What do you do when your creative juices turn off? Today I woke up after getting back late last night and sat in meditative/prayer state and didn’t feel neuron fire. I got a cup of coffee, took a sip and sat down with a notebook and pen and listened to the sound of wind in a cave as air passed through my cranium.
It appears my brain must have squeezed out of my ears while I slept and decided to go on holiday.
So what do you do on days like this? Do you just say, “Tomorrow is another day?” Do you just go do the closed brain list of “to do’s?” Or go into the repertoire of things that help boost creativity – exercise, go for a walk, etc.
I am not sure when or how I learned to do this next technique – but what you do is fight within yourself to clear your mind of all distractions and interruptions – to get to that place where you drop into the space of just being dispassionate and are attached to nothing around you.
Please understand, this space is hard to get to on a good day, so it will seem more awkward and painful on a bad day like today – but just stay still and quiet, working to quiet your mind, brain, and heart to stillness. One technique I use, is after the brainstorm I come type up some of this dribble here, because it allow ideas to stew while I really have no idea what I am typing and publishing – I am still actually brainstorming.
As I type today, I can feel my mind coming back into that space where open mind thinking will be possible. It is such a fragile state.
The other reason you write down ideas is that you no longer need to remember the information and details. In a sense it is like computer memory and processing. The modern computer is able to do many set processes faster than any computer with what is known. The modern computer is still not great at processing like a human mind, but in 20-40 years, we will have machines that are better than one mans mind.
So I look at my scribbles from last night and realize the motorcycles I want to build, called bobbers, are all from the 1930’s era style. Why do I want to build a motorcycle? I have no idea. I don’t ride them, never wanted to –but there are design ideas in my mind, much like the executive woman’s dress ideas - just ideas that I noodled over time until one day I go, “I want to build one.”
I think the motorcycle represents to me, what is going wrong with autos and the transportation business. While I love the idea of a driverless car and have loads of interior sketches and ideas for what one could use as the “new car.” The old motorcycle represents something one can build with hands, and fix if it ever breaks – without having a team of computer technicians come to change a sparkplug – or charge $500 for an oil change.
In a sense, what the lab in Colorado is very simple design, minimal movement and motion – yet, there will be loads of smart sensors and networks to pull all the information into an ambient space so man doesn’t have to think about it.
This is where I see the best use for the internet of things and such – the sad news is that while it is designed to make mans life easier – in the long term it will probably make a large sector of society lazier in wondering or asking “how” or “why” do things work.
You can see it today with innovation and creation tools. Once can literally create anything your mind can imagine with 3d modeling and animation – what you see is people seeing and observing things with social media and then simply broadcasting it – “I like this!”
When I saw an article from a high school who used their new 3d printer to make a model of a superhero figure, I knew that someone found the model on the internet, downloaded it and hit print, waited a bit and then held the object in their hands and exclaimed, “look what I created!
I looked at the notes from waiting with the delay last night. The majority are really interesting ideas for old school motorcycle ideas with modern safety lights and less energy consumptive parts. Then there are rough sketches of what I deem the “bunker” for Colorado. One of the biggest issues we have in the 3rd world is “how do you preserve or process the food supply as it grows into a useful form of food security – instead of letting 80% of it rot in the field.
If anyone knows much about smokehouses and dry air curing of hams and such (like Parma and Spanish) please let me know about enclosure needs and sizes. My father will be thrilled, in that he loves kielbasa.
Now, I am calm in the mind and will go into the world of uninterrupted brainstorm. Just a bit of a delay, but the entire meaning of this message is that when you don’t feel like brainstorming or anything else – just go and calm yourself to do it.
You would be amazed what ideas come out after you break through that thin membrane that is holding you back.
Old motorcycles, smokers, dry aging meats – now, back to ways to make technologies to help the human body become more humane.