Drop that phone and start experiencing

smartphone_frenzyThis picture has been retweeted at least 7000 times. It was taken at a premiere of the film ‘Black mass’. OK, so maybe trying to capture Johnny Depp (digitally at least) and store him on your phone justifies this phone-induced frenzy. Admittedly, if I’d been there I would have been pointing my iPhone at any scruffy-haired, sun-glassed individual only remotely looking like Johnny Depp.


Take a closer look at the photo. Do you notice the lady with the pink glasses? She’s capturing the moment too, but in her brain, letting the scene quietly sink in. No low-battery-hysteria for her. Although – knowing my mom versus technical equipment – we could be romanticising this picture, and the lady just wouldn’t know how to bloody work a camera or smart phone to save her life.

But still, this event reminds me of an ex-boyfriend who went traveling through Peru and Bolivia for months and didn’t bother to bring a camera (there were no smart phones then. Though I doubt if he has one now). True, he’s Irish so maybe he just forgot to pack one or was too skint to buy one ;-), but he wasn’t worried about experiencing special moments and not having anything to show for it.


When I’m on holiday, photo-fury sometimes takes hold of me and can interfere with the vacation experience. It’s a drive, an obligation almost to take photo’s and to take them well. I’m always feverishly looking out for great shots, already thinking how they’ll look on my Facebook page.

Today, it’s like moments not captured on camera never happened at all. It sounds like an ironic variation of the old philosophical question “If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?”. Which I always thought a ridiculously human-centered question by the way.

And don’t even get me started on selfies. All I can say is, with full respect to friends and relatives of the selfie-related death victims: there will be a lot of contestants for the Darwin awards the coming years.


Set those belly muscles to work and giggle away your anxiety!

You’re in a waiting room full of snot-squirting people and ill-behaved children. Somehow you’ve managed to get your hands on a magazine** that’s actually dated after Obama was elected president and are currently enjoying the dear Deirdre section. You’re chuckling quietly reading about various sexual dilemma’s that may or may not involve canine action, but… I wanna read more

Unexpected note from a stranger

Just an ultra quick one. This is the stuff I’m talking about: I opened a newly lent library book and out fell this lovely surprise: Isn’t that sweet? To say hello to the next person who reads this book. You could even have your own exhibition and leave drawings or art work in library books.… I wanna read more

Kick your slumbering spirit in the shins: Heighten your senses!

06.59……. 07.00: BBBBBZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzz. Nooooo! But you get up. Crusty-eyed. Shower. A little less crusty-eyed. Dry off. Underclothes. Overclothes. Socks. Shoes. Breakfast. Teethbrushing. And exit. Joining thousands of others who’ve just done the same things, in more or less the same order. Maybe with the omission of breakfast or with the addition of kids (which probably makes… I wanna read more

Friendliness and the India Effect

Being friendly is all good and easy when you’re a happy chappy: you have your clean house, you shop at insect free supermarkets and when you’re on a bus, you get a seat all to yourself! People aren’t trying to shove a goat, several caged birds and three kids in there with you. But what… I wanna read more

Grab your pen and make things happen

As I told you before I have a thing for writing notes and letters. I wrote my first love letter when I was 17 (not counting the “Do you like me? O Yes / O No (tick the right box)” scribbles passed around in primary school). It was a little bit of a tricky enterprise… I wanna read more

Celebrate elbow-day! (no not the band)

•• Sorry, my Wacom tablet broke, so no wacky drawing this week•• I’m tossing the whole SEO** rubbish out the window and instead I’ll sprinkle you with a few brain figments, if that’s all right with you. About that brain, don’t you think we spend a lot of time up there? Not just in the… I wanna read more

Creative ways of calming yourself down when going cuckoo with a toothbrush

A little while ago I told you I always go a little cuckoo with (toothbrush) cleaning before throwing a party. Well, I had the brilliant idea to put my apartment on Airbnb and guess what: when it comes to preparing & anxiety, the thought of having paying guests in my house and me not being… I wanna read more

The ultimate Maverick move: learn how to wink

“Wait, wait, wait, did he just.. ?….Yes, he did! How bold… How daring… How… hot!” This could be a response to that cheeky eye maneuver known as the wink. Another possible response is: “Wait, wait, wait. Did he just…? OMG! That sleazeball just winked at me!”. Especially if said winker is wearing particularly tight trousers… I wanna read more

Due to melting icecream..

  and other extreme-heat related bliss & discomforts, this week’s chronicle will be posted a few days late (probably this Monday). Follow http://www.sparkplugchronicles.com/due-to-melting-icecream/ I wanna read more

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