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Do Not Covet Your Ideas: Give Away Everything You Know »

Do Not Covet Your Ideas: Give Away Everything You Know

  It is an interesting thought, and perhaps counter-intuitive for most of us to give our ideas away.  In fact, in the creative world, ideas make the world go round.  And get us paid.  But it is something I have noticed:  The more you give, the more you get in this ever changing world of trends, images and ideas. Here is to a New [...]

How Barbie Helps Us See That Healthy is the New Skinny »

How Barbie Helps Us See That Healthy is the New Skinny

  My mom was smart.  She didn't allow Barbie in the house.  At the time, I pouted and wanted one of those round patent leather cases with her traveling wardrobe, and of course, Ken waiting ever-patiently in the car that was way too small for that case to fit in. So I never really aspired to Barbie's proportions from an up close [...]

Old Book Smell »

Old Book Smell

Did you know? "Lignin, the stuff that prevents all trees from adopting the weeping habit, is a polymer made up of units that are closely related to vanillin.  When made into paper and stored for years it breaks down and smells good.  Which is how divine providence has arranged for secondhand bookstores to smell like good quality vanilla [...]

Social Influencers or How Groups Condition, Conscious »

Social Influencers or How Groups Condition, Conscious or Not.

 "A psychologist at a girl’s college asked the members of his class to compliment any girl wearing red. Within a week, the cafeteria was a blaze of red. None of the girls were aware of being influenced, although they did notice that the atmosphere was more friendly. A class at the University of Minnesota is reported to have conditioned their [...]

Mark Changizi: How Not to Get Absorbed in Someone »

Mark Changizi: How Not to Get Absorbed in Someone Else’s Abdomen

Mark Changizi and I met on Stumbleupon. His work with the science of creativity, the harnessing of the brain (he just released a new book), and his general intelligence caught my eye immediately.  As I have mentioned here before, Stumbleupon has been a constant source of likemindedness since discovering it in 2007. Mark and I have been [...]

Snail Mail My Email Inspires the Written Word »

Snail Mail My Email Inspires the Written Word

I'm a letter and card writer.  Though, as I spend more and more time communicating online, less and less do I send snail mail.  So this idea is interesting, and may in fact inspire me to create this type of expression more. As its creators describe it: Snail Mail My Email is a month-long (July 15 - August 15), interactive community [...]

Evan Drolet Cook : Places I Haven’t Been (North »

Evan Drolet Cook : Places I Haven’t Been (North America)

This piece by Evan Drolet Cook got me thinking about perception, and hubris, and how for the most part, our reputation around the world has the taint of arrogance and naïveté when it comes to world view.  Obviously, for some of us, this is not the case, but in general, Cook's rendition of the North American map is a good reminder of all we [...]

Pixar’s Austin Madison : Persist on Telling Your »

Pixar’s Austin Madison : Persist on Telling Your Story

This came to us through an artist who persists on telling his story, reminding us, not to give up: no matter what. Transcript PIXAR May 17, 2011 To Whom it May Inspire, I, like many of you artists out there, constantly shift between two states. The first (and far more preferable of the two) is white-hot, "in the zone" [...]

Thoughts on Another heARTbeat for Ecosalon.com »

Thoughts on Another heARTbeat for Ecosalon.com

On Thursdays, my new column, heARTbeat for ecosalon posts. Yesterday, I presented Dutch glass artist Vincent Breed who collaborates with French designer Matali Crasset on projects. The work has a wonderful blend of conceptual complexity and highly accessible beauty to it. This gets me thinking about how the internet keeps us moving visually, [...]

Moscow’s Lebedev Studio Designs Cardboard »

Moscow’s Lebedev Studio Designs Cardboard Flashdrive Concept

According to their website, Moscow's Lebedev Studio is a privately held company employing over 200 people. We offer advanced industrial, graphic, web and interface design. As a matter of principle, we don’t work with private persons, political parties, religious organizations, jerk-offs, and those whose views conflict with [...]

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