Start your Monday off right:
- Nutmeg and Pear Pie. I don't think I need to say anything more. Next time skip the apple and go with the pear.
- The former Presidential speechwriter, John Pollack, details why analogies are such a powerful means to communicate your idea. This may seem like a rather boring topic but once you understand analogies, you begin to see how everyone from commercials to politicians tries to use them to communicate their ideas.
- The idea of the "Eureka" moment still dominates our understanding of creativity. Yet, the neuroscientist David Eagleman puts it in The Secret Lives of the Brain: "When an idea is served up from behind the scenes, the neural circuitry has been working on the problems for hours or days or years, consolidating information and trying out new combinations. But you merely take credit without further wonderment at the vast, hidden political machinery behind the scenes." Taken from a great article entitled "How Creativity is Helped by Failure"
by Denise Levertov
Just when you seem to yourself
nothing but a flimsy web
of questions, you are given
the questions of others to hold
in the emptiness of your hands,
songbird eggs that can still hatch
if you keep them warm,
butterflies opening and closing themselves
in your cupped palms, trusting you not to injure
their scintillant fur, their dust.
You are given the questions of others
as if they were answers
to all you ask. Yes, perhaps
this gift is your answer.
Louis CK changed comedy forever when he released his comedy special directly on the internet for $5. In the wave of success following the release, he talks about why he gave away half of the profits. The idea that the resulting cash wasn't "my money" but "the money" is a powerful distinction.