Seppuku: Japanese ritual suicide. Samurai were honor-bound to commit seppuku if captured. It was an honorable death. In 1970, Yukio Mishima, one of the most important Japanese authors of the 20th century, shocked the world by committing seppuku. On November 25th, he sliced open his stomach inside a government building. Why did Mishima kill himself?
Want someone to do what you want? Get them (1) to imagine doing it, and get them (2) to imagine a positive outcome from their actions. [Source] This Canadian commercial does a fantastic job at doing just that by playing toward everyone’s inherent standing ovation fetish.
Did you know that inflammable means flammable? Why’s this of any consequence? Typically, the prefix “in-” means “not”. Inconceivable means not conceivable. Incompatible means not compatible. Shouldn’t inflammable mean not flammable? How confusing is that!
Every stimulus affects our creativity. Even something simple as an accompanying beverage can affect your creative atmosphere. So I thought I’d give you a list of my favorite “inspiring beverages” that you may have never experienced.
Sweeten your visual senses with this week’s eye candy buffet. Here are a few visuals I stumbled across this week. Be inspired. Enjoy.
What makes a book great? Unfortunately, the answer is not “the author”. It’s actually the editor(s). Editors take a good book and make it great. They provide an outside perspective that helps communicate your ideas more clearly and can provide a viewpoint you would have never considered. The same thing happens with music. A good…
Experiencing a clogged brain? Try new, improved, Liquid Braino! It’s guaranteed to get your creative juices flushing strong. Today’s Creative Draino is super fun. It’s both an exercise and a way to pass time when you’re bored. (I often employ this technique during long meetings that aren’t holding my interest.)
A couple weeks ago I complained about a complete lack of motivation. My brother, an avid traveler and director of the coolest leadership expedition organization out there (maybe the only) informed me I was suffering from vacation hangover.
Here’s a perfect example of Thinking in Equations. We’re all pretty familiar with optical illusions. Take the image to the left, it looks like the lines are crooked…when they are in fact horizontal and parallel. Well just like you can have optical illusions for the eye, you can have sound illusions for the ear. Let’s…
Gastronomy The practice or art of choosing, cooking, and eating good food. If you want to be physically fit, it’s important what you feed your mouth. If you want to be fit creatively, you need to feed your eyes and ears the right stuff. That’s what visual gastronomy is all about–good food for your eyes.…