The biggest obstacle to creativity is attachment to outcome. As soon as you become attached to a specific outcome, you feel compelled to control and manipulate what you’re doing. And in the process you shut yourself off to other possibilities.

I got a call from someone who wanted me to lead a workshop on creativity. He needed to tell his management exactly what tools people would come away with. I told him I didn’t know. I couldn’t give him a promise, because then I’d become attached to an outcome — which would defeat the purpose of any creative workshop.’

It’s hard for corporations to understand that creativity is not just about succeeding. It’s about experimenting and discovering.


RULE 1: Find a place you trust, and then try trusting it for awhile.

RULE 2: General duties of a student - pull everything out of your teacher; pull everything out of your fellow students.

RULE 3: General duties of a teacher - pull everything out of your students.

RULE 4: Consider everything an experiment.

RULE 5: be self-disciplined - this means finding someone wise or smart and choosing to follow them. To be disciplined is to follow in a good way. To be self-disciplined is to follow in a better way.

RULE 6: Nothing is a mistake. There’s no win and no fail, there’s only make.

RULE 7: The only rule is work. If you work it will lead to something. It’s the people who do all of the work all of the time who eventually catch on to things.

RULE 8: Don’t try to create and analyze at the same time. They’re different processes.

RULE 9: Be happy whenever you can manage it. Enjoy yourself. It’s lighter than you think.

RULE 10: We are breaking all the rules. Even our own rules. And how do we do that? By leaving plenty of room for X quantities.

Always be around
Come or go to everything
Always go to classes
Read anything you can get your hands on
Look at movies carefully, often
SAVE EVERYTHING. it might come in handy later.

Merce Cunningham Studio 55 Bethune Street NYC NY 10014



Video Premiere: “Open Room: Tomo Nakayama Town Hall Artist Residency”

I’m very excited and happy to present this documentary short film made by the insanely talented E Ryan McMackin. Many thanks to everyone at Town Hall Seattle and Capitol Cider for this experience!

Seattle-based musician Tomo Nakayama recently completed his residency at Town Hall Seattle.  I’ve been following along remotely via his blog here and here.

Take 12 minutes and watch this excellent documentary of the experience.

It’s a perennial question in copyright law: to what extent does copyright law protect attorney-drafted documents such as litigation briefs or contracts? Despite the venerability of the issue (I tested on copyrightability of contracts in my 2002 copyright class), we have surprisingly few cases on point. Today’s case involves Westlaw’s and Lexis’ electronic databases of publicly filed litigation briefs, which they build by downloading the briefs from PACER or copying directly from courthouses … The court silently assumes copyrightability and infringement and quickly resolves the case on fair use grounds: * Nature of Use. Westlaw and Lexis transforrmed the litigation brief, using it “toward the end of creating an interactive legal research tool.” The databases also added something new by “reviewing, selecting, converting, coding, linking, and identifying the documents.”


The Raid 2 is the best you guys. The above is from a behind-the-scenes video.

I like this movie so much that not only did I make the above GIFs from a behind-the-scenes video on YouTube, I also added an extra 45 minutes onto this week’s podcast that’s just me, Pat, and Gabrus begging you to see this Indonesian action movie. As always, listen on iTunes and