Tag Archives: Encouragement

A Story About Youthful Enthusiasm Thwarted

Whenever I learn of a new government initiative to incubate innovative businesses, I roll my eyes. Back in the day, I had some first-hand experience with this kind of agency, as a recently-graduated electrical, electronics and computer engineer, with eight … Continue reading

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The Kind of Musician I Wanted to Be

Sitting in a favourite coffee shop, on Saturday morning, waiting for my daughter to finish her music lessons, I was reading about the human mind’s unique talent for finding patterns in nature and the ancient cognitive roots of our musical … Continue reading

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You’re Probably Already Doing the Right Things

The blogosphere is saturated with posts telling you what N things you need to do, right now, in order to succeed. The premise, in all of them, is that you’re a dolt, because if you had been doing what the … Continue reading

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When Two Worlds Collide

Increasingly, whenever I look into some creative project or other, I am immediately confronted with a collision of ideas. The two worlds, in stark opposition to each other, are those of predatory scarcity and generous, nurturing abundance. It’s increasingly clear … Continue reading

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The Joy (and Terror) of Not Knowing

Sometimes your friends can be absolute pains. Here I am, late on a Sunday night, with a half-finished blog post, a glass of red wine in me and my twitter friend advising me to get my blog post finished. All … Continue reading

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Confelicity

There is a very beautiful word that isn’t much used, in the English language. The word is confelicity. If you’re like me, you wouldn’t have encountered it much either. It’s so rare that my spelling checker is complaining about it, … Continue reading

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Lost Mozarts, Lost Picassos, Lost Teslas

There’s an old joke in which a man inherits a dusty old violin and an aged oil painting from a dearly departed distant relative. Disinterested in these objects for their intrinsic or nostalgic value, he decides to get them appraised … Continue reading

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Creative Tensions

Everything seems to be in tension, lately. Creating always involves a form of high wire balancing act, without a net. They tell you there is one right way to solve all your creative difficulties, but is there? Any brief survey … Continue reading

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A Better Way to Compete

They tell me that the best thing about Capitalism is that it’s best at creating fierce competition, as if that’s the only way to make anything good. They claim this is the only way to cause progress. I don’t think … Continue reading

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Some Remarkable Similarities Between Art and Engineering

My wife, while reading one of my blog posts, said something I found surprising the other day. She said it was rather sad that I didn’t talk more about my engineering, on this site. In her view, I approach art … Continue reading

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