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Been a long time gone, but I’m working my way back.

In the meantime, here is a great new imagining of an old Christmas tune.

Lots of fun, and some spectacular piano playing!  Not to slight the great singing and backup…

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A nifty article from Fast Company highlighting some of Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi’s (oh just calm down spellchecker) work in his 1996 book on Creativity.

I have always liked Mihaly and it was fun to see this again after having forgotten about it for so long.

It seems to me that it basically boils down to the fact that creative people don’t fit very well into any of the little boxes that we have come up with over the millennia to describe personalities; introvert/extrovert, playful/disciplined, conservative/rebellious, etc.

I guess that’s what “think outside the box” means!

Read it here:

http://www.fastcompany.com/3016689/leadership-now/10-paradoxical-traits-of-creative-people

 

English: T. S. Eliot, photographed one Sunday ...

English: T. S. Eliot, photographed one Sunday afternoon in 1923 by Lady Ottoline Morrell (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Found a neat old audio clip over at Brain Pickings website, which is a fantastic site, I must say.

Well worth a visit to the site just to peruse things. http://www.brainpickings.org

Listen to some interesting old audio here:

http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2013/09/26/t-s-eliot-reads-the-naming-of-cats-1947/

I’m not a huge fan of late-night comedy shows. First of all, they usually aren’t funny, and secondly, I’m usually not awake.

I have to say though, Jimmy Fallon always seems to impress me, whatever he is doing, singing, dancing, or just goofing off.

This clip covers all three and he has recruited a couple other miscreants to help him out.

It is pure silliness and pure fun and has no edifying value whatsoever.

Watch it:

 

So you spend hours on Twitter.  Every meal you’ve had for the past two years is lovingly displayed on Instagram.  You’ve Pinned every other page you’ve Stumbled across, and to save us all from embarrassment we won’t even mention that stuff you put on Facebook .

You are an Always-On, Always-Connected, Early-Adopter, Beta Version, Master Time Squanderer.  Nothing can stand between you and your quest to produce the greatest body of work in the universe which is of absolutely no value to to any human.

Well; you don’t know nothing.

Learn from the Old Dutch Master.  And when I say old, I mean 1600’s.  No computers, no phones, no electricity, shit I’m not sure if light had been invented back then.

This guy, Athenasius Kircher, (oddly enough, that’s my next door neighbor’s name) spent some serious time and brain power working on the illustration I’ve linked to below.  This ain’t no sketch on the back of a napkin either, this is an Engraving. In other words, he carved this thing into a big sheet of something, probably copper, in order to make the prints.  This thing could have taken years.

And what, I am sure you are asking by now, did he spend so much time and effort and probably blood, (cause those little gravers are dang sharp and I have heard he was something of a klutz,) laboring so diligently to produce?

No less than the definitive, argument-ending, last and final word on that age-old, thorny conundrum that has been the ruination of so many of the world’s best minds; just how the hell did Noah fit all those damn animals in that little boat he built in the back yard?

Somewhere in my head I can hear old Athenasius’s mom, yelling from the backyard with a clothespin in her mouth: “When you gonna look for a job Nasus?”

Check this out:

http://houghtonlib.tumblr.com/post/58237361384/athanasius-kircher-optica-projectio-trium-arcae

You can click on the pic and then click on the Online boxes on the next page to see detailed images.  It really is quite a piece of work.

 

Cover of "The Oxford English Dictionary (...

Cover via Amazon

Here is an interesting little tidbit for all you word junkies and lexicographers.

Those of you who don’t suffer from either of these particular illnesses;

  1. Consider yourself lucky.
  2. This will probably strike you as the opposite of interesting.

This Page:

http://www.businessinsider.com/the-longest-definition-in-the-dictionary-2013-9

has a scrollable PDF of the longest definition in the Oxford English Dictionary – all 221 pages of it.

60,000 words to be pedantic, and it is almost impossible to avoid being pedantic when discussing the OED.

And what is that word, you may ask, brain abuzz with esoteric rarities that survive solely in the speech of pasty-complected Middle-English Professors with elbow patches and bulgy eyes?

Well, The Most Complex Word in the English Language is …..

Set.

yep, that’s it; set.

And what’s more, in all those 60,000 words, I think they missed the usage that I heard the most often during my childhood.

And that would be:

When the number of fleas chewing on your bluetick hound Zeke reach critical mass and he starts to scratch with such ferocity that the front porch is in danger of detaching from the house, the correct response is to bellow “Set!” in a fine mist of beer and chewing tobacco as loudly as possible.

I think they missed that one, but truthfully I am not quite sure, cause try as I might, I just couldn’t read all those 60,000 words.  The first few thousand are worth a peep though.

D words.

D words. (Photo credit: canonsnapper)

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