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Month: December 2015

new study finds something that might be true

Have you ever thought about how many studies out there claim that there might be correlation between Y and Z ?

I do and it scares me. Yes, there may be correlation, but we shouldn’t fantasize. We as humans are the founders of the scientific method yet we see this kind of generic statement all the time.

These are news that are easy to get a grip on the public audience. They often reveal unheard correlation that might imply great results or benefits, like the correlation between drinkin tea and losing weight. 

But if there’s no scientific protocol what should we do?

If it does relate to something you can experience every day, like dieting energy and so on , then listen for your body and your mind, keep the attention high for new signals. there’s no better way to learn than to listen to yourself.

Regarding more bigger themes or implications, like social, economical, genetic, etc my guess is that it’s better to wait and document while asking for more information.

In the Internet we use to say “don’t feed the troll”, well… I guess we could also say “don’t feed the news”

to get more energy you have to do less

I’ve recently moved onto a part-time job. This requires me to do the same amount of work in 2/third of the time.

No big deal, right? In fact I was sloppy and learned that I needed to better focus my energy.

Together with this, there are many things I realized and discovered through dieting and meditating.

For example: if you are sick, eating will use energy that would have been used to cure yourself.
The act of digesting requires lots of work for your body, so you should threat it accordingly.

That’s why it often happens to be sleepy after eating a lot. Your body can’t handle that.

The same applies for doing. You have to do less to achieve more.
Sounds counterintuitive, but it works.

are we all numbers?

I just read a sad news about one of my relatives. He’s being transferred from a big company to a different one, after 35 years of working there.

This can happen when you’re only a number. This is why big companies sometimes fail, because they grow to much and don’t know how to handle that number of people.

Often, though, changes like this are inevitable and are taken from people who won’t suffer damage for such decision.
This is why I don’t like the big company model and I fear how its super-controlled work might affect the people working there.

I, too, am working in a company that’s growing so much, but we are still small.
Yet there is the feeling for such controlled behavior, for a company that’s 100% under control.

Good or bad? I can’t say. What I can say is my personal opinion about how too much control limits creativity. This is one thing I firmly believe.
Structure is made to control the behavior of people, to protect them from damaging. It’s a good thing, but too much structure means that you will lose creativity, you will lose freedom and in the end you’ll end up in the same situation as the big company are right now.

the power of your words and why we should all keep our promises

Have you ever broke a promise?
I surely did, many times. And over time I started to realize that every time I broke one promise, my words were less powerful, less important, less serious.

Keeping our word and promises is alike lying. The more you lie, the less your word is effective because people know that you’re not to be trusted.

If you can’t keep your word, you’ll be that guy that talks a lot but doesn’t really do anything, or that guy that beware of what he’s saying.
There are many people like that, people that will promise you the moon, but won’t ever accomplish their promises.

This also can be easily connected to your life. Unless you’re a liar with just some people, you’ll end up noticing that your life lacks commitment, determination, perseverance because you change your mind, because you surrender too often too fast.

Also if you don’t keep your promises it means that everything for you has no real value, so¬†where’s the value?
We all try to live in something we respect even though we might not recognize it, but what’s valuable about it? What do we really like?
Are we, by any chance, living without thinking about the value of our life?
I’m not talking from a wealth point of view, instead I’m talking about the personal and emotional value we assign to everything and everyone around us.

We could call it care. How much do you care about the life you’re in? About your passions, your job, your spouse.

That’s how deep the words you say will influence you, and that’s how important they are.

marketing and adaptation to change

Should you stick to the original plan if something isn’t working out as you expected or should you change accordingly?

This seemingly simple question is often cause of debate, both internally and within people mostly because both answers are correct.

Yes, sometimes you have to stick to the original plan, believe it till the end, because you will have many people that won’t believe in your idea until it’s fully functional.
Also, the road to success is full of failures, so you will get the idea that you might be wrong.

On the other hand, maybe you’re stubborn and you’re clinging to an idea that’s not working for the market. Should you change? Yes.
Adapt, so you can make the market happy.

But what if…
what if your plan was to fulfill the dreams of the niche you fall into?
What if adapting isn’t ok with your style because that’s not what you want?
What if compromise is not feasible?

Then stick again to the plan, keep doing and failing. Find the niche untile the niche loves you for the product you built for them instead of the general market.
Make something that some people will love unconditionally.

the 2 year habits change

I tend to change my habits every 2 years or so. Usually the main habits that are involved are food, breakfast, fitness related but that’s no rule.

I like to experiment, that’s why I’m going to try and test new things every once in a while.
What I’m experimenting now is the intermittent fasting and the overall fasting benefits, something that’s not generally loved by the mainstream public mostly because it requires you to eat and consume less which is why it’s not beneficial for the market itself.

Fasting is something I love to do. It lets your mind breathe, you become more alert and gain attention. It’s a wonderful way to keep up with you body and let it relax for a while.

back to present

Today I made some jokes with my brother. He was happy, we laughed a lot.

Watching him, I realized that we need to get back to the present time more often.
To be there. To be really present.

To look, touch, see, hear, feel everything that our senses can perceive.

This is not to be confused with simple listening. You need more presence and dedication.

And one thing you’ll start noticing once you begin to truly watch and listen, is that life is beautiful.

I didn’t expect to be a geek

Nor to be a Nerd.

In fact, I feel quite a normal person, with no inclination on any particular side.
I have passions, photography, writing, that can’t be called a job because I do it for fun.

I like to test myself (and this blog is proof), but aside from this, no, I didn’t expect to be a true geek.

I don’t do nerd or geeky jokes, nor I laugh too much at them (but I love them from time to time).
I use the command line daily, but I don’t feel it’s my home.

I wouldn’t write in emacs an email.

That said, I am partly surprised by my actual interest in Tarsnap. a backup solution I just discovered.
It’s geeky in the sense that it’s a highly technical backup solution.
No difficult, but technical.

Still, I love it. I love the idea, the execution, and even the old style text-website so much that I want to use it back it up right now.

Today the main competitor of this (on a different level) is the BackBlaze B2 cloud storage, which feels like a different planet.
But how much do they compare? I’m curious, really curious, and I’d love to use them both and see the differences in prices and so on.

I guess that the main reason I liked tarsnap at first glance was its simplicity.
It’s simple, it’s easy, and it does the job.

Why would you want more? It also moves away from a fixed pricing an in a prepaid model, nice work.

great marketing is invisible

This morning I was going to Milan for work and in the time between two train connections I stopped in a bar to take a cappuccino. 

While drinking it I realized it was cold. Way too cold.

It was 7am in the morning and outside it was freezing and one door of the bar was open. The door lead to the bus arrivals terminal.

I exclaimed “it’s cold, why would they let us freeze like that” pointing at the open door and my colleague instantly replied “it’s not cold. It’s marketing”

Marketing? It took me a while to realize that it was such a nice move. An open door is a clear, unmistakable indicator that a bar is open.

It also invites you to enter. In addition to that, smells are often the best way to attract clients. The smell of a good pizza or a coffe are enough to stimulate you to indulge and stop by.

In town festivals sellers use ventilators  to spread odor of cooked food.

Marketing, great marketing, hides itself from the eye. It hides into the appearance so much it blends into the forniture and you don’t know it’s there.

It’s so great that it’s not even trying to sell in the usual sense, instead it just shows. It appeals to senses and mind and it gets you by your own free will.