Category Archives: To-do

open-kitchen

The kitchen needs to be larger. A lot larger. It should have many cabinets for storage.  It should include the workplace. in fact the executive chair should be able to reach various compartment, including the fridge and the stove. I don’t care what the designers say — the synch (and the dishwasher) should be right next to the stove.

The very first iteration of the gallery space had an open kitchen, which the ministry opposed. It made perfect sense back and still does. The coffee aroma needs to brings things in motion and the counter is perfect place for meeting the constituents. Gifts needs to be edible. People should share their food. The balcony needs to be directly adjacent. It allows the natural light to fill the place and should support green life (vegatables) to sustain fresh salads treatment. Library shelves? Reference books mostly. There is hardly any room to waste. Digital? Absolutely.

I shall draw it up soon.

art of war of art

the art of war of art

I recently finished reading The War of Art, by Steven Pressfield (a spin on the famous book obviously) which I will review in this post. The book deals with ways to “identify, defeat, and unlock the inner barriers to creativity.” Yet the author has dedicated most of the chapters to “identifying” the barriers to creativity, while the pages on finding inspiration are few. And that’s the biggest issue I found with it. It is easy to discuss distractions. The author has demonized the barriers to creativity which he calls “resistance”. Now why would someone get a perfectly fine word that has stood for standing against corporations, bankers and governments? Because it get the job done — sorry could resist! (no pun intended!).  It delivers the book!

Resistance is the enemy. It’s “impersonal”, “universal”, and its quite mean! In the second chapter of the book, Turning Pro, he compares a professional with an amateur. But where is creativity in this? It is hard to tell because I know creativity can born from necessity. However those of us trying to finish that novel, start a new hobby, or begin a new project don’t have too much necessity to spend. In this chapter he mentions how the moments up to and after the publishing his book and the first movies. These were definitely nice to read. The third chapter, Beyond Resistance he talks about “Invoking the Muse”. This would have been a great reward for someone who has read so much, but alas … its too short.

You see, we don’t want to be told that the most important thing in life come at a high price: Sacrifice. My great teacher told me what I need to mastery of is discipline. These are the old virtues and they will always work. If you want to get the new thing working you might want to lose some friends, some sleep, and some television to say the least. The rest is hard work and deadline.

The war of The Art of War is very serious though. It is not a metaphor. Especially the language is quite strong:

Artist is free to face the truth while the fundamentalist [yeah] thinks the truth has already been revealed […] The artist looks forward and the fundamentalist backward.

While I agree, I kinda feel sorry for the fundamentalist. Isn’t the book for him too?

For the fundamentalist, the word of God has ben spoken and recorded by his prophet, be he Jesus, Muhammed, or Karl Marx. [wow that’s a exhaustive list.] The fundamentalist reserves his greatest creativity for the fashioning of satan, the images of his foe, in opposition to which he defines and gives meaning to his own life.

wow! He is so creative dude! He doesn’t need this book. But for the rest of us who still haven’t finished the book, website, project… the book is going to be a fun read…