creativity Archive

I love optical illusions. First of all, they are cool, secondly the good ones teach us something about the way our eyes and brains work. One of the neat things about the internet is that it makes it really easy to share animated optical illusions. Check this one out: If you follow the pink dos […]

Using Magic

When I was just out of high school I worked through a temp agency doing light industrial and clerical work. I think that is a great first job since you get to do a lot of different types of work with a lot of different kinds of people. Some of the assignments were short, some […]

Christmas Paid for Itself

This is something really cool that I have been meaning to blog about since before Thanksgiving. Denise pointed out that I haven’t been updating my blog near enough (ugh, I just meta-blogged!) So we wanted to get our family a Nintendo Wii for Christmas. They run about $225 – $300, which is reasonable, but then […]

You can take the test on BBC’s Leonardo Da Vinici page. Here is my results: You are an Interpersonal Thinker   Interpersonal thinkers: Like to think about other people, and try to understand them Recognise differences between individuals and appreciate that different people have different perspectives Make an effort to cultivate effective relationships with family, […]

With IQ being Intellectual Quotient (ability to understand and organize information), and EQ being Emotional Quotient (ability to understand and organize people).  If we were to assume that they are mutually exclusive so a person could only have one or the other, which would you want? Why? I would want a high EQ.  That would […]

My wife just sent me this quote, which I really like. “Practice until you get it right. Then practice until you can’t get it wrong.” Don’t know who it is by though. I’ll research that. . . I am also a fan of the differentiation that practice doesn’t make perfect, it makes permanent. Perfect practice […]

The Mozilla foundation & corporation give away free software and they made $44.7 million dollars after their $8.2 million in expenses in 2005. The bulk of that money is made from search engines (mostly Google), which pay Mozilla when people use the built in search functionality. If you want an interesting philosophical twist on this […]

My son shared with me some creative questions he came up with at school: How do you know you are not upside down and gravity isn’t really pulling you up? Have you ever been your imagination? Have you ever exceeded your imagination? Of course part of me wants to give a simple answer, but then […]

What do you see here? Surprisingly it might have something to do with your age or gender. As an adult you might see a card board tube left over from Christmas gift wrap. For our little boys it is a sword mostly. But it also makes a great telescope, megaphone, bat, baton, etc. Our little […]

In Joel on Software‘s post on Choices = Headaches Joel refers to Barry Schwartz’s book The Paradox of Choice: The more choices you give people, the harder it is for them to choose, and the unhappier they’ll feel. See, for example, Barry Schwartz’s book, The Paradox of Choice. Let me quote from the Publishers Weekly […]