Monday, 28 August 2017

A Brief (and different) History of Humankind


What makes Harari's bestseller different from other books of world history? Probably the fact that this is not a history book. Sapiens is not about describing the classical Greece and Rome, about the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, about the Mercantilism and Industrialism. The author is mostly focused on explaining the why, leaving the what  and how to the school manuals.

What's the role of religion, of money, of empires, of war, of ignorance, of science, of industry, of science, of culture? How all these processes were fundamental to our evolution as a species? How they shape the years, decades or even centuries to come?

Sapiens is a holistic essay about our species and how we became the true gods of our world. A must read that explains/reminds us, in a very simple and clear way, the macro-evolution processes that sustain our present and treath the path to our future.

Monday, 21 August 2017

Minimalism: A Documentary about the Important Things


Just watched Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things. In brief, an interesting reflexion about our totally consumption-driven societies. A testimony about today's constant grasping for material goods that keeps people away from what is really important. The documentary presents a simple philosophy of life focused on accumulating less stuff, on letting stuff go, on assuming that less is more.

Of course that Minimalism is a reflexion biased, based mostly on an attitude towards life that only makes sense in developed societies, namely among middle and upper middle-class groups where consumption can today be assumed a superfluous activity, where very reasonable life standards are taken for granted. Nevertheless, it's a good reflexion.

The documentary is available on Netflix. You can also have an 18 minutes summary in this TED Talk.

Sunday, 20 August 2017

The Passion for Soundtracks


Some movies are not only fantastic, but they have the capability of entering in our lives also because of the soundtrack. Think about the Pulp Fiction Soundtrack, the Trainspotting Soundtrack or the Natural Born Killers Soundtrack, just to name a few.

The recently launched Marvel's movie "Guardians of the Galaxy - Vol 2" made me come back to this old passion of mine. The soundtrack is a collection of 80s old school hits that brings you back to the glories of that decade. Some sounds are more consensual than others and if you listen them isolated, some are not outstanding. But as a group, they were one of the perfect soundtracks for my summer holidays.

Image: Wikipedia

I'm back! (it's not easy to have a blog)


Hundreds of things keep stealing your time for the post you imagined this morning, yesterday or even last week. And then, since you stopped posting for a long time ago, you have that strange feeling of not knowing how to restart. And is it worth to restart? 

Of course! The blog takes you a lot of time, but it's one of my favorite ways to communicate with the world, to share ideas, to make small or big statements. It's part of my stuff. I'm back!

Image: Winbound

Sunday, 2 April 2017

Abstract: The Art of Design


This new Netflix's documentary series is absolutely fantastic. Namely for non-designers like myself that: a) appreciate design, b) eventually would like to have been designers in another life, but c) are miles away from understanding the universe of design. :)

Thursday, 23 March 2017

The Growlers - Monotonia


Nothing quite ever comes out right
When you try to say something clean
It’s hard to hide from the thrashing nights
Nobody cares about a junkie’s dream

More of a sucker than a fiend
It’s hard to turn down a smiling friend
When everything becomes a scene
You can’t make old dreams brand new again

Y la monotonía es un asesino lento
Y la monotonía es un asesino lento
Un asesino lento

Sleep will get in the way most times
Dreams will lead you to the middle of nowhere
Still rather hitch a ride on a dream
Than to rot with your thumb in the air

Y la monotonía es un asesino lento
Y la monotonía es un asesino lento
Un asesino lento

Another cigarette, another stiff drink
Getting tired of the same things
Nobody needs another empty reason
Just some to believe in

Nothing quite ever comes out right
When you try to say something clean
It’s hard to hide from the thrashing nights
Nobody cares about a junkie’s dream

More of a sucker than a fiend
It’s hard to turn down a smiling friend
When everything becomes a scene
You can’t make old dreams brand new again

Y la monotonía es un asesino lento
Y la monotonía es un asesino lento
Un asesino lento

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Is your country on the right track?


After watching yesterday's debate between the five favourite candidates to the French presidential elections, the question of citizen's trust in public institutions came again to my mind as a fundamental sign of democratic healthiness. The graphic above is a good example of what should really worry us.

In October-November 2016, when questioned if their countries were on the right track, around 62% of citizens from 25 nations were not positive about it. And who were the champions of this pessimistic feeling? Yep, right after the Mexicans, 88% of French citizens believe their country is on the wrong track.