Monthly Archives: June 2010

Fun: An Antidote For “The Way We’ve Always Done It”

Think there’s not much new you can do with going up and down stairs? Try injecting some fun. Going up: And going down: (Hat tip to Dan Pink.)

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Quote of the Day: “…restrictions get the mind going.”

“Sometimes restrictions get the mind going. If you’ve got tons and tons of money, you may relax and figure you can throw money at any problem that comes along. You don’t have to think so hard. But when you have … Continue reading

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Ideas Alone Won’t Cut It: The Value of Hard Work

Many of us are always on the lookout for shortcuts: Ways to make things easier, faster, less strenuous. (Hence the popularity of sites like Lifehacker, and book titles that feature phrases like “The Easy Way to…” or “…Made Easy.”) To … Continue reading

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Quote of the Day: “…prepared to be wrong…”

“If you’re not prepared to be wrong, you’ll never come up with anything original.” —Sir Ken Robinson

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Music from a hydrogen fusion reactor (the sun)

I love stuff like this: Astronomers from the University of Sheffield in the United Kingdom have made music based on the oscillations they observed in the sun’s corona: They found that huge magnetic loops that have been observed coiling away … Continue reading

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Ignorance is innovation fuel

In one of his recent Monday Morning Memos, Roy H. Williams offered some excellent advice for people who are seeking to “think outside the box:” Talk to someone who doesn’t even know what box you’re talking about.

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Quote of the Day: “…superluminal quantum interconnectedness…”

“I throw around the term superluminal quantum interconnectedness as a state of being I hope to  achieve one day.” —Arthur Plotnik

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Strong voices = strong bodies?

We size people up—often unconsciously—using a myriad of factors: Clothing, handshake, grooming, and so on. Sometimes our conclusions can be wildly incorrect, but sometimes, some of our snap judgments are remarkably good. And what we call intuition is probably based … Continue reading

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Put on a Happy Face

This gives a whole new twist to the old song.

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Make the most of your accidents

In 1953, S. Donald Stookey, a researcher at Corning Glass Works, placed a sample of FotoForm glass into an oven, intending to heat it to 600 degrees Celsius for an experiment he was working on. (FotoForm glass, which Stookey invented, … Continue reading

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