Author Archives: Jaime Silvela

About Jaime Silvela

My favorite chemical element is Potassium.

Smarty pants

Ah, Interstellar. On one hand, I like seeing really ambitious movies, like they used to make decades ago. On the other, what is it with this new generation of prestige directors who are not satisfied with understandable plots, because, well, … Continue reading

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Naturalism in film

Recently I went to see the film Mr. Turner. I had high expectations, what with the positive reviews and my interest in the painter Turner, from my teenage years attempting to learn watercolor painting. What a sore disappointment. I walked … Continue reading

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Reading on screen

I’ve been on typography spree lately, motivated partly by esthetics, partly by my increasing dissatisfaction with reading text on computers. Here are some things I’ve learned: Font size in points is misleading. There is no standard, and “11pt” may not … Continue reading

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A moveable office

This laptop elevator, and the three-button mouse, are my best computing purchases in a long time.

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Progress

Farm milk, from a vending machine. Give me more of this kind of progress, less of 100% online wearable computers.

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Required reading

What a horrible expression, “required reading”. I only find it acceptable when it’s literal, such as when teachers include required text in an assignment. I’m sure the world has always had self-righteous idiots wanting to put themselves in a pedestal, … Continue reading

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Sensitive or introvert?

I’ve begun 2014 digging into introversion. Recently the concept seems to be getting a fresh coat of paint, especially with Susan Cain’s TED Talk and her book “Quiet”. A slightly different take is offered by the Highly Sensitive Person theory. … Continue reading

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