Finding Harmony in Cultural Concepts: Exploring the Similarities between Hygge and Ikigai
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Finding Harmony in Cultural Concepts: Exploring the Similarities between Hygge and Ikigai

In a world where different cultures offer unique perspectives on happiness and fulfillment, two concepts have garnered significant attention for their emphasis on well-being and contentment: hygge and ikigai. Despite originating from distinct cultural backgrounds — hygge from Denmark and ikigai from Japan — these concepts share more similarities than one might initially assume. “Hygge”…

The A to Z of Vanlife Buzzwords: A Roadmap to Rolling Your Eyes
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The A to Z of Vanlife Buzzwords: A Roadmap to Rolling Your Eyes

Introduction Pack up your Pinterest boards and stuff your self-help mantras; we’re taking a scenic drive down the winding, confusing, and downright hilarious road of Vanlife Buzzwords. From A to Z, we’re debunking, demystifying, and, let’s face it, making fun of the jargon that has turned #VanLife into the Ivy League of hipsterdom. Buckle up;…

Digital Nomad Lifestyle Issues

Digital Nomad Lifestyle Issues

Digital Nomadism: An Erosion of Local Ties and Human Connections? Digital nomadism, like any global trend, is a multifaceted phenomenon, and understanding its true nature requires exploring various perspectives. Here’s a deeper look at some of the prevailing views on this digitally-driven lifestyle: Why I STOPPED being a Digital Nomad Being a Digital Nomad: A…

Commoning Groups: A Survey of the Spectrum
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Commoning Groups: A Survey of the Spectrum

As we continue to advance into the digital age, the interplay between technology and society grows more intricate and intimate. One fascinating area of exploration is the intersection between commoning groups and Artificial Intelligence (AI). The world of ‘commoning’—a term describing the collective ownership and management of resources—seems to be on a collision course with…

The Deeper Meaning in #Vanlife
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The Deeper Meaning in #Vanlife

Although these articles are directed toward #vanlife many of the same issues could apply to YouTube sailing channels. #Vanlife and YouTube Sailing Channels The rise of the #vanlife and YouTube sailing channels have both captured the imagination of many people looking for an escape from the traditional 9-to-5 lifestyle. Both movements have attracted individuals who…

From the Creative Generation to the Hipsters
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From the Creative Generation to the Hipsters

There are two ads that both play intertextually on the hipster aesthetic to effectively create meaning. They are the Volkswagen’s Think Small by Doyle Dane Bernbach (1959) and Hungry Jacks Keeping It Real television ad by Clemenger BBDO (2017) in Sydney. The Think Small advertisement is responsible for initiating the creative generation in advertising which…

Petri Dish – A sci-fi short story
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Petri Dish – A sci-fi short story

See the difference between different versions of ChatGPT and the original story. Title: Petri Dish – A Sci-Fi Short Story Author: Ricky Wright Improved by ChatGPT 4 Date: May 27, 2019 In a vibrant, cozy bedroom, young Delphia, a primary school student, carefully sprinkles small fragments of bio-material into a petri dish. She observes the…

Exploring Gamification
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Exploring Gamification

My recent experiences with gamification.   1) Connecting with the Community I started collaborating and gamifying the experience early on the #alm201 hashtag by introducing myself via video and then continued to contribute and respond to other students’ efforts. I responded to the layered quests Adam (our unit coordinator) set, and by liking, commenting, awarding…

The Democratising Potential of Celebrity and Cosmopolitan Solidarity
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The Democratising Potential of Celebrity and Cosmopolitan Solidarity

The role celebrities play in promoting cosmopolitan values over communitarian tribalism was highlighted in the recent presidential inauguration of Donald Trump which was shunned by many A-list celebrities. This was contrasted with the widespread support for anti-Trump rallies like Alec Baldwin’s. Trump’s communitarian, tribal, and divisive America First campaign strategy which was an affront to…

You’re Fake Microcelebrity: Performing the Commodity of Authenticity
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You’re Fake Microcelebrity: Performing the Commodity of Authenticity

This is my undergraduate video and exegesis attempt at understanding celebrity culture and authenticity. Also, see the follow-up article The Democratising Potential of Celebrity and Cosmopolitan Solidarity My video (below) opens with scenes from the French dystopian short film Logorama (2009) which is a critique on “the loss of real authenticity” in a world that…

Vanlife, Mindfulness, Minimalism, Serendipity and Finding Purpose

Vanlife, Mindfulness, Minimalism, Serendipity and Finding Purpose

Question:  You make some interesting points, though I do find myself finding a great deal of beautiful serendipity in media-making too… Thanks also to Adam Brown for sharing these ideas on Serendipity: Answer:  Sure. A great insight you have presented to explore. Let’s think of serendipity as those happy accidents that seem to happen by…

The Complete Guide to Creating a Passive Income, #Vanlife, and AI Communication Generation

The Complete Guide to Creating a Passive Income, #Vanlife, and AI Communication Generation

Introduction: What is Vanlife? “How do you make money on the road?” It is one of the most commonly asked questions by those who live in vans. There are many reasons why someone may choose to live this way: it’s cheaper, they want to reduce their environmental impact, they want more freedom, or they just…