Monthly Archives: February 2010

Poetry on a Bathroom Wall

This weekend  I took some photos in the women’s bathroom at Kiva Han, a cafe near Carnegie Mellon. I wonder if I can get a guy spy to sneak into the men’s bathroom…

Here’s the whole photostream on Flickr – Poetry on a Bathroom Wall

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Indulgence

I like days that end in food photography and strawberry shortcakes.

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The Edge of Consciousness

This entry is inspired from reading an excerpt from Salvador Dali’s “Fifty Secrets of Magic Craftsmanship”. This is an attempt to explore and explain the alluring creative space that exists at the intersection of the conscious and the unconscious, and how, as creative entities we can capitalize on this state of mind.

Dali, in his book, offers advice on attaining an optimal state of productivity before advancing on creative endeavors. He focuses on the sleep onset stage, the period of transition between wakefulness and sleep, and the dream state.

To summarize the Spanish artist’s process – first and foremost, Dali recommends a period of deep sleep through the night, before waking early in the morning to capitalize on daylight hours of productivity. He then suggests breaking the day with an afternoon “siesta” of an infinitely small duration; “slumber with a key”, describes this process. On first reading, Dali’s article appeared whimsical, at best. However, after pondering over the key ideas of his article, I found myself convinced that “slumber with a key” already manifests itself in many ways in our lives.

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