Category Archives: Expression

Creativity and Innovation

Steve Jobs on Creativity

“Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. That’s because they were able to connect experiences they’ve had and synthesize new things. And the reason they were able to do that was that they’ve had more experiences or they have thought more about their experiences than other people. Unfortunately, that’s too rare a commodity. A lot of people in our industry haven’t had very diverse experiences. So they don’t have enough dots to connect, and they end up with very linear solutions without a broad perspective on the problem. The broader one’s understanding of the human experience, the better design we will have.” – Steve Jobs, Wired, February, 1995

The world needs people who can integrate and connect different fields.

I define innovation and creativity as building upon what you already know to integrate and connect different fields. A transfer of knowledge from one field onto an unrelated one and to see whether these two fields can intersect in a compelling and original way.

One of my favorite shows to watch is Chopped. Because, every chef there is tested on their ability to create something completely new based on their knowledge/technique

I’m no cook but when I’m trying to scavenge for the little amount of food I have in my fridge, I like to get creative.

Cheeze Its + Beet Caviar + Tuna + Corn Salsa = why not?

Guacamole + Grilled Cheese = NOMZ.

On another note, I’d like to explore creativity within movements. Such as taking the little I know from parkour and acroyoga and incorporating it with dance and music.

This is why I like SOULcycle because the music is so compelling. I literally think its a rave on a bike. Both interest me equally so I get double the amount of endorphins leaving a 45 minute class.
This is a pretty amazing video one chicka from Movement Creative group had created for her school project that incorporates parkour and dance. This is her creation as a movement artist.

I aspire to be this strong one day. Hey, maybe I can create my own video if I could actually commit to something! Working on it…

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The Google Glass Game

In February, I participated in Google’s promotional #ifihadglass Twitter campaign for a shot to be a Glass Explorer. I saw the awesome promo video that someone had shared on their Facebook wall and was utterly amazed.

Post-grad, I had worked at GoldRun-a mobile startup that provided an app for users to connect in a more engaging way with brands using GPS + Augmented Reality functionality. Having done some research into technology disruption and “The Internet of things,” I knew that Google was at the brink of something great and powerful.

Wearable Computing is very much real. While it may have negative social implications (GLASSHOLE), you cannot deny the positive impact it has for technology, business, healthcare, medicine, education, social services, fitness, and beyond. Whether you personally find this horrifying or exciting, at least acknowledge that this is where the future is headed towards…with or without your initial acceptance. #earlyadopterrationale

Not really taking this too seriously as I had never won a single raffle/lottery in my life (despite me applying ALLL THE TIME), I had a bit of fun with my tweet…

#ifihadglass i’d bike around NYC dodging pedestrians/cars. Crowdsurf at a music festival. Play Fruit Ninja (FOR REAL).

Yeah…I know. I was surprised when @projectglass had sent me a DM saying I was selected for a pair. Why? My tweet seemed trite in comparison to the pool of 8,000 Glass Explorer winners.

Some of my fav examples:

I would implement “invisible motion” mode on Glass using the technology developed by these researchers: http://t.co/MpflLnYhDG #ifihadglass [link]

#ifihadglass i’d create a skill/barter app where people could indicate skills/goods they have/need for trade. Haves/needs appear overhead. [link]

#ifihadglass as a neurologist I would use it daily to improve care of my patients. It is the next leap in the practice of medicine. [link]

#ifIhadglass,i would interview 15k students @ our camps, put their faces on big screen $ show them how they can impact africa and the world. [link]

#ifihadglass I would document and share the first year of my child’s life. [link]

#ifihadglass I could record guitar covers and lessons from a 1st point of view and it would be so easy for people to watch and learn [link]

I would take it to the top of the world. Mt. Everest. #ifihadglass [link]

@projectglass #ifihadglass I would give the world a first person perspective into the world of standup comedy. http://t.co/0rPxDypkx1 [link]

#ifihadglass, I could relive my wedding from the point of view of the people I love most. http://t.co/r5r0TbbylE [link]

#ifihadglass I would make them Wi-Fi intuitive with app support so that you can use them to adjust settings on your DSLR or GoPro. [link]

#ifihadglass I would show the world all the animals in kill shelters in my area that need to find forever homes. [link]

#IfIHadGlass I would capture the moments my grandma can’t be there for, and share them with her through my own eyes. http://t.co/ISBc1eOwFU [link]

I’d show what it’s like to act on the set of HIMYM all day! #ifihadglass [link] –yes that’s NPH

Seriously, there are some pretty INCREDIBLE people out there who just want to SHARE to the world literally from their point of view how AMAZING life is and want to work towards how incredible it could be…whether for their family, community, the world.

The point is, we are about to enter a different world. And beyond looking nerdy/acting like a GLASSHOLE-know it all, the growth of truly personalized social and information retrieval and dissemination is right here…right now. It’s scary. ACCEPT IT..

So instead of ridiculing myself for feeling “small,” I choose to be inspired and to see this winning opportunity as a blessing. To use this tool as an interface, as a means of seamless communication. I went ahead and bought the damn thing and I don’t think I have given myself enough room for regret.  It was pretty impulsive which is how I’ve been acting a lot lately. LOL. WHY NOT?!

Regardless of my rule that money should be spent on experiences over possessions and “things,” I’m making the exception for this. Imagine how easily I could share to others how incredible NYC is without compromising my own experience…fumbling around for my phone..cheating my own “being present” mantra by staring through a lens. This has always been an internal struggle for me at music festivals…

My passion is meeting people, hearing their stories, and promoting happiness by encouragement.

I’d like to share how big the world is and how great people are through their creations…or how self expressive…or how creative…or how free. That there are movements out there that encourage happiness, surprise, and positivity (skipping club!) … To experience life to the fullest and allow others to see through my eyes that the sharing community is a safe and supportive network. To see through my eyes instead of lose faith in my words.

So I want to make full use of my investment and capture moments that describe human emotion particularly happiness, freedom , adventure, fear, vulnerability.

I will be traveling abroad for the next 5 months. I’d like to promote city life/art/architecture…discover self expression through dance…reveal how personally enlightening and safe the  couchsurfing/rideshare experience is…promote street performers…embrace nature…understand humanity…and last but not least, take part in extreme sports ( i will be skydiving in New Zealand!).

I’m also willing to share. Because sharing > ownership. Collaborative Consumption and Sharing Economy for the win!

I’d like to present the opportunity for everyone to create their own game. During June 26 – July 12, feel free to touch base with me if you want to play around with my GG and use it to cultivate or share your own passion (HAHA…if you speak Chinese..that sentence sounded funny..)

You just have to come up with a kickass #ifihadglass =P. You can feel free to comment here, my FB wall, or direct message if you are one of those people who are self-conscious about declaration.

This could be really great guys. Imagine the possibilities.

We have a responsibility to awe.

AWE– “an experience of such perceptual vastness you literally have to reconfigure your mental models of the world to assimilate it”

My Definition:  when your physical senses interconnect with your mental psyche to be absolutely ravished emotionally by something so much greater than your current situation,  where the hair on your back sticks up and you let your subconscious take control. You breathe and take it in. You don’t question one of the biggest mysteries in the world. You just let it be.

It could happen in an instant. and then its gone. Off thinking about rent, rashes, oh a rabbit just hopped on by…

The moment when you sneeze/yawn and you can’t hear/smell/taste/feel anything in that ONE LITTLE INSTANT. You don’t think about it. Moment’s over. You felt good doing it. Can’t force it to happen again or give meaning behind it because you can’t recreate something that’s already gone. AWE.

So I love Jason Silva right now. His energy is electrifying. Take a moment and let this video sink in.

I took the liberty to transcribe what he had to say….Yea, you could say this is all I do when I have free time at work now…whatever beats Pinterest.

“so i think A LOT about the contrast between banality and wonder, between disengagement and radiant ecstasy, between unaffected by the here and now and by being absolutely ravished emotionally by it.

One of the problems of human beings is mental habits. Once we create a comfort zone we rarely step outside of that comfort zone. But the consequence of that is a phenomenon called hedonic adaptation.

aside:

Hedonic Adaptation: supposed tendency of humans to quickly return to a relatively stable level of happiness despite major positive or negative events or life changes. According to this theory, as a person makes more money, expectations and desires rise in tandem, which results in no permanent gain in happiness

Over stimulation to the same kind of thing..to same stimuli..again and again.. renders said stimuli invisible. Your brain already mapped it in his own head and you no longer have to be literally engaged by it.

We have eyes that see not, ears that hear not, nor hearts the neither feel or understand.

The Wondering Brain– one of the ways we elicit wonder is by scrambling the self temporarily so the world can seep in.

Henry Miller says that even a blade of grass when given proper attention becomes a perfect magnificent world in itself.

““The moment one gives close attention to anything, even a blade of grass, it becomes a mysterious, awesome, indescribably magnificent world in itself”

Darwin says attention sudden and close graduates into surprise and leads into astonishmentinto stupefied amazement.

That’s what rapture is. That’s what illumination is. That’s what that infinite comprehending awe that human beings love so much.

How do we mess with our perceptual apparatus in order to have the kind of emotional and aesthetic experience from life that we render most meaningful?

Because we all know those moments are there. Only are these moments that we appreciate the fresh, the hardly bearable ecstasy of direct energy exploding on our nerve endings. This is the rhapsodic ecstatic bursting forth of awe that expands our perceptual parameters beyond previous limits and we have to reconfigure our mental models of the world in order to assimilate the beauty of that download.

That’s what it means to be inspired.

To breathe in.

To take it in.

We fit the universe through our brains and it comes in a form nothing less than poetry .

We have a responsibility to awe.

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How to be “Great”

I’ve been positively gleaming or glowing these past few days.

The conversation usually starts off as something like this

A: How are you doing?

B: Great, just GREAT!

I can’t even articulate how great it has been which is why I have a goofy smile on my face all of the time.

So I’m going to try this…

What does “great” even mean?

For me, being great or capable of “greatness” means you’ve overcome being “small”

To be great means that instead of asking for “fish”, you’ve requested “fishing”

if I request you to teach me “fishing” I have the power to create much more, albeit potential of failure/rejection/shame.

To be great, means you’ve achieved a breakthrough in performance..whether that be getting recognition/promotion at your job, or finally coming to terms with your sexuality, or being able to run 5 miles without stopping. You’ve come a long way and even when there is nobody on the other end of the finish line to say “hey man, you’re awesome.” You know it in yourself that you’ve achieved something “great.”

I’m in the process of mastering my life to achieve “Greatness” and here is my outline.

1. Making a difference and contribution

  • To be powerful, means you have the ability to inspire “groups”
  • By starting with the individual, you can conquer anything in the world.
  • Take the time to think of what matters to you in your community and dedicate some time to just think of what YOU can do to make a difference, small steps = big changes
  • INDIVIDUAL (alter one’s feelings/emotions) -> RELATIONSHIP -> FAMILY -> GROUPS -> COMMUNITY -> ORGANIZATION -> SOCIETY -> WORLD

2. Mastering reality

  • Being with something exactly the way it is instead of adding/deleting from a statement and constructing a story based on assumptions- adding meaning to nothing.
  • To separate your thoughts, feelings, intuition from what’s real in front of you : What’s happening versus the story
  • To be present instead of letting the past determine your future

3. Mastering identity and ultimately the self

  • As “identity” you can either be part of something or not something. As “self” you are the space in which it all shows up. You are who you show up to other people and your actions are correlated with what is occurring for you…directly influencing how you occur for yourself in dealing with those situations
  • Be unreasonable – Being reasonable means being controlled by your reasons. You may feel compelled to find reasons before you can do something. Being UNreasonable means doing something simply because you are doing it, taking responsibility for it, and enjoying it as it is.
  • Be vocal- Ask and you shall receive, knock and the door will open. Just say it/do it and know that whatever the outcome, its better than just sitting around and waiting for “something”
  • Be expressive – To communicate that you are happy instead of saying “I am happy” by self expression is a skill. Perform to your hearts intent without fear of judgment.

Ending with a quote:

“The master in the art of living makes little distinction between his work and his play, his labor and his leisure, his mind and his body, his education and his recreation, his love and his religion. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence at whatever he does, leaving others to decide whether he is working or playing. To him he is always doing both.” – Lawrence Persall Jacks

Live, love, learn,

TIFFLIN(ning)

Awareness of Self

Awareness of Self:

Here’s a fun exercise. Go into your room and take note of what is present around you

For me….

  • A cluttered desk piled with papers/receipts/plastic bags/concert tickets
  • An ironing board I took from outside the street with dirty/clean clothes piled on top
  • Mismatched socks on the floor
  • Posters/colors/pictures/decorations covering every inch in my room

Let your awareness take in everything

Ask yourself:

  • Do I see order or disorder?
  • Do I see my uniqueness?
  • Do I see how I really feel?
  • Do I see what I really want?

What does this stand for?

  • inner disorder
  • fear of meeting one’s obligations
  • accepting too much responsibility
  • ignoring mundane details

Conclusion: The environment I surround myself in as I wake up and as I sleep is not conducive for me having peace of mind.

Now step into your social world. When you are with your family or friends, listen with your inner ear to what is going on.

Ask yourself:

  • Do I hear happiness?
  • Does being with these people make me feel alive, alert?
  • Is there an undertone of fatigue, boredom, saying things just to be saying them?
  • Is this just a familiar routine, or are these people really responding to each other?

Are you being authentic with yourself? We fear to be seen as inauthentic sometimes out of fear of being judged/shamed/rejected, so we do things that we don’t really care about doing and say things we don’t 100% believe in saying…and then we end up being, sincere, at best. However sincerity is NOT authenticity. Take a moment and reflect on whether your intuition can pick up on whether a “wow, funny bumping into you here! We’ll have to catch up soon!” is just a sincere go-to response or if there’s a voice of authenticity behind these words…

Feelings

  • At my worst: I feel antsy, restless, want to have more options and choices available. Become adventurous and “worldly wise” but less focused. Uninhibited, fear of being bored, in perpetual motion, but do too many things–many ideas but little follow through
  • At my best, I breathe in my environment and feel totally present and emotionally deeply grateful and appreciative for what I have. Become awed by the simple wonders of life: joyous and ecstatic. Feel connected with the world and everyone in it. Love of people and boundless goodness of life make me want to scream with joy. I’m satisfied with the results that I produce.

Thinking

  • “I know more than I think I do”
  • “I have the tools and the resources to live my dreams but fear of uncertainty is holding me back”
  • “I need to find out what I like and what I don’t like”
  • “I need to get out of my comfort zone”
  • My mind is becoming restless and I want to calm down
  • I need to love and trust myself before I can love anybody else

Actions

  • I am acting out of complete integrity
  • My actions symbolize who I am and why I am here
  • I gave up having control and will react to what will come to me

Being

  • I realize that I am cared for and loved
  • I realize that my life has purpose and that I matter
  • I sense that random events are not random
  • I see that I am unique
  • I realize that life has the ability to run itself
  • I realize with wonder that life is infinitely worthwhile and full of possibilities

– Influences from LandMark Education, The Book of Secrets, Enneagram tests.

“Come on make me feel alive”

This mix is incredible. I must have listened to this on repeat at work 4 times today. I’m thinking about going home to turn the lights off and just dance by myself to this.

I looked up the lyrics to every track to really feel it and be present. Enjoy.

ALIVE- KREWELLA

Let’s make this fleeting moment last forever
So, tell me what you’re waiting for?
I’m gonna keep it frozen here forever,

All alone, just the beat inside my soul
Take me home, where my dreams are made of gold
In the zone where the beat is un-controlled.
I know what it feels like
Come on make me feel alive

CRAVE YOU- Flight Facilities

Why can’t you want me like the other boys do?
They stare at me while I stare at you

It’s true, I crave you
It’s true, I crave you

THE GREAT DIVIDE- VELVETINE

Pull me in tonight and stay forever
I wanna know the secrets of your heart
Let’s begin tonight
It’s now or never
Love won’t happen til you try to cross the Great Divide

In 4 the Kill Pon De Skream – Skream

We can fight our desires*
But when we start making fires
We get ever so hot
Whether we like it or not
They say we can love who we trust
But what is love without lust?
Two hearts with accurate devotions
And what are feelings without emotions?

I’m going in for the kill
I’m doing it for a thrill
Oh I’m hoping you’ll understand
And not let go of my hand

Starlight – Flux Pavilion

We could be starlights
When the world won’t turn for no one
Circle the spotlights
When you ain’t got nothing to prove

Must be the Love – Arty, BT & Nadia Alive

When you know you’ve found the one to keep
Oh, we wonder how we did not see
Our eyes open when we find the love
And we heal

Choose Me II – Xilent

Choose me
Choose me
Choose me

Raise Your Weapon – Deadmau5

Rippin’ my heart was so easy, so easy, launch your assault now, take it easy. Raise your weapon, raise your weapon, one word and it’s over. rippin’ through like a missile, rippin’ through my heart, rob me of this love. Raise your weapon, raise your weapon… And it’s over.

Eyes on Fire  – Blue Foundation

I’ll seek you out
Flay you alive
One more word and you won’t survive
And I’m not scared
Of your stolen power
See right through you any hour

Letters from the Sky – Civil Twilight

One of these days the sky’s gonna break
And everything will escape and I’ll know
One of these days the mountains
Are gonna fall into the sea and they’ll know

That you and I were made for this
I was made to taste your kiss
We were made to never fall away
Never fall away

Solar Sailer – Daft Punk

If I could find a place, a place where we could follow to take us underground.
The bitterness you taste, the medicines we swallow, that lay our bodies down.

Let it be – Blackmill

They both see the traps
No fool, Oh oh
They won’t go back
No fool, Oh oh
They’ve got a mind track
No fool, Oh oh
It’s all a mystery
Let it come and let it be

One Minute  – Krewella

Stay here, see me come undone Set free my soul and turn me on Lay me down and stop the time So long now leave the world behind
We got one minute, you know there’s no other Its too late we’re in it, you’re blowing my cover Take me to heaven and back in a second Light up this fire before you come rushing
We got one minute you know there’s no other Its too late we’re in it, you’re blowing my cover Take me to heaven and back in a second Light up this fire before you come rushing

Trap for me – Deadmau5 ft. Kaskade

Another night out, another dancefloor
Another night out, another dancefloor
Another night out, another dancefloor
(Move for you)
Another night out, another dancefloor

Here we go, another night out
Waited all week just to get out
Where do we come from, do I know your name?
Doesn’t really matter, in this life we’re all the same

Rise & Fall (feat Krewella) – Adventure Club

One breath in this moment
We’ll stay ’till we’re chosen, and throught it all
With our eyes wide open
We’ll fight ’til we’re broken
We rise and fall

Latch (feat. Sam Smith) – Disclosure

Now I got you in my space
I won’t let go of you (never)
Got you shackled in my embrace
I’m latching on to you (never)

I’m so encaptured, got me wrapped up in your touch (never)
Feel so enamored, hold me tight within your clutch (never)
How do you do it, you got me losing every breath (never)
What did you give me to make my heart beat out my chest (never)

So Beautiful (Candyland remix) – Parker Ighile

Come and love it right knowing I’ll be waiting
Need you bad for more than I can take it
When I’ll be in the truck you’re the girl that I’ll miss Ooh come and love me baby ’cause I don’t need nothing

Scared to love but now we are kissing
But I gonna treat you really different
On time you know it I love it when we kick in
Another girl that is just looking like her mother
You better talk her in it’s going on tonight
I will give what I gave no other
‘Cause this ain’t love if we can’t love for life
Come and make love in the dark
Could you light up my life
You are so beautiful come and make love in the dark
Could you light up my life
You are so beautiful to me you are so beautiful to me
You are so beautiful to me you are so beautiful to me
You are …

Baby Come Back – Kill Paris

Tear Your Soul – Muffler

Loveline – The Brookes Brothers

Dreaming  – Rameses B

Turn the lights off
In this bedroom
For tonight I will be dreaming of you
It’s the one thing
I can rely on
When everything else is so confused

I’m not leaving
Not now that you’re here with me
Don’t wake me up [3x]

I may be dreaming
But what I felt for you is real
Don’t wake me up [3x]

Lullabies  – Yuna

Forever in my mind only you
the pieces in my life go away with you
Forever in my mind only you
the pieces in my life run away with you

Cracks – Freestylers feat. Belle Humble

Leave the past behind
Just walk away
When it’s over
And my heart breaks
And the cracks begin to show…

15 Breathe Me  – Sia

Be my friend
Hold me, wrap me up
Unfold me
I am small and needy
Warm me up
And breathe me

You – Enigma Dubz

I’m on one – DJ Khaled ft. Drake, Lil Wayne

All I care about is money and the city that I’m from
I’ma sip until I feel it, I’ma smoke it till it’s done
And I don’t really give a f-ck, and my excuse is that I’m young
And I’m only getting older so somebody shoulda told ya

I’m on one
Yeah, f-ck it, I’m on one
Yeah, I said I’m on one
F-ck it, I’m on one

Hanging On – Ellie Goulding ft. Tinie Tempah

You know we can get away
Because I’m calling your name
Every day I feel this pain
But you just turn and walk away

I just can’t keep hanging on, to you and me
I just don’t know what is wrong, with you and me

Touch me and then turn away
And put your hands into the flame
Tell me if you feel this pain
Cause I don’t want to be a ball and chain, nooo

I.D. – Protohype

Magnetic Eyes ft. Baby Blue (TC remix) – Matrix & Futurebound

(you lift me out, you lift me out
you lift me out, you lift me out)
magnetic eyes..
there’s no going back you’ve pulled me in to the night…
Magnetic Eyes…
closer till our broken hearts collide…

Can’t Control Myself  – Krewella

I can’t control myself
(oh oh oh ah ah oh)
Can’t can’t can’t control myself.