10 Nov 2011

TOO MUCH PATHOLOGIES?

An article worrying reading:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/alicegwalton/2011/11/10/the-new-mental-disorders-manual-is-crazy-making/

15 Oct 2011

PORTUGAL GOLF MASTERS 2011


13th to 16th October 2011
European Tour

Host: the Victoria Golf Vilamoura, Portugal
Prize Money: To be confirmed.


The Biggest Golf Tournament in Portugal

Considered one of the leading European golf tournaments, the Masters will be held in Portugal for the 5th consecutive year from the 13th to 16th October 2011.

The introduction to the Portugal Masters recognizes the quality of the golf facilities and tourism infrastructures that now exists in Portugal, enabling the country to welcome the elite of golf professionals, world-wide coverage by the international press with an expected 35,000 spectators attending the event.



The Portugal Masters has been a huge success for the last three years. The event attracts a strong field and some of Europe's finest players are usually playing there.

With its presence on the PGA's European Circuit assured until 2011, the Portugal Masters will further enhance Portugal's position as one of the finest golf destinations in the world.

12 Oct 2011

WHAT AN WONDERFUL SHOT!

Perfect island by By&Review (via likecool.com).
Stunning.
I just love islands. I wish I knew where is this.

10 Oct 2011

RESEARCH ON DREAMS

It seems that young people dream more often in colour than older people. Read this and more about dreams at:

3 Fascinating Facts About Dreams - World of Psychology
http://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2011/10/09/3-fascinating-facts-about-dreams/


9 Oct 2011

BIKE CONTEST IN OREGON

Bikes are so flexible and adaptive. Not to speak of being non-polluent and good for exercise. I wish Lisbon and "Linha" will be soon bike-friendly.





8 Oct 2011

GOOD IDEA INDEED

http://www.likecool.com/Disaster_Relief_Dirigible--Design--Gear.html

French FIlms

The 12th edition of the French Cinema Festival in Lisbon begins Thursday and last to the16th of October.

The films will be shown in the Cinema St George and in the Portuguese Cinematheque.

Accompanying the Seventh Art, the Bar Goliardos and the restaurant Intra-Muros (AdLib) offer an accompaniment of the Eighth Art:

Each night will be dedicated to a specific wine region of France – after the film come and enjoy a good glass of wine each night from a different wine region, well-known and lesser well-known but all equally fascinating.

The wines are selected by Goliardos from his traveling through the different regions of France, all by exquisite small producers.

An excellent opportunity to combine two art forms!

There will be wine by the glass and also artisan cheeses from small producers.

Tursday 6th :

Champagne in the AdLib and Goliardos

Friday 7th :

Bourgogne, in Goliardos and AdLib

Saturday 8th :

Languedoc, and in Goliardos AdLib

Sunday 9th :

Loire in AdLib

Monday 10th :

Savoie, in AdLib

Tuesday 11th :

Rhône at AdLib

Wednesday 12th :

Bordeaux in AdLib

Thursday 13th :

Jura, in Goliardos and AdLib

Friday 14th :

Alsace in Goliardos and AdLib

Saturday 15th :

Sud-Ouest in Goliardos and AdLib

Sunday 16th :

Roussillon, in AdLib

Hours:

Goliardos: Thursday, Friday and Saturday, from 19:00 to 2:00 a.m.

Bar Intra-Muros, AdLib, Avenida da Liberdade 127, from 17:00 to 1:00

7 Oct 2011

AN INSPIRING MAN IS DEAD

 A tribute designed by Jonathan Mak, a Hong-Kong student.

Steve Jobs was a genius. I once posted here his terrific speech at Stanford University years ago. His views on life (and death) and his enthousiasm are truly inspiring.
RIP Steve Jobs
 


Downhearted

A sweet poem about what the heart wants............

1 Oct 2011

THE PLANET'S EYES

Amazing video:

http://www.likecool.com/Time_Lapse_of_Night_Sky_Over_ALMA_Observatory_on_Chilean--Video--Gear.html

ALFA-DOG ROBOT

Haaaa! The beast!

http://www.likecool.com/The_video_for_fourlegged_AlphaDog--Video--Gear.html

LANGUAGE(S)

I found this interesting small video about the importance of language.
Language and words are central to the psychoanaltycal psychotherapeutic technique. Freud used to call psychoanalys "the talking cure" and anyone who had an analysis or a psychoanalytical pychotherapy knows what he meant by that.
On the other hand, if language has been a factor of civilization, we must also be cautious with words. As much as they allow us to reach other people, they can also give way to misunderstanding.

http://bigthink.com/ideas/40320

18 Sep 2011

CITIES AND BICYCLES

In 35 years Lisbon went from a quiet peaceful city, even provincial, to a city that likes to see itself as an European capital. It should therefore follow the example of capitals all over Europe and become more citizen-friendly. Bicycles are a privileged means of transportation, both cheap, healthy and eco-friendly. The Lisboetas however seem to be very much attached to their cars and value them over all things. Maybe it's a symptom of our recently acquired "wealth" that turned out to be an illusion, like having two or three mobiles, several plasmas, etc.
Have a look at how other cities have turned bike-friendly.

http://www.virgin-vacations.com/11-most-bike-friendly-cities.aspx

7 Sep 2011

THE DIFFERENT FACES OF ART

Lovely trip by the little boat. Dreamlike. Enjoy.

http://www.likecool.com/Little_Boat--Video--Gear.html

28 Aug 2011

LESSONS ABOUT LIFE

Now that Steve Jobs resigned from the post of Apple's CEO, one more reason to listen attentively to what he has to say on life.
A pancreatic cancer, a liver transplant... This man, who was given for adoption, is a force of nature.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UF8uR6Z6KLc&feature=youtube_gdata_player

18 Aug 2011

THIS IS THE PHOTO BY BRASSAÏ

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EXHIBITION: METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART (NYC)

Night photography since 1896. This is a photo by Brassaï.

Artist
Brassaï (French (born Romania), Brasov 1899–1984 Côte d'Azur)
Le pilier du Métro Corvisart
[A Pillar of the Corvisart Metro]
1934





15 Aug 2011

MENTAL HEALTH AND LEADERSHIP

Dr. Nassir Ghaemi, psychiatrist, published a book about the links between leadership capacities and the mental health ("A first rate madness").
His thesis is that in times of crisis it might be possible that an excess of "normality" may hinder the special leadership skills required.
I still didn't read the book but in the meantime we can have a hint by reading his blog:

http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/mood-swings/201108/first-rate-madness

31 Jul 2011

STAVANGER, NORWAY

I was in Norway for a weekend.
Beautiful landscape, beautiful and ivilzed people.
Sea, boats, fjords, islands, very cold water, bikes, seafood.
Out of the blue, comes that psychopath that starts killing people.
Human mind is an abyss.

26 Jun 2011

SAL BIGGER THAN GENGHIS?

Sal Khan, a young man graduated buy the MIT, specially gifted in terms of communicating, explaining and teaching, created the Khan Academy (www.khanacademy.org) where you can watch more than two thousand hors of classes about 40 different areas of knowledge.
Do have a look and see for yourself.

18 Jun 2011

ENTREPRENEURSHIP

Many people would like to start their own business. This wish may be specially useful in the present (and I believe future) situation when jobs for life are part of the past.
We have to come to terms with the fact than the golden years that followed the II World War are past and gone. They lasted for almost sixty years (I'm speaking of course of Europe and the USA) and corresponded in a general way to the so-called baby boomers generation.
Nowadays young people have to be specially resortful in a global and competitive world where jobs are scarce. Entrepreneurship is something than can also be learnt although there are certain born with traits that may help. I already dealt with these issues in a previous post.
Creativity is no doubt a most important trait.
Someone recently told me about this site which is very helpful:

http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/219709

3 Jun 2011

BIOs AND RESUMÉs


Michael Margolis writes a very interesting article about writing bios.
In these hard times we're living it's important to distinguish yourself from the masses when you're competing for a position.
Have a read at:

http://the99percent.com/tips/7025/The-Resume-Is-Dead-The-Bio-Is-King?utm_source=Triggermail&utm_medium=email&utm_term=ALL&utm_campaign=MIH%20June%20%2711

14 May 2011

I HAVE ONE TOO!

LONG LIVE SPRING

I'm currently preparing a long lecture and had not the oportunnity to go outside for the whole day. Then I realized the weather was very fine and flowers were blossoming eveywhere.
Spring is in full. As in this photo I took in another springtime:

6 May 2011

DREAMS AND DREAMING

An interesting article about dreams and dreaming:

http://psychology.about.com/od/statesofconsciousness/tp/facts-about-dreams.htm

1 May 2011

AUTHORITY WITHOUT RESPONSIBILITY?

No way, Seth says. And it makes perfect sense. Have a look at a post by one of the most interesting bloggers in the world.


http://sethgodin.typepad.com/seths_blog/2011/04/headroom.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+typepad%2Fsethsmainblog+%28Seth%27s+Blog%29

24 Apr 2011

ARE BACTERIA IN COMMAND?

According to Scientific American, bacteria that inhabit our gut may shape the way we feel, think and behave.
Sounds creepy but please read:

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=the-neuroscience-of-gut

23 Apr 2011

MUSIC FOR THE WEEKEND: BILL CALLAHAN

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1tEnAgKDF34&feature=youtube_gdata_player

(from the Apoclypse album)

17 Apr 2011

SMARTPHONES AND GOOD MANNERS

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/17/fashion/17TEXT.html?_r=1

HUMOUR

There's a joke circulating amongst the banks:
"I'm feeling moody, standard and poor; Socrates is not fitch"

I'm always amazed (and marvel) at the capacity to make jokes even in desperate circumstances. They say it's a symptom of mental health.

9 Apr 2011

Neil Gaiman: 10 Good Writing Practices

Neil Gaiman: 10 Good Writing Practices

STRESS AND COUNSELLING

Telomeres start shortening as we age. But stress helps too. Or rather, not manaing stress.
Read this article in The Economist about chromosomes, stress and the importance of couselling.

http://www.economist.com/node/18526881

2 Apr 2011

WHAT IT TAKES TO BE AN ENTREPRENEUR

WHAT IT TAKES TO BE AN ENTREPRENEUR?

Nine out of ten startups fail. What does this say to us? That to be an entrepreneur, start and lead a business you need:

A.  Great and direccional motivation. It's not only about self-motivation but also about being able to persuade and motivate other people.
B.  Strong tolerance to frustation
C.  Resilience (the capacity to face adverse conditions with courage and determination).

But this is not enough. Prior to these skills there are other capabilities:

A.  Iniciative
B.  Creativity and an appetite for innovation
C.  Networking
D. Sense of oportunity (to acknowkedge what the market needs or may need
E. Being a risk-lover (vs a risk-averter)

An entrepreneur must be not only a manager but someone who can detect opportunities amongst the enormous amount of information that circulates around him or her. He or she must be able to take a risk and go for a well determined objective with stubborness and persistence.It's someone who doesn't take no for an answer. Most probably (s)he'll take it as maybe. (S)he's a visionary but at the same time someone quite realistic (in some cases it will help to have a partner who complements some of these traits, not easy to reunite in one person).
Many wonder if these skills are innate or can be acquired. I believe most of them, if not all, can be learnt and the soon the better. Frustration, for instance, is one of the first things a baby has to face when s(he) realizes that mother is not a hundred per cent available (this is so hard that some people never manage to deal with it, usually in collusion with their mothers).
Creativity can and must be cultivated.
Still, all this needs a lot of hard work.

Another issue comes to mind apart from these innate or acquired personality traits: external reality and circumstances. Depending on the activity or the economic area, the entrepreneur will need financing and ideally a context where resources (capital and knowledge) are available and free access to the markets.

MUSIC FOR THE WEEKEND: Iron & Wine

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UGPzyGIaw0E&feature=youtube_gdata_player

20 Mar 2011

THE JOYS OF READING

(illustration of Alice in the Wonderland, courtesy of Wikipedia)

This is one of my favourite books. As I child I clearly remember the moment I discovered books could mean a whole new world for me. I can even say that my first moment of autonomy and independence was when I realized that learning to read would allow me a freedom that my "real" life didn't.  It was not when I learned to eat by myself or to dress. It was when I realized I could find a meaning in those letters and that I would have so many travels ahead. Tarzan, cowboys, pirates.... Wonderful and strange worlds were opening up for me.
That was in the time of paper books, which appear to be a species approaching extinction (the fact is that I read quite a lot in my iPad). How will children learn that space for autonomy and freedom? Maybe learning how to use computers and have access to images and also reading. Times are changin', as Bob Dylan sang.

13 Mar 2011

HAPPY WITH YOUR LIFE OR HAPPY IN YOUR LIFE?

Still about happiness, have a look at this wonderful Td Talk. Daniel Kahneman is a famous psychologist and Nobel laureate in Economics.
(satisfaction and happiness are different things)

http://www.ted.com/talks/daniel_kahneman_the_riddle_of_experience_vs_memory.html

CONTROL, PROGRESSSION, CONNECTION, BELONGING

From an article by Morgam Housel in The Motley Fool (www.fool.com):

"Money isn't the key to happiness. What really gives people meaning and happiness is a combination of four things: Control over what they're doing, progress in what they're pursuing, being connected with others, and being part of something they enjoy that's bigger than themselves".

Wonderfully put. Food for thought, isn'it?

8 Mar 2011

AGING

Jenny Bowden: our attitude has an effect on our cells. Have a look at:

http://bigthink.com/series/50#!selected_item=4636

BIG THINK MAKES GREAT READING

Bigthink is a most remarkable journal/site (we never know what to call them these days). The articles are about various subbjects going from neurosciences to economy or psychology. The contributors are very very good. Do yourself a favour and subscribe to it.
You'll find it at:

http://bigthink.com/ideas/26676

The link above goes directly to an article about the common assumption that when we've known or been with someone for long we can guess each other's thoughts. It seems it's not quite like that.
Quoting, "Researchers tracked how people in couples read between the lines when listening to their partners, and compared that to how well they understood total strangers. Results: No difference.(...)
To communicate with a stranger, they [the authors] argue, we have to imagine the mind of the other person, and understand how things look in another's eyes. But with people close to us, we "let down our guard": We hope, or expect, or assume (or maybe feel entitled to believe, after all we've done over the years) that the other sees things exactly as we do."
Does it ring a bell?


It's a testimony to our profound similarity, and the power of language, that any one of us can, with a little effort, make herself understood to any other of us on planet Earth. We just have to accept that that kind of mind-reading is a human universal, so love has nothing to do with it.

5 Mar 2011

1 Mar 2011

SUNSET (1)

Even in the middle of the city and surrounded by ugly buildings, a sunset is always a sunset.

23 Feb 2011

WAVING NOT DROWNING



I called this picture "Waving not drowning" because of one of my favourite poems which is:
  
Not Waving but Drowning

Nobody heard him, the dead man,
But still he lay moaning:
I was much further out than you thought
And not waving but drowning.

Poor chap, he always loved larking
And now he's dead
It must have been too cold for him his heart gave way,
They said.

Oh, no no no, it was too cold always
(Still the dead one lay moaning)
I was much too far out all my life
And not waving but drowning.
Stevie Smith
(via poem hunter http://www.poemhunter.com/)

COMMUNICATING

Being the first time I'm posting in this blog, I feel thrilled but at the same time a bit worried. Do I have interesting ideas or preferences that are worth mentioning? I guess this is a question a lot of us wonder everyday. Am I entitled to questioning? Do I even know what to say and what to say? Is anyone interested in what I think or say?

Ha, communicating. one of the most difficult things in the world.
Isn'it?

21 Feb 2011

2045, THE YEAR COMPUTERS BECOME MORE INTELLIGENT THEN MEN

Read in TIME magazine:

Raymond Kurzweil believes that we're approaching a moment when computers will become intelligent, and not just intelligent but more intelligent than humans. When that happens, humanity — our bodies, our minds, our civilization — will be completely and irreversibly transformed. He believes that this moment is not only inevitable but imminent. According to his calculations, the end of human civilization as we know it is about 35 years away.

For more daring and challenging details, link to

http://www.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,2048138,00.html

12 Feb 2011

DEPRESSION AND ITS EFFECTS ON OUR SENSES

http://discovermagazine.com/2010/dec/01-how-depression-dulls-the-world-literally?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+DiscoverMag+%28Discover+Magazine%29&utm_content=Google+Reader

This recent study shows how depression really dulls our senses. What a shame some people still think depression is just a "state of mind" that will just go away.

GREAT MUSIC

James Jackson Toth (Wooden Wand)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dLAHOglsO94&feature=youtube_gdata_player

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