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Rod Serling on Ideas

I have always loved the Twilight Zone.  Rod Serling is a television writing icon.  This morning, I read this article from Brain Pickings.  I love new ideas.  Be it in television, books, marketing campaigns, whatever.  I like the fact that he says it all in 1:05.  Great inspiration for the day.

“Ideas come from the Earth. They come from every human experience that you’ve either witnessed or have heard about, translated into your brain in your own sense of dialogue, in your own language form. Ideas are born from what is smelled, heard, seen, experienced, felt, emotionalized. Ideas are probably in the air, like little tiny items of ozone. That’s the easiest thing on earth, to come up with an idea.  The second thing is, the harding thing on earth is to put it down.”

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I could not have said it any better.

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Two Great TED Talks to Share

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I stumbled onto TED about 4 years ago. For those of you that don’t know, TED stands for Technology, Entertainment & Design. To quote from them: “It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from those three worlds. Since then its scope has become ever broader.” The premise of TED is to give speakers 20 minutes to share their ideas, talents or findings with the world. I have watched hours of TED videos in the past 4 years.

The other day I watched a talk by Barry Schwartz on the Loss of our Wisdom. It’s a great talk and speaks volumes about the state of our society. It’s well worth the 20 minutes.

Just tonight while flipping through TED talks on Tivo, I watched a great one by Larry Lessig: How creativity is being strangled by the law. As someone trying to put creative content out there, I think that it’s especially interesting. (He even references John Philip Sousa, so that makes it cool on it’s own right.)

Bonus video:
One of my favorite all time TED talks is: Hans Rosling: Debunking third-world myths with the best stats you’ve ever seen

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In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr.

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” MLK, Jr. 1963

It’s been well documented all the woes of 2008. Tomorrow we swear in a new president and we face some of the toughest times that Illinois has ever faced. Only time will tell what great things come from these times. See my previous post to see what I think can come from adversity.