Friday, September 12, 2014

Creativity in dating--the old becomes new?


I can hardly believe the proliferation of "aids" to dating and mating. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, those phone apps that show a single person is standing next to you, apps that allow you to scroll through a pantheon of cuties--yes...no...no...ew...maybe.

I know a 40ish woman, divorced, 11-year-old son, who sometimes goes out for years with weirdos she met online or even--get this--met in person someplace!

They text--blah blah then he wrote yammer yammer--and finally they break up by text. Whew. Over...As the dentist says, "Who's next, please?"

Have you seen the Bravo TV "reality" show in which some NY singles go out with the people the viewers write in and choose? Well, the viewers are so often wrong! They don't know anything, either. One dater is a sort of sarcastic dentist with no game whatsoever--stammers like a schoolboy and not in a good way. Another is a not-drop-dead-handsome gay guy who is VERY picky about how gorgeous his dates are, although I thought one looked shady and creepy.

Also on this show, if a date is not going well, one party just stands up, says sayonara, and leaves. You can't finish your veggies--talk to someone for an hour?

Or the Millionaire Matchmaker--dear old Patti knows all and fixes all, scattering the swear words. I hear her latest crush has a record. In one of her shows, the millionaire whips out his apparatus and pees behind a bush. I have had some bad dates...but that was...well...

You now what would be creative? Ask a woman to dinner. But be sure she eats meat--this can be an issue.

No zipline, horseback ride, picture painting, cooking class--just dinner. You've heard of it? Food, talk, maybe a goodnight kiss?





Sunday, August 31, 2014

Creativity is great, but don't forget bitchiness

Okay, I admit it--I am a huge Project Runway fan (Lifetime TV). Thirteen seasons now, and counting.

I once made an olive green skirt in home economics--ugly as anything. I had a sewing machine, loaned it out, never got it back, and never noticed.

Although this show is completely "formula," with the trips to the fabric store Mood, the voiceover bitchy comments from one contestant about another ("I am so worried for Boris, sob sob--he has only made a skirt so far."). And, of course, the two-faced Tim Gunn wrinkling his brow over a design in progress, offering a suggestion, and if it is not taken, telling the judges, "I told him that."

Oooo--it is so much fun! Best hour on TV (not counting Sons of Anarchy).

But what is the takeway.  Well, sad but true--it's not the flirty dress made of ticket stubs or lettuce, it's the bitchy part--acing out other players, somehow being designated a top performer by the powers that be and thus protected, becoming the judges "pet" and other useful work skills.

Don't leave out the human side. You may have a better mousetrap, but you don't have to impress mice to get it on the market.

I have no idea what that means.


Thursday, August 21, 2014

Little mini-hearts--insert where needed

In the summer 2014 issue of GW Magazine (Geo Washington Univ--my alma mater), Ruth Steinhardt discusses some interesting work by Narine Sarvazyan, a professor of pharmacology and physiology.

Sarvazyan was looking for universal donor cells the body would not reject and started watching some cardiac muscle cells--myocytes--affecting blood flow.

She thought, why not use these and wrap them in a vein and make a little pump? Essentially,, she created a miniature heart.

Worms have these--to push the blood along.

Older adults also get venous insufficiency--pooling up--say in the legs.

These myocytes start beating like a heart--so engineers can build a structure with the patient's stem cells.

They are calling it CardioVein Technology. It's still in the tinkering stages--but they are excited.

Friday, August 8, 2014

This paper robot folds itself

Hannah Newman, Next Gov, Aug 7, 2014, writes about a spawn of Harvard and MIT--a flat paper robot that folds itself and trots off.

This can be used for search-and-rescue missions, say in a mine. Or how about self-building shelters in disasters (when it can be scaled up)?

The scientists got the inspiration from origami. They took composite paper and Shrinky Dinks (plastic sheets that contract on baking). A microcontroller heats the hinges, which shrink, pulling the other parts into place.

One of the challenges was clearances--a commercial laser system worked to an imprecise enough level that the heat might touch other parts.

Also Shrinky Dinks are small. Now we need a better Shrinky Dink.

I like typing that: Shrinky Dink.

Pretty neat idea--now to perfect it.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

And today in creativity, we have....

Jibo, the social robot designed to become a member of your family.

A gizmo used by a Swedish art gallery to measure reaction to each piece of art and sell to the person who reacted the most.

A smart bookmark that tells writers if you have not been reading their book lately so the writer can tweet you and scold you. (I loved this one.)

Jeans made of denim chewed by by lions and tigers in the zoo.

A virtual pet for kids--OK, a keyboard--but if they won't walk and feed it, it dies.

A device to see if each of your cats is healthy based on a face print.

An insurance policy that gives you cash back if you buy health food.

There were more, too. Go to http://springwise.com.

Now, I am thinking combinations...

A Swedish gallery owner chewed by tigers.

A tiger face print to see if the beast is well enough to chew on an art purveyor.

An all purpose video of someone throwing a book out a window  to send to a nagging author.

Let me consult Jibo. I don't know what I would do without that little ...er...guy.  

Sunday, July 20, 2014

The dopamine connection?

Parkinson's patients suffer from a shortage of the brain chemical dopamine--and this is stimulated to help with Parkinson's symptoms.

Two years ago, Prof Rivka Inzelberg at Tel Aviv University in Israel discovered that her Parkinson's patients were suddenly more creative. Instead of sending her candy, they sent home-made gifts.

Parkinson's results when nerve cells in the brain die, causing a lack of dopamine, thus interfering with motion and coordination.

In a story by Ellie Zolfagharifard (Daily Mail, July 18, 2014), one patient experienced too much of a good thing. She was not an artist, but after starting a new medication, she painted 2,000 canvases in 18 months.

She could not even hold onto her job--so intense was her desire to paint.

Other patients are seized by gambling or sex addictions.

So is this good or bad? Maybe just interesting...

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Name must also be creative

I read about a service in California (thus far) that provides vetted teachers and nannies to offer safe rides home for kids.

The name of it? SHUDDLE.

Pretty close to "shudder" and the white van, if you ask me. I know it's supposed to be a spelling of SHUTTLE, but that isn't what it "says."

I also read about a questionably advised device you wear on your wrist and it zaps you when you miss your fitness or other goals.

The name? PAVLOK. Pavlov's dog--get it? I liked that one.

I used to "name" for a big NY agency--drop me a line if you are fretting over a name.