FILM MARKET IMBALANCE

CINEMA / ECONOMICS / ESSAYS / 2018-07-10

Speaking of film market imbalance… The 2018 Cannes film festival and market has seen 12 411 participants from 114 countries, of which: 980 — festival programmers 1 743 — buyers 3 858 — producers  + 

“LETO” REVIEW

CINEMA / REVIEWS / 2018-06-06

Saw the premiere in Cannes… A rather weird alternative rendition of an (imagined?) fleeting romance of legendary Russian pop-rock singer Viktor Tsoi in the 1980s Saint Petersburg. Hipsterish B&W, “It Never Happened” announcements, 4th wall pokes, awkward handwriting notes on the screen… I much prefer  + 

HAPPY PEOPLE TEND TO MARRY… NOT MARRIED PEOPLE ARE HAPPIER

PSYCHOLOGY / SOCIETY / ESSAYS / 2018-06-02

Remember the “married people are happier on average than singles” stat? Well, it could be that the direction of causation is actually reversed: happiness _causes_ marriage. Higher levels of serotonin, dopamine and oxytocin bring about and maintain a marriage. ;)  + 

MOST CINEMAS STRUGGLE TO MEET PROJECTION STANDARDS

CINEMA / ESSAYS / 2018-06-01

Projection quality in most cinemas today is, alas, quite bad. If you think seeing a movie on a “big screen” is “the best cinematic experience”… well, sorry to disappoint you. On average, what you see in theaters worldwide, including in supposedly top-notch multiplexes in world  + 

ALWAYS DOCUMENT YOUR OWN CODE

WEB DESIGN / ESSAYS / 2018-04-18

So… I’m debugging someone else’s JavaScript code… and remembered this quote from somewhere: “Document my code? Why do you think it’s called ‘code’?” Argh… I always document my own code. Cause, even several projects later, which can be as little as 1 month… I can’t  + 

US DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE IN BIOLOGICAL TERMS

BIOLOGY / POLITICS / RELIGION / SOCIETY / ESSAYS / 2018-04-10

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men evolved differently, that they are born with certain mutable characteristics, and that among these are life and the pursuit of pleasure.” — the American Declaration of Independence translated into biological terms  + 

“LA PRIÈRE / THE PRAYER” REVIEW

CINEMA / REVIEWS / 2018-03-23

La Prière / The prayer at the Berlin Film Festival is a classically, solidly, well-told story about a French heroin addict who joins a Christian Catholic community of former addicts who live isolated in the Alps mountains and use manual work and prayer as a  + 

“DOVLATOV” REVIEW

CINEMA / LITERATURE / REVIEWS / 2018-03-20

A premiere of “Dovlatov” film at the Berlin Film Festival. 6 days in the 70s life of a Soviet writer Sergei Dovlatov – Сергей Довлатов, an unknown to almost anyone in the USSR until it fell in 1991. And still largely unknown globally. Unfortunately, not  + 

BERLIN FILM FESTIVAL – A MENTALLY SICK ASYLUM

CINEMA / SOCIETY / ESSAYS / 2018-02-24

If you care about my opinion about the Berlin Film Festival line-up and awards — except the very, very worthy La Prière — it’s a perfect image of the mentally sick asylum which is our current, past and future global society. I chose to quit  + 

THE GOAL OF MEDITATION (VS RELAXATION)

PSYCHOLOGY / SPIRIT / ESSAYS / 2018-01-30

Sitting down, closing your eyes and focusing on your breath is… relaxation. Which is fine. The point of meditation is to move beyond the confines of the illusory separate self into a stabilized state of maximum awareness (and eventually enlightenment) where you experience the cessation  + 

LIVE IN THE PRESENT MOMENT?

PSYCHOLOGY / ESSAYS / 2017-08-05

That “live in the present moment” thing? Well, you know what, it’ll become a “dead in the past forever” thing in 100 years max. Ignore human-scale time at your own risk. Oh, and the “God only knows the Plan” thing… that’s so you follow someone  + 

SPEED OF LIGHT VS SPEED OF LIFE

PSYCHOLOGY / TRAVEL / ESSAYS / 2017-07-08

The night sky represents the myriad of opportunities you’ll never realize, trillions of galaxies, each containing millions of stars and dozens of places to go and see. A stark reminder of our limits. Speed of light vs speed of life.  + 

“MANCHESTER BY THE SEA” REVIEW

CINEMA / REVIEWS / 2017-07-01

Have finally watched Manchester By The Sea… Not a really wise choice given the recent death in my own family. An extremely sad drama with an almost complete collection of human dysfunctions in American context. Cinema aspects: excellent, stunning acting, just amazing, touches even through  + 

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  + 

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