When Hugh MacLeod was a struggling young copywriter, living in a YMCA, he started to doodle on the backs of business cards while sitting at a bar. Those cartoons eventually led to a popular blog - gapingvoid.com - and a reputation for pithy insight and humor, in both words and pictures. MacLeod has opinions on everything from marketing to the meaning of life, but one of his main subjects is creativity. How do new ideas emerge in a cynical, risk-averse world? Where does inspiration come from? What does it take to make a living as a creative person? Now his first book, Ignore Everyone, expands on his sharpest insights, wittiest cartoons, and most useful advice. A sample: *Selling out is harder than it looks. Diluting your product to make it more commercial will just make people like it less. *If your plan depends on you suddenly being "discovered" by some big shot, your plan will probably fail. Nobody suddenly discovers anything. Things are made slowly and in pain. *Don't try to stand out from the crowd; avoid crowds altogether. There's no point trying to do the same thing as 250,000 other young hopefuls, waiting for a miracle. All existing business models are wrong. Find a new one. *The idea doesn't have to be big. It just has to be yours. The sovereignty you have over your work will inspire far more people than the actual content ever will. After learning MacLeod's 40 keys to creativity, you will be ready to unlock your own brilliance and unleash it on the world. From the Hardcover edition.
I am 57 year old native Virginian whose family came here in the early 1600s. I have collected since my early teens from a mostly rural area where many would think there would not be a lot of collecting possible but I found that not to be true. There is a link between collecting an addiction but is is just the thrill of finding each and every piece that you can. For years I seldom sold a piece but when I did I found that same thrill for the second time. It was not unusual to sell a piece for four or five times what I had paid. From my history loving family I have had a lot of help as they will often tell me what they have seen so that I can go back and make a deal on it. My wife now goes out once or twice a week to help me and often ended up selling as well. The selling part is important as it enables me to collect pieces I would never sell without taking away money from our family budget. It has become a lifestyle which has goes into everyday life as well as I try to get the best deal on everything. Now if I could only bargain on the gas bill or the water bill my life would be complete.
Beautiful to behold and exciting to collect, sterling silver flatware not only is prized for its pristine designs and characterized as a popular familial heirloom, with today's robust metals market it holds the potential for profit. &break;&break;With all these interests at work, it not only pays to have access to up-to-date pricing for 15,000 varying pieces and 1,400 photos and illustrations found in Warman's Sterling Silver Flatware, 2nd Edition, it's a fundamental must. &break;&break;Research the work of dozens of American markers, along with an overview of the decorative styles of British designers, and select European silversmiths.
With more than 2400 marks illustrated and brief histories and cross-references of more than 1600 manufacturers, this is the most comprehensive reference source on the subject. To compile the information presented here, the authors devoted much time over several decades researching numerous sources. These include various editions of Trademarks of the Jewelry & Kindred Trades, U.S. Patent Office records, silver and jewelry catalogs of manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers, records of companies still in business, and pieces examined in antiques shops all over the country.