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Creative Inspiration of the Week

Howdy everyone!

It's just another manic Friday!

Wait, the song doesn't go like that? Oh, really?

Why is it my Fridays often feel more all-over-the-place crazy than my Mondays?

Well, to help with that, here are some lovely and inspiring things to take us into the weekend.

First, have I mentioned Leah Reich's writing series on Medium yet? No? Well, I should have! Leah is a friend-of-a-friend and an amazing writer, telling stories from her own life experiences. Last year she did A Year of Wednesdays, where she simply pushed herself to write something every week, on Wednesday, whether she felt like it or not. This year she's begun a new series, The Book of Home. Well worth the read.

A year of Wednesdays, by Leah Reich

Are any of you Slack users? I've found it to be a fantastic way to communicate, and I've heard some folks say it's a 'game changer' for the way that they collaborate with others, be it coworkers or fellow freelancers they pass work to (and get work from!). Enter Slackbot bot, the latest addition to Slack. Err, well, ok, it's actually something one company cobbled together from a Roomba, raspberry pi, and an old tornado siren. But it's awesome. ;-)

Slackbot Bot from redpepper on Vimeo.

Huge published a fun post on what matters for 2015, which basically boils down to: Make cool stuff and ignore (most) trends. I think all of us 'makers' can get on board with that! There's also a fun section where they look back at social media in 2014 and what was awesome, and what was, well, less than awesome. Worth the ten minutes to read it.

2014, in theory and in practice

And finally, for you fellow Torontonians: The AGO is about to have an exhibition by Jean-Michel Basquiat. For those who have never seen his work, he was an amazingly talented artist from New York who used his work as a means of making social commentaries on racism, class struggle and identity. Powerful stuff and we're poorer for having lost him at such a young age (he died at 27 of a drug overdose). Planning to book my tickets ASAP!

Jean-Michel Basquiat

That's all she wrote! Have a lovely weekend!