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The best book covers, movie posters, and magazine covers of 2013

The best book covers, movie posters, and magazine covers of 2013 | The Best of Art & Imagination | Scoop.it
Magazine covers, movie posters, and book covers all have the same basic job, so it seemed proper to group these lists together: 50
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You know you love design when these lists are of interest.  I agree that the Salinger movie poster is completely brilliant even though the movie is not suppose to be. You know the old saying, "You can't judge a movie by its cover..."

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Beat Making, Best Chairs & More...Best of 2013: The Year in Creativity

Beat Making, Best Chairs & More...Best of 2013: The Year in Creativity | The Best of Art & Imagination | Scoop.it
Creativity is an expansive, all-encompassing word whose definition is different for everyone. It means problem-solving, a unique perspective, expression, inspiration, translating ideas into tangible solutions, and nonlinear thinking.
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From the University of North Carolina to the center of Africa, we find people with the creative energy to invest and create a sustainable musical production lab.  There are other notable items for your viewing pleasure as well. 

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Accent Quiz: How Y’all, Youse and You Guys Talk

Accent Quiz: How Y’all, Youse and You Guys Talk | The Best of Art & Imagination | Scoop.it
What does the way you speak say about where you’re from? Answer the questions to see your personal dialect map.
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This accent quiz is entertaining to share with family members, especially if you've moved a few times. One of my  children landed on an "Overland Park, Kansas" accent given we lived there during his formative years.  It was a melting pot with people in the early 90s moving to OP from all over the country.  I was raised in Akron, Ohio but my accent appears to be most like the people in Phoenix, Arizona where I now reside.  This is my second stop in Phoenix-- another highly transient area.  The map shows other areas that have influenced my word choice--Cleveland, Ohio and the heartland. I have the least in common with New Yorkers and those from Boston. Have fun!

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The Year’s Best Books on Writing and Creativity

The Year’s Best Books on Writing and Creativity | The Best of Art & Imagination | Scoop.it
Timeless wisdom and practical advice on the pleasures and perils of the written word and the creative life.

After the year's best books i
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My bucket list includes writing a book one day.  I love some of the routines like always beginning a new book on January 8th each year--and waiting for your muse to show-up.  The routines of successful writers are really interested. 

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The 2013 Hater's Guide To The Williams-Sonoma Catalog

I have a house and, like most houses, it's an unfinished work. There are cracks in the paint. There are piles of old clothes and shoes exploding out of the laundry room, which doubles as a storage room because we don't have a storage room.
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The cursing may bother you but otherwise hysterical!

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The Collaboration Cycle

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After presenting the collaboration curve, Dan is the question How should we collaborate? and responds with the principle CARE.
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As we move toward an increasingly collaborative environments in schools and within the business community, leadership should be aware of how to monitor and assess the process and interpersonal dynamics.  

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Why Kids Are Awesome: 100% Wrong But Totally Genius At The Same Time

Why Kids Are Awesome: 100% Wrong But Totally Genius At The Same Time | The Best of Art & Imagination | Scoop.it
Now this is what I call thinking outside the box.
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Hysterical!

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The 13 Best Children’s, Illustrated, and Picture Books of 2013

The 13 Best Children’s, Illustrated, and Picture Books of 2013 | The Best of Art & Imagination | Scoop.it
Young Mark Twain's lost gem, the universe in illustrated dioramas, Maurice Sendak's posthumous love letter to the world, Kafka for kids, and
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Linda Alexander's curator insight, December 15, 2013 12:06 PM

An example of the selection, "You Are Stardust"--simply lovely!  

Your breath is alive with the promise of flowers.

Each time you blow a kiss to the world, you spread pollen that might grow to be a new plant.

 

That’s precisely the kind of cosmic awe environmental writer Elin Kelsey and Toronto-based Korean artist Soyeon Kim seek to inspire in kids in You Are Stardust (public library) — an exquisite picture-book that instills that profound sense of connection with the natural world. Underpinning the narrative is a bold sense of optimism — a refreshing antidote to the fear-appeal strategy plaguing most environmental messages today.

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There's A Trip For Your Personality Type

There's A Trip For Your Personality Type | The Best of Art & Imagination | Scoop.it
There's a trip for every personality type out there. Whether you're a traditionalist or a dreamer, there's a vacation or journey that suits you best.
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While I span several personality type categories, I am apparently the "OFF-BEAT" traveler according to this mini-assessment....

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Vivian Maier

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Please also visit the FB page for the documentary film here:...
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Like this page on Facebook....her work is awesome!  I only wish she would have received some credit during her lifetime.  

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The best science gifts - 25 November 2013 - New Scientist

The best science gifts - 25 November 2013 - New Scientist | The Best of Art & Imagination | Scoop.it
When it comes to giving gifts, our selection shows how science delivers the beautiful as well as the technical
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Gifts for people who have everything but love science or their cat... 

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Yousuf Karsh’s striking historic images at the National Portrait Gallery

Yousuf Karsh’s striking historic images at the National Portrait Gallery | The Best of Art & Imagination | Scoop.it
The first of two exhibits of the Armenian photographer’s work at the National Portrait Gallery includes images of Winston Churchill and Ernest Hemingway.
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I think his Bogart photograph is my favorite, although the portrait of the First Lady is also striking. 

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Portraits of Unrelated Doppelgangers (Twins) Who Have Found Their Match

Portraits of Unrelated Doppelgangers (Twins) Who Have Found Their Match | The Best of Art & Imagination | Scoop.it
Fascinated with the idea that two totally unrelated people can look like twins, photographer Francois Brunelle set out to take portraits of 200 doppelgange
Linda Alexander's insight:

Terrific photography.  And I know mine is out there---people keep telling me!  I didn't know what the word dopplegangers meant until I read this post. 

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Ken Morrison's comment, November 18, 2013 7:10 AM
Hi Linda, Thanks for sharing. I saw mine when I was about 7 years old. We saw each other and we both visually stopped in our tracks. We were both a little scared. We did not talk. It was a weird feeling. Did you possibly see the Coca-Cola Doppleganger finder a few years ago? It has been deactivated, but it was pretty cool.
Linda Alexander's comment, November 18, 2013 7:19 AM
Ken, I didn't even know the word doppleganger until this post. It is such a fascinating research topic and photography project. No, I didn't see the Coca-Cola piece. I have an unusually high number of folks telling me I look like someone they know, so do feel I have a twin out there somewhere....
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Curation As An Emerging Skillset | A 5 Step Guide

Curation As An Emerging Skillset | A 5 Step Guide | The Best of Art & Imagination | Scoop.it
How to become a curation king / queen. Traditionally, a curator researches and puts together a collection which speaks to a narrative and / or serves a larger idea in art galleries and / or museums...

Via Ally Greer, Ken Morrison
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Wonderful!

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Kirsten Wilson's curator insight, March 11, 7:39 PM

This is a great resource that explains the "why" of curation and the importance of why Teachers should curate as well as develop the skill of curation with their students, the managers of future digital content.

ozziegontang's curator insight, March 14, 3:39 PM

Helping Chairs help their members gather what they need to know.

Lauren Anstey's curator insight, March 31, 10:06 AM

A 5-step guide to digital curation.

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Psychological Impact of Clothing: Creative Guide to Dressing for Work

Psychological Impact of Clothing: Creative Guide to Dressing for Work | The Best of Art & Imagination | Scoop.it
Research tells us that what we wear affects how we think.
Linda Alexander's insight:

This research suggests that the clothing we wear influences our creative capacities as well as how others perceive and interact with us.  Putting on a white lab coat or a suit has benefits beyond the ease of knowing what to wear each day.  When it comes to the educational environments, this research should be a consideration in terms of school uniforms or dress codes. And for the creative souls, dressing with purpose to tap their inner muse is not at all a silly endeavor.

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Predictions are only Predictions: The Wall Street Journal & 2013 Big Financial Surprises

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Interesting WSJ  list of 2013 surprises--the stock market roaring and some of the verbal blunders like Lulu Lemon.  Also: Volunteerism by age and economic groups, and the ins & outs of tipping 

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Why Creative People Sometimes Make No Sense, by Matthew Schuler

Why Creative People Sometimes Make No Sense, by Matthew Schuler | The Best of Art & Imagination | Scoop.it
  I’ve been having an insightful shuffle through Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi’s book Creativity: The Work and Lives of 91 Eminent People. Mihaly is a seminal professor of Psychology and Management,...
Linda Alexander's insight:

Click on the actual link and you'll find Matthew Schuler's list of traits and quickly believe he knows this topic really well.  Interestingly enough, his contradictory list makes perfect sense in an altered state-of-mind sort of way. 

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A New, Reversible, Cause of Aging | HMS (Cancer Link)

A New, Reversible, Cause of Aging | HMS (Cancer Link) | The Best of Art & Imagination | Scoop.it
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Extremely interesting! This research is a huge step forward in understanding the role and reversibility of aging and its (aging) connection to the likelihood of getting cancer. 

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6 Mega Trends for 2014

6 Mega Trends for 2014 | The Best of Art & Imagination | Scoop.it
Predicting the future is a fraught business yet this year seems to hold important clues for 2014. Here is my personal list.

Via Fred Zimny, miracletrain 夢想驛站, Aki Puustinen
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The beginning of all the year-end top 10 lists....(oh, but this list only contains the top 6...with a tech-laden focus)

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Josie Gibson's curator insight, December 17, 2013 4:56 PM

'Buzzword-free'...

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Top 10 Feel Good Moments From 2013

Top 10 Feel Good Moments From 2013 | The Best of Art & Imagination | Scoop.it
As 2013 quickly comes to a close I wanted to take a look back at the most feel good moments of the year, the stories that brought happy tears to my eyes and left me with a smile on my face.
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Wow...I have a few favorites on the list, but also viewed a few that I missed as well.  Awesome!  Education is a right, that is what we have to fight:).  Find those words shared by a VERY young man here...  

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Harvard Gazette: The Human Need for Storytelling..

Harvard Gazette: The Human Need for Storytelling.. | The Best of Art & Imagination | Scoop.it
A Scholars at Risk panel investigates the universal uses of narrative and the hard-wired human need for storytelling.
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Mentally Strong People: The 13 Things They Avoid

Mentally Strong People: The 13 Things They Avoid | The Best of Art & Imagination | Scoop.it
For all the time executives spend concerned about physical strength and health, when it comes down to it, mental strength can mean even more.
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Still working on improving a few of these items...the worrying about things I really can't control part, especially. 

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(Jan Somers) Photographer Wants World to Go Nose to Nose

(Jan Somers) Photographer Wants World to Go Nose to Nose | The Best of Art & Imagination | Scoop.it
Via a shared screen, I can see Jan Somers’ nose to nose photo archive as he scrolls through close-up after close-up of two people with their faces turned towards each other, so near they would feel one another’s breath, noses just a wisp apart.
Linda Alexander's insight:

"Belgian photographer Jan Somers has captured more than 100 images of people in India".  He is pressing for a global, amateur photography movement where nose to nose pics are used to overcome issues of personal space and to create new connections; it captures the heart and might just evoke peace...

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Any swear word on your Facebook Timeline? Dirtymouth will tell you

Any swear word on your Facebook Timeline? Dirtymouth will tell you | The Best of Art & Imagination | Scoop.it
Foul language is a pretty common occurrence on Facebook. We have all used it as some point. Yes, you have as well. If you don't believe me, check out Dirtymouth. You may be surprised by what you se...

Via Cendrine Marrouat - www.socialmediaslant.com
Linda Alexander's insight:

What app will they ever think of next?  An app for every time you said you wish there was a "thumbs-down" icon? An app for every time you said "lol" or placed a smiley face on your FB page?  Anyhow, here is a terrific app for conservative colleges and universities to use when checking out potential admissions applicants. lol.

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Cendrine Marrouat - www.socialmediaslant.com's curator insight, November 20, 2013 12:22 PM

A fun little app for Facebook. Picks up pretty much anything with bad language. 

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Miracles by Walt Whitman (AP Literature Illuminated text project)

This is a video for my second period AP Lit class with Sullivan.

Via Lynnette Van Dyke
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