Making your mind your playground

segunda-feira, 24 de dezembro de 2007

Happy New Year!

2007 is coming to end and I am really tired. It is time now to wish good things to everyone and review my to-do lists. I started the Mind Moleskine project a while ago and will shortly assess the results. I will post them with comments first thing in 2008, which I hope will be a better year.

Peace.

sábado, 8 de dezembro de 2007

Prepositions

This is a list of 400 prepositions, one more step in my English practice...
to listen to something
to be kind to someone
to be bad at something
to be good at something
surprised at/by something
to be clever at something
to laugh at someone
to be nice to someone
to smile at something
to be responsible for something
the reason for something
pleased at/with/about something
to think of/about doing something
miserable about something
the matter with someone
angry with someone
sorry for/about something
interested in someone/something
to fill something with something
to search for someone
because of something
to arrive at a place
disappointed with/in something
to ask for something
ill with something
to depend on someone
wrong with/about/to someone
to get on a bus
to get on/off a bus
to pay for something
to have a discussion about/on something
in love with someone
afraid of something
keen on doing something
to crash into something
crowded with people
on the telephone
by bus
on a diet
a play by someone
on the radio
to get married to someone
to pay by credit card
at the end of something
fond of something
plenty of something
at Christmas
fed up with something
on his own
engaged to someone
an interest on something
on Christmas day
to read about something
to knock on/at a door
far from somewhere
to know about something
to knock on/at a door
far from somewhere
to know about something
difficult for someone
at/on/in the corner
close to somewhere
at the age of
crazy about something
to fall in love with someone
to look for something
to wait for someone
frightened by someone
on/in the wall
late for something
to invite someone to a place
out of order
busy with something
full of something
in the middle of something
to prepare for something
news of/about something
patient with someone
famous for something
important to someone
happy with/about something
to get tired of something
to ask someone for something
in the New Year
in the future
in the evening
in the north
ready for something
ideal for a purpose
full of something
to invite someone for a drink
to agree with someone
at the moment
made of/out of/from something
to arrive at/in a place
by car
on foot
to live at a certain house
in the street
on someone’s birthday
in front of someone
to stop someone from doing something
to hide something from someone
to agree to doing something
different from/to/than something
to complain to someone
to compliment someone on something
to complain to someone
to insist on doing something
to depend on someone
to consist of something
rude to someone
the idea of something
to believe in something
an effect on someone
disappointed with/in something
to forgive someone for doing something
amazed at/by something
disgusted by/with something
to apologize for doing something
to take advantage of something
to lean against/on something
to congratulate someone on doing something
satisfied with something
dressed in something
to succeed in doing something
ashamed of something
to take care of someone
to remind someone of/about something
to shout at someone
to borrow something from someone
to divide something into portions
to take part in something
to dream of/about something
to die of/about/with something
to invest in something
fit for something
to aim at something
to explain something to someone
in good time
to blame something for something
to act a part in a play
an attitude to/toward something
well-known for something
a need for something
to get in touch with someone
worried about/by something
capable of something
to be on strike
a relationship with someone
at the top of something
a break for something
to go for a walk
by chance
bored with/by something
a book about someone
a date with someone
on/at the coast
content with something
to complain about/of something
to contrast with something
in flower
confident of doing something
amused at/by something
to confide in someone
to leave somewhere for somewhere
embarrassed about/at/by something
to co-operate (cooperate) with someone
to look forward to doing something
in contrast
a fan of someone
to compete against/with someone
an alternative to something
critical of someone
in fashion
to have a degree in a subject
furious with/at someone
enthusiastic about something
a cure for something
in contrast to/with something
to live on a certain food
to prefer one thing to another
concerned about/for something
the owner of something
to choose between two things
to take a look at something
impressed with/by something
to fail in something
on television
hard on someone
in charge of something
a description of something
to spend money on something
to be tired of something
suitable for someone
to operate on someone
to object to something
information on/about something
to have an effect on someone
to help oneself to something
to have pity on someone
to make fun of someone
fussy about something
to compensate for something
to object to something
to suffer from an illness
to take priority over something
red with anger
to approve (disapprove) of something
to criticize someone for doing something
to prevent someone from doing something
tolerant of something
to confess to doing something
apart from someone
to charge someone with something
to quarrel about/over something
to apply for a job
to sympathize with someone
proof of something
a shortage of something
to mistake someone for someone
to get rid of something
to increase in confidence
to specialize in something
sensitive about something
to threaten someone with something
to have a disagreement about/over something
to provide someone with something
clumsy at something
to accuse someone of doing something
to deal with something
to be moved to tears
to warn someone of/about something
to take revenge for something
a lack of something
in the end
aware of something
to protect someone from/against something
short of something
to rely on someone
pale with fear
compatible with something
to punish someone for doing something
to blame something on someone
in the mood for doing something
to consent to something
to flirt with someone
in debt
unfair on/to someone
confident in something
impatient for something
a war against/on something
the risk of something
jealous of someone`
an advantage over something
to inspire with enthusiasm
to name someone after (GB)/for (Am) another person
ignorant of/about something
for the sake of someone
to cope with something
love at first sight
on the horizon
identical to/with someone
to be faced with something
to sympathize with someone on/for something
to wave at/to someone
to experiment with something
allergic to something
to swear at something
on behalf of someone
in favour of something
indifferent to something
to comment on something
to have a talent for something
inconsistent in/with something
free of/from something
owing to something
desperate for something
to take notice of something
emphasis on something
sensitive to something
to long for something
proficient at/in something
guilty of doing something
hostile to something
to lecture someone about/on something
to call on someone to do something
sanctions against a company
to be suited to something
to suspect someone of doing something
to equip something with something
shelter from something
to resign from a job
to make a fuss of someone
to guard against something
to admit to doing something
ill with something
to depend on someone
wrong with someone
to get on a bus
to pay for something
to have a discussion about/on something
in love with someone
afraid of something
keen on doing something
to crash into something
crowded with people
on the telephone
by bus
on a diet
a play by someone
on the radio
to get married to someone
to pay by credit card
at the end of something
fond of something
plenty of something
plenty of something
at (GB)/on (Am) the weekend
at Christmas
fed up with something
on his own
engaged to someone
an interest on something
on Christmas day
to read about something
to knock on/at a door
far from somewhere
to know about something
to knock on/at a door
far from somewhere
to know about something
difficult for someone
at/on the corner
close to somewhere
at the age of
crazy about something
to fall in love with someone
to look for something
to wait for someone
frightened by someone
on the wall
late for something
to invite someone to a place
out of order
busy with something
full of something
in the middle of something
to prepare for something
news of/about something
patient with someone
famous for something
important to someone
happy with/about something
to get tired of something
to ask someone for something
in the New Year
in future
in the evening
in the north
ready for something
ideal for a purpose
full of something
to invite someone for a drink
to agree with someone
at the moment
made of/out of/from something
at home (omitted in Am.English)
to arrive at/in a place
by car
on foot
to live at a certain house
in the street
on someone’s birthday
in front of someone
to stop someone from doing something
to hide something from someone
to agree to doing something
different from/to/than something
to complain to someone
to compliment someone on something
to complain to someone
to insist on doing something
to depend on someone
to consist of doing something
rude to someone
the idea of something
to believe in something
an effect on someone
disappointed with/in something
to forgive someone for doing something
amazed at/by something
disgusted by/with something
to apologize for doing something
to take advantage of something
to lean against/on something
to congratulate someone on doing something
satisfied with something
dressed in something
to succeed in doing something
ashamed of something
to take care of someone
to remind someone of/about something
to shout at someone
to borrow something from someone
to divide something into portions
to take part in something
to dream of/about something
to die of/about/with something
to invest in something
fit for something
to aim at something
to explain something to someone
in good time
to blame something for something
to act a part in a play
an attitude to/toward something
well-known for something
a need for something
to get in touch with someone
worried about/by something
capable of something
to be on a strike
a relationship with someone
at the top of something
a break for something
to go for a walk
by chance
bored with/by something
a book about someone
a date with someone
on/at the coast
content with something
to complain about/of something
to contrast with something
in flower
confident of doing something
amused at/by something
to confide in someone
to leave somewhere for somewhere
embarrassed about/at/by something
to co-operate with someone
to look forward to doing something
in contrast
a fan of someone
to compete against/with someone
an alternative to something
critical of someone
in fashion
to have a degree in a subject
furious with/at someone
enthusiastic about something
a cure for something
in contrast to/with something
to live on a certain food
to prefer one thing to another
concerned about/for something
the owner of something
to choose between two things
to take a look at something
impressed with/by something
to fail in something
on television
hard on someone
in charge of something
a description of something
to spend money on something
to be tired of something
suitable for someone
to operate on someone
to object to something
information on/about something
to have an effect on someone
to help oneself to something
to have pity on someone
to make fun of someone
fussy about something
to compensate for something
to object to something
to suffer from an illness
to take priority over something
red with anger
to approve (disapprove) of something
to criticize someone for doing something
to prevent someone from doing something
tolerant of something
to confess to doing something
apart from someone
to charge someone with something
to quarrel about/over something
to apply for a job
to sympathize with someone
proof of something
a shortage of something
to mistake someone for someone
to get rid of something
to increase in confidence
to specialize in something
sensitive about something
to threaten someone with something
to have disagreement about/over something
to provide someone with something
clumsy at something
to accuse someone of doing something
to deal with something
to be moved to tears
to warn someone of/about something
to take revenge for something
a lack of something
in the end
aware of something
to protect someone from/against something
short of something
to rely on someone
pale with fear
compatible with something
to punish someone for doing something
to blame something on someone
in the mood for doing something
to consent to something
to flirt with someone
in debt
unfair on/to someone
confident in something
impatient for something
a war against/on something
the risk of something
jealous of someone`
an advantage over something
to inspire with enthusiasm
to name someone after (GB)/for (AM) another person
ignorant of/about something
for the sake of someone
to cope with something
love at first sight
on the horizon
identical to/with someone
to be faced with something
to sympathize with someone on/for something
to wave at/to someone
to experiment with something
allergic to something
to swear at something
on behalf of someone
in favour of something
indifferent to something
to comment on something
to have a talent for something
inconsistent in/with something
free of/from something
owing to something
desperate for something
to take notice of something
emphasis on something
sensitive to something
to long for something
proficient at/in something
guilty of doing something
hostile to something
to lecture someone about/on something
to call on someone to do something
sanctions against a company
to be suited to something
to suspect someone of doing something
to equip something with something
shelter from something
to resign from a job
to make fuss of someone
to guard against something
to admit to doing something

sábado, 1 de dezembro de 2007

Litemind writing contest: my favorites



...and how I found them

List of my favorite blogs from Litemind's contest:

  • Top 23 Motivation Tips, Tricks and Tactics from the Blogosphere by Mike Ambrose

  • 100 Resources To Improve Your Career, Relationships And Money by Lawrence Cheok

  • 7 Powerful Tips to Overcome Failure by Donald Latumahina

  • 5 Crash Course Tips in Viral Marketing by John Murch

  • Escape the Rut by Catherine Kunst

  • 21 Punching Tips On Social Media Marketing and Social Media Optimization by Etienne Teo

  • 35 Guaranteed Ways To Increase Your RSS Subscribers by Fred


  • How I choose them:

    1. First I created a list of quality criteria:
    1.a minimum of 5 and maximum of 10 links
    1.b relevance. Is the subject valuable for me?
    1.c richness. Is the blog superficial?
    1.d style. Do I like the way the author writes?
    1.e freshness. Can I learn something from the blog?
    2. I read all blogs and rated them from 1 to 5.
    3. I picked up the highest scores (19 articles).
    4. I wrote some personal notes about the articles.
    5. I eliminated some articles from the final list.
    6. I compiled the final list.
    7. I published this post.
    8. I will give authors feedback and stumble (wwww.stumbleupon.com) their pages.
    9. I will read them again.

    Some notes about my personal choices:
    Top 23 Motivation Tips, Tricks and Tactics from the Blogosphere by Mike Ambrose
    I like Mike's approach: scientific and clean. This one is useful as a trigger to think about important concepts for my work.

    100 Resources To Improve Your Career, Relationships And Money by Lawrence Cheok
    Relevant topics, I will learn with the richness of this list and it will provide me guidance.

    7 Powerful Tips to Overcome Failure by Donald Latumahina
    Reading this article really made me feel better and gave me more confidence. I would like to read more about overcoming failure in the future

    5 Crash Course Tips in Viral Marketing by John Murch
    I liked the implicit references to Malcolm Gladwell's ideas and explicit references to Seth Gordin, two authors I'm really fond of. I learnt several new concepts that I will try to test in the near future.

    Escape the Rut by Catherine Kunst
    Escape the Rut by Catherine Kunst
    As a former lecturer I found it refreshing to read this article. It made me think about its relevant concepts. Its fluence and style impressed me.

    21 Punching Tips On Social Media Marketing and Social Media Optimization by Etienne Teo
    I was impressed by its relevance and the richness of references I found.

    35 Guaranteed Ways To Increase Your RSS Subscribers by Fred
    I found this one very practical and I will try to implement some of its new (at least to me) ideas.

    In closing,

    Thanks to Luciano Passuello and Litemind for the opportunity!

    Yours truly,

    fier

    domingo, 18 de novembro de 2007

    40 ways to make your mind your playground


    Sometimes I feel that my brain is lazy, maybe a little spoiled. While
    I work hard to produce something and keep my schedule organized, my
    brain keeps thinking what it wants, has no schedule and demands its quota of sugar. I
    find this unacceptable! It has to work as hard as the rest of us and more - as my primary weapon against the challenges of the world - it must be flexible, prepared and fit. The idea is based on the concept that you really don’t need to take
    notes of everything but instead use your brain as a sandbox.
    Emphasizing some subjects will be helpful and you'll remember what really is important at the right time.

    This is my list of things that my brain should be doing instead
    of being bored in lines, supermarkets and useless presentations. Maybe
    you can find something useful.

    Keywords are imagination, creativity and flexibility.

    01 - Create a memory palace.
    This technique is described in Thomas Harris' Hannibal , where you create an imaginary building (based on a real one) in which each room or object is related to something you want to remember.
    I tried it once and it worked fine but I need to practice it more.

    Mind Palace

    02 - Fill in and decorate your memory palace.
    Adding more details can improve your palace and your memory too.

    03 - Create a 100 items list.
    Creating great lists can help you focus on what is important for you.
    I tried this one once (see my previous article) and despite not using
    any of its items directly, I’ve found it both fun and useful.
    Approved!

    100 lists

    04 - Create a frog list.
    This idea is inspired by the concept Swallow that frog!
    Collect things that need to be done but you really don’t want to do (this is the frog you have to swallow). Just remembering the items is already useful.
    I have not tried this one yet but I must admit this is sorely needed. It will be my first frog.
    Frogs concept

    05 - Create a 10 list.Pick any relevant issue and create a list of 10 things that
    you do to carry it out or in support of it.
    E.g. Health: 1. Drink more water; 2. Exercise 60 minutes a day. 3. Use stairs instead of lifts, etc. I’m a fan of this technique.

    06 - List good qualities of your friends.
    Its always refreshing. I like this one.

    07 - List good qualities of your enemies.
    I hate this one.

    08 - Create quality criteria for your tasks.
    At least this makes it measurable. For example this article should have no fewer than 30 suggestions.

    09 - Play with forms.
    Imagine a square, then rotate it. Fill it with patterns, then fill
    it with colors. Create a cube from it then a hypercube. Play with size, shape and
    color. After that, play with sounds and smells. Try to feel them like it was real.
    It looks like being fun.

    10 - Play with body shapes.
    Imagine a known face, then imagine it with a mustache, two noses, then
    being fat, blonde, without a neck. Alternatively try to create a
    chimera with parts of two or three people who you
    know.
    It looks like being fun.

    11- Create a marketing campaign to sell yourself.
    Create your own brand. I will try hard on this one because it seems very useful to me.

    12- Create a jingle for yourself. Make it unique and fun.

    13 - Imagine yourself as a virus.
    Inspired by Dawkin's concept of memetics:
    Memetics
    How could you be present in the mind of other people as much as it would be possible?

    14 - Visualize a perfect body for yourself. Imagine how it could be.

    15 - Project a better human head.
    This is from Edward De Bono. Experiment with different possibilities (instead of simply adding an extra eye).

    16 - Create an aphorism.
    Imagine yourself as Garfield. You can start with comparisons, e.g. "Life is like a nail: You
    just want to nail it down, but quite often it nails you down."

    17 - Write a poem or simply a rhyme.
    Everyone has tried to write a poem once. Any one of us is at least a mediocre poet but this should not
    prevent us from enjoying the process of creating poetry, or at least a witty phrase. You can even try to borrow some starters e.g.
    "She walks in beauty as the night". Just don't publish your work!

    18 - Invent new words. This is how Tolkien started.

    19 - Meditate, soft focus.
    Just pay close attention to your thoughts for a set period of time. Try to see your thoughts as someone else looking back at you. Do not make any judgements. This is harder than it seems.

    20 - Meditate, hard focus. Take a concept and try to focus on it without interruption for a set period of
    time. It is easier to start with a tangible, known example. The classic one is the rose.

    21 - Describe the structure of a movie or a book. Separate the elements of a work of fiction that you know.
    Who are the characters, what is the main plot, the secondary ones, etc. You can even propose an
    alternate ending.

    22 - Find improvements in your environment.
    Better lighting, flow of people, security, etc. It would be useful if you could, implement this in your workspace.

    23 - Imagine entries for your blog.
    What would you like to write about?

    24 - Take your first baby steps toward writing your next novel.
    Start with the title. Mine will be The crimes of Dracula (awful, isn’t it?).

    25 - Recall the 5 best moments in your life.
    Inspired by the 1970 movie Tribes (a.k.a. The Soldier Who Declared
    Peace). It could motivate you before you take on any annoying or challenging task.

    26 - Recall as many details as possible the most beautiful image that you ever saw.
    Make a mental picture and put it in your memory palace. How do you like it?

    27 - Create a VISION for your next software product. If you don’t understand this one, either don't
    bother or then read about RUP.

    28 - List the main risks that you face right now. Create some prevention strategies.

    29 - Start to imagine your personal legend.
    Inspired by the cult Brazilian writer Paulo Coelho. Be impartial even if you don’t like the author or the concept.
    More information in
    Personal Legend

    30 - Create imaginary dialogues with extraordinary people.
    Speak with Leonardo da Vinci about your problems.
    Plato anyone?

    31 - Imagine conversations without your participation.
    What would be a conversation between Einstein, Buddha and Nietsche? What advice would Mark Twain
    give Donald Duck about relationships?

    32 - Feel your heart beating.
    If you can’t, ask someone else. If he can't either, call a doctor.

    33 - Be sad for five minutes. Setting the time you allow yourself to feel a negative emotion can be very useful, as I found
    out myself.
    If you are sad, angry or something else try to let it run for only 15 minutes, maximum. If
    this is hard for you,] try to schedule a time for it. "I will became mad about this tomorrow between 9 and 10".
    Nonsense? Well, being mad about something is not reasonable, to start with.


    34 - Link three unrelated concepts.
    Take some random words and link them into a single concept. Flex your creative muscles.

    35 - Create a mind-virtual camera.
    This was inspired by O.S. Card's Speaker for the Death.
    Imagine that your brain is a movie camera and your eyes the lens. You
    are able to record any fact and play it afterwards. Try to
    remember things exactly as they were recorded. Alternatively,
    you can imagine that you have a spy camera to spy on anything that interests you, it’s all in
    your imagination, of course.
    I never tried this one but I will for sure because it seems very fun.

    36 Create stories about people you don’t know.
    You may be able to create some characters for your next novel.


    37 - Look at typefaces. Are they adequate? Do they convey the correct
    idea, and are they synergetic with the product? Are the size, weight, color adequate to the
    message? How can they be improved?

    38 - If you play a strategic game (like chess), you can play it in your mind.

    39 - Say a mantra. Mantras are repetitive words (or phrases) that are
    meant to free your mind from thoughts, allowing you to
    concentrate on your senses (this is obviously an oversimplification). The most famous one is "Om mani padme hum" but if
    you aren't fond of Buddhism you can try Bene Gesserit's (from Frank Herbert's Dune) "The fear is the killer of the mind".
    I find this technique useful and use it from time to time.

    40 - Create new ways to make your brain your playground.
    This is how I started.

    You can see above the practical result of my effort. It took me:
    - 1 hour to create the 100 list for my last post
    - 1 hour to correct the list (thanks MMJr!)
    - 30 minutes to create the first mind map (attached):http://fier.litemind.com/LSF-37ways.jpg/
    - 30 min to create the digital mind map (attached):
    http://fier.litemind.com/MindPlayG.mmap/
    - 3 hours to write the article
    - Some effort from my brain.

    Your servant fier.

    segunda-feira, 12 de novembro de 2007

    100 list startup

    One of the goals of this blog is to show how I implement some techniques. It will help me to improve and find errors I don't see at first sight. Naturally I created mindmaps about the development of this blog but now I have some tasks to do prior the implementation of them.

    I found the 100 list technique here:
    http://litemind.com/tackle-any-issue-with-a-list-of-100/

    and will participate in this intersting project:
    http://litemind.com/lists-group-writing-project/

    100 subjects for List group writing projects
    1 chess - best books by subject
    2 chess - how to build a library
    3 chess - how to improve myself
    4 books - the best books I read
    5 books - why they are remarkable
    6 techniques - which are the best
    7 techniques - tools
    8 techniques - GTD
    9 techniques - improving GTD
    10 techniques - how to remember things
    11 techniques - how to become rich
    12 techniques - how to get organized
    13 techniques - how to organize at the right level
    14 movies - how to get the maximum from a movie
    15 language - tips to improve learning a foreign language
    16 language - reasons to learn a foreign language
    17 language - improving your thoughts through language
    18 brain - how to improve your brain's performance
    19 health - reasons to exercise when you don't like it
    20 chess - reasons to play chess
    21 moleskine - reasons to start one
    22 writing - habits
    23 writing - fun of caligraphy
    24 net - ideas to use the internet as a tool
    25 photos - why start a photolog
    26 better me 2.3
    27 how to be an efficective generalist
    28 reasons to be a specialist
    29 the path of the middle
    30 how to search for aliens
    31 how to see the world through the eyes of a child
    32 lessons learned when making lists
    33 reasons to read works of literature
    34 outstanding books on performance
    35 reasons to use paper instead of eletronic media
    36 reasons to study calligraphy
    37 reasons to make book summaries
    38 reasons to praise your friends
    39 reasons to meditate
    40 reasons to write poetry
    41 reasons to read a new book each week
    42 reasons to nurture a personal network
    43 reasons to create and maintain a blog
    44 reasons to learn to draw
    45 reasons to buy things
    46 reasons to declutter
    47 reasons to clutter up
    48 ways to predict the future
    49 ways to create a risk list
    50 ways to explain things
    51 ways to create a good mindmap
    52 ways to make a plan
    53 ways to differentiate plans from projects
    54 best hacks
    55 ways to approach someone you don't know
    56 ways to keep a good sense of humour
    57 reasons to keep good humour
    58 how to go from reasons to do something to ways to do something
    59 reasons to learn perspective
    60 reasons to have a logo
    61 reasons to start a journal
    62 techniques to do your weekly review
    63 ways to better use the technology you have
    64 redemption: lessons from the steppenwolf
    65 best low-costwines
    66 funny things that I saw in Buenos Aires
    67 best qualities in the best people I know
    68 the best things I have ever done
    69 the best things I did this year
    70 how to turn around a bad situation
    71 ways to use your imagination creatively
    72 imagination x creativity x methodology
    73 how to create your own brand
    74 ow to please others without losing yourself
    75 changing habits
    76 the power of habit
    77 how to use a mandala diary
    78 how to use a dreams diary
    79 using psychology for your own benefity
    80 using happiness for your own benefit
    81 how to develop patience
    82 how to balance agility and calm
    83 how to read a book
    84 how to allocate your time
    85 turn something mediocre into something outstanding
    86 how to cook unusual dishes
    87 how to plan your retirement
    88 how to write a book
    89 reasons to enjoy Mondays
    90 reasons to have more free time
    91 reasons to have discipline
    92 ways to cultivate discipline
    93 ways to get more from your drawings
    94 ways to feel the correct timing
    95 strategy of intuition
    96 using your senses
    97 ways to create positive imbalances
    98 using the imbalances technique in your daily life
    99 ways to avoid boredom
    100 how to use your notebook

    3. Next steps: analyze and prioritize. For now I like the technique.

    fier.

    domingo, 14 de outubro de 2007

    Book: Intelligence Frontiers

    by Nilton Bonder.
    One of my dearest projects was to create a mindmap (see below) about the book Borders of Intelligence by Nilton Bonder.

    If you want an introduction about Mindmaps:
    http://litemind.com/what-is-mind-mapping/

    And finally the mindmap: http://fier.litemind.com/Intelligence_Borders.mmap/


    Try it.

    When you believe that you know too much...

    or too little and its time to think about life:

    Steppenwolf by Hermann Hesse.

    Its refreshing to take a look at the development and blossoming of a personality that could be ourselves.

    domingo, 30 de setembro de 2007

    Simplicity = Sanity

    John Maeda's 10 laws of simplicity

    Law 1 Reduce: The simplest way to achieve simplicity is through thoughtful reduction.

    Law 2 Organize: Organization makes a system of many appear fewer.

    Law 3 Time: Savings in time feel like simplicity.

    Law 4 Learn: Knowledge makes everything simpler.

    Law 5 Differences: Simplicity and complexity need each other.

    Law 6 Context: What lies in the periphery of simplicity is definitely not peripheral.

    Law 7 Emotion: More emotions are better than less.

    Law 8 Trust: In simplicity we trust.

    Law 9 Failure: Some things can never be made simple.

    Law 10 The One: Simplicity is about subtracting the obvious, and adding the meaningful.

    http://lawsofsimplicity.com/
    http://www.tompeters.com/cool_friends/content.php?note=009446.php

    sexta-feira, 21 de setembro de 2007

    Equilibrium

    For those who search to be more produtive, one of the keys is equilibrium, the first step to harmony. So we cannot forget about the spirit. I've always loved the following poem. Hope you like it too:

    For those who have hurt me, knowingly or unknowingly
    in thought, word, or deed, I freely forgive.
    And for those whom I have hurt,
    knowingly or unknowingly in thought, word, or deed,
    I ask forgiveness.
    May I be happy, may I be peaceful, may I be free.
    May my friends be happy, may my friends be peaceful, may my friends be free.
    May my enemies be happy, may my enemies be peaceful, may my enemies be free.
    May all beings be happy, may all beings be peaceful, may all beings be free.
    (Buddhist prayer)

    Your servant,

    Fier.

    quarta-feira, 12 de setembro de 2007

    Plain, simple, meaningful

    According to John Maeda "Simplicity is about subtracting the obvious and adding the meaningful"

    I would like to be like that but there is a long way ...

    The best I can do right now is this entry.

    http://weblogs.media.mit.edu/SIMPLICITY/

    http://web.mac.com/calpurnio/iWeb/Calpur/CalpurHOME.html

    Your servant,

    Luciano Fier.

    domingo, 2 de setembro de 2007

    Polishing the brick

    Watch your thoughts; they become words.
    Watch your words; they become actions.
    Watch your actions; they become habits.
    Watch your habits; they become character.
    Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.
    Frank Outlaw.


    Hey, lets do a little test together? Pick up your moleskine and a really fancy pen, ok if you don't dig these things, you'll need only to think for a while.
    Ok, lets start: think about something in what you really love to be well succeed but your results so far not being as good as you want. Difficult, congratulations! For me it was easy - chess is something that I'll love to play better than my feeble results in this last 20 years. Now write down 3 things that you intend to do to improve your results.
    If you're like me the things that you wrote and the things that you want to improve your results are different. In this kind of situation I tend to do enjoyable things that I like to do instead. In chess what I really need is to exercise and analyse my own games. My list consists in buying more books and perhaps subscribe a magazine. It is like trying obtain a mirror by polishing a brick and after the initial insucess trying to polish it harder. Said that lets find some reasons for such a unreasonable behavior. In my case I tend to feel more secure if I have plenty resource to deal with each problem. But I tend to like more collecting resources than deal with the issue itself. This makes me feel that I'm doing something towards the solution but it doesn't really helps to deal with the problem. There are other possible reasons: the joy of collecting things, the joy of the organization itself and the joy of not put the hands on the dirty part of the job. Meanwhile I can dream about the beautiful mirror I will get by polishing that darn brick.
    What is the solution? Well I did not promised any solutions did I? Anyway I think that awareness is a good start. Other approach is try to find a middle term between things that I like and things that are really necessary. And finally I find it important to share. Any suggestions?

    Luciano

    quinta-feira, 9 de agosto de 2007

    What's is a Mind Moleskine after all?



    Welcome!

    I like definitions. Don't you? Even if you don't like them, theyare so easy to skip. As I said, I'm fond of them, so:

    Mind: Mind refers to the joint aspects of intellect and consciousness which are manifest in some combination of thought,perception, emotion, will and imagination.
    Moleskine: Although the name may be confused with a generic term (Moleskin), the Moleskine (pronounced /mol-a-skeen'-a) is a brand of notebook manufactured by Moleskine srl, an Italian company. The Moleskine is bound in oilcloth-covered cardboard, with an elastic band to hold the notebook closed and a sewn spine that allows it to lie flat when opened. (wikipedia)Moleskine's most famous endorsement comes from Bruce Chatwin, who used similar notebooks constantly throughout his travels, and wrote about them glowingly. Other luminaries include Hemingway, Picasso and Van Gogh.

    Bruce Chatwin - 'Losing my passport was the least of my worries, losing a notebook was a catastrophe'.

    I've always been fascinated by other people notes. I'ts like take a peek on their thoughts, always so intersting. When I started searching I found several different and interesting ways to take notes, but I later realized that owning a Moleskine isn't what matters, it's what's in the mind and what comes through the hands of its owner. But later I'd quickly discovered that own a Moleskine doesn't make it intersting because what it matters is the mind and the hand of the owner. As my hands have always been rebellious to my continuous tries to make them more artistically creative like drawing and calligraphy, I came to the conclusion that the really best Moleskine I can produce is in my mind. So this blog is about stuff that I would like to record on my Moleskine, if I had one and if my hands were more cooperative.It's about stuff that I find interesting, including but notrestricted to mind, GTD, mind maps, Moleskines, Zen, art, chess,design, DIY and above all my doubts, since the real opportunities for improvement lie not in the extremes of black and white, but in the gray area in between, don't you agree? I'll try to put a post every two weeks and do it while there is interest andfeedback. As English is not my first language, corrections, amendments, hints and suggestions are most welcome.

    Links:
    www.modoemodo.com
    http://www.moleskineus.com/
    http://www.moleskinerie.com/
    http://www.moleskine.com/eng/default.htm

    Books: The Mind's I - Douglas Hofstadter ed.

    Your servant - Luciano Fier

    Next - Polishing the brick

    Arquivo do blog