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The Science-Backed Benefits of Being Bored

One morning during my commute, I found myself without my usual literary distractions. Instead, I had the rare opportunity to observe my fellow New Yorkers in their most natural and probably most frequented habitat: the subway.

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Another article that touches on the connection between boredom and creativity (they use “genius” here) and not turning “not busy” into a shameful thing. There are historical records of boredom, words that we don’t use anymore that describe that mindset of not really being interested in what’s around you, but still taking in the distraction. My favorite: doldrums. It reminds me of The Phantom Tollbooth, by Jules Verne.

This article, from Greatist, also focuses on the health ramifications of boredom. That said, being bored until the moment strikes isn’t the best way to coax some creativity forth, but there’s nothing bad about indulging in some mental wandering every now and then.

Endlessly Distracted? Blame Your Own Creative Genius

Creativity is linked to an inability to filter out sensory information, a new study says. Endlessly distracted by the sounds of your open office? Blame your own creative genius.

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This is a great article and I enjoy the tie in to the common misconception of creatives as reclusive people (something I posted about last month). That was totally inadvertent though! It might be worth it for aspiring creatives to take some time and get distracted.

If you’d like to get a jump start on distraction, I wrote a post last year just about distracting websites! Another completely inadvertent tie-in…and since I limit myself to two of those, I’m going to post this and look at pictures from corgi beach day.

LA’s Proposed Parking Signs Are Brilliantly Simple

Ken Husting was circling downtown Los Angeles one day in 2013 trying to find parking when, all of a sudden—Hallelujah!— he found a spot. Then he looked up to see six signs attached to pole telling him that he maybe, possibly could park there.

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There’s no arguing that a lot of municipal signage could use a dose of additional clarity. The adage a picture’s worth a thousand words must never have occurred to the original sign designers – or maybe it wasn’t as important as simplicity, visibility, or cost. Still the current signs are not clear and are usually compounded with additional signs that are in effect at other times. The proposed sign removes a lot of ambiguity and introduces a more universal set of symbols. It uses a lot of design sense, and in a world that’s becoming more aesthetic, design sense is good sense.

How to Self-Publish a Book

Twenty years ago, if you were a new author interested in getting your book published, you had to shop it around with publishers and hope that someone, eventually, might not reject you. But nowadays you can choose to self-publish anything you’d like. Here’s how. That was then, this is now.

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In the last several years, I’ve had a lot of friends and family publish books, most are e-books, but some are print-on-demand as well. Admittedly, I know little about the process, which is why I was drawn to this article.

I would also heed the words of the commenters. Since getting a book in to public hands is so easy, you shouldn’t rush to the finish line and neglect the process of editing!

The Differences Between American and International Cooking Vocabulary

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I’m not saying that I’m a culinary wiz-kid…but I like to cook and bake. It makes sense that I would enjoy this article because I love language too! Rockets, aubergines, even the different forms of sugar and cream. Anyone who has a collection of old cookbooks or enjoys overseas recipe blogs via Pinterest could be well served to keep this article bookmarked (or taped up by the stovetop).

Bon Appetit!

50 Websites to Waste Your Time On


An Internet version of the hiding game Hot and Cold. A useless site that generates even more useless sites to waste your time.

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We’ve all been caught in the dreaded place of creative block, and these sites include many that I have spent hours using: DuoLingo, Qwiki, Sporcle, Free Rice, Da Font, Instructables and more…

From quizzes and challenges to stretchy hands you can fling around your browser. The internet is a great place, huh?

No Time to Think

ONE of the biggest complaints in modern society is being overscheduled, overcommitted and overextended. Ask people at a social gathering how they are and the stock answer is “super busy,” “crazy busy” or “insanely busy.” Nobody is just “fine” anymore.

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“Busy” is toxic. It ruins things like relationships and health. Full stop. When I’m busy, I feel horrid. I make bad food and exercise choices (respectively, junk and none). Left to be busy long enough, I exhaust everything in me and then I start running on fumes, just not pretty. Then, of course, the times when I’m not busy…but someone else is, and thinks that you should be too. While the impact isn’t so physical, it definitely can include bruised relationships, judgement, doubts and resentment.

I am not a fan of busy. I don’t like the expectation that I’m busy either. Call me crazy, but shouldn’t I be able to reap some (guilt free) rewards for good planning and prioritization?

Slow down, y’all!