'Adventures in Creative Communication' A Free Podcast/Video Mini Series

How to find Inspiration

(7 minutes and 18 seconds)

My topic today is inspiration – defined as a stimulation of the mind or senses resulting in activity or creativity.

How do you get inspired? This state of inspiration – is there a patter or mechanics to it achieving it? Maybe just mystical … Types for a source of inspiration – immediate need an idea – summer is approaching (goal) or Random encounter (thats the best;)


How to create beauty

(7 minutes and 58 seconds)

My topic today is [beauty] – defined as [the quality present in a thing or person that gives intense pleasure or deep satisfaction to the mind, whether arising from sensory manifestations (as shape, color, sound, etc.), a meaningful design or pattern, or something else (as a personality in which high spiritual qualities are manifest).]


Creative Ways to Communicate

(12 min and 32 seconds)

  1. Find an educational component – create a way to learn more details about how to understand your language.

  2. Share your creativity with other people – make is accessible.

  3. Focus on authentic emotional experiences – share what you feel as well as what you think.

  4. Highlight shared experiences of the people who react to what you’re communicating – it takes on a life of it own.

  5. Learn from others – communication is a cultural-living-changing thing with a long history.


Be fearless in art to find new a creative ideas

(video: 2 minutes 31 seconds)

The November 2012 “Adventures in Creative Communication” is on exploring the unknown. In most creative processes there are unfolding levels of observation, comprehension, and mastery. It’s a common process to go from a comfortable known place into a totally chaotic mess. For this month I focused on a few different ways of thinking about how we explore the unknown as creative communicators.


How to express yourself with art

(14 minutes and 12 seconds)

My topic today is self-expression - Expression of one's own personality, feelings, or ideas, as through speech or art.

A quote from (Pearl S. Buck). "Self-expression must pass into communication for its fulfillment"

I'm going to talk about what inspired this months topic and then show you how you can use video to help increase your creative skills in observational drawing and self-expression.

Join me at New Heights Artist Development Series - Oct 20th

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I will be speaking in the morning session - I hope you come me! My talk is, Getting Social: The Artist and Social Media, from 9:45 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.    

The free Arts Symposium is part of the annual New Heights Artist Development Series. Artists of all skill levels and experiences are encouraged to attend the day-long educational conference to advance their skills and career.

  • Opening remarks and keynote addresses will begin at 9 a.m., but be sure to arrive early for a free continental breakfast beginning at 8 a.m.

  • The Symposium will present three focused panel groups, for a total of nine sessions, on an array of topics from the cinematic, musical and visual arts.

  • The symposium runs from 9:45 a.m. to 6 p.m., with each session lasting an hour and a half.

Read more about the event click here

Automation Apps, Leadership in Sales, and Free Information

What are automation apps?

Automation apps are internet-based technology platforms designed to do things autonomously. The free automation apps I use now are for customer service and involve email newsletters, calendar events, progress reports, and help chat. I use apps that work with my Squarespace website and implementation was relatively quick: Acuity Scheduling, Pure Chat, MailChimp, and Google Sheets. I like automation applications because they give customers an immediate response and enable people to take action while also saving administrative cost that means more billable hours.  

Leadership tools, free and paid options

What you might notice is that many of these automation technology platforms are free to use. This is the case for all of the applications I have listed above. (Paid options, for businesses that need more support and use.) The idea that the basic services should be free in low-income brackets aligns with the transition going on to stabilize infrastructure and promote sustainable community development.

We need more people who have leadership skills to meet the needs of the future as changing economies and ecologies impact large segments of the population. Sharing information and resources is key. The transition has been taking place, like it or not. We have seen the impact of an internet of things in music industry CD sales, newspaper sales, and other digital media products and services. 

Building automation for the future 

What these kinds of new technologies share is distribution and visualization of data in real time based on a persons activity and interaction. While tracking technologies are tricky, they do play a significant role in visions of the future, as explained in a documentary by VICE on the internet of things and the third industrial revolution.

Reflecting on automation and the future

How do you use automation in your daily life? You might use automation several times every day like when you pump gas at the station, take cash from the bank machine, book your yoga class online, or purchase something on Amazon.

What do you imagine the future to look like and how do you see leadership? I imagine a future where the quality of life is optimized for all being on the planet. That requires a great deal of collaboration and communication to distribute the right things at the right time. Making the best of the work at hand is an art, a creative life is an adventure with many free and intrinsic rewards!

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Playing with 360 Photos and Videos

Complex relationships between devices, software

What is super cool about spheres and the VR world is that you can't represent it as anything else without significant distortions. We are not at the point, yet, where 3D objects can holographically display to the viewer. Even if when a virtual world is constructed using 3D models, we still view them on a flat screen. I like this visual trick because a perceptual experience can directly illustrate the nature of consciousness and the translation processing of the mind, hopefully opening people up to embrace new possibilities.

When you are looking a 360 image on a device, you see from inside or outside of it. It is as if you are looking at the shell of a sphere. (The tricky part about viewing 360 images is that the device and the application combination make a difference.) Check out this guys video on an old school painting for a 360 viewer to get a sense of the distortion map between a sphere and flat surface.

Working with the Giroptic iO 360 camera

Working with one specific camera, the Giroptic iO 360 designed for iPhone, the images can be viewed as a real 360 video in only three applications; youtube, facebook, and periscope. You can watch the video flat, but it’s kind of strange. Here are a couple of screenshots of what the 360 video looks like if you watch it flat. The video is distorted, and it is kind of like looking at a paper map and not a globe.

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Watching a 360 video in VR

 Watching a 360 video on a mobile device is best. If you have not done it before, it might seem mysterious. In truth the mind is mysterious, and the real magic happens in your brain. The technology in the Merge headset I'm using is fundamentally a magifying lense. The camera turns into two screens, and the VR headset is a little helmet t that makes sure the screens are the correct distance from your head. There are also some crazy strong plastic lenses in there so that you can focus on the screen up close. When you watch the YoutTube video on your phone, a particular icon will show up, and you can click to view it in VR mode. 

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What is in the sky and on the floor?

When you watch the YouTube video with your mobile device (see below), then you *should* get the 360 video experience. You don’t need a VR headset, but you do need a compatible web browser application. Many people are familiar with these videos, and they are popular also on Facebook. You have to turn around in place and move the camera like it is a portal into another world. You can point the camera anywhere you want to look, like up and down. There is not a whole lot to see when you look up and down in most videos.

Looking Up

Looking Up

Looking Down

Looking Down

A sample 360 video

While cleaning up and doing a reorganization of tools and supplies I recorded a few minutes in 360. What do you think of the 360 video? Is it more fun and engaging in moving your phone around wherever you want while the video plays?

Artistic 360 images

After understanding the nuts and bolts, here are a two artistic 360 images. (I'm still working on creative video sets.)