A tiny printer that lets your program, print off, and play your own works of interactive fiction… cool!
Here are a few reads that will help you be more creative today:
- 7 ways to boost your creativity
- Meditate your way to a more creative mind
- How to design a more serendipitous, creative life
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“…we’re born into thinking we constantly have to rearrange things. Trying to constantly create order is a source of suffering…A lot of the chaos of the band on the stage is my crusade to bust out of too much order. Perfectionism is a disease.”
Anemia, a condition of low red blood cells, is primarily caused by deficiency of iron. A whopping 44% of Cambodians suffer from anemia, including two-thirds of the country’s entire population of children. At the same time, about 70% of Cambodians live on less than $1 a day, pushing iron supplements (or red meat) far out of reach.
Chris Charles, then a University of Guelph PhD student, traveled to Cambodia to tackle the problem, he had a crucial resource at hand: a study showing that simply adding iron to food while cooking could increase iron levels in the blood.
That’s where this lucky iron fish comes in.
“You have got to read stuff outside your comfort zone, as well as doing things you love. You can pick up a business article, get a creative angle on it and find the solution in creativity.”
The Daily Show’s temporary leader John Oliver on operating outside of your comfort zone:
“I’m not really much of an actor, so when I started on The Daily Show, I was just trying to adopt the faux authority of a newsperson. Having a British accent definitely gave me a sonic leg up on that because there is a faux authority to the British accent in and of itself. So I think it was just about saying everything with 10% more emphasis and 15% more of an arched eyebrow.”
“In a Darwinian process for weeding out the bad ideas, you will do best by encouraging all of them. The best will win and the others will fail. Thomas Edison said, ‘To have a great idea, have a lot of them.’”
“You need people around you that you can trust to say “that’s a shit idea”. Every McCartney needs a Lennon.”
"Organizations develop antibodies to change. That’s why big companies stop innovating. If you’re the innovator, you’re like a virus. The antibodies want to kill you."
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Check out this company’s office. "Our new space brings everyone together in a single open-office environment that supports instant communication and improved collaboration across teams.”
“An office isn’t just four walls and a lease. It’s a perception of you. Location, surroundings, and community all play into the company culture.”
But is it as cool as Google’s new Dublin HQ?
Bun B’s Rap Coloring and Activity Book includes classic children’s standbys like connect the dots and mad libs and comes along with a page-by-page glossary of which song to listen to while coloring.
Readers can go through E-40’s word search—as he’s known for creating his own slang terms—guide Chamillionaire through a maze so the police can’t catch him “riding dirty,” and color in Macklemore’s fur fox skin while listening to “Thrift Shop.”
Author Erik Wahl suggests the 4 things we need to do to remain progressive:
1. Step outside your bubble.
2. Live with some discomfort.
3. Ask forgiveness instead of permission.
4. Start small.
Americans outraged by the NSA secret surveillance (PRISM) scandal have been channelling their anger through some very creative works of art.