I enjoy the Tasty Research blog. For example, I learned: "Spontaneous trait transference is a phenomenon where people are perceived as possessing a trait that they describe in others. Telling others that your math professor is lazy will cause them to infer that you are lazy. This works the other way too — describing positive attributes about your friend may ascribe you those attributes as well." Another good reason to stay positive about people and about life.
Stages of the Creative Process
Preparation: Becomes obsessed with the problem, collects relevant data and attempts traditional approaches.
Incubation: Does not actively attempt to solve the problem, but unconsciously continues to work on it.
Taking a shower is my most common incubation step. Programming bugs seem to reveal themselves when I’m lathering up in there.
Illumination: Possibilities surface to the consciousness in a vague and unpolished form.
Verification: The idea is worked into a form that can be proven and communicated to others.