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I Got 99 Problems (But Inspiration Ain’t One)

I Got 99 Problems (But Inspiration Ain’t One)

June 29, 2022

Thomas Edison thought deeply about what drives invention or, as we call it today, innovation. One of his famous sayings, “Genius is 1 percent inspiration and 99 percent perspiration,” stresses that innovation involves more than just great ideas.

Or to paraphrase Jay-Z, “I got 99 problems, but inspiration ain’t one.

In this special quarterly episode, your hosts Tony and Bill explore the topic of creativity (we could have called it innovation as well). We explore some common hurdles to creativity and suggest ways to overcome them. We discuss the challenge of how to maintain one’s imagination and open-mindedness over many years in pursuit of creativity. And throughout, we share some insights learned from our conversations with past guests.

Past episodes mentioned in this conversation you might enjoy:

Ron Diorio interview: Imagination + Productivity = Creativity (Nov 2020)

https://www.theartistengineer.com/e/ron-diorio-interview/

Grind+Eat+Pray - Ethan Richards interview (Nov 2020)

https://www.theartistengineer.com/e/grindeatpray-ethan-richards-interview/

Sunil Garg Talks with us About Science, Art, Law and the Cosmos! (Dec 2020)

https://www.theartistengineer.com/e/light-artist-sunil-garg/

Fernanda Oyarzún interview: Sea Life and See Life (May 2022)

https://www.theartistengineer.com/e/fernanda-oyarzun-interview/

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Fernanda Oyarzún interview: Sea Life and See Life

Fernanda Oyarzún interview: Sea Life and See Life

May 9, 2022

Our guest is Dr. Fernanda Oyarzún, a biologist, scientific illustrator and sculptor, who works in the worlds of both science and art - exploring the life, forms and evolution of marine biodiversity.

Fernanda is an Associate Researcher at both UCSC, the Catholic University of Concepcion and at SECOS, the Coastal Social-Ecological Millennium Institute, in Chile. 

She is also an acclaimed artist whose realistic sculptures of marine life have been displayed around the world. In this episode, we discuss the role drawing and observation play in science, how our whole body is involved in processing information, and how we can nourish creativity through experimentation and play.

You can learn more about Fernanda and her wonderful art below: 

https://www.fernandaoyarzun.com/

https://www.instagram.com/fernie1977/

https://twitter.com/oyarzun_fern

http://www.bienalconcepcion.cl/convocatoria/

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Nadav Drukker interview: Physics and the Potter’s Wheel of Time

Nadav Drukker interview: Physics and the Potter’s Wheel of Time

April 15, 2022

Our guest is Professor Nadav Drukker, a theoretical physicist and experimental potter. 

He is a Professor of Theoretical Physics at King's College London. Through his ceramic artworks, he endeavors to mirror the creativity of his scientific research. Nadav's work can be seen at the Knight Webb Gallery in London.

Nadav explains how the act of sharing his ceramics has lead to simpler physics formulas, as well, he shares his thoughts on craftsmanship, originality and artistry, and explores the mysteries of time travel and parallel universes.

You can find out more about Nadav and view his beautiful ceramic work below:

https://www.kcl.ac.uk/people/nadav-drukker

https://www.instagram.com/nadavdrukker/

https://www.knightwebbgallery.com/artist/nadav-drukker/

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Abrian Curington interview: Quiet Nerds and Wild Hearts

Abrian Curington interview: Quiet Nerds and Wild Hearts

March 25, 2022

Our guest this episode is Abrian Curington.

Abrian is a visual storyteller and cartographer based in Washington State, her work includes scientific illustrations, fantastical maps and graphic novels.

She was an Artist-at-Sea aboard the Research Vessel Falkor for the Schmidt Ocean Institute.

Abrian tells us how curiosity is at the root of her artistic and scientific work, how visual storytelling can create emotion and connection, and she shares tips for being a better communicator.

Finally she shares her message for "quiet nerds with wild hearts." ;)

You can find out more about Abrian and her work below:

https://bluecatco.com/

https://www.instagram.com/abriancart/

https://twitter.com/AbrianCArt

https://schmidtocean.org/person/abrian-curington/

 

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Jonathan Deutsch interview: Do Good, Feed Well, Keep Going

Jonathan Deutsch interview: Do Good, Feed Well, Keep Going

March 11, 2022

Our guest is Jonathan Deutsch, Professor of Culinary Arts and Science at Drexel University in Philadelphia.

Jonathan is a chef, an author and founder of the Drexel Food Lab, a food product design and culinary innovation lab that applies culinary arts and science to improve the health of people, the planet and economies.

Jonathan tells us about the Food Labs focus on sustainability, health and equitable access, and we explore the continuum of engineered food to well-crafted food to artistically creative food.

Finally, we discuss the historical aspects of men at the BBQ grill.

You can find out more about Jonathan and the Food Lab's work below:

Jonathan Deutsch: https://drexel.edu/cnhp/faculty/profiles/DeutschJonathan/

Drexel Food Lab: https://sway.office.com/CXJJWuhvn3FW0hKz?ref=Link

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Maria Hwang interview: Tech and Fashion a Perfect FIT

Maria Hwang interview: Tech and Fashion a Perfect FIT

February 4, 2022

Our guest this episode is Maria Hwang, Assistant Professor of Computer Science at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in New York City. Maria received her Doctorate of Education from Columbia University in Instructional Technology and Media. Her research focuses on delivering fashion, health, and wellness content through persuasive, personalized, and playful human-centered interfaces.

We discuss how she adapted standard computer science subject matter to better suit the needs of her fashion students, how AI designers and wearable tech can be used in fashion design, and we ponder the future of digital fashion and virtual fashion shows.

Finally, Maria tells us how bringing the fashion and technology fields together can play a part in reducing the barriers for women starting careers in computer science.

You can find out more about Maria and her work below:

Maria Hwang: http://mariahwang.com/

Algorithmic Arts Workshop: https://algoarts.cofc.edu/watch-videos/

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Joby Harris interview: Travel Posters to Outer Space and More!

Joby Harris interview: Travel Posters to Outer Space and More!

January 14, 2022

On our latest episode, we are joined by Joby Harris, a Visual Strategist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) where he supports scientists and engineers with visuals, strategy and communication. Prior to working at NASA, Joby worked for many years as a designer and artist in the film, television, music, and theme park industries.

Joby tells us how Star Wars and Night of the Living Dead sparked his interest in art, design and space. He shares his career advice for both art and engineering, which include being supported by healthy relationships, being generous with your time and talents, and learning to sketch to better communicate your ideas.

We learn how artists, scientists and engineers at NASA collaborate with each other and get their message out to the public, how travel posters to exoplanets became a thing, and find out whether we'll have light sabers anytime soon. ;)

You can check out Joby's amazing work below!

http://www.jobyharris.com/

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Hot Toddies with Tony & Bill: Setting Intentions

Hot Toddies with Tony & Bill: Setting Intentions

December 28, 2021

Join us, your hosts Tony and Bill, in this final episode of the year, as we share hot toddies and look forward to 2022! We discuss New Year's resolutions and why they fail, whether it's better to swim towards a goal or float with the current, and how setting an intention can act as a North Star.

We share our model and methods for keeping ourselves on track. We explore the certitude of death and the finite number of weekends left in one's life as great motivators and finally, we set our own personal intentions for next year.

Please listen in and help hold us accountable! :)

You can find a few resources referenced in the show below:

4 Powers of Effort (Bill's Human42 Blog)
http://www.human42.com/blog/2021/7/30/4-powers-of-effort

21 Questions (Bill's Human42 Blog)
http://www.human42.com/blog/2020/12/17/new-years-assessment-and-planning

Most Important Tasks (MIT)
https://personalmba.com/most-important-tasks/

Atomic Habits by James Clear
https://jamesclear.com/atomic-habits

The 90 Day Year
https://www.90dayyear.com/

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Music Box Village: A Place for Wingnuts, Tinkerers and Inventors

Music Box Village: A Place for Wingnuts, Tinkerers and Inventors

December 11, 2021

Our guests on this episode are Delaney Martin and Taylor Lee Shepherd of New Orleans Airlift, an artist-driven non-profit organization whose mission is to inspire wonder, connect communities, and foster opportunities through collaboration, arts education and the creation of experimental public artworks. Delaney Martin is a multi-media installation artist and the Co-Founder/Artistic Director of New Orleans Airlift. Taylor Lee Shepherd is a sound artist and Technical Director of New Orleans Airlift; as well as one of the founders of Airlift’s musical architecture project.

We discuss Music Box Village, a whimsical village of artist-made interactive “musical houses,” which is the flagship project of New Orleans Airlift. We explore the importance of intuitive interfaces and the collaboration that goes on between "wingnuts", tinkerers, and inventors to realize something bigger than the sum of their parts, as well as what artistic expression, technical engineering and social engineering have in common.

To learn more about New Orleans Airlift and Music Box Village check out the links below:

https://www.neworleansairlift.org/

https://www.tixr.com/groups/musicboxvillage

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Elliott Lawson interview: Quasi-Engineering, Astrophotography and Star Parties!

Elliott Lawson interview: Quasi-Engineering, Astrophotography and Star Parties!

November 11, 2021

Our guest this episode is Elliott Lawson (aka @AstroLawson). Elliott is an astrophotographer who captures beautiful images of the night sky with his telescope, a camera and sometimes even an iPhone.

Professionally, Elliott has been an engineer in the defense industry for 20 years
after spending 11 years in the Air Force. He is currently employed as a Field Engineer at Raytheon.

We discuss Elliott's passion for astrophotography, the equipment needed to get started, and why he MUST share what he's seeing with other people.  As well, we explore his experiences with the diverse community of astrophotographers, both online and in-person, and the traits they share with engineers -  such as creativity, attention to detail and having fun.

Finally we hear about the amazing experience of "STAR PARTIES" - and why he recommends it to "every human on the planet"!

Find out more about Elliott and Astro community below:

Astro Lawson Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/astro_lawson/

Friendly Cosmos Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/friendly.cosmos/?hl=en

Friendly Cosmos Discord: https://discord.com/invite/dTJupMKmaN

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One Year Anniversary! With Guest Host Jennifer Palmer!!

One Year Anniversary! With Guest Host Jennifer Palmer!!

October 11, 2021

On this episode we’re joined by guest host Jennifer Palmer, a self-described “techie” and full-time writer. We asked Jennifer on to help us reflect on our past guests' wisdom, find out what Tony and Bill have learned so far, and to explore what the future of the show might hold.

We discuss people’s inherent potential, the power of community and mentors, and whether this show should focus on being “useful” and/or “interesting”.

You can follow Jennifer's current writing here: www.odiousawry.com

And you can check out past episodes mentioned in this show below, which you also might enjoy 😉

Bill Brovold interview: Chainsaws, Harps and Star Wars! (Sep 25, 2021)

Justine Greenland Duke interview: Keep Dancing, Keep Learning! (Aug 26, 2021)

Howard Robot interview: F.I.R.E., Flaming Phalluses and Feelings (Aug 12, 2021)

"Real Artists Ship!" (Tony and Bill) (Jun 30, 2021)

Sabrina Thompson interview: NASA Engineer, Artist, Author and Baller! (Mar 10, 2021)

Sunil Garg talks with us about science, art, law and the cosmos! (Dec 15, 2020)

Caroline Miller interview: Flaming Lotus Girl and Biotechnology Scientist (Dec 01, 2020)

Ron Diorio interview: Imagination + Productivity = Creativity (Nov 17, 2020)

Resources for people management

Manager Tools Podcast - https://www.manager-tools.com/
The Effective Manager - https://www.amazon.com/Effective-Manager-Mark-Horstman/dp/1119244609/
First, Break All the Rules - https://www.amazon.com/First-Break-All-Rules-Differently/dp/1595621113/
Getting Things Done - https://www.amazon.com/Getting-Things-Done-Stress-Free-Productivity/dp/0143126563/

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Bill Brovold interview: Chainsaws, Harps and Star Wars!

Bill Brovold interview: Chainsaws, Harps and Star Wars!

September 25, 2021

Our guest this episode is Bill Brovold.

The phrase “Renaissance man” comes to mind when describing Bill. Whether roasting his own coffee, baking his own bread, both of which he gladly shares … or building a 16-foot Aeolian wind harp, or repairing a barn door, Bill tells us how he finds as much joy in the journey as the destination.

Bill is an accomplished musician who was a pioneer of the no-wave movement in NYC, as well as an avant-garde visual artist and educator. He also builds musical instruments for himself and others.

We discuss how his deep-seated desire to “know how things work”, has helped him acquire a wide variety of skills and explore how artists and engineers are most alike due to their problem-solving abilities.

Finally, we learn where the awesome sound of land speeders in Stars Wars comes from.

You can check out Bill's music here:

https://billbrovold.bandcamp.com/

Episode intro "Space to Let" via Bill's "Double Celled Organism" collaboration

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