WHY CHANGE AND IMPROVE?

PSYCHOLOGY / ESSAYS / 2020-07-09

Why would you want to improve yourself, others and the world? — To experience less pain and suffering… especially when you interact with reality. If all is great in your life and you’re content with everything, then don’t improve, stay the same. But even the greatest,  + 

HOW TO USE INSTAGRAM TO LEARN ABOUT SOMEONE

PSYCHOLOGY / SOCIAL MEDIA / SOCIETY / ESSAYS / 2020-07-02

Instagram is a great tool to get to know people. Open a profile and: Scroll through their posts — sample their taste (or lack thereof), attention to detail (feet cut off, random branches in the frame, etc.) Pay attention to the number of selfies —  + 

MEN ALSO TEST THEIR WOMEN

PSYCHOLOGY / SOCIETY / ESSAYS / 2020-06-24

There’s this idea that only women “test” their men. Nah. Men test their women as well. And it’s OK to test early, test often. Even testing to failure. Like we do in engineering. But what’s really important is the quality of those tests. Because the  + 

WHERE TO FIND YOUR CUSTOM WATCHLISTS ON EBAY?

PRODUCTIVITY / WEB DESIGN / ESSAYS / 2020-06-23

If you’re struggling to find your “to buy” lists on eBay… because your “Watchlist” button on top shows empty. hover the “My eBay” button on top left … but don’t click it select the “Watchlist” item in this hovered menu and click that you’ll arrive  + 

IF YOU HAVEN’T BEEN ADDICTED, DON’T USE IT AS A METAPHOR

HEALTH / ESSAYS / 2020-05-24

“For me, it was like getting addicted to crack / meth / heroin / LSD” … says yet another person who’d never used any of those, and who’d never been addicted to anything worse than caffeine or chocolate. I mean, come on, people, choose your  + 

DO YOU CHOOSE SAFE OR STRONG?

PSYCHOLOGY / SOCIETY / ESSAYS / 2020-05-19

Strong is an active capacity to interact, rebound and grow in adversity (emotional, intellectual, physical). Strong is seeking out adventure and challenge, people that disagree with you, mentors that pinpoint your fallacies, nature that humbles your invincibility. Strong is giving your best to build new  + 

YOU MAY THINK WHATEVER NONSENSE YOU LIKE TILL REALITY SLAMS YOU

PSYCHOLOGY / SOCIETY / ESSAYS / 2020-05-06

It’s real simple. The brain is an organ which, like any other organ in the body, maintains an acceptable state of balance to remain alive. Your consciousness is a (small) part of this organ’s activity. To keep the brain in balance, the consciousness creates stories  + 

EVERY MAN FOR HIMSELF TILL THE BITTER END OF HUMAN CIVILIZATION

ECONOMICS / ENVIRONMENT / ESSAYS / OUTSIDE NEWS / 2019-12-13

The UK General Election shows us, yet again, and unlike in the EU Referendum, without any remaining doubt, that the populations most at risk vote for their own masochistic downfall. The people who stand to lose the most from the complete dismantlement of government health  + 

SUCCESS IN ART IS PREDICATED ON TOLERANCE

ART THEORY / PSYCHOLOGY / ESSAYS / 2017-02-26

Success in art is predicated on tolerance: tolerance to stress, tolerance to the unknown, tolerance to failure, tolerance to social pressure. Some of it is built-in, hard-coded with your DNA. Some can be modified and improved with discipline training, emotional awareness / control / sublimation,  + 

BERLIN VIOLIN STUDENTS DATE MUSIC STUDENTS WHO SUPPORT THEIR PRACTICE

ART THEORY / PSYCHOLOGY / REVIEWS / 2016-11-29

“Not only did the Berlin violin students spend most of their time with other music students, but they also tended to date music students or at least others who would appreciate their passion for music and understand their need to prioritize their practice.” Anders Ericsson  + 

HOW TO PURSUE YOUR PASSION

EDUCATION / SOCIETY / ESSAYS / 2016-08-06

Here’s how to pursue your passion. First, choose the passion. If you don’t know what it is, then skip to the next step. Second: go to school. If you had a passion, the teachers will most probably beat the crap out of you, intellectually, and  + 

DIANE ARBUS LAST SUPPER

ART THEORY / PHOTOGRAPHY / PSYCHOLOGY / ESSAYS / 2016-07-14

On Monday, July 26, 1971, Diane Arbus wrote the words “Last Supper” in her diary. She placed the appointment book on the stairs leading to the bathroom. She swallowed a large dose of barbiturates and, still in her clothes, laid down inside the tub. Then,  + 

IRL WORK-RELATED MEETINGS WITH ME?

LOCATIONS / PRODUCTIVITY / MY NEWS / 2016-07-09

So, IRL work-related meetings with me? Sure. Sometimes. But within those parameters, please: silence — no one talking except those involved in the conversation clean air — no smoke, smog, strong perfume, flu viruses… privacy — no one staring at us / me with a  + 

BREXIT: STUPIDITY, HYPOCRISY, XENOPHOBIA AND EGOTISM

POLITICS / SOCIETY / ESSAYS / 2016-07-04

Well, I’ve waited about a week before saying it… but the whole Brexit thing is a pathetic show of stupidity, hypocrisy, xenophobia and egotism. The good thing is that around half of real-life UKers are OKers (and that includes my friends on the island). So  + 

“I, DANIEL BLAKE” REVIEW

CINEMA / REVIEWS / 2016-05-22

Well, I think Ken Loach’s “I, Daniel Blake” Palme at Cannes 2016 is well-deserved. One of his best, with “Riff Raff”. But, typically Loachy. Social, touching… but nothing exceptional, nothing surprising. More of a documentary, a light on a problem that needs to be shined  + 

IS YOUR WORK A JOB, A CAREER OR A CALLING?

PSYCHOLOGY / ESSAYS / 2016-04-22

“Recent research finds that most people approach their work in one of 3 ways: 1) a job 2) a career 3) a calling If you see your work as a job, you do it only for the money, you look at the clock frequently, while  + 

KVADRAT GEAR STATS

CINEMA / ESSAYS / 2014-11-28

All the dates, specs, numbers and other production details of my longest feature film so far, Kvadrat Gear.  + 

MY SECOND FEATURE FILM: KVADRAT GEAR

CINEMA / HEALTH / MY NEWS / 2014-10-08

What better way to rest from all the hard shooting and editing of my first feature film, Kvadrat, than to shoot and edit a second feature film? Especially if it’s the exact opposite of the first one? A classical documentary with dialogue, voice-over, still photos and archival footage?  + 

KVADRAT DIRECTOR’S THOUGHTS ABOUT THE FILM

CINEMA / ESSAYS / 2014-07-08

My own thoughts about my Kvadrat film. The reasons to get into cinema, film a documentary, decide on a feature instead of a short, choose a weird techno musical genre… The goals, the themes, the ideas, the style, the execution, the difficulties and other details.  + 

KVADRAT FILM SYNOPSIS

CINEMA / ESSAYS / 2014-06-23

The original synopsis of my Kvadrat documentary feature film I wrote in April 2011. How does it compare with the end-result?  + 

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