December 15, 2008

I am about to analyze the ten behavior paradoxes that own by creative people which previously pointed by Mihaly:

1. Creative people have a great deal of physical energy, but they’re also often quiet and at rest.

silent is gold. creative people have many things to think about. so it’s good to stay still in the solitude, let themselves driven by imagination. the widest world is the time when we approach the sleep because the conscious and unconscious worlds are integrated. if everyone is in action, so who’s gonna take a role in paying attention and analyzing?

2. Creative people tend to be smart yet naive at the same time.

they are naive because they wont stop asking which can make them enrich their knowledge

3. Creative people combine playfulness and discipline, or responsibility and irresponsibility.

discipline and responsibility are related to “obeying rules”. rules somehow may block people’s mind to be out-side the box. the creative people are the ones who dare to transform the kinked irresponsibility into something understandable yet straightened by rules. moreover, rules make something trapped and ordinary

4. Creative people alternate between imagination and fantasy, and a rooted sense of reality.

idea thats just kept in the mind, is merely a dream. the one which is successfully translated into reality, is called creativity

5. Creative people trend to be both extroverted and introverted.

they’re being introverted when they still process the ideas, deciding where to lead the ideas. afterwards they become extroverted when they are ready to share the ideas with others

6. Creative people are humble and proud at the same time.

when they creatively solve the problems faced by their surrounding with the “never been thought before” way

7. Creative people, to an extent, escape rigid gender role stereotyping.

because they tend to capture something from the whole angles

8. Creative people are both rebellious and conservative.

conservativeness is a basic fundamental action so they won’t be too distant in crossing the lines. the other hand, the rebellion proceeds the creativity. it occurs when there’s internal or external limitations. and the creativity is needed to eliminate those limitations.

9. Most creative people are very passionate about their work, yet they can be extremely objective about it as well.

because they have a deep concern about it so no wonder they want to make it perfect but they can also accept other’s suggestion and critics because they believe it can make their work even better.

10. Creative people’s openness and sensitivity often exposes them to suffering and pain, yet also to a great deal of enjoyment.

mostly, creative people are enjoying the process more than the result. they like the process of mixing the desires and obsessions through imagination, but when it comes up with rejected response from other aspects, they end up in pain. however, they still can take it as a great deal of enjoyment!

From Creativity: The Work and Lives of 91 Eminent People, by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, published by HarperCollins, 1996.

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people’s necessities are unlimited. they are never satisfied with what they have, from having one thing they must be desired something else. complimentary needs turn into something prior to be had. unfortunately, limitation of capability and rules cause those desires are merely laid away, then make people surrender to keep chasing their chimera which ends up just being a blank dream. do you believe with parable of “there’s no word NO”? god created world and its contents for human beings to be utilized and yet taken care of, if only they were willing to endeavor they possibly could get whatever rational things they want to achieve. the problem is on “how to do that”. first, you must believe on yourself! that obsessive kind of world changing belief is a force that drives you to solve a problem, to find the breakthrough, a force that drives you to bet everything on a fragile thing or a new idea. here, people are dared to think creatively on how they are able to break through their own limitation. dream is not an absurd thing because basically it constitutes creativity assistance, and of course to execute it we must put it into action. don’t be afraid to make mistakes, indeed creativity cannot ever be measured. But even from failures we consider them as the best teacher, so we can learn many things and mainly the optimism. A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity, an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty. But, if we don’t experience the pain of failure how can we enjoy the pleasures of success? And if we don’t work on our dreams some other might take a chance and thus we will lag behind. just put some faith on what you surely do, trust on yourself to develop enthusiasm to work on it. don’t heed other’s opinion that might bring limitation to your creative thought with road blocks, just like previous legendary people did to their dreams..

THE WRIGHT BROTHERS

THE WRIGHT BROTHERS (The investors of aircraft control)

The Wright brothers had been fascinated by the idea of flight from an early age. It was a force that led the Wright brothers to invent, single-handedly, each of the technologies they needed to pursue their dream. They were the first to discover that a long, narrow wing shape was the ideal architecture of flight.

ALEXANDER GRAHAM BELL

ALEXANDER GRAHAM BELL (The inventor of telephone)

“Leave the beaten track occasionally and dive into the woods. Every time you do so you will be certain to find something that you have never seen before. Follow it up, explore all around it, and before you know it, you will have something worth thinking about to occupy your mind. All really big discoveries are the results of thought. The day is coming when telegraph wires will be laid on to houses just like water or gas, and friends will converse with each other without leaving home.”

Alexander Graham Bell

THOMAS ALVA EDISON

THOMAS ALVA EDISON (The inventor of light bulb)

“The electric light has caused me the greatest amount of study and has required the most elaborate experiments. I was never myself discouraged, or inclined to be hopeless of success. I cannot say the same for all my associates. Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration.”

Thomas Alva Edison

Now, THINK!.. IMAGINE!.. DREAM!.. and MAKE IT HAPPEN!..

#4

December 15, 2008

media informs invention, creativity , news, democracy, free enterprise, and professional standards which brings big impact to people’s behavior and pattern of thinking. it influences and inspires them..

  • newspaper

The earliest variation on a newspaper was a daily sheet published in 59 BC in Rome called Acta Diurna (Daily Events), which Julius Caesar ordered posted throughout the city. The earliest known printed newspaper was in Beijing in 748.

In 1451, Johannes Gütenberg uses a press to print an old German poem, and two years later prints a 42-line Bible, the significance being the mass production of print products, ushering in an era of newspapers, magazines, and books. By 1500, the genesis of a postal system can be seen in France, while book publishing becomes popular throughout Europe and the first paper mill can be found (England).

Zeitung (newspaper) is a news report published in Germany in 1502, while Trewe Encountre becomes the earliest known English-language news sheet in 1513. Germany’s Avisa Relation oder Zeitung, in 1609, is the first regularly published newspaper in Europe. Forty-four years after the first newspaper in England, the Oxford Gazette is published, utilising double columns for the first time; the Oxford/London Gazette is considered the first true newspaper. The first North American newspaper, Publick Occurrences Both Foreign and Domestick, was published in 1690 in Boston.

The 1700s was a century in which market elements were created that encouraged the development of daily newspapers: rising literacy, the formation of nation-states, a developing postal system, the proliferation of urban centers, a rising literary and philosophical tradition emphasising democratic involvement in government, and technologies that supported newspaper production. In short, it was a great news century. The first daily newspaper was The Daily Courant in London, 1702. In 1754, The Daily Advertiser in London uses the first four-column format. France’s first daily newspaper appears in 1777, Journal de Paris, while the first United States daily was the Pennsylvania Packet in 1784.

The rise of the middle class transformed newspapers in the 1800s. A penny (US$0.01) buys a New York newspaper in 1833, opening up the first mass market for newspapers. In 1847, the telegraph is used as a business tool, transforming far-away stories. In 1873, an illustrated daily newspaper can be seen in New York. In 1878 the first full-page newspaper advertisements appear, and in 1880 the first photographs are seen in newspapers, using halftones.

With the basic technical groundwork for the modern newspaper in place by the late 19th century, the story of newspapers in the 20th century was about professional development and adaptation to changing consumer and media markets. The story also involved an evolving business model that rode an ever-growing wave of mass-market advertising. Increased profitability and higher revenues attracted publicly owned corporations interested in buying newspapers from descendants of company founders, while simultaneously exposing newspapers to the whims of cash- and profit-hungry stock markets.

By 2000, newspapers were juggling priorities: fragmentation of news consumption, fragmentation of advertising investments, the advantages and disadvantages of being a mass medium, balancing the wants of the marketplace with the company’s duty to provide the needs of the marketplace, a journalistic backlash against industry changes, the sheer physicality of ink-on-paper production and distribution versus digital distribution, increasing profit pressure surrounding the core print product, and extension of the company’s core brand into other profit centers.

  • Magazine

The publication of various forms of leisure reading, including picture books, song books, news sheets and

calendars, was commonplace throughout the 18th century. However, the term magazine is generally acknowledged to have come into usage with the publication in the 1730s of the Gentleman’s Magazine by Edward Cave. Its aim was to entertain with stories of crime and romance. It soon proved popular, not just for sale but for rental in public houses, coffee houses and barber shops.

Gentleman’s Magazine

Gentleman’s Magazine

The Lady’s Magazine, a female counterpart, was quickly published, and magazines began to establish themselves as demand for the new style of publication increased. The early magazines did not confine themselves to leisure interests but were often political or religious in content. For example The Pennsylvanian, published in America, ran articles by Tom Paine calling for independence; later, in continental Europe, Nouvelles de la Republique des Lettres espoused new political ideas that were considered a threat to the established social order.

The government of the time was so concerned about the power of the media to influence public taste and opinion that stamp duty was introduced in 1765 to curb the publication of printed sheets, and a tax was levied on advertisements in such publications. These sustained attempts to suppress the freedom of the press were met by large-scale avoidance of stamp duty, and the ‘taxes on knowledge’ were later removed over a period of years from 1853 to 1869. Curran and Seaton argue that this removal of constraints on the press was not inspired by a desire to provide diversity of opinion. Rather, it was a subtle means of linking the press to the social order which simply led to more efficient means of social control and the eventual demise of the radical press.

In any event, the press expanded, fuelled by a better-educated reading public, and magazines that were more affordable because printing technology allowed mass production. Taking their cue from America, British publishers produced all-fiction magazines such as Romantic Confessions and similar ‘penny dreadfuls’. General interest magazines such as Answers, Titbits (Tit Bits from all the Most Interesting Books, Periodicals and Contributors in the World), Home Chat, Comic Cuts and Pearson’s Weekly were also hugely popular. Early press barons like Northcliffe used the profits from their magazines to support their wider press interests as they built up their range of titles. They also successfully exported news values between their magazine and newspaper interests. It was the early press barons who shaped the public taste for murder, mayhem and scandal as standard features of news content. Comic strips, an important feature of many early newspapers, clearly owe their origins to early comics and magazines.

The early 20th century saw new styles of magazine such as Reader’s Digest which included edited versions

Reader’s Digest

Reader’s Digest

(digests) of articles and stories, and much later packaged these as part of a marketing operation that included record and book clubs. International editions followed the same formula, later developing subscription as a means of ensuring a place in the competitive magazine market. Time and Newsweek were other American magazines with an enduring international appeal, like Life which traded on the quality of its pictures in a period when photography was accepted as an art form and photojournalism was regarded as a means of social commentary. Life used the slogan: ‘To see life, to see the world; to witness great events; to watch the faces of the poor and the gestures of the proud; to see strange things’. It had many imitators (or, perhaps more kindly, admirers) such as Picture Post and Illustrated in Britain and Paris Match and Stern in Europe.

march 2008

march 2008

The end of the Second World War saw a further expansion of the market. New titles emerged to satisfy the needs of increasingly affluent consumers who now had business and technical interests as well as expanding leisure pursuits. Interestingly, the emerging broadcast media – particularly television – were accommodated by the magazine industry that began to produce publications which included listings, reviews and background material. Later spin-offs would include comics based on television characters, and magazines dedicated to specific topics or programs such as BBC Wildlife and Gardener’s World.

The key to success for the big companies is the advertising revenue generated by magazines, and the ability of specific interest magazines to provide clearly-defined target audiences. In 1999, ad spend in the British media amounted to £15.3 billion. According to the Advertising Association the magazine sector accounted for 18.4%, so there is a lucrative market for publishers to exploit. Not that there is complete freedom to publish any material that will make money: there are laws and regulations that affect magazines just are there are for other media forms. The 1955 Children’s and Young Person’s Publication Act, The Obscene Publications Act, libel law, copyright law and advertising regulation all act as constraints or reminders for the publishing industry.

#3 traditional tribes

December 15, 2008

we live in modern era where everything can be got instantly. eventually, people will be lazy to try and work and for worse they wont understand the meaning of success. they wont be able to adjust themselves in low circumstances which is hard for them to stand back up again for a loss. successful people are those who stick out for problems longer and make a good solution to cope with ‘em. U and I dedicated our number 4 position to be placed by traditional tribes. while most of people lately thought that they’re countrified, U and I considered them as creative people because they could still survive dealing with limitation and deficiency. in fact, their contribution of idea may somehow inspires many creative modern people. The culture of each tribe interprets their special characteristic that brings a difference to each other. to consider they’re really creative, don’t look at the current lifestyle we’re having, instead of the situation they were in.

  • Native-American

Indians had no writing system, they depended upon the spoken word to pass down their history, traditions, and rituals. As an aid to memory, they used shells and shell beads. The Europeans called the beads wampum, from wampumpeag, a word used by Indians in the area who spoke Algonquin languages.

The type of wampum most commonly used in historic times was bead wampum, cut from various seashells, ground and polished, and then bored through the center with a small hand drill. The purple and white beads, made from the shell of the quahog clam, were arranged on belts in designs representing events of significance.

Certain elders were designated to memorize the various events and treaty articles represented on the belts. These men could “read” the belts and reproduce their contents with great accuracy. The belts were stored at Onondaga, the capital of the confederacy, in the care of a designated wampum keeper.

U and I made a private theory that every piece of dead and living things can produce sounds and become embellishing harmony if it’s bundled well with heart. It’s the voice of feelings called, MUSIC. It is an art form in which the medium is sound organized in time. Common elements of music are pitch (which governs melody and harmony), rhythm (and its associated concepts tempo, meter, and articulation), dynamics, and the sonic qualities of timbre and texture. U and I proudly dedicated the second position of our list to those mighty music inventors..

  • Jazz music

CHARLES “BUDDY” BOLDEN (1877-1931)

The music called Jazz was born sometime around 1895 in New Orleans. It combined elements of Ragtime, marching band music and Blues. What differentiated Jazz from these earlier styles was the widespread use of improvisation, often by more than one player at a time. Jazz represented a break from Western musical traditions, where the composer wrote a piece of music on paper and the musicians then tried their best to play exactly what was in the score. In a Jazz piece, the song is often just a starting point or frame of reference for the musicians to improvise around. The song might have been a popular ditty or blues that they didn’t compose, but by the time they were finished with it they had composed a new piece that often bore little resemblance to the original song. Many of these virtuoso musicians were not good sight readers and some could not read music at all, nevertheless their playing thrilled audiences and the spontaneous music they created captured a joy and sense of adventure that was an exciting and radical departure from the music of that time. The first Jazz was played by African-American and Creole musicians in New Orleans.

Buddy Bolden is generally considered to be the first band leader to play the improvised music which later became know as Jazz. He was the first “King” of cornet in New Orleans, and is remembered by the musicians of that time period as one of the finest horn players they had ever heard. He is remembered for his loud, clear tone. His band started playing around 1895, in New Orleans parades and dances, and eventually rose to become one of the most popular bands in the city. In 1907 his health deteriorated and he was committed to a mental institution where he spent the remainder of his life. Trombonist Frankie Dusen took over the Bolden Band and renamed it the Eagle Band and they continued to be very popular in New Orleans until around 1917. Bolden made no recordings, but was immortalized in the Jazz standard “Buddy Bolden’s Blues” (I Thought I Heard Buddy Bolden Say) which is based on Bolden’s theme song “Funky Butt”. Several early Jazz musicians, like Sidney Bechet (as a child musician) and Bunk Johnson, apparently played in Bolden’s bands occasionally.

  • Rock music

Believe it or not a black man who played black music, originally founded rock music in the mid 50s, this man was Chuck Berry. Rock music became popular almost over night, and was accepted with open arms by the younger generations. This was largely due to younger generations who were excited by the thought of having music that expressed their rebellious streak and their desires to promote anti-conformism.

This style of music is a far cry from the modern rock music of today that has evolved over the decades and branched out into a multitude of different genres and sub-genres to create music that is more a way of life than entertainment. However, the still prominent fact that rock music is a form of self-expression and non-conformist desire still remains strong even after all this time.

Rock music grew stronger and stronger with idols such as Elvis Presley, around this time many of the black rock and roll artists left the rock music scene and in their place were a host of other white rockers with a style and look all of their own.

After Elvis Presley’s famous entrance, other well known rock idols and bands started popping up from everywhere, but something was lost along the way, rockers started losing sight the whole reason that rock and roll had become popular in the first place, which was non conformist and rebellious attitudes.

During this time rock music, took a huge nosedive with the younger generations, who were uninterested in a mixture of country music, folk songs, and rock music. This was in the late fifties and musicians such as Buddy Holly and the every Brothers were foremost rockers in the rock music scene.

Just as things were looking bleak, Bob Dylan entered the scene during the Vietnam War and held the heart and attention of many youth of the era with his songs of the Vietnam War and civil rights. Around this time, the Beach Boys changed the rock music scene with their new style of rock music.

  • reggae

When Ska erupted, it was only another offspring of the tropical music scene. In the ways of James Brown sounds it was a reflecting the enthusiasm, energy and hopes of the newly independent Jamaica (1962). The fabulous Ska stays a strange mix of R&B and Jazz, an out of space boogie-woogie that never really made it in England. Millie, Prince Buster and Skatalites have not really impacted the beatles eara. The Rocksteady took over in the mid sixties, but then again only Desmond Dekker could reach European audience with 007 (Shanty Town).
The Rocksteady was the Soul for Caribbean musics and was appreciated only by a few european aficionados. But using electric bass, burning vocalists such as Alton Ellis or the Paragons and taking influence from James Brown, new rhythms were preparing the path for Reggae. The unprecedented explosion of creativity in Jamaica after that time is yet unexplained. Of course the whole population still sings Gospel on Sunday, and in this poor country, all the music that one can hear on the dance floors and the sound systems stays the main form of culture. Singers, DJs and producers are leaders and teachers.
Like in Brasil and Africa (of which reggae takes most of its inspiration), the whole country is vibrating with music 24hours.

Nevertheless, this passion for sound and beat don’t explain it all. More is to come. The frantic side of the first reggae tunes disappears and in the beginning of the 70s, the One Drop style (that is commonly called Roots Reggae) starts to settle. This irresistible style with its fundamental simplicity, originality and essentiality, goes back to the African roots. Tubby had the guts to remix pieces without the vocals. He drops modified slices of them here and there. The bass and the drums are the back bone of the mixes. Experimenting echo and reverbs, rough cuts. Tubby with his basic equipment invents the Dub.is a flaming success and many follow the new wave in Jamaica. It is only later that the rest of the world gets ready to follow King Tubby’s techniques and in the mid-eighties apprear the House, then Trip hop, Jungle, drum & bass.

Since the disparition of Bob Marley the 11th of May 1981, Reggae has spread worldwide. Symbol of freedom and equality, it spreads through the world like the arrow of the just. (then follow Africa with Alfa Blondi, Lucky Dube, Majek Fashek… more recently Ticken Jah Fakoly… The wave will finally hit Japan that is today at the avant-garde of Reggae with names such as Minmi, Ryo da Skywalker, Pushim, Jumbo Maach…).
The Jamaican innovations have marked the world. Even the mighty Rock is shaken and during the 80’s when ska infiltrates most of the popular bands and artists: Police, The Clash (with Mickey Dread), Boy Georges. Since the 70’s, the Jamaican community in Brooklyn has spread the vibes that assisted the rise of Hip Hop in New York While in Kingston digital sounds appeared during the 80s’. With the mystic and rebel dimension of Rastas, the Dub and the Rapping of DJs, the volume of the base and cutting of the Drums, Reggae might set the base of today’s music.

#1: Born Identity

December 15, 2008

Creativity had been already arranged for us long before we were born to the world. U and I posited “name” on number one position of our creativity form list. We found it absolutelyyy interesting!

Name consists with words, or somehow a word. A person’s name is believed to reflect within itself the basic nature of a person. It is also believed that the name of a person also affects the character of the bearer of that name. we called it fated “born identity”. many people give meaningful names to their children because folks believe that name is a prayer and the bearer of the name is hoped to have characteristic as same as the meaning of his/her name.

for instance, our friend’s name, Rachma Elizabeth.

meaning: 1. Rachma (moslem name: blessing)

2. Elizabeth (her mom shook queen Elizabeth’s hand while she’s still in womb)

“virtual” cafe

October 8, 2008

i was entering the cafe, walking towards U in haste. U sat at the corner of that romanic cafe. i didnt know for how long U had been waiting. i took off my wet coat. then..

me: U?????????

U:…………………………………………….

me: No way! you’ve changed alot, U. i dont even recognize you! where’s your john lennon glasses and your enormous bunny teeth? what have you done with your fried noodle hair??

U:………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

me: ooh so glad to meet you again, U! anyways, i’m sooo sorry to make you wait. gosh, how bitterly rainy it is!

U:…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

me: yeah, i cant stand it either. so whats new U? tell me about your new life U? where the hell have you been sleeping off? it feels like million years we havent seen each other. Hey, remember? When…..

(We continued remembering the past, laughing at the silly things we did together. Who is U? well, I barely remember when me and U firstly met. But for me, U is the most creative person in the entire universe (hyperbolic) I mean in my life. U’s always capable to make me being me. U made shoes from plastic, ate mango with mayo, and upside down to see the contrary of world. when i was low, U asked me to run as far as i could, so the problem would be fade away in the air.

U always thought out-of-the box, dared to do something different that noone had ever thought about it before. U believed that every single thing in this universe has a reason why it should be created. some of them still remain a mystery, although it’s precisely has a unperceived function. U and I gave the noble to the honored people who creatively made something functional that may inspire and be used by others. we further concluded ‘em into a list of world’s most creative treasure.

Our meeting at virtual cafe would lead us back in the days when we began our journey on tracking the footprints..

And other info about the blanks and who U really is..

just let it be a hidden track between me and U..

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October 8, 2008

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