction

    thinksulting@gmail.com (Rajesh Setty)
    13 Jul 2014 | 3:20 pm
    First, let us clear a myth It may be true that you may have only six degrees of separation from anyone else in the world. So, theoretically speaking, if you wanted to reach ANYONE all you had to do was to find the right six-degree chain and voila, you will be right in front of that person. That rarely happens and for most part, will remain as a myth. LinkedIn has made it easy to break the boundaries a bit. For starters, you can definitely see who is in your extended network. Again, mostly the power ends right there. Just because you can now see who is connected to whom does not make you…
  • Mini Saga #134 – In a Fix

    thinksulting@gmail.com (Rajesh Setty)
    4 Apr 2014 | 12:38 am
    Mini Saga #134 – In a Fix Jenny almost knocked off Rich as she rushed out of YMCA. She was on the phone, “Hey, sorry for the delay. I was with a client.” As Rich recovered, he found Jenny rushing back inside. She was still on the phone, “Oh you are going to YMCA…let’s talk later then.” Sometimes you are in a fix because you chose to be in one of them… Note: 1. A mini saga is a story told in exactly 50 words. Not 49 or 51 but exactly 50. 2. You can download a photographic manifesto of Mini Sagas at ChangeThis. Here is the link – Mini Sagas: Bite-sized Wisdom for…
  • Mini Saga #133 – Boomerang

    thinksulting@gmail.com (Rajesh Setty)
    2 Apr 2014 | 11:48 pm
    Mini Saga #133 – Boomerang Tom and Jack were arguing about a bug in the program. The argument escalated as they vehemently disagreed with the approach to solve the problem. Jack was angry and said, “It doesn’t matter what you say next Tom because you will be wrong.” Tom smiled and said, “You are right.” Watch what you say – you don’t want to shoot yourself in the foot. Note: 1. A mini saga is a story told in exactly 50 words. Not 49 or 51 but exactly 50. 2. You can download a photographic manifesto of Mini Sagas at ChangeThis. Here is the link – Mini Sagas:…
  • Mini Saga #132 – Banter

    thinksulting@gmail.com (Rajesh Setty)
    29 Mar 2014 | 10:31 pm
    Mini Saga #132 – Banter At the end of the second over, the batsman walked aggressively towards the slip fielder. Andrew, the Umpire promptly gets him back. Batsman asked, “Why?” Andrew said, ‘Thou shall not get into a fight with the fielder!” Puzzled batsman replied, “But… I just asked him to tie my shoe laces!” Sometimes, we overdo our jobs (not intentionally, of course) Note: 1. A mini saga is a story told in exactly 50 words. Not 49 or 51 but exactly 50. 2. You can download a photographic manifesto of Mini Sagas at ChangeThis. Here is the link – Mini Sagas:…
  • Why MANY Smart People Don’t Get the Support They Deserve

    thinksulting@gmail.com (Rajesh Setty)
    22 Feb 2014 | 7:25 pm
    You may have experienced this (or might have seen someone go through this situation) – you are on to something big and need a LOT of help but even people who have known you for a while are not actively supporting you in your quest. They seem to listen to everything and say encouraging words about your adventure but when it comes to doing something, they shy away from it. It bothers you because you have known these people for a LONG time and these are some people that you would totally expect 100% support from. They should be the ones that should fully understand your potential and lend…
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    Belmont Club

  • Nopoleon

    Richard Fernandez
    28 Jul 2014 | 3:36 pm
    Napoleon once ascribed his success to being able to see things as they were, and not as reflected in a fun house mirror. “The first qualification of a general-in-chief is to possess a cool head, so that things may appear to him in their true proportions and as they really are.” In Washington’s eyes Gaza may be the biggest conflict the Middle East; but objectively it is the littlest. The numbers tell the story. Syrian president Bashar Assad went down on his knees at a mosque following what some have called the worst week in the Syrian civil war ”amid reports of an…
  • The World Gets Bigger

    Richard Fernandez
    27 Jul 2014 | 5:44 pm
    We are accustomed to thinking of progress as continuous. But there have been other periods of globalization before ours — and somehow the world broke apart again. During the Roman empire manufacturers traded throughout its length and breadth . For example, goods from Britain were sold in the Mediterranean. The empire’s merchants traded with China over the Silk Road and with the subcontinent via the Indian ocean.  It was a world without passports, a place in which St. Paul could say civis Romanus sum and claim protection. When Roman order collapsed the world suddenly got bigger.
  • Is Obama Aiding World Tranquility?

    Richard Fernandez
    27 Jul 2014 | 5:47 am
    Here is a selection of this morning’s news. John Kerry brokers Afghan election deal but leaves behind confusion. Afghan elections: Audit of disputed run-off halted. U.S. Evacuates Embassy in Libya Amid Clashes. Only “temporary,” says State. Egyptians Search Kerry Before Allowing Him to Meet Sisi. Kerry “completely capitulated“ to Hamas in ceasefire proposal, say Israeli sources. Hamas fires rockets toward Israel after terror group rejects truce proposal. A bad deal with Iran. Missed deadline on Iran nuclear talks sparks a blame game. Jihadists in Iraq Erase…
  • When God Goes Fishing

    Richard Fernandez
    25 Jul 2014 | 5:36 pm
    There are some subjects that are almost too large for literature, even for Tolstoy, who tried to answer the question “how should one live a moral life in an ethically imperfect world?” by following the fortunes of characters in his novel War and Peace. Some characters seek fame, others sensual gratification, a few — like Napoleon — pursue an egotistical sense of power. But altogether too many of the rest are content to gnaw their way through the world like insects, not only incapable of answering Tolstoy’s question but unable to even ask it. Some even want to…
  • The Blindfolds of the West

    Richard Fernandez
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:28 pm
    Debate is raging in the expert community over what ISIS is: a state, transnational ideology, or just a way of life? The case for ‘state’ is made by in a Defense News article where a state department official testifies that ISIL (ISIS) is ‘no longer a terrorist group, it’s a full blown army’. In a telling assessment that provides a glimpse into Obama administration officials’ thinking about the situation in Iraq, [US State Department’s Brett] McGurk told the panel ISIL is “no longer a terrorist group.” Rather, he said the group has morphed into “a…
 
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    Idea Sandbox

  • Differentiate Your Brand 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…
  • 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…
  • It’s Called A Presentation…

    Paul
    21 Feb 2014 | 8:41 am
    The post It’s Called A Presentation… appeared first on Idea Sandbox.
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    Logic+Emotion

  • 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…
  • Native Advertising Isn't The Enemy—We Are

    David Armano
    9 May 2014 | 7:52 am
    "We have met the enemy and he is us"~Pogo You should stop what you are doing and read this piece on Native Advertising by Andrew Sullivan, in which he asserts "journalism has surrendered" on the topic of native advertising. Specifically the form that seamlessly blends marketing with editorial in a publication. Aside from it being a wonderful and brutally honest assessment of native advertising and its influence on media, Andrew is both right and wrong in the piece when he says this:"At one point, the reputation of that journalism is going to tarnished by the fact that you’re not sure if…
  • Why It's Time To Re-Think Real-Time

    David Armano
    4 May 2014 | 7:18 pm
    We can do better.  Recently, I attended an industry roundtable alongside a variety of marketers from different industries, all on the brand side. These are smart and accomplished individuals who gathered together to discuss real time marketing and what it means for their organizations. When asked what their favorite example of real time marketing was—most deferred to the obvious answer: Oreo's "dunk in the dark!" With much respect to the brand that got the real time conversation started—it's time to move on. From Real Time Marketing to Building Responsive BrandsReal-time marketing is…
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    Moving at the Speed of Creativity

  • Creating Multimedia eBooks (July 2014)

    Wesley Fryer
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:13 pm
    These are my slides, shared as a Google Presentation, for Tuesday’s EdTechTeacher 2014 Summit session, “Creating Multimedia eBooks.” While I’ve presented much of this content previously in different conference, workshop, and other PD venues, this is a “new remix” of these ideas in a longer slide deck. Additional links are available on the Google Site I’ve maintained for a couple years on this topic. I’ll record audio from this session Tuesday and share it later on my “Fuel for Educational Change Agents” podcast channel. Follow the…
  • Hands On with the Amazon Fire Phone

    Wesley Fryer
    28 Jul 2014 | 11:59 am
    I’m in Chicago this week for the EdTechTeacher Summit, which starts tomorrow. We dropped into the AT&T store on Michigan Avenue, and I saw they have the new Amazon Fire smartphone. (They have only had it for a week!) I couldn’t resist the temptation to post a quick video review. It’s also fun to practice mobile Storychasing using my iPhone camera, the free YouTube Capture App, and the free mobile WordPress app! Since my T-Mobile phone service is LTE here in downtown Chicago, the upload of the 2.5 minute video to YouTube took less than 60 seconds! In the video watch for…
  • Podcast416: Reflections on Create, Make & Learn 2014

    Wesley Fryer
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:18 am
    This podcast from the road is an audio reflection by Shelly and Wesley Fryer about their experiences at the 2014 Create, Make & Learn Professional Development Institute in Burlington, Vermont. Shelly and Wes discuss how CML14 was setup differently from typical conferences and PD events, letting participants self-select workshops and sessions which best matched their individual learning goals. They discuss different Maker Education (MakerEd) projects they completed and learned about during the week, including jitterbug robots, green-screen videos, MinecraftEDU lessons, and more. Check the…
  • Use Video Camera Like a Pencil – A Blog Like a Textbook

    Wesley Fryer
    18 Jul 2014 | 11:33 am
    Today during our lunch break at the “Create, Make and Learn Institute”, I picked up a copy of the July – August September 2014 newsletter of the Peace and Justice Center in Burlington, Vermont. The newsletter includes an article by Dr. Rob Williams, board president of ACME: Action Coalition for Media Education, titled, “Fight for the Light! A response to the film Shadows of Liberty.” Rob advocates media literacy education for students and citizens of all ages for multiple reasons. I like how he juxtaposes video cameras and pencils, along with blogs and textbooks…
  • Create, Make and Learn 2014: The iMovie Trailer

    Wesley Fryer
    17 Jul 2014 | 7:35 pm
    Oh my goodness! You need to take 60 seconds and check out the fantastic iMovie trailer my wife, Shelly, created for the Create, Make and Learn Institute this week in Burlington, Vermont! I LOVE the script text for this video as well as the photos: “Teachers will SAVE THE DAY when school gets boring” by engaging students in activities that involve creating and making! Shelly has become an iMovie and iMovie Trailer-making machine this summer! She’s posted six more videos in the past 3 weeks (all created on her iPad with iMovie) to her teacher YouTube channel!  …
 
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    Lindsey Lewis

  • 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…
  • just another ordinary miracle

    lindsey
    15 Jul 2014 | 7:05 am
    Related posts: the miracle of being alive swings installed in Paris trees! yes! new york, new york. pocket full of dreams.
  • Power of Peace Interview Series: Lori Deschene of TinyBuddha.com

    lindsey
    8 Jul 2014 | 7:30 am
    Power of Peace Interview Series Here, she is, the mega-watt luminary Lori Deschene, of TinyBuddha.com. 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 Lori Deschene Lori Deschene is the founder of Tiny Buddha, a vibrant online community for those who are seeking insight or have wisdom to share. Since 2009, Tiny Buddha has grown to reach more than two million monthly readers. Lori is the author of Tiny Buddha: Simple Wisdom for Life’s Hard Questions, Tiny Buddha’s Guide…
  • is it self-care or gratitude? redefining what it means to take time for ourselves

    lindsey
    1 Jul 2014 | 7:05 am
    This is about self-care. We hear so much about it, how a former all-business media mogul is now teaching it, what magazines say about it, how we should do more of it, feel less guilty about it. But what is self-care? Is it really taking care of ourselves? Or is it giving thanks? Giving Thanks I was wondering why I feel confused when people talk about the amount of time I spend on “self-care.” My morning walk in the park, meditation and movement practice, solo time having adventures, moments where I turn off my phone and disconnect from social media and email. “You spend so…
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    SA CREATIVES

  • Hennessy Very Special by Shepard Fairey – A Very Special Edition

    SA Creatives
    29 Jul 2014 | 2:03 am
    “My inspiration in coming up with the art for this Limited Edition was really based on the legacy of Hennessy as a brand,” says Shepard  Fairey of his Hennessy Very Special Label design. “To me, Hennessy has always been about quality, authenticity, tradition and elegance.” The appreciation of Hennessy that Shepard Fairey possessed prior to being invited on this project provided him with a solid background  to furthermore explore the brand’s history and savoir-faire. Invited to Cognac to discover the full Hennessy experience, Fairey embarked on a journey to make his powerful art…
  • Eurobest Launches 2014 Festival in Helsinki

    SA Creatives
    28 Jul 2014 | 3:09 am
    Cinemark, the local representatives of Cannes Lions and its affiliates, are passionate about both great film and advertising making this the perfect synergy to bring you the latest information from the world’s premier advertising festivals. The European Festival of Creativity, Eurobest, has opened for delegate registrations, inviting the creative communications industry from across the region to come together in Helsinki to interact, learn and debate. Since 2008, Eurobest has moved around Europe, visiting major creative cities including Stockholm, Amsterdam, Hamburg and Lisbon, with the…
  • Durban International Film Festival Announces Award Winners for 2014

    SA Creatives
    28 Jul 2014 | 2:20 am
    The Durban International Film Festival announced its award-winners last night at the closing ceremony of the festival’s 35th edition at the Suncoast CineCentre Supernova, prior to the screening of its closing film, Million Dollar Arm. The announcement comes as the festival rounds off a very successful year, with significant increase in attendance with many films screening to sold-out audiences. Festival Manager Peter Machen says of this year’s event: “I was extremely happy with the success of DIFF 2014, and it was very gratifying to witness both the large amount of sold-out screenings…
  • New adidas commercial by Velocitys Gregg Bailey

    SA Creatives
    25 Jul 2014 | 5:57 am
    A sense of pride, belonging and community is unquestionable in the new adidas commercial, directed by Velocity’s Gregg Bailey for 140 BBDO. Bailey admits that although shooting the ad was no picnic in the park, it was possibly the most exiting shoot he has been on in a long time. The main challenge was to film five soccer players in several locations – all in a mere six hours. The success of the shoot boiled down to the exceptional teamwork of the crew, agency and client, who were on the same wavelength from the very beginning. In fact, Bailey takes his hat off to Ivan Johnson, ECD at…
  • 21 Icons Season II featuring first icon Albie Sachs

    SA Creatives
    25 Jul 2014 | 2:46 am
    Albie Sachs – “I’m proud of our flag … it represents the triumph of humanity, the will to find a common basis for living together in one country.” 21 ICONS South Africa will be featuring former Constitutional Court judge Albie Sachs, in the first of its second series of South African portraits and short films on Sunday 03 August on SABC 3 at 20h27 The film gives an insightful and inspiring glimpse into Sachs’ life as an Apartheid activist, his role in drafting the Constitution and his views on the South Africa of today. 21 ICONS is an annual collection of unique narrative…
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    The Creative Mind

  • 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.”…
  • What Kind of Creative Person Are You?

    Douglas Eby
    12 Jul 2014 | 12:35 pm
    We may watch a movie or TV show, read a novel or listen to music, and appreciate that the authors, those identified as artists, are certainly “creative types” – but what about the producers and set designers? Or the computer engineers at digital animation companies like Pixar? The MacArthur Foundation has a mission to “support creative people and effective institutions committed to building a more just, verdant, and peaceful world” and acknowledges there are many kinds of creators, awarding its renowned fellowships to a wide range of people: playwrights,…
  • Natalie Fobes on Pursuing Creative Passion

    Douglas Eby
    3 Jul 2014 | 6:36 pm
    How does our self concept, our identity, affect creative expression? How do we find creative passions and how does pursuing them demand changes in our life? One example of an artist who has addressed these questions is Natalie Fobes. A bio on her site summarizes some of her personal journey and work: “Not many photographers have faced winds of 90 knots and seas of 40 feet while on a fishing boat in the middle of the Bering Sea. “Few can describe the bitter cold of a Siberian winter while camped out with Chukchi reindeer herders. Or say that their first client was National…
  • Can People With ADHD Be More Creative?

    Douglas Eby
    26 Jun 2014 | 7:37 pm
    A number of psychologists note that many personality traits connected with ADD and ADHD are also associated with highly creative people. This is a topic I have addressed in previous Creative Mind posts, but here are some new perspectives, inspired by a documentary by Lisa Ling who was diagnosed with ADD during the course of her research for the project. She commented, “As a journalist, when I’m immersed in a story, then I feel like I can laser-focus. But if I’m not working, my mind goes in every direction but where it’s supposed to go. I’ve been like that since I was a kid.” What…
 
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    Cruzine

  • Digital Illustrations by Oskar Vega

    Paul Viluda
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:10 am
    Oskar Vega aka milkydayy is an US-based illustrator and pinup artist with several interesting artworks in his portfolio. Below, you may scroll through the very best of them. Enjoy! Visit Oskar Vega
  • Futuristic Dark Art by Markus Vogt

    Paul Viluda
    28 Jul 2014 | 6:33 am
    Markus Vogt is a 43-year-old German digital artist specializing in futuristic dark art. His artworks are a combination of 3d models and a lot of Photoshop postwork. Now let’s take a look at several pieces selected from his portfolio. Enjoy! Visit Markus Vogt
  • Hot Digital Art by Deryl Braun

    Paul Viluda
    25 Jul 2014 | 6:11 am
    Deryl Braun is a talented digital artist based in Germany. If you’re into quality concept / fan art, make sure to check out several insane pieces selected from his portfolio. Enjoy … and get inspired guys! Visit Deryl Braun
  • Digital Illustrations by Carlos Lerma

    Paul Viluda
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:18 am
    Carlos Lerma aka Lerms is a visual artist / illustrator based in Cancún, México. Currently, he’s working for golpeavisa.mx, a graphic design studio specializing in illustration, art direction and branding. Below, you may scroll through several inspiring artworks handpicked from his portfolio. Enjoy! Visit Carlos Lerma
  • Digital Illustrations by KenShjn Park

    Paul Viluda
    18 Jul 2014 | 4:41 am
    KenShjn Park is a young 23-year-old digital artist / illustrator based in Vietnam specializing in manga / fanart art. Below, you may scroll through several hot pieces selected from his portfolio. Enjoy! Visit KenShjn Park
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    Tangible Development

  • Closing the deal with multicultural clients

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

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

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

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

    Vera Dordick
    9 Apr 2014 | 12:35 pm
    As demographics change and your customer base becomes more global, you’ll need to make a cultural mind shift to capture those new multicultural clients.  A good example of how market changes can affect your day-to-day work is the property management industry. Every property manager knows that spending time and effort to retain residents is more cost effective than working to attract new ones: Each resident turnover is estimated to cost a property around $3,000. While much has been written about strategies for enticing residents to renew, little is said about the different challenges…
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    Farnam Street

  • Two Forms of Human Motivation: Gain And Prevent Pain

    Shane Parrish
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” — Mark Twain Popular psychology leads us to believe that we can unpack motivation in two broad categories: to gain something or to prevent the loss of something. Each time we do something, from washing the dishes to spending money, it is for one of those reasons. Steve McClatchy argues in his fascinating book Decide: Work Smarter, Reduce Your…
  • Changing How We Think

    Shane Parrish
    28 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    What kind of thinking leads to better outcomes? That’s the question that Roger Martin addresses in his wonderful book Diaminds: Decoding the Mental Habits of Successful Thinkers. The world is awash in complexity. Nearly every decision we make is uncertain. There is no one way to look at uncertainty. There are as many ways of seeing, experiencing and representing problems as there are people. Each person, in turn, brings their own mental models. Successful thinking integrates several radically different models while preserving the thinker’s ability to act decisively. The successful…
  • Harold Macmillan: The Fragility of Memory

    Shane Parrish
    27 Jul 2014 | 7:29 am
    Harold Macmillan beautifully describes the fragility of human memory in the foreword to Geoffrey Madan’s Notebooks, an early 1980s commonplace book. Those of us who have reached extreme old age become gradually reconciled to increasing infirmities, mental and physical. The body develops, with each passing year, fresh weaknesses. Our legs no longer carry us; eyesight begins to fail, and hearing becomes feebler. Even with the mind, the process of thought seems largely to decrease in its power and intensity; and if we are wise we come to accept these frailties and develop, like all…
  • John Locke’s Method of Organizing Common Place Books

    Shane Parrish
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    “You know that I voluntarily communicated this method to you, as I have done to many others, to whom I believed it would not be unacceptable.”  In 1685 English physician and philosopher John Locke published “Méthode nouvelle de dresser des recueils,” which explains his unique method of indexing his common-place book. Later translated from French into English as A New Method of Making Common-Place-Books, with a preface by Monsieur Le Clerc, who augments and clarifies the work. *** Locke’s Method Locke first began keeping common place books in 1652, his first…
  • Paula Scher on Process versus Outcome

    Shane Parrish
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:13 pm
    Iconic typography designer Paula Scher discusses her creative process, including the famous Citi logo. Interestingly, the idea came to her in seconds and that presented a problem for the client. They wanted to buy a process not an outcome. Scher’s process is very much one of combinatory creativity, whereby she combines existing things in new ways. A lot of clients like to buy process. It’s like they think they are not getting their money’s worth because I solved it too fast. How can it be that you talk to someone and it’s done in a second? But it IS done in a second —…
 
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    Cultural Weekly

  • URBAN FIELD NOTES: The “Ruelle” – Back Alley as Commons

    Maurice Amiel
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:08 pm
    Context It is a rare Montreal back alley that has that Elysean feel as shown on the feature image. Most however have the feel of their 19th century origin as simple pathways used for bringing to buildings: coal, heating oil, ice, furniture, etc. out of sight of street traffic, lined as streets can be with self-conscious building façades. (See filmography) The two young ladies walking into this urban paradise may be going home, or going to pick up their car from its day rental parking spot, or simply going indeed for a pleasant walk away from street traffic, crossing block after block to…
  • Piracy vs Indie Films: It Hurts More Than You Think

    Cultural Weekly
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    By Ruth Vitale, Executive Director of CreativeFuture, and Tim League, Founder and CEO of Alamo Drafthouse Cinema There’s no question that it’s an exciting time for the film and television industry. The almighty Internet has been a powerful, democratizing force in entertainment, leading to exponential increases in choices for audiences and greater potential for exposure for filmmakers. New online distribution services have provided audiences with unprecedented access to content where, when, and how we want it. In the U.S. alone, on more than 100 legal online distribution platforms,…
  • Woody Allen ‘En Pleine Forme’ — with Magic in the Moonlight

    Sophia Stein
    23 Jul 2014 | 4:55 pm
    The French Riviera, the roaring twenties, acerbic Colin Firth paired with positively ‘glistening-in-the-spotlight’ Emma Stone — ooo-la-la, what’s not to like?!  Everything in this briskly paced, ontological romantic comedy shines.  Woody Allen’s Magic in the Moonlight is as close to perfection as the director has ever come. Colin Firth plays world-renowned Chinese magician, Wei Ling Soo, the premiere illusionist of his time – who also happens to be an arrogant, militant skeptic and an atheist who rejects the possibility of an afterlife — i.e. Allen’s spiritual…
  • Richard Jones: Two Poems

    Richard Jones
    23 Jul 2014 | 4:30 pm
    Richard Jones is the author of seven books of poetry. This autumn, Fifth Wednesday Journal will premier ten of the sixty cantos from his forthcoming book-length poem, Italy. And a new collection of poems about his father, Airborne, will appear next summer from Adastra Press. Cultural Weekly is proud to premiere these two poems. Home As I grow older, and older still, my wife will look at my white hair and say that I increasingly resemble my father, that elderly gentleman in a tie, the man who could talk all day about the war, his years as a pilot, life’s long flight, the sky he loved. Soon…
  • DTLAB: the Project is the Project

    Chiwan Choi
    23 Jul 2014 | 4:06 pm
    The project is the project. That’s been our mantra throughout the first month of DTLAB #90for90 this summer. The first month. Geezus. That means two more months to go. Geeeeezus. The project is the project. The project is the project. The project is the project. There are many things we are learning, one beautiful humbling aspect I addressed last week. Lessons about performance, about community, about literature, about business. So many lessons. Central to it all: be present. This morning it was hot. The sun shot through the crack between shade and window and hit me straight in the face. It…
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  • Alejandro Casanova’s Naked Object, this summer at Ardavín Gallery

    Raul Bernabe
    29 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    In July Ardavín Gallery brings us Naked Object by the realist painter Alejandro Casanova. Naked Object reflects on the figure of the woman as a merely superficial object regarding the artistic level, and its subsequent predominance for most of the twentieth and nineteenth centuries. Therefore, the artist intends to make a move against this trend and de-objectivize the female figure showing it in its purest form: naked, and accompanied by a series of everyday objects that oppose the idea of using women as objects. This idea is accompanied by a style close to Gauguin’s expressionism…
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    Luis Corzo
    28 Jul 2014 | 2:03 am
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  • Grain Supply Co.

    Editorial Team
    25 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Grain Supply Co. was born in 2012 with recycled materials. A handbag collection made with unique and interchangeable pieces. Then after her first contact with the sewing machine, Anna Villarrosa (the founder) starts to see the possibilities of clothing redesign. Clothes at the back of the wardrobe were the first target, with the aim of making old ones wearable again. Grain Supply Co. experiments with fabrics from around the world, recycled clothes, even mixing clothes. In late 2013, Anna decided to take a step further and create her own clothes patterns and design, which resulted in unique…
  • Ana Álvarez-Errecalde

    Sarah Maclean
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    The work of Argentinian artist Ana Álvarez-Errecaldeis at it’s core motivated and formed through her experiences as a mother; by the worries and joys of raising children and her concern for the world we will leave them. Ana’s gaze is frank and her images challenge the more established views derived from Art History and Hollywood, maybe mostly because they are not from a mainstream and male point of view. Asked in the Skype interview whether the ‘beautified’ should be dismissed over the ‘real’ she explained: “I don’t think we have to get rid of one thing for the other. The…
  • God help the girl (Stuart Murdoch)

    Eva Vera
    23 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    The musician Stuart Murdoch, leader of Belle & Sebastian –considered by the critics the best Scottish band of the past 15 years-, successfully debuts in directing this musical with songs composed by himself in 2003 which did not fit for his band at that time. In 2009, he compiled those songs under the name of God help the girl, which was very well received by his fans and the specialized press. Fulfilling his dream of making a film, the composer and singer presents us this movie that, taking the tittle from the album, will delight the lovers of indie music and folk pop. A new…
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  • 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….
  • Glorious Spring

    I'm the universe
    4 Jun 2014 | 9:03 am
    Loyal companions await my presence, longing to meet me, The extolling sun greets me with it’s golden rays. When I lie down on the blanket of green grass, I wake anew, Abandoning time, into the oblivion, this is where I truly belong. The sublime soothing sky surrounds me with it’s azure roof. The gathering of ecstatic trees look down humbly at me, Their glad branches gleefully waving to me, with their neonate leaves, smiling at me , They rejoice, all clad in gaiety and joy. The friendly breeze blows past my face. I see a dreamy eagle floating solo in the sky, I imbibe the serenity…
 
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    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…
  • Alan and Van Gogh on “Paint Like a Child”

    Lucy Chen
    7 Jul 2014 | 6:31 pm
    Alan and Chloe in Darling Harbor, July 2014 I would have lost patience if it weren’t for the kids.  It took the waitress fifteen minutes to give us the menu, another fifteen to come to take our orders, and we had already waited past yet another two fifteen minutes for delivery of our lunch.  This place in Darling Harbor was super slow! “Come, mama.  Come!”  Alan called out to me from a few metres away, “This is FUN!  Watch me!” I turned my attention to the kids.  Alan and Chloe were having fun with the three-step stairs and the handrail.  They took turn…
  • Frida Standing in a Doorway

    Lucy Chen
    1 Jul 2014 | 6:55 pm
    FRIDA STANDING IN A DOORWAY oil on canvas paper, 20″x16″, framed, click to see more images Many fellow artists have told me how my portrait paintings reminded them of Frida Kahlo’s work.  And that was before I even knew about Frida.  My friend Chris Brogan surprised me by picking my Chloe as Bee (portrait of my 2-year-old) as very Frida.  So I set out to find out about this apparently very well-known and admired Mexican artist. I watched the movie.  I read a book.  I looked at her paintings, too.  And… Whoa! How can we not love and admire Frida? Many of us have…
  • Sixty Years of Painting

    Lucy Chen
    23 Jun 2014 | 9:55 pm
    my brushes and paints On my last visit to my local art supplies store, I met a 70-year-old couple.  They were getting their first set of brushes and paints for their first ever art class, taught by their 92-year-old neighbor. For the last twenty odd years since they moved into the area, they had no idea the lady next door was an artist, until they saw her story and art class featured in the current issue of the local newspaper.   And guess at what age their neighbor started painting? Seventy. Imagine how this had inspired our 70-year-old couple.  They were determined to start now, so in…
  • My First Landscape Painting – Painting Our Neighborhood

    Lucy Chen
    5 Jun 2014 | 11:38 pm
    Neighborhood, oil on canvas paper, © Lucy Chen With the confidence and little experience I gained from my first “en plein air” experiment in my backyard, I ventured a little further and painted my neighbor from across the road. This small work is my first landscape painting.  It was a quick sketch done in about 3 hours.  A limited palette helped greatly when I needed to paint fast – less choices, quicker decisions. The colors I used were: Titanium White, Naples Yellow, Alizarin Crimson, Cerulean Blue and Viridian. Although it was early winter here in Sydney, it was still…
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    Creativity Tech

  • When Even ‘The Dead’ Struggle, What Hope for New Artists?

    Gordon Platt
    25 Jul 2014 | 1:42 pm
    Robert Hunter – Grateful Dead lyricist extraordinaire (Photo credit: Zooomabooma) When a septuagenarian songwriter for a world renowned band is struggling to pay the bills, you know all is not right with the world of music. Or at least its compensation model, as Robert Hunter, lyricist for The Grateful Dead explains his situation. Hunter has been forced back on tour this week, partially as a result of medical expenses that simply cannot be covered by income from his published songs with the Dead. He isn’t the first artist of his generation to bemoan the difficulties faced as a…
  • Judiciary Committee to Hear Opinions on ‘Copyright Remedies’

    Gordon Platt
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:04 am
    © is the copyright symbol in a copyright notice (Photo credit: Wikipedia) The U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee will this afternoon hear from interested parties on the subject of  ‘Copyright Remedies.’ The spectrum of opinion regarding copyright is notoriously wide, ranging from those who view it as a frustrating hurdle to uninhibited innovation and those, like us, who see copyright as a vital creator protection that ensures freedom of expression and drives the vital U.S. creative economy. This hearing will discuss various key aspects of potentially streamlining…
  • Give & Take: Artists Give, Everyone Else Takes

    Gordon Platt
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:39 am
    Artists, and musicians in particular, are a giving bunch, happy to share a song with only the slightest chance of recompense. For decades these creators have taken what comes to them for their music – their “product” – rather than placing their own valuation on it. This relentless giving has been mostly one-way, however, while the taking of what they create has been every which way. From frustratingly low royalty rates and compulsory licenses to being outright ripped off by piracy sites, artists have given everything but the shirts off their backs… until now!
  • YouTube Positions for Its ‘Pay to Play’ Move

    Gordon Platt
    16 Jul 2014 | 1:46 pm
    Logo YouTube (Photo credit: Wikipedia) YouTube, so long the home of free video content and a major player in streaming music, may finally be setting up for subscriptions. Or at least a ‘pay to play’ portion of its enormously popular site, depending on your take. The news that YouTube’s parent company Google will ramp up its funding for high-production original content is one leading indicator. Another is the looming ad-free music service, which is expected at some point this year and has riled the creative community as a result of anticipated lower rates for independent…
  • An Ironic Twist: BitTorrent to Charge for Content

    Gordon Platt
    14 Jul 2014 | 7:46 am
    BitTorrent, the purveyor of file sharing technology, announced that it is creating the opportunity for artists to charge for the download of “BitTorrent Bundles,” collections of music made available through the service. The creation of a so-called paywall is quite a change for BitTorrent, a service that is closely associated with piracy. BitTorrent provides the technology often used to share content illegally on the web, and in the past has been noticeably subdued in speaking out against piracy online. That is to say, BitTorrent made much of an effort to stop it. It may well be…
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