Sunday, March 16, 2014

Inspiration, Creativity, and More

I read and receive many good articles/links through email and other social media. From time to time, I re-read and re-send links to different friends. I hope to keep a few of my favorites here for easy access and reference.


on value of time

how to just get started

keep a journal and see where it goes

creativity and habits

on creativity and generating ideas

material possessions

on gratitude

on leadership and concentration

fundamentals of cosplaying: have fun!


Try something new for 30 days

Ken Burns commencement speech. on history, reading, writing, and value of interdisciplinary education

Neil Gaiman keynote address. on persistence of the artist's craft. literately how and when to make good art.

Shonda Rhimes commencement speech. be a do-er, not a dreamer.

Mark Manson on giving a fuck. I like the bit where he mentions you should figure out what's important to you and focus on that. and the subtlety of "not giving a fuck" vs "indifferent". so true.

Robert Lang origami and math TED talk

Steve Jobs commencement speech. Probably the most well-known but still worth recommending and re-reading over and over.

Shimon TED talk on Self learning

London designer/architect Thomas and the amazing cathedral from Shanghai world fair

Michael Moschen on juggling as arts and science

JJ Abrams on mystery

Creative Process / Stuff

Steve on how he made the beautiful book out of paper collages

NY in Lego form (tons of inside jokes for locals)

Brendon on how his research / design process worked for 30 Flights of Loving (beautiful game I first saw from Indiecade. his other works are amazing too.)

Production Diary video (1 of many) for the animated series with best action sequence - RWBY

Books (and a ton more on my goodreads list)

"Alchemist" and "Aleph" by Paulo Coelho - on life and the journey
"Unbroken" by Laura Hillenbrand - on the cruelty of man and resilience of man.
"What I talk about when I talk about running" by Haruki Murakami - spiritual aspect of running (can also apply to other sports/arts/habits though)
"Kitchen Confidential" by Anthony Bourdain. Makes you appreciate food, kitchen, and restaurant a lot more.
"Power of Habit" by Charles Duhigg. a bit of insight of habits and how to deal with changes for individuals and organizations alike.

Anime / Animated Series

Samurai Champloo - a story on friendship and journey set to dazzling animation and music score.
Cowboy Bebop - just watch how cleverly this series pays homage to a variety of movies / shows / music.
Kids on the Slope - they need to make more stories about jazz with jazz. (yes I'm aware Ken Burns has a documentary, but this is different).
Ratatouille - if you're a food buff you have to watch this
Ernest and Celestine - the most beautifully drawn series, ever. (wiki page)
Nausicaa - still can't decide whether Nausicaa or Mononoke is my favorite but love both and certainly see some parallels.

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