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Diary of an artist, Friday, August 16, 2019

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Copy of Copy of Copy of Adulthood smooth& tasty.


Woke up 5:00 am

Never thought I would do such things. DIY repairs of electronics. Of Apple devices! As a matter of fact not so long ago I dreaded opening anything with the Apple logo on it. Anything Apple, because of their design, always seemed to me like the kind of thing I would never open and look inside. Let alone perform DIY repairs on their devices. But I did. I did it twice — the first time on my MacBook Air (I replaced the touchpad myself and it works perfectly) and yesterday I repaired my iPhone 5S which had blue screen problem (would turn off, then turn on by itself, or the whole screen would turn dark blue and the thing would be completely unresponsive).

My current financial situation is the reason why I decided to try those DIY repairs. It forced me to try it. The thought of needing to spend two- or even threefold the amount I assumed I would spent on a DIY repair (DIY repairs are not free repairs — you need to buy tools or spare parts, etc.) was enough to dissuade me from hiring Apple or a certified Apple service center, or even some firm which is a service center but isn’t a certified Apple service center.

It pushed me to do something which I thought was beyond my competence. So clearly it was not beyond my competence. It was within it. I only thought it was beyond it. Because A/ I never tried it before (so it was scary), and B/ it all seemed so complicated and very risky.

“Never tried it before” and “it all seemed” are the key expressions here as we usually fear mainly the things which we never tried before and oftentimes things which seem complicated or very risky are not. Doesn’t mean the fear or the horror or the aversion will always go away after we did something for the first time, just as it doesn’t mean that all the things which seem complicated or very risky as a matter of fact aren’t so (sometimes they are so).

The opposite is often also true — that the things which don’t seem complicated or risky can prove to be so (and we will be able to find it out only if we tried them, or only if we saw how much someone else struggled with a certain thing, or how many expensive tools one must have, or how skilful / experienced one must be to successfully do something). And YouTube is a blessing in this respect — in most cases we can see how something was done, or how it should be done, and what it takes to get it done.

Reading (since my last diary entry):

Voices From Chernobyl: The Oral History of a Nuclear Disaster by Svetlana Alexievich (70 min, on Internet Archive).

Audiobooks (since my last diary entry):

Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell (270 min., on YouTube)

YouTube videos and movies (since my last diary entry):

The Unconventional Art of Liu Wei | Brilliant Ideas Ep. 61

Turning Science into Art: Conrad Shawcross | Brilliant Ideas Ep. 20

Sculpture as Action in Damián Ortega’s Art | Brilliant Ideas Ep. 59

Sheba Chhachhi — ‘Alter the Balance of Power’ | Artist Interview | TateShots

Roger Ballen — ‘A Good Picture Comes From Nowhere’ | TateShots

Jim Carrey: I Needed Color

Lauren Greenfield Interview: Full Speed Towards the Apocalypse

David Hockney thinks you should take a longer look at life

At 88, painter Alex Katz continues prolific work

Apple iPhone 4s Battery Replacement

iPhone 4s Battery Replacement | MicBergsma

David Hockney: ‘When I paint, I feel I’m 30'


Hockney making art with his iPad 11–11–2016

Celebrating David Hockney at 80

In the studio with David Hockney RA

David Hockney on selfies: ‘People have a deep desire to make pictures’

David Hockney reflects on the exhibition DAVID HOCKNEY: CURRENT

Artist David Hockney Paints Tom Daley Nude Portrait

Who Gets to Call it Art — David Hockney

David Hockney Answers Your Questions | TateShots

How to Replace Your iPhone 5 Screen (Complete Guide)

iPhone 5 front glass replacement only

IPhone 5s Screen Replacement

How to make your photos on a dark background LOOK BETTER FAST! Photoshop Tutorial

Low Key Portraits: Take and Make Great Photography with Gavin Hoey

David Hockney compares California to London

Chila Kumari Burman — ‘Artists Turn Chaos Into Order’ | TateShots

Lindsay Seers — ‘I Turned Myself Into a Camera’ | TateShots

Tony Cragg — ‘Be There, See It, Respond to It’ | TateShots

Sol Calero Goes Travelling in Latin America | Artist Interview | TateShots

5 Things That Inspire Artist Zarina Bhimji | Artist Interview | TateShots

VALIE EXPORT — ‘I Created My Own Identity’ | Artist Interview | TateShots

Takis — ‘I Know How to Use Energy’ | TateShots

Dorothea Tanning — Pushing the Boundaries of Surrealism | TateShots

What Makes An Artist? David Hockney

Introducing Wangjing SOHO 鏈涗含SOHO

Do You Wake Up Happy Every Day? | DailyVee 567

My New New Studio Casey Neistat vlog

Zaha Hadid — Who Dares Wins

What is TikTok? | ABC News

iPhone 5S Teardown — Step by step complete disassembly directions

How to Fix unable to complete touch ID setup iPhone and IPAD

Remaking My First Flipbook 30 YEARS LATER

Zodiak (on Netflix) Finished it.

Inside the Freemasons Episode #1.1 (on Netflix) Finished it.

The Great Hack (on Netflix) Finished it.

Banking on Bitcoin (on Netflix) Finished it.

The Family Submersion (on Netflix) Finished it.

The Family Chosen (on Netflix) Finished it.

The Family New World Order (on Netflix) Finished it.

The Family Dictators, Murderers and Thieves (on Netflix) Finished it.

The Family Wolf King (on Netflix) Finished it.

The Naked Director “The Hidden Side” (on Netflix) Finished it.

Music for this writing session: Frédéric Chopin (on spotify)