You can learn creativity, but not very much of it

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I always figured that what fuels creativity (at least for me) comes in these little random, spontaneous sparks of information….it could be anything….The key difference between what the creative folk and whoever is deemed “non-creative” do is rather than merely observe the occurrence, they’ll find away to have it make sense in their world (I use the term “world” here in place for a persons being/consciousness/life/mind/thought process/whatever etc..)….At least that’s how I see it (and it makes sense and aligns itself with what’s sort of being said in the article)… But yeah, I figure in reality all of us (if not just a majority) have the same propensity to be super great as we do to be completely retarded.. but somewhere there’s an underlying choice to “experience” something rather than just “observe” it. Meh, honestly it’s not even worth discussing it’s so silly.. We can all be creative.. and we all are creative in diff. ways.

Originally posted on Quartz:

At 2 a.m. on June 16, 1816, Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin awoke with a fright.

Mary was 18 years old and spending her summer at the Villa Diodati at Lake Geneva with her stepsister Claire Clairmont and the writers Lord Byron and John William Polidori. Her future husband, Percy Shelley, was staying nearby. They had intended to spend the summer swimming and sunbathing, but a year earlier, Mount Tambora, a massive volcano in Indonesia, had erupted, dispersing nearly 1.5 million metric tons of dust into the atmosphere, blocking the sun, and sharply decreasing temperatures worldwide. It had such devastating effects on global weather patterns that 1816 came to be known as “The Year Without a Summer.”
Although the inclement weather foiled the group’s outdoor plans, the four of them contented themselves with indoor activities and took to reading scary stories, most notably from Fantasmagoriana, a French anthology of German ghost stories.

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Soundrop launches, a kind of for digital music promotion

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i suppose we should try it out

Originally posted on Gigaom:

Norwegian digital music startup Soundrop launched a new service called that wants to help musicians promote their latest releases and grow their email lists. is kind of like an for digital music – a very minimal and clean site with a basic player that gives visitors access to a track right away.

Once you hit play, you gain access to additional cards that offer access to additional content in exchange for an email address, prompt you to subscribe to a YouTube (S GOOG) channel or follow the artist on Soundcloud, Twitter (S TWTR) or Facebook. (S FB)

Artists can also redirect users to streaming music services like Spotify or Deezer or offer an option to buy digital downloads on iTunes, (S AAPL) Amazon (S AMZN) or elsewhere. can be used as a standalone mini-site, or embedded into other websites. Check out a embed below:

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Online Education Startups Codecademy, General Assembly, Others Band Together Against FCC Proposed Net Neutrality Rules


es noice…

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

fcc1The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) got an earful from concerned online education startups today. General Assembly,Codecademy, CodeCombat, and OpenCurriculum cautioned the FCC in their filings today that an Internet fast lane would, “…impede [American's] access to an affordable education and to job skills for the 21st century economy.”

All four companies argue that the newly proposed rules for Net Neutrality creates an uneven playing field in favor of large universities with bigger purse strings.

CEO of General Assembly, Jake Schwartz cautioned the FCC that his company would not have had a chance to even exist under the new proposal:

When my co-founders and I started General Assembly in 2011, we quickly found ourselves competing with a host of online and offline incumbents, many with ample funds and an incentive to keep companies like General Assembly out of education. Had the FCC’s rules been in place at our founding…

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iCloak Stik Aims To Put Robust Online Privacy In The Hands Of The Many, Not The Few

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great idea/concept… its a scary inet out there…. it’s best to at the very least try to save yourself….

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

Meet iCloak Stik: a plug and play device that’s being designed to make robust online privacy accessible to the many not the few – by enabling an average computer user to route their browsing via the Tor or I2P anonymizing networks so it can’t be tracked.

The device will also let users select a particular country where they want to appear to be coming from, which can defeat regional content locks.

Every time you connect to the Internet with iCloak it will also generate a new random MAC address — meaning the hardware itself can’t be traced either.

All your browsing activity disappears without a trace once you shut an iCloak session down. This is because it’s effectively a clean instal every time you use it, which thwarts tracking techs like cookies and adware, along with more pernicious malware that might lurk on a computer that’s been around the cyber block a few times.

Sound interesting? Of course it does. Online security and privacy are continuing to…

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How to build brand engagement through in-app communication

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good article…touches on brand engagement (use for fans?) thru mobile in-app com

Originally posted on Gigaom:

While a mobile app must fulfill its core function, it must also continue a dialog with its users to remain relevant. Doing so requires ongoing, intelligent, targeted outreach to customers and an extension of customer-service strategy into the app itself.

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Why Are The Super-Rich So Angry?

Fun stuff. …this is why we should have “ethics” be a required course in college curric’s….maybe even high school…


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Digital Dualism FTW

Originally posted on TechCrunch:


It seems so simple. So mindless. It’s only slightly less boring than “Hey” or “Hi,” if only because of some perceived aggression or excitement attached to it. But Yo is anything but simple.

If you haven’t been following along on Twitter, Yo is the hottest new app that will leave you scratching your head. The entire premise of the app is to send other users a single word: Yo.

Yo currently has over 50,000 active users, after launching as a joke on April Fools’ Day. Users have sent over 4 million Yo’s to each other. Without ever having officially launched, co-founder and CEO Or Arbel managed to secure $1.2 million in funding from a list of unnamed investors, except for co-founder, angel, and former Mobli CEO Moshe Hogeg, who participated in the round.

It might have started out as a joke, but the app has turned into something…

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Monegraph Uses Bitcoin Tech So Internet Artists Can Establish “Original” Copies Of Their Work

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That’s pretty awesome…. :)

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

People don’t want to buy copies of art, they want the original. And that’s been a huge problem for artists who create digital works that are easily copied. No scarcity means no market, so artists can’t make ends meet. But Monegraph, short for “monetized graphics”, uses cryptography to bring meatspace scarcity to online art.

Here’s how Monegraph works. Artists can visit the Monegraph site and sign in with Twitter. Then They submit the URL of a digital image they’ve created. In return they receive a blockchain key and value they can store in a NameCoin wallet, similar to how they would store bitcoin. This is their digital deed, a unique claim of ownership to the piece of art. If someone else submits the same image, Monegraph detects that it’s already been claimed. Monegraph also tweets out an announcement of the ownership to commit it to public record.

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Small Midwest colleges are facing a demographic death spiral

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This article talks about an example (in this case it’s people of inherited wealth) of what i was trying to explain yesterday to my cousin in regards to people that are given things instead of earning them. If ya can envision the concept of it on a grander scale that’s what i meant about raising the quality level of poverty leading to people not knowing what to do with themselves. Discipline is most often learned only by going through experiences..(That’s why wisdom is always spoken about but not instilled in the daily lives of those that speak about it..)
The “Illusion of Virtue” is a crappy thing for all of us.

Originally posted on Quartz:

A report this week from credit rating agency Moody’s provides an early reminder that certain US colleges, some with very long histories, might not be able to survive the changing economics of higher education.

The number of high-school graduates in the Midwestern United States is projected to drop and keep dropping. According to Moody’s, demographic pressure and cheaper high-quality public alternatives means fewer students for small private colleges, which means more spending on financial aid, which then constricts spending on facilities and programs and further hurts the ability to attract students.

Tuition at schools such as Earlham College and Ashland University, both of which Moody’s recently downgraded, is about one-third pricier than public alternatives, on average, which means they have to give their students consistently better outcomes. Schools with significant endowments, or that are well-known enough nationally that they don’t rely on local students, won’t have the same problem.

The number of graduates is expected to fall through 2016, grow…

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Thought Catalog: At What Point Does Being a Heterosexual Male Become Objectifying Women?

Thought Catalog: At What Point Does Being a Heterosexual Male Become Objectifying Women?

I liked this post…. Well cuz I can relate to it and I’ve asked myself this question in the past and came up with the same sort of reasoning….. Def a thin line tho…. But the articles closing summed it up pretty well.


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