Monday, 24 February 2014

Creativity

Jazz music is great and few things give me a greater sense of well-being than a good book.

But do you know what I think is Creative?
Penicillin.
Electricity
Indoor plumbing and sanitation
The telephone
Boats
The ALPHABET

The people who made these possible, then real, then common.

Quotes (probably too many) below from TED talks are lying to you.


Those who urge us to “think different,” in other words, almost never do so themselves. Year after year, new installments in this unchanging genre are produced and consumed. Creativity, they all tell us, is too important to be left to the creative. Our prosperity depends on it. And by dint of careful study and the hardest science — by, say, sliding a jazz pianist’s head into an MRI machine — we can crack the code of creativity and unleash its moneymaking power.
That was the ultimate lesson. That’s where the music, the theology, the physics and the ethereal water lilies were meant to direct us. Our correspondent could think of no books that tried to work the equation the other way around — holding up the invention of air conditioning or Velcro as a model for a jazz trumpeter trying to work out his solo.
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this literature isn’t about creativity in the first place... After all, some of the most consistent innovators of the modern era have also been among its biggest monsters. He thought back, in particular, to the diabolical creativity of Nazi Germany, which was the first country to use ballistic missiles, jet fighter planes, assault rifles and countless other weapons. And yet nobody wanted to add Peenemünde, where the Germans developed the V-2 rocket during the 1940s, to the glorious list of creative hothouses that includes Periclean Athens, Renaissance Florence, Belle Époque Paris and latter-day Austin, Texas.
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When he considered his creative friends as individuals, the literature of creativity began to seem even worse — more like a straight-up insult... for all its reverential talk about the rebel and the box breaker, society had no interest in new ideas at all unless they reinforced favorite theories or could be monetized in some obvious way. The method of every triumphant intellectual movement had been to quash dissent and cordon off truly inventive voices. This was simply how debate was conducted... Academic professions excluded those who didn’t toe the party line. Leftist cliques excommunicated one another. Liberals ignored any suggestion that didn’t encourage or vindicate their move to the center. Conservatives seemed to be at war with the very idea of human intelligence. And business thinkers were the worst of all, with their perennial conviction that criticism of any kind would lead straight to slumps and stock market crashes.

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What your correspondent realized, relaxing there in his tub one day, was that the real subject of this literature was the professional-managerial audience itself, whose members hear clear, sweet reason when they listen to NPR and think they’re in the presence of something profound when they watch some billionaire give a TED talk. And what this complacent literature purrs into their ears is that creativity is their property, their competitive advantage, their class virtue. Creativity is what they bring to the national economic effort, these books reassure them — and it’s also the benevolent doctrine under which they rightly rule the world.




Francine Reed

At Eddie's Attic.

All kinds of wonderful.


Friday, 14 February 2014

My 3 Favourite Movies

For all three the stellar performances and the subtlety in story telling.

1. Six Degrees of Separation. Stockard Channing's character evolution vs Donald Sutherland's constant. "I am a collage of un-accounted for brushstrokes"

2. Junebug. Amy Adams Amy Adams Amy Adams.

2. Smoke. Not to be confused with Holy Smoke, also starring Harvey Keitel. This scene made me cry. If you watch the film, this scene is at the end, I challenge you not to be affected by it as well.


Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Monday, 10 February 2014

#IMHOfie - Swiss Immigration Edition

In a discussion about  the Volksiniatitive Gegen Masseneinwanderung" vote, as per this article:
The Swiss Boat is Full.


Things I learned this weekend

The Italian name for Kale is "cavolo nero". Which I do know. Though does it look the same as the kale they sell here in the US?

For 30+ years I have wondered why my parents gave my brother the exact same name as my father. Answer: because they knew that one day I would be receiving post for both of them, and would not be able to differentiate what was sent to whom.


Sunday, 9 February 2014

Trail Gif

Thank you glorious weekend weather for a hike along the Chattahooche and patio coffee.

Bringing you this Trail Gif.

Wednesday, 5 February 2014