Tag Archive: human

For the last two weeks, I have tackled issues, and I’m still tackling new ones.

(Have a look at my past posts to know what I’m writing about).

Needless to say: it is exhausting.

I always find myself awake at 4:30 am, super energetic (it is usually my energy peak) , and I hate wasting energy.

So, I grab my iPad and read books nobody will. at least I think so.  Would you be interested in reading a book called “Inside Apple“? Unless your are a fanboi computer geek which is interested in HR and temperaments/personalities and their pros and cons, I bet you wouldn’t.

Not a safe bet.

My health has never been great, and I don’t want it to deteriorate.

There are a few tricks that I do before giving in (and I gave in once in my life: I had a lung infection and spent a few days in the coma. OK, I digress, but bear that in mind)!

Taking a shower after having triggered my mind with an insanely intricate computer science lecture, or an inspiring TED talk, is what I usually do.

Solutions and ideas appear when you least expect them. It is common sense.

The next Joe would say the same, but I’m not the next Joe.

When you let purposely your mind wander, it will certainly bring you where it wouldn’t if you were hyper-active and focused obsessed.

My weapon of choice is a simple shower, or a bath.

I soak my hands in warm water before playing keyboards or cello. Any tension disappears, and I can warm-up, then play confidently knowing that I prepared myself.

See… This is a borrowed parallel paradigm (a term I coined a few blog posts ago and didn’t use in a blog post)!

I use a “model” totally unrelated to the task at hand to solve it. I transpose it (sorry for the musical pun).

Well, it’s time for a new TED talk and to catch up on my Stanford lectures (I have a strong disgust for the C language, and we are comparing Objective-C and ANSI C. I want to move on to the next step, yet I know that my teacher is doing what we’ll need ten lectures later).

Oh, one last thing: nothing beats a cup of Yunnan tea.

One more thing: this is the post where my 666th tag will appear. I’m an unabashed metal freak, but in no way Satanist. I just find that ending my post with something less serious could release some tension!

Which are your strategies to kick out stress and burn-outs from tearing you apart?

Do you let your mind wander to find solutions, or do you keep working until you run out of gas?




Everything that goes through any of our senses is stored in our memory as a mental picture.

It uses our occipital cortex. So, don’t scratch the top of your head if you can’t recall. It happens behind your head!

Just google “visual memory” and countless search pages will show up with miracle recipes on how to improve it.

This is totally uninteresting to me. However, I often take a quick look at all those self-help things, then discard 99% of them.

What is interesting is how our brain works, and thorough studies, serious stuff won’t appear on the first search page. Go further.

I find it fascinating that our memory transforms everything into a mental image. Vivid, exaggerated, lurid, hilarious… Unexpected ways are to be expected!

One of the most important aspects of it, is that if you aren’t actively participating in memorizing, your “file” (memory) will be lost somewhere into some random place you can’t easily recall, or can’t recall at all. Unlike computers, we have no indexing and search option available to find where our file is.

Actively participating means “abstracting” the (usually) boring stuff. You’ll need to find ways to get mnemotechnic in remembering things. It will take some time and practice, but it is worth the sweat!

If you just absorb, you are not memorizing. You are listening, watching, smelling… but not memorizing.

When memorizing, don’t lay on a couch and repeat ad nauseam the same thing, hoping it will get into your memory. You have to add emotion to it to work properly.
Being on a couch is not what I call an emotional trigger (unless you get laid, but that’s another story).

Stand up. Read aloud. Repeat each syllable many times. Let the music come.

Don’t worry, your music will anyway be associated with a mental image. Not a mere image, but a mental one. Those are discrete things!

I hope that by now, you start figuring out why I called this post “our memory is a GUI”. Yes, it is a graphical user interface. Touch this icon / click on it, and it will react.
An icon is an object which has properties. Exactly like our memory.

I am still studying this overlooked aspect of our memorizing process, so expect an update or another post as soon as I have new and relevant content.

Meanwhile, know that nobody has a bad memory. If you want to have a really hard time remembering faces, events, sounds, etc, keep saying to yourself that your memory is poor, or bad, or that you suck.

I encourage you to do your own search. I want us to discuss and debate around this topic.

Well. I’m going to find ways to memorize five high-level programming languages. I’ll focus primarily on Objective-C.

The meaning, the syntax, the words or signs used all have some potential for visual memorizing. What can I do with @synthesize ? Split it into syllables and repeat them until I find a way to relate what is on my screen to what it means. Make music out of it (“synth” could already be “synthesizer”. Or maybe should I try to merge “sin”, “in”, “the”, “size and visualize a huge cock)?

I told you that the more exaggerated, gory or porn, the better and easier to remember. Summarize it into a vivid mental image (not an image like a photo) and link it to its meaning (meanings aren’t obvious in programming). That is why Stanford has a “programming abstractions” course, in my opinion.

Again, don’t merely absorb, but stand up (to stay alert) and actively participate in memorizing.

In those big “memory contests”, they give you energizing beverages. It is not a coincidence, is it?


Humans and bees…

Have you ever noticed this simple fact? The one that links
and separates humans and bees… Bees are individual idiots and
collective geniuses. Human beings are individual geniuses and
collective idiots. Now how can THAT be useful in your life? How can
it change the way you think your work, and eventually your work?
Think about it. Bees are revolutionary.

Trade But Sue

First off, the title has nothing to do with the content…

Actually, it’s a pun.

I’m sure that you’ve heard about Metallica. You may even listen to the band.

“Sad But True” is one of their hit songs.

I had it spinning in my head for a long time now, and it won’t get out.

I was not listening to it.

I had it in my head, I’m still hearing it.

That led me to ask me this question:

When people talk, do we hear them, or do we listen to them?

Do I need to repeat the question?
No, of course, as you can’t hear me.

If you hear any sound now, it’s not my Doppelganger.

OK, now that you had time to think…

Let me explain my views.

Hearing somebody is simple: just let your ear do its most basic work.

Listening to somebody is trickier, as you have to pay attention to what the person says, and understand what the meaning, the idea is.

I told you, it is trickier.

Do you granted permission?

I mean, did you allow this somebody to disturb you? Not really, uh?

Have you got something more important, more vital to do at the moment it started?

Not so sure.

That is often how we miss opportunities. Not that all opportunities are worth it, but though…

The moment you hear a voice, familiar or not, prepare yourself to engage.

Prepare to listen. Breathe deeply.

It’s important. Extremely important.

For you, for others…

Did you know that written words are only 7% of your message?

Did you know that spoken words are 38% of your message?

Did you know that the gesture is 55% of your message?

Those facts make me think twice before I speak.

They make me think even more about how much of themselves people are giving to you when they engage with you, even when they are disgruntled.

They don’t always ask for anything in return.

Listen, please.

Getting traffic

The fact that so much people spend loads of time driving traffic to their blog is just plain crazy.

Webinars, mentorship (don’t get me started with that) and SEO optimizing are a total waste of time and money if there is no one (no specific audience) to follow you, whatever you do, business or just fun.

Sounds like lecturing? It could be.
You know that “the less common, the better”!

Everyone uses the same techniques, making them prematurely obsolete.
Therefore, a cycle begins: new techniques are needed all the time and nobody can keep up with!

It’s what does NOT follows the rules (remind me, who wrote them?) that wins.

You want to win, yeah?

Blogging is not a game.

I meant “winning” as earning your readers confidence and faithfulness, no matter the content of your blog.

Aren’t YOU tired of all the ready-made schemes? Aren’t you tired of hearing this same ad on the radio?

Let’s be honest there: you do!

So is your reader.

Be different. Be smart and different.

You do not need to be the new Tim Ferris or even the new Laura Roeder.

You need to be yourself, and you know why it is so important.

Honest signals can’t be faked.

Let me write it once again: honest signals can’t be faked.

Does that make sense?
Your reader can screen you in a nanosecond.

Think about it next time you ship (write a blog entry).

As for me… I don’t fit in anything, so I gave up long ago!