Tag Archive: creativity


Sushi Bar Solution

This video was made by a couple guys trying to figure out how to set up the cameras to get some footage of a sushi bar. They decided to take their hands out of the equation and let the camera go on it’s on journey.

This just makes me think how sometimes we search for ways to be creative and the most obvious solution is right in front of us. Maybe it’s not even about creativity but just about getting our job done. Either way, what if the solution is so simple, already made, and right in front of you. I love being creative and try to find new ways to do so everyday, but this video made me think of when I might have missed an opportunity to catch something really unique.

So what thing are you trying to figure out how to do best or just trying to get done? Pause, for just a bit, and see if the solution isn’t already right in front of you.

This video may mean something totally different to you, but to me that’s what I took from it. Curious to see if it brings up any other thoughts in other folks.

So for me, I’m obviously trying to do something I can’t figure out how to do, and maybe the solution is in front of me? Hopefully it’s a free easy way like this track running around a sushi bar, but I’m guessing it will cost me a few bones in the end.

I’m thinking about taking my camera and putting it on the track at Krispy Kreme….

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Dreamers Close Their Eyes

Recently, in a blog post from Carlos Whitaker, he posed a question, “What do you hate that your worship pastor does?” A lot of folks replied back with they didn’t like when the worship leader would close their eyes during worship. I can see their argument if they think it’s not authentic or disconnected, but for me it’s not even close to what’s going on.

In some of my youtube videos singing in the bathroom, folks have commented on my weird facial expressions, eyes being closed, etc. To me, when my eyes are closed I have the power to visualize whatever I’m thinking about. This may sound crazy to some, but I’ve always been a dreamer. My mother raised me to believe I could do and be whatever I wanted and to dream big! She distilled wonder through taking us to museums and art shows, and imagination and creativity through making up stories on long road trips to keep us amused. So I argue that keeping my eyes closed is me dreaming of something bigger and better than I can visualize with my eyes open.

In one song my eyes are closed quite a bit..

I caught quite a bit of grief over this on youtube but there was stuff I was thinking about. I was remember hanging out with my wife and how much I love her, and how I have and do see sparks in our relationship. I was thinking about the simple lyrics and simple riff of the song and how it was so pleasant. This is a very warm song to me and makes me think of being somewhere cold and having something to warm me up like my wife laying next to me under a blanket.

So, do you dream with your eyes open, or are you like me, and dream with your eyes closed. When you close your eyes you can dream of things your eyes could never possibly see unless you allow yourself to create them in your mind! I love being creative and I love seeing creativity! I am so thankful for my parents and for my mom for just constantly pouring creativity into my life through her stories, books, paintings, even lip synching!

Prepared to be copied.

I once read this on a beer bottle. Not mine, I hate beer. I tried it for the first time at the age of 23, and was disgusted by it. I did once think about trying some I had found under my brothers bed when I was a teen, but after sneaking it in to my room and cracking it open, I was far to repulsed at the smell and dumped it down the drain.

Anywho, Originality is hard to come by, and as soon as you do, you have someone copying you. I am not claiming I’m original, although I did create the world renowned Coffee And Cereal denied by Starbucks, but hopefully the guys at Mythbusters will redeem it for me.

We all want to be original, and we all love to create. I am somewhat a constant brainstorm of ideas. I’m not saying I’m brilliant, but I look at something, sometimes a problem, sometimes something I wish I had, and I try to create a solution. I keep a Moleskin Notepad in my back pocket to etch out drawings, or write down something while I’m driving down the road. Here are some things I’ve written down that I probably will never happen, some I will keep to myself that may though :-D:

Songs that are stories. I’m a fan of songs that take me somewhere. How I write songs is I first create a music video, or a play in my head, then write lyrics to describe what’s going on, or the general emotion.

Random thoughts for youtube: “Guns and Geeks”- Guys with guns shooting the latest gadget to kingdom come. I would love to grab an AR-15 and shoot a Google Android. I’m not violent nor can I shoot a weapon.

“TurkeyBack” I thought it would be great to write a spoof of Sexyback with the words TurkeyBack for thanksgiving. To my dismay, it has already been DONE. After watching this guys attempt, I’m glad I never tried.

“Can You Fry It?” I still would love to do this with some gadgets!

THEN, the iPod touch notepad came around. This has brought me to a new level of addiction for scribbling down ideas.

One of my FAVORITES that I have on my iPod touch is a list of things I constantly update when I discover something new that I love. Consider it a Bucket List of things I love..
Here it is up to date:

Things I love:
My Wife
Music
Snow covering everything
Singing loud in my car
A hot cup of coffee sitting and watching people
Road trips with my wife where we talk for hours
Waking up on a trip to my wife singing at the top of her lungs
Hanging out eating with friends
The beach at night
The mountains in fall
Driving when snow is falling
Treating my wife like a Queen
Falling asleep when i’ve been playing hard
Sunlight on my skin in 70 degree weather
How creative people can be
Dancing(moving) to a good beat
Cup of coffee on a rainy day
Washing my hands with warm water when I’m chilly(when I was a kid, I would fill the sink with very hot water and put my palms on it)

That’s enough of that for now!

So, this can’t even begin to describe what goes on in my brain throughout the day. Do you know what things you love? Do you think about them and savor them? I do!

Recently at Brookwood we’ve been talking about “One Month To Live” and it makes me realize even more how much more I should love everyone, live fully, humbly, and serve with a heart that doesn’t care about what I’m getting out of it.

So, if you don’t already, I encourage you to start up your own list of things you love. Look at it often, savor those things that make life great!

Oh yeah, if you are tempted to live me a comment, don’t. Click the NEXT button instead and read someone else’s blog and comment!

Motivation


I’ve gained it and I’ve lost it. I haven’t been going to the gym like I usually do. Schedule is so busy, once or twice a week is all I am getting in.. I don’t like that. I’ve been eating way to many junky snack foods, that is over with. I have let my writing slip and not just write down random things. I’m going to fix that.

I don’t know what it is that causes us to lose motivation or in some instances momentum. We get rolling on something really good, but get so far away from where we started it fades into something we aren’t so sure about. I’m not sad or depressed, just feeling like I need some new motivation for the things that I enjoy doing so much.

So today that is all changing. What have you lost motivation for? Are you like me and want to be creative but sometimes don’t have the means to make what is in your head happen? Well, I saw a picture from a friend on twitter who didn’t let that get in the way. He wanted a sharkboy suit for his son, so he simply just started making one. Most of us may have looked at that and said it would be too hard or we couldn’t do it, but he decided to do it and the payoff was seeing the joy his son had, and one amazing Twitpic.

Motivation is out there. I think the key to it is setting your mind to it. It’s not something we can create or just comes upon us, it’s a decision. So don’t be like me and on a morning off, sit and wonder why your not motivated to do anything, and just do something.

Ok, if you love innovation and creativity, you probably enjoy Mythbusters. They are incredible at engineering anything thinkable and making the unimaginable happen.

They have painted the Mona Lisa in 80 Milliseconds! I won’t ruin how and what they do. Watch the short clip and you will be glad you did. Brilliance at work.