I learned that in Japanese, there is the word “go-en”, meaning a fateful encounter. I guess there is no better way to describe the story Mr. Sato from “Visual Anthropology of Japan” found on twitter. It is so wholesome, it actually made me tear up. I appreciate every time I see someone effectively using their medium to ewoke deep emotions and convey a meaningful message. I highly recommend reading Mr. Sato’s Translation.
(In case you understand Japanese, here is the original Tweet)
In our hours-long discussions, my friend Alex and I often bring up the importance of the relationship between academia and the public and how bad it is currently.
The discussions get somehow heated because there is no one to blame it on really. Is it “the mob” who are ignorant, unwilling to listen and learn something meaningful? Or is it the scientists in the notorious “ivory tower” who are not able to communicate their knowledge and make their work accessible – or meaningful at all?
As soon as we determine one factor, we see immediately that it is more complicated than that and more often than not we argue against our own statement (We are just two dudes high on maté, but we are good at steelmanning).
It’s an Hen Egg Problem, I guess. I will keep you up to date on this one.
I found this blogpost about Professor Emil Nasritdinov, written by Ali Reza Yasa . I had the privilege to be a student of Mr Nasritdinov myself and the blogpost perfectly reflects my own experience with him and his teaching style.
He has an authentic and down-to-earth way of teaching. As students we felt nothing but mutual respect in our classes and the discussions were always at eye level. He is one of the academics that inspire me to follow the path of educating and sharing knowledge in a way that captures the attention and sparks interest in the topic.
I hope to meet him again and wish him all the best for the future.
As a lover of podcast, I wanted to produce one myself for a long time. And as announced, I actually produced three episodes of my podcast called The Hive. I am glad I did it and it was a great experience but I didn’t publish them.
I wasn’t happy with the result and the overall presentation. I have years of acting experience but hosting a talk show is still another thing. I am probably too introverted to feel comfortable in this kind of format, i guess. I still love the idea and The Hive is still something I want to try again when I am ready for this step.
I consider this a strategic retreat to reassess the whole concept. Now I can better evaluate the applicability of certain ideas. Things that didn’t work out this time will work out next time. I am privileged to have friends who supported me in every step in the making of The Hive, from concept to editing, and with their hands-on experience and feedback, I can’t wait to sit down and create the next Hive.
“It was like Serbia”, I told my friend. And it was. I talked about how things went slower than what I am used to in western Europe and how open and welcoming the people were. It was indeed very similar to what I experienced on the Balkans, “plus the scent of coffee and incense in the air”. I said it with a smile on my face but there was truth to it. The smell of buna and etan, coffee and incense, is something that brings back memories of my fieldwork. I noticed that smell and sound can, in a way, define the cityscape even more than architecture and urban planning.
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