Celebration of Creativity
Borrowing on the idea of writer’s prompts, or starter kits for creativity with pen and keyboard, is the idea of photographer’s prompts, or how to jumpstart your craft and artistry with your favorite tool for image recording.
Here are some photographer’s prompts collected off the World Wide Web with a scrape-the-surface search. It’ll get us started:
The great thing about digital is that (once you have the camera and the digital manipulation software) it’s wicked inexpensive; you can activate the shutter for less than a penny per shot (amortized over time) and spend nothing more than your time in sorting, enhancing, cropping and other in-computer artistic approaches. Then you get to sell them if you’re competitive in the marketplace; if you’re not, you still get to give them away as enlargements on canvas, stainless steel or even glass.
source of featured graphic:
[Is this a repeating event?]
Every Single Cognitive Bias In One Infographic
large graphic format:
At home, we get catalogs.
We joke about asking the mailman to simply place most of our mail directly into the curbside recycling bin, but some of it is worth a look.
One catalog that we get, probably because we have a certain credit card and, on occasion, have actually bought an item from it, is the world-famous unpronounceable-to-some Hammacher Schlemmer whose cover last month featured a flying all-terrain vehicle (see http://www.hammacher.com/Product/13058), particularly useful perhaps for a fast getaway for two in certain scenarios. With one of these, you and your mate can fly out to your desert airport and do the 2-4-2 Fox Trot. If you have the $139K to buy one, you probably also have a Lear Jet and a yacht with a runway.
Another catalog that sits in the basket (next to the throne for browsing purposes) is the one from a bookseller in the quaint little hamlet of Falls Village, Connecticut called Edward R. Hamilton. Easily found online, situated apparently right there on Route 7 south of the crossroad and the river and quite possibly on the way to Lime Rock Park; they guarantee delivery subject to terms and conditions, given that they sell “remainders”. I use to belong to another remainder club but I gave it up because I found myself spending too much money. But’s its fun to sit and wonder which of those books I’d actually like to read. I usually look them up first to see something about them, their author, how they are regarded, etc. With forethought and some research, they make great gifts.
Hamilton offers the usual selection of old CD’s from old genres and new (including classical, jazz and C&W), old DVD’s, BlueRays too, a small selection of lurid for all tastes, lots of war and war machine material, some history, cooking, business, self-development, spirituality, health and health care, gardening, woodworking, scads of fiction, audiobooks, children’s books, books on the arts, travel, coloring books, psychic abilities, photography, sports, animals, puzzles and more.
I’ve already noted and will do some research on books about General Albert C. Wedemeyer, the battle of Leyte Gulf, the lost gospel about the marriage of Jesus and Magdalene, and a journal of someone in a Japanese war prisoner camp.
Specific titles I will look into include:
It’s crucial to our survival.
Drawing on evolution, cognitive science, and neuroscience, Hutson shows us that magical thinking has been so useful to us that it’s hardwired into our brains. It encourages us to think that we actually have free will. It helps make us believe that we have an underlying purpose in the world. It can even protect us from the paralyzing awareness of our own mortality. In other words, magical thinking is a completely irrational way of making our lives make rational sense.
The 110th Holds in the Ardennes [I was there in a past life];
the Routemaster Bus Enthusiasts’ Manual [those red double-deckers in the UK]
This is the first book to identify the factors that lead to some of the most horrific cruelty in history, and to predict the actions of future groups given similar circumstances.
Given recent experiences with hurricanes, and the threat of future disasters, the two links here might be of interest:
From the Disaster Resistant Communities Group:
linguine with seafood
[Ed.: I made a modified version of this the other night that both of us thought was scrump-dilly-icious/]
Quantum computing explained with a deck of cards | Dario Gil, IBM Research
more related videos available at YouTube link
I can’t help notice that recent posts here are getting lots of pingbacks from people engaged in astrology and Tarot.
I don’t pretend to understand either of those, and I don’t personally engage in them. It’s hard not to look at the section in the newspaper for my birth month, but who reads papers anymore, and how accurate can they be anyway?
As for Tarot, it’s over my head, out of my league, though I think I understand its basic para-normal premise that there is an essential connection between the self and the rest of the world, with related channels of communication.
So I have to share this story:
I was working my way through college as a shift supervisor/dispatcher for an urban fleet of ambulances spread up and down a large river valley. My buddy was working the desk at another shop ten miles away at the same time. We were both tinkering with Tarot at the time and we were connected by a direct line phone line so we could communicate easily and without hesitation. The company paid for the line and it was always open; all we had to do was pick up the phone. The fee paid for the phone line was always the same no matter whether it was used or not, so we decided to try something. Each of us pulled out our Tarot decks and preceded to lay down as per the method, doing so simultaneously with pauses at the right places. It was a very long time ago (45 years?) so my memory can’t be precise, but my recollection is that we were both very startled when the five cards were identical.
65 Books have been fully annotated and re-shelved
1 book has one sentence noted
6 Books remain to be annotated
1 Book needs to be read and annotated
7 Books have not been read and may not be of value
I added one book to the list which I’d read before and which I can’t recommend strongly enough if you need or want to start writing:
He describes the most important writing exercise
you can ever do on pages 66-67.