Where does creativity come from?

How to become a travelling yogi

Yesterday, after practicing yoga, I looked through some videos about yoga on youtube and happened to find one short interview with the Ashtanga Yoga teacher Mark Robberrds, who talked about how he came to be a travelling yoga teacher.
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Still learning

Yesterday I read an insightful article about the value of blogs for academics and students. While I agreed with the content, I had to realize, that I myself had not blogged for a long time about anything, let alone about my experiences in learning (maybe you remember that I started to follow the curriculum of freeCodeCamp) and that with missing out in this part, I did not come to reflect on what I was learning in the past month as much as it would be advisable (and it is advisable to reflect on your own learning). So I will try to catch up with that.

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Paths of Past Lives: The Wrath of Achilles and the Enlightenment of the Buddha

We all learn from our successes and mistakes, at least sometimes. But with humanity and history having been around for quite some time now, we also learn from those who came before us. Going back in time, we can find plenty of possible paths of living described on old texts and possible idols to imitate in the stories of old. The pressing question to answer, when confronted with this kind of material is, whether these paths are still relevant today and these idols are still fitting for a modern world.
Two of these resources are the hero tales of antiquity on one hand and the teachings of Buddha on the other.
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Creative Coding: The first two weeks

The second week of the courses I wrote about in my last post is over. A good time, to report about my impressions so far.

While the course material is not new to me (as I wrote last in the last post, it is not the first time for me to start the courses), especially the course on Futurelearn made me think a lot about computers and art.

I also enjoyed seeing that one of the fellow students of the last run of the course, Jerome Herr, now works as a moderator in the forums. He has since the last time done a lot with Processing, the language used in both courses, and his work together with some starting points for people interested in learning can be found on his Tumblr. But he is by far not the only Processing artist on that platform, one blog that collects works from many artists and in so doing serves as a good starting point for anyone interested in finding more art is For Your Processing. Somehow Tumblr seems to be a nice place to share art in general and especially generated art, that often comes in the form of pictures, videos or animated gifs.

So because I see this blog here more as a place to write, I decided to reactivate my old own Tumblr account and repurpose it to computer generated art. I am not really content with its name and its look, but I am certain that the experiences from doing the Blogging101 course with this blog will help me to bring it in shape.

As I am at the same time learning more about web development (more on that in another post), I will certainly convert some of the projects from Processing into HTML, CSS and JavaScript, but that is something I will have to talk more about when I have the first examples.

So to sum it up: I am having fun especially with the Futurelearn course and with Processing and hope everyone else has too.

Learning a craft from zero to employable

In June after I read through some blogposts from ashbotandsparki, I found one where she reblogged a short post from sounjawalters that described how the curriculum of a site called freeCodeCamp has been growing since she visited it the first time.
I had not heard about this site before and reminded myself to have a look sometime, it seemed interesting. Then I did other things and forgot about it. A week ago, I remembered and actually had a look at the site, registered and started to walk through the first steps on the curriculum.
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Maybe in June you will start learning to code

Have you ever wondered if programming would be something you could be good at or have fun with? Or even if it might be the start of a career change for you, if only you could find a way to learn it?

June 2015 might be the month to start coding. At least, that is waht I think after seing what online courses are starting or have started around the beginning of this month. There are four courses that I would like to recommend to any how has an interest in learning programming:

These four courses are aimed at beginning programmers but with different goals and methods, so it might be helpful to know a bit about them, to have a way to choose, which course or courses might be appropriate. This overview I try to give will be somewhat subjective, because I have used all four to teach myself programming.

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Writing101: Unlocking my Habits

Building habits is something that is of recurring interest to me. I did some but not all of the exercises of “blogging101” from Blogging University in the last month and in the process, I got back into writing, not only online, but also offline, after some time (years) where I just did not have the time, at least that is what I wold myself. But that is the thing about habits: If you have habit, you will also have the time to follow it, if something is no habit, you will often find excuses not to do it. This of course relates to all habits, good and bad.

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Things I learned from watching action films: Where to look for wisdom

Today, when I was reading some blogposts on yoga and especially Ashtanga Yoga, I came upon a discussion between some blogs; the main question was: does an Ashtangi (that’s a person who practices Ashtanga) need to travel to Mysore, the founding place of this yoga tradition or not. After I had seen more then one blog arguing in favor of or against it, I read these lines:

“I’d argue that the deeper dimension can be found on your mat on any mat, that you don’t need to go anywhere for that but rather within.” (Anthony Grim Hall, called Grimmly)

That was the moment, when I realized, that without being an Ashtanga teacher or having been at this place myself, I knew the answer (at least for me) and I knew it for some time now. This one I had learned through watching Conan the Barbarian, the fantasy film from the 80ies, with Arnold Schwarzenegger as Conan.

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