After observing I accidentally ended up keeping a note of things I did for most of the year in 2013 in a small to-do booklet, I started voluntarily wanting to form a habit of journaling my every-days by always carrying and noting down things in a similar booklet. I have always been a collector. Collector of any thing that somehow end up with me in number enough for me to want to continue on wanting to collect more. I realized, logging has come to be that way for me - apart from influences from other people that swear by it’s benefits. I kept a physical one for four months this year (apart from the accidental year long one from last year).
Some time last month though, when I was spending some time with my Dad in Bombay, I realized I spend a great deal of time recording my activities and sometimes spend even more time recollecting the activities if I skipped logging a few days. The other thing about logging on paper made me realize, there was no way for me to be able to ‘search’ a past activity and ‘relive’ it - the whole purpose of logging in the first place. Having said that - I did though the move from digital to pen & paper after having been through the usual paranoia of data security, reliability, availability and all that too.
But I wasn’t convinced of the idea of actually logging activities on an app, after trying and failing with apps like Path, Flava, Momento and Day One. What I want to get out of logging things is a brief idea of how a particular time looked like and the kind of activities that primarily made up that time. I don’t want to though dedicate the working of my life around it unlike some people have. Plus many of my activities are some how in some form being recorded and takes away having to worry about minute recording details. So, what I’ve come down to decide is to have a post at the end of every month that constitutes the flavour of activities that were consumed in that time. By doing this on a monthly basis, I’m hoping to not burden myself by the task that is of having to keep a daily record of things. I’m just going to draft things that make the month for me, write and little about it and that should have it done.
So coming to May, this month has been about watching a lot of movies. I watched Nymphomaniac: Vol. I & Vol. 2, Enemy, Dial H-I-S-T-O-R-Y, Fight Club (again), Chinatown, Pirates of Silicon Valley (again), That Obscure Object of Desire, Zeitgeist, Zeitgeist: Addendum, Zeitgeist: Moving Forward, Donnie Darko, and Rosetta.
This month I also subscribed to MUBI, on which also I was able to catch some movies including: The Ambassador, Arena, Women Reply, Sangam, and Electronic Performers.
I also got myself a Fujifilm X100S, which I’m looking forward to go out and shoot around with a lot. Thats about from me for May.