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  • Discovering the Purpose of Your Life: 4 Exercises

    Creativity
    Robert Taibbi, L.C.S.W.
    19 Apr 2014 | 3:10 pm
    Life without purpose...sucks. Four exercises to help you uncover yours.read more
  • Steal ideas like Cleopatra

    Get Fresh Minds
    Katie Konrath
    10 Apr 2014 | 8:02 pm
    She was last Pharaoh of ancient Egypt. Brilliant and charismatic, she ruled over the great city of Alexandria and spoke 7 languages. And she stole ideas. After Julius Caesar’s assassination, Cleopatra struggled against the politics of a divided Rome. So when the powerful general Mark Antony summoned Cleopatra to explain her loyalties, the Egyptian ruler pulled out all the stops. Arriving in a treasure barge rowed by silver oars, Cleopatra dazzled in expensive silks and wore the biggest pearls ever discovered in her ears. She threw lavish banquets for Antony and his friends, all in the…
  • Shifting demographics drive changes in your business

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

    Creativity Tech
    Gordon Platt
    7 Apr 2014 | 7:47 am
    Classic Tetris (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Philadephia’s ‘Tech Week‘ started its fun and games over the weekend; literally, in fact, with a high rise game of Tetris played on the side of the city’s Cira Center. The city’s 29-story tower, which stands 437 feet tall, hosted an impressively grand tournament of the classic video game for hundreds of fans attending the nine day event. Take a look at the video below to watch some hardy gamers braving the cold night to patiently wait for those long thin pieces that make all the difference! The game was certainly a…
  • How To Incentivize Something That’s Hard To Incentivize

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    Naomi Dunford
    10 Apr 2014 | 9:27 am
    File this one in the “When six students ask the same question in the same month, it’s probably a good idea to write a post about the answer” department. So, let’s talk about incentivization, which my spell check tells me isn’t a word, but is a hell of a lot more elegant than “sweetening the pot so more people will buy the stuff you’re shilling”. Some products are ridiculously easy to incentivize. Digital products tend to be the stock example. Giving a 25% price cut on a digital download is generally straightforward, because there’s nothing physical going out that’s going…
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  • How a Smile Saved Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s Life: A Soul-Lifting Meditation on Our Shared Humanity

    Maria Popova
    18 Apr 2014 | 1:00 am
    “Care granted to the sick, welcome offered to the banished, forgiveness itself are worth nothing without a smile enlightening the deed.” Though researchers since Darwin may have spent considerable effort on the science of smiles, at the heart of that simple human expression remains a metaphysical art — one captured nowhere more beautifully and grippingly than in a short account by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, found in Letter to a Hostage (public library) — the same exquisite short memoir he began writing in December of 1940, a little more than two years before he created…
  • Mr. Bliss: Tolkien’s Little-Known Children’s Book for His Own Kids, Lovingly Handwritten and Illustrated by the Author Himself

    Maria Popova
    18 Apr 2014 | 12:30 am
    “‘What color?’ said Mr. Binks. ‘Bright yellow,’ said Mr. Bliss, ‘inside and out.’” J.R.R. Tolkien firmly believed that there is no such thing as writing “for children” and yet, unbeknownst to most, he joined the ranks of famous authors of literature for grown-ups who wrote little-known children’s books — including Mark Twain, Maya Angelou, James Joyce, Aldous Huxley, Virginia Woolf, and Gertrude Stein — and actually penned a book specifically for kids. He wrote Mr. Bliss (public library) for his own two children…
  • Hope Is a Girl Selling Fruit

    Maria Popova
    18 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    A beautiful illustrated celebration of women’s journey toward creative freedom and mobility. Amid a children’s book ecosystem marked by a lamentable lack of ethnic diversity and gobsmacking presence of female protagonists in only 31% of books, here comes Hope Is a Girl Selling Fruit (public library) — a heartening antidote from the young artist-storyteller Amrita Das and Tara Books, the remarkable Indian independent publisher who for the past two decades has been giving voice to marginalized storytelling through a commune of artists, writers, and designers collaborating on…
  • If This Isn’t Nice, What Is? Kurt Vonnegut’s Advice to the Young on Kindness, Computers, Community, and the Power of Great Teachers

    Maria Popova
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    “Teaching, may I say, is the noblest profession of all in a democracy.” Kurt Vonnegut was a man of discipline, a champion of literary style, a kind of modern sage and poetic shaman of happiness, and one wise dad. After the publication of his now-legendary 1969 satirical novel Slaughterhouse-Five, Vonnegut added another point of excellence to his résumé: He became one of the country’s most celebrated and sought-after commencement speakers, and like other masters of the genre — including Neil Gaiman, David Foster Wallace, Debbie Millman, Anna Quindlen, Bill Watterson,…
  • I Can Fly: A Heartening Vintage Gem by Ruth Krauss, with Illustrations by Celebrated Disney Artist Mary Blair

    Maria Popova
    17 Apr 2014 | 1:30 am
    Simple verses with a thoughtful message. Ruth Krauss (July 25, 1901–July 10, 1993) is one of the most inspired and imaginative children’s storytellers of the twentieth century. Under the great Ursula Nordstrom‘s wing — who had a special gift for nurturing young talent — Krauss went on to write nearly fifty books, including two tender collaborations with young Maurice Sendak. Among her loveliest is I Can Fly (public library), originally published in 1951 as part of the beloved Little Golden Book series. A seemingly simple, wonderfully uplifting rhyme by Krauss,…
 
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  • Neil Blumenthal: 3 Lessons Learned From Building Warby Parker

    behanceteam
    18 Apr 2014 | 10:51 am
    About this presentation Warby Parker started, like most businesses, with frustration. Co-CEO Neil Blumenthal and his co-founders found purchasing glasses extremely tedious and unnecessarily expensive. So, they created their own solution.  But what were the actual steps the team took to take Warby Parker from an idea to business? Blumenthal shares how Warby Parker started by dramatically simplifying their message to focus on fashion first, price second, and social mission third. They then ”shouted the idea from the rooftops” to get as much input as possible. Next, they took a…
  • Top Weekend Reads: The New Skills Required to Nab Top Jobs

    behanceteam
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:22 am
    Designed by Yazmin Alanis for the Noun Project As we do every Friday, we’ve collected our most-shared Twitter links for your weekend reading pleasure. From around the web: Help! We need your votes to reach #1 business blog in The Webby Awards. The skills required for nabbing those top jobs are changing quickly. How to small talk and break the ice: Ask for stories, not answers.  5 (free!) apps to help you deal with an overflowing, out-of-control inbox. From 99U: The Art of the Done List: Harnessing the Power of Progress Run Your Meeting Like a Boss: Lessons from Mayer, Musk, and Jobs  The…
  • Fight Productivity Paralysis With the 2-Minute Rule

    behanceteam
    18 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Hour Glass designed by Bohdan Burmich from the Noun Project   The feeling that you get from crossing things off your to-do list can be addicting. It’s easy to get caught in the trap of adding absolutely everything to your system, including things that can be done in two minutes or less. With enough small and insignificant tasks, you can clog your system and lose considerable time and focus. And if you overwhelm your system enough, you might even paralyze your productivity completely. Management consultant and author of Getting Things Done, David Allen, has a two-minute rule that can…
  • Are You in Motion or Are You Taking Action?

    behanceteam
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Motion designed by Nick Abrams from the Noun Project. When dealing with clients and working with teams, it’s not uncommon to hear the phrase “get the ball rolling” when describing project progress. But are the phone calls, emails and scheduling of meetings actually considered work? A costly mistake for many is confusing the idea of being in motion with simply taking action. Our real job, theaction, should be to produce the actual deliverable. While motion and action might sound similar, they’re not the same. In a recent blog post, entrepreneur and travel photographer James Clear…
  • The Difference Between Projects and Processes

    behanceteam
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:55 am
    Designed by Kevin Laity for the Noun Project Starting a new project is an exciting experience that often requires new ways of thinking. However, when faced with multiple competing deadlines, we can be quick to treat a project like a process for the sake of efficiency. This could prove to be detrimental not only to the new project, but to existing processes and worse – to the overall growth of an enterprise. In Startup Leadership, author and professor Derek Lidow shares the dangers of confusing projects with processes: Confusion between projects and process stifles growth and destroys…
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    Creative Something

  • "To have more creative ideas we need to evaluate not the color of the room or the size of our..."

    18 Apr 2014 | 11:33 am
    “To have more creative ideas we need to evaluate not the color of the room or the size of our notebook, but instead whether or not we got a full night of sleep, what motivation we’re dealing with, our level of interest and curiosity, our ability to tinker and experiment…” - What really matters for having ideas and why the color of your room doesn’t matter
  • "Ideas aren’t to be trusted. They need to be wrung dry, ripped apart…to do our job properly, we..."

    17 Apr 2014 | 8:53 am
    “Ideas aren’t to be trusted. They need to be wrung dry, ripped apart…to do our job properly, we must disassemble our promising ideas and make them into something better.” - Letter to a junior designer but sound advice for any creative field.
  • New poster on sale today only

    17 Apr 2014 | 7:10 am
    Be More Curious is a new poster to inspire you daily. It’s on sale today only for 20% off! A collaboration between Creative Something and Startup Vitamins, this is a great way to remind yourself of one of the crucial aspects of creativity. Get it (framed or unframed) right here.
  • "There are three basic factors that help turn creative thinking into a habit: opportunities to engage..."

    16 Apr 2014 | 2:10 pm
    “There are three basic factors that help turn creative thinking into a habit: opportunities to engage in it, encouragement to go after such opportunities, and rewards for doing so.” - How to turn creativity into a habit
  • When can you call yourself creative?

    16 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    Calling yourself “creative” is certainly a popular thing to do. Creativity is – after-all – a much-needed resource. But when everyone believes they’re creative, the word becomes diluted. Confusion sets in. What does it truly mean to be creative? Is it enough to be a designer or musician? If I pickup a marker and write some fancy words, will that make more a creative? Is the man who doodles sketches in his notebook during boring meetings more or less creative than the team of engineers who produce revolutionary rechargeable car batteries? Whose to say? Ultimately being…
 
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    Creativity

  • With an Easter Basket or Flower Pot, Start Growing Gratitude

    Rita Watson
    20 Apr 2014 | 2:53 pm
    Whenever you begin to feel joy slipping through your fingers, reach into your gratitude basket or flower pot to remind yourself to be grateful.read more
  • Build Your Child’s Divergence

    Dr. Judy Willis, M.D., M.Ed.
    19 Apr 2014 | 3:27 pm
    In today’s global technology-based economy the best universities and employers are looking for applicants with the capacity for divergent thinking and actions. This includes the ability to look beyond a specified point of attention and perceive associated or unexpected sensory input that may reveal more then would be perceived if attention is limited to a specific goal. read more
  • Discovering the Purpose of Your Life: 4 Exercises

    Robert Taibbi, L.C.S.W.
    19 Apr 2014 | 3:10 pm
    Life without purpose...sucks. Four exercises to help you uncover yours.read more
  • A Cartoon Maestro Talks Comedy

    Mark Peters
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:53 am
    I interview New Yorker cartoonist Drew Dernavich.read more
  • A Murder of Pros

    Katherine Ramsland
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:18 am
    Digital publishing has provided a forum for more creativity in the marketplace than ever before. RJ Parker has published the first anthology devoted entirely to true tales of serial murder, as told by five bestselling authors.read more
 
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    Creative Every Day

  • Creative Every Day Check-In: April 21 – 27

    Leah
    20 Apr 2014 | 7:01 pm
    This weekly check-in post is a place for Creative Every Day Challenge participants to share their creative activities. I've been up to some holiday crafting in the last week and I'll be sharing pictures this week!  Join in the Challenge: You can sign-up for the 2014 Challenge here! Ways to share: Once you've signed up, you can leave a comment on this post and/or use the "Mr. Linky" widget below to link to a blog post(s) or flickr image of your creative activities during the days of 4/21/14 - 4/27/14.  The widget below is an optional method of sharing your…
  • Creative Every Day Check-In: April 14- 20

    Leah
    13 Apr 2014 | 9:01 pm
    This weekly check-in post is a place for Creative Every Day Challenge participants to share their creative activities. I've been up to some holiday crafting in the last week and I'll be sharing pictures this week!  Join in the Challenge: You can sign-up for the 2014 Challenge here! Ways to share: Once you've signed up, you can leave a comment on this post and/or use the "Mr. Linky" widget below to link to a blog post(s) or flickr image of your creative activities during the days of 4/14/14 - 4/20/14.  The widget below is an optional method of sharing your…
  • Creative Every Day Check-In: April 7 – 13

    Leah
    6 Apr 2014 | 8:08 pm
    This weekly check-in post is a place for Creative Every Day Challenge participants to share their creative activities. I've been up to some holiday crafting in the last week and I'll be sharing pictures this week!  Join in the Challenge: You can sign-up for the 2014 Challenge here! Ways to share: Once you've signed up, you can leave a comment on this post and/or use the "Mr. Linky" widget below to link to a blog post(s) or flickr image of your creative activities during the days of 4/7/14 - 4/13/14.  The widget below is an optional method of sharing your…
  • Creative Every Day Theme for April: Spring

    Leah
    1 Apr 2014 | 4:06 pm
    At the end of each month I will announce the totally optional theme for the following month. For the month of April 2014, the theme will be Spring. After this winter, I think an infusion of Spring is needed, straight away! As always, this month's theme for the Creative Every Day Challenge is totally optional. Use it if it inspires you, continue being creative every day in your own way if it doesn't, or do something in between. You can sign up for the 2014 Creative Every Day Challenge anytime. More info can be found here and the sign-up page is here. I'll be posting about the…
  • Creative Every Day Check-In: March 31 – April 6

    Leah
    30 Mar 2014 | 10:01 pm
    This weekly check-in post is a place for Creative Every Day Challenge participants to share their creative activities. I've been up to some holiday crafting in the last week and I'll be sharing pictures this week!  Join in the Challenge: You can sign-up for the 2014 Challenge here! Ways to share: Once you've signed up, you can leave a comment on this post and/or use the "Mr. Linky" widget below to link to a blog post(s) or flickr image of your creative activities during the days of 3/31/14 - 4/6/14.  The widget below is an optional method of sharing your…
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    The Art of Non-Conformity

  • The Worst Thing That Can Happen Rarely Does

    Chris Guillebeau
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:18 am
    Somewhere in my journey I learned an important lesson: whatever your location, you can choose to be at peace or you can choose to be anxious. I remember shivering in a tent in Zimbabwe, feeling miserable yet still excited about the adventure. I was on my own in a new part of the world, and I felt like a conquering (though cold) warrior. Taking the subway in Cairo during the hottest time of the year was disorienting and slightly scary, but I felt a surge of pride as I successfully navigated myself to the Pyramids. Small victories! Other times, I remember getting upset about inconsequential…
  • Consider the Dominoes

    Chris Guillebeau
    14 Apr 2014 | 5:05 am
    It’s not that you’re too busy, or that you’re doing too much. You’re known for taking on challenges and doing the impossible. You know your metrics. You take pride in your deadlines. You’ve built your name on striving, and you don’t like to let people down. You rise with the dawn, fortified by coffee and Greek yogurt. You work until mid-evening, looking forward to the occasional Knob Creek manhattan before returning to make just a little more progress on your goals. No, “getting shit done” isn’t your problem. You are the master of GSD.
  • A Quiet Dinner on the Beach By Yourself

    Chris Guillebeau
    10 Apr 2014 | 1:18 pm
    Last year for my birthday I went to Norway with 200 of my closest friends. Fun times! This year I went to Bali… by myself. It was a very different experience, but also good. Being alone is good for you—or at least, it’s good for me. I needed some time away to reflect and recharge. I don’t have 36 lessons for turning 36. (Those posts are easier to write when you’re 25, I think—though I did try one a couple years ago.) But even without the 36 lessons, I’m excited about the future. Pioneer Nation was great. As much work as it is to put on a big event, once it begins I’m…
  • The Magic Happens Backstage

    Chris
    7 Apr 2014 | 8:02 am
    Ten days ago we produced Pioneer Nation, our new event for independent entrepreneurs. I was worn out afterwards, as is usually the case after such an endeavor, and headed to Southeast Asia for a few days of alone time. As I said in the short recap, it was a fantastic experience. I was tremendously proud of our team. In fact, that was my overriding thought as I boarded the Cathay flight to Hong Kong and beyond: Look at all these great people! They give so much. The backstage work supports the front-and-center work. Anyone who works backstage will tell you that much. They’re not there to be…
  • Pioneer Nation: We Did It!

    Chris Guillebeau
    3 Apr 2014 | 5:03 am
    One week ago we kicked off our inaugural event for solopreneurs, Pioneer Nation. Here’s a very short recap of how it went. You can see hundreds of other photos on my Flickr stream, and also check out a number of blog posts written by attendees (linked at the bottom of this post). We did it! It was a grand success, in large part because of the team who put it together and the attendees who traveled far and wide to come. We spent months planning everything about this event: designing mugs, planning workshops, recruiting speakers that we knew could bring it. And inviting you. As people…
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  • The Genesis Of The gapingvoid Business Model

    Hugh MacLeod
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:58 am
    1. THE VALUE CURVE For those of you new to gapingvoid, I thought I’d tell you what the gapingvoid business model is all about, from my own unique perspective. My background is advertising. I often noticed while working on Madison Avenue that the problems clients were asking us to solve weren’t really going to do much good, even if our agency was doing a stellar job. What’s the use of doing an award-winning, attention-grabbing Super Bowl ad…if the product actually kinda sucks and nobody really likes it? [That happened a lot during the DotCom bubble, as we all know.] And why was the…
  • The Antidote Economy: “Authentic” living needs lots of “fake” people in order to pay for it.

    Hugh MacLeod
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:48 pm
    [Orignally posted at The Marfa Project etc.] This cartoon represents the great #firstworldproblem of our age. We’re all just trying to do too much, and it’s wearing us out. In a this *brave* new world of stimulus oversupply, we’re starting to see potential antidotes popping up everywhere, that besides providing gainful employment to our friends the hipsters, is becoming an increasingly important coping mechanism and necessary part of the overall economy. I call it “The Antidote Economy”. Bed & breakfast weekends in Vermont, Zen meditation retreats in New Mexico,…
  • An e-mail to cartoonist, Austin Kleon

    Hugh MacLeod
    16 Apr 2014 | 3:28 pm
    Dear Austin, I’m graduating from college next year, so after seeing your book mentioned online (I haven’t bought it yet, but I really am thinking about it), I thought I’d ask you some questions: 1. What kind of pen do you use? What kind of ink? What kind of pencil? What kind of paper? What kind of eraser? What kind of computer software? If I can’t afford that kind of software, what other software packages would you recommend? What books should I check out so that I can teach myself to draw professionally? 2. Can you introduce me to you publisher and/or agent? A book…
  • “Secular Prayers”: What ancient Japanese scrolls and motivational posters have in common

    Hugh MacLeod
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:07 am
    [© National Gallery of Victoria] Using old Japanese “Zen” scrolls as an example, The Philosopher’s Mail inadvertently does a fabulous job of explaining the philosophy behind motivational posters: By making words physically beautiful – through the elegance of the script and the soothing texture and proportions of the paper – a Zen scroll becomes a piece of decoration that helps wisdom become a part of us. The world isn’t short of wisdom: it’s short of inventive techniques for making the wisdom we do have more prominent, and more readily available to us at moments of…
  • The Internet has made geography irrelevant? Since when?

    Hugh MacLeod
    15 Apr 2014 | 8:35 am
    Back in the 1990’s, “The Internet has made geography irrelevant” meme became huge amongst the cool kids. Fast forward a decade or two, and here we’re finding a different meme altogether i.e. that geography is more relavant than ever, *actually*. Especially in places like San Francisco, where a lot of the aforementioned Internet stuff is created and the cool kids call home. What’s up with that? To find out answers, maybe you should check out a little Asian town called Edirne. Close to the Greek border, Edirne is a small Turkish city (population: 141,000), that most of y’all reading…
 
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  • Why People Still Suck, No Matter How Hard They “Try”

    Naomi Dunford
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:52 am
    If you are following the rules of the Internet Marketing Cool Kid, you have doubtless read Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers. Alternatively, you have purchased Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers, and have read enough blog posts and articles about the anecdotes therein that you feel you may as well have read it, even if you have not. For those of you who have not read the book or the anecdotes from other people who have read the book, I’ll give you a brief executive summary: Some people are freakishly good. Now that your executive summary is out of the way, I’ll expand. Some people…
  • Should You Take The Money? (Dave’s Answer)

    Naomi Dunford
    16 Apr 2014 | 10:05 am
    Welcome to part two!  Yesterday, Naomi answered a question from a student taking the Emergency Turnaround Clinic.  Today, Dave gives his answer to the same question. “Hi Ninjas, I’m just a few days in and the Emergency Turnaround Clinic is already working. It’s only Thursday morning of the first week, and I am already feeling a shift. I took a leap of faith and decided to follow in your footsteps with pay what you can. So, Monday, I slapped up a post offering my creativity consulting services for whatever people can afford through the end of April. I also decided to offer…
  • Should You Take The Money? (Naomi’s Answer)

    Naomi Dunford
    15 Apr 2014 | 12:10 am
    “Hi Ninjas, I’m just a few days in and the Emergency Turnaround Clinic is already working. It’s only Thursday morning of the first week, and I am already feeling a shift. I took a leap of faith and decided to follow in your footsteps with pay what you can. So, Monday, I slapped up a post offering my creativity consulting services for whatever people can afford through the end of April. I also decided to offer a giveaway for three free sessions, winners drawn at random, for anyone who shared the post on social media and left a comment. And… crickets. So I asked several…
  • How To Incentivize Something That’s Hard To Incentivize

    Naomi Dunford
    10 Apr 2014 | 9:27 am
    File this one in the “When six students ask the same question in the same month, it’s probably a good idea to write a post about the answer” department. So, let’s talk about incentivization, which my spell check tells me isn’t a word, but is a hell of a lot more elegant than “sweetening the pot so more people will buy the stuff you’re shilling”. Some products are ridiculously easy to incentivize. Digital products tend to be the stock example. Giving a 25% price cut on a digital download is generally straightforward, because there’s nothing physical going out that’s going…
  • Jack, aged 7.5, on practice and perfection

    Naomi Dunford
    31 Mar 2014 | 7:18 am
    “You know the saying “practice makes perfect”? I think it’s possible. I think it’s possible to practice so much that you’re perfect. But I think it would be a lot more right to say that practice might make perfect but it probably just makes you a lot better than you are now. Which is still good. It’s just not perfect. Like, it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t practice. But you shouldn’t practice thinking you’re going to get perfect, because you’re probably not. And that would just be really disappointing. (And if you’re…
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  • Mini Saga #134 – In a Fix

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

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

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

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

    thinksulting@gmail.com (Rajesh Setty)
    11 Feb 2014 | 6:29 pm
    Teaching is one of those evergreen triple-win opportunities. You rarely go wrong with it when you do it well. Think about it: If you teach something well, whatever you are teaching becomes clear in your own mind and you will become better at it. On the other hand, the people you are teaching to will learn something and they will grow. There is an additional bonus:  Teaching is a valuable gift and when you engage in teaching with genuine care, more often than not it will activate the power of reciprocation in the other person. When used right, it becomes your secret to high-leverage. Let’s…
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  • The Undiscovered Country

    Richard Fernandez
    20 Apr 2014 | 6:21 pm
    The Daily Telegraph reports this Easter week that China is on course to become the country with the largest number of Christians in the world. “The number of Christians in Communist China is growing so steadily that it by 2030 it could have more churchgoers than America.” The new spread of Christianity has the Communist Party scratching its head. … Yet others within China’s leadership worry about how the religious landscape might shape its political future, and its possible impact on the Communist Party’s grip on power, despite the clause in the country’s…
  • Getting It

    Richard Fernandez
    19 Apr 2014 | 4:30 pm
    One of the most powerful political weapons in the world today was — is —  self-hostaging.  A party threatens to harm itself unless demands are granted. “Then it will be your fault.” This tactic was on full display in the Middle East. BREAKING: Palestinians Threaten to Dismantle the Palestinian Authority. Will the crisis in the Palestinian-Israeli peace negotiations soon lead to the dismantling of the Palestinian Authority? Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas gave a veiled threat stressing that he will dismantle the Palestinian Authority in his meeting with…
  • Outpost in the East

    Richard Fernandez
    18 Apr 2014 | 5:11 pm
    A Washington Post report that the US has decided to deploy ground forces to Poland, ostensibly to act as a tripwire to deter further Russian threats, raises some interesting issues. Poland and the United States will announce next week the deployment of U.S. ground forces to Poland as part of an expansion of NATO presence in Central and Eastern Europe in response to events in Ukraine. That was the word from Poland’s defense minister, Tomasz Siemoniak, who visited The Post Friday after meeting with Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel at the Pentagon on Thursday. Siemoniak said the decision has been…
  • Geneva

    Richard Fernandez
    18 Apr 2014 | 2:16 am
    The BBC reports that pro-Russian separatists are already violating the Four Party Geneva agreement before the ink is dry on the paper. Pro-Russian separatists in Donetsk say they will not leave the government building there, defying the Kiev authorities and threatening a new international deal on Ukraine. The separatists’ spokesman told the BBC that the Kiev government was “illegal”, so they would not go until the Kiev government stepped down. Russia, Ukraine, the EU and US earlier agreed that illegal military groups in Ukraine must leave official buildings. They reached the…
  • The Louder They Come, the Harder …

    Richard Fernandez
    17 Apr 2014 | 5:18 pm
    A surprise deal has been reached at the Four Party talks in Geneva, which the president touted as his diplomatic option. Nothing had been expected to come of the talks and the standoff had been predicted to continue. The Daily Telegraph reports that a decisive movement occurred instead.  ”Vladimir Putin has secured key concessions from Ukraine and its Western supporters as the Kremlin was offered a central role in determining the future of its neighbour and former client state.” In return the West gets to send observers who can watch as Russian agents relinquish their hold on…
 
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  • They’re Your Words, Choose Them

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

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

    Paul
    21 Feb 2014 | 8:41 am
    The post It’s Called A Presentation… appeared first on Idea Sandbox.
  • Great Brands Aren’t Display Cakes, They’re Real To The Core

    Paul
    29 Jan 2014 | 11:17 am
    Today Idea Sandbox is Stop #3 for the virtual book tour featuring Denise Lee Yohn’s book: What Great Brands Do: The Seven Brand-Building Principles that Separate the Best from the Rest. Before I jump into the questions I had for Denise… I want to summarize my take on the philosophy of the book… You’ve seen wedding cakes on display in the window of a bakery. Beautifully decorated, delicious-looking cakes. The baker doesn’t bake display cakes each day… they decorate hollow, plastic forms. These display cakes are an advertisement for the real thing. Serve…
  • “What Great Brands Do” Virtual Book Tour

    Paul
    28 Jan 2014 | 1:55 pm
    Today is Day 2 of the virtual book tour featuring What Great Brands Do: The Seven Brand-Building Principles that Separate the Best from the Rest by Denise Lee Yohn. Author and Customer Loyalty expert Jackie Huba kicked the tour off on Monday at her site with: Q&A with the author of new book, What Great Brands Do Tuesday (today) Phil Gerbyshak posted a great video interview with Denise. Check it out… What to know the Secret of What Great Brands Do? Here is the tour schedule for the rest of the week! Wednesday – Idea Sandbox (You are here!) Thursday – Brand Autopsy with…
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  • Video: Public Speaking for Introverted Creatives

    Mark McGuinness
    2 Apr 2014 | 8:15 am
    If you want to succeed as a creative professional, sooner or later you’re going to have to stand up in front of an audience and persuade them of the value of your work. If you’re a writer you’ll be invited to give readings and talks. If you’re an artist you’ll be asked to talk about your work at salons and exhibitions. If you’re an agency creative, you’ll have to pitch ideas to your colleagues and clients. If you’re an entrepreneur you’ll need to tell investors and potential buyers about your company and products. If you’re a…
  • Unlock Your Creativity (and Win Pitches) by Starting at the Finish Line

    Gigi Rosenberg
    21 Nov 2013 | 12:26 pm
    Image by digitalista via BigStock When I teach my workshop on ‘Fundraising for Artists,’ we play this game: I give the class an imaginary check for $10,000 and I ask an artist to come to the front of the room and describe her project. Participants have to decide if and when they’re willing to give the artist the check and if not, what questions they want answered. Suddenly, the attendees who walked into the room as unsure artists transform into savvy philanthropists with smart questions about the artist’s project and vision. This game helps both the artist see where…
  • How Interrupting Your Sleep Can Silence Your Doubts and Boost Your Creativity

    Brian Cormack Carr
    24 Oct 2013 | 7:23 am
    Are you the type of creative person who only generates ideas and solutions when you’ve had your full eight hours of shut-eye? Or perhaps you find your mind firing off with so many bright ideas that you sometimes find it hard to get to sleep? Here’s how to consciously use sleeplessness to your advantage – by tapping its power to silence your inner critic and open you up to new streams of innovative thinking. I was a student when I first came across Dorothea Brande’s book Becoming A Writer. At the time, writing loomed large in my life: I was writing essay after essay for my…
  • Why You Need to Ask More Creative Questions

    Aaron Morton
    6 Aug 2013 | 6:25 am
    I love crime dramas, especially ones where the protagonist appears to have a psychological edge over everyone else, such as The Mentalist, Sherlock and Luther. The way they look at the crime scene from a different perspective and as a result get new insights into the case that ultimately leads them to the villain. The majority of times what leads the protagonist to get fresh insight is the quality of questions they ask. When I coach my clients, I do so with the understanding that the questions I ask influences the direction of their thinking. For example, if I ask you “What will…
  • IMPORTANT: If you want to keep receiving Lateral Action…

    Mark McGuinness
    21 Jun 2013 | 6:00 am
    If you subscribe to Lateral Action via email… You can relax, there’s nothing for you to do. You’ll keep getting the latest blog posts as usual. Sorry to bother you, and have a great weekend. If you subscribe to the RSS feed… I’ve moved the Lateral Action RSS feed from Feedburner to Feedblitz, for a more reliable and better supported service. So if you’re subscribed via RSS and you want to keep receiving practical inspiration from Lateral Action, you need to subscribe to the new feed. You have two choices: Subscribe via email – the most reliable way to…
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  • How to Create a Haiku Poem

    Linda Naiman
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:56 pm
    How to Create a Haiku Poem Start with a haiku walkabout I participated in a haiku workshop... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • April is National Poetry Month

    Linda Naiman
    17 Apr 2014 | 5:03 pm
    April is National Poetry Month What is poetry good for? Good poetry causes me to pause, reflect... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Rotman on Design: The Best on Design Thinking from Rotman Magazine

    Linda Naiman
    21 Feb 2014 | 4:27 pm
    Rotman on Design: The Best on Design Thinking from Rotman Magazine  features Rotman... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • What is Creativity?

    Linda Naiman
    17 Feb 2014 | 5:43 am
    What is Creativity? Revised Feb 17, 2014 Creativity is the act of turning new and imaginative... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Our future leaders on business, innovation and their impact on society

    Linda Naiman
    14 Feb 2014 | 1:11 pm
    Our future leaders on business, innovation and their impact on society Gen Y Millennials will soon... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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    Moving at the Speed of Creativity

  • Blogs I Follow (From a Feedly OPML Export)

    Wesley Fryer
    19 Apr 2014 | 3:07 pm
    I received an email this weekend from a reader of one of my books who wanted an updated list of educational blogs I subscribe to and read. I updated my “Educational Blogs” page today with an updated linked list, and the following explanatory text: The following is a list (updated on 19 April 2014) of blogs to which I’m subscribed using Feedly. Many of these are educationally related blogs, but not all of them. I have eclectic interests. I have these (mostly) categorized in Feedly, but unfortunately the Feedly OMPL export function does not include categories. I converted my…
  • Book Review: “It’s Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens” by danah boyd

    Wesley Fryer
    18 Apr 2014 | 7:14 pm
    This semester one of my personal goals has been to read more books. I’ve been a subscriber to Audible.com since 2010, but had fallen out of the habit of listening to books on my drives and commutes in the past year, as well as reading books before bed. Over time my media diet had changed to consist almost entirely of blog posts and digital news articles I found via Feedly, Flipboard, and Twitter, and I’ve wanted to balance that a bit with more long form reading. I’ve recently finished listening to several books as well as reading one, and I’ve decided to write book…
  • Tender and Sweet First Grade Blog Comments

    Wesley Fryer
    16 Apr 2014 | 7:28 pm
    Most of the teachers at my wife’s elementary school in Oklahoma City have starting using KidBlog with their students this semester for interactive writing, and students as well as parent volunteers are getting involved with commenting. This comment thread on a first grader’s photo post about his animal project is tender and sweet, including feedback from a sibling.   by  Wesley Fryer  How wonderful it is that adults as well as students are able to engage in interactive writing like this together, which is all MODERATED by classroom teachers! Can first…
  • Oklahoma Legislators: Don’t Repeal Common Core Standards, Instead Reject High Stakes Testing

    Wesley Fryer
    7 Apr 2014 | 10:47 pm
    If you are an Oklahoma legislator, please watch the following 6 minute video and thoughtfully consider this message about Common Core State Standards. There is a great deal of public anger in Oklahoma today regarding education and education policy, and it is important to both understand and constructively respond to these emotions. As an elected representative, I encourage you to become better informed about why we need legislative change focused on rejecting HIGH STAKES TESTING for students in our state, rather than rejecting Common Core standards. If you are an Oklahoma voter, please…
  • Tips for Getting Started with AppleTV Mirroring

    Wesley Fryer
    7 Apr 2014 | 1:24 pm
    Several teachers in our elementary school got AppleTVs installed in their classrooms recently and have questions about how to use it. These are some suggested tips and techniques for getting started. Since wifi network configurations are unique for different school districts, these instructions may be a little different than what you need for your setting. Required steps also depend on how your AppleTV is connected to your projector. The AppleTV used for the steps shown in this post is directly connected to the “HDMI” port of a classroom projector. 1. SELECT APPLE TV ON THE…
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  • Busting assumptions about preventing teen pregnancy.

    Katie Konrath
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:30 am
    What assumptions are you making without even knowing it?  Are those assumptions preventing you from seeing real solutions to your challenges? When TV shows like "16 and Pregnant” and “Teen Mom" launched, critics contended that those shows glorified teen pregnancy. They believed that starstruck young women would want to emulate what they saw on TV - much like young men imitated the Jackass stunts. But data shows that the opposite is true. Professors Melissa Kearney of the University of Maryland and Phillip Levine of Wellesley College found that "16 and Pregnant” actually motivates teens…
  • Compelling new evidence for why innovators should target only one customer at a time.

    Katie Konrath
    14 Apr 2014 | 6:30 am
    Recently I wrote about why it's essential for innovators to go by the motto "less is more" when they're promoting an idea.  Turns out that "less is more" when deciding who to promote your idea to as well! The Journal of Consumer Research just published a fascinating article titled Overindividuation in Gift Giving: Shopping for Multiple Recipients Leads Givers to Choose Unique but Less Preferred Gifts. It's about how just thinking about giving gifts to more than one person negatively affects the gift-giver's ability to understand what the recipients really want. When you're promoting an…
  • Steal ideas like Cleopatra

    Katie Konrath
    10 Apr 2014 | 8:02 pm
    She was last Pharaoh of ancient Egypt. Brilliant and charismatic, she ruled over the great city of Alexandria and spoke 7 languages. And she stole ideas. After Julius Caesar’s assassination, Cleopatra struggled against the politics of a divided Rome. So when the powerful general Mark Antony summoned Cleopatra to explain her loyalties, the Egyptian ruler pulled out all the stops. Arriving in a treasure barge rowed by silver oars, Cleopatra dazzled in expensive silks and wore the biggest pearls ever discovered in her ears. She threw lavish banquets for Antony and his friends, all in the…
  • Fresh eyes see new opportunities.

    Katie Konrath
    8 Apr 2014 | 7:30 am
    Innovation doesn't have to be hard. Sometimes ideas with big impacts can result from simply looking at a challenge from an angle no one has ever considered before. A 14-year old in Pennsylvania recently found a way to save the US government nearly $400 million dollars - simply by considering something most other people overlooked. As part of a science project, sixth graders Suvir Mirchandani dove into a study of the cost of printing and ink. He discovered that by switching their default font, his school district could save $21,000 every year.  How?  Simple - fonts like Garamond are…
  • Why every innovator should eat bugs.

    Katie Konrath
    2 Apr 2014 | 6:11 am
    It isn't everyday that you get to look a legendary innovation guru in the eye and refuse to show your openness to new possibilities. Yet there I was, sitting across the table from Lateral Thinking legend Edward de Bono as he urged me to eat a plate full of chocolate-covered worms.  And I wanted nothing to do with them. I've been thinking about this recently as I was reading Edible, An Adventure into the World of Eating Insects and the Last Great Hope to Save the Planet, a new book about eating bugs by entomophagist Daniella Martin. As I read the book and was faced by all the evidence…
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  • 6 inspiring women on their hardest lesson

    lindsey
    18 Apr 2014 | 1:08 am
    I asked six inspiring women what their hardest life lesson was. Here’s what they had to say. 1. Georgia Esporlas, photographer georgiaesporlas.com My hardest lesson: Being a conceptual photographer, not selling out to the commercial consumer world, where I lose part of my identity, integrity and authenticity as a true artist because I don’t want to be a ‘Starving Artist’. What I learned is, I take the good and the bad with a grain of salt with each project or account I take on. I make sure that I execute my client’s vision with my own twist to it. So I can go home happy and…
  • what does being free mean to you? living wow and loving completely

    lindsey
    17 Apr 2014 | 1:08 am
    What does being free mean to you? ‘Living WOW and loving completely.’ Lorie, coach, Master SPARK Creator and Lead Facilitator for the SPARK Essentials Women’s Program, Spark Creations. Introducing the LibreFree Project. Featuring dancers, artists, writers, designers, teachers. Lawyers. Philanthropists. Dreamers and doers. People who inspire us. It’s the way they live, the way they show up in the world, and who they are. Get all the LibreFree Project pics 1. on Facebook. 2. on Pinterest. Nominate Someone to be Featured Yup, it can be you. 1. Enter their name and email here.
  • I took it all off for peace.

    lindsey
    15 Apr 2014 | 1:08 am
    Yup, I took it all off for peace. Not just pants and shirt. Everything. I stripped myself of anything that didn’t feel like peace. My job as a magazine editor. My seven-year relationship. My old apartment. It all went. I started working from home so I could wear yoga pants and hoodies. I got up every day to meditate and do my asana practice. I said ‘no’ to things that made me feel stressed. That meant people I’d been friends with, activities I used to do, and food that made me hyped and anxious. Peace was in. Everything else was out. I began to do things that felt like relief. One of…
  • what does being free mean to you? unlimited

    lindsey
    10 Apr 2014 | 1:08 am
    What does being free mean to you? ‘My thought of freedom is not achieved yet. I am not certain I will ever have it. Because freedom for me has many dimension and forms.’ Yared, artist Introducing the LibreFree Project. Featuring dancers, artists, writers, designers, teachers. Lawyers. Philanthropists. Dreamers and doers. People who inspire us. It’s the way they live, the way they show up in the world, and who they are. Get all the LibreFree Project pics 1. on Facebook. 2. on Pinterest. Nominate Someone to be Featured Yup, it can be you. 1. Enter their name and email here. 2.
  • intuition, certainty, and the power of peace. it hit me like a mack truck

    lindsey
    8 Apr 2014 | 1:08 am
    It hit me like a mack truck. Wave after wave of understanding. A new dawn. A new life. Everything has changed. Look at it from the outside and it looks similar–but inside…it’s a tsunami. Wave after wave. And they’re not stopping. I can hardly keep up. Inspiration I’m pulling out notebook after notebook and filling the pages. It’s coming to me and through me. Everything is making sense–things I’ve done, places I’ve been, ideas I’ve had. The future is unfolding the present is filled with absolutely everything. Intuition and Certainty…
 
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  • Creativity and Improv

    Terry Holliday Giltner
    30 Mar 2014 | 9:35 am
    The other night I was invited to go to my first Improv performance. It was held in a meeting room at the Sunriver SHARC Center in Sunriver, OR. I had no idea how the evening would go or what to expect. I have watched improv on television and have always enjoyed it. The show Whose Line is it Anyway? is quite funny. I wondered if improv would be as entertaining on a local level. Triage is the name of the theatrical group that performed.  The evening was broken up into segments with the performers taking turns acting out different scenarios. Those scenarios were made up by the audience. For…
  • Creating Abstract Watercolors in the Snow

    Terry Holliday Giltner
    14 Mar 2014 | 7:04 pm
    Icy Conditions for Painting Since living in Central Oregon I have gotten to experience snow. We don’t get much snow where I am from so any accumulation brings out the kid in me. I have had a lot of fun this winter playing in the snow. One day I decided to do a little experiment with snow and watercolor. I wanted to see what would happen if you tried to paint with watercolors in the snow. I knew the painting technique would need to be pretty quick because of the cold and the fact that the temperature was below freezing. The snow was about a foot deep and it was in the 20′s. In…
  • Travel and Photography

    Terry Holliday Giltner
    27 Feb 2014 | 3:36 pm
    Uncropped Picture of Eagles When I travel, even if I am just going for a walk down the road from my house, I try to take my camera. You never know what might pop up that is photo worthy. Even driving I find that I often wish for my camera. You can ask my children about family vacations. I used to annoy them by pulling over on the side of the road to take a pictures of scenic areas numerous times during a trip. I got used to the “Not again!” comments coming from the back seat. If I am a passenger on a trip I take pictures as we are moving. These photos will not be worth showing…
  • Getting Creative with Your Christmas Greetings

    Terry Holliday Giltner
    20 Dec 2013 | 4:07 pm
    Merry Christmas! I have always wanted to create a more personal type of Christmas card to send out to my friends and family. Time always seemed to be a factor and I never got it together enough to make my own Christmas card. Well, this year was different. My husband and I have made a move and are in the process of remodeling a home in an area south of Bend, Oregon. This area has much colder weather than I am used to and it also has something I have never really been exposed to. Snow. Snow to a Texan is magical. Snow conjures up all sorts of images. Snow and Christmas just go together. I…
  • Creating With Found Objects to Save the Sea – A Great Cause

    Terry Holliday Giltner
    16 Oct 2013 | 3:06 pm
    Henry the Fish If you are interested in being creative and helping the environment you might want to check out Washed Ashore.org. I ran across this organization a few weeks ago when my husband and I were traveling through southern Oregon. We stopped to do a little sight seeing in the coastal town of Bandon. The plan was to grab some lunch and possibly go through some art galleries. As we were searching for a parking spot for our truck and rv, I spotted some very unique sculptures on display. I made a mental note to go look at them more closely. I had no idea at the time what they were all…
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  • Freelancers: Last Chance. Don’t Miss This Deal — 65% off

    Ilise Benun
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:48 am
    Today is the last day to register for the latest virtual conference for freelancers: Strategies for Creative Freelancers, Spring 2014. (But you have 30 days to download everything and then you can review at your convenience.)So in case you missed it, you’ll get access to 11 audio & video sessions, which would normally cost $300 if purchased individually. But if you use the coupon code CFSPRING14, you get it all for $99. That’s more than 65% off.Read all about what you get here….and download today, before it’s too late! The post Freelancers: Last Chance.
  • Are You a Good Fit for a Virtual Team?

    Damien Golden
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:47 am
    Or maybe you are ready to build your business larger and want to become a Virtual Team leader. Either way, you want to set yourself up for success.Let’s talk about becoming part of a Virtual Team first. A good Virtual Team member has many positive attributes, so maybe you want to take a quick personal inventory to see if the structure would work for you.First, are you highly motivated? If you’re a solo-preneur and have had some success, chances are you’ve been a good self starter and if so, you might work really well within a Virtual Team.Do you have good communication skills?Are you an…
  • Speaker Podcast Series for CFBC 2014

    Ilise Benun
    11 Apr 2014 | 4:24 am
    If you’ve missed any of my Q&A interviews in the Creative Freelancer Business Conference Speaker Podcast Series, bookmark this link where you can find all 7 of them so far.You’ll hear a taste of the sessions being presented by Doug Dolan, Jen Lombardi, Tom Tumbusch, Alina Wheeler, Douglas Davis, Jason Blumer and Dana Manciagli — and there are more to come!And for more of the Q&A interviews I do with creative professionals on marketing, pricing, business development and more, check out the Marketing Mentor podcast stream here.The post Speaker Podcast Series for CFBC…
  • Freelancers: A room full of potential clients!

    Tom N. Tumbusch
    9 Apr 2014 | 6:23 am
    Success Tips for this year’s Freelancer Showcase & Matchmaking Happy Hour at HOWLive/CFBC.Last year I made enough new client connections at the first Freelancer Showcase & Matchmaking Happy Hour to cover the entire cost of my trip to the Creative Freelancer Conference in San Francisco—including travel, meals, and all that jazz—and I’m still getting good gigs from the contacts I made. Designer Kristin Kieffer, who worked on one of the same projects, did even better (see Ilise’s recent post for more details) and other freelancers came away from the evening with success stories…
  • Why Luke Mysse won’t be at CFBC this year

    Ilise Benun
    7 Apr 2014 | 4:56 am
    For all of you who’ve been to the Creative Freelancer Business Conference and loved keynote speaker Luke Mysse (and his annual rants), you might be sad to hear he won’t be attending this year’s upcoming event (May 12-16 in Boston).But there’s a very good reason! Luke will be riding his bike across America to stop Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM). (You can help too—see his crowdfunding page below.)In the video below, Luke tells the story of his family leaving it all behind to cycle across America this summer to help save the lives of severely malnourished children. Learn more about…
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  • The Missing Piece: Editing

    Chris
    16 Apr 2014 | 10:41 am
    I feel like there is an lot of fantastic advice out there about writing, but most of it is about getting started. Mantras such as… "Write a thousand words per day" – Chris Guillebeau …are fantastic, but what about editing? Yes, I know editing is part of writing but to me the verb write means […] The post The Missing Piece: Editing appeared first on Chris Stott.
  • The Big Question: Should You Work for Free?

    Chris
    18 Feb 2014 | 1:50 am
    This is a hotly debated topic in the world of freelance, consulting and in the service businesses. It’s not as black and white as a yes or no answer, but if you want my default it’s no… Like anything, there is a little more to it, so we should do a deeper dive in to […] The post The Big Question: Should You Work for Free? appeared first on Chris Stott.
  • Book Update – Progress So Far

    Chris
    18 Feb 2014 | 1:42 am
    I wanted to post a review of how I got on with my book in January, and also the plans for Feb. Writing I finished the first draft of the book at the beginning of January. It’s 35,000 words at the moment, which seems about right based on my research for this kind of content. […] The post Book Update – Progress So Far appeared first on Chris Stott.
  • Marketing Plan For My Upcoming Book

    Chris
    8 Feb 2014 | 6:24 am
    I wanted to share my plans for marketing my upcoming book. Again I do this to hold myself accountable, as well as to share the process. As I mentioned previously, I am following the blueprint outlined in the excellent Authority guide by Nathan Barry. Here’s my plan… Pre-Launch 1. Really Useful Posts on My Blog […] The post Marketing Plan For My Upcoming Book appeared first on Chris Stott.
  • 10 Lessons Learned Starting a WordPress Service Business on The Side

    Chris
    24 Jan 2014 | 7:07 am
    I have been running a WordPress Business on the side for a few years now, and I built it to the position where I could quit my job and pursue that and other projects full time. My day job was delivering large scale technical projects for large retailers, so I know a thing or two […] The post 10 Lessons Learned Starting a WordPress Service Business on The Side appeared first on Chris Stott.
 
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    SA CREATIVES

  • David Tshabalala – a graphic designer slaying Goliath

    SA Creatives
    16 Apr 2014 | 3:20 pm
    Who is David Tshabalala and what do you do? I’m primarily a graphic designer and illustrator.I do a bit of photography as well. I was selected to be an Emerging Creative at Design Indaba but couldn’t go exhibit there due to time constraints and I also featured on ‘Play Energy Drink’s’ Creative Union TV Show on Vuzu tv.. How would you define your style or art? My style is forever-evolving and not influenced by current design trends. It’s very informative and leans heavily on today’s societal issues, serving as a visual narrative on current news. It’s very quirky at…
  • Coca-Cola creates rainbows in JHB to celebrate RainbowNation

    SA Creatives
    16 Apr 2014 | 3:00 pm
    In April 1994, Archbishop Desmond Tutu coined the phrase ‘Rainbow Nation’ 20 years ago when South Africa experienced its first democratic election. During the month of April 2014, in celebration of ‘Freedom Month’, Coca-Cola literally created rainbows to mark the 20th anniversary of South Africa’s democracy and the birth of the “Rainbow Nation”. Using sunlight, water, some fancy science and a little bit of magic, the rainbows were conjured up in the Johannesburg CBD by advertising and marketing communication agency FCB Johannesburg and a technical team led by a globe-trotting…
  • Banned DA advert spoof. #Ayisafani

    SA Creatives
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:54 am
    Creativity strikes again. Above is the spoof for the ,much talked about, banned DA advert. created by: www.andclub.co.za As creatives, what are your opinions on the banning of the ANC Ayisafani advert on SABC ? If you haven’t seen the original, take a look below and share your thoughts: The post Banned DA advert spoof. #Ayisafani appeared first on SA CREATIVES.
  • Y&R CLIMBS CREATIVE LEAGUE RANKING

    SA Creatives
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:09 am
    After a successful awards season, Y&R South Africa is sitting proud in fourth place – up from eighth – on the Creative Circle Ranking for Individual Agencies for 2013. Compiled by the Creative Circle, the annual league table is measured on a points-based system, factoring in results across local and international award circuits.These include the likes of Cannes Lions, D&AD, Clio’s, One Show, Loeries, Eagles and of course, its very own ‘Ad of the Year’, which is the last of the points to be tallied for this league table, and took place in April 2014. The Creative…
  • Memes and the changing of lives

    SA Creatives
    15 Apr 2014 | 3:54 am
    Let me put it to you: “The dominant media at any given time in a society strongly shapes both the individual and collective life” – Marshal McLuhan But what has dominated the social media space especially in these last few weeks, was not the elections and the long awaited release of the Public Protector’s Nkandla report. Instead it’s been humorous constructs around Advocate Barry Roux in the Oscar Pistorius trail and the trend of NekNominations evolving into RakNominations . Known as memes, these are just two examples of the most recent topics that have taken on a life of its own…
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    Cruzine

  • Amazing Illustrations by Phong Anh

    Paul Viluda
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:39 am
    Phong Anh aka Claparo-Sans is a 26-year-old self-taught artist / illustrator based in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Below, you may scroll through several amazing digital illustrations handpicked from his portfolio. Enjoy! Visit Phong Anh
  • Cool Concept Art by Izzy Medrano

    Paul Viluda
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:51 am
    Izzy Medrano aka Cannibalcandy is a concept artist and illustrator based in Los Angeles, California. He’s most popularly known for his exceptional work on God of War 3 and Ascension as a lead character artist for Sony Santa Monica studios. Let’s take a look at several of his artworks. Visit Izzy Medrano
  • Hot Landscapes by Whispyrr

    Paul Viluda
    16 Apr 2014 | 4:37 am
    Collection of amazing landscape photo manipulations by a talented artist called Whispyrr. Enjoy … and get inspired guys! Visit Whispyrr
  • Inspiring Comic Art by Luis Quiles

    Paul Viluda
    16 Apr 2014 | 4:26 am
    Luis Quiles aka Gunsmithcat is a Spanish screenwriter and comic designer based in Barcelona specializing in sarcastic / sexually-charged illustrations. Below, you may scroll through several pieces from his portfolio … rather the softer ones :). Enjoy! Visit Luis Quiles
  • Hot Artworks by Guillem Marí

    Paul Viluda
    15 Apr 2014 | 3:38 am
    Guillem Marí is a freelance illustrator and painter currently based in Ibiza island, Spain. The list of his clients includes Marvel Comics, Image Comics, Schibsted Publishing Co., Uitgeverij de Boemerang and Editorial Vicens-Vives, amongst others. Below, you may scroll through the very best from his portfolio. Enjoy! Visit Guillem Marí
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    Tangible Development

  • Shifting demographics drive changes in your business

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

    Vera Dordick
    1 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Remote teams face special challenges in communicating effectively. Make that a global remote team and cultural differences  complicate the matter even further. The more cultures included on the team, the more complex the interactions. In working with global teams, we’ve noticed that electronic communication becomes a default for many people. Sure, electronic communication is convenient, direct, efficient, and immediate. It’s also rife with opportunities for misunderstanding. Image courtesy of sixninepixels/FreeDigitalPhotos.net When you send or receive an email, you don’t have…
  • Retain renters from other cultures

    Vera Dordick
    26 Mar 2014 | 8:25 am
    Multifamily property studies and surveys have shown that each resident turnover costs an average of almost $3,000!  For property managers and owners, it obviously pays to retain residents.  In the case of renters from other cultures, being aware of different  communication styles and cultural preferences is key to making them feel comfortable while keeping your community profitable. We’ve added to Slideshare the third and final installment of our series on how to maintain a profitable and culturally diverse rental community. How to maintain a culturally diverse rental community from…
  • Cultural beliefs and multifamily properties

    Vera Dordick
    20 Mar 2014 | 10:36 am
    We’ve posted onto Slideshare Part Two of our series about how cultural differences affect property leasing and management.  Check it out here: Cultural beliefs affect property rental from Tangible Development LLC
  • It’s all greek to me!

    Vera Dordick
    7 Mar 2014 | 10:04 am
    Or arabic. Or finnish. Or gibberish. When you’re having a language communication issue, remember what we likely sound like to one another.  If you don’t understand the other person very well, they likely don’t understand what you’re trying to say either.  Oh yes, if they yell at you it doesn’t make them any better understood, does it?
 
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    Inspire Fusion - Art, Design & Inspiration Blog

  • A Unicorn Farting A Rainbow Cake

    Jahangir Agha
    20 Apr 2014 | 2:41 am
    Cake artist Natalie Sideserf amazed us again with her new unicorn farting rainbow cake. Unicorns may or may not exist. However, it’s a fact that they are filled with wonderful rainbows. To eat the beautiful […] The post A Unicorn Farting A Rainbow Cake appeared first on Inspire Fusion.
  • Creative Street Arts By OakOak

    Jahangir Agha
    18 Apr 2014 | 11:20 pm
    French artist hiding behind the name OakOak from Saint-Etienne has come up with site-specific, fun and imaginative street arts. Where others see simple cracks in the wall or shadow on the ground, OakOak envisions something […] The post Creative Street Arts By OakOak appeared first on Inspire Fusion.
  • Camera-Shaped Coffee House

    Jahangir Agha
    18 Apr 2014 | 12:05 am
    A two-storey rectangular coffee shop modeled in the shape of a vintage rolleiflex twin lens camera built by a former helicopter pilot. He has great passion for photography and vintage cameras, and lives in the […] The post Camera-Shaped Coffee House appeared first on Inspire Fusion.
  • Things To Do When Internet Is Down

    Jahangir Agha
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:46 am
    We showed you how internet actually works in the past, but what to do when internet is not working? Here are the things you can do when your internet is down. Share your comments and […] The post Things To Do When Internet Is Down appeared first on Inspire Fusion.
  • Logos & Slogans Switching with Rival Brands

    Jahangir Agha
    16 Apr 2014 | 2:53 am
    “This is a project about brands – the great brands of the modern world – which have build quite a history for themselves as the years went by,” says Stefan Asafti, a graphic designer from […] The post Logos & Slogans Switching with Rival Brands appeared first on Inspire Fusion.
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    Farnam Street

  • The Stoic Reading List

    Shane Parrish
    20 Apr 2014 | 8:24 am
    “The impediment to action advances action.What stands in the way becomes the way.”— Marcus Aurelius You know the section after the last chapter that everyone ignores? Well that’s one of the first things I read. This is how I read a book. This is part of systematic skimming and allows me to get a feel for the author’s vocabulary, a sense of what the book is about, how arguments are structured, and references and sources. It’s also a good place to find new reading material. I received a pre-release copy of Ryan Holiday’s new book, The Obstacle Is the Way: The…
  • Our Loss of Wisdom

    Shane Parrish
    18 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    “Practical wisdom is the combination of moral will and moral skill.” — Aristotle Barry Schwartz, author of Practical Wisdom: The Right Way to Do the Right Thing, on our loss of wisdom. A wise person knows when and how to make the exception to every rule, as the janitors knew when to ignore the job duties in the service of other objectives. A wise person knows how to improvise, as Luke did when he re-washed the floor. Real-world problems are often ambiguous and ill-defined and the context is always changing. A wise person is like a jazz musician — using the notes on the…
  • the WAR of ART and the Unlived Life

    Shane Parrish
    17 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    A voracious reader and best-selling author emailed me shortly after my post Anne Lamott: Some Instructions on Writing and Life. He proceeded to tell me the book was full of terrible advice, the self-help equivalent of “follow your passion.” In its place he offered up Steven Pressfield’s The War of Art, which not only describes the experience of writing but deals with the broader subject of overcoming obstacles to success. Are you paralyzed with fear? That’s a good sign. Fear is good. Like self-doubt, fear is an indicator. Fear tells us what we have to do. Remember our rule…
  • The Hard Thing About Hard Things

    Shane Parrish
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    The problem with most business books is they present a formula for problems that ultimately have no formula. You’re reading something with no practical value and you’re not really learning anything. There is no formula for dealing with complexity that’s always changing. “There’s no recipe for leading a group of people out of trouble,” writes Ben Horowitz in The Hard Thing About Hard Things. The book is one of the best business books I’ve read in a long time. The hard thing isn’t setting a big, hairy, audacious goal. The hard thing is laying people off…
  • The Psychology of Persuasion

    Shane Parrish
    15 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    “We all fool ourselves from time to time…to keep our thoughts and beliefs consistent with what we have already done or decided.” I get a lot of emails from people asking me how they can learn to persuade others. Learning about the ways people (honestly and dishonestly) influence you is one of the best things to learn early in life. But it’s never too late. The go to book on the subject is Robert Cialdini’s Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion. Cialdini has spent a lifetime researching the psychology of compliance. The book highlights six principles of persuasion,…
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    Cultural Weekly

  • Putting Graphic Novels on the Top Shelf

    John Kost
    16 Apr 2014 | 2:56 pm
    As a comics fan I have always wondered what it would be like to be a publisher, to have my own imprint where I was the one who made all the decisions on what was put out there into the world. Chris Staros Chris Staros is living that dream.  Chris is the editor and publisher of Top Shelf Productions, which he founded in 1997 with Brent Warnock.  Before that, Chris published his own fanzine, The Staros Report, which was “a guide to where all the good stuff was being published before the Internet and people started posting that information.” Top Shelf is known for the beautiful production…
  • Writing Prompt: The Turning Point

    Charity Hume
    16 Apr 2014 | 2:00 pm
    This week’s writing prompt from Charity Hume I remember hearing William Styron, the American novelist, speak at a dinner in New York; the phrase I most remember from his talk has stayed with me:  “A novel is a progress toward an event, after which nothing will ever be the same again.”  A turning point reverses the previous world, and gives you a whole new identity.  It burns up your past in a conflagration of everything you’ve ever known.  To go on, you must forget who you were.  That’s a turning point.  No way back. Create a protagonist who faces a dramatic change, a…
  • Writing Prompt: The Return

    Charity Hume
    16 Apr 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Charity Hume with this week’s writing prompt Stories of the return are epic and magical. Odysseus endures hardships, war, obstacles and shipwreck before he ultimately evolves into the warrior who can regain his stolen home.  But a return doesn’t have to be from a literal journey or separation. In one of the West African folk tales about Kiriku, a child with wisdom beyond his years, a sorceress terrorizes a village until Kiriku finds out the secret to her cruelty. It turns out there’s a thorn in her heart.  When Kiriku removes it, she returns to compassion, forgiveness, mercy and…
  • Leslie Anne Mcilroy: Four Poems

    Leslie Anne Mcilroy
    16 Apr 2014 | 1:37 pm
    Leslie Anne Mcilroy won the 2001 Word Press Poetry Prize for her full-length collection Rare Space and the 1997 Slipstream Poetry Chapbook Prize for her chapbook Gravel. She also took first place in the 1997 Chicago Literary Awards Competition judged by Gerald Stern. Her second full-length book, Liquid Like This, was published by Word Press in 2008. Leslie’s work appears in numerous publications including Connotation Press, Dogwood, Jubilat, The Mississippi Review, New Ohio Review, Nimrod International Journal of Prose & Poetry, PANK and Pearl. How to Change a Flat The weather left me…
  • Mehfil Massive: A Night of South Asian Poetry & Music

    Cultural Weekly
    16 Apr 2014 | 1:22 pm
    Next Wednesday, there is an incredible night of poetry and and music at USC. It’s being produced by Neelanjana Banerjee of Kaya Press as part of USC’s Visions & Voices program. It’s kind of mind-blowing how packed this event is with global artists that most of us will never get to see in one line up. Mehfil Massive: South Asian Religions Remixed Through Poetry and Music Admission is free. RESERVATIONS REQUIRED! RSVP at the links below beginning Thursday, March 27, at 9 a.m. USC Students, Staff and Faculty: RSVP here General Public: RSVP here Wednesday April 23, 2014 |…
 
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    FLIC Magazine

  • Sonniloquio

    Editorial Team
    18 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    Somniloquy or sleep-talking is a parasomnia that refers to talking aloud while asleep.
  • Sediments, by Nuria Mora, in Espacio Espacio Molinos del Río_Caballerizas

    Raul Bernabe
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    The Hydraulic Museum, one of the most important exhibition spaces in Murcia, is showing Nuria Mora´s exhibition, Sediments, until the end of April. At the exhibition we can contemplate the style of the artist, which combines iconic graffiti with narrative produced in the streets of Madrid and Barcelona and which plays with both geometric and vegetal shapes, dominated by an intense use of colours. She understands her artwork as a fight against the grey landscapes of the modern city, giving a respite of colour and shapes to the onlooker. After exhibiting in unique galleries like the Tate…
  • Miele (Valeria Golino)

    Eva Vera
    16 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    With plenty of beautiful hidden camera close-ups, the first work of Valeria Golino – a Hollywood actress who became famous in the Oscar-winning Rain Man by Barry Levinson (1988) and the crazy Hot Shots! by Jim Abrahams (1991) – surprises by its maturity and beauty. This famous Italian artist’s debut as a director (with David di Donatello, Nastro D’Argento and Copa Volpi as assets) seemed to be a complicated one because of the sensitive subject of her first feature film, euthanasia. However, Miele has that undisputed auteur cinema factor, so interesting and personal. The film…
  • For the love of art

    Rodri Gonzalez
    15 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    That Monday morning I was having breakfast with a colleague. I was about to take the first sip of my coffee when she said: “In my advertising agency there are thirty people in the staff and ten of them don’t earn money”. Maybe there are people who are not surprised by this, but I was. It is not about theories or rumours; it is a real case, something that is happening right now while you are reading these lines. In order not to cause trouble to the people who are still working there, I can only say that it is an international agency, one with a long-standing, imposing name. To add a…
  • Eucomeu

    Luis Corzo
    14 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    Just I. And a possibility of everything coming down.
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    Quotidian Wonders

  • Could I Be Noah, or, Is Crimea Sarajevo 100 years later?

    George T. Sipos
    8 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Warning: This is not an article about the recent Hollywood blockbuster. So, for those of you brought here by my tags, please feel free to withdraw yourselves from this page right away. And do fret: you’re not missing a rant against the (non)accuracy of the Biblical story as shown in the movie. That may follow in a future post. A few days ago, I made a comment on Facebook (where else can people still make intelligent political comments these days? After all, who really reads Project Syndicate? [just kidding, PS, I still do. Please don’t delete my account!]) on an article detailing a recent…
  • Navigating the Incompetence Era or Why I Despise the Current Job Search Process

    George T. Sipos
    27 Mar 2014 | 11:20 am
    For those of us currently navigating the job market, it has become a somewhat tired and banal statement that connections are everything, that (social) networking is key to getting the right job and business opportunities, to finding the best place to work, where your skills, experience and passion would be truly and productively put to work. In other words, it doesn’t really matter anymore (has it ever? I am tempted to ask) who you are, what you know or how and why you learned it, but whom you know. Period. On one hand, I can see how human touch may be beneficial in determining a young…
  • Prepaid Cards: Increasing Payment Security Online (by Edward Phelan)

    George T. Sipos
    17 Feb 2014 | 8:34 am
    If you’ve ever been put off from buying a bargain online because you felt it might be some sort of scam, you may have been right. There were at least 45,000 cases of fraud involving online shopping and online auctions reported to the Action Fraud centre in the UK last year. Typical scams involve taking a payment but not sending the goods, sending out items that are fake, or just not worth the price that was paid. It’s wise to be wary of internet offers, but by taking a few precautions, it’s possible to take advantage of some genuinely good deals. For example, make sure there’s a…
  • White Woman’s Burden, Part 1 (by Jessica Sipos)

    George T. Sipos
    16 Oct 2013 | 4:29 pm
    Time Magazine Cover (May 21, 2012): Are you Mom Enough? Photo: Time Magazine Jessica latest post on Tiny Shells. Enjoy! White Woman’s Burden, Part I
  • The Night I Dreamt of Emil Cioran

    George T. Sipos
    10 Oct 2013 | 8:16 pm
    Emil M. Cioran, Eugène Ionesco and Mircea Eliade. Paris, 1986.Photo: Louis Monier/RDA/Lebrecht Music & Arts I don’t really remember when it happened, but it must have been a few nights ago. I had completely forgotten my dream by the morning, but then I remembered it suddenly. Something must have triggered it, maybe the fact that I was telling J. about the comments my latest article about Romania got during the night—the time difference makes me wake up to the abstract symbols of Balkan written injuries dancing in front of my clouded eyes on the smartphone display, oh, the sweet…
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    i heart creation

  • Happy Easter!

    I'm the universe
    20 Apr 2014 | 7:38 pm
    Easter marks the begining of spring! Flowers bloom. We are enrapt by the beauty unfolding around us, as the earth awakens from it’s long time slumber. It’s a wonderous time of regeneration. Days feel brighter, sunnier and energising. It is the day associated with the resurrection of Christ. continue>> Read more….
  • Spectral Easter Basket

    I'm the universe
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:07 pm
    My 7 year old daughter is in first grade now. We presented this handmade basket to her current homeroom teacher Mrs. ‘S’.She was so thrilled! May she have a blessed Easter with her family. Creating this “one of a kind” basket was so fun! We stuffed it with some school supplies. continue>> Read more….
  • Welcome Wild Flowers

    I'm the universe
    14 Apr 2014 | 12:46 pm
    Wildflower are the unpretentious children of nature, beaming blissfully under the glorious sun. Look upon them with thine loving eyes. Wherever you happen to meet them, greet them with grace & joy as they do unto you, Nature’s gifts put upon the earth in bounty, with a purpose to make you smile! Copyright – All rights reserved. You are welcome to use the free picture above. A link back to our website www.iheartcreation.com is appreciated, but not mandatory. The poem is copyrighted. The picture & poem cannot be used for resale without the prior permission from it’s…
  • Fall in love with Hyacinth!

    I'm the universe
    11 Apr 2014 | 9:34 pm
    Hyacinths make beautiful fragrant gifts. They grow from bulbs and bloom in early spring. We just love their refreshing, lingering fragrance. This plant is specially chosen for Mrs. ‘A’ (my daughter’s kindergarten teacher). During Easter/spring break, her home will be filled with it’s pervasive sweet scent. Hyacinths are supposed to be symbols of rebirth which seems befitting for the occasion. I felt that of all the blooms, white ones had the most intoxicating scent. continue>> Read more….
  • Carrot Salad

    I'm the universe
    2 Apr 2014 | 8:15 pm
    Today I share with you an exuberant dish with irresistible munchiness. The orange color is so pleasing to the eye, the taste is so savory to the diverse palate and the aroma so beautiful you’ll have to taste it to know how it is! I make it often, grown-ups and kids alike love it. We eat it as a healthy snack. This is a modest and simple yet compelling and vivacious dish for potlucks or any other occasion with family/friends. Enjoy! continue>> Read more….
 
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    all three aces

  • Prisoner Jailor Prime Minister

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

    Ram
    7 Mar 2014 | 1:38 am
    Location – A remote countryside school for the aged in northern India. Synopsis – A new and young English teacher, Mr. Rahul arrives from Mumbai to teach a batch of twenty students between the age of sixty to seventy. Rahul : Good morning to all of you. This is my first day at this school. I understand that you are all very nice, good and obedient students. That’s what, Mr.Panicker, your correspondent told me. You have all been in this class for a month. So, let me begin by testing your knowledge. Hmm. Your name Sir. ” I am Pramod, Masterji “, he answered. OK…
  • The Chase

    Ram
    28 Feb 2014 | 10:02 am
    This post is a part of Write Over the Weekend, an initiative for Indian Bloggers by BlogAdda. This time we’re aiming to make it more creative! Your post must contain the word Friend and you have just 5 sentences to complete your story. Tagged: blogadda contests, desi india blogs, flash fiction, Indian author, indian blog, short fiction, short story, wordpress indian blog, write over the weekend
  • Winning

    Ram
    25 Feb 2014 | 2:08 am
    What does “winning” mean to you? Before going into that, let me congratulate the  “India Today” group for choosing this topic as their theme for the India today conclave 2014 which is going to be held in New Delhi on March 7th, 2014. Every one of us wants to be a winner. The strictest dictionary meaning of “winning” would be ” the act of one that wins ; victory. ” The world we live in is mostly tribal in nature. It’s views sway with the majority’s views, rather than being individualistic. It looks at people as winners only if they…
  • The Debut

    Ram
    23 Feb 2014 | 9:25 am
    Pyarelal was breaking his head, inside his air-conditioned recording studio. He had beads of perspiration running all over his forehead. Still, no magic was happening. He had exhausted all his ideas in the morning and sent the CD to his director Ajay Panicker, but,  Ajay did not pick a single tune from the CD. He normally would call his music director and chat over a glass of beer. But today, he played the CD at home, and found it useless. He called Pyarelal and used harsh words. No one talks to Pyarelal in that way since he was a ” name ” in the music industry and in business…
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    Lucy Chen Fine Art

  • Through Tears of Joy, I See Myself as I am

    Lucy Chen
    15 Apr 2014 | 8:39 pm
    Here’s a story about a couple expecting their first child, which Simon Sinek shared on the School of Greatness podcast: The husband was sitting in the couch when the wife called out from the nursery, “Honey, come and see if you like this wallpaper I chose for the nursery.” He called back “yes, it’s great” without getting up to see the wallpaper, thinking he just needed to say the right things. “No.  Come and see it,” the wife demanded, “I’m serious.  Tell me if you like it.” So he got up, walked to the nursery.  Here was his…
  • How to Get in the Flow

    Lucy Chen
    9 Apr 2014 | 9:27 pm
    © Lucy Chen, charcoal on paper “You must be shapeless, formless, like water. When you pour water in a cup, it becomes the cup. When you pour water in a bottle, it becomes the bottle. When you pour water in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Tweet this! Water can drip and it can crash. Become like water my friend.” ~ Bruce Lee Being “in the flow” is not just a state exclusively experienced by the athletes.  As artists, we have had these experiences, too. It is a state of doing, feeling or being where times becomes illusion, slowing down or flying by.  All our six senses are open, and…
  • 101 Inspirational Art Quotes

    Lucy Chen
    31 Mar 2014 | 9:17 pm
    ©2014, charcoal on paper, by Lucy Chen Being an artist is fun and exciting. It is also hard work. There are times when it is hard and we feel powerless, or even scared. During such times, we just need to keep pushing forward and keep creating. So in that spirit, here are 101 quotes that will keep you inspired and motivate you to push forward. Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.  ~ Scott Adams Life beats down and crushes the soul and art reminds you that you have one.  ~ Stella Adler Begin doing what you want to do now. We are not living in…
  • How to Decorate Your Home – The Only One Thing You Really Need

    Lucy Chen
    16 Mar 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Every time I come home and open the door, first things I see are paintings of my children. Is there an empty wall or table in your home that is crying for attention?  Are there “under-utilized” corners in your rooms? Have you been told to make your home “more you” by filling corners and empty spaces with things that are supposed to express you?  Posters, paintings, and other decorative things? This may sound a little counter-intuitive, specially coming from an artist, but I seriously think that you should NOT simply fill the empty space without a clear intention. …
  • About Control and Looseness in Painting

    Lucy Chen
    11 Mar 2014 | 10:55 pm
    My Charcoal Drawing of a portrait by John Singer Sargent.Life drawing is the best way to learn to draw, so is studying a master.© Lucy Chen Some aspiring artists say that they want to be more “loose” with their paintings.  I see this way too often in various Facebook groups. To be honest, I’ve always had trouble with that.   After all, Austin, Shakespeare, Michelangelo, Van Gogh, Mozart and all the great artists I know of, had very solid knowledge and skills, and were able to control their craft with grace and seemingly effortless ease.  If we do not learn the knowledge…
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    Creativity Tech

  • For the Love of Authors, Read More Before Unleashing Mass Digitization of Books

    Gordon Platt
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:59 pm
    Mass Digitization: What about authors? | Image Credit: opensourcewav   The Authors Guild and creative industry advocates are calling on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit to reverse a district court decision that could unleash a wave of unrestricted digital access to books under copyright. Back in November of last year, Judge Denny Chin rejected a lawsuit from the Authors Guild against the Google Books project, leaning heavily on the benefits to the public to afford Google ‘fair use’ protection. Along with seven other organizations and support groups, the…
  • The One Thing Pirates Can Never Steal From the Movie Industry

    Gordon Platt
    15 Apr 2014 | 8:16 am
    An audience views a film using 3D glasses (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Online content theft has clearly taken its toll on the entertainment industry since the turn of the century. Music was the first to be hit hard following Napster’s arrival, with the publishing industry quick to face challenges of its own. The movie industry was able to fend off the worst of piracy for a short time due to the sheer size of film files. But connection speeds quickly caught up and we now find similar problems for film, the top 10 most pirated of 2013 alone comprising tens of millions of illegal views.
  • Three Potential Legal Strikes… Will Kim Dotcom Be Out?

    Gordon Platt
    11 Apr 2014 | 9:12 am
      The Megaupload legacy is unraveling for Kim Dotcom (Photo credit: Ricard Clupés) Kim Dotcom’s legal team will be working overtime this year. In addition to the U.S. Department of Justice’s ongoing battle to have the Megaupload founder extradited from New Zealand,  Dotcom is now facing major lawsuits from the MPAA and RIAA. Neither the movie nor the record industry in the U.S. have much time for the man, with both groups citing his Megaupload file-sharing service as a source of “massive copyright infringement,” before it was shut down two years ago. The triple…
  • To Effectively Update U.S. Copyright Law, Outdated Industry Stereotypes Must Be Abandoned

    Gordon Platt
    9 Apr 2014 | 1:00 pm
    © copyright symbol | Wikipedia Regular readers will know we’ve been following the congressional review of U.S. copyright law with great interest this year. Although there’s a lot to take in, and powerful stakeholders from both the creative and technology industries involved,  it has been encouraging to watch the dialogue unfold. Against the backdrop of recent hatchet burying between Google and Viacom, there is also reason to hope that all parties can align to create meaningful changes to copyright law that better serves everyone. All of which makes it all the more disappointing…
  • Lights, Camera, Tetris! Philly Tech Week Gets Its Game On

    Gordon Platt
    7 Apr 2014 | 7:47 am
    Classic Tetris (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Philadephia’s ‘Tech Week‘ started its fun and games over the weekend; literally, in fact, with a high rise game of Tetris played on the side of the city’s Cira Center. The city’s 29-story tower, which stands 437 feet tall, hosted an impressively grand tournament of the classic video game for hundreds of fans attending the nine day event. Take a look at the video below to watch some hardy gamers braving the cold night to patiently wait for those long thin pieces that make all the difference! The game was certainly a…
 
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    Snipits of Time

  • Tony Furlong Liverpool Playwright and Author

    Wyatt Christman
    20 Apr 2014 | 8:20 am
    Tony Furlong has been a writer for 17 years famous for such plays as ‘Night Caller’ about a taxi driver in Liverpool on Christmas Eve. Tony is now moving from Comedy to writing books the first of which is a series on self-help. He helped his daughter-in-law with panic attacks and then wrote a book called Panic Attacks. From there did his first book on Amazon called How to Increase Your Self-Esteem and Avoid Becoming a Circus Elephant. The basic idea being that early on the circus elephant can’t pull the chain out of the ground, as it grows it continues to think they can’t…
  • Michaela Cristallo, Designer, Writer, Founder of For the Creators

    Wyatt Christman
    13 Apr 2014 | 7:24 am
    Michaela Cristallo is a designer, writer and found of For the Creators website (links to free ebook and creative manifesto!). She works in an artist warehouse with 6 other artists which means she is always around other creatives. She has her own space with workbench where she does sewing and fabric work. She took a moment to share her creative habits and how she has come to inspire other artists. Removing the Isolation Michaela talks about the journey of isolation many creatives feel. Much of this comes from friends and family not doing the same kind of work. When you connect with other…
  • Laura Quilligan Fiber Artist

    Wyatt Christman
    6 Apr 2014 | 9:35 am
    Laura Quilligan is a fiber artist living in Taos NM. She creates “wearable art” such as silk scarfs. She has been doing this for 12 years. Laura took a moment to talk about her creative habits, the space she uses, and why she considers working with silk such an interesting artistic process. The Artistic Beauty of Taos Taos has been transformational for her after moving from the Bay Area. The colors, the sky, the spaciousness and the light are spectacular for art. Part of her move also allowed for a larger studio with three large tables instead of one small. Laura likes to be…
  • Hakim Bellamy Poet, Journalist, Actor

    Wyatt Christman
    30 Mar 2014 | 6:10 am
    Hakim Bellamy is the inaugural Poet Laureate of Albuquerque, NM, an Actor, Journalist, and Dad. He took time out to talk about his creative habits alongside some of the work he has been doing. This includes teaching kids at detention centers to think differently through poetry. Hakim is working to develop a model project that is part of PREA, Prison Rape Elimination Act. At the heart Hakim looks to transform through poetry, community interaction, and other creative elements. Check out the show notes and listen as Hakim gives wisdom through an economy of words that connect. The show is also…
  • Ken Robinson on Killing Creativity

    Wyatt Christman
    28 Mar 2014 | 6:09 pm
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