Categories: Personal, Random, Science, Society

In 1959, Isaac Asimov wrote this essay on creativity, postulating on the elements that fostered creativity in humans. As usual, he was right and I have a story from my PhD that somehow proves his statements.

The story proves the baseline argument from the essay: isolation is definitely necessary but it’s the informal discussions within small groups that allows the teams to nurture novel concepts and apply abstract ideas to other environments.

Click here to read the complete story.

Categories: Geek, Random, Science, Society, Videos
Published by António Lopes on June 26, 2014
Categories: Funny, Images, Internet, News, Random, Society

Even if you’re not a follower of the World Cup you’ve probably heard by now of the strange appetite of a certain Uruguayan player: Luis Suárez.

If you haven’t (under which rock have you been?), here’s the juicy part:

Suarez hungry for some Italian

Click here to see the crazy stuff that the Interwebz delivered.

Published by António Lopes on June 22, 2014
Published by António Lopes on June 19, 2014
Categories: Apple, Geek, Internet, News, Technology

OneReader

Yes, it’s as simple as that: this is a reader app that merges several different news sources (which includes facebook, twitter, feedly, feedbin and app.net) into one convenient place for binge reading.

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Published by António Lopes on June 7, 2014
Categories: Geek, Images, Random, Science

I’ve never been a petrolhead and engines, in general, have always been a mystery to me. Then I found this beautiful set of animations that explains the whole thing.

Fully recommended!

How a car engine works

Published by António Lopes on April 5, 2014
Categories: Personal

I made the mistake of reading this post in the beginning of a work day. I couldn’t think after having read it. I couldn’t even feel right away. I was just stunned. I spent the next few minutes just paralyzed without knowing what to think or do.

I was “awakened” from that state by the sound of the door of my office opening with the arrival of my colleague, so I had to brush what I’ve just read from my mind and try to act normal. A busy day was ahead of me, so I really had to start forcing my brain to enter  programming mode.

Thankfully, in this case, I had a very busy and stressful day, which allowed my brain to shun that story into oblivion. It was only later that day, as I was stuck in traffic, that the story came back to me. There I was, complaining that I was sick and tired of being stuck in traffic, when the story promptly comes back into my head. And I don’t know if it was the stress of the day or the simple fact that I simply haven’t been able to sleep well for over a week and was really, really tired, or (probably more to the point) that the story had touched me so profoundly, but I too wept the whole journey back home.

What affected me so much about this story was not only the fact that a little girl was going to die of a brain tumor. Was the way this little girl was confronting the situation. This was not one of those movie-like scenes where you see the child embracing the parents and saying beautiful things only kids, that still don’t understand death, say. This is the harsh truth of powerless parents that have to say to their little child that she is going to die and the child shows the most humane and heartbroken of reactions: she’s afraid to die.

And as a parent, this is the most awful moment in life: when you see your kids suffering and you feel powerless to help your kids. What do you do then? You just embrace them and weep with them.

Published by António Lopes on March 28, 2014
Categories: Funny, Geek, Science, Videos

Whoever thought of this is a genius:

Published by António Lopes on March 28, 2014
Categories: Funny, Geek, Internet, Personal, Random

That moment when you know you’re gonna win…

win

…and you do your little victory dance…

Click here to see some amazing dance moves

Categories: Cinema, Entertainment

I’ve recently watched two movies that are quite different but equally great. I just feel I should share them with you:

Click here to read on…