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  • Psychology Poems for the Month of March

    Psychology Today - Creativity
    Nate Kornell Ph.D.
    4 Mar 2015 | 10:44 am
    Listen first, hear a blur… Get clues, listen twice, words are heard! Top-down: it filters.
  • Updated: Follow Your Dream Signs! | Explore and Express Your Creativity!
    2 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    Paying attention to the signs to our dreams is often a difficult one. You just begin! Read more...
  • "Being creative is about having the ideas and starting the work, feeling afraid that you might fail..."

    Creative Something
    23 Feb 2015 | 4:38 pm
    “Being creative is about having the ideas and starting the work, feeling afraid that you might fail or that you have no idea what you’re doing, and doing it anyway.” - Facing the fear that you may not be that creative and all your ideas are bad.
  • All of a Piece Modular Tableware

    THE CREATIVE HOME - Creative Home Reader
    Donald Rattner
    26 Feb 2015 | 12:44 am
    Problem: How do you launch a large collection of tabletop accessories without the high cost of producing a lot of new pieces, many of which customers would be unlikely to buy anyway because of the aggregate price and cumbersome storage requirements? Solution: A modular tableware system called All of a Piece. A collaboration of Earnest Studio and Dana Cannam Design, All of a Piece is an ingenious and flexible system of modular components that connect in different configurations to serve a variety of tabletop functions. The components consist of a flat tray, shallow bowl, candle holder…
  • Annie Dillard on How to Live with Mystery, the Two Ways of Looking, and the Secret of Seeing

    Brain Pickings
    Maria Popova
    4 Mar 2015 | 12:15 am
    “I cannot cause light; the most I can do is try to put myself in the path of its beam.” In her 1984 novel The Lover, Marguerite Duras wrote that “the art of seeing has to be learned.” It is a sentiment at once poetic and practical — cognitive science now knows that our brains invest a great deal of resources in learning to unsee and tune out irrelevant stimuli, which is why “when you look closely at anything familiar, it transmogrifies into something unfamiliar.” Anything that can be learned can be taught, and there is hardly a greater teacher in the…
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  • Iterations: A Lyrical Animated Film about How We Grow as Human Beings and the Iterative Nature of Self-Transformation

    Maria Popova
    6 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    “I am recycled cells, I learn to like myself more with each iteration…” Psychologists now know that a “growth mindset” is one of the greatest predictors of a fulfilling life. And yet only children are at ease with the discomfort necessary for growth — the rest of us are chronically resistant to stretching ourselves in the very ways that push us to transcend the lesser versions of ourselves. Emerson knew this when he contemplated our resistance to change and wrote: “People wish to be settled; only as far as they are unsettled is there any hope for them.”…
  • Nobel Laureate Elias Canetti on Our Fear of Being Touched, the Four Attributes of Crowds, and the Paradox of Why We Join Them

    Maria Popova
    5 Mar 2015 | 11:30 pm
    “Direction is essential for the continuing existence of the crowd… A crowd exists so long as it has an unattained goal.” “The evolution of the world tends to show the absolute importance of the category of the individual apart from the crowd,” Kierkegaard wrote in his diary in 1847. And yet our world is largely an ecosystem of crowds — nations, faiths, political ideologies, art movements, fan bases. But Kierkegaard wasn’t necessarily wrong — if anything, he intuited (as he frequently did) one of the great inner conflicts of the human experience:…
  • A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to School: A Charming Catalog of Excuses and an Allegory for How Human Imagination Works

    Maria Popova
    5 Mar 2015 | 12:30 am
    A playful parable about the stories we tell to avoid being wrong and the combinatorial nature of human creativity. Psychologists and behavioral economists now know that there is a strong positive correlation between creativity and dishonesty — the more intelligent and imaginative we are, the better we’re able to rationalize our misconduct. And since children’s minds reveal so much about how the human imagination develops, both psychological theory and parental practice confirm that kids come up with the most fanciful excuses for why they did that mischievous things they knew…
  • Kafka’s Remarkable Letter to His Abusive and Narcissistic Father

    Maria Popova
    5 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    “It is, after all, not necessary to fly right into the middle of the sun, but it is necessary to crawl to a clean little spot on earth where the sun sometimes shines and one can warm oneself a little.” Franz Kafka was one of history’s most prolific and expressive practitioners of what Virginia Woolf called “the humane art.” Among the hundreds of epistles he penned during his short life were his beautiful and heartbreaking love letters and his magnificent missive to a childhood friend about what books do for the human soul. Although he imbued most with an…
  • Annie Dillard on How to Live with Mystery, the Two Ways of Looking, and the Secret of Seeing

    Maria Popova
    4 Mar 2015 | 12:15 am
    “I cannot cause light; the most I can do is try to put myself in the path of its beam.” In her 1984 novel The Lover, Marguerite Duras wrote that “the art of seeing has to be learned.” It is a sentiment at once poetic and practical — cognitive science now knows that our brains invest a great deal of resources in learning to unsee and tune out irrelevant stimuli, which is why “when you look closely at anything familiar, it transmogrifies into something unfamiliar.” Anything that can be learned can be taught, and there is hardly a greater teacher in the…
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  • How To Make Sundays Suck Less

    Allison Stadd
    5 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    By Anastasia Dimitriadi Sundays suck, even if you love your job. In fact, research shows that regardless of industry, salary, or hours worked, people are definitively happiest on weekends. An article in the March 2015 issue of Real Simple by senior editor Yolanda Wikiel offers several solid suggestions for how to “take back your Sunday,” including: Do Sunday on Saturday. [T]ake care of buzz-killing chores, errands, and commitments on Saturday, when you’re naturally in a better mood. This… leaves you open for ‘moments of unencumbered joy’ on Sunday when…
  • The 3-Minute Solution to Procrastination

    Hamza Khan
    4 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    By Georgie Yiannoullou Tasks that take two minutes or less are easy to knock off your to-do list. It’s the bigger ones – the 30 minute, the 60 minute, and the 90+ minute tasks – that induce hesitation. No matter how driven and focused you are, there’s simply no immunity from the paralyzing procrastination that comes with staring up at daunting tasks. And the larger and more intimidating the project, the more likely you are to conjure up excuses to slow your start. The next time you feel a knot in your stomach about a task, take it as a positive indication. Steve…
  • Being Creative While in Pain: Working with Chronic Illness

    3 Mar 2015 | 7:39 am
    When I stepped outside in running gear on a snowy January morning two years ago, I expected to be out for two hours or so. I was marathon training, the “long slow run” each Sunday a foundation of my journey to run my first marathon. Snow or no snow I needed to get that run done, so I could get on with the rest of my to do list for the day. Five days later I finally made it back home with one arm in plaster from shoulder to wrist. That Sunday evening I underwent six hours of emergency surgery to reconstruct my elbow, shattered from a slip on ice. The fractured bones came through my…
  • Your “Just For Fun” Projects Are What Set You Apart

    Stephanie Kaptein
    3 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    By Chi Birmingham Commercial and editorial photographer Thomas Dagg uses his personal projects to showcase his style of shooting and differentiate himself from others in his industry. In an interview with Explore Create Repeat, he explains the freedom that comes with full creative control and pure expression: Personal projects are what I live for. I can’t explain the hunger I have to create. It’s just there, gnawing at the back of my mind. If I have any free time, you can bet that in some shape or form, my mind is focusing on a personal project. Commissioned work can be really fun with…
  • Stop Having One-Hour Meetings

    Allison Stadd
    2 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    By Xavier Mula Venture capitalist Brad Feld refuses to acquiesce to the typical one-hour meeting block. He’s found that meetings tend to fill up whatever amount of time you’ve allotted for them, thereby decreasing the productivity factor: If you schedule a meeting for an hour, it’s remarkable to me how often it takes an hour, even when it doesn’t need to. Three hour board meetings, especially when board members have traveled to them, take – wait for the drum roll – three hours. Just because your Outlook calendar defaults to one-hour meeting invitations, or the precedent in…
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    Creative Something

  • Loving this inspirational card featuring the Holstee...

    2 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    Loving this inspirational card featuring the Holstee manifesto. Happy to mail a hand-written note in it for anyone interested. Simply reply to this post with what inspires you every day and I’ll pick someone at random to win this tomorrow evening.
  • "Being creative is about having the ideas and starting the work, feeling afraid that you might fail..."

    23 Feb 2015 | 4:38 pm
    “Being creative is about having the ideas and starting the work, feeling afraid that you might fail or that you have no idea what you’re doing, and doing it anyway.” - Facing the fear that you may not be that creative and all your ideas are bad.
  • If I could change that infamous quote from comedic genius Steve...

    21 Feb 2015 | 9:18 pm
    If I could change that infamous quote from comedic genius Steve Martin, I would change it to be: “Be so loud they can’t ignore you.” Showing your work and ideas often–and voicing your thoughts–is what sets you apart from the millions who aren’t stepping up to do the work or aren’t willing to share it when they do. In his spectacular book on the subject, titled Show Your Work, artist and author Austin Kleon tells us all we need to know about why sharing your work is so important: “It’s not enough to be good. In order to be found, you have to be findable.” Sharing leads to…
  • Always fight for your ideas

    19 Feb 2015 | 7:00 am
    Maybe you’re wrong, maybe your idea is terrible, but if you aren’t willing to stand up for it, there’s no way to know for sure. Ideas that aren’t argued over are doomed from the start. It’s the ideas that are torn apart that evolve, for better or worse. Author David Burkus, in Why Fighting For Our Ideas Makes Them Better, reminds us that there’s significant science behind the value in fighting form ideas: “A recent study from Charlan Nemeth at UC Berkeley, and the practices of outstandingly creative firms like Xerox PARC and Pixar, suggest that conflict…
  • Frank Gehry speaking at Facebook on February 13, 2015

    13 Feb 2015 | 11:41 am
    Frank Gehry speaking at Facebook on February 13, 2015
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    Psychology Today - Creativity

  • Psychosis Sucks!

    Joe Pierre M.D.
    5 Mar 2015 | 9:39 am
    Does the British Psychological Society's recently published monograph called "Understanding Psychosis and Schizophrenia" dangerously romanticize mental illness? Here's why psychiatrists say yes.
  • The Importance and Relevance of CTE

    Jamillah Moore Ed.D
    4 Mar 2015 | 8:10 pm
    Career Technical Education (CTE) makes education relevant and important. One goal for CTE is to put individual students to work to achieve success defined in a number of ways, including earnings and quality of life. A second goal is to provide the skilled labor force to enable America to maintain its place in the world economy.
  • Dinner for the Dying: Last Suppers

    Katherine Ramsland Ph.D.
    4 Mar 2015 | 3:36 pm
    Art exhibit in Dayton features paintings of inmates' final meals; artist Julie Green describes her process.
  • Psychology Poems for the Month of March

    Nate Kornell Ph.D.
    4 Mar 2015 | 10:44 am
    Listen first, hear a blur… Get clues, listen twice, words are heard! Top-down: it filters.
  • Negative Emotions, Anyone?

    Sandeep Gautam
    4 Mar 2015 | 10:40 am
    In a recent post Todd claimed that intentionally creating or prolonging negative emotions/states may be healthy; I present a counterpoint.
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    Creative Every Day

  • Creative Every Day Check-In: March 2 – 8

    1 Mar 2015 | 9:01 pm
    So sorry for the delay this week, we've got a house full of sick kids! The monthly theme will be here soon! This weekly check-in post is a place for Creative Every Day Challenge participants to share their creative activities.  Join in the Challenge: You can sign-up for the 2015 Challenge here! Ways to share: Once you've signed up, you can leave a comment on this post and/or use the "Mr. Linky" widåget below to link to a blog post(s) or flickr image of your creative activities during the days of 3/2/15 - 3/8/15.  The widget below is…
  • Creative Every Day Theme for March 2015: Books

    1 Mar 2015 | 4:06 pm
    At the end of each month I will announce the totally optional theme for the following month. For the month of March 2015 the theme will be Books. 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 2015 Creative Every Day Challenge anytime. More info can be found here and the sign-up page is here. When time allows, I'll be posting about the theme to help keep you inspired. You can use the posts here for…
  • Creative Every Day Check-In: Feb 23 – March 1

    22 Feb 2015 | 9:01 pm
    So sorry for the delay this week, we've got a house full of sick kids! The monthly theme will be here soon! This weekly check-in post is a place for Creative Every Day Challenge participants to share their creative activities.  Join in the Challenge: You can sign-up for the 2015 Challenge here! Ways to share: Once you've signed up, you can leave a comment on this post and/or use the "Mr. Linky" widåget below to link to a blog post(s) or flickr image of your creative activities during the days of 2/23/15 - 3/1/15.  The widget below is…
  • Facebook and Time for Art Tuesday

    18 Feb 2015 | 5:47 pm
    This year I added a facebook group to Art Every Day Month and I think it was a good addition, so this year I'm going to add a Creative Every Day facebook group as another place to share and connect. We'll see how it goes. Nothing will change here. There will still be a weekly check in post. But I'm adding something new. I'm going to try a "Time for Art Tuesday" as a bit of a kick in the rear for me and a bit of fun too. I'll be sharing what I'm taking time for in the FB group and invite you to do the same there and/or here!
  • Creative Every Day Check-In: Feb 16 – 22

    15 Feb 2015 | 9:01 pm
    So sorry for the delay this week, we've got a house full of sick kids! The monthly theme will be here soon! This weekly check-in post is a place for Creative Every Day Challenge participants to share their creative activities.  Join in the Challenge: You can sign-up for the 2015 Challenge here! Ways to share: Once you've signed up, you can leave a comment on this post and/or use the "Mr. Linky" widåget below to link to a blog post(s) or flickr image of your creative activities during the days of 2/16/15 - 2/22/15.  The widget below is…
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    The Art of Non-Conformity

  • Hiking the 7,910-Mile Triple Crown of American Trails: David Getchel’s Quest

    Chris Guillebeau
    5 Mar 2015 | 4:40 am
    This is a quest case study. (Read others or nominate yourself Earlier this week, David Getchel began the second leg of his three part quest to hike the Triple Crown of American trails: the Pacific Crest Trail, the Appalachian Trail, and the Continental Divide Trail. Here’s how it all began—and what’s coming next. Introduce yourself and your quest. I call Northern California home. Originally, my quest was to hike the Pacific Crest Trail (affectionately named the PCT ), a 2,650 mile trail spanning California, Oregon and Washington. Starting near San Diego I hiked through…
  • To Stop Insanity, It’s Not Just About Doing Things Differently

    Chris Guillebeau
    4 Mar 2015 | 2:25 pm
    “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.” -attributed to Albert Einstein, but likely apocryphal Whoever said it, you’ve probably heard this quotation at some point. And in one way or another, you’ve probably fallen into the trap of doing the same thing over and over, all the while expecting a different outcome. I think the real danger of going insane doesn’t come from something new, but rather from something that we’ve been doing for a while. Most of us are smart enough to realize that if we try something new and it…
  • Tomorrow’s the Last Day for Online Business Training (+ Free Bonuses & Year-Long Support)

    Chris Guillebeau
    3 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    Link: 8 Weeks of Online Business Training Bonuses: Get Naming Rights to My Firstborn A Ton of Great Bonuses When You Sign Up (Note: You’ll automatically receive the bonuses when signing up at the above link. There’s no need to do anything else.) Hey everyone, Just a heads-up that tomorrow is the final day to register for Marie Forleo’s online business course. I’ve said a lot about it already, so this is just a quick notice and an important explanation. Why I Decided to Promote Marie’s Course A few people have asked me why I decided to endorse Marie’s course. It’s really…
  • A Family’s Year in Italy: On the Road with Jacqueline Jannotta

    Chris Guillebeau
    3 Mar 2015 | 4:28 am
    This is a traveler case study. (Read others or nominate yourself Getting the gumption to make travel part of your life is hard enough when it’s just you, let alone adding three other people. Jacqueline Jannotta did just that, though—she brought her husband and kids into a year-long adventure. Here’s how this family of four did it: Tell us about yourself. I worked for both sitcoms and dotcoms in Chicago, L.A. and Florida before becoming a freelance writer and moving to Portland, Oregon. I’ve always cherished the connections I made as I zig-zagged around the country, and have…
  • Brand-New: Discover Miles Card Provides a 3% Rebate on Everything

    Chris Guillebeau
    2 Mar 2015 | 3:24 pm
    Link: Discover Miles Card (New Offer for 3% Cash Back) In the world of travel hacking, you almost never hear anything about Discover—which is totally understandable. When I was a kid, my parents liked to use their Discover card, which usually created the following interaction almost everywhere we went: Server presents the bill, and my parents present their card. Server goes away and returns a few minutes later. Server: “Sorry, we don’t take Discover. Do you have a Visa or MasterCard?” Parents: “Oh, okay. Here’s another card.” In my adult world of miles and points, I’ve…
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  • Yes, Gapingvoid will be at SXSW ’15!

    Valerie Urso
    27 Feb 2015 | 7:32 am
      Just a note to say that yes, the gapingvoid team will be at South By Southwest Interactive, this March in Austin, Texas. It’s our first time back since 2012 and we’re really excited to be going. We’ll have booths at both the main Interactive trade show (booth 419) and the new medical trade show (at the JW Marriott, SX Health and MedTech Expo, booth 215). Come on by! I shall attend both booths back-and-forth, and should be easy to find- you can always ping me on Twitter personally at @hughcartoons or the team at@gapingvoid. I’m also giving my first big talk at SXSW (a real…
  • This Week At Gapingvoid: 2/16 – 2/20

    Valerie Urso
    26 Feb 2015 | 9:33 am
    purchase me Brands forget this. They get caught in the “Me, me, me!” trap. When really, it’s about being the bridge between people. Not the center of the conversation. purchase me Companies get so big, they forget to talk to themselves. The only thing moving in between silos becomes the customer. This is a really bad place to be. Luckily, all you have to do to fix it? Start a conversation. purchase me “I work, we do.” The CEO of Ditech said this to us in a meeting, and I liked it so much I drew this cartoon. It’s about knowing how you fit into the whole.
  • Microsoft at Gapingvoid HQ

    Hugh MacLeod
    18 Feb 2015 | 8:10 am
    [Myself, Microsoft’s Steve Wiens and their trusty photographer, Brian Smale setting up the tabletop shoot.] Microsoft recently commissioned me to draw them a set of new cartoons, based around the new company vision of their CEO, Satya Nadella . They asked me to draw them non-digital, old school, i.e. pen & ink on blank business cards, like I did in the earliest days of gapingvoid. Best of all, they wanted to photograph everything, so they flew in Steve Wiens and Brian Smale to direct the shoot, all the way from Seattle. Steve, a Senior Content Director at Microsoft, was integral to…
  • This Week At Gapingvoid: 2/9-2/13

    Valerie Urso
    16 Feb 2015 | 4:42 pm
      purchase me “Knowledge, unlike information, is a human characteristic; there can be information no one knows, but there can’t be knowledge no one knows.” — Clay Shirky Open innovation IS collaborative knowledge. It’s the idea that no firm knows it all. It’s about sharing with your partners, so everybody wins. It’s just about the most 21st century idea there is. It’s also just about the most human idea there is.       purchase me People who work for great companies aren’t afraid of change. They’re afraid of…
  • This Week at Gapingvoid: 1/26 – 1/30

    Valerie Urso
    5 Feb 2015 | 9:40 am
      purchase me! “Love” is one of those words that people don’t like using much around the office, especially when one is talking about one’s colleagues. But…without what the Ancient Greeks called “Agape” (Brotherly/Sisterly love, divine love, non-romantic love etc.), building a business, or doing anything worthwhile with colleagues, is impossible. Though Valentine’s Day is traditionally a time for “Eros” (Greek for romantic/sexual love etc.), here at gapingvoid, we think Valentine’s Day is a perfect occasion to express “Agape” to one’s colleagues. Nothing…
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  • The Winner Gets Twenty Thousand Dollars

    Naomi Dunford
    5 Mar 2015 | 6:52 am
    I have a friend who is the enrolment coordinator for a major private massage therapy school in my hometown. Now, if you’re American, you probably have an image of what massage therapy school looks like, and I assure you, that’s not what we’re talking about here. I am told that the training for massage therapists in the United States is around 600 hours, depending on your state. Here it’s 2200 or 3000, depending on your province. Massage therapists are serious health care providers and the process involved in becoming a Registered Massage Therapist looks a lot more like…
  • How big should my list incentive be?

    Naomi Dunford
    2 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    A lovely reader asks: “You recommend having an incentive be your “best work” and gave the example of making something “product quality” to attract the most people to your list. I’ve heard others say that the “cookie” should be “bite size” so that it’s not something that people download and get overwhelmed by and don’t complete – make it short and sweet. Wanted to get thoughts on that and whether you suggest a certain length for incentives?”   Great question. Here’s what we’d say. As far as incentive length, our…
  • How soon should you follow up with people?

    Naomi Dunford
    26 Feb 2015 | 12:00 am
    Ingrid asks this question: “I’m wondering if there is a good number of days I should wait before I follow up with someone who requests information about my services. I have a brochure that I email out with pricing and package details, and I don’t know if there is a field-tested “right” number of days I should hold off before contacting them again. How soon is too soon, and how long is too long?”   Good question, Ingrid. Here’s what we can tell you. The answer to this question depends heavily on at least three factors. Factor #1 – The industry you’re in and…
  • Is it dangerous to have faith in a positive outcome?

    Naomi Dunford
    23 Feb 2015 | 7:11 pm
    Every now and again, a topic comes up that just won’t die. You get into a conversation about it with your lover over a bottle of wine, and then it comes up at the coffee shop, and then it comes up in a book you’re reading, and soon enough Steve Harvey’s talking about it on Family Feud. For the last couple weeks around here, that topic has been faith. Mr. Slick Sunglasses and I have been having a lot of conversations about a lot of topics, and sooner or later, they’re all coming back to faith (which seems optional) versus worry (which seems mandatory). Does worry serve…
  • On Learning and Keeping Stuff

    Naomi Dunford
    19 Feb 2015 | 9:39 am
    Every now and again, because I am cosmopolitan and widely read and worldly, I run across something that has nothing to do with business that might be of use to your fine self. (Like this one, which incidentally received several thousand votes for a Best of IttyBiz reader survey we ran in 2010. I wasn’t sure whether I should be delighted or offended. I’m still not sure, but I’ve moved on.) Anyway, speaking of moving on, I present you with an excerpt from The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up, by Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo. It seems to me that there are readers of this blog…
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  • Mini Saga #136 – Preconception (Rajesh Setty)
    18 Feb 2015 | 11:26 am
    Mini Saga #135 – Preconception Mark was shocked and amused when his three-year old son screamed, “Dad, I suck.” “What?” he asked. “I suck, Dad, I suck” the boy repeated. “Where did you learn that?” Mark asked “Don’t know, Dad. I suck and can’t get out, “ the boy said. “Oh, you’re stuck..” smiled Mark. Sometimes, our preconceptions take over. They can lead to humorous situations like the above or they can lead to misjudgments that can have a negative impact on our life, career or business. Thanks to Marcus Nelson for allowing me to share his experience in the…
  • Mini Saga #135 – Leave Your Mind (Rajesh Setty)
    25 Jan 2015 | 4:49 pm
    Mini Saga #135 – Leave Your Mind The temple door said, “Leave your mind and shoes at the door.” Nodding his head, Ravi walked in. An elderly man stopped him, “Sir, can’t wear your shoes inside.” Ravi said, “Ah..sorry, when I left my mind, I forgot about shoes completely.” They changed the sign reordering the instructions. Sometimes, the order makes a big difference… Note: 1. A mini saga is a story told in exactly 50 words. Not 49 or 51 but exactly 50. 2. You can download a photographic manifesto of Mini Sagas at ChangeThis. Here is the link – Mini Sagas: Bite-sized…
  • Lessons from The Instigator Experience – Interview with Srinivas Rao (Rajesh Setty)
    16 Dec 2014 | 7:25 am
    I have known Srini for a number of years and he never ceases to amaze me with his interviews (The Unmistakable Creative series)  and the projects that he pursues such as The Instigator Experience events. Being a co-host of a few Cerebrate events in the past, I am fascinated with the concept of The Instigator Experience. I asked Srini a few questions about the lessons learned from creating and hosting the last event. Here is that interview: RS: Srini, what is the Instigator Experience and more importantly what led you to create this event series? SR: It’s a 2 day bushiness event for people…
  • One blind spot to avoid in your quest to be true to yourself (Rajesh Setty)
    14 Dec 2014 | 8:00 pm
    You would have heard (generally from motivational speakers) about the need to be true to yourself. Common terms used are: Be yourself Be true to yourself You can only be yourself, everybody else is taken Be You I can go on and also I agree with most of the statements but with a caveat. If you want to feel good about yourself and exercise freedom of speech or freedom of expression then go ahead by all means. Nobody can stop you. But… If you are thinking of meaningful accomplishments, the above theory paints only half the picture. There is a blind spot to avoid with the above approach and if…
  • Why is it hard to get what you are worth? (Rajesh Setty)
    7 Dec 2014 | 1:55 pm
    You or someone you know are struggling to see how to fill the gap. The gap I am refering to is the difference between what you earn currently and what you are worth. There is an outside chance that you are in a situation for personal reasons where you can’t positively influence how much ever you try to reduce the gap. I say it’s an outside chance because those situations are rare. It does feel good to say that you are in one of them because when you truly believe that, “you absolve yourself from the blame” for your current situation. You are a victim and you are in a way happy being…
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  • A Holodeck as Big As Washington

    Richard Fernandez
    5 Mar 2015 | 3:46 pm
    “Simulated reality,” according to Wikipedia, “is the hypothesis that reality could be simulated—for example by computer simulation—to a degree indistinguishable from ‘true’ reality.”  What motivated Hillary Clinton to create a private email system, argues James Taranto, is that it gave her the means to simulate her own reality, or as Bloomberg’s journalists put it  “a high level of control over communications, including the ability to erase messages completely, according to security experts who have examined Internet records.” “You…
  • The Spitefulness of Little Men

    Richard Fernandez
    4 Mar 2015 | 3:23 am
    Despite Benjamin Netanyahu’s protestations to the contrary, his speech before the joint session of Congress contained an element of obvious defiance to president Obama.  After all, Obama all but forbade him to give the speech and still he gave it.  Yet Netanyahu was the hardly the first western leader to exhibit insubordination.  The old reliables have been falling away for some time.  As the New York Times put it, Francois Hollande and Angela Merkel “split” with Obama over the question of arming the Ukraine. The pointed exchanges laid bare the divisions within the…
  • You’ve Got a Friend

    Richard Fernandez
    2 Mar 2015 | 4:46 pm
    One of the reasons why president Obama can’t let Benjamin Netanyahu stand in the way of Iran’s nuclear ambitions is because he needs Tehran’s troops to fight ISIS.  Today the long awaited offensive against ISIS in Tikrit reeled off with the Iranian Revolutionary Guard in the lead, if not in actual command.  Julian Barnes of the Wall Street Journal explains that Iran will be supplying the men and leadership.  The US will be waiting by the phone to supply air support if requested.  The phone has not rung. At the Pentagon on Monday, Col. Steve Warren, a Defense Department…
  • Mein Kampf in the Piety Stall

    Richard Fernandez
    28 Feb 2015 | 11:51 pm
    While at church today I happened to glance at the rack of religious pamphlets near the entrance that usually contains little devotional pamphlets like the “Life of St Maria Goretii” or “envelopes for the missions” and noticed someone had left a copy of Mein Kampf among the readings to ‘take home for free’.  Parishioners, most of whom were Fijians, Filipinos, Koreans or Chinese, browsed through the pamphlets without noticing Hitler’s magnum opus.  One lady who might have been Korean showed a particular interest in the stack of Devotions to the Sacred…
  • The Trouble With Entropy

    Richard Fernandez
    27 Feb 2015 | 3:56 am
    In the video below you can watch ISIS destroy one of Niniveh’s original gates and the collection of antiquities at the Mosul museum. The Guardian describes what was wrecked: A professor at the Archaeology College in Mosul confirmed to the Associated Press that the two sites depicted in the video are the city museum and Nirgal Gate, one of several gates to Nineveh, the capital of the Assyrian empire. “I’m totally shocked,” Amir al-Jumaili told the AP “It’s a catastrophe. With the destruction of these artefacts, we can no longer be proud of Mosul’s civilisation.” Isis took…
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    Idea Sandbox

  • Making Better Decisions Considering Time, Talent & Treasure

    13 Feb 2015 | 5:23 am
    Being more innovative requires making better decisions. A friend uses a filter called “Time, Talent, Treasure” to help her make important decisions. She learned this from a co-worker years ago and passed it along to me. And, now I pass it to you. When determining where she should focus effort she asks… Is this worth our Time, Talent, and Treasure? Below are suggested questions to ask about the project, plan, or idea… Time Is it worth the time investment? Are there better/more effective things we could be doing with our time? Does the effort provide a worthwhile return?
  • “Comp Yourself” in 2015

    31 Dec 2014 | 3:56 pm
    Happy New Year! It’s resolution season. How do you avoid the let-down of resolutions earnestly created in January that may not last until February? Instead of setting resolutions, I recommend a simple life philosophy that will stick. Comp Yourself. That’s it. That’s the entire philosophy. Did I do better this year than I did last year? For example, at work to measure my own comp performance, I would ask myself… Did I contribute more? Did I do a better job? Did I take on more projects? Did I add more value? Did I learn more? Did I get a promotion? Did I get a pay increase? Did I…
  • Getting Innovation Done, Being The Champion

    12 Dec 2014 | 10:52 am
    Bringing to life programs and ideas that create innovation often requires persuasion. New ideas can be perceived as risky, dangerous, and create the “unknown.” Seth Godin, offers a recommendation to help get the lever pulled that helps to create the change you’re looking for. Below is what Seth shared: Goals, Strategy and Tactics for Change The Goal: Who are you trying to change? What observable actions will let you know you’ve succeeded? The Strategy: What are the emotions you can amplify, the connections you can make that will cause someone to do something…
  • Better Problem Solving With Framing

    19 Nov 2014 | 7:17 am
    When you’re looking to innovate, take advantage of an opportunity, or solve a problem… one of your first steps should be to define precisely or “frame” that opportunity or problem. Your frame is how you narrow and pinpoint what you choose to solve. Better framing leads to better solutions. Think of it like a picture frame, it has in the center what you want to feature. This old, wooden tugboat needs a lot of work. Among other things… an engine, new windows, paint… However, the priority is to fix the huge hole in the hull. That’s our frame. It…
  • Productive or Active?

    13 Nov 2014 | 6:24 am
    This sticky note has been stuck to my computer monitor for a while. Now I have a smaller note that states “busy ≠ productive.” Often we’re merely active in what we’re doing. Activity feels busy. But it’s not necessarily productive. Are you keeping yourself busy to avoid a project? Or have you fallen into the trap of doing busy work and (if you were honest with yourself) unnecessary tasks to avoid what really needs to be accomplished. Being active doesn’t mean you’re being productive. The article Productive or Active? appeared first on Idea Sandbox.
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  • Ruling The "Aggregators" With Creative and Editorial Talent

    David Armano
    14 Feb 2015 | 3:14 pm
    Once upon a time I was a Creative Director. Creative Directors typically come from one of two backgrounds—"art" or "copy". Having more of a visual design foundation, I started there—but also learned the techniques of "concepting" and getting to what's known in the marketing industry as "a big idea". Things were simpler back then... Big Ideas vs. Ruling The "Aggregators"Today, if you want your message and or communications to break through—you must understand how the "aggregators" work. What's an "aggregator"? Google, Facebook, Twitter, E-mail, Text Apps, Snapchat, Flipboard... it's…
  • Five Things I Learned In Five Years

    David Armano
    16 Nov 2014 | 6:59 pm
    According to the US Department of labor—the average tenure at at job for 2014 is 4.6 years. In less than a month, I'll be celebrating five years at Edelman, so I thought it would be a good time to reflect in what can be learned in five years, not just on the job but in life as well. I'm a big believer that looking back can help you look forward, so here are are a few things I've learned over the past five years. Mentorship Comes In Many FormsThe traditional image of a mentor is someone who takes you under their wing, puts time aside for you, and imparts wisdom—often a more senior person…
  • Responsive Brand: Chevrolet's #Technologyandstuff

    David Armano
    31 Oct 2014 | 9:46 am
    The Responsive Brand In A Real Time Business Environment In Edelman’s Brandshare study of 15,0000 people worldwide—we asked consumers to tell us which brand behaviours were most important to them. The number one most important behaviour indicated was a brand’s ability to respond quickly to concerns and complaints with 78% of consumers saying it’s important but only 17% feeling brands do this well. But we think a brand’s responsiveness goes beyond replying to people’s concerns and also extends into all forms of communication and engagement in a real time context.  Recently,…
  • Societal: The Third Dimension Of Modern Day Brand Building

    David Armano
    26 Oct 2014 | 7:39 pm
    I started writing this blog back in 2006 and the namesake was completely intentional. "Logic+Emotion" symbolizes the way we've been building brands for the past sixty plus years. Marketers have always known that they have to reach people emotionally in order to capture their attention. We're emotional beings by design and often times make decisions based on how we feel. Our emotions serve as clues that explain our behaviors. We buy clothes because we need them—but the styles and brands we choose have more to do with our psycology than the basic need we must fill. In the same breath we have…
  • Did Google Just Re-Invent E-mail With Inbox?

    David Armano
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:33 am
    While Google Glass appears to be in its death throes, Google is quietly if not systematically re-inventing the digital work horse many of us have a love hate relationship with (mostly hate these days)—E-mail. I've been spending some time with Google's recently released app simply called "Inbox" and after five minutes of use the only thing that kept popping up in my head was this: Is it possible that Google is making e-mail enjoyable again? That's a lofty goal because right now for many of us, e-mail has become a second and third full time job. We use it so much at work that we're often…
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    Moving at the Speed of Creativity

  • Podcast422: Snow Day Podcast – Student iPad Projects, Forum with Joy Hofmeister & Makerspace Dreams

    Wesley Fryer
    4 Mar 2015 | 2:32 pm
    This is a snow day radio show / podcast from March 4, 2015, with Shelly and Wesley Fryer. We discuss recent projects Shelly’s students have been doing in their 1:1 iPad 3rd and 4th grade classroom, some lessons learned from the “iPad Books and Videos” workshop we co-facilitated last week with elementary teachers, last night’s Education Forum with Joy Hofmeister, and our dreams for creating Makerspaces in our classrooms. We recorded this as a “1 take” radio show on an iPad using the free app, Voice Recorder Pro, saved it as a video to the photo roll, and…
  • How to Setup a Google Hangout On Air (March 2015)

    Wesley Fryer
    1 Mar 2015 | 12:19 pm
    Last weekend at the first annual “Google Summit Oklahoma City” hosted by the EdTechTeam, I shared a breakout session titled, “Google Hangouts 101.” Afterwards, I visited with two librarians I know who attended the session and had some follow-up questions. In talking with them, I realized I hadn’t clearly explained several things in the session which are very important when setting up a Google Hangout on Air. These include: Creating a YouTube account in advance, which will be linked to the Google Hangout so it can be archived online later. This now includes…
  • Reflections on the Daddy Daughter Dance

    Wesley Fryer
    28 Feb 2015 | 9:47 pm
    Several weeks ago before Valentine’s Day, our elementary school’s student council hosted a “Daddy Daughter Dance” as a fundraiser. The brainchild of the 4th grade teacher who is this year’s student council sponsor, the Daddy Daughter Dance was a phenomenal success rivaled in attendance only by our annual PTSA Bingo night!    by  Wesley Fryer  Not only did this event provide a great opportunity for dads and daughters to share a special hour of fun and fellowship, it also was a remarkable window into the fantastic diversity of our school community. I regret…
  • Video Toolbox: A Good iPad App for Blurring Student Faces (when needed)

    Wesley Fryer
    24 Feb 2015 | 9:24 pm
    It’s important to obtain parent and student permission before publishing photos or videos online. Of the 610 fourth and fifth graders currently at my elementary school, only 10 parents have requested that their child’s photo NOT be published online. Our secretary is able to run a report directly from PowerSchool and provide that list to teachers. At my wife’ school, they call students who cannot be photographed for online publication “redshirt” students. We both try our best not to photograph or share photos of those students. Despite our best efforts, sometimes…
  • Audio Podcasting with iOS and YouTube

    Wesley Fryer
    21 Feb 2015 | 9:44 pm
    In my continuing quest to find streamlined ways to audio record and share conference presentations at professional development events, today I used the free iOS app Voice Recorder Pro to record my three sessions at the Oklahoma EdTechTeam’s Google Summit, as well as Jake Heister’s session (with permission, of course) on Google Search. Normally I would publish audio recordings like this to my “Fuel for Educational Change Agents” secondary podcast channel, and I may still do that, but for now this workflow worked very smoothly and was MUCH less time consuming. It took 38…
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    Lindsey Lewis

  • how do I hold myself accountable?

    24 Feb 2015 | 7:00 am
    Accountability vs. Desire Keri was flummoxed. She couldn’t figure out why she wasn’t getting things done. “I’ve got these few things on my to-do list, and I just keep avoiding them. I need someone who’ll help me get things done.” And I said to her what I say to everyone who tells me that: “I don’t help you get things done. I help you figure out why the things on your to-do list aren’t lighting you up to the point where you can’t STOP yourself from doing them.” At the core of “Why am I not doing this?” is another…
  • not being busy does not mean you’re not worthy

    10 Feb 2015 | 11:23 am
    Dearest you; I’ve been thinking of you. And your desire to be of service in the world, to make a difference, and live outside the box. Do you ever feel like it’s not happening fast enough? Like you should have a more packed calendar? Or that because you’re not as busy as you think you should be you should do work for free just to fill the time? Can I share something with you? Busyness doesn’t equal worthyness. Your worthyness has nothing to do with how full your calendar is. Your worthyness has nothing to do with how much money you make. Your worthyness is independent…
  • how to handle your own negative thinking

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

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

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

  • Solar Energy; The Real Facts

    2 Mar 2015 | 2:08 am
    Most power plants in the United States and around the world are using fossil fuels to generate electricity and operate. Fossil fuels has-been used as an energy source while the man has learned to generate power. Fossil fuels have been-around for ages and when man started using this energy nobody but the consequences. Fossil fuels will run out and be a shortage of it in the near future. This scarcity of fossil fuels will affect our industries ict live and several newspapers. Today we see some of theses comments and concerns, awards to fossil fuels are increasing and electricity is more…
  • The Cost Of Solar Energy

    1 Mar 2015 | 2:09 am
    Solar energy is a natural source of energy that comes directly from the sun. When solar energy hits the earth it spreads over the surface of the earth and provides heat evenly. If you could capture the sun’s rays in a particular area over a long period of time that will provide enough heat for the night or on cloudy days. Learn where to find solar energy can help you get started today. Solar energy costs nothing, since it comes from the sun. The font you choose may cost a bit, but in the long term, should be your only expense, unlike gas or oil heaters to keep paying for each month in…
  • The Benefits of Solar Energy

    28 Feb 2015 | 2:53 am
    The use of solar energy or energy from sunlight has many advantages. Let’s take a closer look at each of them. • Solar energy saves money. In 2006, we saw the highest jump in residential electricity rates. In some regions, increased to 60% was observed. Many experts agree that the trend will continue in the coming years. This means you have to pay more money to support their monthly electricity consumption. But if it produces its own energy, you can avoid paying the high cost of energy – especially now that energy prices are very unstable. On a larger scale, if American…
  • Solar Energy Systems for Pools

    26 Feb 2015 | 12:02 am
    If you have a pool, you know how much warming can mount your electricity bill. Solar systems for swimming pools offer an alternative method that does not devastate your bank account. Solar energy systems for swimming pools When most people think of solar energy systems, they think of large crystalline structures that are intended to collect a large amount of solar energy to convert solar energy. However, there are other uses for solar energy systems. One of the most ingenious uses for this technology is the use of solar energy for heating swimming pools. Using solar energy to heat your pool,…
  • Solar Energy Risks To Health

    21 Feb 2015 | 11:31 am
    Solar energy is a potential free electricity and water heating source. It has the power to take advantage of electricity in remote areas of the world. It seems to offer health and safety with power, but is it? Rarely health risks of solar energy are mentioned. This may be partly due to the limited use of this energy source. It may also be due to the lack of research in this area. Some have begun to study the health risks of solar energy, however, and if you study long enough, some estimates are available. Solar Thermal Risks Health Solar energy Health risks inherent in the design and…
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  • Velocity wins Creative Circle TV Award of the Year

    SA Creatives
    6 Mar 2015 | 12:41 am
    Velocity Films is extremely proud of our Creative Circle wins last night for Awards of the Year, and we would like to congratulate Keith Rose and Greg Gray on their achievements. Keith’s Topsy Foundation ad for Ogilvy Johannesburg took first place and Greg’s  Bell’s spot for King James placed third.   As a company, to be able to maintain such a strong creative presence year after year in a constantly evolving industry is indicative of the quality and extremely high standard of work we produce. Whilst we appreciate the value of nurturing young new Directing talent, we also…

    SA Creatives
    6 Mar 2015 | 12:30 am
    The Careers24 three-part campaign for Ogilvy Cape Town directed by Terence Neale of Egg Films has featured in the top three best spots in Ad of the month as voted for by creatives in the industry. This follows its popularity on Ad of the Week for Marklives along with the campaign becoming a conversation starter on social media. The key to the success of the campaign hinges on the simple truth that people generally seem to define you by your career, and the inadequacy experienced if you don’t quite live up to those expectations. This makes for some awkward and entertaining moments along the…
  • Kyle Lewis directs Khuli Chana’s 9 Shots music video

    SA Creatives
    5 Mar 2015 | 2:42 am
    Arcade Content’s Kyle Lewis directed 9 Shots, Khuli Chana’s new music video about his emotional journey after being shot by police in an unfortunate case of mistaken identity in 2013. To thank his fans for their support, Khuli released the single as a free download on 28 October 2014, exactly a year after the shooting. He wanted the video to reflect his journey from anger to forgiveness, as well as how he oscillated between hopelessness and hopefulness. It’s not a music video attacking any individual or the SA Police Services at large: rather it’s about Khuli’s journey to healing…
  • Design Thinking – Meet the minds behind 100% Design South Africa 2015

    SA Creatives
    5 Mar 2015 | 2:20 am
    Two of South Africa’s most influential taste shapers are behind the country’s only international design exhibition, 100% Design South Africa. 100% Design South Africa launched last year, alongside Decorex Joburg, South Africa., and the exhibition’s second edition takes place from 6th to 10th August this year at Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand, Gauteng. Organised and Owned by Thebe Reed Exhibitions, 100% Design South Africa is a curated collection of the top local and international design available in South Africa. This unmatched showcase is put together by Laurence Brick, retail…
  • Dani Hynes of Egg Films Embraces the Spirit of Ubuntu that NIVEA ‘Care is Beautiful’ Embraces 

    SA Creatives
    5 Mar 2015 | 2:01 am
    After an incredibly busy stint, that saw Dani complete five ads back to back in a few months, her last project was a real heart and soul campaign which involved the community, whilst also helping to improve their lives.  This aptly demonstrates what the NIVEA Care is Beautiful initiative is all about. Dani worked closely alongside the creatives Stuart Stobbs and Toni Hughes, from 1886, an FCB South Africa group company that brought this to life. The commercial and three documentary pieces were created all directed by Dani Hynes and produced by her team at Egg Films. According to Dani,…
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    The Creative Mind

  • Is Worry Part of Your Creative Life?

    Douglas Eby
    28 Feb 2015 | 7:28 am
    Probably most of us experience worry, stress and various kinds of anxiety to some extent, but creative people may be especially vulnerable to these mood and health challenges. As psychologist and creativity coach Eric Maisel notes, “Life produces stress, the artistic personality produces additional stress, creating produces even more stress, and living the artist’s life is the topper!” But, he suggests, “We can normalize or even reframe many demands as opportunities, and when we do, the associated stress vanishes. If you are holding it as lovely to make three calls today…
  • Todd Kashdan on Our Dark Side and Creativity

    Douglas Eby
    19 Feb 2015 | 6:15 pm
    “When we are happy, we are very superficial in our thinking.” A clinical psychologist, professor and well-being researcher, Todd Kashdan addresses how happiness and “unwanted” emotions affect creative thinking and overall well-being in his book “The Upside of Your Dark Side” – an admittedly ‘provocative’ title that may bring to mind Darth Vader. What some may label “negative” emotions and ideas are what psychologist Carl Jung and others identify as part of the Shadow Self, which may in varying degrees be shut away from our…
  • Playing and Being Creative

    Douglas Eby
    13 Feb 2015 | 8:00 pm
    “Swept up by the deeper states of play, one feels balanced, creative, focused…” Diane Ackerman is a poet, essayist and naturalist who has taught at a number of universities, including Columbia and Cornell. In her book “Deep Play” she talks about being able to “play anywhere that is set off from reality, whether it be a playground, a field, a church or a garage. “Deep play doesn’t have to do with an activity, like shallow play. It has to do with attitude or an extraordinarily intense state…” This is, she notes, a way to experience…
  • Creative In Many Ways

    Douglas Eby
    5 Feb 2015 | 8:33 pm
    Are you inspired to be creative in multiple ways? Many creative people are serial artists or entrepreneurs, multipassionate and multitalented. Some well-known artists are examples: the photo includes David Lynch (movie director, painter, furniture designer, photographer, musician), Jessica Lange (actor, photographer, children’s book author) and Viggo Mortensen (acting, painting, photography, poetry, music, spoken-word recordings, founder of Perceval Press). Lynch has commented about being a creative polymath: “I started out as a painter, and then painting led to cinema…Then cinema…
  • Three Creative Minds: Dolan, Lange, Binoche

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

    Paul Viluda
    6 Mar 2015 | 4:01 am
    Mike Penn aka madadman is a digital artist / illustrator based in the United States. He specializes in fantasy, science fiction, horror and action / adventure. Let's take a look at some of his artworks. Read More
  • Digital Art by Maxime Girault

    Paul Viluda
    6 Mar 2015 | 2:45 am
    Maxime Girault is a 27 years old graphic designer based in Paris, France. Currently he's working as a video designer, concept artist, and director for the french agency movingdesign. Below, you may enjoy some of his recent artworks. Enjoy! Read More
  • Creative Illustrations by Stephen Gibb

    Paul Viluda
    5 Mar 2015 | 3:30 am
    Stephen Gibb is a talented traditional artist / illustrator from Canada. His paintings are psychological offerings, rich in irony and distortions, bristling with sublime, psychotropic colours. Stephen is a member of Her Majesty's Secret Art Assembly, a collective of artists living and working in the Detroit/Windsor area. He is also a graduate of the University of Windsor's Lebel School of Art. Let's take a look at some of his artworks. Read More
  • Comic Art by Vinz el Tabanas

    Paul Viluda
    3 Mar 2015 | 5:15 am
    Vincent Thavenet aka Vinz el Tabanas is a 31-year-old comic artist based in Cachans, France. If you're into comic or manga, make sure to check out some of Vinz's artworks below. Enjoy! Read More
  • Fantasy Art by Martin de Diego Sádaba

    Paul Viluda
    3 Mar 2015 | 4:08 am
    Martin de Diego Sádaba aka AlMaNeGrA is a talented Spanish digital artist specializing in fantasy / surreal conceptual artworks. Below, you may scroll through several pieces selected from his dA portfolio. Enjoy! Read More
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    Farnam Street

  • Vincent van Gogh on Color

    Shane Parrish
    5 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    In a letter to his brother Theo, dated July 1882, found in Ever Yours: The Essential Letters, Vincent van Gogh describes how the simple few fundamentals combine into nearly endless permutations. Absolute black doesn’t in fact occur. Like white, however, it’s present in almost every colour and forms the endless variety of greys — distinct in tone and strength. So that in nature one in fact sees nothing but these tones or strengths. The 3 fundamental colours are red, yellow, blue, “composite” orange, green, purple. From these are obtained the endless variations of grey by…
  • Produce More by Removing More

    Shane Parrish
    4 Mar 2015 | 4:30 am
    Aristotle talked about three kinds of work: theoretical, practical, and poetical. The first searches for truth. The second is practical with an objective around action. The third, however, is lost in our modern culture. The philosopher Martin Heidegger called this “bringing-forth.” In his book Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less, Greg McKeown describes this as an essentialist trait. This is how the essentialist approaches execution: “An Essentialist produces more—brings forth more— by removing more instead of doing more.” We rarely have the time to think through…
  • The Tension Created By Stretch Goals

    Shane Parrish
    3 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    It’s one thing to set big stretch goals and it’s another to acknowledge the tension and incentives that creates within an organization. Charlie Munger, speaking at the 2000 annual meeting for Wesco Financial, explains: There are two lines of thought …. A whole bunch of management gurus say you need B-HAGs — bold, hairy, audacious goals. That’s a technique of management — to give the troops a goal that looks unattainable and flog them heavily. And according to that line of thought, you will do better chasing a B-HAG than you will a reasonable objective. And…
  • Carol Dweck: The Two Mindsets And The Power of Believing That You Can Improve

    Shane Parrish
    2 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    Carol Dweck studies human motivation. She spends her days diving into why people succeed (or don’t) and what’s within our control to foster success. As she describes it: “My work bridges developmental psychology, social psychology, and personality psychology, and examines the self-conceptions (or mindsets) people use to structure the self and guide their behavior. My research looks at the origins of these mindsets, their role in motivation and self-regulation, and their impact on achievement and interpersonal processes.” Her inquiry into our beliefs is synthesized in…
  • Andy Warhol on Beauty

    Shane Parrish
    26 Feb 2015 | 4:00 am
    “I’ve never met a person I couldn’t call a beauty,” Andy Warhol writes in The Philosophy of Andy Warhol (From A to B and Back Again): Every person has beauty at some point in their lifetime. Usually in different degrees. Sometimes they have the looks when they’re a baby and they don’t have it when they’re grown up, but then they could get it back again when they’re older. Or they might be fat but have a beautiful face. Or have bow-legs but a beautiful body. Or be the number one female beauty and have no tits. Or be the number one male beauty and…
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    Cultural Weekly

  • The Consolations of Sorrow: A Review of All the Sad Angels by Jack Grapes

    Matthew Hetznecker
    3 Mar 2015 | 10:33 pm
    Sometimes the reading of a book begins with the experience of the book itself as an object. Such was the case with All the Sad Angels, a book of poems by Jack Grapes. The book is small and thin, a throwback to City Lights Pocket Poets Series, which began in the Fifties, or the dime store novels found in metal racks near the cash register in the not-so-distant past. The cover of All the Sad Angels is beautiful, too, a reproduction of Marc Chagall’s “The Circus” that wraps around the book from front to back. There is a woman in tights standing on a horse, an acrobat mid-air.
  • 10 Films That Broke the Technological Mold

    Scarlet Howes
    3 Mar 2015 | 6:58 pm
    The history of filmmaking technology is one that is littered with stunning achievements. The film industry continues to be at the forefront of innovation as cinema has championed some of the most awe-inspiring technologies within the visual arts. From 3D to the Steadicam to shooting on an iPhone to CGI - here is our list of 10 films that broke the technological mold. 1. Tangerine (2015) The Sundance Film Festival is known for showcasing experimental and innovative films, but none more so than the social realist movie Tangerine. The narrative follows a transgender sex worker as she journeys…
  • Happiness & Love Flourish Off-Broadway

    David Sheward
    3 Mar 2015 | 6:56 pm
    The devastating effects of sexism are examined in two fascinating Off-Broadway productions. The playwrights’ styles vary, but they each offer clear-eyed observations on how treating women as inferior can warp society. Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig’s The World of Extreme Happiness at Manhattan Theatre Club takes place in contemporary China and Charles Mee’s Big Love is set in an amalgam of the ancient and modern worlds. In the former, a factory worker attempts to overcome her country’s crushing oppression of rural people in general and women specifically, while the latter updates a classic…
  • Poetry + Murder, Part 4: My Dance with the Manson Women

    Sarah Elgart
    3 Mar 2015 | 6:50 pm
    From 1981 – 1984, as a young and emerging choreographer/director, Sarah Elgart taught dance and created choreography with a small group of maximum-security inmates at California Institution for Women, the state prison. Initially unbeknownst to Elgart, two of the inmates in her class included Patricia Krenwinkel and Susan Atkins of the Manson Family. When each independently elected to participate in the ten-month creation of a movement theater work, the two women had not spoke for ten years. Poetry + Murder recalls the class’s confrontations, obstacles, and epiphanies in creating…
  • Live Places: A Brief Introduction

    Maurice Amiel
    3 Mar 2015 | 6:40 pm
    What is a place? A place is a meaningful location in space, the meaning being usually associated to the “where,” “when” and “what” or “who” is therewith located. If the place is of a tool, its meaning will be usually instrumental and practical. If the tool is no longer used or if the tool belongs to a particular person, additional layers of meaning are accrued to its place. If the place is the location for an activity or of an event, that place may bear its name: think of “fireplace,” “birthplace,” “marketplace,” “showplace,” or “workplace.” Language is a…
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    i heart creation

  • Love, love, love…

    I'm the universe
    14 Feb 2015 | 9:50 am
    To those who are attached, you love with constancy, you don’t need an occasion to love, it is evident in every moment everyday. To those who are unattached, the whole world is your oyster. I am one of those, who wear their heart on their sleeve, so I like that, a special day centered around […]
  • Color & enhance hand-drawn art using GIMP

    I'm the universe
    5 Feb 2015 | 5:39 pm
    Physically drawing and painting by hand on paper is more enjoyable than drawing thru mouse and keyboard on monitor. I like to draw free-hand on paper and then further color/enhance thru GIMP. There are many benefits of doing this , first & foremost it doesn’t strain your eyes, second you can feel the invigorating colors by hand and third you feel like a true artist!  Here’s […]
  • Please have some colorful tea!

    I'm the universe
    15 Jan 2015 | 7:22 pm
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  • Colors in harmony!

    I'm the universe
    15 Jan 2015 | 12:09 pm
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  • A posy of colors for you!

    I'm the universe
    15 Jan 2015 | 12:02 pm
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    Lucy Chen Fine Art

  • A Personal Story That Will Inspire You

    Lucy Chen
    1 Mar 2015 | 11:30 am
    Here is me telling you a personal story, one that will inspire you to answer your life’s calling and dare to dream BIG! I hope you’ll set away some time to watch it and don’t forget to leave me a comment on the video page. Click here to watch the video. Related posts: How to Paint Girl with a Pearl Earring The Difference Three Years Has Made to My Art How to Handle Pain and What to Do after a Breakdown
  • The Difference Three Years Has Made to My Art

    Lucy Chen
    22 Feb 2015 | 6:20 pm
    The Difference of Three Years Let me ask you some questions. Have you ever wanted to express yourself creatively and authentically on canvas, but don’t know how or where to begin? Is there an artist in you that wants to come out but lack the skills to speak up or the confidence to ask for acknowledgement? The Difference Three Years Can Make On the left is my first ever painting, trying desperately to copy a Modigiliani.  On the right one is another portrait painted three years later, a study of Vermeer’s “Girl with a Pearl Earring”. I’m not showing you this to…
  • How to Paint Girl with a Pearl Earring

    Lucy Chen
    15 Feb 2015 | 1:30 pm
    Hey, I’m very close to finishing my long-awaited Oil Painting E-course! I have been working on this for months (or years if we count the time that get me to where I am now, ready to release my first e-course), but I am finally going to wrap it up.  I will be releasing it in early March. This course will be entirely focused on “How to Paint the Girl with A Pearl Earring” using Vermeer’s very own methods of oil painting.   It will include at least ninety minutes of video, divided into bite-sized ten-minute length each, PDF downloads, and more.  It is going to be a…
  • How Henri Matisse Has Influenced My Painting

    Lucy Chen
    8 Feb 2015 | 3:20 pm
    This Henri Matisse book by Taschen is super good value!  For twelve bucks, you get high quality prints of Matisse’ major works, and some good info to help you understand the artist’s life and art.  In this short video book review, not only will you get peak into pages of the book, but you’ll also see how it has impacted my own work in a very direct way.   Happy Creating! Related posts: Van Gogh’s Inner Struggles (Secrets of Van Gogh’s Personal Life Revealed) What I think about The Signature of All Things Why You Should Read “Leonardo’s Swan” Now
  • How to Paint Knitted Toys

    Lucy Chen
    2 Feb 2015 | 4:30 am
    Handmade 16″x16″x1.5″, oil on linen, by Lucy Chen Original Available, $350, Purchase Info I knitted Spud the sheep several years ago, and I thought I’d give it a go at painting one of my favorite knitted toys, too. Here’s a speed painting video showing my process. Hope you like it. Related posts: When She Was Young – Painting a Portrait in Two Short Sessions My Dream’s Beginning, a Speed Painting Video Why is this Painting Scaring Me (with a Video)
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    Creativity Tech

  • Google Extends Its Arrogant Approach to the ISP Business

    Gordon Platt
    5 Mar 2015 | 10:04 am
    Google often shows a sweeping disdain for the law when it gets in the way of its plans, so seeing the search giant roll out a similar strategy to other business sectors is hardly a surprise. This time it involves the company’s play in the Internet Service Provider (ISP) space, where its Fiber service has broken new ground with web speeds but remains limited to test markets like Kansas City and Austin, Texas. Addressing an audience in Washington D.C. this week, Fiber’s VP of Access Services Milo Medin told attendees that cities would essentially be given a ‘my way or the…
  • New Spotify Feature Proves the Value of Song Lyrics

    Gordon Platt
    3 Mar 2015 | 9:46 am
    A new Spotify feature allows users to display rolling lyrics under songs they play on the streaming service’s desktop application. Although this marks an end to the infinite fun of misheard lyrics, it does underscore the value of song lyrics and just how much listeners are drawn to the verbal element of music. It’s also a reminder that lyricists deserve greater recognition and respect for the words they set to songs. Jim Morrison’s handwritten original lyrics to 1971’s LA Woman. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) This isn’t a new phenomenon. Two years ago David Lowery…
  • Jordu Schell and How Movies Inspire Monstrous Creativity

    Gordon Platt
    25 Feb 2015 | 12:20 pm
    When Jordu Schell was seven years old, he saw The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad and was never the same again. The now renowned sculptor describes seeing that movie’s monstrous creations as “an epiphany,” adding that he clearly recalls it as the moment he realized “this is what I want to do!” Later in his adolescence he begged his parents to see Alien, which further fired the creative neurons that have brought him to today, a highly sought-after creative talent who epitomizes what can be achieved in America with a little inspiration (and a lot of imagination!) View…
  • How Will an Apple Car Impact Entertainment?

    Gordon Platt
    20 Feb 2015 | 1:25 pm
    Rumors abound this week that deep in some subterranean base – or possibly its new spaceship campus – Apple is hard at work on its own version of a self-driving/electric/Skynet-style (delete as applicable) car.  As with anything that appears in the feverish tech press, it has to be stressed that this is early stage speculation and Apple is obviously one of the favorite subjects for this activity. The sources seem to be mounting p, however, and the reality of an Apple car could hold some interesting potential for the country’s creative industries. View image |…
  • In the Absence of Names, Rights Holders Pursue the Anonymous

    Gordon Platt
    16 Feb 2015 | 11:16 am
    Even with some notable victories early on this year, it has to be said that there’s still plenty of piracy to go around. Unfortunately there are fewer names to blame, with a lot of illegal downloads linked only to IP address, a connection location with limited ability to identify its user. Anonymous pirates are a problem synonymous with the digital age, and solutions have been hard to come by. But that hasn’t stopped the creative streak of Hollywood going to work to stop those who steal their work. Despite a seemingly dead end, legally-speaking, the studios responsible…
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    Make Creativity Pay

  • 07 – Succeeding at Multiple Creative Passions with Bob Baker [Podcast]

    Leanne Regalla
    5 Mar 2015 | 1:35 pm
    Subscribe to the podcast on Stitcher or iTunes, rate, and leave a review to let me know what you think! Your feedback helps others to find the show. Subscribe on Stitcher Subscribe on iTunes Follow on Soundcloud And as always, please share if you know someone who needs to hear these great interviews. Show Summary Do you have so many interests that it’s hard to decide what to work on next? Do you struggle to get your work out consistently? In this episode of the Make Creativity Pay podcast, prolific writer/musician/artist/comedian Bob Baker talks about deciding between multiple passions,…
  • 06 – PR Basics for Creatives with Ariel Hyatt of Cyber PR [Podcast]

    Leanne Regalla
    5 Feb 2015 | 12:03 pm
    Subscribe to the podcast on Stitcher or iTunes, rate, and leave a review to let me know what you think! Your feedback helps others to find the show. Subscribe on Stitcher Subscribe on iTunes Follow on Soundcloud And as always, please share if you know someone who needs to hear these great interviews. Show Summary Ever wonder how creatives get publicity? Or – would you love to be your own PR person? In this episode of the Make Creativity Pay podcast, I talk to Ariel Hyatt of Cyber PR publicity about how artists should approach PR. Learn what activities are a good use of your time and…
  • 11 Compelling Reasons Creatives Should Teach (And 7 Signs You Shouldn’t)

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

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

    Leanne Regalla
    7 Jan 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Craig Wayne Boyd at Rose Bowl Parade – Instagram You’ve wondered. Admit it. How some people get the breaks and the attention. How did that performer land that audition or appointment with the industry rep? How did that writer, speaker, designer, or cartoonist come from out of nowhere to suddenly being everywhere? How did that contestant impress the judges and manage to stand out from thousands of hopefuls to secure a spot on The Voice, American Idol, or America’s Got Talent? Why were they picked? Are they well connected or just lucky? They might obviously be much more talented than…
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    Creativity 101

  • What Does Creativity Mean to You – Neil Patel?

    4 Mar 2015 | 7:57 am
    Neil Patel, entrepreneur, marketer and blogger; is co-founder of Crazy Egg, Kissmetrics and Quick Sprout. In 2009 Neil was named as one of the top influencers on the web by The Wall Street Journal. He was recognized as a top 100 entrepreneur under the age of 30 by President Obama and one of the top 100 entrepreneurs under the age of 35 by the United Nations. Neil is based in Seattle. What does creativity mean to you? Creativity to me means thinking outside of the box. You don’t have to follow the norm and do things the way everyone else has done them. Being creative is a beautiful thing as…
  • What’s Your Why?

    2 Jan 2015 | 2:15 am
    When I work on a website, content or online branding project, my starting point is always to ask, why? To find out the essence of why the brand I am working on exists. This is the foundation for their brand message which then informs the design, the website and all their marketing material. I help them define and project the right message. Why? is emotive and taps into passion, which is the key to it being so powerful. Nothing moves mountains more than passion. ‘Me too’ and ‘vanilla’ brands are easily replicated and easily forgotten, but a brand based on passion…
  • Side Projects Save Your Soul

    20 Dec 2014 | 2:06 am
    The worst client I ever had pushed me to the limits of sanity. I’m not proud to say that I did reach a point where I was avoiding their phone calls. A cheap client who wanted everything for nothing and project creep was out of control. I reached a point where I just wanted to get the job finished, get the guy out of my hair and write it off as a bad experience, but it felt like it would never end. I found the client so demanding, difficult to work with and the project so soul destroying that I stopped building sites for clients for a few years after that. I have been through several…
  • Eating Apples Is The Secret To Success

    10 Dec 2014 | 2:00 am
    Agatha Christie preferred to work in a large Victorian bath whilst eating apples. Benjamin Franklin would work naked for an hour every morning. Dame Edith Sitwell would lie down in a coffin finding inspiration in the claustrophobic and restrictive space. Does this mean we should emulate the greats and lie naked in a coffin and eat apples? Are eating apples really the secret to what made Agatha so productive, creative and successful? Human beings by their nature are essentially lazy; seeking short-cuts, easy solutions and full instruction manuals. That’s why our facebook feeds are…
  • In-Depth Guide To Creating Personas & Why They Help Produce Better Content

    2 Dec 2014 | 6:42 am
    Jane Walker is 34 and lives in Manchester with her boyfriend of 5 years. They have a city centre apartment and one car. She works in a designer clothing store as a manager and loves the perks of discounted clothing. Her parents live an hour’s drive away and she sees them on average every two weeks. She has one sister who lives and works in London, but they are not very close. Jane works from 9.30am till 6pm and has to work every Saturday. She goes to the gym three evenings a week and meets her girlfriends for a drink every Friday night. Jane is internet savvy and uses email, facebook and…
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    Creativity For Life

  • 5 Ideas For Developing A Creative Outlet

    4 Mar 2015 | 1:00 am
    Do you ever feel stressed, overwhelmed, or boxed in? Developing a creative outlet is a great way to break up the monotony of your daily routines, release frustration, or find more peace in your life. In your search for your creative spark, you may discover talents you didn’t realize you possessed, new activities that bring […] The post 5 Ideas For Developing A Creative Outlet appeared first on Creativity For Life.
  • Be The Voice, Not The Echo

    2 Mar 2015 | 1:00 am
    Be The Voice, Not The Echo    The post Be The Voice, Not The Echo appeared first on Creativity For Life.
  • The Art Of Innovation (Video)

    27 Feb 2015 | 1:00 am
    Guy Kawasaki at TEDxBerkeley 2014: “Rethink. Redefine. Recreate.” His talk is titled “The Art of Innovation.” Guy Kawasaki is a special advisor to the Motorola business unit of Google. He is also the author of APE, What the Plus!, Enchantment, and nine other books. Previously, he was the chief evangelist of Apple. Kawasaki has a […] The post The Art Of Innovation (Video) appeared first on Creativity For Life.
  • Concept Combination For Creative Problem Solving

    25 Feb 2015 | 1:00 am
    Of all the creative problem solving techniques used for innovation, the one that is the most fun is concept-combination. There are many creative problem solving techniques used by inventors to come up with new solutions to old problems. For sheer innovation, though, it’s hard to beat the technique of concept-combination. Just start combining ideas and […] The post Concept Combination For Creative Problem Solving appeared first on Creativity For Life.
  • Those Who Do Most, Dream Most

    23 Feb 2015 | 1:45 am
    “It may be that those who do most, dream most.” – Stephen Butler Leacock    The post Those Who Do Most, Dream Most appeared first on Creativity For Life.
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    THE CREATIVE HOME - Creative Home Reader

  • Artist Blocks You Can Play With

    Donald Rattner
    4 Mar 2015 | 4:55 pm
    The artist Lawrence Weiner (b. 1942) is recognized as a sculptor of language who stacks and builds words rendered in a bold typography to amplify the emotional heft of phrases presented in isolation. These blocks, like Weiner’s body of work, were driven by the joy of language and the possibility of its diverse interpretations. When arranged or stacked, the blocks create variations on an equation that presents a visual deconstruction of the X and Y chromosomes, which assign gender through the combinations XX (female), and XY (male). Weiner's work in included in the collection of New…
  • Why Great Ideas Come in the Shower

    Donald Rattner
    1 Mar 2015 | 5:30 pm
    It's happened to all of us—you're in the shower and inspiration strikes. You struggle to remember when you get out. Sometimes you're successful, other times, maybe not—but why is the shower such a prime place for inspiration? Let's take a look, and see how you can harness that brilliance other times, too. It wouldn't be an understatement if I said that many of my best article ideas came in the shower, and I know the same is true for many of my colleagues. We all deal with that in different ways (and we'll get to some of those methods later) but first, let's look into why inspiration seems…
  • All of a Piece Modular Tableware

    Donald Rattner
    26 Feb 2015 | 12:44 am
    Problem: How do you launch a large collection of tabletop accessories without the high cost of producing a lot of new pieces, many of which customers would be unlikely to buy anyway because of the aggregate price and cumbersome storage requirements? Solution: A modular tableware system called All of a Piece. A collaboration of Earnest Studio and Dana Cannam Design, All of a Piece is an ingenious and flexible system of modular components that connect in different configurations to serve a variety of tabletop functions. The components consist of a flat tray, shallow bowl, candle holder…
  • Donald Rattner Speaks!

    Donald Rattner
    22 Feb 2015 | 6:41 pm
    Greetings! I invite you to come to a talk on creativity I'll be giving at two locations in March. Information about the events is below. No reservations needed, but you're welcome to contact me if you have any questions or comments. Hope to see you there! "Creativity in Residence: Turning Home Into an Incubator of Innovation” A great deal of research has been done on the impact our physical environment has on our ability to think creatively, yet nearly all of it has been focused on the workplace, on commercial spaces such as stores and hotels, and on schools. What has been largely…
  • Meccano: DIY Erector Set Furniture For Grownups

    Donald Rattner
    18 Feb 2015 | 5:13 pm
    Building IKEA furniture is like playing with an Erector Set that gives you splinters, is missing a random assortment of parts, and can break you and your girlfriend up. Building Meccano Home furniture, on the other hand, is what Erector Set furniture should have been all along: bright, colorful, and reconfigurable. This makes sense, since Meccano was responsible for the Erector Set in the first place. Made in France, Meccano is a brand of children's toys made up of modular metal strips, plates, wheels, and gears that you connect together with nuts and bolts. Meccano Home is a more grown up…
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  • Easy To Perform Exercises To Keep Yourself Fit And Healthy

    The Writer
    5 Mar 2015 | 11:14 am
    Do each move for about eight to twelve repetitions. Do not lock your arms or legs, and make sure to keep your abdominals sucked in tight. Don’t forget to breathe: exhale when you’re exerting the most force (either pushing or pulling); inhale when gravity is doing the work to return to starting position. Especially at the beginning, choose a weight that’s light enough, and use that until you can do twelve repetitions with no problem. How do you know when you’re ready to add weight? If you can do an exercise more than twelve times without feeling fatigued in the muscle area…
  • Ignoring Resistance Training Is Ignoring Your Health (Fitness Tips)

    The Writer
    5 Mar 2015 | 10:48 am
    If you look at the course of history, the physical fitness trends are merely a blip on the timeline. Your ancestors got their physical activity simply by living—whether it was through farming, or walking into town, or running from lions, or doing any number of things they had to do in the preautomobile ages. In the last four or five decades, we’ve witnessed repeated generations of fitness crazes packed into just a few years. What’s in and what’s out has all changed quite a bit. There was a time, for instance, when people thought that training with dumbbells or barbells should be…
  • Walking Can Help You Lose Weight And Stay Slim

    The Writer
    5 Mar 2015 | 10:22 am
    One of the most memorable families I have ever worked with was a group of three women from three generations: the daughter, the mother, and the grandmother. They all had health problems, including obesity and diabetes. As part of my work as the Enforcer for The Dr. Oz Show, I met with them to talk about strategies that could help the three women reverse their conditions. Obviously, one of my prescriptions was to take ten thousand steps a day. The problem was that Grandma was in a wheelchair. She was obese, had diabetes as well as arthritis, and the only time she ever walked was when she…
  • How To Pick The Perfect Partner For Your Weight-loss Journey

    The Writer
    5 Mar 2015 | 7:10 am
    Carol started her weight-loss journey in September 2011. Her husband had tried to lose weight many times—losing 20 to 30 pounds, but then quickly gaining it back. He topped out at 293 pounds and had kidney stones once a month, on average. At one point, he was put on a restricted diet of just 1,200 calories a day, and yet he gained 3 pounds in two weeks. (Good lesson there: don’t restrict calories too much, or else you’ll teach your body to want to store fat because it senses you’re not getting enough!) Once he met with a nutritionist (his buddy at that point) and changed his…
  • 7 Things You Need to Know About Nature’s Best Medicine

    The Writer
    5 Mar 2015 | 6:23 am
    Today’s health care landscape is full of amazing developments that can heal your wounds, fix your problems, and make you healthier with tools crazier than we once could have imagined: robotic arms to perform surgery; chips that categorize your genes; phones that can take your pulse or record how well you slept; pills that lower your lousy cholesterol, quiet your aches, and improve your sex life. We live in a time when the possibilities for efficiently and effectively preventing and treating health problems are as endless as an infinity pool. I have little doubt that decades from now,…
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  • Tasty Feature: Angie Leah

    13 Feb 2015 | 9:05 am
    Angie Leah shot by Tiffanie Lee In the early stages of my career, Tiffanie Lee helped me out a lot. She did everything from make-up, styling, assisting, and even 2nd camera work. After about two years of working together, I left San Jose to challenge myself in New York. Since I moved to the east […]
  • Mother Africa

    12 Feb 2015 | 7:23 am
      This work was inspired by my personal perception and understanding of the beauty of black women, the sound of music and the season of Fall. Through creating this I feel the oneness that exists between nature and the soul. My belief is that we only need to look hard enough to reach the inevitable […]
  • Be a successful teacher: acquire respect

    11 Feb 2015 | 1:51 pm
    Think back to your time in high school. Think back to a teacher you had that you genuinely respected and admired – that had an input into the person you are today. If you can remember more then 2-3 then you are a very lucky individual. Good teachers are as rare as gold and here’s […]
  • How Do You Connect?

    10 Feb 2015 | 8:48 pm
      “CONNECTIONS ARE ONE THING, BUT BEING ABLE TO BUILD ORGANIC, NATURAL RELATIONSHIPS THAT AREN’T FORCED, THAT’S WHERE REAL COLLABORATIONS COME FROM.” -ANITA HERRERA Connections. What comes to mind when you hear that? Connecting to things and people is an innate ability that is embedded in our our day to day culture, and that manifests […]
  • Book Review: Rich Dad Poor Dad

    9 Feb 2015 | 1:27 pm
    I’m not going to lie, this book kind of scared the shit out of me about the future of my wealth. Since I’ve read this book I’ve actually consulted with 4 accountants , read another book about investments & stocks, and have talked to a CEO of a financial planning social media startup that targets young […]
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  • Conversation On Creativity With George Bordeanu

    Wazir Rohiman
    24 Feb 2015 | 7:35 am
    Georges Bordeanu is an incredible illustrator from Romania. He is currently a Lead Artist at Ubisoft Bucharest. But he also has an amazing collection of personal work that are exceptionally composed, ordered and illustrated. His mastery of the geometric form, color, contrast and simplicity make his artworks alluring. He shares with us his Creativity and his Creative process. Wazir Rohiman: When did you become aware of your Creative Potential? George Bordeanu: I could start from the beginning: I was born in 1983 in Bucharest, Romania. I went to the Art Highschool and then I graduated at the…
  • How To Be A Better Risk-Taker To Be More Creative

    Wazir Rohiman
    18 Feb 2015 | 10:21 pm
    In a past not so far away, risk-taking has always been associated to those who live life carelessly and frivolously. Then the creative and entrepreneurial spirit spread across the world like a wildfire. Entrepreneurs and creative individuals who thrive to bring change to this world were soon tagged as the new risk-takers. This incredible paradigm shift, where risk-taking went from cause of disaster to creativity’s driving force, is due to massive results achieved by creators, makers and innovators in multiple industries. Who doesn’t get inspired by stories of college drop-outs risking…
  • Conversation with Kasey-Leigh Davies on Creativity

    Wazir Rohiman
    11 Feb 2015 | 8:34 am
    Kasey-Leigh Davies is an energetic and highly enthusiastic Young Creative from South Africa. She is currently an Honors student at the Michaelis School of Fine Art, UCT. While she is majoring in Photography, she keeps on exploring her Creative abilities by producing work in the field of Advertising, Marketing and even Product Design on a freelance basis. Kasey-Leigh explains to us what Creativity means to her and how she forged her creative instincts while growing up on a scenic farm in South Africa. Wazir Rohiman: When did you discover your creative abilities? Kasey-Leigh Davies: Ironically…
  • 7 Habits of Highly Creative Individuals

    Wazir Rohiman
    9 Feb 2015 | 8:25 am
    I have been in the field of design for almost a decade. My fascination for people with a highly creative intellect somewhat turned into a fixation. I started observing their every actions. Attempting to spot patterns in their habits. Similarly, I have also been surrounded by so many people that constantly tell me they are not creative enough. As it turns out, individuals who never saw themselves as creatives did not have the same approach to creativity in life as those who really live up to their creative potential. If you are among those who believe that you are not as creative as those who…
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