Archive for September 2008

Two very interesting article on sleep and creativity. One is about how cognitive performance can be improved just by sleep alone and the other is about the paradoxical traits of a creative personality.

On Sleep:

“Sleep makes a unique contribution,” explains Mark Jung-Beeman, a psychologist at Northwestern University who studies the neural bases of insight and creative cognition.

Some sort of incubation period, in which a person leaves an idea for a while, is crucial to creativity. During the incubation period, sleep may help the brain process a problem.

“When you think you’re not thinking about something, you probably are,” says Dr. Jung-Beeman, who has a doctorate in experimental psychology.

On Creativity:

“I have devoted 30 years of research to how creative people live and work, to make more understandable the mysterious process by which they come up with new ideas and new things. Creative individuals are remarkable for their ability to adapt to almost any situation and to make do with whatever is at hand to reach their goals.

If I had to express in one word what makes their personalities different from others, it’s complexity. They show tendencies of thought and action that in most people are segregated. They contain contradictory extremes; instead of being an “individual,” each of them is a “multitude.”


A book cover contest to unearth a new generation of talented book cover designers based Sam Taylor’s upcoming novel The Island at the End of the World was organized by Creativity and Penguin. Some of my favourite designs are #02, #03, #19, #21 & #25. For the rest of the designs you can find them here together with the rationale behind the designs.

via Creativity

Designed by the very talented Morph duo Bill Holding and Ben Cox for Joseph Joseph this mix of colorful nonslip mixing bowls, measuring cups, colander and a sieve can be nested together for efficient storage. Check out the other beautiful kitchen and table-ware on the Joseph Joseph site too.

Apparently the root of all evil is not money. Watch this presentation by Philip Zimbardo about the manifestation of evil. The Lucifer Effect is the culmination of his many years of research and search for the understanding of the very definition of evil, surely this book will be worth your time for a greater understanding of the subject matter.

Upcoming film release directed by famous Japanese auteur Takashi Miike about some samurai cowboy featuring Quentin Tarantino. With Miike on the helm surely you would know what is about to come. This movie is going to be pumping your adrenaline with it’s surreal kinetic action. There will be blood if you get what I mean. Watch the HD trailer over here.

“An unknown virus has destroyed almost the entire human population. Oblivious to the true nature of the disease, the only remaining survivors escape to the sea. In great ships, they set off in search of uninhabited land. So begins the exodus, led by one man… “

A short animated film by Grzegorz Jonkajtys and Marcin Kobylecki.

Been following these Polish guys from Platige Image since their Oscar nominated The Cathedral and the BAFTA winner Fallen Art shorts. Amazing visuals effects work and cinematography.

This short video was shot by the amazing photographer Mr. Vincent Laforet and a small team of friends within the 72 hours that they had this little monster. Amazing high definition footage captured under the terribly harsh low lighting conditions yet yielding some really great HD footages that will make you drool, lust and probably even kill for for the Canon 5D Mark II or well you can start saving some money now. Learn more about the project on Mr. Laforet’s blog. Without any further delay click on the pictures to view the videos.

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