Watch a lightning bolt strike the Empire State ⚡️

Journalist Henrik Moltke snagged an excellent photo last night of a lightning bolt striking the Empire State Building. Watch the full video below.

“I got that.” Yes, you did Henrik. Yes, you did. ?

PS: Watch a live stream of a foul-smelling corpse flower about to bloom at the NYC Botanical Garden.

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New York City Legs by Stacey Baker


Citi Legs is a side project from New York Times Magazine photo editor Stacey Baker in which she takes pictures of women’s legs in NYC.

While she started taking the portraits in 2013, she’s gaining attention again, this time, with a book called New York Legs.

See what happens when you just start something for fun!

Capturing New York City Legs


Citi Legs is a side project from New York Times Magazine photo editor Stacey Baker in which she takes pictures of women’s legs in NYC.

While she started taking the portraits in 2013, she’s gaining attention again, this time turn with a book called New York Legs.

See what happens when you just start something for fun! 

Scrivener is available for iOS

I used Scrivener’s desktop app to help me package my first book five years ago. Today, I write most of everything on my phone. For that, I use a combination of tools like ByWord, iA Writer, and Evernote which all sync to the cloud. I also signed up to PressBooks to package my latest book. It functions just like WordPress.

Scrivener is late to the mobile game. Based on the screenshots, it looks like the exact same flow as the computer version. If you’re a serious writer, especially one that writes novels and screenplays, it’s worth giving this app a shot. It’s available in the app store now for $19.99. Here’s the full demo.

 

The ‘Perfect Human’

“Look at the eye.”

Leon Jacobs writes on the Crew Blog about the benefits of setting creative constraints. He uses the 1960s film The Perfect Human to illustrate what happens when the director Jorgen Leth takes on full creative control. The upshot is a boring movie about humans.

Years later one of Leth’s students, Lars von Trier, challenges him to remake the film with a set of assigned “obstructions” or challenges. Von Trier sends him to Cuba to remake the movie in 12 half-second frames. Although Leth is initially scared, he ends up creating a much more compelling film the original.

The higher the obstruction, the more single-minded the problem, the more the creative mind is challenged.

Creativity is boundless. The next time someone gives you a project, asks for some constrictions.

Ironically, the focus is what frees us.

The paradox of creativity is that setting limitations focuses you on getting started and helps you end up with a superior product.