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Apr

The trees around my home in Tokyo shed their leaves in Spring. It’s an odd sensation, to walk on dry leaves just as the days are noticeably starting to become longer and warmer. They don’t shed all their leaves, but enough to deposit a solid carpet outside my office, enough…

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Blog New Direction
18
Mar

For the last couple of years, this site has been focussed on creativity, with a lot of the articles blogposts exploring what creativity is, and how we can get more of it in our lives. I’ve been trying to speak to a fairly broad audience, trying to answer the kinds…

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11
Mar

For this week’s YouTube video, I decided to post a little tour of my studio. I had planned another video, a review of the Lume Cube portable camera lights, but with the workshop taken up with a repair project (my daughter’s bedhead), I had to change plan. Over the years…

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8
Mar

Today is International Women’s Day, it’s not a topic I’ve ever written about, but then again, these aren’t the kind of thoughts I’ve ever expressed on this blog, either. I don’t normally write about my family, not because I don’t love them, or because I’m trying to hide something, but…

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1
Mar

I’m a big fan of Stewart Macdonald’s products and Dan Erlewine’s great videos for them. Thanks to Dan, I’ve been using an Optivisor “binocular magnifier” for a while now. It’s great for any kind of repair or final detail work, fixing guitars, installing equipment, preparing props to be photographed. I…

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26
Feb

Charles Duhigg has an excellent piece in this week’s New York Times, What Google Learned From Its Quest to Build the Perfect Team, looking at Google’s research into what makes work groups successful. Google prides itself on being able to crunch data and find trends. But, they got stuck trying…

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23
Feb

I’ve just come back from my third ski trip of this, my third season skiing in Japan. I skied quite a bit in my late teens and early twenties, then, for no particular reason, stopped. It wasn’t until I moved to Japan a few years ago, that the urge to…

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16
Feb

In this week’s YouTube video I take a quick look at how to organise Logic Pro plugins. Recently, Apple gave us the ability to customise the plugin navigation menu, when searching for and adding plugins to channel strips. Since most Logic users have lots of third party plugins, this can…

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13
Feb

I fell. It was my second ski trip of the season. The first was a bit of a disappointment. We are having an unseasonably warm winter in Japan. Around New Year, we usually have deep snow, but some resorts were struggling just to open. But mid January was better. It…

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5
Feb

28toMake is a free, month long course from CreativeLive. The simple exercises are meant to work your creative muscles, by making something small in 20 minutes or so, every day in February. The first week’s exercises are all based on drawing. Yesterday’s involved trying to recreate your favourite album art….

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