I will, of course, also be following the tips on the various Reddit threads (like checking out the repositories for things I actually use) and I have a profile on OpenHatch, although that seems to be mostly Python at the moment.
If you have a project or know of a project that could use my help, email me with the GitHub link and any specifics: allirense AT gmail DOT com.
Even the most creative people get stuck in a rut sometimes. One way to snap out of it is to make a creativity todo list: a list of things to get you unstuck. The list can be short or it can be long. It could be written by hand, on a white board, in a blog post, in frige magnets, or just jotted down in TextEdit. You can keep it to yourself or tell the entire world. The items can be super specific, like “make a birthday card for my Aunt using pressed daisies” or more vague, such as “observe the world around me.” There are only a few rules, and they are as follows:
- The items on the list should be easily doable. This isn’t the same as a bucket list. This is a “do right now so you can start living” list.
- If you’re stuck on something specific, don’t put that on your list. For example, if you’re working on a novel and you have writers block, “write 1000 words in the novel” should not be on your creativity todo list.
Need some inspiration? The internet has tons [Disclaimer: I do not necessarily agree with everything on these lists]:
- This list of 33 Ways to Stay Creative is all over the internet. My favorite is “Stop trying to be someone else’s perfect.”
- This Creative ToDo List is very artfully done. (I must strongly disagree with the “no more cat videos” one, however. Everyone needs more cat videos.)
- This Tumblr blog was supposed to get up to 365 Ways to Stay Creative but they appear to have gotten stuck at 85. Maybe they need to make a creativity todo list. Still, it has several gems, like this one:
Nothing I can come up with these days is as scary as opening for punk bands in bars back before anyone knew who I was. Sometimes these audiences were so confounded, so unfamiliar with the idea of “performance” that they would get angry and yell at me while I performed. I remember searching the crowd for the eyes of one woman who looked like she might know I was I was talking about. I would do it for her; that would get me through it.
Here’s my Creativity ToDo List:
- Take a walk to the East River.
- Write a haiku.
- Draw something from one of my instagram photos.
- Paint my toenails for sandal weather.
- Practice using my new bamboo brush.
It’s short and sweet, but easily doable! I’ll post my results once I’ve completed the things on my list. Happy creating!
[Title image photo by John-Morgan.]
Not much “stuff” this week, including the cat above. I love The Avengers and I love cats, so yeah, these are awesome. (Cats by Jenny Parks.)
I really need to see Robocop sometime, because Detroit.
I love letters made into fun things, like these Angry Monster Letters by Chris Piascik.
Finally, here’s something all programers will experience at some point. I know I have!
Pinned There, Done That is where I find recipes and craft projects on my Pinterest boards and actually cook them or make them, and document how they turn out.
I’d been wanting to try green smoothies with kale for a long time; I’m just not really a big fan of most veggies, so the thought of making them into a smoothie hidden in fruit flavors appealed. I think I read about them on Salt & Chocolate eons ago. I scoured the internet for recipes and pinned a few. I liked this pin from A Life Less Bullshit the best because while being a formula, allowed for you to choose your own selection of ingredients.
So far I’ve made three smoothie varieties. The one pictured is coconut milk, greek yogurt, skim milk, kale, banana, and frozen raspberries. It was a bit too thick so I added the skim milk later. The color was a bit weird but it tasted really good! The next one I tried wasn’t so great: since the other one was so thick, I just used skim milk, ice, and strawberries (and of course kale). I think the strawberries were rather low quality and not enough to cover up the kale flavor. It tasted like drinking a salad, but I blame myself, not Nicole at ALLB.
The third one I tried was amazing. I call it the green pina colada. It was so good I’m saving the recipe for a separate post, but I’ll mention that I didn’t put any greek yogurt in that one.
Some things I learned in my experiments:
- Make sure the fruit you use is high quality and flavorful, and use lots of it!
- If your fruit is fresh and not frozen, you can use ice to cool down your drink.
- Don’t put yogurt in unless you want a really thick smoothie. In that case, put yogurt in.
- Frozen bananas are great, but if you’re using fresh bananas, you’ll want to add ice or a different frozen fruit or the smoothie will seem warm.
- Speaking of frozen bananas, I usually freeze them by separating them into about 4 or 5 sections in a zip baggie for easy blending. (Or eating. Sometimes I just eat them.)
- Milk is fine to use as a liquid but it doesn’t really taste like anything, and therefore doesn’t do anything to hide the kale flavor.
The verdict is in; I call this pin a win!
I love art that involves anatomy, like this very red heart by Adam McDade, above. (via Septagon Studios)
These make my hallway-esque apartment in Manhattan seem quite nice.
You can get a top bunk of a bunkbed in Williamsburg for only $500 a month!
My new expensive hobby is kickstarting adventure games. Most recently: The Realm.
This Minor Tragedies on the Internet post from The Hairpin is funny and true. I’m surprised, though, there’s no mention of LiveJournal. I also had several online-forum related tragedies in my youth.
She met her best friend online. I’ve met some wonderful friends online, including awesome people Christina (who I met on a now-defunct blogging platform called Vox) and Tyler (speaking of online forums). I think they’re even becoming friends over Twitter! As my mom said the other day, “I love the internet!”
Mother’s Day is Sunday! My mom has always given me excellent advice, but sometimes mothers give advice that’s questionable. The Frisky has also included a bunch of gifs you can’t unsee.
The Mary Sue reports that two of my favorite creators in hollywood (JJ Abrams and Alfonso Cuarón) are making a show!
Here’s an insightful post from The Harvard Business Review: How to Listen when Someone is Venting (Thanks for posting that on Facebook, Christina!)