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natural complexity

There are times when I hate technology. It’s when technology becomes

  1. Slow
  2. Inefficient
  3. Complex

When things don’t work or are too slow or complex to find/understand, those are the times I wished to be a farmer.

Nature is complex, but yet it feels ok, while the complexity of technology often leads to frustration.

Why is that? 

I guess it’s because nature is “natural”, while the complexity added from technology is something that’s an artifact. It can be understood only if you are already understand much of the tech world.

That is why usability is so difficult to create and infuse into products.

Because the goal of usability is to create that natural-like experience that allows people to “do things” without too much frustration or thinking.

Raising a kid is complex, it is frustrating sometimes, but hardly will you “feel” a barrier caused by nature. 

Maybe the barrier is your kid itself, but there is no barrier added from the system, while in tech it’s the system itself that add limits.

The more time it passes, the more I’m inclined to pay for services that just work the way I want, because the usability and efficiency of a service is part of the “natural” feeling I expect from good technology.

Technology should add more work to your life, instead it should remove it.

recovering from a pause

When you take a pause from something (in my case this blog, because I was in japan and didn’t feel like writing it for that time), the hardest part is to take the rhythm.

It’s like retuning yourself to your habits, because installing an habit is hard, losing it is easy.

So the best thing to do in these cases is start again. From zero. Like it was the first time.

Because, in some ways, it is the first time.

men and women perceptions

Looking at how ads are made and seeing how we differently react it’s hard for me to say that men and women are equals in term of perceptions. 

I’m not talking about a better or a worst, but instead I refer to different take on the same fact.

Men and women are different because they are emotionally different. They feel joy and fear in topics totally unrelated. And while we can asset that exceptions do exists we must also consider the rest of the options.

We laugh, we choose differently, and marketing knows it, while we might not even realize.

Today I was looking at some ads in Japan and here the difference is less obvious that in Italy.

It is obvious for coffe, which seems primary aimed towards men, while many tv ads seems to focus on both genders because the Japan male can have a face that’s less manly than usual. 

In other races, the male is clearly different, while in Japan the difference is more subtle (not less evident), because the you can have delicate face lineaments without being too much feminine.

It was interesting because it shows how our interpretation of human body change the way we market to it.

photos and real life

There are some photos I took today. I edited them all, sometimes with colors that are similar to what I was seeing, sometime with exaggerated saturation.

Is it wrong or right? To me editing a photo is also a way to express a feeling, the way I was feeling at the time. While it sure isn’t perfect, it’s my way to recall memories.

In these photos the weather was awful, the jacket I had didn’t hold to such rain and it started leaking inside.

But the memory I’ll remember it would come not from this. It would come from those temples, the wonderful ramen I ate, the colors of the maple trees.

defying success

Recently I was talking to an old friend of mine that is in Japan. He’s a very smart guy and has really great goals.

I couldn’t help but notice his interest for success, both in terms of wealth and appearance.

I changed a lot of opinions about this topic. First I was all about the so-called romantic view. Money isn’t important, love beats us all, etc. 

Then I got into the money bandwagon and I was like “how could I have possibly be so naive?! Money isn’t a problem and we all should earn it” and so on.

The change was not sudden but it sure changed me in many ways. 

Even though I was now interested in money I stayed away from the many programs that talk about money without considering the human part of the equation.

Now I changed again my mind because while I still think that money is important and relevant, I choose time over money.

Money can always be earned. Time cannot.

And while we might even think that we are slaves to money, the real master is time. A master to which we cannot hide.

Time, quality time with the people you love, cannot be bought. And although it’s clear that you can improve the quality with money, you cannot obtain time without time in the first place.

Now let’s go back to my friend. He seems now in the phase where you sacrifice time for other things. It’s a moment of growth and for that I admire him.

But after the talk with him I couldn’t stop thinking about success.

What is success, after all? How can we define success?

Considering the elements of popularity and wealth success could be defined by the amount of respect you get from other people and the amount of money you earn through your work (money that comes from other’s pockets btw).

When I defined success like this I started thinking about the fact that we don’t own  our success. Others own our success because it’s based on qualities and elements given onto us.

We earn it like a social status, but the social status is nowhere ours.

It’s not like our sex or our eye color. It’s not like the dress we own.

We don’t control success in this terms (yes we can create it, but we would never own it anyway).

Defined like this success is like when we are some players in a game. We can rank higher, but it’s not our game.

The strange thing is that we own our time. We are the masters of it. Yet we sacrifice it for something we can’t own.

traveling

This morning while preparing to leave Italy to Japan I noticed my Dropbox folder where I store any trip receipt/information.

There were a lot of folders, not that many but enough for me to think that I traveled a lot. 

To avoid forgetting I do a couple of things

  • Keep a journal
  • Take photos
  • Do videos

The journal is on paper and its scope is to remind me of the beautiful things I saw. 

Its goal is to recall an exact moment in time.

The photos recall the overall things I’ve done. While the video serve the purpose to recall the spirit of the journey.

It may not be perfect, but to me it’s a great solution to not forget about the wonderful things I lived.

october 2015 recap

October was a strange month. I was quite busy during that time, but found the time to be consistent about writing here, although I skipped a few days.

Lots of the Writing is related to the company I’m somewhat trying to build, the Radici Toscane although I don’t state it in a single post.

I must admit that during this month I was always quite in a hurry, this resulted into articles being somewhat shorter than usual, although some were nice to write.

A few that I liked were

Also, this month I did a test on reducing sugar intake and do some breathing exercise in the morning.
Regarding sugar it’s awesome, I mean… you can’t even imagine the benefit.
After just a month of removing sugar my taste changed and now I don’t feel the need to eat sugar so much.

In november this blog will somewhat become more of a journey trip since I’ll be heading off to japan for almost the entire month.

on accepting chaos and following the path

Sometimes chaos seems unforgiving, you get the idea that beyond chaos there’s only failure.
In those times it helps to find a helping hand, a friend or a mentor you can count on.

Chaos is an excellent way to learn you skill because it unbalance you.
The only thing you must stick to during those times is the path. Your path.
No matter the reason, keep following it, don’t ever detour.

If you chose that path in calm times it means you’ve gone through all the thinking to make it sure it was right.
Chaos add uncertainty and fear, which may lead to fake conclusions dictated only by urgency, and your path, your life, deserve more.

You deserve more.