#creativity 4 article about creativity #art #artist #ideas

You can learn to be creative, if you’re willing to embarrass yourself


a16z Podcast: How to Be Original and Make Big Ideas Happen



Creative people’s brains really do work differently

best #websites i read often. 2016 @hopesandfearshq @qz @99u @ThisIsFusion































Interview Julian Baumann, Photographer, Munich




Where are you living?
I am living in Munich.

How old you are? (if you don’t mind answering)
I am 33.

What inspires you?
I am inspired by the people I meet and all the mistakes that I make.

Tell me about what you do?
I am a portrait photographer and I work for different magazines and cultural institutions.

What’s the structure of a typical day like for you?
There is no typical day. But either I am on the road taking pictures or I spend my day in the office editing pictures. I share a beautiful office space with very good friends of mine, but unfortunately I only make it to the office on two or three days in the week.

What are some of your favorite sources for information?
I have paper subscriptions for Süddeutsche Zeitung, Die Zeit and The New Yorker. I especially love reading long pieces, that’s why I prefer getting printed matter. Headline News I get from Spiegel online or Facebook.

How does social media influence your life?
I only use Facebook and Instagram as a newsfeed and to inform people about my recent publications. I am happy that I have a couple of friends who share interesting links, but of course I spent most of the time scrolling through all the rest.


#Wolfgangtillmans #allesbeimalteninblaubeuren

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4 great article… #Narconomics + #Darknet #crime #digital #tech

‘Narconomics’: How The Drug Cartels Operate Like Wal-Mart And McDonald’s


pdf- https://cyber.law.harvard.edu/pubrelease/dont-panic/Dont_Panic_Making_Progress_on_Going_Dark_Debate.pdf



Interview Florian Leibert, CEO & Founder Mesosphere Inc., San Francisco








Where do you live?
Mission, San Francisco
How old you are? (if you don’t mind answering)
What inspires you?
Giving others a platform to excel. Building things (teams & products) and then optimizing them.

Tell me about what you do?
I’m an engineer, and have been building software for most of my life. Now I help building a software company that creates technology allowing others to build, deploy and manage software much easier. We are essentially treating an entire datacenter or cloud like one big computer – this allows programmers to write distributed applications much quicker and with a fraction of the amount of code. That way engineers can be much more innovative which is the foundation for technological breakthrough. Apache Spark for example is one of the most advanced data analytics framework out there, it was built as an example application showcasing our technology – it increases the speed and drastically reduces the cost of data processing such as whole genome sequencing. Spark is used to find a cure for cancer and develop new medicine but also in many other fields. It wouldn’t have been possible to build without our software as a platform.

Today’s software is mostly a distributed application – in this new “mobile/cloud” era, millions of devices are connected to thousands or tens of thousands of interconnected systems – an example for this is Twitter’s infrastructure. We manage this infrastructure and optimize it – because most of the time, most servers aren’t used – average utilization is around 10% – we drastically increase the utilization to 35%-40%.

I couldn’t be more excited about what our team is building – we’re redefining the way that software is written, deployed and managed. I am fortunate that I get to work with the best team in the industry.

What’s the structure of a typical day like for you?
On Monday, Wednesday and Friday I get up at 5:45 am, head to the gym or go for a run. I try to be at work around 7:30am to go through emails, at 8am my meeting marathon begins. I do a 1:1 with each of my direct reports once a week. I hold the weekly estaff meeting, attend product, marketing/sales-interlock and our weekly all-hands meeting. I spend a few hours a week on product. Most of my weekdays end with a work dinner, either with a candidate, partner or customer. I also travel a lot between San Francisco, New York and our office in Hamburg, Germany.

What are some of your favourite sources for information?
Twitter, Spiegel Online, Brand Eins (German business magazine), Economist, some glogs and Wall Street Journal. Most of them online. The most recent awesome blog-post I read was this one: http://waitbutwhy.com/2015/12/the-tail-end.html.

How does social media influence your life?
I use Twitter a couple of times a day.@flo It’s a constant stream of news and inspiration.

Wonderful #art #stories

What it’s like to be an art handler for real housewives, Wall Street weasels, and Jay Z





pdf- A Neural Algorithm of Artistic Style

Thinking + Misbehaving @farnamstreet @taraparkerpope @james_clear

The importance of Misbehaving: A conversation with Richard Thaler


‘Design Thinking’ for a Better You

The Illusory Correlation: A Common Mental Error That Leads to Misguided Thinking


Stronger: Developing Personal Resilience and Becoming Antifragile




What Makes a Person: The Seven Layers of Identity in Literature and Life


An Income for Basics

UPDATE 2/29/2016



We’d like to fund a study on basic income—i.e., giving people enough money to live on with no strings attached.  I’ve been intrigued by the idea for a while, and although there’s been a lot of discussion, there’s fairly little data about how it would work.




Maximum Wage Is technological progress dependent on extreme inequality?


The most common mistake people make about economic inequality is to treat it as a single phenomenon. The most naive version of which is the one based on the pie fallacy: that the rich get rich by taking money from the poor.