The Master lit the spirit lamp under the little silver chafing dish and heated some butter before cutting half a dozen poppy heads open and tossing them in. Poppy was always served after a feast: it clarified the mind and stimulated the tongue, and made for rich conversation. It was traditional for the Master to cook it himself.
“The Golden Compass” by Philip Pullman
As a stimulating Friday posting, some link tips I encountered recently:
- “The Disapproval Matrix” by Ann Friedman
Beautiful framework when it comes to criticism by Ann Friedman — she differentiates between rational and irrational feedback and feedback by people who know you and who do not know you.
- “21 Awkward Moments That Artists & Illustrators Recognize” (Buzzfeed)
A good Buzzfeed collection that will speak to the heart of many artists.
- Flashmob Recreates Rembrandt’s “The Night Watch” in a Dutch Shopping Mall
One of those ads you love to share — beautiful idea and very well executed. Personally, I would be concerned that some bystander would intervene … but still, brilliantly done.
- People remember 10%, 20%…Oh Really?
Via copy shake paste — looking into the myth of remembering when seeing, listening, etc.
- 27 Creativity Methods
Link via toolblog.de — for those who love creativity “techniques”.
- Philosopher Alain de Botton’s Top Tips for Super Hot Sex
Interesting talk with a few brilliant ideas (e.g., “A miniature Utopia that you’re creating with another person …”), although some others were … well, not so new. But still, interesting presentation.
- Onion Talks: The Power Of Selling Out: Your Customers As Political Capital
Via mathbabe’s page, beautiful satire, reminds me a bit of Tumblr (Yahoo) or Mendeley (Elsevier), but perhaps I’m missing a few things … 😉
- Penn & Teller’s Bullshit
The badly biased cover story of a German magazine and a few postings in the counter-statements online reminded me of this gem of intelligent entertainment. They are not unbiased either, but they make a lot more sense. As the German cover story was about prostitution, I highly recommend this episode of Penn & Teller’s Bullshit: Prostitution:
Looking at the discussion in the German magazine and the counter-statement by one of the interviewed sex workers on her blog, I also think this is one of the nice things in the 21st century. In earlier times, “journalists” could interview people and give a very biased view in major outlets — nobody but the directly involved people could check it and if anyone had a problem with the way the issue was conveyed, they could not do much. Today, the people who were interviewed can voice their disagreement of how the story turned out publicly on blogs — and be heard. Perhaps it is time for a more … honest and differentiated journalism.
- We can dance – Hollywood Movie Dance Tribute
Brilliant mashup … love it — no, not (only) because of the four “jailbaits” from “Mean Girls” (you’re welcome) 😉 — it’s brilliantly composed and cut.
Happy Weekend 🙂