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@skerples1 offered a 'generic fantasy map' and others joined in with more in the comments.
As is my standard practice, the images shown here have been cropped and shrunk. To see the full images at full size, follow the links:
And more from Skerples:
Ash, the Loom of Doom, offered
And more. There are all fun and maybe they remind us of how many cliches there are out there.
Wednesday, January 5, 2022
I feel that I run at full speed or I want a nap. I fear that I sleep too many hours a week.
So the possibility of using sleep to find creative insight was encouraging to me. Do something I am nearly addicted to and get a benefit from sounded too good to be true. ... And it is.
That link is to a Scientific American review and interview with the researchers. Their actual work is here (the quotes in my post are from Scientific American).
“You must seat yourself in a bony armchair, preferably of Spanish style,” he wrote. In your left hand, you were to clench a heavy key, suspended above a plate. Then, he continued, “you will have merely to let yourself be progressively invaded by a serene afternoon sleep, like the spiritual drop of anisette of your soul rising in the cube of sugar of your body.”
As you drifted off, the key would slip from your fingers and clang on the plate, awakening you. He claimed the brief moment spent between wake and sleep would revive your physical and psychic being. And he cautioned that “a mere second is infinitely too long.”
So an important point here is that it is not sleep nor dreams exactly that Dali was trying to access but the unfocused thoughts of a person nearly asleep.
I want to try this technique but also trying to put yourself to sleep and then not sleeping sounds like taking sex almost to orgasm and then stopping to get back to some more mundane activity. Yes, I may have a problem if my analogy for sex is sleep.
Anyway, if there is a way to strongly encourage creative thought, this seems to be it. It is not magic and in the experiment described at the link, it only made the participants more likely to solve the problem; not certain to do it.
From the article:
Those who slept for longer periods actually did worse than both those who briefly slept and those who stayed awake.
Saturday, October 30, 2021
Some things we plan
We sit and we invent and we plot and cook up
Others are works of inspiration, of poetry
And it was this genius hand that pushed me
This is how creativity and inspiration appear to me these days. That genius hand can start pushing any time now...
From University of Chicago.
As a scholar, he is best known for creating flow theory—a state of being in which people become so immersed in the joy of their work or activity “that nothing else seems to matter.” He outlined the theory in Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience, a seminal 1990 book that influenced leaders from politics to sports.
“Mike had a genius for creating simple, generative models of flow, creativity and aesthetic experience, and then unfolding their implications in his writings; the impact of his ideas has been remarkably broad,” said Jeanne Nakamura, an associate professor at Claremont Graduate University, where Csikszentmihalyi taught after retiring from UChicago in 1999.
“He was the best example of the things that he studied about the life well lived.”
Sunday, October 3, 2021
I used the paper to measure how much room I will need for the base. More than two feet! It is a big prototype!
And what would it look like with a cute dinosaur in Rudolph's position?