Wire Cutters: Gorgeous Animation

Gorgeous short animation that is fantastic and also, a student thesis. Creator Jack Anderson sure has a future working for Pixar. 

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Antonio Ortiz

Antonio Ortiz has always been an autodidact with an eclectic array of interests. Fascinated with technology, advertising and culture he has forged a career that combines them all. In 1991 Antonio developed one of the very first websites to market the arts. It was text based, only available to computer scientists, and increased attendance to the Rutgers Arts Center where he had truly begun his professional career. Since then Antonio has been an early adopter and innovator merging technology and marketing with his passion for art, culture and entertainment. For a more in-depth look at those passions, visit SmarterCreativity.com.

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Rethinking Work

Barry Schwartz explores what motivates us to work in The New York Times

Of course, we care about our wages, and we wouldn’t work without them. But we care about more than money. We want work that is challenging and engaging, that enables us to exercise some discretion and control over what we do, and that provides us opportunities to learn and grow. We want to work with colleagues we respect and with supervisors who respect us. Most of all, we want work that is meaningful — that makes a difference to other people and thus ennobles us in at least some small way.
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Work that is adequately compensated is an important social good. But so is work that is worth doing. Half of our waking lives is a terrible thing to waste.

A complement to this essay is Daniel Pink's book Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us

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Antonio Ortiz

Antonio Ortiz has always been an autodidact with an eclectic array of interests. Fascinated with technology, advertising and culture he has forged a career that combines them all. In 1991 Antonio developed one of the very first websites to market the arts. It was text based, only available to computer scientists, and increased attendance to the Rutgers Arts Center where he had truly begun his professional career. Since then Antonio has been an early adopter and innovator merging technology and marketing with his passion for art, culture and entertainment. For a more in-depth look at those passions, visit SmarterCreativity.com.

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Oliver Sacks, Casting Light on the Interconnectedness of Life

It’s no coincidence that so many of the qualities that made Oliver Sacks such a brilliant writer are the same qualities that made him an ideal doctor: keen powers of observation and a devotion to detail, deep reservoirs of sympathy, and an intuitive understanding of the fathomless mysteries of the human brain and the intricate connections between the body and the mind.
Dr. Sacks, who died on Sunday at 82, was a polymath and an ardent humanist, and whether he was writing about his patients, or his love of chemistry or the power of music, he leapfrogged among disciplines, shedding light on the strange and wonderful interconnectedness of life — the connections between science and art, physiology and psychology, the beauty and economy of the natural world and the magic of the human imagination.

That's how Michiko Kakutani's examination of Oliver Sack's life begins in today's The New York Times. Sacks was the very embodiment of smarter creativity. 

The Week's Links: August 28, 2015

ALL THE LINKS POSTED ON SOCIAL NETWORKS THIS WEEK:

  • Point of View Shots Used in Coen Brothers Movies owl.li/RlXk3
  • No, You Do Not Have to Drink 8 Glasses of Water a Day owl.li/Rj1Ca
  • Meet the Guy Who Sorts All the World’s Numbers in His Attic owl.li/RlXhu
  • "Darth Punk" Awaken in This Star Wars / TRON Mashup | The Creators Project owl.li/RpEvw
  • A visual history of human knowledge owl.li/RlXef
  • The economics.... of sleep? owl.li/Rj0qx
  • Scientists May Have Discovered the Secret to Mona Lisa’s Smile | The Creators Project owl.li/RiD0B
  • The 3-D Printed Violin That Could Lead to a New Stradivarius owl.li/RiCG8
  • Why There Will Never Be Another Einstein owl.li/RiCVk
  • Beautiful: Under Armour 'Multiplies' Misty Copeland, Stephen Curry and Jordan Spieth in Stunning Ad owl.li/RidCe
  • How to age gracefully owl.li/RiCSs
  • Neurotic People See Faces in Things owl.li/Rgi8b
  • Philosophy Explained With Donuts owl.li/RiCQi
  • ◉ The Man Who Broke the Music Business owl.li/RfRry
  • Sleep Deficit: The Performance Killer owl.li/Rj0OD
  • Learn to judge, with designer Chip Kidd owl.li/Rgd5Y
  • 10 Crazy PR Stunts Throughout History owl.li/Rgd0S
  • ◉ Wil Reynolds: The Hidden Danger of Confusing Outputs for Outcome - smartercreativity.com/blog/2015/8/26…
  • Google ordered to remove links to stories about Google removing links to stories owl.li/RfTMq
  • Loneliness and Isolation: Necessary Ingredients of Creativity? owl.li/RgcWh
  • Yet Another Reason to Exercise: It May Make You More Creative | Big Think owl.li/RfSJr
  • 7 Amazing Things Science Has Discovered About Music This Year So Far owl.li/RfUuR
  • Who Won Science Fiction’s Hugo Awards, and Why It Matters owl.li/RfSAf
  • Watch: Legendary Designer Saul Bass Explains Why We Create owl.li/RfTTz
  • ◉ What's the Most Important Element of a Good Story? owl.li/RfRmW
  • Russia Wants Rachmaninoff’s Remains Back owl.li/Rgd7s
  • Maestro Gets Sick Of Disruptive Crowd, Includes Them In The Piece owl.li/RfSw8
  • ‘Sesame Street’ revolutionized children’s TV with science owl.li/RfSn4
  • Stunning Photomosaics of Some of the World's Most Iconic Places owl.li/ReSgE
  • New Orleans and its three-century history of battling water owl.li/RfShI
  • Beautiful: Master Penman owl.li/ReSeY
  • Susan Cain on why it's OK to eat alone owl.li/RfRwV
  • We can now 3D-print glass -- and it looks amazing (Wired UK) owl.li/ReQWI
  • A love letter to libraries | The Bloggess owl.li/ReSv1
  • ◉ Big Bird, big brain: The Economist on Sesame Street owl.li/RfRk9
  • Ways to think about cars owl.li/ReSqS
  • Comma Queen: The Semicolon; or, Mastering the Giant Comma - The New Yorker owl.li/ReQST
  • Brain drain: ‘Missing link’ discovered in the brain owl.li/ReQSp
  • ◉ Kelly Sue DeConnick: Make Them Uncomfortable - smartercreativity.com/blog/2015/8/24…
  • Don Quixote adaptation branded 'a crime against literature' owl.li/Raa3m
  • The Research Is Clear: Long Hours Backfire for People and for Companies owl.li/ReQQh
  • Mario Vargas Llosa: We Live In A Time Of No Culture owl.li/Ra9A6
  • The 100 best novels written in English: the full list owl.li/ReQOy
  • TV Channel Guide from the Future — The Message owl.li/Ra8Ms
  • Creativity Top 5: The Best Brand Ideas of the Week owl.li/RifpY
  • The Gift of the Daguerreotype owl.li/RaiBK
  • A visual history of human knowledge owl.li/ReQUG
  • ◉ Neil Gaiman: How Stories Last owl.li/RfRen
  • The 4 Phases Of Developing Your Creative Voice owl.li/Raer6
  • Rome Reborn: Take a Virtual Tour Through Ancient Rome, 320 C.E. owl.li/R9UGF
  • We're Spending $10 Billion On Kids' Classroom Technology—But Does It Help Them Learn? owl.li/R9CM9
  • That Human Brain in a Dish? Not Ready for Prime Time owl.li/R9yzo
  • Five Developing Business Rivalries You Should Keep Your Eyes On owl.li/R9zD0
  • A New Technology Makes Sugar Twice As Sweet, So You Can Eat Half As Much owl.li/R9ysT
  • The curious case of whistled languages and their lack of left-brain dominance | Ars Technica owl.li/R9zlK
  • WQXR - New York's Classical Music Radio Station owl.li/R9UPc
  • The Strange Appeal of Watching Coders Code — Backchannel owl.li/R9ykc
  • Suspended Glass-Bottomed Pool to be a Swimmable Pathway Between Two Buildings owl.li/R9yQf
  • July 2015 was officially Earth's hottest month in recorded history owl.li/R9yMW
  • Google Won the Internet. Now It Wants to Cure Diseases owl.li/R6UER
  • What Is Killing America's Bees and What Does It Mean for Us? owl.li/R6UxP
  • People Love Art Museums — But Has The Art Itself Become Irrelevant? owl.li/R3VHT
  • Creativity's Most Underappreciated Component: Persistence owl.li/R6U32
  • The Agonizingly Slow Decline Of Adobe Flash Player owl.li/R3Trm
  • The Neuroscience of Being a Selfish Jerk owl.li/R6TKg
  • Beautiful and terrifying: Terra Flama — Long Exposure Photos of California Wildfires by Stuart Palley owl.li/R3Lob
  • Big Question: Why Does Tap Water Go Stale Overnight? owl.li/R6w7c
  • Adweek Announces the Winners of Its 2015 Brand Genius Awards owl.li/R75jb
  • Designing Is Planning owl.li/R3Y4X
  • Great Artists Write owl.li/R3AU3
  • General Relativity at 100 | Scientific American Reports - Scientific American owl.li/R3unL
  • What happens when continents collide? - Juan D. Carrillo owl.li/R3fEV
  • Do We Read Differently at Different Ages? owl.li/R3qJq
  • View The Oldest Multicolor Print Book, Opened For The First Time owl.li/R37er
  • This New Mapping Tool Shows City Planners Where to Plant Trees owl.li/R3qm9
  • Terra Flama — Long Exposure Photos of California Wildfires by Stuart Palley owl.li/R3EgX
  • ◉ Procrastination owl.li/QXE7w
  • IAB Says HTML5 Is New Standard, Adobe Agrees owl.li/R3CdU
  • The Fascinating Whistled Languages of the Canary Islands, Turkey & Mexico (and What They Say... owl.li/R3qe0

Antonio Ortiz

Antonio Ortiz has always been an autodidact with an eclectic array of interests. Fascinated with technology, advertising and culture he has forged a career that combines them all. In 1991 Antonio developed one of the very first websites to market the arts. It was text based, only available to computer scientists, and increased attendance to the Rutgers Arts Center where he had truly begun his professional career. Since then Antonio has been an early adopter and innovator merging technology and marketing with his passion for art, culture and entertainment. For a more in-depth look at those passions, visit SmarterCreativity.com.

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