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Taken on 28th January, 2009 in Medical Centre, Manhattan, New York. Nikon D90, Exposure 1, Aperture f/4.0, Focal Length 18mm, ISO Speed 400. More details.

Merlin Mann posted an interesting video yesterday of his presentation "Toward Patterns for Creativity" where he talks about recurring solutions to recurring problems.

Each pattern describes a problem which occurs over and over again in our environment, and then describes the core of the solution to that problem in such a way that you could use this solution a million times over without doing it the same way twice.

Christopher Alexander

One recurring "problem" that springs immediately to mind is that each and every day I have to post a picture here to day516.com. I've been very busy the past few days so I've been solving that problem by taking short concentrated walks to places a few blocks from my apartment with the goal of finding today's picture.

The great and exciting part is seeing that it actually works. I've taken some pictures that I'm very happy with. And by virtue of the fact that it's worked before I get more confident that it can work again and again in the future.

In some respects this is not a major revelation but in terms of self-confidence in my approach it is invigorating to begin fostering a belief and an assuredness that I can leave here at any stage and come back 30-60 minutes later with at least one picture I'm happy to publish and call my work.