Archive for the 'Creativity' Category

Thumb Thing Helps You Out

Sunday, January 29th, 2006

thumb thingWhat new innovations are out there to improve your daily life? Check out the thumb thing… Haha!

When I was a teenager I remember reading a science-fiction story which predicted that by the 21st century, information would be piped directly into the brain. In the story, a character encountered that most archaic object, an old-fashioned book, and felt appalled that people in the 20th century had been forced to endure so much physical discomfort, holding books and turning their pages manually–or trying to prevent the pages from turning if there was a breeze.

Start Writing Handwritten Notes

Wednesday, January 4th, 2006

 Users Paul Library Application-Support Ecto Attachments NotecardPaperNotes on the wonderful impact of usig handwritten notes as another tool in your communications arsenal:

“It only takes a minute and handwritten notes are appreciated, as so few are written anymore. I get great satisfaction from taking a few minutes and writing to friends and colleagues as those before us did - with pen and paper.”

Daily Affirmations

Saturday, December 17th, 2005

Sodawar is on week two of seriously trying daily affirmations as a way to improve personal performance:

“I’m still surprised by just how effective they can be at times, and I often find myself repeating my affirmations if I’m feeling low. They don’t completely remove the negativity, but they certainly make a difference.”

Mark Cuban on Success and Motivation

Monday, December 5th, 2005

Mark Cuban picks out his favorite posts how how he became successful:

“I get so many questions about how I got ”lucky” so many times, things I have done that have worked or not. Experiences I have had. This series of entries, written more than  a year ago, I think, bring back some great memories for me and I think are worth sharing again.”

Proofreading Marks

Sunday, November 27th, 2005

Lesser Known Proofreading Marks from Geist


Being Cool Under Pressure

Tuesday, September 20th, 2005

ParachuteSome practical advice on what to do if you should happen to be in an unplanned freefall due to your airplane breaking up mid-air, The Free Fall Research Page:

“First of all, you’re starting off a full mile higher than Everest, so after a few gulps of disappointing air you’re going to black out. This is not a bad thing. If you have ever tried to keep your head when all about you are losing theirs, you know what I mean. This brief respite from the ambient fear and chaos will come to an end when you wake up at about 15,000 feet. Here begins the final phase of your descent, which will last about a minute. It is a time of planning and preparation. Look around you. What equipment is available? None? Are you sure? Look carefully. Perhaps a shipment of folded parachutes was in the cargo hold, and the blast opened the box and scattered them. One of these just might be within reach. Grab it, put it on, and hit the silk. You’re sitting pretty.”

What are The Oblique Strategies?

Sunday, September 11th, 2005

The Oblique Strategy cards have been making a bit of computerized comeback lately with the release of the Oblique Widget which is a snazzy little version that shows you some words of wisdom every time you flip one over.

Oblique Cards

But what are the Oblique cards? They were developed by Brian Eno and his art school teacher Peter Schmidt. From A Primer on Oblique Strategizing:

“Both Schmidt and Eno realized that the pressures of time tended to steer them away from the ways of thinking they found most productive when the pressure was off. The Strategies were, then, a way to remind themselves of those habits of thinking - to jog the mind.”

There have been four editions of the oblique cards, all limited runs but these days you are lucky to find them on Ebay auctions like this.

Oblique Strategy Cards Brian Eno

There is a Flash version of the Oblique Strategies here and a PDF version for printing out here.

Getting Things Done, GTD, Mac, Personal Productivity, Time Management, Motivation

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