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When things are nearby, they’re concrete and you can see the details of the things. On the other hand, when things are far away, they’re much more abstract. So thinking about things that are near and far puts us in different mental states. When you think about things nearby, you see the details, and so when a creative idea comes along, the first thing you ask is, can it work?

[But] most creative ideas are risky and the risks are obvious when you look at the details, so when you think about it with this detail-oriented mindset, you’re more likely to shoot the idea down. On the other hand, when you’re thinking about things that are far away, you’re in a more abstract frame of mind and so the first question you ask is not will this work; you’re more open to seeing the creative possibilities.

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— NPR’s Shankar Vedantam highlights some curious research on why we miss creative ideas that are right under our noses, quite literally speaking. This is why the incubation stage of the creative process, where you step away from the problem at hand, is so important in producing the subsequent illumination stage. (via explore-blog)

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parislemon:

aberjona:

altidude:

apoplecticskeptic:

im-heem:

Charles Mingus

Mingus.

I think I found my mission statement.

He should know.

👍

parislemon:

aberjona:

altidude:

apoplecticskeptic:

im-heem:

Charles Mingus

Mingus.

I think I found my mission statement.

He should know.

👍

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stevewoolf:

Thank you.

stevewoolf:

Thank you.

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"Although technology will still keep up with population through 2014, it will be only through a supreme effort and with but partial success. Not all the world’s population will enjoy the gadgety world of the future to the full. A larger portion than today will be deprived and although they may be better off, materially, than today, they will be further behind when compared with the advanced portions of the world. They will have moved backward, relatively."
— Isaac Asimov …in 1964. (via parislemon)
parislemon:

tgoss:

Genius labeling

Clever, indeed.

parislemon:

tgoss:

Genius labeling

Clever, indeed.

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parislemon:

Okay, this one is better.

Happy New Year Everyone!

parislemon:

Okay, this one is better.

Happy New Year Everyone!

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God’s Own Junkyard—where Neon Never Dies

For more photos and videos from God’s Own Junkyard, browse the #godsownjunkyard hashtag or visit the location page for the Junkyard’s previous premises.

God’s Own Junkyard is a little slice of heaven found in Walthamstow, North East London. Newly relocated to a new premises, the unique space on an industrial estate is the workshop and showroom of Chris Bracey, a neon artist who collects and hand-renovates neon signs for art, shows and collectors items.

Chris has been creating and collecting vintage neon signs, old movie props, found objects and waste light for the last 37 years, and his work has developed a cult following. Some of his most famous signs have appeared at Alexander McQueen shows and in Stanley Kubrick films. After a short period of closure, the new site continues to attract Instagrammers from around the world. One of his neon creations is currently on display at Selfridges in central London.

Photographer Adrienne Pitts (@hellopoe) recently visited the Junkyard before it closed to relocate. Here are her tips for getting the best from your photos in the Junkyard or of any neon signs:

  1. "Play with your exposure settings: by tapping on different parts of your screen, you can expose for lights or for darks. Neon is so dramatic and gives off such a beautiful colourful glow, it often looks best surrounded by darkness, so tap on a light area of your screen to make sure the rest of the scene is dark.
  2. "Play with scale and shadow: some of the pieces in God’s Own Junkyard are pretty big! To give a sense of scale, try including people or playing with creating interesting silhouettes against the colourful neon.
  3. "Get in close: a lot of beauty can be found in the detail—the curves of the neon, the hundreds of tiny lightbulbs and the gorgeous colourful glow that the neon gives off can all make for a beautiful image."
marketr:

starwars:

Artoo is pleased to announce the launch of our official Tumblr! We promise there won’t be any cat videos… except maybe a nexu or two.   


in a Dashboard far, far away…

marketr:

starwars:

Artoo is pleased to announce the launch of our official Tumblr! We promise there won’t be any cat videos… except maybe a nexu or two.   

in a Dashboard far, far away…