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Nov

This Week I Quit Being A Film Critic

The 29th Tokyo International Film Festival was on this past week. For the past three years I’ve covered the festival, seeing 3-4 films a day, attending press conferences and writing reviews. But not this year. How I Became A Film Critic The Society For Film was a film review podcast…

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22
Oct

I’m OK

Yesterday was a modest day. After the last couple of weeks, which were full of interruptions, plans gone awry and missteps, it was good to wake knowing I had an ordinary day of work and try my best just to get through it. I spent a big chunk of time…

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15
Oct

My Magnum Photo Workshop Experience

This week I joined the Magnum photography workshop with Antoine D’Agata in Tokyo. Magnum is one of the most prestigious photo book publishers and photography agencies in the world and D’Agata is one of the most exciting photographers working today. The workshop promised a challenging five day educational experience in…

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11
Oct

This Week I Quit Not Weighing Myself

Yes, this has to be the most cumbersome title in this series. Or, as Homer Simpson might say, the most cumbersome title so far! You might ask, Fernando don’t you really mean you started to weigh yourself, or aren’t you just trying to justify the cool new “internet of things”…

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5
Oct

The Only Metric That Matters Is You

After the latest instalment in the “I Quit” series, where I talked about giving up blog analytics and managing social media numbers, I started to get some worried messages from friends and fellow creatives. Was I giving up? Had I decided to go out of business? Was I going to…

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30
Sep

This Week I Quit Checking My Online Analytics

This week I quit reading the metrics, managing the data, and looking at the analytics on all my online interactions. I felt fantastic about last week’s decision to quit Snapchat, right up until I got to describing my feelings about Instagram. Then I had a weird sensation in the pit…

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19
Sep

This Week I Quit Snapchat

This week I quit Snapchat. For some of you, the only surprise will be my having had a Snapchat account in the first place, since there’s a (misguided) perception that Snapchat is only for teenagers. But, quite a few artists and creatives I follow (like Chase Jarvis and Jimmy DiResta)…

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16
Sep

Japanese Calligraphy Lessons

Yesterday I took my first Japanese Calligraphy lesson. There I was, the only non-Japanese in a class of five, nervously dipping my newly purchased Sumi-e brush in a well of ink and making my first marks on the fresh rice paper. Shodō, the Japanese word for calligraphy, has been a…

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13
Sep

This Week I Quit Tumblr (And A Bad Social Media Strategy)

This week I quit Tumblr. OK, it doesn’t feel like that much of an achievement. I only remembered I had a Tumblr account because of an inane email from them this morning, reminding me to check out a whole bunch of Tumblr feeds that were totally unappealing to me. As…

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12
Sep

The Iconic Jacket

Shopping malls are a relatively new phenomenon in India. When I lived in Delhi, from 2003-2006, each mall’s opening was met with a small fanfare. There were regular news stories of ladies, unaccustomed to riding on escalators, getting their shawls and saris caught and having to be freed by emergency…

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