Ghibli animations you haven’t seen (probably)

I love animated movies – I think that this form of art, when done right, can be one of the most imaginative ways of showing stories and worlds fantastic. But, I somehow never really got into short-form animation. I have seen some great ones, yes (like our favorite Magnetic Rose or some of the Animatrix collection, for example),… Continue reading Ghibli animations you haven’t seen (probably)

Retro writing 11 – Casio HW-300JS

The device I'm trying to use in this part of this retro writing series of articles is genuinely unique. I knew I had to try it out as soon as I saw it on the Japanese second-hand goods website I usually frequent. A small format, portable, personal word processor with a built-in printer! This should… Continue reading Retro writing 11 – Casio HW-300JS

Retro Writing 10 – AlphaSmart DANA

First, let me explain really quick what an AlphaSmart is. If you, like me, search around the internet for distraction-free writing devices, you will surely find the long line of AlphaSmart word-processing keyboards made by a USA-based company between 1993 and 2007. These were conceptually very simple – a keyboard with a small LCD that… Continue reading Retro Writing 10 – AlphaSmart DANA

True artists don’t erase!

In recent years I have been trying to be more conscious about how exactly I make art, and one of the things that I managed to change significantly for the better in my creative process, is how I feel about fixing and redoing things. Until recently, I would often not only ignore things in my… Continue reading True artists don’t erase!

Retro Writing 09 – printing on the go.

Even though the NEC Mobilegear has some downsides, it's still my favorite go-to mobile writing device mainly because of its compatibility with file formats and just how dully usable the Windows CE system is. Thus, I was delighted to spot online a cute portable printer that can be used with Windows CE 3.0 and wirelessly… Continue reading Retro Writing 09 – printing on the go.

Can I be an artist with no imagination?

Since I was very young, and even when I had already started aiming to make art my primary occupation, I thought that I simply could not become a "true" artist because I felt I had no imagination. I think this notion started when I was just a kid, getting more interested in making art and… Continue reading Can I be an artist with no imagination?

Retro Writing 08 – Psion 3mx

I have been interested in the Psion family of mobile computers for quite some time already. I even imported the most famous one, the Psion 5mx, all the way from England to test how well it fared as a distraction-free writing device, explore it and write an article about it. Even though I ended up selling… Continue reading Retro Writing 08 – Psion 3mx

Retro writing 07 – the DevTerm

In my quest for interesting writing devices, I often turn to retro PDAs and old computers just because I finally can lay my hands on devices that, as a kid, I could only marvel at in computer magazines. I also think it's good to breathe new life into obsolete and unused machines so we can… Continue reading Retro writing 07 – the DevTerm