Archive for August, 2012


I’m not sure that you noticed it, but this blog has a new name which fits best its content, and some tweaks were also made for you to navigate easily in a “target-reader free” blog.

Plus (and minus) human

Modded Bass Overdrive

If it can be called a superpower…

Well, I can recover from anything (including a week in a coma) in no time, or at most 24 hours. This doesn't mean full recovery though (body and mind are not separated: that's my viewpoint), as I am quite often stuck in a rut or bored and need to change something after being hit.

Actualy, if too many days in a row are counterproductive and exhausting, I can fix it quickly (by changing a habit, or starting something new and giving up on the old stuff) and without loads of sleep. sometimes ca. 3 hours are enough to run another 24 to 36 hours.

My superpower? I am not bounded by time or energy!

My "underpower" is that I can be the laziest of men, and I absolutely hate it.

So, why don't I do something to feel better? Because I'm lazy!

My conception of lazy is perhaps different than yours. Many people think I'm an overachiever, and I tend to be one because they think so (even though I'm not alive to cater to anyone). Yet, in the first place, those people weren't there and my behaviour was not different.

To me, "being lazy" is not passive, but active, and it means "feeling emotionally empty and needing to refill the tank".

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Reykjavik

Without any doubt, the tiny and friendly Reykjavik (Iceland's capital). It is so close to nature… and nature is wild there. This is part of why I love Iceland. It is like a world just born. Another interesting point of Iceland is that you truly can't get anything done if you bury yourself in your basement. Communication is key and benefits everyone. Bjór, someone?

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Holiday break!

I will be away from today, Sunday, until september 25th, yet I’ll post from Plinky though.

(Feel free to browse through the old entries, and let me know what you would like to read about).

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FYI: this is my hand on the lowest (6th and 7th) strings of a solid-body viol (or viola da gamba)!

Very useful, especially for non-native English writers!

The Daily Post

About a year ago, I wrote a piece about the distinction between the active and the passive voice, but going on the assumption that I’ve had a lot of reader turnover over a year’s time, I thought a refresher might be useful.

When writing in the active voice, the subject of the sentence is clearly the one doing the verb. In the passive voice, the subject of the sentence is sort of buried. So:

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Apple’s shaking the Earth.

Behemoths are bulky and annoying. I don’t blame them. Humans are not much better.

So, what’s happening exactly? Maybe Tim Cook’s Burrito wasn’t spicy enough?
Do you think he was so upset that he trampled the floor, hence the Earth-shaking?

Sorry, Tim, I shouldn’t tease you. Burritos are overpriced, and you’re having serious financial issues.

Over with humor. My inner child is punishing me for having not let him speak for years. He’s now unplugging my self-censoring devices. I should have listened to him. We adults forget play. We’re so busy working, or thinking about working…

Things are getting really gruesome at Apple. I don’t talk about Foxconn. There is really no play and goofing around there!

Like if it was not enough to make sure supply chain workers are underpaid and overworked, now it’s time to have some egregious behaviour with Apple Store employees!

How do we do that? Easy. Train them for a month and pink-slip them. Be sure to give them a welcome letter before! I’m serious, look:

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Having been laid off before even being employed (true story, details available upon request, free to share), I feel their pain.

A few ago, a new SVP of retail was hired. He is “fixing” Ron Johnson’s dying marketing model.
Nothing lasts 11 years in retail. Time for an overhaul! Whoo!

Enter John Browett, a man I never heard of before.

Hell is here: more layoffs, hiring freezes, more reduced hours, promoting following by demoting, more profit-generating tricks.
I’m thinking of the brand new “self checkout”. Anything on a shelf that you can bring home today?
Just scan the product, enter your Apple ID and the product is yours.

That means that anyone can walk away with iPods, iPhones, iPads, without any human interaction. Only laptops and desktops will be considered and human interaction maintained.

No more human interaction = the best reason ever to lay off!

Up for a little Q&A?

Q: Are you telling me that Apple is laying off employees just before a major product release (the new iPhone and iOS 6)?

A: Yes.

Q: Are they crazy?

A: Yes.

There’s much more to the story than what I just wrote. I receive daily Google Alerts about Apple… It seems that they have opened too much stores (so, too much employees to pay) to keep up profit. Above a certain number, growth ceases. It even has the opposite effect! Adios sustainability!

Here are some links to blogs and articles about this issue:

TheNextWeb

TechnoBuffalo

Benzinga

iDownloadBlog

Please let me know your thoughts. There are articles about Apple’s layoffs and new retail strategy everywhere, but I get the best of it.

This is why I’m introducing Pathways, just to add up to controversy.

I’m perplexed, puzzled, baffled.

[Edit (August 16, 2012): Apple has issued a public apology about this. They say “we messed up“. I am sure that the guys who lost their jobs after just one month are really happy to know that.]

 

 

Apple Knowledge Quotient: 100%

An app told me…

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However, that’s just the beginning for me.

Thanks to the developers of the app. I hope you’re on WordPress as well!

(Disclaimer: I am in no way affiliated or making money by posting this. I let my inner child call his bragging rights!)

Three Anti-Tips worth a dozen books about beating procrastination (which is postponing decision-taking, and not postponing the actual task)… Read on, and if you dig it, subscribe to Ollin’s blog!

Courage 2 Create

Editor’s note: this post was first published in 2011 on The Renegade Writer.

You’ve tried everything to battle your procrastination, but you still keep slacking off.

So, what’s the deal?

Is it because you’re afraid of rejection or criticism?

No? You’ve already overcome your writing fears?

Ok. Then what’s wrong then?

Oh. You’re bored?

Ahhh! That makes sense. No wonder all those other productivity tips haven’t been working for you!

The only way you can kill procrastination now is if you throw away all those other “tips,” start from scratch, and go against EVERYTHING the experts have told you to do.

Too bad there’s no such thing as an “anti-tip,” right?

Actually, you’re in luck. There is.

If it’s boredom that’s keeping you from staying on top of things, then I suggest trying out these 3 “anti-tips” to help you get back on track:

Anti-Tip #1: Do Nothing

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