Liked The Creativity Trap by Olaf (olafphotoblog.com)
Just taking photos doesn’t equate to being creative. It is a rare phenomenon that needs the right habitat – the less you label everything you do as creative, the more easily you will recognize that you did indeed pull off NEW, DIFFERENT and WELL-CRAFTED.
  NIKON D40  @ 50mm  , ISO 400  , 1/50s  , ƒ/1.8  by Khürt L. Williams  on 1 October, 2011 

I’ve got some work to do.

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Husband, father, information security professional and avid photographer living at the junction of Montgomery Township, Rocky Hill and Princeton Township, New Jersey.

  NIKON D40  @ 40mm  , ISO 1600  , 1/2.5s  , ƒ/5.6  on 3 April, 2010 

Photographer David Shaw on finding creativity with less gear.

There is a lot of pressure to BE one of those people with the huge camera bag and big lenses. But the reality is that your gear has nothing to do with how good you are as a photographer. Gear helps, it’s even necessary to a certain extent, but its presence or price tag is not reflective of you, the photographer. It’s the images that matter.

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Husband, father, information security professional and avid photographer living at the junction of Montgomery Township, Rocky Hill and Princeton Township, New Jersey.

In 2014, Om Malik wrote:

A few years ago, I pointed out that Google’s lack of social DNA is why it would constantly fail at all its attempts to succeed at “social.” Similarly if there is a fault in Facebook, it lacks that inherent humanness. Facebook is a tool whose core addictive value is in allowing us to star in the movie of our lives. It is not a tool that encourages empathy, instead it is a tool for rewarding others with fractional attention, through likes and LOLs. It is a playground of words without meaning.Om Malik

It’s 2017, and the world doesn’t seem to have changed much (link via Nicola Losito):

It is not just Facebook. It is time for our industry to pause and take a moment to think: as technology finds its way into our daily existence in new and previously unimagined ways, we need to learn about those who are threatened by it. Empathy is not a buzzword but something to be practiced. Let’s start by not raging on our Facebook feeds but, instead, taking a trip to parts of America where five-dollar lattes and freshly pressed juices are not perks but a reminder of haves and have-nots. Otherwise, come 2020, Silicon Valley will have become an even bigger villain in the popular imagination, much like its East Coast counterpart, Wall Street.Om Malik in The New Yorker

Otto reminds us that creativity is an alternating cycle of expansion and contraction.

When you begin down the path of creativity, you will encounter challenges and moments of insight and growth, each time at a different level. There is no such thing as being done with an artistic life. You will always experience downturns as well as highs. As the writer, director and producer Julia Cameron writes in her book The Artist’s Way.

Frustration and rewards exists at all levels on the path. Our aim is to find the trail, establish our footing, and begin the climb. The creative vistas that open will quickly excite you.

I’ve come to realize, more and more, that I’m always rushing.

I rush from one task to the next, rush through eating my food, impatient for meditation to be over, rushing through reading something, rushing to get somewhere, anxious to get a task or project finished.

What’s the deal? This coming from a guy who has written a lot about slowing down and savoring, about being present, about single-tasking?Why I am always in a hurry

CEO leadership definitely sets the culture of the organization. No buck-passing.

I understand that a first-time CEO and leader may not have all the context or experience to understand the dynamics and culture that they are creating and to an extent that is forgivable.

But for those that have built multiple organizations, I would venture to say that it’s intentional. Yeah, I’m going to choose a side here and not sit on the fence. It’s intentional. It’s explicit. It’s even pre-planned and premeditated.John Saddington

Via With the Grain

The only way it is possible to be good in this world is if you can be good without knowing the consequences. It has to be random or there’s no goodness. So you know you can be the best person in the world, and you can still die young. But at least, if you know that, then your goodness was real goodness. You were doing it because you believe good is important, or you love other people, or being good makes you feel good — something intrinsic and not because you’re being good because you know God’s going to reward you.Rabbi David Wolpe

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Husband, father, information security professional and avid photographer living at the junction of Montgomery Township, Rocky Hill and Princeton Township, New Jersey.

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The muse:

Just be sure of this one thing: that you love the muse and what you create together more than the ever-changing tools you happen to use to create. The tools matter, they are necessary, but they aren’t where we put our hearts. That beautiful, lofty, messy place is for the muse, and the dance, and the art alone.David DuChemin

Thinking machines:

Machine learning, AI in all forms, and robots are making it increasingly possible to fire humans and dramatically improve productivity and profits. That means more unemployed humans, and there aren’t many businesses who will avoid upgrading because of what might happen to the greater economy in 20 years as a result.Daniel Miessler

Walter Cronkite:

Walter Cronkite was a lot like the BBC. It was private, but between him and Dan Rather and all those types, there were very few sources of news. It was almost state-provided, like the British do it.

The popular narrative is that we have the same thing we used to have, but now we have a worse version of it. Basically the advertisers got their hands on it, and now it’s all newstainment, or whatever the hybridization is.

But I was just thinking that maybe something else happened entirely.

What if we went from zero choice to lots of choice?

One could argue that news isn’t actually worse today, but rather that there’s so many options and that many of them are worse.Daniel Miessler

Street photography tips:

Street Photography can be a very complex subject and this is the reason for a lot of photography mistakes you can make. The articles on this page are in place to help you to get the pictures you always wanted. Thinking about photography more than actually taking pictures doesn’t make you a better Photographer, it makes you a better Theorist. The best advice is to go on the street to shoot and put as much time into practicing than possible. Internalize the rules of composition one step at a time and don’t rush the theory too fast.Sebastian

On the societal cost of Facebook:

Perhaps more people would think twice if the label for Facebook read:

Everything you say and do on Facebook will be used against you by advertisers for targeting that’s most likely to catch you at your most vulnerable, needy moment. Your consumption of the echo chamber timeline will lead to a narrower field of vision of the world. We may try to tinker with your mental well-being at any time, if we determine that a depressed state increases engagement on the A/B by any margin.The price of monetizing schemes

This tip solved a problem I was having with slow connections over SFTP when the remove file system is mounted as a system volume.

To cut a long story short, the Mac mini was causing the problem and specifically the ordinarily problem-free Spotlight indexing routine. I’m still not entirely sure what the issue was but turning off network drive indexing on the Mac mini fixed the issue. Did you know that Macs automatically index network shares? No? Well, now you do.Keir Thomas’ Mac KungFu

I don’t normally quote the Verge, but this statement was spot on.

Digital imaging technology has matured, and that’s led to a ton of very good digital cameras. But maturity brings with it a sort of developmental stagnation, which is exacerbated by the fact that there are only really two companies making camera sensors nowadays: Sony and Canon. Nikon and Fujifilm both use Sony sensors, and both rely on advancements from Sony’s engineers to drive their cameras’ performance forward. That’s probably why Fujifilm felt compelled to go all the way to a medium-format sensor for its new flagship — in order to break free of that constraint.Camera companies are struggling with the PC industry’s biggest problem

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Husband, father, information security professional and avid photographer living at the junction of Montgomery Township, Rocky Hill and Princeton Township, New Jersey.

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I’m probably not taking a huge risk in thinking you’d like to be more productive and more creative. Unfortunately the two seem to be at odds. What you do to increase productivity makes it harder to be creative and the things you do to be more creative often make you less productive. Working Both Creatively And Productively

Tracking hours, invoicing, paying business bills and quarterly taxes — these tasks keep me productive but allow little time for continuing to learn and develop my craft. For the next three months, however, I’ll have to find a way to do both. I am in training for the offensive security certified professional certification.

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Husband, father, information security professional and avid photographer living at the junction of Montgomery Township, Rocky Hill and Princeton Township, New Jersey.