Solving Alphametics with Python, Part 2 - In my previous article (Solving Alphametics with Python) I explored some possibilities for improving on the speed of a simple algorithm for solving general...
Saturday, January 24, 2009
Secret #3 of 12: Following Your Fascinations
Gosh its already Friday! The start of the 3rd week of 12 Secrets of Highly Creative Women - and no, there is still no sign of my copy of the book... of course that means there's more time to read your blogs and glean both inspiration and ideas from them!
I feel like I'm being influenced by the group despite having no idea what is coming next.
You see yesterday I took a big, expensive, step... one that I had been putting off...
I went out and spent rather a lot of money on a new camera... its not that I don't already have one (or two...) but that what I had meant I kept on compromising - I don't often take my D-SLR out with me because its too heavy for me these days and although I like my compact a lot its quality is not that of an SLR's. Jim had found a potentially really good camera for me a couple of months ago but I was hesitating about buying it, I hadn't even looked at it... but then I got a series of little nudges that pushed me and yesterday I got it!
When I say nudges I mean things like this. I'd actually started to seriously consider going to see it though I'd let a day or two go by without making the time to go to the shops. Then on Wednesday I got out to the park earlier than usual and there wasn't anyone there that I knew.
But it wasn't long before Teasel decided to play with a Spaniel (they are giving my shadow far too many legs in the photo above) and I started to walk around the park with the Spaniel's owner. It turned out she was just about to drive up to Pershore...
Once upon a time, I was a member of Pershore camera club (despite never having lived there) and that year I won their photographer of the year award... At the time I was printing my own black and white photos and taking colour slides... All very serious stuff and a long way from the sort of photos I've been taking recently...
All of which brings me to one of my major encouragers - synchronicities!
When I did the Artist's Way for the first time in 1996 I really got into synchronicities and I haven't looked back since. Some I note with amusement, others get me thinking, all of them help me feel supported.
Another real encourager is to do something different. Anything.
Break a habit. Try something new. Switch media. Switch from words to images or vice versa. Change subject matter. Play with something.
Walk a different route - taking new paths is a great metaphor for getting unstuck - I recently discovered a strange little footpath I'd never been down before - and we've lived here since 1996!
Jamie suggests that we be brave and take a risk this week - having already been brave and bought the camera I'll have to pick a completely different sort of brave to do next... now I have been wondering about putting streaks in my hair... or buying some different clothes... or dyeing some of the clothes I've already got... mmm... seems like these are all about changing the way I present myself... and yes they all feel potentially risky...
Saturday Update: Today a book came. Unfortunately it is the wrong book.
Looks like the creative urge got in and muddled up the packer!
The original seller had it for sale on amazon again - this time I emailed them before ordering it - they say they do not have it in stock - however they are still advertising it now!
I've now ordered it from somewhere else - wish me luck!