Creativity and Design

MacBook Air Review

Date : October 4, 2021

I am not a great fan of Apple but I recognize the quality on some of its products. Recently I decided to buy a MacBook Air M1 for two reasons, it offered good battery life and no fan noise. I’ve owned a MacBook before and although I used it daily I was never impressed with it.

The new MacBook Air uses a processor called M1 (apparently made by Apple) that works well with the internal hardware, capable of fast processing while remaining cool without the need for fans and it manages battery life more efficiently than the old intel version.

Okay, I am impressed

This is a cool little laptop and I mean that literally, it stays cool even when doing video editing. The MacBook Air M1 is almost everything I wanted in a laptop.

Gone are the days of carrying my AC adapter all the time, checking my battery percentage and looking for a place to recharge, this little thing can hold its battery power for a week (depending on how you use it) without having to plug it in for recharge, it is quite refreshing not having to worry about my battery.

The very friendly touchpad or trackpad (whatever its called) is very easy to learn, it’s intuitive and allows the user to navigate easily through different desktops, files and documents.

Pros

  • Battery lasts over 20 hours
  • No fan noise
  • Lightweight
  • Stays cool
  • Charges through USB-C
  • Sturdy hinges
  • Fast M1 processor
  • Great keyboard
  • Touch ID

Cons

  • No touchscreen
  • No USB Type-A
  • No SD Card slot
  • No HDMI
  • Needs a separate adapter (dongle)

Great but still no touchscreen

All new Windows laptops in this price range have touchscreens. The new MacBook line do not have touchscreens, this is not a deal breaker for me but this move is not surprising for a company like Apple since they tend to do tiny incremental changes over long periods of time to maximize sales and later add old technology to its devices that has been available in competitor’s products for ages. By the year 2030 they might release the first MacBook with a touchscreen and call it “revolutionary”.

Final comments

Like most technology devices, computers are tools, they are not impressive on their own unless it is the right tool for the right job. I used to be an early adopter and buy the latest and greatest every year to stay current but I learned to buy just what I need.

The MacBook Air M1 could be the best little laptop you can get for $1000 if you are looking for a fast laptop with long battery and a decent screen. I recommend it to anyone that is familiar with Apple laptops and is currently on the market for a new one, with all its flaws the MacBook Air M1 is a good tool that serves its intended purpose.

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Music while working

Date : September 23, 2021

Creativity works in mysterious ways, what works for me may not work for you. Music is an important part of my creative process. For example, I am currently working on an epic artwork piece featuring a hero with a sword while listening to The Lord of the Rings and Gladiator soundtracks. It really sets the mood and gives me a sense of direction to where this artwork should go.

I personally prefer movie soundtracks with no lyrics when working but sometimes I listen to mindless music like Daft Punk, Röyksopp, Massive Attack, Gorillaz, etc. This type of music clears my head and let’s me focus on my work.

Find your tunes

Not all music is created equal, you have to find what works for you, depending on what you are doing, how you are feeling and what you want to get from it. Some of you probably will find music distracting and prefer silence. After many years of working with music I have found the type of music that works for each type of project.

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High Standards

Date : September 16, 2021

Sometimes I wish I could write incredible content, make amazing videos and finish the renders that are still waiting in my “Work in Progress” folder. Well I am not particularly good at writing, making great videos is too time consuming and maybe making renders is not a priority. Drawing relaxes me but making a finished piece can take several hours because I like to add detail and I look for a certain quality.

Setting the bar too high can lead to inaction

Setting high standards is not a bad thing, of course I want quality work in everything that I do but there is a balance that needs to be found between quality and quantity. Setting the bar too high can lead to inaction and paralyzing fear of failure.

So how do I find this balance?

Creativity requires the mind to be relaxed, when presented with a design problem the mind needs to have its sense of adventure to go places where normally it wouldn’t go. From chaos and disorder the mind can find harmony and balance.

In the creative process, setting high expectations can lead to disappointment, judging ideas too soon before they flourish can bring your brainstorm to a halt. The mind must flow freely with room to explore and produce viable ideas.

Another roadblock is the high standards of others. We live in a world where everything gets reviews, criticism by strangers can be a bit frightening, the solution is simply to ignore the noise and focus on the signal. Constructive criticism still exists but it is hard to find, focus on that.

So I’ll just grab my tools, enjoy the creative process and spit out ideas.

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Website Update

Date : September 5, 2021

I finally fixed my website. I was having technical issues behind the scenes.

CHANGES:
– The WORKS section has been fixed and will correctly display the images and galleries.
– Image captions can be easily read and colors have been fixed.
– Lightbox has been added to the galleries.
– Donation payment system has been enabled once again.
– An error that prevented pages from displaying properly on smartphones has been corrected.
– For clients I added private pages with password protection to access your project’s progress.

PENDING:
– Add recent artwork

Thanks for visiting.

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Fortunate events

Date : June 16, 2021

This is a short update, it’s been almost a month since my last post Unfortunate Events, things got really interesting and I am not going to go into extreme detail but remember when I said my AC unit died and the repair guy quoted me a ridiculous amount? Well I found a new company and got a new top of the line AC unit for the total amount of zero dollars and zero cents. Turns out I saw a truck on the street with a phone number, I called to set up a meeting and later found out they needed some design work, so we traded. Now I have I brand new AC unit and they have the design work they were looking for, everybody wins.

The other fortunate events are even weirder, I started getting a lot of work, project after project, I honestly was not prepared for that much, I got contacted locally and from out of state. So I have been busy finishing projects, taking care of my clients and focusing on my family and staying healthy.

Just because we tend to perceive some events as bad, doesn’t mean they are all bad, we can’t see the whole picture all the time, sometimes we just have to be patient and wait to see what the outcome is going to be.

“For even the very wise cannot see all ends.”

-J.R.R. Tolkien

This inexplicable roller coaster of events is still strange to me, my life has had its up and downs but I’ve never had a series of events happen one after the other like this before. First a series of “bad” events that led to a series of “good” events.

If you haven’t read the story of the farmer and his son I suggest you give it a shot, it’s a good short story and provides a lot of perspective in situations like these.

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