Jiro Dreams of Sushi isn’t really a documentary about sushi. It’s a documentary about pursuing your passion. Jiro’s passion just happens to be sushi.
Watching the film, I couldn’t help but note striking similarities between Jiro’s approach to his craft, and Steven Pressfield’s concept of the professional mindset in “The War of Art“.
I’ve often discouraged myself from creating personal art projects with the defeatist attitude of “what’s the point?”. There really is no “point” to sushi. Why does Jiro care so much? What drives him? It’s not money or fame. It’s the relentless pursuit of perfecting his craft, or as he words it, his chosen profession. By honing his craft, he not only brings joy to his patrons who rave about his sushi, but he surrounds himself with like-minded experts that he works with — the seafood merchants, the rice merchant. Jiro’s sushi is so good, his rice guy will only sell his best rice to Jiro because “what’s the point of selling good rice to someone who doesn’t know how to cook it?”. Yes, rice. Continue reading “Jiro Dreams of Sushi”
The Razer Nostromo Gaming Keypad is my new favorite Photoshop tool/gadget/accessory besides the Wacom Intuos4 graphics tablet. If you’re a keyboard junkie like me (and even if you aren’t), you’re going to love this little gadget.
Initially I was going to get a more traditional programmable keypad, but my artist friend and fellow digital art gadget geek Ray Frenden had recently picked up a Nostromo and loved it. When he told me there were per-app key configurations, that sold me.
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Ben Affleck’s “Argo” really surprised me. I was not all that interested in seeing it until a friend invited me to see it. I’m glad I did.
One of the things I loved most about the film was the restraint. Characters acted like real people. The drama arose from the circumstances, not from hyperinflated Hollywood dialogue designed to make scenes feel dramatic. There was no overacting and the characters were believable. Restraint in the cinematography was also well done. The film was able to maintain that “movie feel” without ever drawing attention to gimmicky camera sweeps or angles. The same can be said for the 1970s period clothes, props and environment — not once did you feel you were being hit over the head with bell-bottoms and sideburns with a wink-wink-nudge-nudge that they are doing a period piece. Continue reading “Argo”
I’m a big fan of both Batman Begins and The Dark Knight, so I was definitely looking forward to Nolan’s third Batman film. The Dark Knight Rises doesn’t quite deliver like the first two films did, but I enjoyed it.
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I caught some great sunset photos last week and got the bug to shoot more. I vaguely knew about “magic hour” (a.k.a. “golden hour”) for photos and wanted a want to remind myself of when that time was coming up. But it’s a bit tricky since it’s not at the same time every day. But I found a perfect app that solves the problem in a stylish way.
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Minecraft is like a mix of the original NES Legend of Zelda, the Atari 2600 game “Adventure”, extruded into a 3D LEGO-style world using a DOOM-esque first-person game engine with Tetris-style addiction. Throw the TV show “Lost” in there and you’re starting to get the idea.
At first glance, the graphics stand out like a sore thumb in this world of 1080p high-def pixel and polygon phantasmagorias seen in most modern games. It could be for the custom-generated infinite landscapes which are created for each new game, but I think it’s also an aesthetic choice by the developer. What at first seems basic or rudimentary soon becomes minimalist and clever, especially considering the mechanics of the gameplay: digging and building. The modular look of the cube world ensures you’re never jolted out of it while playing.
Most reviews or tutorial videos I have seen on Minecraft overlook one of the most compelling aspects of the game for me: the first night. The video tutorials—while fun and entertaining—can be dry in that they just give steps of how to build your first shelter. But in some ways I think this overlooks some of the coolest things about Minecraft: the experiential self-discovery of how things work in Minecraft. Although you’ll be relying on the Minecraft Wiki pretty heavily as well. Continue reading “Minecraft: Zen and the Craft of Mining”
I recently picked up this spare tire bike rack to haul my bicycle around on the Jeep Wrangler, and was surprised by the quality of the rack despite it being one of the cheaper options on Amazon.
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Xtrail is a clever new GPS fitness and exercise tracking app that is quickly growing on me. It has a clean, easy-to-read interface and design that I’ve come to expect from the developer, Sophiestication.
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MotionX Sleep is an interesting pedometer and sleep tracking app that I’ve recently become a big fan of. I’ve picked up the new habit of daily walks for simple exercise, and have also discovered that proper sleep is another healthy goal to aim for, so this app covers both in a nice little package.
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