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4 Tips for Learning Whatever the Hell You Want

A lover of learning in Greek would be called a Philomath. Philo meaning “loving” and math as in “to learn.” Yes, I just Wikipedia’d that. Full disclosure. Although I don’t think I’d ever call myself that–a Philomath. It sounds a little pervy. Actually, I wouldn’t care anyway.

What about Learning-Jedi, or Ninja? Wait, that’s been overdone now too. I blame cool people. Screw it. I love learning. The acquisition process. I’m more intrigued by the journey of learning something than by whatever skill or knowledge I intended to learn in the first place.

But I also love knowledge, so–if I continue with the Greek thing–that makes me a philosopher too. (Philos again used for “loving” but with soph meaning “wisdom” or “knowledge.”)

Well that was a tangent.

Point? Again, I love learning.

Over the course of my short existence on this Earth I’ve developed a few repeatable ways that enable me to attain a reasonable knowledge base on chosen subjects and acquired skills to an adequate degree of use.

Basically, I’ve developed certain ways of learning stuff to a level that makes any difference. Some of these tips may be more common sense, but for being so common, I haven’t noticed many implementing them. So allow me to share. Continue Reading…

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#FaveFramesFriday – Ruby Sparks – Over the Top

[Frame info: Ruby Sparks (2012) Directed by Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris. Cinematography by Matthew Libatique]

So first of all, Matthew Libatique is in my top ten of all-time favorite DPs. And for those that know me–no, it’s not because he also shot Iron-Man 1 & 2. I’m not that biased. Now this shot comes from an indie called Ruby Sparks starring Paul Dano and a new developing crush of mine, Zoe Kazan, who also, by the way, wrote the screenplay. And yes, I do know her and Paul are an item, I can still crush on her. Continue Reading…

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Nobody Knows Anything

[Image: Vincent van Gogh’s “Starry Night”. Fun Fact: Van Gogh sold only 1 painting in his whole life out of 900]

To quote screenwriter William Goldman from his book, Adventures in the Screen Trade:

“Nobody knows anything.”

In this instance, he was referring to his belief that no one in the movie business could actually tell how well a film would do.

We could also apply this to our own art as creatives. Continue Reading…