Tag Archives: Play

Nesting Behaviour

When expectant mothers are nearly due, they often begin fussing excessively about preparations for the soon to be newborn. The decor of the nursery will take on a heightened urgency. Everything has to be just so, or the mother-to-be will … Continue reading

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How To Get Better, Faster

It’s conventional wisdom that practice makes perfect, but like much conventional wisdom, it turns out to be an oversimplification. Practice is important, but how you practice makes a big difference to whether you get better faster or slower. While there … Continue reading

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Art Smuggling

There’s something important about LP records that the inventors of the compact cassette, compact disc and streaming music services evidently failed to grasp. If they were to be believed, these music delivery formats had a single function – to deliver … Continue reading

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Chasing Perfection

Here’s an interesting tale. As a guitar player, I’m like most of my guitar playing brethren. We’re all on a seemingly endless quest to perfect our guitar tone. I found something very close to ideal, which works reliably for me. … Continue reading

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Impasse

Occasionally, you lose sight of your own future – the one you envision for yourself and strive toward. It’s very disorienting when that happens. That ideal life you’d like to lead becomes a diffuse and obscure cloud of confusion. When … Continue reading

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On Not Doing the Work You Love

It might seem strange to be writing about underemployment, when the executive branch of the most militarised and powerful nation on Earth is, through its legions of official goons and flunkies, bureaucratically, permanently orphaning jailed small children and babies, just … Continue reading

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How Many Creative Options Do You Need?

This is a hard lesson to learn for many artists, myself included. Here it is, though: adding more creative options only causes you to reach a point of diminishing returns quite rapidly. Beyond that point, having more creative options available … Continue reading

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Expense or Investment?

It all depends on how you look at things. Two people can observe the same event, but because of their default mental models about that happenstance, conclude that two entirely different and irreconcilable consequences have resulted. What you think happened … Continue reading

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The Ideas That Excite You

There are some ideas that fully capture your imagination and enrapture you. They pique your interest and stimulate your curiosity. In short, they excite you. Not everybody responds to the ideas that grab you the same way you do, so … Continue reading

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Dancing with Disaster

This is a pure hunch. I admit that openly. Over the past decade, I’ve been learning to trust my intuition more, having seen it proven right in hindsight many times. I used to dismiss gut feelings as something akin to … Continue reading

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