Monthly Archives: July 2013

Mathematics of Creativity

John Leach on the “Mathematics of creativity” Part 1 from accountplanninggroup on Vimeo.

Stumbled upon this awesome presentation from John Leach. Although technically this is more about calculation than actual mathematics, it is still worth a look. Really entertaining and useful keynote.

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Stupidest Possible Creative Act is Still a Creative Act

When seeing something like the Vanilla Ice -remix above, the first “adult” reaction is to start complaining about how people now have too much time on their hands. That reaction is patronizing and also just plain wrong.
Clay Shirky has a great quote in his new book “Cognitive Surplus” about this phenomenon (emphasis mine):
Lolcat images, dumb as they are, have internally consistent rules, everything from “Captions should be spelled phonetically” to “The lettering should use a sans-serif font”.
Even at the stipulated depths of stupidity, in other words, there are ways to do a lolcat wrong, which means there are ways to do it right, which means there is some metric of quality, even if limited.
However little the world needs the next lolcat, the message you can play this game too is a change from we´re used to in the media landscape.
The stupidest possible creative act is still a creative act.

Seeing these Vanilla Ice mash-ups and Lolcat actually restores my faith in humanity. The makers of these have freed themselves of the opression of passive media and have become active makers. The quality of the content is secondary issue, although you must at least appreciate the craft in this video.

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Never Say Sorry

Never say:
“Sorry, I haven´t had time to prepare for the presentation.”
If I would get my money back every time someone has started presentation in seminar with these words, I would be millionaire. Of course not mentioning which currency that would be in and provided I would ever actually pay for seminar attendance. The principle still remains. Speaking to any kind of audience is privilege and it is just impolite to be unprepared.

“Sorry, I haven´t been updating my blog recently.”
Readers can already see that from the timestamps. Majority of them does not even really care. When you are not updating your blog, you fail first and foremost yourself. Blogging is time for thinking and if you skip it, it starts showing. Not immediately, but after a while.

Perspiration & Inspiration
Although I have written two books, hundreds of blog posts, thousands of presentations, documents & mails during my career, I do not enjoy writing, especially the starting of it. Whether I have an idea for blog post or not, the first words are the most difficult ones. After those ones, the process usually starts to work. You either get an idea or start polishing and evolving the one you had. Writing gives necessary boundaries to the thinking. You have to argument your points. In our field of work you cannot separate idea from its argumentation. Putting things in written format forces you to take responsibility of what you are saying.

For me, inspiration starts totally out of perspiration. And that being said, I am aiming to perspire way lot of more in the future. Also in this blog.

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