Profiling -- the good kind and John Cleese on Creativity...
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Since I do wear a number of hats in my world I find that I want to have degrees of separation between what I'm doing. Sometimes I just don't want those things to overlap. For example, I have a number of tools and things that I use internally at IBM as well as social networking and other things that are related to my job. I also have personal equivalents to all of those things. At some point I realized that I wanted to separate those things out a little more and realized that I could use Firefox profiles to do it very nicely. Since a profile can be invoked at start, I simply created new launchers that invoked the correct profile when starting Firefox. Next I created some distinctive icons to help me tell them apart. Here are a couple:
Regrettably my use of the IBM logo is unauthorized so I cannot show it to you. However, you can imagine an IBM logo floating in place of the black rectangle. These logos were done with GIMP, simply layering over the existing icons. I have a folder, $HOME/art/icons, where I keep such things. (I like to play with icons.) Next, I invoked Firefox with the -ProfileManager option. This brings up a little screen where I can create new profiles. I made one called "Test" which is set up to not record history or store cookies or anything. It is set as the default profile, so that when I invoke a page from another application I have some semblance of privacy. For my others, I invoke Firefox with the -P <profile name> and -no-remote parameters. The -P obviously selects the profile. The -no-remote overrides Firefox's default behavior to use an existing browser if open. If found that without it I might not get my chosen profile if I had another one opened.
This allows me to do things like have mulitple Twitter views open. It also helps keep my search histories and such grouped with like things. I use different themes for each one, so it's obvious which one I'm using. Admitedly, this is probably not for most people, but it is fun to play with. In a more practical setting it would make it easy to invoke have the default Firefox be restricted in some ways, for, say, a kiosk setting but still be able to launch with links appropriate for administration without logging in as a different user.
What does John Cleese know about creativity?
Recently I was inpired by the creators of South Park. Yesterday I came across this video from 1994 where John Cleese talks to a group about creativity. There's some real gold in here. He recently gave an updated version to a group of filmmakers, but this one has some gold that is surely still relevant.
Enjoy and tell me what you get out of it.