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“Set your imagination free and do your best to keep up with it.” — A.R. Fagundes

Another week has come and gone.

I am currently working on an essay trying to outline the world of generative art since the 1960s historically. I’d like to really trace the thread back to compile a little history just because I love origin stories, and I also highlight our “ancestors” of the generative arts. …

The following was written years ago and a bit of a middle 20s angst. Yet I think there are elements that even today ring true.

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I’m always worried I’ll miss the train.

Continuously looking over my checklist,

Ensuring I have it all in place like Mr. Realist..

As i’m checking and rechecking that list, I started listening to

The Lacrimosa tailored by the famous guru.

There I sat, the man in Sunday best, engulfed in the

Thread of a true master, who made cathedrals blossom.

But listening closely, I heard a knocking from one of the majestic organs.

A wretched…

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Dribble Drip Drip

The animated Rhodesian air,

Fused with earthy savor;

Indigenous patter,

coupled with Mambweian chatter,

projected the delighted green aster.

Immovably gripping upon its delicate stem,


Interlocked with Tongian culture.

Contributing grandeur,

to the somber wood,


The aiding green aster

5 and 2 inch petite

Leaves bellowing,

Emanating hazel brilliance,

prudcent disposition

Fortified with organic beauty


The little green aster

Petals of exquisite design.

Flowing with effortless glee.


Just like the workman’s beast


The impeccably cute green aster

Her grace is shielded,

Barred by archaic beauty

Love’s pervasive devices

Converged with piety.


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“The Artist always has the masters in his eyes.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

It’s an interesting question to consider and my objective is to glean a few nuggets of reflection as we consider what makes an excellent agent.


It is said that “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder,” and there is much truth to that. Yet the question is, what makes something beautiful?

  • Is it when a piece of work resonates with more than the current society?
  • When it has been sold several times
  • When it lands in the Louvre

And it could be all of the above…

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“Creativity is not so much a boundless well, but an all-you-can-eat buffet of elements for your creative endeavor.” — Vera Nazarian

Exciting news!

It’s been a little less than two weeks since I posted the talk with Tyler, and we have just shy 700 views! That is WAY more than I had ever expected to see on a channel with one other video. …

“Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.” — Edgar Degas.

The soul of art is depicted in the quote so well. Art is… a little hard to pin down with words, but it isn’t just simply the act of transcribing from the physical world to paper.

So what is it?

We do know it is important to us. We dedicate entire buildings to the collection of art, and we have art stores, art classes, and even entire markets that deal in it. …

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Over the past year, I have almost exclusively started using Notion on a full-time basis. I continue to use Evernote for several things, but I am finding an increasing number of features that I get with the Notion that Evernote has not had up to this point. I’ve been a fan of Evernote for the past decade. However, the underlying technology shows its age and the limitations of Evernote's platform. Take, for instance, full Markdown support, an in-line database with features similar to Airtable or Coda, embeds, or syntax highlighting for code.

These are features that make Notion a proponent…

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“The noblest pleasure is the joy of understanding.” — Leonardo da Vinci

Good morning friends,

We are but a couple of weeks away from Christmas, having officially rung the bells of another Christmas season. It is far from the traditional in-store experiences of long lines snaking through the store and popping out at the seams. This year, across the globe, our storefronts have transitioned to the internet. And there are some great advantages to it.

It has boosted the creativity of many who have taken to creating things at home and selling them through their online platform.


May it be…

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Going through these quotes, they’ve become aphorisms that find meaning in everything I do. They challenge and help stretch the mind to become a better version of self when it comes to solving problems in the workplace.

  1. “Where all think alike there is little danger of innovation. — Edward Abbey from Desert Solitude
  2. We have to continually be jumping off cliffs and developing our wings on the way down. — Kurt Vonnegut
  3. All great art is a form of complaint — John Cage
  4. Read deeply. Stay open. Continue to wonder. — Austin Kleon from The Steal Like an Artist Journal

“Curiosity is the main energy…” — Robert Rauschenberg

Here in the US, we just celebrated Thanksgiving Day, but with this unfortunate year, many of us have not seen our family due to restrictions, lockdowns, etc.

Yet, there are always things that we can be thankful for on top of our family and friends. For me, it is technology, programming languages, and the ability to create works that would have lives of their own and hence why I am putting together this newsletter.

I’m also thankful for the diversity we find on earth. As we have seen throughout the last decades…

Chris Ried

I’m a generative artist and data scientist who is interested in solving problems, creating gen art and data vis, understanding biology and philosophy.

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