1. There is a bird in my tea! 2. Outdoor sports attached to the tea bags strings as advertise to House Café in Istanbul, Turkey. 4. Hang Me Tea Bags by designer Soon Mo Kang 5. Maum tea bags collection...
Arno Neumann's insight:
The standard tea bag was created to solve the inconvenience of loose tea leaves....it took the shape of an industrialized square....then we became creative...as exhibited in some of the tea bag ideas here....
"Discoveries in The Archimedes Palimpsest Archimedes, in his treatise The Method of Mechanical Theorems, works with the concept of absolute infinity, and this Palimpsest contains the only surviving copy of this important treatise. He claims that two different sets of lines are equal in multitude, even though it is clearly understood that they are infinite. This approach is remarkably similar to 16th- and 17th-century works leading to the invention of the calculus.
Also found only in the Palimpsest is Archimedes' Stomachion. It is the earliest existing western treatise concerning combinatorics. It is thought that Archimedes was trying to discover how many ways you could recombine 14 fixed pieces and still make a perfect square. The answer is high and counterintuitive at 17,152 combinations. Combinatorics is critical in modern computing.
In addition to Archimedes' works, six other erased books of history and philosophy were discovered. Twenty pages of the Palimpsest were created from the erased texts of ten pages from a manuscript containing speeches by Hyperides, an Athenian orator from the golden age of Greek democracy. Twenty-eight pages were from the erased text of 14 pages containing a Commentary on the Categories of the ancient Greek philosopher Aristotle. Aristotle's Categories is a fundamental text to western philosophy. This commentary survives nowhere else.
Today, the Startup Genome released the first half of its massive 160-page report on the world's top startup ecosystems.
"The comparative analysis, produced in collaboration with affiliates from UC Berkeley, Stanford and Telefónica Digital, covers a host of topics, including how the landscape of startup ecosystems has begun to extend beyond Silicon Valley to become somewhat of a global phenomenon. The report compiled a global ranking of startup ecosystems based on a 50-variable, 8-component index, which includes Startup Output, Funding, Company Performance, Talent, Support Infrastructure, Entrepreneurial Mindset, Trendsetting Tendencies and Ecosystem Differentiation."
AN : what it takes to be a " Startup City "..... review article from TechCrunch.
Begun in 2011 by Big Think and the Jack Parker Corporation, The Floating University is an online educational initiative that debuted at Harvard, Yale, and Bard College.
"In the lecture above, for example, Harvard cognitive psychologist and linguist Steven Pinker presents an “eSeminar” in linguistics, addressing dogged questions in the field over whether or not humans have an innate, universal grammar (as Noam Chomsky has famously argued); why language is so fundamental to our social relationships; and how language evolved. Pinker, who describes human language in broad terms as a “miracle” and a “window into the human mind,” also gets into the specific subfields of linguistics, discussing them in terms that any layperson can understand without much diluting the fascinating philosophical and scientific debates around what Darwin called our “instinctive tendency to speak” to one another, from infancy onward, all over the world, in some 6000 different languages.
The Great Big Ideas (now added to our list of 550 Free Online Courses) lecture series consists of twelve lectures total, including Pinker’s. "
AN : video in the article is fast paced but highly informative on the topic of linguistics.
Becoming a thought leader isn't just a process. It requires a passion for and a commitment to spreading ideas that can help others. Those that don't have that passion or that commitment are perhaps relegated to subject-matter experts who are called on to observe and react, but who are not often looked to for foresight or vision."
Wired magazine's editor-in-chief Chris Anderson interviews SpaceX's Elon Musk about the possibilities of putting humans on Mars.
"All entrepreneurs have an aptitude for risk, but more important than that is their capacity for self-delusion. Indeed, psychological investigations have found that entrepreneurs aren’t more risk-tolerant than non-entrepreneurs. They just have an extraordinary ability to believe in their own visions, so much so that they think what they’re embarking on isn’t really that risky. They’re wrong, of course, but without the ability to be so wrong—to willfully ignore all those naysayers and all that evidence to the contrary—no one would possess the necessary audacity to start something radically new."
AN : inspiring profile of an extraordinary contemporary entrepreneur.
"Walt Disney Co. (DIS) agreed to buy George Lucas’s Lucasfilm Ltd. for $4.05 billion in cash and stock, adding “Star Wars” and “Indiana Jones” to a roster of film hits including “The Avengers” and “Finding Nemo.”
Lucas, 68, the sole owner, will receive half in cash and the balance in stock, becoming a major investor in the film, theme-park and TV company, according to a statement today from Burbank, California-based Disney. The first of a new trilogy of “Star Wars” films will be released in 2015, Disney said.....
“Dating all the way back to Walt Disney’s day, we learned the value of great content, characters, storytelling and great imaginary worlds,” Chief Executive Officer Robert Iger said in an interview. "
AN : Creativity has tremendous value...Lucas would surely attest to that .
"What matters most in creating and sustaining innovation is building and strengthening interdependent links amongst ecosystem players, or building an ecosystem.
Readers of this article will learn not only how to build an ecosystem, but also how to manage one so that all the partners in the ecosystem profit from the innovation.
What determines innovation success? In recent years, we learned that it is not necessarily the underlying technology or the innovation’s value proposition. More and more, we came to realize that the innovation ecosystem, the interdependent partner network needed to generate, develop and deliver a technology-based or business-model innovation can be the ultimate defining factor. With the source of differentiation shifting from the innovative technology core to the partner network, business leaders must now understand how to build and play their innovation ecosystem."
AN : innovation systems examples as to science , technology and service.
If you missed Felix Baumgartner's freefall jump, which sponsor Red Bull swears will have scientific validity, you can see it recreated at 1:350 scale with LEGOs here. Or you could watch the video, ...
"We wrote about Felix Baumgartner’s planned freefall from the edge of space last week, but the first attempt ended up being called off due to winds. He pulled it off over the weekend, though, falling for over four minutes and achieving supersonic speed. If you missed the jump, which sponsor Red Bull swears will have scientific validity but which will probably most serve to make people gasp and then feel depressed about the state of our public-sector space program, you can see it recreated at 1 to 350 scale with LEGOs here."
While everyone is talking about the 3-D printing industrial revolution, Protomold is busy helping tinkerers become tycoons by making mass-production injection molding technology accessible for easily customized short-run batches — and their recent...
Arno Neumann's insight:
An innovation to solve one problem leads to a company built to solve many inventors innovations......
Moment Factory projection map the complicated surface of Gaudí's famous church.
"If you’ve ever travelled to Barcelona, you’ll know that you can’t go for a stroll around the city without encountering the work of its most famous architectural son Antoni Gaudí, especially his most famous work: the spindly, towering church Sagrada Família. Its gnarled, inside-of-a-cave-style experimental architecture isn’t what you’d immediately think of as the perfect canvas for some projection mapping, but then you’re not Montreal-based new media designers Moment Factory.
They were tasked with creating a seven-act multimedia show for the La Mercè festival in Barcelona and set about projection mapping the Nativity façade of Sagrada Familia. Using 16 video projectors, 13 computers, 25 moving lights, and a canvas of 150m x 30m the team created a tale of rebirth and hope inspired by Gaudí’s color sketches.
Called Ode à la vie (Ode to Life), Moment Factory describe it as a “living fresco made of colour, light and sound” where people bore witness to “trompe-l’oeil effects, statues in metamorphosis, natural-texture effects on the stone, highlights on the stained-glass windows and lighting effects on the four spires of the Basilica.”"
Arno Neumann's insight:
The projection mapping of the Nativity facade of Sagrada Familia is astounding ! Something Christmas related in keeping with today , Dec. 25th
When he was just 10 years old, Shankar began performing in Europe and the US with his family's Indian dance troupe. But at age 18, Shankar gave up all the glitter to study with a guru who taught him the sitar.
Disruptive innovators possess a suite of skills that enable them to connect dots that the rest of us don't usually perceive. But can these skills be learned?
AN : the answer is that some are better than others at innovation but there are methods to improve one's thinking and analytical and synthesis methodologies....the author reviews some of those methods....
Data engineers examined more than 3 million tweets to create this sprawling linguistic cartography.
"Attention, London residents: If your Malay is feeling rusty and in need of conversational oil, try heading to the neighborhood just north of Kensington Gardens. That's where Austronesians are chatting up a storm, according to this fascinating map of London's languages.
The clamorous cartography is the result of nifty computer analysis by Ed Manley and James Cheshire, both students at the University College London. (You might recall Cheshire from his map of London last names.) They used a tweaked Google Chrome algorithm to examine more than 3 million tweets sent by London inhabitants this summer. By the end of their dogged data-sifting, they had detected more than 60 languages including Tamil, Maltese, Tibetan, Urdu and Afrikaans.
With the help of geolocation, they then plotted the 10 most frequently spoken languages to create the colorful and informative metropolis you see below (interactive version here): ... "
AN : an interesting application …. how do we see cities ? Depending on what overlay of criteria , you might be quite surprised what you find.
"Artist and light sculpture pioneer Makoto Tojiki is one of the most brilliant sculptures in modern day. He mainly works with light, and what fits better in a futuristic home than a couple of innovative light sculptures, right? His artwork, called No Shadow, has become a viral sensation and can only be described as a cord carbon copy of the holographic system. Standing at a distance will make it appear as such, and even if you walk up to it to take a closer look, you will be amazed by the accuracy that Makoto managed to implement into his sculptures with just a few lights."
AN : an integration of Art, Light and Technology in dramatic artistic 3D sculptures.
"Children’s information books communicate their content with an energetic visual language
The task of tracing visual language in book design is a challenge, but one that is useful to take up in order to help us understand how readers make meaning of what they read. Studying the lineage of some forms of layout also sheds light on how design fits into and contributes to culture in a wider sense. Children’s science books – the highly graphic and colourful ones published over the last 30 years or so in the UK – provide some excellent examples of complex visual language, partly because they tend to be more highly illustrated than books meant for adults. But how do diagrams, illustrations and different forms of text interact to produce ‘content’ in these books? Meaning does not reside in the book alone, but is dependent on context: the particular conditions of reading, and the wider social and cultural environment. This is an exploration of book design as a medium of communication."
Rohit Bhargava who teaches global marketing at Geogetown University , shares in his 'Influential Marketing Bolg ' .... : "Creative people have a million ideas, and often they share them quickly. Having insights as opposed to ideas is more challenging, and often takes more time … but time isn’t a necessity, it is a side effect. And sometimes the most brilliant ideas come without side effects. In other words, they happen in an instant. "
AN : the value of our creativity...which is the tip of the iceberg, the instant insight and not just the flash of an idea, is perhaps how we should determine the worth of our creative thinkers and consultants.
The link takes you to the blog....look up the Oct 19, 2012 article with the same title " How Much Time Does Creativity Really Take ? "