11 Dec 2011
The project of a Portuguese architect
27 Nov 2011
It's so nice to find something like this in the net.
10 Nov 2011
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10 Oct 2011
3 Fascinating Facts About Dreams - World of Psychology
9 Oct 2011
StudeNt WINNER: UNIVERSITY OF OREGON
8 Oct 2011
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
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
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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.
18 Sept 2011
Have a look at how other cities have turned bike-friendly.
7 Sept 2011
28 Aug 2011
A pancreatic cancer, a liver transplant... This man, who was given for adoption, is a force of nature.
27 Aug 2011
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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:
31 Jul 2011
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Do have a look and see for yourself.
18 Jun 2011
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:
3 Jun 2011
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:
14 May 2011
Spring is in full. As in this photo I took in another springtime:
6 May 2011
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24 Apr 2011
Sounds creepy but please read:
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9 Apr 2011
Read this article in The Economist about chromosomes, stress and the importance of couselling.
2 Apr 2011
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:
B. Creativity and an appetite for innovation
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.
20 Mar 2011
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
(satisfaction and happiness are different things)
"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
You'll find it at:
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.
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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,
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.
(via poem hunter http://www.poemhunter.com/)
Ha, communicating. one of the most difficult things in the world.
21 Feb 2011
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
14 Feb 2011
12 Feb 2011
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.
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