Creativity

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  • Finding Truth and Authenticity in an Age of Irony

    Psychology Today - Creativity
    Eric G Wilson Ph.D.
    27 May 2015 | 6:37 am
    The artist—and we all are artists, good, bad, or ugly—expands the ordinary into the extraordinary or condenses the extraordinary into the common. He, she, enchants the cosmos.
  • Taking Action: 8 Ways to Classify Ideas

    Idea Sandbox
    Paul
    13 May 2015 | 6:23 am
    A fair amount of writing about brainstorming emphasizes not judging ideas too soon. A plethora of criticism about brainstorming argues it isn’t critical enough. No matter how you think-up ideas, eventually they must prove themselves worthy of helping you meet your objectives. A great way to evaluate your ideas is by categorizing them into what Edward de Bono in his book Serious Creativity: Using the Power of Lateral Thinking to Create New Ideas calls “End Categories.” Classifying the idea into one of the following eight categories: Directly Usable, Good Ideas, But Not for…
  • Is It Really Safe To Let Your Freak Flag Fly?

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    Naomi Dunford
    21 May 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Every now and again on the internet, somebody comes out and loudly proclaims that they’re going to let their freak flag fly. Usually, they communicate this via a sentence with two clauses. The first clause says something freaky, and the second clause says, “and I’m PROUD OF IT.” Sometimes the something freaky is relatively commonplace. “I like to dance a lot”, for example, or “I watch American Idol.” These are small, simple things that probably don’t affect someone’s desire to do commerce with you. Sometimes the something freaky is a…
  • Every Project Needs Three Plans: An Upside, Regular, and Downside

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    Hamza Khan
    26 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    by Yuda KP At the precipice of a new project, is it possible to mitigate most of the predicted risks? Just how far into the future can you accurately plan ahead? Failure to visualize the divergent possible outcomes of a project will reduce your chance of starting off on the right foot. Not being able to visualize success will impact your ability to inspire your team. And not being able to visualize failure will diminish your team’s confidence.  Before you start your next project, you should know what you’re getting yourself into by conducting a sort of…
  • To Spark Creativity, Pursue Happiness

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    Stephanie Kaptein
    25 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    [optimistic from CHris Jimenez on Vimeo.] If you want to increase creativity, it helps to be happy. Positive emotions increase our curiosity in the world around us and open our minds to new experiences, skills and ideas. In PBS’s series This Emotional Life, they discuss the link between creativity and positive emotions: Researchers have found that creativity is less likely to occur in the presence of sadness, anger, fear, and anxiety—and that it is more likely to occur with positive emotions, such as joy and love. One study found that people are more likely to come up with a creative idea…
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    Brain Pickings

  • An Animating Presence: Dani Shapiro on the Quest for a Connected Consciousness

    Maria Popova
    27 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    The art of holding up one’s own end of the dialogue. “I believe that there is a love that moves the sun and the other stars,” physicist Margaret Wertheim asserted as she turned to Dante in reconciling science and spirituality. Centuries earlier, Ada Lovelace, the world’s first computer programmer, had articulated the same sentiment — and yet here we are today, we secular moderns, still struggling to find a form of spirituality without religion. That’s what novelist and memoirist Dani Shapiro explores with uncommon elegance, unselfconsciousness, and unaffected…
  • The Art of Science Communication: William Zinsser on How to Write Well About Science

    Maria Popova
    26 May 2015 | 11:30 pm
    How to master the inverse pyramid of transmuting information into wisdom. I have always considered writing a way of organizing reality — of organizing one’s own mind and, in recording that process, decluttering the reader’s understanding of some subtle or staggering aspect of the world. Few writers have articulated the philosophies and practicalities behind this artful organization with more clarity and conviction than William Zinsser (October 7, 1922–May 12, 2015) in his 1976 classic On Writing Well: An Informal Guide to Writing Nonfiction (public library) — a…
  • A Biologist-Turned-Buddhist and His Philosopher Father on the Nature of the Self and the True Measure of Personal Strength

    Maria Popova
    26 May 2015 | 12:07 am
    “You first need to have an ego in order to be aware that it doesn’t exist.” For the past few centuries, Western philosophy has maintained that human beings are driven by enlightened self-interest — a view predicated on the needs and desires of a solid self. Meanwhile, Eastern philosophies and spiritual traditions have long considered the self an illusion — a view with which modern science has recently begun to side. These contradictory conceptions of the self as a centerpiece of identity and success, per the Western view, and as an illusion, per the Eastern one, are…
  • The Power of Unconditional Love: How Oliver Sacks’s Beloved Aunt Shaped His Life and Inspired His Courageous Dance with Death

    Maria Popova
    25 May 2015 | 11:30 pm
    “I shall hope against hope that you may weather this misery, and be restored again to the joy of full living.” The history of creative culture is strewn with silent supporters whose unconditional love and encouragement have carried artists and thinkers to greatness. Although practical help can be enormously vitalizing — without the patronage of Nadezhda von Meck, Tchaikovsky may have never become Tchaikovsky; without the man who helped him quit his soul-sucking day-job to become a full-time writer, Bukowski may have died a postal worker — it is spiritual support that…
  • Emerson on Small Mercies, the True Measure of Wisdom, and How to Live with Maximum Aliveness

    Maria Popova
    24 May 2015 | 11:30 pm
    “To finish the moment, to find the journey’s end in every step of the road, to live the greatest number of good hours, is wisdom.” In contemplating the shortness of life, Seneca considered what it takes to live wide rather than long. Over the two millennia between his age and ours — one in which, caught in the cult of productivity, we continually forget that “how we spend our days is … how we spend our lives” — we’ve continued to tussle with the eternal question of how to fill life with more aliveness. And in a world awash with information…
 
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    99U

  • How to Avoid Getting Stuck in the Trap of Bad First Ideas

    Allison Stadd
    27 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    By Levi van Veluw Sometimes your very first idea is the one. The first business name that sprung serendipitously to mind, the first illustration presented to a new client, the first object prototype, or the first concept for a new online course are often framed as sparks of genius. More often though, first is worst. Creative projects, no matter the medium, most often require iteration, development, research, and evolution. In the effort to ship fast, we often experience tunnel vision surrounding our first solid idea. Academics call that “design fixation.” We experience a creative…
  • Every Project Needs Three Plans: An Upside, Regular, and Downside

    Hamza Khan
    26 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    by Yuda KP At the precipice of a new project, is it possible to mitigate most of the predicted risks? Just how far into the future can you accurately plan ahead? Failure to visualize the divergent possible outcomes of a project will reduce your chance of starting off on the right foot. Not being able to visualize success will impact your ability to inspire your team. And not being able to visualize failure will diminish your team’s confidence.  Before you start your next project, you should know what you’re getting yourself into by conducting a sort of…
  • To Spark Creativity, Pursue Happiness

    Stephanie Kaptein
    25 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    [optimistic from CHris Jimenez on Vimeo.] If you want to increase creativity, it helps to be happy. Positive emotions increase our curiosity in the world around us and open our minds to new experiences, skills and ideas. In PBS’s series This Emotional Life, they discuss the link between creativity and positive emotions: Researchers have found that creativity is less likely to occur in the presence of sadness, anger, fear, and anxiety—and that it is more likely to occur with positive emotions, such as joy and love. One study found that people are more likely to come up with a creative idea…
  • Being Wrong Can Be the Best Thing to Happen to You

    Allison Stadd
    22 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    By Cristina Pagnoncelli Making a mistake, screwing up a major project, or seeing your business fail sucks. Being wrong on any scale is a blow to your self-confidence, makes you question the path you’re on, and cripples your motivation to move forward. But there’s another way to think about failure: it’s inevitable. James Clear writes over on his blog: For some reason, we often expect our first choice to be the optimal choice. However, it’s actually quite normal for your first attempt to be incorrect or wrong. When it comes to complex issues like determining the values you…
  • 99U Is Hiring an Assistant Editor & Community Manager

    behanceteam
    20 May 2015 | 6:03 am
    Are you a detail-oriented recent grad with a passion for creating great online communities? If so, the 99U is currently seeking a multi-talented individual to join our team and help us continue to innovate as a world-class, content-driven brand. We are looking to hire a recent college graduate for a full-time, multi-talented Assistant Editor & Community Manager role that will work closely with the 99U team across all content channels: social media, editorial, customer service, and event production.  You must be a detail-oriented person who is ready to take action without being given a…
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    Creative Something

  • Your capacity to think creativity is a matter of the patterns you’ve built for doing so

    26 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    Research indicates that our innate intelligence plays a key part in being creative. Obviously we can’t be overly surprised by that notion. But we shouldn’t be fooled by it either: the impact of intelligence on creative ability is the same impact it has on everything else in our lives. That is to say: high levels of intelligence are not required to think creatively. Being extraordinarily intelligent can certainly help in creative thinking, but even then only to a degree. What matters most for our ability to think creatively is our patterns of thinking and whether or not we have…
  • Building signals for thinking differently

    22 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    How easy is it to go through a day without realizing it? If you’re not setting explicit cues in your life for getting outside of your current perspective, you’re likely missing opportunities and inspirations. Think about it: you wake up, go through your routine, clock-in, clock-out, and that’s that. We know this happens often because it’s a recurring phenomenon for many of us. I can’t tell you how many days I have where I wake up in the morning, get ready for the day, and suddenly am at the office, seven miles away. On those days, everything between when I wake…
  • Say hello to the Creative Something Podcast

    20 May 2015 | 8:13 pm
    Do you love podcasts? You’ll love this. I’m proud to announce the official launch of the Creative Something Podcast with hosts: me (Tanner Christensen) and my good friend, writer James Gunter. We’ve been trying to get this podcast recorded and out the door for a few months now and finally have something to share, available only on iTunes currently. In the Creative Something Podcast we’ll be talking about ideation, what it means to be creative, how to be more creative in the work place (or school) and so much more. Check the show out in the iTunes Podcast Store right…
  • The differences between imagination, creativity, and innovation

    18 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    Like any toolbox, our minds have an assortment of tools available for us to utilize whenever we need to. Included in our mental toolbox are cognitive processes, clusters of which compose of three primary ones involved in ideation: imagination, creativity, and innovative thinking. Unless we know the differences between the tools at our disposal, we may find ourselves attempting to hammer in a nail using a screwdriver. It might get the job done, but it’s definitely not ideal. Imagination is about seeing the impossible, or unreal. Creativity is using imagination to unleash the potential of…
  • A snapshot of what drives creativity

    15 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    There really is no ideal pattern to creative thinking. No perfect pill you can swallow to stimulate all of the necessary processes that make creative insights occur. No task or exercise you can perform to spark an idea in your mind. There are, however, certain scientifically shown things we can do to increase the likelihood of having creative thoughts. When I first began studying the topic of creative thinking, more than eight years ago, I went into the task with the mentality that I would be able to discover some pattern of thinking that could guarantee creativity every single time. I wanted…
 
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    Psychology Today - Creativity

  • Marketing Tips From A Few "Mad Men"

    Judy Carter
    27 May 2015 | 9:12 am
    Mad Men gave us more than a look inside the scandalous world of 1960's advertising-- it gave us valuable business lessons that are still just as relevant today. Here are three tips on how to make money and captivate your audience.
  • Finding Truth and Authenticity in an Age of Irony

    Eric G Wilson Ph.D.
    27 May 2015 | 6:37 am
    The artist—and we all are artists, good, bad, or ugly—expands the ordinary into the extraordinary or condenses the extraordinary into the common. He, she, enchants the cosmos.
  • Watching a Play about Anorexia

    Emily T. Troscianko
    27 May 2015 | 6:25 am
    The benefits and dangers of creating art out of illness.
  • A Workover: A "Creative" Wants to Make a Living

    Marty Nemko Ph.D.
    26 May 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Advice I gave to a caller to my NPR-San Francisco radio program.
  • Open Source Innovation: What's In and What's Out

    Jeff DeGraff Ph.D.
    26 May 2015 | 11:51 am
    Benjamin Franklin saw that there were uses and applications for his inventions outside of his original intentions. He understood that the only way to fully realize that vision was to make it everyone's. What started out as Franklin's invention became the world's collective creation.
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    Creative Every Day

  • Creative Every Day Check-In: May 25 – 31

    Leah
    24 May 2015 | 10:02 pm
    This weekly check-in post is a place for Creative Every Day Challenge participants to share their creative activities.  Join in the Challenge: You can sign-up for the 2015 Challenge here! Ways to share: Once you've signed up, you can leave a comment on this post and/or use the "Mr. Linky" widåget below to link to a blog post(s) or flickr image of your creative activities during the days of 5/25/15 - 5/31/15.  The widget below is an optional method of sharing your creativity that makes it easier for others to check out what you're…
  • Creative Every Day Check-In: May 18 – 24

    Leah
    18 May 2015 | 11:07 am
    This weekly check-in post is a place for Creative Every Day Challenge participants to share their creative activities.  Join in the Challenge: You can sign-up for the 2015 Challenge here! Ways to share: Once you've signed up, you can leave a comment on this post and/or use the "Mr. Linky" widåget below to link to a blog post(s) or flickr image of your creative activities during the days of 5/18/15 - 5/24/15.  The widget below is an optional method of sharing your creativity that makes it easier for others to check out what you're…
  • CED Check-In: May 11 – 17

    Leah
    12 May 2015 | 5:46 am
    This weekly check-in post is a place for Creative Every Day Challenge participants to share their creative activities.  Join in the Challenge: You can sign-up for the 2015 Challenge here! Ways to share: Once you've signed up, you can leave a comment on this post and/or use the "Mr. Linky" widåget below to link to a blog post(s) or flickr image of your creative activities during the days of 5/11/15 - 5/17/15.  The widget below is an optional method of sharing your creativity that makes it easier for others to check out what you're…
  • Creative Every Day Theme for May 2015

    Leah
    7 May 2015 | 7:03 am
    At the end of each month I will announce the totally optional theme for the following month. This month, in honor of my daughter turning the big 4, the theme will be her favorite color: Pink! As always, this month's theme for the Creative Every Day Challenge is totally optional. Use it if it inspires you, continue being creative every day in your own way if it doesn't, or do something in between. You can sign up for the 2015 Creative Every Day Challenge anytime. More info can be found here and the sign-up page is here. When time allows, I'll be posting about the theme to help keep…
  • Creative Every Day Check-In: May 4 – 10

    Leah
    4 May 2015 | 5:05 pm
    This weekly check-in post is a place for Creative Every Day Challenge participants to share their creative activities.  Join in the Challenge: You can sign-up for the 2015 Challenge here! Ways to share: Once you've signed up, you can leave a comment on this post and/or use the "Mr. Linky" widåget below to link to a blog post(s) or flickr image of your creative activities during the days of 5/4/15 - 5/10/15.  The widget below is an optional method of sharing your creativity that makes it easier for others to check out what you're…
 
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    The Art of Non-Conformity

  • “I am capable of more than I imagined”: On the Road with Elizabeth Glanzer

    Chris Guillebeau
    26 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    This is a traveler case study. (Read others or nominate yourself After experiencing many travel misadventures around the world, I love hearing other people’s “silver linings” stories. This one (and other stories, too) comes from Elizabeth Glanzer in Los Angeles. Introduce yourself! I’m a therapist and work with teens and young adults who feel misunderstood and out of place. I study psychoanalysis and neuroscience every chance I get. Traveling is one of my favorite things to do. For me, it pulls everything together and shatters blind spots. People, culture, art, and…
  • The Habit of Giving

    Chris Guillebeau
    25 May 2015 | 5:32 am
    Happy Memorial Day to all in the U.S., and happy Monday to everyone else. Today I made a small donation to a cause that inspired me. It wasn’t really because of the holiday, it didn’t cost me much, and I won’t miss the money. Yet, I still felt good after I pushed the button that finalized the commitment. Notice how selfish this sounds: It felt good to give! I was the one with the benefit. But this is how it works. The more you give, the better you feel. Giving is a habit. You cultivate it the way you would for any habit—you simply do it, repeatedly. Give it a try. See also:…
  • “Make Your Dream Trip a Reality”: Week 4 Recap (Book Your Hotel)

    Chris Guillebeau
    24 May 2015 | 4:43 pm
    Every day for six weeks, we’re teaching people how to “Make Their Dream Trip a Reality.” You can watch each lesson for free on the day it’s broadcast, or you can purchase the whole course and have access anytime. This was our fourth week (whoa!) with the in-studio audience and the thousands of people who participated online. Everyone made lots of progress, and we’ll be back again after the weekend with much more. Here are a few photos from the week: Goals for Week 4: “Book Your Hotel” For the five daily lessons this week, we focused on helping people strategically use the…
  • Creative Street Posters Show Another Side to Youth Homelessness

    Chris Guillebeau
    24 May 2015 | 6:25 am
    I liked this project that highlights the stereotypes many of us have about homeless youth. If you look at the poster from only one side of the street corner, you see this message: But if you stand from a different angle and see the other side of the corner, the message becomes something very different: “There’s another side to the story” is the point of the campaign, which is a great philosophy for life in general. Hat tip: Creative Review
  • Three Things I Know Are True: Taking Risks

    Chris Guillebeau
    22 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    I’ve been attempting to find “true north” in a lot of things lately. This series explores what I’ve found to be true in my own life. Your answers will probably differ; the point is to find what’s true for you. Today’s topic is taking risks. Here are three things I know are true. 1. Most risk is perceived. For example, it’s not any riskier to work for yourself than it is to work for a company, and it may actually be less risky. Why would you trust someone else with your well-being? Self-employment is actually a very safe and conservative choice for many of us. Therefore, it’s…
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  • What matters

    Valerie Urso
    8 May 2015 | 8:04 am
    visit the store   Every now and then I’ll do a pretty random cartoon. This one qualifies. I’ve always liked churches and religious architecture in general. They’re like constant spiritual reminders in the landscape. Here, I imagined being somewhere in the desert in the Levant. Maybe Israel or Syria or even further East, and seeing an ancient holy place… A church, mosque or temple of some sort. The actual religion doesn’t matter so much. What matters is the “A-Ha!”.
  • If you’re waiting in line for a career, you’re doing something wrong

    Valerie Urso
    29 Apr 2015 | 12:50 pm
      get the print Back when I lived in London in the ‘Nineties, I vaguely knew this Irish journalist, call him Simon. He was a flatmate of an old school friend of mine. Simon wasn’t famous or anything, but he was always working. He was pretty successful. He drove a nice car, ate in fancy places and seemed to enjoy his life. Of all the journalists I knew personally, he was by far the most self-assured. What was his secret? It wasn’t that he was smarter or a better writer than the other journalists. There are plenty smart people who can write well in that trade. What made him…
  • Freelancer: 10 Questions with Seth Godin

    Valerie Urso
    22 Apr 2015 | 12:39 pm
    (This was a cartoon I drew for Seth’s excellent book, The Dip. You can purchase the print here.) My old friend and frequent book collaborator, Seth Godin has a new online course out on Udemy, entitled “Seth Godin’s Freelancer Course”. I checked it out, I liked it a lot. But instead of just reviewing it, I’d thought I’d use this opportunity to ask Seth ten questions. Voila:   1. OK, the basic skinny: What’s the course about, and why now? This is the golden age for freelancers. More opportunities, more tools, more leverage than ever before. But for many freelancers,…
  • Engagement? What engagement?

    Valerie Urso
    15 Apr 2015 | 4:17 pm
      (purchase here) As you know, a lot of the art we do at Gapingvoid is for the “Employment Engagement” side of our clients’ business. That’s a good thing. Helping people to hate their jobs less (or love their jobs more, depending on your perspective) is time well spent. According to Gallup, only 13% of American workers are engaged with their jobs. I’ve seen other figures say similar things, namely, 80% of people don’t care for their jobs very much. Engagement? What engagement? We could argue the exact numbers, but we can all agree that the cost to industry is high. According…
  • This Week At Gapingvoid: March 30 – April 3

    Valerie Urso
    4 Apr 2015 | 11:32 am
    order now We get tired. We stop caring. Happens to the best of us. It’s self-preservation. The downside of empathy. Sometimes the world seems overwhelmingly full of darkness. This cartoon is a happy way to remember, we’re not responsible for everything. We’re just responsible for our small part. order now Everyone aspires to greatness on some level. This is as true for companies and teams as it is for individuals. And what gets in the way of achieving greatness? Usually it’s nothing too complicated. Simple stuff like good manners, keeping your word and yes, open and honest…
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    IttyBiz

  • 55 Famous Alibis For Failure, as Described by Napoleon Hill

    Naomi Dunford
    26 May 2015 | 8:25 pm
    In our last instalment of Napoleon Hill Takes Us To Task, we talked about the 31 major causes of failure. And now we’ve got the “55 Famous Alibis by Old Man IF”. Hill states: “People who do not succeed have one distinguishing trait in common. They know all the reasons for failure, and have what they believe to be air-tight alibis to explain away their own lack of achievement. “A character analyst compiled a list of the most commonly used alibis. As you read the list, examine yourself carefully, and determine how many of these alibis, if any, are your own…
  • 31 Major Causes of Failure, According to Napoleon Hill

    Naomi Dunford
    24 May 2015 | 9:21 pm
    Way back in the Great Depression, Napoleon Hill wrote a little book called Think and Grow Rich. I’ve read this book a few times and I have to say, there seems to be a lot more to the process than thinking, but the author is unavailable for comment. Within this book, he lists 31 explanations for “the overwhelmingly large majority of people who fail, as compared to the few who succeed.” (Aside: If anyone ever tells you they loved this book, ask them what they thought about the chapter on sex. That’s always a conversation starter.) In the mood for a little fearless moral…
  • Got Business Burnout? 4 Tips For Coming Back Strong

    Naomi Dunford
    23 May 2015 | 9:34 pm
    Today, I completely ran out of things to say. I wrote the introductions for my next seven newsletters. I found quotes for the next month. I wrote 53 emails, planned a trip, and took two sales calls. And I called my mother. I should note here that I’m writing this on a Saturday. I’m sure it comes as a surprise to nobody, but at some point in this process, I completely ran out of things to say. And poor you! You are sitting there, breathlessly waiting for your next instalment of the IttyBiz daily and I am dry. I got nothing. Hmm. It’s weird when this happens. You’re on…
  • 4 Options for Content Upgrades for The Lazy, Busy or Understaffed

    Naomi Dunford
    22 May 2015 | 7:23 pm
    Everybody’s talking about content upgrades these days. They’re all the rage. They’re hot. They’re the cat’s pajamas! They’re the bees’ knees! They’re the duck’s quack! Seriously, I could go on all day. (No, seriously. I could. Check this out.) So what the heck is a content upgrade, and how do you use them if you’re not made of time and money? Content upgrades are the new, hot way to get subscribers to your email list. The Old Way: One Freebie To Rule Them All In the old days, to incentivize people to get on your mailing list, you had…
  • Is It Really Safe To Let Your Freak Flag Fly?

    Naomi Dunford
    21 May 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Every now and again on the internet, somebody comes out and loudly proclaims that they’re going to let their freak flag fly. Usually, they communicate this via a sentence with two clauses. The first clause says something freaky, and the second clause says, “and I’m PROUD OF IT.” Sometimes the something freaky is relatively commonplace. “I like to dance a lot”, for example, or “I watch American Idol.” These are small, simple things that probably don’t affect someone’s desire to do commerce with you. Sometimes the something freaky is a…
 
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    Idea Sandbox

  • Put A Smile In Your Voice

    Paul
    20 May 2015 | 9:47 am
    The image below is a relic from my first out-of-college job with the Disney Company. A page from a “While You Were Out” message pad. (I re-discovered this as a bookmark in my copy of George Orwell’s 1984).     I was a marketeer at the Disney Vacation Club (Disney’s non-timeshare timeshare) when it first launched in ’92. We call it DVC, for short. I answered inbound phone calls about the new Vacation Club and provided guided tours of the first property at the Walt Disney World Resort DVC Preview Center. “Put a smile in your voice” was a…
  • Taking Action: 8 Ways to Classify Ideas

    Paul
    13 May 2015 | 6:23 am
    A fair amount of writing about brainstorming emphasizes not judging ideas too soon. A plethora of criticism about brainstorming argues it isn’t critical enough. No matter how you think-up ideas, eventually they must prove themselves worthy of helping you meet your objectives. A great way to evaluate your ideas is by categorizing them into what Edward de Bono in his book Serious Creativity: Using the Power of Lateral Thinking to Create New Ideas calls “End Categories.” Classifying the idea into one of the following eight categories: Directly Usable, Good Ideas, But Not for…
  • It Pays To Be Different

    Paul
    8 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    Differentiation. *Bleck* Differentiation has become one of those marketing buzz words we hear too often. So frequently, the term seems to have lost its meaning. Nevertheless, it is a very important concept. I prefer the term “remarkability.” Doing the things that cause people to make remarks about you – literally being remarkable. There’s a great quote in the book Do Purpose: Why Brands With A Purpose Do Better And Matter More. Author, David Hieatt wrote… Be Remarkable. (People Don’t Remember Average) Let’s take a look at why being remarkable is so…
  • Give Your Customers A Good Show

    Paul
    6 May 2015 | 8:25 am
    Your business is slowly falling apart. Hour by hour and day by day. The bulbs are burning out, the signage is getting ragged, your merchandisers are wearing out, and the rug is wearing thin. We don’t perceive these changes. At work, 50 hours a week, this stuff happens too slowly to notice. Like watching your front lawn grow, day to day, nothing really happens. But, go away for a week holiday, and it grows to a jungle. This is the jungle your customers experience. When they were last at your business, the light above the register hadn’t blown out yet, and it was pleasant and…
  • Push Ideas For Better Creative Thinking

    Paul
    1 May 2015 | 1:52 pm
    A sponsored link from Starbucks Frappuccino appeared in my Facebook feed this morning. It announces a new Frappuccino flavor, S’mores. I won’t debate the choice of flavor. I understand the challenge the Starbucks beverage team has, trying to comp their numbers year over year with different flavors. I will challenge the thinking and implementation of the marketing and creative team. This used to be my job. Specifically my job. I used to think up marketing ideas to promote products for Starbucks. I’m highly qualified to comment. This ad screams “too many…
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    Moving at the Speed of Creativity

  • Director of Technology – Casady School

    Wesley Fryer
    24 May 2015 | 3:32 pm
    (cross-posted from Facebook – with a few more photos added here!) Thanks to everyone for your prayers the past couple months. I am excited to announce I’ve accepted a new position, which starts in July, as the Director of Technology for Casady School in Oklahoma City. Casady is an independent PK-12 school, and I am very excited about the opportunities and challenges this role will present. I have loved teaching STEM the past two years in Yukon Public Schools at Independence Elementary, and I will miss many of the colleagues and friends I’ve made the past four years working…
  • Set Your Default YouTube Upload Channel

    Wesley Fryer
    22 May 2015 | 2:17 pm
    For over a year now, YouTube has permitted users to create multiple channels with a single Google account. In the past, to manage more than one YouTube channel, users had to create separate Google accounts. Now YouTube channels can even be shared with other Google account users, similar to the way Google Docs are shared. The screenshot below shows the three channels I’ve created and helped manage at our school the past two years. Our school district uses GAFE (Google Apps For Education) and has YouTube turned ON for teachers. These three YouTube channels include: My STEM classroom…
  • Ordering Supplies for STEMseeds Camp: Jitterbug Robots

    Wesley Fryer
    20 May 2015 | 10:16 pm
    In two weeks, Amy Loeffelholz and I will be leading a 3 day workshop for elementary STEM teachers in Yukon, Oklahoma, which we’ve named “STEMseeds PD Camp.” (It’s June 2-4, 2015.) One of the planned STEM projects we’re going to do is “Jitterbug Robots,” a lesson my wife (Shelly Fryer) learned to do and enjoyed last summer at the “Create, Make and Learn” STEM workshop in Burlington, Vermont. She also did this lesson with her 3rd and 4th graders in February. They created a short video showcasing their creations. The students learned a lot…
  • Clear Signs of Digitally Connected School Leaders

    Wesley Fryer
    17 May 2015 | 7:34 am
    Are the leaders in your school and/or school district digitally connected? Being a connected educator today is one of the most important hallmarks of effective twenty-first century leadership. How do you know if your school leaders are connected educators? The links and “interactive channels” provided to social media accounts on official school websites can provide an enlightening perspective on this question. The following screenshot of the administration page for Clinton Public Schools, in Oklahoma, provides a clear sign of the district’s priority on being connected…
  • Podcast423: Mystery Skype, Minecraft, iPad Digital Portfolios, & More with Shelly Fryer

    Wesley Fryer
    13 May 2015 | 9:47 pm
    This podcast is an interview with 3rd and 4th grade teacher Shelly Fryer, discussing mystery skype, Minecraft in the classroom, iPad digital portfolios with Seesaw, and more. Check out the podcast shownotes for referenced apps, links and resources. Thanks to Adam Jones for sharing his podcasting inspiration! Shownotes: Shelly on Twitter: @sfryer Shelly’s classroom website: classroom.shellyfryer.com Positive Tomorrows (@ptokc) Adam Jones Education Podcast Mystery Skype in the Classroom Rachel’s YouTube Channel: RachelArtist (@rachfMC – videos about Minecraft and Club…
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    Lindsey Lewis

  • One Day Urban Wellness Retreat with me and 5 other heart centered coaches

    lindsey
    20 May 2015 | 11:06 am
    Connecting Your Body, Mind & Spirit We are binging the wellness retreat to you. Right here in the heart of our beautiful city–Vancouver. Join me and five other heart-centered coaches and learn simple tools & techniques to feel recharged, reconnected, and re-energized! This 1 day experience is for you if you are craving relaxation and freedom space to breathe a deeper connection to yourself and others to be present and in the moment to learn how to listen to your body to be inspired and re-energized to have fun and play to have a guilt-free getaway in the city This retreat will…
  • sometimes your only available transportation is a leap of faith

    lindsey
    22 Apr 2015 | 9:49 am
    Related posts: keeping the faith. 5 ways to keep the faith in the face of fear Inspiration: Practice, Faith inspiration: feed your faith
  • three things you need to know when you want to trust the universe

    lindsey
    24 Mar 2015 | 10:19 am
    You know those moments when you feel like you’re working really hard and nothing’s happening? Those moments where the thing–you know, the thing you’ve been calling for, and has been calling you–just isn’t happening? And you keep hearing that you just gotta trust the universe, trust that it will all turn out, that the money will come. You say to yourself: “I’ve been trusting. I’ve been trying to be patient, and letting go of the outcome, while at the same time holding my vision…” And still…crickets. Here’s 3 Things…
  • 5 things people who succeed know to be true

    lindsey
    17 Mar 2015 | 10:19 am
    Dreamers and Doers I talk with a lot of people who feel called. Not just dreamers, these are people who cannot imagine continuing on without listening to that something that is driving them and pulling them in another direction. Are you one of these people? Do you ever feel like the calling is too hard, or like giving up? You’re not alone. I’ve been there. The people I talk with have been there. And here are 5 Things that People Who Succeed Know to be True 1. Developmental psychology teaches that life keeps handing us the opportunity to grow as a human being. When we get pressed…
  • What to do When You Just Can’t Accept Yourself {guest post}

    lindsey
    9 Mar 2015 | 2:05 pm
    Have you ever gotten caught up in believing that you just need to accept something about yourself or your experience that doesn’t feel right? Probably. Doesn’t everyone in the world of wellness and spirituality teach us to practice acceptance? Well, if you’ve struggled with practicing the art of acceptance, then this article is for you. If you’ve found yourself frustrated or sad or angry time after time when trying to arrive at a place of acceptance, you aren’t flawed. Sometimes the advice to “just accept the way things are” doesn’t cut it. Let…
 
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    latest solar news

  • Four Advantages To Building New Homes

    26 May 2015 | 5:24 am
    If buying a home is distressing, to build one from scratch can be downright stressful. Construction of new homes, however, offers four advantages. Unlimited Customization Many people would like to live in a home tailored just for them. Most do not even consider this option when a move is contemplated, as they feel it would be too expensive to build from scratch. According to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), the new home median price in 2013 was $ 268,900. This is not a high price for total customization and the knowledge that a house is really yours. It is not uncommon to pay…
  • The Benefits of Installing Solar Panels

    25 May 2015 | 5:12 pm
    Solar panels are special devices that capture sunlight and convert it into usable electricity. Cells from these panels are arranged on a large area for maximum efficiency. As the sun shines on the surface, the lenses capture sunlight and channel for energy. Reduce energy costs Although you will have the initial burden of installing solar panels, once you have completed the renovation of most of their expenses you will be terminated. From this point, you will receive free energy due to the sun shining on the surface. This may be an exceptional economy, if you live in an area with abundant…
  • A company wants to make Melbourne’s trams solar-powered

    25 May 2015 | 4:18 am
    A company introduced a bold new proposal to the state government of Victoria in Australia, which iconic Melbourne tram network made entirely Solar power in the space of a few years. According to the court, the public transport network would be managed by the energy produced two new solar farms built near Swan Hill and Mildura, in the northwest of the state. Together, these proposals farms would be able to generate 80 gigawatt hours of electricity per year needed to run the tram network, which is the largest in the world. According to the Solar Group of Australia – the company behind the…
  • Pakistan Turns Desert Into a Sea of Solar Panels

    24 May 2015 | 4:21 pm
    ISLAMABAD- One of the world’s largest solar plants in Pakistan to provide clean, reliable and help reduce chronic power shortages in the country opened. The plant, spread over 200 hectares of desert land in the southern Pakistani province of Punjab, which will generate 100 megawatts (MW) in its initial phase and more than 300 MW by the end of the year, according to government officials. More than a third of Pakistan’s population has no access to electricity, and power shortages are a serious obstacle to economic growth. Advertising Inaugurating the plant, Nawaz Sharif, Prime…
  • Akon hopes to Provide 600 Million Africans with solar power

    24 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    Akon began its “Akon Lighting Africa” “to bring millions in Africa electricity through solar energy. According to reports, rapper and producer tries to get people in Africa to electricity thanks to this initiative. The eyes of the Academy ultimately provide 600 million people in many African countries currently without electricity there. Co-founder of the foundation Baithily Samba said: “Africans expect graduates of this center to develop new innovative solutions, technical He told the Academy, which can benefit from Lighting Africa Akon and go further..” 70…
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    SA CREATIVES

  • The results are in for Johnnie Walker Gentleman’s Wager between F1 Legend and SA racing champion 

    SA Creatives
    27 May 2015 | 3:35 am
    Finnish F1 legend Mika Häkkinen grants SA racing champion Gugu Zulu the Gentleman’s Wager for turning SA businessman into a skilled racing driver  Double Formula1 world champion, Mika Häkkinen has granted the Gentleman’s Wager posed to him by South African works rally driver, Gugu Zulu.  In association with superior luxury whisky brand Johnnie Walker Blue Label, Zulu wagered Häkkinen for the keys to an immaculate classic 1958 Mercedes Benz 300SL Roadster. If Zulu could successfully train businessman and racing novice Vusi Thembekwayo to set a Kyalami lap time that came within a mere…
  • The 10 Commandments of Typography

    SA Creatives
    27 May 2015 | 1:56 am
    This infographic from Evan Brown at DesignMantic aims to teach you the fundamentals  of typography usage. Enjoy   Click the below image to enlarge
  • Inspire, A Documentary About Creativity

    SA Creatives
    26 May 2015 | 12:14 am
    Inspire: Creative work is some of the most challenging and yet uniquely satisfying work there is. In today’s cut throat economy and high pressure demands for more content with quicker delivery dates and slashed budgets, we ask creatives working in a smorgasbord of industries how did they find success, how do they define success, what secrets have they found along the way, and what continues to inspire them? But most importantly through their inventions, creations, and art, how do they intend to inspire others? Inspire is a documentary that talks about the creative industry by talking to…
  • YOUNGxCREATIVE /// a celebration of young African creativity.

    SA Creatives
    25 May 2015 | 5:16 am
    The boys & girls at Creative Nestlings present YoungxCreative Magazine, a nomadic bi-annual 300 pg magazine curated & compiled by young African creatives that puts a spotlight on young people & their countries. Each issue focuses on a country & the young people that are helping shape it using their creativity. From musicians, artists, designers, makers, doers, change makers, fashion designers, illustrators, photographers, film makers, leaders to innovators, entrepreneurs, bloggers using their tools to shape the continents narrative in the digital age. The print + digital…
  • Africa’s top documentary festival announces first films

    SA Creatives
    25 May 2015 | 3:39 am
    CitizenFour Laura Poitras’s Oscar-winning documentary about whistleblower Edward Snowden, will open the 17th Encounters South African International Documentary Festival, running from 4-14 June 2015 in Cape Town and Johannesburg. Poitras won the Pulitzer in 2014 for her role in helping Snowden expose the widespread abuses of America’s National Security Adminsitration. Citizenfour is a first-person, fly-on-the-wall account of breaking the story of the decade, a real-life thriler unfolding minute-by-minute before our eyes. Snowden disturbingly warns: “Know that every border you cross,…
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    The Creative Mind

  • Be More Creative to Thrive as an Introvert or Highly Sensitive Person

    Douglas Eby
    23 May 2015 | 9:51 am
    As a creative person, one aspect of your personality is probably high sensitivity. You may also be an introvert. Psychologist Elaine Aron, who developed the concept of sensory processing sensitivity in her research and writings, thinks all highly sensitive people (HSPs) “are creative, by definition.” But, she warns, “Many have squashed their creativity because of their low self-esteem; many more had it squashed for them, before they could ever know about. But we all have it…” She adds, “One of the best ways to make life meaningful for an HSP is to use that…
  • The INTJ Personality and Being Creative Part 2

    Douglas Eby
    13 May 2015 | 1:42 pm
    [Continued from Part 1.] Psychologist Scott Barry Kaufman comments in an article about some of the problems with categorizing and typing people: “The most common misunderstanding of the extraversion-introversion dimension is that introverts are more introspective than extroverts. In reality, introverts are not necessarily introspective and highly introspective people aren’t necessarily introverted.” In a footnote, he adds that “the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) test… extraversion-introversion scale only includes items relating to being talkative, gregarious,…
  • The INTJ Personality and Being Creative

    Douglas Eby
    10 May 2015 | 6:51 pm
    “My psyche’s fight, my whole life, has been the head against the heart.” According to PersonalityPage.com, a website “about Psychological Type, created by the view from the shoulders of Carl G. Jung, and the work of Isabel Briggs Myers, creator of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)”, the INTJ type is “Introverted iNtuitive Thinking Judging (Introverted Intuition with Extraverted Thinking).” Jodie Foster is among many people on lists of the various Myers-Briggs personality types, such as the page Famous INTJs. She has commented, “I can…
  • Trusting Your Instincts to Be Creative

    Douglas Eby
    1 May 2015 | 10:13 pm
    Being creative, realizing our talents and crafting a fulfilling life involve self-awareness and respecting who we really are, including our unconscious depths. Many artists, psychologists and others refer to access to our creative inner depths as instinct or intuition. Actor Jodie Foster describes what many artists want in their work: “You look for films that hit you in the gut, in this unconscious place that really moves you, then you can’t help but make the movie because it’s something that you fear and you want to know more about it.” Quoted in my post Dancing With Our Unconscious.
  • A Healthy Ego To Be Creative

    Douglas Eby
    24 Apr 2015 | 4:51 pm
    How does a healthy self-concept impact our creative work? Don’t we need a big ego, fame and money for creative expression? One sense of this word “ego” is a distorted self-regard, what psychologist Carl Jung referred to as “inflated consciousness… hypnotized by itself.” Many people recognize the need to modulate this kind of unhealthy ego in order to facilitate the creative process. But we need to be careful about labeling attitudes as “egotistical” or “narcissistic.” Creativity teacher and writer Julia Cameron has commented,…
 
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    Cruzine

  • Digital Illustrations by Liam Peters

    Paul Viluda
    26 May 2015 | 5:27 am
    Liam Peters is an illustrator originally from Brisbane, Australia, living in the United States. Liam is currently self-employed doing freelance digital illustration from his home just outside of Dallas, Texas. Let's take a look at some of his artworks. Read More
  • Awesome 3d Art by Toni Bratincevic

    Paul Viluda
    26 May 2015 | 5:17 am
    Toni Bratincevic is a self taught digital artist born in Split, Croatia. Currently he's working in the United States for Blizzard Entertainment. Below, you may check out several 3d artworks selected from his portfolio. Enjoy! Read More
  • Portrait Illustrations by Diego Fernandez

    Paul Viluda
    18 May 2015 | 6:28 am
    Diego Fernandez is a digital artist and illustrator based in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Below, you may scroll through over 30 amazing female portraits selected from his portfolio. Enjoy! Read More
  • Original Digital Art by 3mmi

    Paul Viluda
    7 May 2015 | 3:22 am
    Pierre-Alain D. aka 3mmi is a freelance digital artist, web designer & network specialist from Nantes, France. If you're into quality dark art, make sure to scroll through your selection below. Enjoy! Read More
  • Creative Art by Jenny Lehmann

    Paul Viluda
    30 Apr 2015 | 5:47 am
    Jenny Lehmann is a 24-year-old artist / illustrator based in Germany. She focuses on digital painting and drawing and she loves to invent new worlds, stories, and especially characters. Jenny recently finished her Bachelor studies at the University of Offenburg. Let's take a look at some of her artworks. Read More
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    Tangible Development

  • InterContinental Banks on Culturally Specific Hotels

    Vera Dordick
    26 May 2015 | 11:34 am
    A couple of years ago, InterContinental Hotels undertook a new venture — launching a plan that involves opening 100 hotels that are “made for China.” The launch was under a completely new brand name: Hualuxe. This incorporates the Chinese word “hua” for majestic and the English term “luxe” to connote luxury. Here’s an interview that BBC Shanghai reporter John Sudworth did with the hotel group’s CEO, Richard Solomons. In the interview, Solomons agrees that being so China-specific may turn off some customers. He rightly points out that any brand with…
  • Cultural skills critical for talent development

    Vera Dordick
    26 Apr 2015 | 6:47 am
    Developing talent in your organization is a multifaceted process that spans a variety of disciplines.  But no matter the industry, cultural skills are critical.  Given that those who can successfully navigate a multicultural terrain will be most successful, we are so excited to be presenting at the Talent Development Summit presented by the Hudson Mohawk chapter of the Association for Talent Development. Here’s a sneak peak of what’s on the agenda:
  • Demographic drama for property managers

    Vera Dordick
    15 Dec 2014 | 9:04 am
    Without a doubt, New York City is a unique place, and when it comes to demographics, the city’s singularity is even more apparent. Last week, as we were pulling together information for a presentation at the LandlordsNY Symposium, I faced a dramatic demographic profile with regard to the city’s foreign-born residents. First, some stunning comparisons can be made: New York State has the second highest percentage of foreign-born residents in the country, second only to California. Texas and Florida round out the top four. There are more foreign-born residents in New York City than there…
  • Come see us at the summit!

    Vera Dordick
    5 Nov 2014 | 10:17 am
    We hope you’re going to be at the Business Opportunities to Success Summit (BOSS) next week because it’s going to be jam-packed full of inspiration and ideas! More than 50 chief executive officers will share the hard lessons they learned growing their companies at the all-day session on on Nov. 122014 Sujata Chaudhry, a principal with Tangible Development LLC, will be one of the thought leaders from across the region to speak at the event. The second annual BOSS event will once again spotlight leaders from various industries throughout the region. Each will deliver 5-minute…
  • Life is Like a Salad Bowl

    Vera Dordick
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:51 am
    I love that headline! This item from the Huffington Post is just one of the articles featured in this week’s Global Culture Report. Other topics this week include: the brain benefits of learning another language the mother and daughter-in-law conflict teaching a global mindset, and Latinos are Hawaii’s fastest growing ethnic group.   Glad we can help you catch up on the global culture news that affects your business!
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    Farnam Street

  • A Brief History of the To-Do List

    Shane Parrish
    27 May 2015 | 4:30 am
    The to-do list is something I talked about in my webinar on productivity, specifically, I argued that to-do lists were evil from a productivity perspective. This is something New York Times science writer John Tierney and psychologist Roy F. Baumeister expand upon in “A brief history of the to-do list,” the third chapter of their book Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength. Our failure rate keeps climbing as the lists keep getting longer. At any one time, a person typically has at least 150 different tasks to be done, and fresh items never stop appearing on our screens. How…
  • Marshall McLuhan: The Here And Now

    Shane Parrish
    26 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    “In a culture like ours, long accustomed to splitting and dividing all things as a means of control, it is sometimes a bit of a shock to be reminded that, in operational and practical fact, the medium is the message.” In this passage from Understanding Media, Marshall McLuhan, reminds us of the difficulty that frictionless connection brings with it and how technological media advances have worked not to preserve but rather to ‘abolish history.’ Perfection of the means of communication has meant instantaneity. Such an instantaneous network of communication is the…
  • Countering the Inside View and Making Better Decisions

    Shane Parrish
    25 May 2015 | 4:30 am
    “You can reduce the number of mistakes you make by thinking about problems more clearly.“ In his book Think Twice: Harnessing the Power of Counterintuition, Michael Mauboussin discusses how we can “fall victim to simplified mental routines that prevent us from coping with the complex realities inherent in important judgment calls.” One of those routines is the inside view, which we’re going to talk about in this article but first let’s get a bit of context. No one wakes up thinking, “I am going to make bad decisions today.” Yet we all make them. What…
  • Roald Dahl’s Heartbreaking Letter About Losing his Daughter in 1962

    Shane Parrish
    21 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    Roald Dahl, the beloved author of my personal favorites Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda and The BFG, lost his eldest daughter, Olivia, to measles in the early 60s. It wasn’t until 1988, however, that he penned a remarkable letter that doubles as a plea to parents, urging them to have their children vaccinated. The letter is as relevant today as when it originally appeared, in a pamphlet published by the Sandwell Health Authority, in 1988. Olivia, my eldest daughter, caught measles when she was seven years old. As the illness took its usual course I can remember reading to her…
  • Elon Musk on How to Tell if People Are Lying

    Shane Parrish
    20 May 2015 | 4:30 am
    Great tidbit from Elon Musk at the Ignition Conference on how having job applicants explain their thinking at multiple levels helps him figure out if they really worked on the problem. If you just talk to the people on your team you can learn a tremendous amount. As you iterate through problems … when you struggle with a problem that’s when you understand it. Once you’ve done that for (years), then you have a pretty good grasp of it. In fact, that’s one of the ways, when I interview someone … is to ask them to tell me about the problems they worked on and how…
 
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    Cultural Weekly

  • Ronald Baatz: Four Poems

    Ronald Baatz
    21 May 2015 | 1:49 am
    Ronald Baatz is a poet whose last book of poems, Bird Standing, was published by Blind Dog Press in Australia. Five Small Poems Its shadow sufficient to bring the pear to perfection- cold sunlight in a cold window I am still alone I am singing like a bird I feel like a fool but also like a bird that is singing like a fool There’s that high whistling sound again- maybe the wind passing through the skull of a dead bird Such a handsome river with a cold wind glimmering on its back like cold fire riding the opinionless serpent My childhood- the whole thing made up one day when I was an old…
  • From Concept to Context

    R. D. Wood
    21 May 2015 | 1:31 am
    Ordinary speech and literary language have changed places. Viktor Shklovsky ‘Art as Technique’ In thinking through Viktor Shklovsky’s statement in relation to the poetry landscape today, I do not want to simply find evidence to support or oppose it. One could easily imagine an essay that listed the ways in which ordinary turns of phrase entered into the space of poems in blogs, journals, chapbooks, poems and books. For example: how might overheard snippets of speech enter into piece of verse (Tim Wright)? What might be the way in which the inheritors of Ezra Pound mash up everyday…
  • Every Month is National Poetry Month

    Mike Sonksen
    21 May 2015 | 1:00 am
    I know I am not alone when I say that for me, every month is National Poetry Month. As great as April is with its annual celebration of National Poetry Month, this festival of poetry lasts all year for me and many of my peers. May 2015 has been a very eventful period with poetic events and new releases of poetic recordings. This dispatch will share a few of these. The pioneering Black Arts poet Sonia Sanchez did an extended set of poems at Cal State L.A. on May 14th. Sanchez was the poet selected for the 30th edition of the annual Jean Burden Reading. For the last 30 years during the Spring,…
  • He Was a Friend of Mine: Jack Slater

    Eric Trules
    21 May 2015 | 12:39 am
    “Friend” is a word I value. I don’t use it lightly. As in “Facebook friend.” The word has more respect about it than that. At its core, it resonates with words like trust, loyalty and longevity. Because it also has substance about it, something Facebook and merely “acquaintance” simply don’t have. And there is a beautiful song about friendship that I love. It’s called “He Was a Friend of Mine.” My favorite version was sung by Dave Van Ronk, the salty, crusty folksinger with the raspy voice who was sort of the Mayor of Greenwich Village back in the early bohemian 1960s.
  • Revengeance Funded: Congrats to Bill Plympton and Jim Lujan!

    Cultural Weekly
    20 May 2015 | 6:43 pm
    Traditional Animation Is Alive and Well Revengeance Feature Film a Go. Raises Over $90,0000. Bill Plympton going for the Stretch! It is with great pleasure that we report that Revengeance, a new animated feature film from independent creators Bill Plympton and Jim Lujan, has reached its funding goal on Kickstarter. As you may recall, we recently featured it as one of our Kickstarters of the Week, so we couldn’t be more pleased to see the support given to these two highly talented individuals. This is the third successful Bill Plympton Kickstarter! This means the project moves…
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    i heart creation

  • Prized paintings…

    I'm the universe
    8 May 2015 | 9:20 pm
    Remember, in one of my earlier posts, I had mentioned about how our home has been transformed into an art gallery, all this was realized thru our intuitive kids, who are quite creative and artistic. I have a lot to learn from them, they are my ingenious gurus. I am bedazzled and want to learn their one-of-a-kind naive art -that […]
  • Teeming tulips transpiring…

    I'm the universe
    29 Apr 2015 | 3:10 pm
  • Trending now…

    I'm the universe
    28 Apr 2015 | 7:53 pm
    Tuning in with the resonance that Nature is orchestrating for spring.  
  • “Crowning glory”

    I'm the universe
    26 Apr 2015 | 7:46 pm
    Synchronicity always crowns me with contentment. Image courtesy of my son
  • For all who are present:

    I'm the universe
    26 Apr 2015 | 7:44 pm
    In perfect harmony with the rhythm of the universe, the concurrent events are unfolding for all who are present. Image courtesy of my son  
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    Lucy Chen Fine Art

  • My Story with Flat White

    Lucy Chen
    19 May 2015 | 5:00 pm
    my one-hour still life study. oil on board. Standing in a queue to make my first American coffee order in a cafe in San Fransisco, I kept reminding myself, “don’t say ‘flat white”, they do not have that in America.”  But guess what I said when the barista asked what I wanted.  Yeah, I said “soy flat white, please”. The first time I saw the name “flat white” was in the cafeteria of the University of New South Wales, during the first semester of the first year of my B.Commerce degree.  Its name was so curiously intriguing.  Was it really…
  • What Grandmas Can Do with an Artist Grandchild

    Lucy Chen
    10 May 2015 | 1:58 pm
    What do you do after dinner in the evenings? Do you watch TV? Do you read a book?  Do you consciously choose what you do? My dad, step-mum and grandma have come to visit us from China since March.  What grandmas can do while staying with their artist grand-daughter is to be her model.  The photo above shows me sketching her portrait in ink. But one week was all they could bare staying in my house before they all moved to live in my mum’s place.  Can you guess why? Why my grandma could not bare living with me My grandma needs to watch TV from 5.30am to 9.30pm, and I do not have a…
  • As Great as Picasso

    Lucy Chen
    20 Apr 2015 | 3:00 pm
    This morning, my 5-year-old took a photo of my with his iPad (which he named Wii-Gee), and used it as a reference to draw my portrait. I was very impressed as I told him, “Wow, Alan, it looks great!  It looks quite Picasso!” Alan asked, “Who is Picasso?” “A very great artist.” I answered. “Mama, you are a very great artist, too.” Alan replied, matter-of-factly. And that made my day!  I am FEELING GREAT! Have you got a child or grandchild who totally admires you and your work?  Aren’t we lucky? Related posts: What a Two-Year-Old Can…
  • Can You Achieve Enlightenment through Drawing?

    Lucy Chen
    14 Apr 2015 | 3:45 am
    Life drawing, charcoal on paper, by Lucy Chen I’ve been going to a life drawing class every Friday since February, and I’m loving it! My teacher is Paul Miller, an Archibald finalist.  He is a very passionate artist and he has a beautiful glowing soul! He also talks about drawing, painting and art in a way that a kung fu master would about martial arts, or an enlightened monk would about the thousands of miles he’s walked.  But isn’t art like that anyway? Can we achieve enlightenment through drawing?Click To Tweet Life Drawing, ink on paper, by Lucy Chen I strongly…
  • Why Aren’t You More Passionate about What You Do, and How to Change That

    Lucy Chen
    5 Apr 2015 | 4:00 pm
    WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON 12″x12″, oil on linen board, by Lucy Chen SOLD. The first time I held a brush in my hand and put paint on canvas in November 2011, it felt like magic. Oh, the feeling of fulfilment!  Even when you were frustrated and the result was far from satisfactory. There!  Right there, you saw with absolute clarity what you were born to do! Magic? Corny? Or Scientifically-Proven? If you’ve somehow “stumbled on”  your passion like I did, you can certainly relate.  But if you have not yet found your life’s passion, you’d probably roll your…
 
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    Creativity Tech

  • Not So Super, Prerelease Piracy Strikes Again

    Gordon Platt
    22 May 2015 | 12:37 pm
    After the unfortunate losses for Expendables 3 after it was leaked last summer, there’s heightened concern that prerelease piracy will become a common problem as connectivity and access speeds increase. Those concerns are becoming a reality, as the pilot for CBS series Supergirl has been leaked a full five months before its official air date. Variety reports that the episode had been accessed more than 120,000 times in the early hours of Friday morning, a number we can expect to skyrocket once the holiday weekend kicks in and fans have an extra day to seek out the episode. View image…
  • Follow Up Study Finds a Sturdy Black Market for Online Ads

    Gordon Platt
    19 May 2015 | 11:40 am
    An updated report from the Digital Citizens Alliance (DCA) shows that piracy sites still make a killing from online ad revenue, despite progress against individual perpetrators. Following up on its 2013 study Good Money Gone Bad, the DCA found that such sites are generating $209 million in advertising revenue on the back of unlicensed content. That’s down slightly from the previous report’s figure of $227 million, but shows a black market that is still strong almost two years on and which provides plenty of incentive for new players to enter. And what’s happening underneath…
  • Alienating Artists, NPR Allies with Pandora as a Music Licensing Luddite

    Gordon Platt
    12 May 2015 | 8:48 am
    A storm of criticism flared up earlier this month in one of the most unlikely places, as independent artists took NPR to task over its support of Pandora. The publicly-funded broadcasting platform is generally considered to be a bastion of support for the arts and creativity, but lining up alongside the streaming music company as it attempts to reduce royalty payments to artists has many reconsidering that relationship. View image | gettyimages.com The tension arises from NPR’s unexpected move to join the Music, Innovation and Consumers (MIC) Coalition, a misleadingly named group of…
  • Two Years On, Copyright Review Hearings Come to a Close

    Gordon Platt
    30 Apr 2015 | 11:35 pm
    The last of 20 Congressional hearings on copyright occurred yesterday in Washington D.C., as lawmakers closed out a review process that dates back more than two years. Following numerous hearings involving panelists from across the creative sector and organizations that support it, this final session heard from just one witness, Register of Copyrights Maria A. Pallante. It’s fitting that Pallante was the speaker at this closing session, as it was she who set the wheels in motion to begin this long-term review of U.S. copyright law in 2013. Maria A. Pallante, Register of…
  • California Attempts Early Intervention for 3D Printing IP

    Gordon Platt
    22 Apr 2015 | 12:34 pm
    Makerbot 3D Printing store – NYC California is always ahead of the curve when it comes to rolling out new technology, but the laws that protect associated intellectual property often lag behind. That seems to be something that the state will try to remedy in the case of 3D printing, as copyright is considered and factored into new legislation around even its early uses. The bill in this case, AB-37, refers only to reminders about intellectual property infringement in California’s public libraries but it could be the tip of the iceberg when it comes to one of the hottest –…
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    Make Creativity Pay

  • Struggling to Sell Your Creative Work Online? You Might Be Missing This Key Ingredient

    Leanne Regalla
    19 May 2015 | 8:40 am
    So, you’re trying to sell music, books, jewelry, or art from your website. You’re religiously sharing on Pinterest, Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Maybe you’ve even got a presence on Amazon, iTunes, Fine Art America, or Etsy. But you’re not getting great results – and you’re not sure why. After all, you’re doing what “they” advise – posting three times a day, asking interesting questions, and sharing funny memes. But still… all you hear is crickets. First off, let me assure you that’s very common. Also? It’s not your fault. See, the problem is that no one’s…
  • 08 – Becoming Confident Handling Taxes & Accounting for Creatives with June Walker

    Leanne Regalla
    7 May 2015 | 11:21 am
    Subscribe to the podcast on Stitcher or iTunes, rate, and leave a review to let me know what you think! Your feedback helps others to find the show.   Subscribe on Stitcher Subscribe on iTunes Follow on Soundcloud   And as always, please share if you know someone who needs to hear these great interviews.   Show Summary In this episode of the Make Creativity Pay Podcast, I talk to June Walker, author and tax advisor to the self-employed, about understanding deductions, deciding on a business structure, guarding against being seen as a hobbyist, handling liability, and finally…
  • 09 – Moving Past Fear to Creative Invincibility with Josh Pais [Podcast]

    Leanne Regalla
    9 Apr 2015 | 12:01 pm
    Subscribe to the podcast on Stitcher or iTunes, rate, and leave a review to let me know what you think! Your feedback helps others to find the show. Subscribe on Stitcher Subscribe on iTunes Follow on Soundcloud And as always, please share if you know someone who needs to hear these great interviews. Show Summary In this episode of the Make Creativity Pay podcast, I talk to actor, director, writer, and teacher Josh Pais about moving past fears and anxiety to get your best work out into the world. [ I did this interview a while back, but it’s one of my favorites and I hope you’ll…
  • 13 Reasons You Shouldn’t Work for Free (Even if Oprah Calls)

    Leanne Regalla
    26 Mar 2015 | 12:13 pm
    Raise your hand if you’ve ever heard one of these familiar stories: “We’d love to have you as part of our event, but we don’t have a budget.” “You’ll be in the newspaper and our flier. It will be great exposure!” “Submit your work to our contest, we’ll feature the best entry at our upcoming event.” “We can’t pay you, but it’s for a great cause!” Whatever reason they give, the bottom line is the same: they want you to work for free. They expect you to be excited to see your name in print or on a marquee. They imagine that you’d love donating your time,…
  • 07 – Succeeding at Multiple Creative Passions with Bob Baker [Podcast]

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

  • Make Ideas Happen

    Deborah
    11 May 2015 | 1:00 am
    Make Ideas Happen!    The post Make Ideas Happen appeared first on Creativity For Life.
  • The Three C’s – Creativity, Crafting And Kids

    Deborah
    8 May 2015 | 1:00 am
    Problem solving and making can change how children think and work. This creativity is essential if we are going to raise a generation of capable kids. Moreover, learning to fail and keep on going with a laugh is a skill we all need, and making can teach it to us. In my short presentation I […] The post The Three C’s – Creativity, Crafting And Kids appeared first on Creativity For Life.
  • Creativity – The Creative Act Of Listening To A Talking Frog (Video)

    Deborah
    24 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    A global entertainment icon and beloved Mississippian explains the meaning of life. Creativity is a tough thing to measure, and while a lot of people think that you either have it or you don’t, Kermit the Frog is here to tell you otherwise. Kermit the Frog is an entertainment icon known worldwide for his appearances […] The post Creativity – The Creative Act Of Listening To A Talking Frog (Video) appeared first on Creativity For Life.
  • Have Big Dreams

    Deborah
    21 Apr 2015 | 1:00 am
    Have Big Dreams, You Will Grow Into Them    The post Have Big Dreams appeared first on Creativity For Life.
  • Five Ways To Make Your Organization Innovative

    Deborah
    16 Apr 2015 | 1:00 am
    Creative ideas are what turn ordinary companies into innovative market leaders. These companies see the end result first and then build a path to achieve those results. A safety zone needs to be established. Often, failure is punished but success is not rewarded. We must remember that failure is the second cousin to success. We […] The post Five Ways To Make Your Organization Innovative appeared first on Creativity For Life.
 
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    THE CREATIVE HOME - Creative Home Reader

  • Chocolate LEGOs for Your Sweet

    Donald Rattner
    25 May 2015 | 5:30 pm
    This is combinatorial creativity you can really sink your teeth into. Japanese designer Akihiro Mizuuchi created a set of precise LEGO molds that turn melted chocolate into edible bricks. The molds were formed around real Lego pieces, so the detailing and proportions closely adhere to the famed Danish toy. The idea started with a Valentine's Day tradition among Mizuuchi's friends to re-create characters from a popular Japanese anime television program. The designer modeled each character in LEGO bricks on his computer first. This way  he could calculate the types and quantities of the…
  • Sitting Can Drain Brain Power and Stifle Creativity

    Donald Rattner
    21 May 2015 | 4:58 pm
    “Sitting is the new smoking,” according to Dr. James Levine, of the Mayo Clinic-Arizona State University Obesity Solutions Initiative. Levine is the author of Get Up! Why Your Chair Is Killing You and What You Can Do About It, and the inventor of the treadmill desk. Levine believes that sitting is a bigger public health problem than smoking. Luckily, the detriments of sitting can easily be fixed simply by standing up. Levine says that we lose about two hours of life for every hour we sit. He blames sitting for a wide range of ailments beyond gaining weight and obesity. In an…
  • Here Comes The Kitchen of the Future

    Donald Rattner
    18 May 2015 | 5:30 pm
    There always seem to be two potential futures: In one, we have Marty McFly flying around on hoverboards like everything’s wonderful. In the other, we have Katniss Everdeen slitting throats for the world’s last Manwich. Which one will it be? Ikea imagines that in the year 2025, our kitchen will live somewhere between dystopia and utopia. In a collaboration with Ideo and students at Lund University, and the Eindhoven University of Technology, Ikea presented a kitchen of the future. A Smart, All-in-One Table and Cooktop Its pièce de résistance is a glowing communal table, called the Table…
  • Bee Creative: Hexagonal Furniture You Can Play With

    Donald Rattner
    14 May 2015 | 2:55 pm
    We often lump the birds and the bees together as a handy metaphor of nature's mechanism for self-perpetuation. But these two creatures have something else in common, something far less commonplace: they belong to a select group of animals and insects that build things. Ants, beavers, spiders, certain reptiles and denizens of the sea are among the other members of this exclusive club. Of the various types of structures the animal architects erect, perhaps the honeycomb of the beehive is the most rigorously geometric, Euclidean even in its relentless repetition of the solitary figure of…
  • The Executive Toy Makes a Comeback

    Donald Rattner
    10 May 2015 | 5:30 pm
    The Museum of Modern Art is a temple of useful design. It has sponsored chair-making competitions, turned a vacant lot into a showcase of prefabricated housing and exhibited paper clips as if they were Rothkos. Its retail arm, the MoMA Store, is filled with beautiful but sensible objects. So I was surprised to find the Helicone among the store’s spring introductions. The Helicone is made of paddle-shaped wood pieces arrayed around a metal rod. Depending on which way you spin it, the pieces rearrange themselves into two shapes: a helix and something like a pine cone. This is to say…
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    BrainDirector

  • Female And Male Dating Coaches Offer Inner Game Advice

    The Writer
    22 May 2015 | 11:11 pm
    In this article, you will be reading from some of the world’s top dating coaches and experts. These top coaches will be offering you inner game advice. So lets get started Kezia Noble Offers Inner Game Advice The first thing I would say to him is get used to it. There is such a thing as natural advantage and that‟s it. That‟s never going to change. If a guy is very good looking, she will give him extra time. That is a fact. She will let him get away with a lot more than a guy whom she considers unattractive. But there is a limit. I‟ve spoken to a lot of very hot guys. I mean,…
  • Top Dating Coaches Talk About Physical Attractiveness

    khuram imtiaz
    19 May 2015 | 7:16 am
    Lets first read what David Wygant has to say: Everybody is attractive. Let me tell you the story of Behar. Behar was my college roommate. At 21, he was bald, getting fat and he had more hair on his mustache than he did growing on the top of his head. He used to look at me all the time and say, “You know, you‟re much better looking than I. You don‟t even realize it, and it doesn‟t make a difference. I‟d rather go out looking like I am full of confidence than ever go looking like you, full of insecurities at times.” Because women don‟t judge you based on your looks, they…
  • Being Physically Attractive And Killing Limiting Beliefs

    khuram imtiaz
    12 May 2015 | 2:52 pm
    Various pickup artists will he offering advice and help to those guys who thing that they are physically unattractive. You will learn how to become physically attractive and how to kill your limiting beliefs. Lets get started Adam Lyons On How To Be Physically Attractive Anytime I get student who thinks that he’s physically unattractive to girls, I always tell him the same thing: Jack Black, Steve Tyler and Mick Jagger. I start pointing out some famous people who really are physically unattractive but manage to date incredibly attractive women. I mean, even Russell Brand, and…
  • How To Become Attractive And Not Be A Shy Guy

    khuram imtiaz
    12 May 2015 | 4:46 am
    Well, the first thing I‟d probably say is: “Why do you think it‟s important to be attractive?” And he might answer something like, “Well, it is important. Girls are only attracted to good looking guys.” And I‟d say something along the lines of, “Well, okay, if girls are only attracted to good looking guys, what does that matter?” And he‟s like, “Well, it matters because no girl is going to want to have sex with a guy who is not good looking.” And then I‟ll say something like, “Well, I don‟t know about you, but thanks to the power of the Internet, I‟ve seen…
  • Help For Those Who Feel Physically Unattractive

    The Writer
    11 May 2015 | 4:24 am
    It‟s actually in your best interest to NOT be very physically attractive. You want some kind of physical limitation. You want to be a little overweight, you want to be short, a bit skinny like I am – attractive women hate dating guys who are too good looking. Also – having some kind of thing about you that‟s not perfect makes the woman work harder to get you. Because if you do this right, she‟s going to be feeling “I should be able to get that guy.” It‟s like a chink in the armor. The right kind of vulnerability can get women COMPLETELY chasing the guy. He‟s not perfect.
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    The Artist Myth

  • The Passion Myth

    Mike Roy
    4 May 2015 | 7:23 am
    How many times have you heard the following phrase related to not just creative endeavors, but just about any venture that requires human effort and will to accomplish?“All you need is passion.”Hearing this phrase always causes me to scratch my head. Because the way I understand passion, giving it control of any aspect of your life is like driving on a narrow road with a cliff to one side… and then giving the steering wheel to a crazy person.What is Passion?Passion is basically defined as a very intense emotion towards a person or thing.It has served as the catalyst for a…
  • The Isolated Artist Myth

    Mike Roy
    27 Apr 2015 | 8:44 am
    For many people, both artists and non-artists, being creative seems synonymous with being aloof, isolated, and lonely. For an artist, being alone most of the time is even considered necessary in order to create their best work.But is that really true?Typical Statements of The Loner Artist StereotypeHere are statements you might hear from someone who observes an artist in their natural habitat:“Artists are all about themselves.” “Artists don’t like to associate or work with other people.” “Artists tend to be aloof, selfish and don’t listen to other viewpoints.”…
  • The Talent Myth

    Mike Roy
    20 Apr 2015 | 4:06 am
    There has always been a lot of excessive attention placed on raw talent.It’s easy to understand why. The youthful prodigy that practically emerges from the womb playing concertos makes a much more compelling story than the quasi-talented hard worker.But the unfortunate result of our pursuit of the next rare natural genius is skewed perception … and there is no greater victim of this perception than the average everyday artist who thinks that they have no shot at greatness. (Or even just a shot making a living doing their art.)The fallout of this myth is heard whenever the average…
  • The Sellout Myth

    Mike Roy
    13 Apr 2015 | 9:12 am
    There are few concepts more destructive to an artist’s ability to have a sustainable business than the Sellout Myth.I cringe when I hear its signature sound of entitled belligerence:“Art is only pure when it’s given freely.”“You want money for this? You’re selling out!”“You want to get paid? You should do your art for free.”Unfortunately, many artists who have legitimate, wonderful, inspiringly original gifts to share with the world are held back from sharing them by the fear that they will receive this accusation.A Selling Artist Isn’t A Sellout ArtistThe outcry of…
  • How To Get More Traffic To Your Online Gallery or Portfolio Site, Part 1

    Mike Roy
    27 Dec 2014 | 3:36 pm
    We all could use some more eyeballs on our work.But like a busy city, the internet is crammed full of noise and lots of people clamoring for relevant attention.There are a lot of opinions and ideas about how to get more internet based traffic to your online gallery or portfolio website. But which ones are the most effective? Which ones are worth actually doing? You could spend a lot of time trying out a number of different ways to get more people to your site, but at the end of the day, which traffic-inducing methods are really worth your time investment?In this article I’ve assimilated…
 
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    Raymazing

  • Recap: The Rest of the Japan Trip, LOL

    raymazing
    23 May 2015 | 12:57 pm
    So the next 9 days of the Japan trip swiftly passing us while we spent 20 hours a day, awake working. Then spending the rest of our hours recharging batteries. Does that make sense? Probably not, but probably yes if you checked my snaps the whole time. Anyways, I’d like to present to you what I observed and learned from the […]
  • Recap: Japan Day 1

    raymazing
    1 May 2015 | 3:25 pm
    It seems surreal to be in Japan right now. I’ve always dreamed about coming here as a kid. In my life, I’ve consumed so much Japanese culture from fashion, food, cartoons, skating, surfing, to cars, that it actually doesn’t feel all that foreign to me. Weird huh? Not really. Or maybe I’m still in shock because I’ve […]
  • What do you get out of watching and reading the news?

    michaelbadrock
    29 Apr 2015 | 10:21 am
    Rape, murder, assault, war, terror, robbery and death. Just another day in the news. Over the course of the last year I’ve stopped reading newspapers and I’ve stopped watching the 6pm bulletins. Why? Because the vast majority of stories seem to be vicious and confronting. Do we actually have to know about all this? Is […]
  • Recap: Last Game of the Season

    raymazing
    28 Apr 2015 | 12:11 pm
    On April 4th, I decided to take my DSLR to work. It was the last season game for the NBA D-League team, Westchester Knicks. So technically this means I just finished my first season of being a camera man for a professional sports team! Fuck yeah! D-League still counts bitches. Working under the basket for the WC-Knicks […]
  • Recap: Soulection + Cache Poolparty + Mondrian LA

    raymazing
    11 Mar 2015 | 9:26 pm
    What can I say? We came. We splashed. We danced. We had the time of our lives. An idea of a Soulection pool party was conceived a few months ago during a freezing-your-balls-off, New York winter night. Just the thought of some sun, bikinis, and good vibes was almost torture. My homie Eno and I lightly […]
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    Creatamin

  • Conversation On Creativity with Mau Morgó

    Wazir Rohiman
    13 May 2015 | 8:19 pm
    Mau Morgó is a young graphic designer, visual artist, surfer and all-round Creative from Barcelona. He started his Creative Career at Mucho but his creative journey started at a younger age. He is now a freelance designer and also the co-founder of We Die For Beauty. Mau was recently recognised and awarded as an Emerging Talent by Sitges Next. He shares with us his Creative passion, his process as well as the stunning visuals he designs. Wazir Rohiman (WR): When and how did you first realise that you had a calling towards the Creative field? Mau Morgó (MM): I was an awful student and…
  • Ken Hughes On The Importance Of Play And Creativity

    Wazir Rohiman
    7 May 2015 | 1:25 pm
    TED and TEDx curated videos are always full of incredibly valuable and awe-inspiring contents. We recently stumbled across a TEDx lecture that instantly turned on the light bulb for us! If there is another lecture that absolutely need to be added to our list of 5 Ted Videos On Creativity You Absolutely Need To Watch, it’s is definitely the one by Ken Hughes. He might look like he’s drinking from the fountain of youth. But don’t be duped by his forever-young looks. He actually has acquired an immense experience in Creative living, by practicing what he calls Time-bending. Ken…
  • Jonathan Tilley: Listen To What Creativity Is Telling You

    Wazir Rohiman
    5 May 2015 | 1:08 pm
    In our previous post, 5 Ted Videos On Creativity You Absolutely Need To Watch, we featured an incredible speaker who gave an amazing lecture on why you should listen to what Creativity is trying to tell you. Jonathan Tilley, the man on the TEDx stage giving this lecture has a long career in the Creative fields. He started at the age of nine! Jonathan has since then been an actor, choreographer, voice-over artist, singer, director and has accomplished many other roles. Jonathan now focuses his Creative energy on helping Creative people transition into successful Creative Freelancers. He is…
  • 5 TED Videos On Creativity You Absolutely Need To Watch

    Wazir Rohiman
    30 Apr 2015 | 1:30 pm
    Are you looking to delve deeper into the subject of Creativity? Or do you just want to get a grasp of what is it about this thing called Creativity? If your answers to any of these questions are yes, then look no further. What is all the hype about? What is the impact of Creativity on your life? Here at Creatamin, we have compiled a short list, but packed with the essential videos of TED lectures that we believe you absolutely need to watch. TED, short for Technology, Education and Design has since 1984 been a groundbreaking non-profit organisation that has been spreading incredible ideas…
  • Interviewing Beeple: One Completed Artwork Every 24 Hours

    Wazir Rohiman
    20 Apr 2015 | 11:53 am
    Mike Winkelmann a.k.a Beeple from Wisconsin, USA, is a multi-talented creative whose works include animations, Vj-ing, and illustrations. Beeple’s short films have been screened at various established media-arts powerhouses such as the ARS Electronica and the Biennale of Sydney, among others. He strongly believes in the ‘open-source’ concept and has published a series of his work under Creative Commons. Some of which have been used by Electronic Dance Music artists; deadmau5, Skrillex, Avicii and many more. Beeple also produces artworks for Brainfeeder, an indie record…
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    Tone Movement

  • Where There’s a Phil, There’s a Way

    Logan Tabor
    21 May 2015 | 12:28 pm
    Out the window and through the wooden fence, a band of horses gamboled over a brilliant green hill.  We were to convene with Phil Bradbury of Little Walter Tube Amps — a man I had heard many things about and had even had the pleasure of speaking with over the phone, but had never chanced to meet.  It was down a lightly winding road wrapped around a network of foliate knolls ending in a shallow, pine-crowded dell where we first shook hands. I entered the workshop and was greeted by a stoic group of amps and cabinets.  In addition to his amp display there was a ton of other great…
  • A Silent Goodbye

    Logan Tabor
    23 Apr 2015 | 9:02 am
    A lazy slant on Route 301 guided the mix of fallen snow and ice to the side of the road in a mangled grayscale.  The trip was over.  We now struggled to outrun the steady pace of the errant ice storm at our heels.  It was as if the crooked hand of the Chesapeake Bay and its many tributaries were pushing us southward — a cold and malevolent finger occasionally sweeping the friction out from under our tires.  The wilted scenery tipped its hat and sneered in the rear view as we passed cautiously over the Potomac. “how appropriate…” …I thought to myself.  These…
  • Trust Your Ears, But Be Aware That They Can Fool You

    Logan Tabor
    10 Apr 2015 | 6:30 am
    Given the amount of equipment and product in the shop at Cage Amplifiers, the environment was surprisingly clean.  There were racks and shelves stocked with an encyclopedic selection of tubes, capacitors, resistors, brackets, nuts, screws and anything else one might need for a build. There were notes of Dewey Decimal-esque classification here…but I had not the time to document the evidence… The tidy shop in Damascus, MD, smelled like the inside of an old Hammond mixed with the melted transformer wax of an AC30.  All the woodwork was done right there in the shop, a job that…
  • Assorted Sea Critters

    Logan Tabor
    12 Mar 2015 | 1:16 pm
    I sat across from Hanan and his beautiful fiancé, Molly, in a quaint sushi parlor in Cliffside Park, NJ.  Hanan and I had exchanged emails and phone calls numerous times in the months prior, but had never met face-to-face. After completing a stiff nine-hour drive over highways littered with furious 18-wheeled monsters, my editor and I were in desperate need of raw food and good conversation.  We entered the restaurant with a familiar quickness and began saying our hellos. after a few brief formalities… …the four of us settled into casual chatter.  I had been following…
  • Pickup Vocabulary

    Logan Tabor
    3 Mar 2015 | 5:33 am
    Bill Arnsparger has always been fascinated by the construction of guitar pickups.  A thin wire wraps around a bobbin, and leads to an odd-looking set of electronic components.  This takes the vibration from a metal string out to an amplifier and through a speaker.  For many of us, I’m sure, this has always been a bit of a mystery, but for Mr. Arnsparger… …this system has been an inspiration. “I had seen a book by Jason Lollar and I kept putting off buying it until around 2005 or ’06. One day I finally decided to get it.” Arnsparger decided to build his…
 
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    How to focus

  • 4 Ways to Celebrate Stillness Everyday

    Ebony Barber
    26 May 2015 | 1:30 pm
    Celebrating stillness can feel pointless or totally liberating. This is when your true priorities will rise to the surface. Instead of simply doing, doing, doing, you become more whole and more connected to the space around you. More aligned. More true. I believe that to feel more alive I have to stand still sometimes. The post 4 Ways to Celebrate Stillness Everyday appeared first on How to focus.
  • Emotional Intelligence – How do your feel about yourself?

    Ebony Barber
    19 May 2015 | 2:12 am
    Have you tapped into your EQ? Our emotions help us determine the length of time we can focus and what we decide to focus on. When you can consciously pay attention to your thoughts, you can start to turn off the mind chatter that is spiralling into unproductive feelings like stress and anxiety. The post Emotional Intelligence – How do your feel about yourself? appeared first on How to focus.
  • Sparkle Sister of the Week: Bridie McPhie

    Ebony Barber
    13 May 2015 | 3:15 pm
    It's time to introduce you to our Sparkle Sister of the week Bridie McPhie. Currently studying a Bachelor of Mass Communication, Bridie loves writing so much she has created a dedicated following over at her style blog klothandkohl.com - check out her daily style, it's both stunning and inspiring! The post Sparkle Sister of the Week: Bridie McPhie appeared first on How to focus.
  • Eliminate Overwhelm and Downshift Your Life

    Ebony Barber
    10 May 2015 | 2:00 pm
    In barely one generation we’ve moved from exulting in the time-saving devices that have so expanded our lives to trying to get away from them — often in order to make more time. The more ways we have to connect, the more many of us seem desperate to unplug. The post Eliminate Overwhelm and Downshift Your Life appeared first on How to focus.
  • 5 Little Reasons to Thank Your Mum Today – Celebrate life!

    Ebony Barber
    6 May 2015 | 2:30 pm
    Happy Mother's Day everyday! When was the last time you told your Mum how much you love her? Make this day the special day to show love to most incredible woman in your life. What are 5 little reasons to thank your Mum today? The post 5 Little Reasons to Thank Your Mum Today – Celebrate life! appeared first on How to focus.
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    Global Harmony Crew

  • Learning From the Young

    G
    25 May 2015 | 9:05 am
    The Beginning When we came out of the womb we didn’t have any illusions. We were egoless. We came with a clean slate, a clean conscience, and non-judging eyes. I believe the young are in many ways our most important gurus. There’s wisdom in the innocence of the young. They know some things that we […]
  • Personal Efficiency – Take Back Control over Your Life and Your Self-Esteem

    P
    18 May 2015 | 9:01 am
    By developing your personal efficiency to a high level you will rise to new levels of success in life, both through outer and inner personal growth. Your own personal capacity can be increased to the point where you can reach both your professional and personal goals. Studies show that there is a correlation between how […]
  • Mental Imagination Techniques to Relax and Heal Your Body and Mind

    P
    17 May 2015 | 8:30 am
    If you give it some thought, it makes perfect sense how important and powerful it is to be able to fully relax. Stress, anxiety, fear and concern can all melt away if you just relax. The same goes for physical pain like headaches and muscle tensions to name a few. If you think back to certain moments […]
  • A Reason why Thoughts Manifest in Your Life

    G
    14 May 2015 | 2:16 pm
    Imagined vs. Real Experiences The brain cannot distinguish between a real experience and an imagined experience. As long as the imagined experience creates an emotion in your brain, it will pave a neural pathway. Emotions are certain mixes of neurotransmitters, and neurotransmitters make neural pathways from the neurons firing at that moment. Imagining Negative Situations […]
  • Integral Thinking – The Best Sign of Wisdom and a Way of Life

    G
    11 May 2015 | 9:30 am
    Integral Thinking The best sign of wisdom is the ability to integrate viewpoints into your own philosophy of life. This means to see how seemingly divergent viewpoints converge at a deeper level – To accept differing ways of life as a part of the whole picture. Stages of Consciousness As we grow as human beings […]
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