Terrific trivia – look at what piques my interest today!

I couldn’t go very far past Scott Blake’s site for his ‘Bar Code Art’. This guy has a mind even more way out than mine!! To quote: ‘I started making art with barcodes right before Y2K, inspired by the year 2000 computer bug, and threatening digital apocalypse.’ What he’s got on his website is truly whimsical – you too can get your own, personalised barcode to represent YOU – your age, weight, height, gender and country! And you can take a look at his barcode counter that is counting ‘10,000,000,000 UPC barcodes. (that’s 10 billion possibilities) Capturing every imaginable product. This animation takes 10 years to complete.’ Uh, I don’t think I’ll be watching them all…

Anyway, if you have ever wondered about bar codes and how they’re created – here’s the explanation. You can now die happy.

A couple of other things that science can be blamed for…especially for the males amongst us…

and these:

Yes really. Square watermelons.  They do not roll.  You saw it here.

And finally today – I loved this rather quirky idea (OK, maybe it’s cutesy instead…)

These are a bunch of ideas to enhance your creativity. And creativity is good – it can lead to fame and fortune, and it definitely makes my Friday’s more interesting! There are more on the website…

So you want to be more creative, in art, in business, whatever. Here are some tips that have worked for me over the years:

1. Ignore everybody.

2. The idea doesn’t have to be big. It just has to be yours.

3. Put the hours in.

4. If your biz plan depends on you suddenly being “discovered” by some big shot, your plan will probably fail.

5. You are responsible for your own experience.

6. Everyone is born creative; everyone is given a box of crayons in kindergarten.

7. Keep your day job.

8. Companies that squelch creativity can no longer compete with companies that champion creativity.

9. Everybody has their own private Mount Everest they were put on this earth to climb.

10. The more talented somebody is, the less they need the props.

I think everyone is creative, but some people are more worried about whether they will fail, or people with laugh at them than others. For a great NZ book on creativity, try this one: Kickstart your Creativity. Written by Rebecca Webster, a clinical psychologist with an interest in characteristics of creativity (yet she still works for the public health system – well I suppose you NEED to be creative to keep ‘making do’ with the funding and resources we have), and her partner Mike Hutcheson, ex-managing director of Saatchi and Saatchi, Auckland (and for great adverts, who better to turn to than Saatchi and Saatchi?!).

And that about completes my Friday’s post – have a wonderful weekend, play a little, laugh a little, put in some hard work – and stop for a while too.

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