JF Martin

April 16, 2021

Friday Notes #19 — Feeling Well, Feeling Proud

See these Apple's Activity summary screenshots? They are the source of why I’m feeling so well, so proud these days. On the second day of January, 2021, I decided to change a few things in my physical life. One of them was to exercise more. Way more. We’re now half-way in April, and I’m still in line with this goal. If all goes well, I...
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April 9, 2021

Friday Notes #18 — What Will be my Legacy?

I often think about the concept of legacy. What will I leave behind when I’m gone besides my two kids. What will they remember of me? On what artifacts will they rely on to remember me? They will undoubtedly be able to look into my numeric photos archive for one thing, provided they can still access it. But then, what else? Not much wi...
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April 2, 2021

Friday Notes #17 — The Passing of Time

In recent weeks, there has been a few events in my life that marked the passing of time. First and foremost, I lost my father on March 7th after a week stay at the hospital. He was 92. I’ll certainly write about this experience in the near future. 🌌 Next, March 13 marked one year anniversary of working-from-home, thanks to COVID-19. It...
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March 27, 2021

Why I Love Taking Photos of Abandoned Places

A few years ago, a friend of mine invited me to go with him for an urban exploration photo session. I was excited. Visiting abandoned places has always been fascinating for me. It’s like going back in time. There are so many untold stories sitting around us in cities or the countryside. Each place is different, telling its own story, o...
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March 26, 2021

Friday Notes #16 — if You Can Chew & Walk, You Can Work & Walk

Working from home for a year helped me learn new habits that are beneficial for me at work, and for my sanity. Let's see how and why. “"It was Jobs that day, out on one of his many walks around the Palo Alto area, where Apple are based. Steve Jobs was famous in the area for his long walks, which he used for exercise, contemplation, pro...
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March 21, 2021

Photo Legend #23 — The Cabin

Last summer, thanks to COVID-19, instead of traveling out of the country for our vacation, we decided to rent a summer house for two months, far from our home city. It was different, much needed and very much appreciated. In the last few years, I felt the need to get closer to nature. Is it because I’m getting older? Maybe, I don’t kno...
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March 21, 2021

Why I’m Publishing Under the Numeric Citizen Nom de Plume?

Someone once asked me: “why are you calling yourself ‘numeric citizen’ online?” I was caught off-guard because this name was chosen instinctively, without much thought. When I came back to blogging in 2018 after a few years hiatus, I wanted to use a pseudonym that would endure time, be unique, and related to cyberspace world. I knew my...
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March 20, 2021

Restarting my Photo Legend Series

I love photography. I consider myself a serious amateur photographer. My first contact with this art form goes back to when I was a teenager. But, what's even more interesting is photo with a story behind it, because they all have a story behind, right? I love when photographers tell their story about the when, the where and how a phot...
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March 19, 2021

Welcome to Medium Readers

To all my Medium readers who subscribed to my Friday Notes series, here on HEY World, I want to thank you for following me 🙏🏻. Medium is a great platform but it is not a blogging platform. Blog content should be free in my opinion. This goes against the business model of Medium, and my goals as a blogger. That's why Friday Notes is now...
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March 15, 2021

Finally Found my Use Case for HEY World

Every single day since the official release of HEY World, I'm thinking: what can I do with HEY World? I like it so much; I cannot ignore it. Something has to happen because of it. Today, out of nowhere, I finally found my use case for it. Let me explain, briefly. On December 10, 2020, I wrote on Medium: “In recent months, Medium made q...
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