Live from the Stellarium

How are you? Start any new side projects lately?

I have.  For your exploration, a spark of the happenings in my life.

1. Kinertia. 501(c)3 not-for-profit (ideas apparently don’t count as currency).  Mission:  accelerate active ideas.  AKA side projects don’t lose x% of finances to municipalities during transactions that yield greater good.

2. Automated infographics.  Yep.  I’ve drafted a kickstarter project to automate the generation of infographics like the one below so that you can answer some questions and logically (as opposed to magically) your own appears.  Customize with your pics. Link to social media so your interests can be mapped and visualized over time. In the future.  For now, you could get your own one personal health infographic.  Awesome!

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Finally TED is coming up and I am sparked.  The idea of spending a week among hundreds of other intellectually stimulated, ideaful people delights me.  And motivates me to expend effort creating things I think should exist.  Why not?   So here is the latest from the TEDx Global Music Project.  I recommend subscribing to the RSS.

Better than the latest: the future.  It’s intense. Keep going.

Delightful new genre called “Ka-Ka” from Serbia because listening to a song adds 3.5 seconds to your life. Music starts at 1:34.

Now focus on breathing while you listen to the hang.

4?  I am switching to bullet points. Still listening to that first performance, harp and cello.

  • The next think that’s been up is biochemistry.  I’ve been making prezis.  That’s right.  My biochem notes are made in prezi.  It takes longer and yields incredibly dynamic representation of concepts within information sets.  Some screenshots:

Be vibrant. I do so by working on the most curious things I can explore. Serbian music playing now.  If you find cool videos – as in visualizing something you can’t technically “see” like timelapse oh!

Wowing example of something I find amazing:  timelapse of clouds over a rainforest, which to me looks like the edge of a tide with soft waves sloshing.

You are on a quest to discover and share.  Tweet things to me @amyleerobinson.  Consider it your mission: find awesomeness and make it social.  You will get a life bonus in the form of some surprise that brings you delight, like a retweet.  How can I entice you, oh wise and noble internet browser who has just discovered this post, to uncover wonder and report back?

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inverse dictionary

I have a lot of ideas.  So many, in fact, that I need more words than I know, more time than I have, and more tools than I understand how to use in order to bring them to fruition.  Until Matrix-esque plug-in knowledge (a la “I know kung fu“) rolls around,  I would love a tool that helps me find a word I wonder about by inputting the definition.  Does something like this exist?  I think it would inspire me just by being cool.

I read a great quote yesterday: “you can’t do much about the length of your life, but you can do something about its width and depth,”  True.  I hope all of you are living well and exploring the unknown and doodling and sharing ideas and writing to people who inspire you.  That last one is the trick to loving your inbox.  When people I respect send thoughtful correspondence it makes me smile at least 1/4″ wider.

I’ve been looking for a word that means “interesting, stimulating, challenging, exciting” for about 6 years now.  I will give it one more year until I pull a Shakespeare and make up my own.  Creativity, procrastination or patience hmm.

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What are you passionate about?

Yesterday I was asked “what are you passionate about?”  Refreshing.  And told to answer in 100 words or less.  Interesting challenge.

This question in the TEDGlobal application catechism caught my attention.  At first I scoffed.  How can I capture my zest in 100 words..I need a thousand, ten thousand.. and then I began to write. 

Scoff turns to intrigue as I realize this is a conversation with a quiet comrade, not a monologue.  Who am I, what fuels me is the question.  Introduce, don’t preach.  Outline my horizon.

I think high and wide and a hurricane of vocabulary in strange grammatical structure erupts from my brain.   Thoughts of thousands of words melt into hundreds, then dozens.  This challenge poises an opportunity for precise creative thinking.  As I progress in my answer I am captured by the notion that my initial reaction has morphed into a beautiful realization. 

I used the 100 words to create a chromosome of passion.  This is an outline of me, not the complete expression.  In this attempt to densely pack  myself into 100 words I found, surprisingly, that my passion required just four.  And I am delighted to share them with you.

Question:  What are you passionate about?

“Curiosity.  Endless exploration and perpetual discovery. History, etymology, literature (Seneca, Voltaire, Nietzsche+), scientific theory, travel, the human mind…My greatest curiosity is consciousness and how “I” exists.  I am obsessed with systems and complexity. Interdisciplinarity fuels my revelry in reality’s infinite variety.  Bilateral symmetry, philharmonic sound, fractals, posture, creativity, the wild..adamantly I focus and refocus my perception of the world and myself.  A dynamic innovative mind am I who lives for both the unexpected surprise and long developed accomplishment. In 100 words I need but four to tell you:  My passion is life.”

We should all be asked this more frequently.  Have a go, what are you passionate about?

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