Monthly Archives: November 2014

It’s Not Procrastination

I often see people expressing disappointment with themselves for procrastinating and sometimes we do fritter away our time, pointlessly, as an avoidance and displacement activity.  We know that we fear diving into the next challenge, so we waste time, in … Continue reading

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You Have to Face It

I’m sorry, but I have some very bad news for you.  This is news that most people, myself included, are prone to go into stubborn, pig-headed, fear-driven denial about, but none of the hiding of head in sand changes the … Continue reading

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If Projectionists Behaved Like DJs

This is a bit of a fun thought experiment and no insult or injury is intended to my turntablist friends, but it is (semi-) amusing to contemplate, all the same. What would happen if projectionists, at movie houses and cinemas, … Continue reading

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Is Science Fiction Propaganda?

There are a few ways to look at science fiction. You may think of it as pure entertainment – as flights of the author’s imagination, which signify nothing, other than creating an immersive, alternative world in which to spend a … Continue reading

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Consciousness, Curiosity, Creativity, Intuition, Dreaming and Imagination

These things seem, to me, to be deeply related and interconnected.  I don’t know why.  Call it a hunch.  I couldn’t find very much literature on the neural correlates of these six aspects of our cognitive functioning, so it seems … Continue reading

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How to Kill Creativity

I was wondering about how we organise human societies and whether or not the very constructs of our societies are conducive to creativity, or whether it is the case that the structures of our society serve to kill creativity. It’s … Continue reading

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The Disappearance of Bohemia

It used to be that most large, cosmopolitan cities had lower rent areas, where the buildings were quite run down, dotted with little eateries, where you could buy barely acceptable food and sip strong coffee, in tiny cafes, quite cheaply … Continue reading

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Texture

For me, one of the most exciting aspects of works by Monet or Van Gogh is the texture of their paintings.  You can see the brush strokes, the palette knife marks and the velocity of every painterly gesture, etched permanently … Continue reading

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A Streaming Business Model for Independent Musicians

Every man (and his dog) has written a blog post about Spotify and the fact that musicians can’t make a living, if reliant on streaming incomes alone.  Here is mine. Let’s talk about tomatoes.  If I grow tomatoes, there is … Continue reading

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In Grateful Memoriam

 “In any civilised community the arts and associated amenities must occupy a central place.  Their enjoyment should not be seen as remote from everyday life.  Of all the objectives of my government, none had a higher priority than the encouragement … Continue reading

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