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Vaudevisuals Bookshelf – ‘How To Fly A Horse: The Secret History of Creation’

How To Fly A Horse: The Secret History of Creation, Invention, and Discovery

by Kevin Ashton

To create is human. Technology pioneer Kevin Ashton has experienced firsthand the all-consuming challenge of creating something new. Now, in a tour-de-force narrative twenty years in the making, Ashton demystifies the sacred act, leading us on a journey through humanity’s greatest creations to uncover the surprising truth behind who creates and how they do it. From the crystallographer’s laboratory where the secrets of DNA were first revealed by a long forgotten woman, to the Ohio bicycle shop where the Wright brothers set out to “fly a horse,” Ashton showcases the seemingly unremarkable individuals, gradual steps, multiple failures, and countless ordinary and usually uncredited acts that lead to our most astounding breakthroughs. Drawing on examples from Mozart to the Muppets, Archimedes to Apple, Kandinsky to a can of Coke, How to Fly a Horse is essential reading for would-be creators and innovators, and also a passionate and immensely rewarding exploration of how “new” comes to be.

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“One of the most creative books on creativity I have ever read, a genuinely inspiring journey through the worlds of art, science, business and culture that will forever change how you think about where new ideas come from.”
William C. Taylor, co-founder, and editor of Fast Company and author of Practically Radical

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“[Ashton’s] is a democratic idea—a scientific version of the American dream. . . . [A]n approachable, thought-provoking book that encourages everyone to be the best they can be.”
The Guardian (London)

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“An inspiring vision of creativity that’s littered with practical advice, and is a cracking read to boot.”
BBC Focus

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How to Fly a Horse solves the mysteries of the invention. Kevin Ashton, the innovator who coined the ‘internet of things,’ shows that creativity is more often the result of ordinary steps than extraordinary leaps. With engrossing stories, provocative studies, and lucid writing, this book is not to be missed.”
—Adam Grant, professor of management at the Wharton School and New York Times bestselling author of Give and Take 

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Kevin Ashton led pioneering work on RFID (radio frequency identification) networks, for which he coined the term “the Internet of Things,” and co-founded the Auto-ID Center at MIT. His writing about innovation and technology has appeared in QuartzMediumThe Atlantic, and The New York Times.

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‘My Big Fat German Puppet Show’ -Frank Meschkuleit

Toronto Festival of Clowns


My Big Fat German Puppet Show

‘My Big Fat German Puppet Show distils 35 years of professional puppeteering experience into one wacky, unexpected roller coaster ride of surprises guaranteed to poke your eye and tickle your funny bone. Winner of the coveted ‘Just for Laugh Best Comedy Award’. 

Performed, written and directed by Frank Meschkuleit.

Frank Meschkuleit had a brilliant stage presence commanding the attention of the audience immediately.

When he opened the large suit that he was wearing it revealed a miniature stage for his puppet show.

This ‘metal mug’ puppet sang a Tom Waits song that was delightful and funny.

His next to last puppet song was Stephen Hawking. 

A large part of this wonderful show was his comments and rants about culture, personal issues and life. All of what he spoke in this show was intelligent and so funny.

I look forward to seeing him perform again!

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