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EP172 Political Cybernetic Organisms

Read Larry here; Support the show here; I flicked on Twitter this morning and I watched a short video of a US politician running for election to the House of Representatives being interviewed about a comment she made about something or other. It was controversial and the reporter latched on to it. He pressed her for an answer but she maintained a robotic political response and it made me think. Political responses allow us to align with the...


EP171 React On Impulse Or Keep Your Mouth Shut?

I want to talk to you; This week on the show I'd like to tell you a little about a new series I'm starting in January 2019. For the next 8 or 9 weeks, I'll be hooking up with people like you, people engaged in work that engages them and featuring these discussions on the podcast. So if you'd like to get involved just fill out the Google Form at the link above. Also this week, I'm discussing the rights and wrongs of reacting on impulse. Should you fly...


EP170 What Is An Artist?

Read the article; Support the show; What is an artist? What is art? How is an artist defined and who exactly gets to set the definition? Is everyone an artist like Picasso said or is it that creative genius is reserved for those fortunate enough to be blessed with talent at birth as the ancient Greeks and Romans believed? Some ideas of what constitutes art, and as a consequence, the artist, are narrow and elitist. Some, such as...


EP169 The Iron Skillet

Read me here; Support the show here; About 4 years ago I bought an iron skillet. It's heavy and solid and it cooks food something great, especially steaks. As I looked at the iron skillet earlier today, it reminded me of something important that I think is usually lost on most of us. I want to share that with you now.


EP168 How To Create Order From Chaos

Read the article here; Support the show here; In today’s Sunday Letters, I’m taking a look at how we can create order from chaos. I’m staying with The Artist’s Manifesto until publication on October 15th, and This article is part two of chapter eight, titled; The Creative Self. Many of us in western industrialised society do not believe ourselves to be creative. We assign creativity to those we see as having natural talent,...


EP167 The Creative Self: Who's Doing The Making?

📖 Read it here; 🍺 Buy me a pint here; Do know who you are? Are you consistent and steady in your daily creative endeavours, confident in the face of the sometimes harsh responses to your work? Or maybe there is silence, nobody pays attention. How does that affect you, the you that you think you are? In this chapter, we will explore the nature of the self from the perspective of creativity. We will look at influences to our...


EP 166 The Paradox Of Work

Read the article here; Support the show here; In today’s Sunday Letters article, I’m taking a look at the paradox of work. We need it but we seem to resent it. Given the choice, if the need for money was not the prime mover, we might not even do what we do. We can’t wait to get away from it. We look forward to Fridays and dread Monday mornings. There is the belief in us that somewhere in the future it will get better, we’ll have...


EP165 The Book Launch Date

Read the article here; Support the show here; After a considerable amount of time chin scratching, I have finally set a date for The Artist’s Manifesto Launch. My previous date for publication came and went due to other commitments. The completion of the new studio/office took precedence, and oh I must not forget that little detail of needing to fund that project. Other commitments came into play there too. So...


EP164 The Artist's Manifesto News

Read Larry here; Support the show here; Thanks for tuning in today. In this episode of The Larb I'm discussing new about the launch of The Artist's Manifesto on 15th Oct 2018. Its a creative philosophy for life and work and I want to reach as many creative people with it as possible


EP163 When To Give Up

Read the article here; Support the show here; Giving up, quitting on something is kind of frowned upon, isn't it? I mean, there seems to be this popular notion in western industrialised society that to kill something that's not working is a terrible thing. It seems there's virtue in keeping something alive that's dying. It might bring you to your knees but by Jasus, you'd better keep trying to make it work as long as there's a breath in your body...


EP162 Saying Sorry: When Nothing Is Achieved From Apologies

Read the article; Support the show: In today’s Sunday Letters I am taking a look at “saying sorry”, and what I see as a retrogression, a perpetuation of victimhood in so many of us. Some of you will steadfastly disagree with the thrust of my argument, highlighting the moral necessity of recognising when we inflict hurt. Others of you I hope will see the validity of it. Whatever your interpretation, it is my firmly held view that...


EP161 Artistic Temperament And The Challenge Working With Others

Read the article here; Support the show; I’m gonna let you in on something… sometimes I don’t work well with other people. Maybe it’s my artistic temperament or maybe I’m just an asshole. I have a tendency at times you see to get under people’s skin, make them uncomfortable, frustrated, upset or even worse, angry. When I lead a project I have an idea of how the end result and the route to that result should look. In the...


TDL160 Does It Make You Happy?

Read today's article here; Support the show here; Does it make you happy? Work I mean. Are you content with your lot? Our western industrialised culture says that you shouldn’t be. To be content, to be happy where you are equals lack of ambition and stagnation. “Become a better version of you!” The 30-something internet self-development man says. To be ambitious in the modern sense is to believe in a future where life is...


TDL159 Eddie Doherty: Handweaver

Read more from Larry here; Help keep the show advert free; This week on Sunday Letters I'm in conversation with Eddie Doherty from Adara, Co. Donegal. Eddie is a handweaver in the town over 60 years and weaves his tweed from the loom in the back of the shop and from another in the back of the family pub. Eddie and I get chatting about his work, about Gaelic Football and where a man might get a good breakfast in the town.


Eddie Doherty Handweaver [Snippet]

Read Larry here: Support the podcast here: A quick snippet of the chats I had this morning with Eddie Doherty, Handweaver. Based in Adara, Co. Donegal, Eddie is the last of a dying been of craftspeople handweaving tweed in Ireland. The full-length discussion is will available in the next episode on the show.


TDL158 Success Hacks: The Folly Of Shortcuts

Read the article here: Keep the podcast advert free: I received an email the other day that promised me “success hacks”, shortcuts, quick fixes to the realisation of my dreams. “Ooh, wonderful!” I said. “Finally, the solution I’ve been looking for. God knows I’ve tried so many. Maybe this one will work”. Or maybe not. The email was from a website whose material I once found interesting, or perhaps valuable. These days their stuff...


TDL157 When Creative Ideas Overwhelm

Read more from Larry here: support the show here: This week on the show I'm coming to you from a small coastal town called Narin, Co. Donegal and I'm discussing the problems of too many creative ideas.


TDL156 Engineering Consent, Paleo Eating + The Studio Project

Read Larry here: Help keep the show advert free here; Ladies and gentlemen welcome to the Daly Larb, episode number 156. I'm your host Larry G. Maguire. It's Sunday and that means it's Sunday letters. In today's Sunday letters, on somewhat of a trivial note, I'm talking paleo eating, and the new studio I’m building in the back garden. And on a more serious note, I’m discussing The dissenting Voice and importance of such in a society where the...


TDL155 Why You Should Work For Yourself

Read more from Larry: Become a patron: in today's show I'm talking about work, and why you should work for yourself. Check out these 10 reasons why you should work for yourself.


TDL154 State Of Flow & Expert Performance

Read more from Larry: Become a patron of the show: Hello and welcome to the daily lab I am Mary J Maguire Your host here on the show and today being Sunday it means it's Sunday letters. in today's episode, I'm discussing to books the first one is called Flow, by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi and is an exploration into what makes us happy. the subtitle of the book is the classic work on how to achieve happiness but I believe that's simply a marketing...