Coming up with a way to fix mistakes challenges your creativity and your critical thinking skills and your resourcefulness. Often you end up with something better than what you planned on in the first place. Mark Frauenfelder
Mark Frauenfelder (born December 22, 1960) is a blogger, illustrator, and journalist. He was editor-in-chief of the magazine MAKE and is co-owner of the collaborative weblog Boing Boing. Along with his wife, Carla Sinclair, he founded the Boing Boing print zine in 1988, where he acted as co-editor until the print version folded in 1997. There his work was discovered by Billy Idol, who consulted Frauenfelder for his Cyberpunk album. While designing Boing Boing and co-editing it with Sinclair, Frauenfelder became an editor at Wired from 1993–1998 and the “Living Online” columnist for Playboy magazine from 1998 to 2002. He is the co-editor of The Happy Mutant Handbook (1995, Riverhead Books), and was the author and illustrator of Mad Professor (2002, Chronicle Books). He is the author and illustrator of World’s Worst (2005, Chronicle Books) and The Computer: An Illustrated History (2005, Carlton Books). He is the author of Rule the Web: How to Do Anything and Everything on the Internet—Better, Faster, Easier (2007, St. Martin’s Griffin), and Made by Hand (2010, Portfolio). He was interviewed on the Colbert Report in March 2007 and in June 2010.
An essential aspect of creativity is not being afraid to fail. Edwin Land
Edwin Herbert Land, (May 7, 1909 – March 1, 1991) was an American scientist and inventor, best known as the co-founder of the Polaroid Corporation. He invented inexpensive filters for polarizing light, a practical system of in-camera instant photography, and the retinex theory of color vision, among other things. His Polaroid instant camera went on sale in late 1948 and made it possible for a picture to be taken and developed in 60 seconds or less.
From a movie I have not seen yet, but I just might look it up now, Up the Down Staircase. Not much about the actor Paul Bedford who delievered this speech.
Paul Barringer: They say a writer should stick to what he knows. What nonsense. What did Dickens know about French Revolutions? What did Shakespeare know about Moors in Venice? If he stuck to what he knew, we’d have no Othello, we’d have no Alice in Wonderland, we’d have no Treasure Island. You brats think that I and Miss Barrett stand up there day after day, talking about books, and the writing of books, just for the hell of it? You think it’s got nothing to do with YOU? A writer creates a book. And individual creates a life. For a writer to create a masterpiece, he’s got to think beyond what he knows. For an individual to create a life, even a half-way decent one, he’s gotta go beyond what he knows. Go beyond the poverty, the dope the disease, the degeneracy. Go beyond the oceans to the alps… a magnificent replica of which the board of education has generously donated. Stick with what you think, and that’s what you’re gonna be stuck with. You may as well get out. Now! All of you… Miss Barrett’s class dismissed. All of you dismissed for the rest of your crummy lives. Some of you prefer to leave by the window. I prefer to leave by the door. Punch me out. Will ya, Teach?
I really enjoyed the advice, being an aspiring writer. Sorry gang no YouTube clip this week.