Jun 14, 2014

“In order to be open to creativity, one must have the capacity for constructive use of solitude” – Rollo May

The Fierce Imagination of Haruki Murakami

Oct 25, 2011

You could even say that translation is the organizing principle of Murakami’s work: that his stories are not only translated but about translation. The signature pleasure of a Murakami plot is watching a very ordinary situation (riding an elevator, boiling spaghetti, ironing a shirt) turn suddenly extraordinary (a mysterious phone call, a trip down a magical well, […]

On Creativity

Oct 25, 2011

Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. That’s because they were able to connect experiences they’ve had and synthesize new things. And the reason they […]

On Creativity

Jun 26, 2011

Even more so than inspiration, creativity requires dedication.

Coppola On Risk, Money, Craft & Collaboration

Jan 30, 2011

Over the course of 45 years in the film business, Francis Ford Coppola has refined a singular code of ethics that govern his filmmaking. There are three rules: 1) Write and direct original screenplays,  2) make them with the most modern technology available,  and 3) self-finance them. If you don’t take a risk then how […]

The Cloud

The Cloud

Nov 10, 2006

This combines so many elements that I’m drawn to into one functional environment – beyond object.  It’s meditative, ethereal, and draws from camping technology (rip-stop nylon, portable).  Camping in my tent has always been highly meditative and creative for me.  At one point many years ago, we even had our tent set up in our […]

Lego Creations

Lego Creations

Mar 5, 2006

I’m definitely part of the Lego generation – played with them as a kid, went to Lego world in Holland, and was a fan of Lego Mindstorms. This Lego Volvo is crazy: More amazing Lego creations at TechEBlog’s Top 10 Strangest Lego Creations.


Aug 29, 2005

“Geeking is not about high tech. It’s about taking stuff apart and putting it together and making something new. It’s about curiosity and tinkering, whether it be with gardens, vacuum tubes or PHP.” – Caterina Fake

New Point of View

New Point of View

Nov 9, 2004

Switched from East Coast small-town greenery to West Coast city views. I’m loving it.

Interview with Zeldman

Oct 17, 2003

In this society, we are bombarded by other people’s creativity from the moment we wake up. Radio, billboards, the way this year’s cars are designed, the way the street grid works in your city: it’s all grist for the mill. How can your brain not be continually churning and coming up with ideas? How can […]

Lessons from Sundance

Sep 8, 2003

Robert Redford’s Sundance enterprise includes a cable channel, a DVD/video line, a retail catalog, a resort, and its focal point—a nonprofit institute that is part artists’ colony, part R&D lab and producer of the annual Sundance Film Festival. Redford’s dedication to innovation in filmmaking has not only spawned and nurtured an expanding independent film industry, […]

Because someone has to support innovation…

Aug 23, 2003

The Switala Foundation supports creativity and innovation in the arts and media.  Started in 2002 by my dear friend, Rebecca Bernstein, for her husband, Tim Switala, “a creative innovator, who dedicated his life to helping others think outside the box.” The Goo Goo Dolls are performing at Darien Lake Performing Arts Center on August 26, […]