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Writing, as I have shared in discussions with many of my friends, helps me think. Through planning and typing words on paper, new ideas come to mind that I had previously not synthesized. Perhaps a scientist could explain why this is the case, or maybe this will remain to be one of the great mysteries behind "creativity." Over the years I have been writing, I have realised that there are a lot of nebulous parts to the creative arts. We all measure quality differently; we all have different standards; we all have diffferent ways of working. Finding how and on what we work best is a great challenge.
A few years ago, I started watching clips of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, a "late night talk show" broadcast in the US. Jon Batiste and Stay Human play music to accompany the show, sometimes getting involved with what Stephen is talking about. Batiste is well known for playing the melodica, which is featured in his hands throughout many of the clips I have seen where he is present on the camera. The melodica is a keyboard with a mouthpiece. You must blow into the mouthpiece and play a key in order to make a sound. For years, I thought: what a cool instrument. There was a certain lure to the melodica; it called out to me moreso than most other instruments.
You may have read the term "walled gardens" used to refer to social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. The term is used in the context of technology to describe a platform that is not easily extensible or open. If you use a tool that operates as a walled garden, there are defined interactions that you can and cannot do. Developers might get a bit more leeway to do more with a platform -- so they can build tools that work with said platform -- but over the last few years this has not been prevalent.