J.K. Riki

When We Get Defensive

Human beings continue to be fascinating subjects. For example, have you ever noticed that when we get defensive we often immediately jump to extremes? It’s almost as if we’re so afraid of losing ground in an argument that whatever it takes to win becomes acceptable. Someone might be discussing the benefit of national healthcare, for example, and an opponent leaps to “Look how well Communism worked out for Russia!” Or…
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You’re Worthless (LOL)

Jokes are an interesting aspect of creative thinking. Humor, in general, is a very creative process. You make connections between things in ways that are unique (one of the definitions of creativity) in an attempt to make someone laugh. Recently I made a personal discovery regarding the creativity of jokes. Last week I had a short conversation with someone who published a particular tweet. The content is rather irrelevant, but…
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An Update on the Vertigo!

Turns out, I don’t have vertigo. It took two months to figure that out (though it’s likely that I originally DID have vertigo, back in May) but the good news is I now have a better idea of what’s causing my dizziness and I’ve started therapy for it. Long story short, my brain and eyes aren’t communicating normally. The good news is there are exercises to retrain them to be…
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That Darn Computer Screen

So sorry everyone, but I have to take some time away from the blog, so soon after I said “the show must go on.” Of all the things I’ve tried to do recently, the computer screen makes me the most dizzy each and every time. Until I get this vertigo sorted out (hoping soon!) I need to be away from the PC completely. My apologies! I hope to have more…
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Sleeping Till June

As you may be aware from my past two posts, I’ve been suffering from vertigo lately. It’s unfortunately continuing to nag me in spite of a resolution diagnosis of two weeks. Interestingly I find it’s far worse when I’m sitting and thinking about it. Also when using the computer. When distracted with other things, I feel completely normal. This, of course, makes me wonder how much of it is psychosomatic…
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Still Spinning!

Unfortunately my vertigo is still hanging around, and what makes it most severe is using the computer. I can do almost any activity and it merely nags me in the background, but when I look at the screen on my desk the room starts whooshing around like I’m on a boat. Sorry about the break in updates, if it was up to me I’d be fully back to normal by…
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Verti-go-away!

I am suffering from vertigo, so no post right now. Hopefully back to it once the world stops spinning so much!

Stein’s One-Plus-One Writing Tip

While I generally keep the blog topics broad, today we’re going to dig in to one specific creative pursuit: Writing. (You might want to read this post even if you’re not a writer, but regardless, normal creativity and inspiration posts will return next week.) I’ve always enjoyed writing. Unfortunately – as can happen when you have a knack for something – I spent most of my life resting on my…
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Are You Procrastinating?

Procrastination is a tricky bit of business. This month I’m taking part in Camp NaNoWriMo, which is a lighter, looser version of National Novel Writing Month. I intended to write while in Hawaii, to keep up with word count goalposts as I continued towards 50,000 words. As jam-packed as the trip ended up being, I only wrote a few words one of the days I was there. The past week,…
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The Creativity of Ziplining

I had a chance to try ziplining during my recent trip to Maui, Hawaii. It was an interesting experience, given that I normally have a small fear of heights. I didn’t feel any of those misgivings during the courses, though. By the end I was running off the platforms to get up to full speed and just enjoying the moment. One of our guides, Melvin, talked a bit about how…
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