Monday, November 16, 2015


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I’ve been having an insightful shuffle through Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi’s book Creativity: The Work and Lives of 91 Eminent People. Mihaly is a seminal professor of Psychology and Management, and is the Founding Co-Director of the Quality of Life Research Center at Claremont. He writes:
“I have devoted 30 years of research to how creative people live and work, to make more understandable the mysterious process by which they come up with new ideas and new things. If I had to express in one word what makes their personalities different from others, it’s complexity. They show tendencies of thought and action that in most people are segregated. They contain contradictory extremes; instead of being an individual, each of them is a multitude.”
Nine out of the ten people in me strongly agree with that statement. As someone paid to be creative, I sometimes feel kaleidoscopic in my views or opinions, and that “multitude” of expressions sometimes confuses those around me. Why does that happen? My thoughts make cohesive sense to me, yet others sometimes feel that I am contradicting myself or switching positions. What is wrong with me?
Mihaly describes 9 contradictory traits that are frequently present in creative people:
Most creative people have a great deal of physical energy, but are often quiet and at rest. They can work long hours at great concentration.
Most creative people tend to be smart and naive at the same time. “It involves fluency, or the ability to generate a great quantity of ideas; flexibility, or the ability to switch from one perspective to another; and originality in picking unusual associations of ideas. These are the dimensions of thinking that most creativity tests measure, and that most creativity workshops try to enhance.”
Most creative people combine both playfulness and productivity, which can sometimes mean both responsibility and irresponsibility. “Despite the carefree air that many creative people affect, most of them work late into the night and persist when less driven individuals would not.” Usually this perseverance occurs at the expense of other responsibilities, or other people.
Most creative people alternate fluently between imagination and fantasy, and a rooted sense of reality. In both art and science, movement forward involves a leap of imagination, a leap into a world that is different from our present. Interestingly, this visionary imagination works in conjunction with a hyperawareness of reality. Attention to real details allows a creative person to imagine ways to improve them.
Read the other 5 reasons list in the article over on

Saturday, November 14, 2015

There’s a post going around like this:

There’s a post going around like this:
“versace-g0ldIMPORTANT!!!PLEASE READ:I don’t care if this ruins your blog and doesn’t fit with the theme. YOU HAVE TO REBLOG THIS; you could save a life, and that this moment, it’s really important that you do that.It is said to be that ISIS have announced that their next targets are ROME,WASHINGTON  and LONDON. If you’re in ANY major city, PLEASE leave get your loved ones out. The cities are no longer safe, the world is broken and I can’t stress how important this is. YOU NEED TO LEAVE ANY MAJOR CITY NOW. If you can’t PLEASE, stay in your homes, stay inside where it’s safe. I am begging you, please stay safe.MAJOR CITIES:Tokyo, Japan
New York, USA Sao Paulo, Brazil
Mexico City, Mexico
Manila, Philippines”
…and it goes on to list about every other major city in the world. Please do not reblog this, do not share it. At best you are spreading fear and making people feel unsafe when they need to stand tall and unite. The world is a dangerous place, but spreading misinformation like this does not help. Terrorist groups spread fear, it helps their causes, it leads to more chaos. It’s a bit cliched, but letting fear rule our lives is letting the terrorists when.
We do not know when more attacks may come, or where, if at all. Trying to run from major cities will not help the situation. Panicking as if the world was broken and all was lost is dangerous and foolish. We mourn. We rebuild. We recover. We stand tall. We prove we are better than them, better than their tactics.
Help those in other countries as you can. Support those who make a difference. Be prepared to be called upon, to aid those in need when their time of need comes. We will not be brought low by these attacks and the fear they are trying to spread.
The original post was on tumblr, made by a user who has since deleted their account. It was made after a tweet by someone or a conspiracy site. Either way, it was not credible. Please search before you share.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

No One Committed Suicide Over Star Wars And Other Lies That Trended On Twitter

So if you haven't already heard about it #boycottStarWarsVII is trending or was trending on Twitter and Facebook and probably elsewhere online. Supposedly some sad sack felt angry that the new Star Wars movie was starring a black male lead and a white female lead, with white males as side characters. Or something.

Yeah, it sounds fairly insane and extremely petty, not to mention down right sexist and racist. Also, if you agreed with my describing the boycott like that, you weren't along. In fact, almost the entirety of the people posting, tweeting, retweeting, and talking about the hashtag are in agreeance. If you search the hashtag, you'll be hard pressed to actually find anyone seriously considering boycotting the movie for any reason. Tweets sporting the hashtag can be separated into those outraged that some white guy can't handle non white actors in his Star Wars and those who are making jokes because it's so bad.

So no, #BoycottStarWarsVII is not trending because it's a serious thing. There is no epidemic of enraged white guys who are plotting to avoid the movie. At worst there are a handful of racist and a lot of people calling them out on it. More likely than not though, it was a hoax, a trolling, something to get everyone crying out in rage over this nonissue. 99.99% of us are looking forward to the new movie and welcome the new cast with open arms.

And on a quick closing not, tells me that no, a man did not kill himself over the new movie's black character, that was a lie started by a site that posts fake news all the time.

Monday, October 19, 2015

Heart-Won: Global Journeys to Marriage Equality

My work as a crowdfunding consultant has allowed me the honor to work on a number of unique and meaningful projects over the years, and I am excited to be a part of one launching soon!

The link is here, though you won't actually be able to see the project until it is live after the 21st. I'll be sure to update this blog when the time comes to really spread the word on this. PROJECT IS LIVE, PELASE SUPPORT! :)

It's been almost a month now of strategizing, coordinating, and planning this. Bringing together stories from people around the world on their journey to marriage equality, Heart-Won will help share the personal tales LGBT people share across cultures and borders. Beyond that, it also seeks to be a talking point for those who do not fully understand or appreciate the struggle of LGBT and their fight for marriage equality.

Hopefully with time, and this book, this important journey and human right will come to pass as accepted around the world. Please be sure to join in support of Heart-Won: Global Journeys to Marriage Equality later this month on IndieGoGo.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

I do not watch football

But I do play a Fantasy Football league. Here's to a good season!

The NYC Street Dogs will rise again!

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Quick Thought On Body Counts In Stories

"When a character dies in a story, unless the character has had his personal story expressed some way in the drawing of his face, body and attire, the reader will not care; your reader won’t have any emotional connection.
Your publisher might say, “Your story has no value; there’s only one dead guy — I need twenty or thirty dead guys for this to work.” But that is not true; if the reader feels the dead guy or wounded guys or hurt guys or whomever you have in trouble have a real personality resulting from your own deep studies of human nature — with an artist’s capacity for such observation — emotions will surge."
-Jean Giraud, aka Moebius

*looks over at all the movies, games, books, etc. where the body counts are extremely high but as a viewer I couldn't care less about each death* >_>

"KILL MORE RANDOM PEOPLE!" does not actually make me connect with them anymore. In fact it's the opposite most of the time. Once your body count hits a certain number, I just am disgusted with how little a human life seems to matter and start losing any interest in the main protagonist who is clearly never going to get hurt as hundreds die around them.

Thursday, August 6, 2015

And now the weather!

Today is the day we celebrate the great Industrial Revolution dear listeners while at the same time mourn it. It marks when mankind banded together to make cities to strike back against the near force of nature like tyranny of the colossal machines that roamed the country side. No longer were the seemingly mindless killing machines to plague our tribes and villages. Lobotomized, shackled, their limbs repurposed to assemble lines, their great maws turned to processing material, their metal bodies twisted to serve mankind instead of terrorize it. And with our victory, came our own surrender to mass produced garments and household products. Suddenly we were ruled by commercial need and economics, and we had to create more metal beasts to meet our growing population's needs. For without the rampaging war machines left over from wars forgotten, we became the monsters. Ever growing beyond our own limits.
And now the weather!