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About tropicaltheartist

You can find out more about me here: https://michaeltopic.wordpress.com/. There aren’t many people that exist in that conjunction of art, design, science and engineering, but this is where I live. I am an artist, a musician, a designer, a creator, a scientist, a technologist, an innovator and an engineer and I have a genuine, deep passion for each field. Most importantly, I am able to see the connections and similarities between each field of intellectual endeavour and apply the lessons I learn in one discipline to my other disciplines. To me, they are all part of the same continuum of creativity. I write about what I know, through my blogs, in the hope that something I write will resonate with a reader and help them enjoy their own creative life more fully. I am, in summary, a highly creative individual, but with the ability to get things done efficiently. Not all of these skills are valued by the world at large, but I am who I am and this is me. The opinions stated here are my own and not necessarily the opinion or position of my employer.

Abandoned Projects

I have a lot of different projects I’ve not finished, but I never throw them away. I know that even if I’ve lost enthusiasm for something, it will renew later. I’ve finished many things after allowing them to remain fallow … Continue reading

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Expressing the Inexpressible

About half the population of our planet cannot express their true thoughts and feelings, for fear of the consequences. That’s the best estimate I could find. It’s probably higher than that. Self-censorship is rife. They live under regimes that prohibit … Continue reading

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Art Smuggling

There’s something important about LP records that the inventors of the compact cassette, compact disc and streaming music services evidently failed to grasp. If they were to be believed, these music delivery formats had a single function – to deliver … Continue reading

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Waste

How much stuff gets thrown away not because it’s no longer functional, but because people no longer have a use or need for it, or they don’t know how to fix it, or how to get the replacement part for … Continue reading

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Chasing Perfection

Here’s an interesting tale. As a guitar player, I’m like most of my guitar playing brethren. We’re all on a seemingly endless quest to perfect our guitar tone. I found something very close to ideal, which works reliably for me. … Continue reading

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If You Want…

If you want to be a better Composer Song writer Music producer Rhythm guitarist Bass player Band member Drum machine programmer Dancer Drum machine designer Musician Empathic human being then takes some drum lessons. I’ve started taking drum lessons and … Continue reading

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Is This the Life You Want?

There are people who spend their waking hours diligently making things awful. They’re “awfulisers”, in the words of cartoonist Michael Leunig. Their net contribution to human life is extremely negative and it undoubtedly would be better if we called these … Continue reading

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