Fascination with Psychology. Knowing yourself.

Moleskine filled up with thoughts

Going back a few years I can remember how I started (and why I started) this blog in the first place. It was all because of a notebook. The little black notebook was a Moleskine, a famous brand of notebooks. The kind used by the great minds of past times. The thing was that I really liked the whole idea to write/sketch ideas on a notebook; in fact, on a black, serious, legendary, notebook.

These notebooks are easily found in book stores on the US, but here in Venezuela it’s a little more complicated; more, not living on the capital. So that made the act of writing there something amazing. I remember my first ideas where about human behavior and how or minds work.

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Productive or leisure time?

Watching TV, focused on the person's shoe.

When we talk about leisure time we mostly refer to activities unrelated to work, to duties, to numbers. Leisure according to many people is the time you spend watching TV, going to a party or listening to music. It is actually, by dictionary, the time you spend on those things. But there is a twist. We normally call leisure to many activities unrelated to productivity. Leisure is actually anything unrelated to work and any action we “need” to do. You can be productive in your leisure time.

Things we need to do are basically our biological needs (eating, sleeping and going to the bathroom are on the top of my head) adding our jobs to the list. The rest of activities are considered done in leisure time. When we stop working and start doing other things, whatever they might be, then we’re in leisure time.

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Triggers for “Speed-Thinking”

Space Mountain track at Walt Disney World

I write this in order to put this thoughts somewhere, besides my notebooks (pretty much like any other article here in the blog). What makes this different is that I’m not sure enough to say this is applicable to everybody. If it is, well, great. If it’s not, well, you’ve been advised. It’s not that a big deal anyway.

What I mean about speed thinking is that of moment, a time-lapse in which you’re thinking really fast, a lot of things (Say, On the second line of thought). In those moments you may be thinking about the TV show you’re watching, who are the actors, where have you seen them other than the show, when is that good-looking movie you saw on commercials playing on theaters and well, a lot of thing, in a minute or less.

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We are worrying too much about little things

A phone with low batteries

Today we’re living in a half real, half virtual, society. And yet the “virtual” part is becoming real. It’s not bad, I must say, disagreeing with almost everyone. Electronic devices appeared a while ago and they’re not going anywhere. I think centuries ago people said the same things about new devices, like when the printing press was showed to the world, who wasn’t thinking at the time that handwritten texts were of more quality, or soul? Not many, I bet.

Now, there are differences. For example, phones had advanced so much we now barely actually call somebody, rather than just sending a text, a mail, a tweet, or well, any of the other thousand ways to communicate a message over the cell network. These days we care too much about “how many megabytes do I have left for the month?”, “my battery is dying”, “there is no wi-fi in here?!”. We have started to care about little things.

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How much quality content do you need to be able to sell it?

A study room. A library behind a desk and chair.

I’ve being thinking about content these days. Sounds weird so let me explain. When I talk about content I mean written content, like this same article, which may or may not be accompanied with an image (like this post), or video or any other kind of media (how many types are there?). So, thinking about content, I’ve being analyzing different types, different ways this content could be delivered to the people, and in the end I came up with some reflection, relating this content, its creation and subsequent delivery.

The first thought was relating online content. Blogs and sites like yahoo with tons of articles, post, images, video, pretty much anything. If you think about it, the creator are basically any person who can write, and in some case, write very well, and who “delivers” this content or free. At least in most cases, almost every one of them, blogs and Yahoo-like sites are free. Some have premium content, but I based my thoughts on this free content.

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Patent Wars and Creativity

Similarities, not related to the trial

With al the talking about Apple’s recent victory against Samsung (in that trial relating patent infringement), I got a little interested in the topic. What’s a patent? Why do they exist? With what purpose? I even read what Steve Wozniak (Apple Co-Founder) said about the trial: he didn’t like the outcome; he said he doesn’t believe in patents.

First of all, a patent is a way, for a company, person or entity, to secure an idea in a legal way. They were created to prevent people from stealing ideas from each other and give credit to the actual inventor. For example, Person-A creates a way pens can be modified to be radios, he or she goes to the patents office and registers the patent to his or her name. When Person-B found out, he or she tried to use that idea to sell that same product. Person-B ends up with a sue by Person-A relating the use of the original idea; the sue would normally ask for tons of dollars and forbid the use of the idea.

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RSA Animate. Interesting, explanatory videos.

I haven’t been so “awake” these days to study for the SAT, TOEFL and Venezuelan universities, read about C and Python programming, watch MIT classes on iTunes U and playing Inotia3 on my iPad to also think enough to write articles for the blog every three days as I decided months ago… But I’m trying not to write bad articles just for the sake of writing, so I just share with you interesting content for you to enjoy.

So today I’m not going to publish a written article, as I had no time these days to write a single word because of a little insomnia-related problem. But I’m still sharing great content.

Below is a video I found time ago by RSA Animate, which is a part of (I think)
“The RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce): an enlightenment organisation committed to finding innovative practical solutions to today’s social challenges”. That according to their official website TheRSA.org. Anyway the lecture is about the educational system and how it’s obsolete. The lecturer is Sir Ken Robinson. The animation of course was made later to create this video.

RSA Animate – Changing Education Paradigms on Vimeo.