Eclectic Curiosity


Generalists Unite!

Posted on April 30th, by Steve Hardy in Archives, Updates. 1 Comment

By their very nature generalists tend not to congregate. Our interests are so many and so varied that it’s almost counter-intuitive to try to gather us around a common theme. But it is indeed possible and this site will prove it.

When I started this blog, Creative Generalist, in April 2002 I did so really just to bookmark websites and quotes that I found to be personally interesting. It was just my own solo link list, and having just quit my job and moved to Montreal (on a whim) I had a little free time to wander around – literally and digitally – and post such dispatches.… more

The Virtual Choir

Posted on April 17th, by Steve Hardy in Archives, Miscellany. No Comments

A truly impressive project. Eric Whitacre and his forming of a choir around hundreds and then thousands of virtual voices. Via TED.… more

Cuddles Proxy

Posted on April 16th, by Steve Hardy in Archives, Miscellany. No Comments

My friend Aron is up to some mischief with his latest project: My After Sex Buddy doll. Be sure to check out the video.… more

Interdependence Commencement

Posted on June 7th, by Steve Hardy in Archives, Miscellany. No Comments

Tiffany Shlain’s UC Berkeley keynote commencement speech…


Posted on February 18th, by Steve Hardy in Archives, Updates. No Comments

Well, it’s certainly been a while since my last post. Yikes.

I used to hold to a pretty steady and disciplined regimen of about three posts a week – even long after that new blog smell faded away. But I’ve slowed over the last year – obviously – for, I suppose, a variety of fairly typical reasons: blog fatigue, Twitter distraction (@shardy12), info overload, very busy and engaging day job, little time to tap out anything worth reading (like now), and even some (happy) recognition that the generalist mantra which I felt was so under-represented several years ago is alive, well, and thriving widely these days.… more

Boundary Matrix

Posted on November 23rd, by Steve Hardy in Archives, Miscellany. No Comments

How to overcome the challenges inherent to cross-disciplinary collaboration: Creating a boundary matrix.

(Illustration: Dave Gray)… more

1 Million FPS

Posted on October 11th, by Steve Hardy in Archives, Miscellany. No Comments

Some remarkable slow-motion footage:

(Thanks Ask)… more

Work in the Conceptual Age

Posted on September 6th, by Steve Hardy in Archives, Miscellany. No Comments

The three paragraphs on this page at gigaom offer a variety of links leading to some great posts touching on various aspects of generalism and work. As the intro lines state: “‘Big-picture thinking and inventiveness are going to be the key to professional success in a new “conceptual age.’ In a series of posts over at WebWorkerDaily, Imran Ali has been musing on the type of work that we might be doing in the future, the skills that will be required, and the type of teams we might be working in.” (Hat tip to augustdiva!)

Separate but related – work in the conceptual age – is this TED Talk by Dan Pink.… more

The Cove

Posted on September 4th, by Steve Hardy in Archives, Miscellany. No Comments

The Cove. It’s a remarkably restrained film in that most of it describes the teamwork, planning, and logistics involved with covertly documenting one of the grisliest activities on earth: Japan’s slaughter of dolphins. Not much of the brutal footage is actually shown, and it’s obvious that the producers spared us the especially gory bits, but what is seen quite vividly shows the ugliest and cruelest of what humanity can unleash upon another sentient, self-aware mammal.

The Cove centres on an Oceans 11 type team of photographers, ex-military, free divers, props designers, and others assembled by Director Louie Psihoyos and OPS (Oceanic Preservation Society) and their efforts to expose the brutal round-up of dolphins each year in a tiny cove in Taiji, Japan.… more

Netflix Culture Manifesto

Posted on August 5th, by Steve Hardy in Archives, Miscellany. No Comments

Apparently NetFlix has a rather enlightened approach to HR and company culture. Exhibit A: this internal 128-slide presentation.

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