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Old interests, new attitudes

As I recover from the flu that wiped me out for a week, forcing me to bed and teaching me new tricks on how to simulate a power drill with a headache, I decided it’s time to commit to my late new year’s resolutions.
Not long ago we were all raising our glasses to a hopefully more rational 2017, as the previous year proved science and reasoning are not worthy of people affection. A few days later Trump has been sworn in as POTUS and Brexit becomes the rough reality to face.
To console myself from the madness of the world and domestic socio-political situation I invested in a MIDI controller, specifically an AKAI MPK Mini MK II. Do not fear. I am not planning on dropping my other hobby and my commitment to the MindAperture facebook and Instagram pages proves it.
But discussing music production with some associates of mine it occurred to me that I enjoyed this activity in the past and decided to channel part of my creative drive into the kicks, snares and basslines.
My main objective for the year is to finish my PhD. Thesis and code are at a good point and just need more work done but this should take no longer than 6 months. On the other hand, the side projects are now two and include growing MindAperture, which at the moment orbits on 400+ followers on Instagram, and starting to play around with some simple track. Getting my hands dirty with the simplest setting of the MPK Mini and Garageband and see what comes out.
On a more traditional note, my other new year resolution is to read a book per month. I am currently reading “Thinking Fast and Slow” by Daniel Kahneman. Seeing how the author’s academic work strongly influenced my research I decided it was the right time. Potential futures updates will be on my opinions on the books, editing techniques learnt on Lightroom or the latest promo release.

30

I remember this day, exactly 5 years ago. It was my 25th birthday and I considered it a milestone. A quarter of a century. It is always comparing to the big numbers we can usually put things into perspective. I can remember I was about to finish my undergrad and I wrote a post on my old blog which said something like “still growing up”. 5 years down the line and I am still of that advice. Hitting another milestone, today I turn 30 and I look back to the last 5 years, so much has happened. That day, 5 years ago, I probably had no clue I would have moved into another country to study in one of the best universities in the world. No idea I would meet and would have become friend with so many people over here. Lovely, brilliant, clever, inspiring, friendly, knowledgeable, artistic, truly interesting people! To you I dedicate my 30th.

I feel like I grew up in the last 5 years more than I did in the previous 25. Maybe it’s a human thing, we grow up exponentially fast. Or maybe it’s just what happens when you are cast into a multi-cultural mad rollercoaster, and I am actually enjoying the ride. I really need to thank all my friends if I can appreciate new things and some that I would have never thought I would like. The weird thing about it is that I feel even more eager to learn and experiment. That is why not long ago I decided to follow one of my interests, photography. I always told myself that one day I would take a camera in my hands and learn how to properly use it. After a few months playing with it I am really happy with my work (if you want to check some of it here you can find my flickr albums and instagram page) but I feel like there is so much I can improve and explore.

5 years ago I shared an inspirational commercial from Nike and since then the lives of the testimonials in the commercial have changed significantly. Cristiano Ronaldo has managed to won a European Championship with Portugal, Rooney is not the goal machine he used to be and Pistorius is in jail for killing his wife.

As for me, I am 5 years wiser, I have a full beard and so much more I want to do…