What We're Reading

A selection of old and recent favorites from around the web.

  • Monty Python founder John Cleese’s 1991 Video Arts lecture is one of our favorite descriptions of creativity and the creative state.  "The open mode is relaxed, expansive, less purposeful, in which we’re probably more contemplative, more inclined to humor, which always accompanies a wider perspective, and consequently more playful. It’s a mood in which curiosity for its own sake can operate. Because we’re not under pressure to get a specific thing done quickly. We can play, and that is what allows our natural creativity to surface."  Draw more cartoons!  [YouTube]

  • In his excellent 2011 video series Everything Is A Remix, Kirby Ferguson makes his case for the nature of invention and the utility of intellectual property.  Ferguson argues that copying is how we learn--so let's all find somebody smart and copy them! [EIAR website]

  • The Zuckerbergs announce that they’re giving away billions and grouchy bozos on the internet respond with suspicion and hostility.  Why do do-gooders attract resentment?  Philosopher William MacAskill explains the phenomenon of “anticipated reproach”. [Quartz]

  • Finally, a guide to making latte art that doesn’t require you to have a beard or wear skinny jeans! [Facebook]