Monthly Archives: May 2010

Brushes – Use and Abuse

When I first started painting with acrylics, I had a few disasters.  I had been told to get hog bristle brushes and I did.  I had also been told to scrupulously wash my brushes at the end of the session … Continue reading

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The Bloggers’ Worst Fear

This always makes me smile 🙂 http://www.despair.com/yourblog.html

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Complementary Currencies Prevent Artist Starvation

Watch this important video from the 2009 TEDx Berlin conference by Bernard Lietaer, author of “The Future of Money”, a book I commend to you highly.  Bernard was involved in the design of the hard ECU in the European Union … Continue reading

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Suspension of Disbelief

The link between creativity and schizophrenia has long been suspected, but recent research by the Swedish Karolinska Institute, using brain scans, has identified that a lower density of thalamus D2 dopamine receptors is a characteristic shared by the highly creative … Continue reading

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Is Software Development an Art or a Science?

Software development is thought of as an industrial process, where interchangeable, commodity programmers are set to work and so long as they follow the process, the best software emerges.  If you need more or better software, you just yell at … Continue reading

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Has Downloading Killed the Music Industry?

What if the purpose of music was to say something meaningful to your audience, instead of being just a vehicle to make money?  Sure, it would be nice to afford to do it full time and make a decent living … Continue reading

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Actualising Potential

Everybody alive has amazing potential.  You might be sitting next to the next great achiever and not even know it.  But there is a big problem.  There are two pernicious ills in education and society in general.  These ills prevent … Continue reading

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J’Accuse – Rembrandt and the Night Watch

If ever there was a painter that stood for something and used his art to make a stand, it was Rembrandt. If you have the chance to see the documentary “Rembrandt’s J’Accuse” by director Peter Greenaway (see the trailer below) … Continue reading

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Spot the Pattern

You probably played this game as a child. Lying down on your back, you looked up at the clouds and tried to see shapes and patterns in the random fluffiness. I remember those games as magical experiences. During the twentieth … Continue reading

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Choosing the Right Lens

We all see the world through some kind of metaphorical lens, which filters our reality according to our beliefs – beliefs we probably don’t even consciously know we are applying and certainly do not remember where they came from. In … Continue reading

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