Recently, filmmaker Brent Hoff and The Stanford Center for Cognitive and Neurobiological Imaging hosted the 1st Annual Love Competition. Contestants from ages 10 to 75 were invited to spend "five minutes in an fMRI machine, thinking deeply about love and allowing the imaging technology to measure activity in their dopamine, serotonin and oxytocin/vasopressin pathways.
If you think this sounds unromantic, you’ll want to reserve judgment."
Click play to watch is (not really) surprisingly touching short film:
While guns, Glocks or otherwise, are not necessarily masculine and a topic for ManMade, the genres in which is so often appears - nearly every crime film, ganster lore, hip-hop lyrics - certainly cross our paths from time to time. And supposedly the standard issue service weapon for two-thirds of U.S. police forces.
So, the real question is...why? What about the glock allowed it to permiate into Hollywood films and rap lyrics? Do actually criminals prefer the glock, or is it just the fictional imagination?
Over the holiday season, economists guessed that among folks who did any online shopping, more than 85% of them ordered at least one shipment from Amazon.com. In fact, the company hired 15,000 temporary employees, just to help with increased orders in November and December. Seeing as they employ around 31,200 folks during the rest of the year, that's a whole buncha jobs. And orders.
CGP Grey, the clever guy who brought us "What Are Continents and How Many Are There?" and "What is Daylight Savings Time and Why Do We Observe It?' sets his sights on St. Nick, exploring a brief history of Santa Claus, or rather Father Christmas and St. Nicholas, and the amalgamation they begat.
Click play to watch this fascinating video. It's three minutes very well spent:
Last week, I shared Keri Smith's "How to Feel Miserable as an Artist," and it was huge hit with ManMade readers. Turns out, that chart is just one page of many from Keri's excellent The Artist's Survival Kit, a free downloadable booklet to keep your creative self motivated, inspired, and sane!
Fast Company recently published an excerpt from Simon Garfield's Just My Type on the eight worst fonts in the world. The piece is notable not only for the actual list, but its very interesting research, and pretty hilarious commentary, such as this concerning Souvenir,
As a creative person, as with any career or interests, there are lots of limitations: time, space, materials, connections, and all the other external stuff that can hold you back.
Then, of course, there are those other things that keep you down: playing it safe, not advocating for yourself, or having unreasonable goals for yourself.
Artist and illustrator Keri Smith has assembled a top ten list of what not to do, dubbed How to Feel Miserable as an Artist
CGP Grey, the clever, educational movie maker that brought us What are Continents and How Many are There? video is back with an seasonal piece on Daylight Savings Time.
How did it start? Why do we do it? Does it make sense to maintain such a complicated system in the era of global communication and business?
Watch the video and find out:
A bit of education for your Friday morning: Speaker and blogger/video maker Colin Grey explores the seemingly straight-forward question how many continents are there? As his charming and entertaining video points out, things get a little more complex when you talk geography, culture, or geology.
A few weeks ago, I shared a fascinating article entitled, "Ten Myths about Introverts," admitted my own extreme introversion, and explored the possible connection between introversion and creativity. Though the post didn't recieve any comments (no surprise...we're talking introverts here), I did get a healthy handful of emails from readers who were thankful that I shared it, and sympathized with the exploration between artistic tendencies and introversion.
Noodlor offers this free and helpful graphic guide to understanding type.
This section on choosing a typeface based on the message you want to convey is particularly helpful:
Sure, when thinking of the word "geek," it's easy to conjure up images of less-than-attractive guys, obsessed with technology or role playing games or fantasy novels. But, I believe that anyone who's passionate about stuff is gonna be a geek about something, whether sports, celebrity gossip, music, or even design.
"Step-by-step" is a dedicated tool for helping children learn the basics of geometry through animation. It resembles an iPad with a lamp mounted to a beautiful wooden enclosure that allows kids to operate the tool on their own and film and view their own animated movies.
I know, it's kinda hard to explain. So, watch this video. It's pretty amazing:
"Despite the economy, don't abandon enthusiasm. Your deep, serious desires might be what saves you."
I don't often get terrifically philosophical or motivational-y on ManMade, but when I do, it's usually a variation on, "Make stuff, and do the work you love." Which, of course, is a scary thing in the 2011 U.S. economy, with around a 10% unemployment rate, and many folks who working in jobs that do not reflect their skill sets, training, or education.
But, while it may see frivolous to seek to do the work you love, it's actually essential to improving our economy. The Atlantic reports,
Passion, despite how often we use the term to tout
It comes as no suprise that many artists and creative types are introverts. Creativity is all about ideas, and artists connect to others on the basis of ideas. Which is, basically, the definition of introversion - one views the world from the inside, and draws energy from being alone or with a small group of people, and then uses that energy to operate within the outside world.
The concern is, most introverts don't know they are, and so they don't do the work that restores them and take the time to reenergize. Creative work allows for that rest to happen, even if we're crazy busy.