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by Maria Popova “Presuming that there is such a thing as ‘progress’ when it comes to music is typical of the high self-regard of those who live in the present. It is a myth.
by Maria Popova “Creativity can help us tell better stories — stories that allow us to be even more dishonest but still think of ourselves as wonderfully honest people.” The first use of the U.S. Postal Service was to sell products that didn’t exist. Spam dominates global email volume today.
Brain Pickings How We Measure the Universe, Animated by Maria Popova How to determine the distance of stars using standard candles. Somewhere between Fibonacci’s invention of arithmetic , which changed the world of numbers as we know it, and scientists’ ambitious visualizations of the scale of the universe lies a daunting fundamental question: How do we actually use these numbers to measure the universe?
by Maria Popova “Creativity is not a talent. It is a way of operating.”
by Maria Popova “Before we can find the answer — before we can even know the question — we must be immersed in disappointment.” Last week, Jonah Lehrer took us inside “the seething cauldron of ideas” with Imagine: How Creativity Works , his long-awaited (by me, at least) new book.
The Creative Finder is a site from the creators of popular daily creativity and innovation news site, designtaxi.com . Around since 2009, the site dubs itself as a global search engine for creatives, aiming to connect people for business, networking or just collaboration. Creator Alex Goh just launched a new edition of the site, which not only integrates with existing social networks like Tumblr and Pinterest - where many creatives choose to host imagery outside of the standard Facebook and Twitter spaces - it also offers a way for users dubbed "finders" to locate creative types for commission-based work. If Facebook is a space to display the finished product in front of a willing audience, then the Creative Finder is a network for discovering the people who will help you make that product. I mostly use Facebook to network with writers, artists and people in the arts, so I curated my profile on The Creative Finder with the same imagery.
by Maria Popova
Bre Pettis knows a thing or two about getting things done rather than getting them perfect: He’s the founder of Makerbot, a company that turns out cheap rapid prototyping machines. No one would say they’ve been perfectly realized, but a key to Makerbot’s success is that it has evolved in the real world, rather than foundering as just another great idea.