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 chance.  And if there is a way we can enhance serendipity which will help us connect the dots across … Read More

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Vanlife Podcast Episode 2

Ideology and the #Vanlife Movement   Episode 2 of the Vanlife Culture Series     The Wanderlust of #Vanlife (2015) examines the travelling and blogging movement established by Foster Huntington, who quit a Manhattan corporate job to travel full time in Volkswagen. Huntington says, “I felt like I was kind of pissing away my 20’s doing that” and changed to a more authentic way of making a living, documenting his travels on social media. … Read More

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Soft Skills and Virtues

Lets start with virtues Courage As a creative it is important to have the courage to pursue ideas. And then face constructive criticism as to weather changes would strengthen or weaken the defined communication message. Diligence Through diligence perseverance and dedication to professional practices I continue to improve. Compassion I have compassion for all stakeholders in my open ethical communication and messaging, never resorting to stereotypes. Wisdom I am willing to take the council … Read More

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Making a Podcast

This is Episode 1. in the Van life Culture series. Where we put the lens on the van life travelling and blogging movement established by Foster Huntington, who famously quit a Manhattan corporate job to travel, and blog full time in Volkswagen. 4 minutes 45 seconds + music. Reflecting on the Podcasting Process in 600 Words Topic: If you have followed my blog and social media channels, you know by now about my interest … Read More

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Gamifying Politics – 30 Minute Blog Challenge

The gamification of Indian politics is a popular topic now. This is largely due to the way many of the candidate’s supporters are getting really active in the digital space by spreading memes and gamified elements. Many of these gamified elements are blurring the lines between propaganda and reality. Like the app that gives you a chance to have a meeting with the Prime Minister if you can get enough credits by donating to … Read More

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Perform Your Online Identity with Mindful Attention

I’ve long been a fan of mindfulness but have only recently realised how mindful attention can actually change my brain and help mould my identity. The effectiveness of my social media use and the satisfaction I derive from it have been enhanced as a result. By mindfully paying attention to my breath, body, emotions, attitudes, and attention I have become more aware of the social media choices I make and have come to make better … Read More

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The performed self – Why I have taken on the persona of the hipster

Have you encountered the idea that there is not really a true “authentic” self, and that we don’t really have a fixed identity?  We perform differently depending on the situations we encounter. The whole idea is a bit of a mind flip, but one that I have decided to throw myself into in the past month, in the interest of desperately trying to keep up with the times. If it all has gone a … Read More

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Global Timing – How time management and global warming are linked

This week I was set the task to write about time management in about 300 words. Taking the macro lens to the problem given the recent education I had been given on the topic by a couple of my favourite scholars I looked at the issue of the apparent lack of time we all seem to suffer from as one caused by inequality. And it is this same inequality derived from a neoliberal ideology … Read More

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Do Popularity Metrics Matter on Social Media?

Could you remove your popularity metrics? Today I discovered a browser extension which hides those like, and retweet numbers on Facebook and Twitter. Part of the purpose of the extension is to find out what happens when we judge others on Twitter and Facebook, not by the numbers but what we encounter through experiences we have with people. The concept is then pretty simple – People not numbers. Don’t let social media platforms keep you anxious to make … Read More

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Youtube Thumbnails & Tags

This video is all about preparing your thumbnail image using a template. Your thumbnail image is the image that people see and click on in youtube. We will create a template in Canva and also fill out the tags and description.   Image adapted from CC0 by Elisa Riva (social) [clickToTweet tweet=”Now I can create a thumbnail on Youtube. Thanks #teamricky” quote=”Tell twitter you can make a thumbnail now.”]

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Using Open Source Software to Restore Photos

Here are a few of the tips and tricks I used to restore an old photograph that has deteriorated using a freely available, open source software. Most of us have used or heard of photoshop as the professional imaging program commonly used to manipulate and restore photographs. If you have ever looked into purchasing Adobe Photoshop you will notice that the cost is quite restrictive. A subscription can add up to hundreds of dollars annually, and … Read More

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Canva for social media image graphics

Today on tips and tricks we introduce Canva as a way to make infographics. I find myself using Canva lot’s these days for those simple quick image work, where we want to present professional looking design but can’t afford to fuss all day about the production of it. Image Adapted from CC0 by Stefan Keller (Fantasy) Consider: How you can use Canva to improve how your business is represented.

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Some Ideas on Social Media Before I Study Digital Media

As the digital zone has evolved, hope started to rise of a new kind of world order free of many of the ideologically based oppressions, which the gatekeepers of the old order represented. We are overjoyed when a simple one person show with a facebook account now has the power to bring down an ideological dictatorship. A lot of good has come out of the new digital landscape as it is easy to argue … Read More

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#PhonesMatter

American pro-gun culture has it that guns don’t kill people, people do. As easy to extend this logic to social media and the internet there are serious issues with such comparisons. Media guru Douglas Rushkoff says, ‘guns don’t kill people, but you can do a lot more damage with a gun than you can with a pillow’. He is referring to the inherent affordances of social media when it runs on an anti-human operating … Read More

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