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I’m going to use Google Reader again

I was a huge fan of Google Reader. When I first started I starred everything, but soon realized that it took a while to search through ALL of the things I was starring. So I started using the tags as an added level of filtering. Tags have completely organized my feeds, and made it a breeze to search through the many many sites I subscribe too.

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Lately, it’s a rare month I check into Google Reader. And when I do there it is, the famous +1,000 unread items! It makes me feel guilty seeing this number. I should accept the fact that I can’t keep track of everything over the web and take a few steps back.

Since Twitter is great in real-time instant gratification (Facebook as well), I see most news faster on it than in Google Reader. It didn’t show up on until later after everyone had written blog posts. Besides this, they don’t tell me that I have unread items.

Still, I’m going to give Google Reader another shot. By this I mean that I’m starting all over! I’ve deleted every subscription and every tag I had:

Since I started this blog over a week ago in order to reset my life I thought I should do the same to Google Reader as well. If I was subscribed to your website, I’m sorry. Perhaps I’ll subscribe again 😀


Random thoughts [1]: Information, knowledge and wisdom

April 11, 2011 1 comment

We spend time blogging, chatting, Facebooking about friends, work, romance, health, etc. How much time do we spend doing things that cultivate friends, health or relationships? Have we focused so much on the technology that we don’t experience the REAL reality?

It came across my mind the other day the difference between information vs. knowledge vs. wisdom. No doubt there’s a lot of information available at our finger tips nowadays. We no longer have to memorize a bunch of facts or instructions to do things, we simply look it up on the web when we need it and just do it. Through the knowledge of others we have information.

Knowledge comes from working with ideas, material, experiences etc., getting your hands dirty so to speak, to have a deeper understanding of those ideas.

Now for wisdom. This is certainly not something that can be given to another. Wisdom is slow to develop and can require a high price tag since our greatest source of wisdom often comes from our mistakes or opportunities not well spent. Sharing wisdom is a way to connect with another more deeply.

At least we have a culture and the tradition of learning wisdom from our elders, by listening intently to their stories, hearing their experiences, seeing the scars of their mistakes. As much as the Digital Generation have information at their fingertips, they have a long way to go with gaining wisdom.

I lost my faith in democracy

I know we should respect the people’s choice however, from times to times, it’s hard to swallow elections when you know and feel that our side, definitely will work way better than the opposition. Direct democracy is essentially mob rule… whatever the majority says, goes, even when its not the best solution for everyone.

Lost faith in democracy

Recently I witnessed this so called “democracy” in 2 situations, each one separated by a gap of 3 weeks:

26/03/2011 – Sporting Clube de Portugal – Chairman Elections

Bruno de Carvalho was the candidate who best represented a new change and one thing most people were in agreement about was that the current establishment should not live on. By far, he won the “popular” vote but due to a flawed system and despite the fact that he had 34% more voters than Godinho (6047 people voted on Carvalho compared to the 4511 that opted for Godinho) and would win with a comfortable margin in a straight vote – it just happens that things aren’t that straightforward. Supporters votes are weighted more heavily the longer they have been registered members of the club.

Therefore, it is not that difficult to have a president who does NOT gather the majority of the votes – especially if they appeal to the older, more conservative wing of the club’s fan base – which was exactly what Godinho Lopes did. Through heated discussions and over-the-top promises, I believe little will change in the club. And, given how poorly the club has performed in the last two seasons in particular, that’s quite bad.

03/04/2011 – JSD Delegates election for the Setúbal District

A former member of the JSD party, that was absent for 2 years (probably due to “lack of motivation”), decided (or rather “was invited”) to run against the local political committee’s list and won by 1 vote. The problem? We already have proven ourselves worthy because people can see our work and our intentions. Unfortunately, he managed to convince a lot of friends and friends of friends to vote for him.

Can someone explain to me how come a guy that was absent 2 years and wasn’t caring about politics, just shows up and humiliates us while we actually were doing a pretty darn good job? And more, he decided to run just “because”.

Since I started working with the committee, I never found any kind of opposition because there weren’t anyone on his list that came to our reunions. After the win, feeling confident, they started trashing us that we weren’t doing anything and where to inexperienced. Hello? Can’t you people see what we already accomplished in a few months?

This election was in order to guarantee the most delegates to the District. They actually managed to get 5 representatives for the future election of their candidate in my area.

I can understand politics but this is totally unacceptable.

And here we are once again

As long as I can remember this will be my 5th attempt blogging. I’ve already created a few blogs that are still on-going but I suddenly felt the need to create one where I’ll just shoot some random thoughts in English. Why did I decide this?

I’m about to turn 26 and I still feel the need to grow up, be organized, know what I should do with my life, planning a goal for it, etc. As the title for this blog suggests,  I still feel I’m a noob compared to others. That feeling is overwhelming. Sometimes I want to run, turn back time, keep being a little naive kid without regards of the future.

Therefore, I want this blog to be a record of my issues and difficulties of my growth (or maybe the lack of thereof). To write what interests me. To overcome this fear of growing up, of responsibilities, of independence.

Of course, it would be amazing if it can speak to other people as well I can write my posts. Spark a little interest.

A short note: I have Facebook and Twitter accounts but for the time being, I don’t want to show my friends and family this blog yet. Perhaps in the future 🙂

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