Surat Lozowick on Creativity and Creation

An in-depth look at Chris Anderson’s Free and related theories

(Originally written in late 2010; some sections have been updated or removed.) Table of Contents: 1 Summary of key concepts in Free: The future of a radical price      1.1 Atoms vs. bits      1.2 Value is no longer determined by price … Continue reading

Radical Considerations on Creativity and Originality

In 1974, Alejandro Jodorowsky began work on his film “adaption” of Frank Herbert’s Dune. It was to be the story of the illumination of a hero, a people, and a planet, the planet being the Messiah of the Universe, spreading … Continue reading

Art and influences

Early last year, I published a post contrasting two views on art: Seth Godin: Art is what we call…the thing an artist does. […] Art is not in the eye of the beholder. It’s in the soul of the artist. … Continue reading

Realistic Online Privacy Expectations

When sharing anything on a public or semi-public digital network, you must be willing to accept two maxims of digital content distributed over public (and often semi-public) networks: That it is timeless and permanent That it is accessible to anyone, … Continue reading

Using the iPhone for creation over escapism

James Smits, in an email about my post on iPhone escapism: Recently, I noticed myself in the same pattern that you mention, reaching for my iPhone before I even knew why I wanted it. Too frequently the culprit was Twitter. … Continue reading

Quotes on writing

A selection from my digital notes, arbitrarily culled from personal reading; citations in footnotes Roger Ebert1: [Sportswriter Bill Lyon] gave me the most useful advice I have ever received as a writer: “One, don’t wait for inspiration, just start the … Continue reading

How Japanese companies live long →

Kim Gittleson at BBC News takes a look at the decreasing average lifespan of top US companies, which among those listed in the S&P 500 is 15 years, down from 67 years in the 1920s. In Japan, there are still … Continue reading

An interview with Shaaron Murphy, film editor and teacher

The production of a modern motion picture is a massive undertaking. It’s a process that can take years, involving hundreds of people, with budgets of millions of dollars. From the producer to the grips, everyone does their separate part. And … Continue reading

Important tech writing

Dave Lee: Good technology journalism, important technology journalism, is about the cultural impact; the political ramifications; the state of an industry that we’re essentially relying on to provide much of the West’s economic clout in the future. Many technology writers … Continue reading

An interview with Notational Velocity developer Zachary Schneirov

For those who use it, Notational Velocity needs no introduction (and for those who don’t, trying it out is the best way to really understand why it has such an ardent following). It’s a simple application for taking, storing and … Continue reading