Artists, Physicists, and Philosophers

I’ve been making this mini-series on an autodidact approach to life.  Since it’s in Arabic, most of the viewers are from the Middle East, as far as I can tell. Perhaps later I will do the series in English, because the content is becoming even clearer to me through the doing. (An important aside about…

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The Purpose of Art

We had another long conversation about art last night. (Read last week’s post on this topic.) Since we both went to art school in what feels like a prior life, the act of thinking and talking about art as construct feels familiar. Compare the impulse to make art to the impulse to start a business:…

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Confidence and Resistance: Episode 2

Watch Episode 2 on Youtube Meaningful, Episode 2, from the mini-series about freedom of thinking and autodidactism: in this episode: Self-Confidence and Internal Resistance! Welcome! مرحبا! It takes true self-trust to walk the path less trodden, and embarking on a serious self-directed learning project is such a path. It is very normal to encounter friends…

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New Mini Series Episode 1

View Episode 1 on Youtube Hi and welcome to this first episode of a new series! مرحبا و اهلا! This piece is about Freedom of Thought and Autodidactism. We tend to believe our thoughts and thinking patterns are freely created and arise from inner perception of the truth. Sometimes this is true. Often it is…

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Specificity and Success

On the value of being specific, or, as it is more popularly known, the specialization of skillsets. My personal tendencies- perhaps because I’m from an art background which relishes the elaborate, interconnected, and unclear, and cringes at the obvious-  well, my personal tendencies are always to lean away from the specific, and avoid stating the obvious.…

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New Year 2017

We will be up north, and hopefully it will snow. There will be a fireplace, a sauna, and nice walks down to the harbor.  Maybe we’ll run into the Captain who married us, who probably still thinks it was a last-minute elopement. We’ll let him know we’re still married. I’ve been reflecting on the post I…

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Real Tools

I’ve always delayed buying real tools for creative projects.  This comes out a general disinclination towards consumerism. Nobody likes the feeling of buying something and not using it enough to justify the purchase. I’ve always preferred to have not-too-much stuff and love the things I have. But there is a down-side to this. For example,…

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The Algorithm Cage

In the early days we believed the internet would increase transparency. We thought it would highlight TRUTH. It’s clear now that nobody can separate the signal from the noise. We all exist in our algorithm bubbles, fed to us by do-no-evil organizations that are serving their advertising customers. How do you escape the being a subject of…

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Digital Cleanup in Three Hours (or Less)

We consistently do a spring-cleaning house purge, but it has been years since I did a concerted digital cleanup. I was inspired to do this as part of the rebooting and resetting of all channels for creative output. As I’ve mentioned before, I do creative processing on paper with a pen, but sharing and publishing, as it…

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