How to Be Creative (Ep. 354) – Freakonomics Freakonomics: http://freakonomics.com/podcast/creativity-1/
Where Does Creativity Come From? (Ep. 355) – Freakonomics Freakonomics: http://freakonomics.com/podcast/creativity-2/
Westworld: “My father used to say, ‘Only boring people get bored…'”
The Westworld Experience: https://www.imaginaryworldspodcast.org/the-westworld-experience.html
When You Just Want to be Alone [Role of Solitude in America][Dovetails with: Creativity] | BackStory with the American History Guys: http://www.backstoryradio.org/shows/when-you-just-want-to-be-alone
EDIT: Below, originally posted 2018-12-30 @ 14:07 EST:
The Rook & Pawn, a “Board Game Cafe”: http://www.therookandpawn.com/
Love the name of this place, love the concept of this place.
I stumbled across it by googling names at random, to see what already exists.
I’m a lowly blue-collar tax-paying shlub. Listening to “This American Life” show this morning about libraries revived an old dream of sorts: of owning and operating my own combination “pub/chess/HeroClix shop”.
I was thinking of the name and symbol of such a pub/shop. Been thinking of “Rooks”, both the chess piece and the bird, incorporating both into a logo.
Anyway, name variant of “rook and pawn” crept into my head, so I had to Google it, because it sounded too good to not exist already as a name. And, well, it exists. Very cool.
Sidebar: there’s already a local game/comics shop named “Infinite Monkey”, but had also toyed with names like “Atomic Monkey” (because logos started appearing for it in my mind’s eye), but there’s one of those out there, too.
Chess/Pub: I often look at some of the stuff my more “maker/hacker” coworkers like to do with 3D printers and freeware like TinkerCAD, and it gets me dreaming about the Chess/HeroClix/Pub idea, and having a side business within in, involving servers, 3D printers, and paid-interns from the local community college to design and print custom chess pieces/armies.
Of holding tournaments, for both what I call “20th Century Chess” (or “Chess 20c”) and tournaments using Sirlin Games “Chess 2: The Sequel” rules (which I think of as “Chess 21c” or “21st Century Chess”).
Disclosure: been a fan of chess since my Dad taught me as a kid. But I suck at it. I also suck at HeroClix. Love it, too.
EDIT: I don’t miss being single. I’m blessed, lucky, to have found my Love, my fiance, whom I’ll be marrying very, very soon. [EDIT (2019-01-22): And as of 2019-01-01, she became my Wife. 🙂 ]
I do miss the “game room” I had set up while I was single and living completely alone. It was my “Den”, my “man-cave”, my “Sanctum Sanctorum”, my “Citadel Dominion”, a place of my own, where I had the Time & Space where I could engage some sort of hybridized low-brow intellectual and artistic pursuits: PBS, NPR, Joseph Campbell, post-industrial superhero mythomanes, philosophaster of my own plane.
I guess with the idea of a business, of a Pub that also sells Chess paraphernalia and HeroClix, that I’d have a secure place to Pursue Life, Liberty, & Happiness with some “regular familiar strangers” as well.
Probably a terrible idea, though.
EDIT II: Hmmmm,…. “Jackdaw & Rook”??
(Yeah, I don’t know why I have a fascination with Raven-like birds either. My fascinations with monkeys, apes, turtles, octopi, and cuttlefish are at least a bit more “mainstream”. They’d probably conjure better names and symbols as well…)
EDIT II: Went down to N.C. with my fiance. While there, visited a game store called “Parker, Banner, Kent & Wayne”. Made it sound like a law firm.
Maybe “Corvus, Jackdaw, & Rook”? People might think it’s a specialty pet store or something, tho.