Articles in the Blog category

On watching Andrei Tarkovsky films

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There was a period when the more cinematically preconceited version of myself would endure a full Tarkovsky feature with great difficulty. And most such attempts would terminate prematurely. In fact …

The art of fusion

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The first time I became acquainted with the term fusion had to be in the context of music. In my earlier years I discovered a number of progressive rock bands …

Paratrooper

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I recall the 1980’s PC arcade game Paratrooper. It begins with the simple splash screen presenting the game title, accompanied by a fragment of Bach’s Toccata and Fugue …

Walk in the park and a music review

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In the course of a fairly stagnant day at the computer, I proceeded for a walk in a nearby park. With the rainfall tamed, the clouds sparse, the post-afternoon sun …

A modest little table topic

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2018 has turned into 2019. 2017 was still the year a moment ago. 2020 is as surely to follow, and in but a few turns of tide, in but a …

Yearly assessment 2018

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I surpassed the year mark since I started to actively maintain this blog. What has this milestone enabled? What lessons have I captured?

Initially, I didn’t have a particular …

At a bunker

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I always enjoyed taking meals in a basement. You could also call it a bunker. It need not be a glorified bunker either. It need not be a Bavarian beer …

Jazz tastes

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My taste buds for jazz listening have become considerably spoiled. A classic bop composition no longer excites me in the way it used to. Too many chords. Too much rhythmic …

On the great purge, house plants, and enduring creatures.

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Around the year 2009, I found myself aggressively simplifying, eliminating and organizing - mostly the first two, since upon the simplifying and the eliminating, there was little left to organize. I …

How daily journaling alleviates hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia

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I haven’t maintained a consistent journaling practice for some time. And I regret this state of affairs. 10 minutes daily can result in an effective and informative chronicle of …

Jazz, there and back again

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And on constructing bridges between countries and musical genres.

Be like water

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As I was exploring the Old City in Stockholm, an occasionally recurring situation arose. Having the intention to attend a timely event, in this case the change of guards ceremony …

Relationship with music

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Fantasizing about how recorded music should be experienced.

Ramones cafe

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I’m a sucker for charming cafes with rustic furniture, candle lighting, creaking wood floors, and captivating memorabilia densely spread along the walls… at least for an hour or until …

David Bowie’s Berlin

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I write this from the Neues Ufer Cafe in Schöneberg, Berlin. David Bowie frequented the place while residing next door during his Berlin years of 1976-1978. The residential building seems …

Meta-writing and language conflict

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Once again I let the habit of writing daily slip - a habit that’s meant to reinforce writing abilities and creativity, irrespective of how miserable the day’s output may …

Writing a fitness manifesto

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Some thoughts on maintaining consistent fitness.

Berlin, German, cohesion

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April has been a month of philosophical reflection, in contrast to the scientifically oriented March. In spirit with the theme, I shall culminate the month with some Berlinesque annotations.

As …

Priority management and energy dissipation

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I can’t emphasise enough the delicate nature of wisely choosing your priorities. I’m effectively drowning with respect to mine. Either choose 2-3 most critical top-level areas of focus …

Silence, Leopards, and Princess Diana

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African and British sagas reimagined.

Carnaval and Dune

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Escaping the Carnaval on a remote futuristic desert planet.

On producing finished products

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Reflection on personal project execution and management

Documentation, presentation, aesthetics

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Some of the difficulty I face in working through various small milestones are largely of aesthetic/presentation nature and my inefficiency in quickly resolving those issues. I will list some …

Information storage, discipline, and a 30-ml espresso.

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Managing content overload, habits, discipline

São Paulo - Morning Work Out

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As I leave my building shortly after 6AM for a walk and a workout, I encounter few inspiring elements. Food-leftovers, shattered liquor bottles and trash-littered sidewalks, scent of urine and …

Cartas Escritas a Mano

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Me hace falta el elemento mágico en escribir cartas a mano. Esa forma de escribir se convirtió en una reliquia debido al correo electrónico o a las formas de comunicación …

Pormenores y las acciones aleatorias

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La vida se consiste de una serie de mecanismos de varios niveles de complejidad. Lamentablemente, nos solemos equivocar al analizar la dificultad de cada uno. Solemos complicar los mas triviales …

La Cucaracha

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Ayer se anotó una cucaracha gorda, fea, curiosa, disparándose en el suelo de un rincón al otro. Que asco. Pero no me espanta mucho. Mas tarde, la encontré en la …

Julio Cortazar at the laundromat

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Cuentos Completos, Vol. 1, by Julio Cortázar, met a grim fate the other day in the confines of a washing machine at the laundromat, embraced by a shroud of soapy …