Monthly Archives: June 2013

In Praise of Marauding

As a sort of light-hearted joke on the subject of nostalgia, I recently suggested we bring back marauding hordes, in a Facebook post.  You know – for old time’s sake.  The reaction of my friends to this suggestion both amused … Continue reading

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Does Digital Distort Art?

I recently saw something my friend and mentor posted about the fact that writing long hand uses different parts of your brain than typing.  The theory was that if you wrote a story using a word processor, then because you … Continue reading

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It’s Not Only About You Anymore

We live in a time when full time employment is increasingly looking less and less secure.  People with creative skills are realising that all jobs are, to some degree, dead end jobs and are “choosing themselves” to go it alone … Continue reading

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Creativity Predators

People cope quite badly with bad things.  It saps their creativity, for one, but the other effect is that people affected by bad things become (rightly) unhappy and upset.  It’s understandable.  They’re coping with bad things.  Those people can be … Continue reading

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There’s No Process for Brilliance

There is no algorithm, computer programme, process or method to guarantee brilliant results or plain, old-fashioned brilliance, full stop.  People like to think there is a sequence of steps that you can follow to obtain brilliant outcomes, but the strange … Continue reading

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Aiding and Abetting?

The papers and media are full, today, of pictures of a well-known art collector with what appears to be his hands around the throat of a frightened, saddened, fearful looking celebrity chef; his wife.  As artists, ought you sell your … Continue reading

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Creativity and Spying

Digital information is just people in disguise.  So says Jaron Lanier, in his book “Who Owns the Future?”   He’s right.  Behind the spying are spies.  These are real human beings, doing work daily, for who knows what purpose?  They make … Continue reading

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