Archive | December, 2016

Good names connect people, places and things

14 Dec

Persian garden vase

Back in 1931 a British potter William Staite Murray made a new creation and then he did something no one else had done before, he thought his vase was of a high art, so he gave the vase the name “Persian Garden”

When he sold this vase, it went for 126 pounds, a few years later a card-carrying communist called Pablo Picasso sold a painting for 200 pounds, Mr Murray did quite well in selling his vase, the Persian garden. Interestingly Picasso always saw himself as a failed Poet.


We tend to see paintings as something we can stand and look at, maybe sip red wine, trying to give the impression that we understand the meaning of the painting, when everyone is doing this, and everyone thinks they are the only ones that don’t understand that don’t understand the art, it’s called pluralistic ignorance.

This is also described as “no one believes, but everyone thinks that everyone believes.”, but I digress

Is it art?

But not with Pottery, with all things ceramic, it has a use, a function, not artistic enough, usually. So we don’t tend to look beyond that, and people usually don’t associate pottery with art.

Mark Rothko – Untitleduntitled-10

Reading about thing Persian garden vase reminded me of a story I heard about a group trying to conserve areas in Los Angeles, when the places don’t have names, people don’t care. So step one, give the place a name, names can give us an emotional attachment to a person, place or thing, its names V nothing

Names it would appear are important in how we value things, like:

  • Places
  • Art – Paintings/Pottery
  • Animals
  • People
  • Cars
  • Houses/Apartment complexes

And then I learnt that there are descriptions for all sorts of Public space types

Animals like dogs and Cats have names, they have animal type names to distinguish them. Scruffy sounds about right for a terrier, Dave, doesn’t have the same ring somehow?


Cows and Pigs don’t have names, if the name of the pig or cow you were going to eat was on the packaging in the supermarket, would you buy it?

Would you eat that stew made from Daisy the cow? If you did, would you go for seconds?

Property developers use poets to help them see a dream

In Santiago Chile, Property developers hire poets to give their apartment developments good names. First you need to sell a dream and then, people want to buy apartments

But sometimes these poems — like good poetry in general — could be transformative. In one particularly cold and humid neighborhood, El Llano, Rodrigo gave buildings names that made it seem almost tropical.

He imagined that residents could forget the weather. Sitting on their balconies, staring off into the slate gray sky, they could dream of beaches. He called several buildings the Cancúns.

Developers were so excited they planted palm trees—which are atypical in Santiago.

Palm trees seen in your dreams, are messages of hopeful situations and happiness of a high order, good names can make a big difference, just ask a property developer!

Taking notes for Active learning, not just a pretty thing

8 Dec

Knowledge that looks nice
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Today I went for a bit of a stroll to buy a notebook, I like having a note-book on me to record my ideas for blogging, things I’m learning and my never-ending to do lists.

Recently I read and wrote down

Everything you do is a self-portrait

Everything is nothing by its self


When I read something good, I like to write it down.

I like to plan my day the day before, I plan it, I write it down, so that when i wake up i have things to do, and then all i have to do every day is get up and get to it.

Albert Einstein didn’t believe in carrying a notebook, he said he rarely had good ideas, so he didnt need one. Leonardo Da Vinci never left home without one, go figure…

A new world…of notes3


Some of my notebook methods are to:

  1. Write stories in the front of the book for blogging
  2. At the back of the book i make the to do lists
  3. At the back i make notes on what i am doing for the next day
  4. All pages are numbered and indexed at the back and can be referenced
  5. I can user information on certain pages VIA page references, to build stories
  6. I write interesting information at the top of the page
  7. When I use data in a blog, i cross the page out to indicate its been posted
  8. Use abbreviations where ever you can


My notebook functions as a kind of tool, I have a separate notebook for job hunting, with the same ideas. I find this really useful when i am job hunting and I might have one of thirty agencies ringing me up about some job, easily i can find the relevent page with the last conversation notes

When I have been submitted for a role, I add the company and which agency on a dedicated page at the back of the book. I can quickly find what job, company, reference I am looking for, it takes a lot of confusion and stress out of looking for work, so I can get busy enjoying my life.

Nice notes make a big difference1

I was thinking about how i can be more efficient today as I was walking home, and if truth be told I was also wondering how a note-book with nothing in it could be worth more than a book with a book with data in it?

You can do it, just start todayx

Taking notes is something everyone should be taught in school, it makes the process of learning a lot easier, and maybe enjoyable? My notebook functions as a kind of tool, for Active learning. Some students post pictures of their notes online, just google studyblrs

Some great tips on taking notes and Active learning


Another great reason to take notes is crossing off things on To do lists you have completed is mentally:

  • It gives  you as sense of  great sense of achievement and
  • It helps you make the best use of you time
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