History was made today in the Europa League

A real historical day for portuguese football and for these three Portuguese teams! Three attacking, entertaining teams to watch. No one really cares about Europa League but for Portuguese fans, it’s quite a validation of the quality in the league.

Porto are the best team in the last four, but Villareal are quality as well. That said, if Porto go to the final, they will win. They have already beaten Braga this year twice, and Benfica three times, including a 5-0 pasting!! They are simply better, on better form, with a better coach, than Benfica or Braga.

Too bad my club was already out of the competition 😦

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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 😀

What is your real age?

Today, I came across a very interesting site (Idade Interior) where you can check if your current age is real or not. After answering a few questions about your eating, health and daily life you’ll see the results.

The site is brazillian made (there is an option at the top right corner to have english subtitles) and you’ll have a talking baby guiding you through out the process. It takes you only five minutes to answer.

Based on my results  I guess I should start doing some workouts 😀

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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.

A light bulb smashed in slow motion

April 10, 2011 1 comment

UltraSlo, who are specialized in creating unique images in slow motion and 3D, uploaded a cool slow motion video where they busted a light bulb with a hammer.

The video is taken at 2500 FPS. You can see, just a little before the bulb broke, the 60Hz pulsing of the filament. The pulse is actually air that rushes into the bulb and heats up when hitting the wire! Something that is absolutely impossible for our eyes to notice. That’s so cool! 😀

Closer to the Edge by 30 Seconds To Mars

April 9, 2011 2 comments

Only now I’m starting to discover 30 Seconds To Mars. My favorite song at the moment is Closer to the Edge. This song is amazing! It’s about living, taking risks for what you want and what you believe, and not regretting it, because it makes you who you are. And you shouldn’t be ashamed of the decisions you make in your life.

I’ve been hearing this song on the radio from time to time the last couple of months. If you missed it, then this is your chance:

The second verse really makes this song for me:

“Can you imagine a time when the truth ran free
The birth of a song, the death of a dream, closer to the edge
This never ending story, paid for with pride and fate
We all fall short of glory, lost in our fate”

This song is ALL about hope. It’s about falling flat on your face and getting back up to try again, about not regretting your failures, because as long as you learn from them, it’s not failure.

EVERYONE fails. There are countless quotes from some of the world’s most successful people about success being what happens when you don’t view failure as an option.. Ben Franklin, Abraham Lincoln, Winston Churchill, and Albert Einstein, just name them.

That’s what this song is about to me. It’s TOTALLY motivational. It tells me “Go take risks, and when they blow up in your face, evaluate what went wrong, and go do it again. Don’t feel sorry for yourself, don’t ever apologize for trying, just get off your ass and go do it again, and do it right this time.”

My favorite quotes [1]

Fairy Tail Guild Master

Master Makarov from Fairy Tail

There are people in this world who enjoy being alone, but there isn’t a single person who can bear solitude. This quote is from a manga called Fairy Tail chapter #212: The Iron Soul, written by Hiro Mashima. It made my day since I can perfectly identify myself into these words.