November is moustache month and I decided to leave mine grow this month as part of movember.com movement to raise some money to combat the prostate cancer.
Moustaches are funny, I bet more than half of those men who maintain their mo’s started just by curiosity and to see how funny they would look like and as a consequence of that experiment some of them like the results or just forget how funny they look and adopt that visual and can’t live anymore without it.
A few hours ago I felt really curious on why some men love so much their moustaches that they end up treating them better than their hair. After some time thinking about that I managed to gather some ideas.
1. Mo’s are like children: Some men, after growing and maintaining their mo’s for many years, end up having a strong feeling with them, a kind of relationship of love as they are like their child. As the years pass, they get prouder and prouder to show off how careful they are with their “children”;
2. Status: Having a plain simple moustache is not enough, because moustache for some men mean status as other men look at their mo’s with eyes that say “I want to have one of this!”. The more eccentric the better it is;
3. Feeling of Safeness: For some men, the moustache serves as a shield, an armor, clothing. They feel naked just to think of a life without a mo;
4. Fashion: When the moustache is grown just to match with their style at that moment, no strong feelings about are kept between the man and the mo, it means that after a few weeks, they get rid of all the facial hair;
It looks a wall painting, isn’t it? Yeah this is the view I have from the stairs of the office building every time I don’t take the lifts. It’s been a long time I was feeling like pulling the camera out of my pocket and take a picture of that view and now here it goes.
Since I moved to Dublin, which was a couple of months ago, I discovered that there are other ways to commute other than cars or public transportation. It is Bike. Yeap, cycling to work and avoid the stressing traffic every single day is one of the things that made the major impact in my daily basis.
For someone who was raised and lived in a huge emergent metropolis like Sao Paulo, cycling in the streets among cars, trucks and buses speeding and not showing the minimum respect to pedestrians and cyclists, the idea of using bike for commuting is like risking your life every day. It should be the opposite, it should be pleasant, revigorant and healthy. Would you give up the comfort of your car to dispute a room in the street in your bike with other cars driven by stressed drivers? I wouldn’t.
Thinking of a country with nice cycle paths like in Holland, Sweden, Dublin (even tough some people disagree on this point) still sounds like an utopia for countries in development like Brazil with other bigger(?) issues to solve. Actually I don’t think this issue is a minor problem to think about, once the traffic is going from bad to worse. In the last year I was working in Sao Paulo, the average time to get to my work was 1:45 hrs/2hrs. It’s insane to spend almost 2hrs to drive through +-30km in the city, not to say about the return (%$#@%@#$). This is not a healthy life for anyone.
Here in Dublin, which is much smaller than SP, I take 20 minutes by bike to get to work. Most of the companies here are taking part in the bike4work scheme, in which employees can buy bicycles with up to 51% of discount and you can spend up to 1k euros in a bike and accessories. It means you can can a very good bike and pay half the price. This is a good incentive for commuters to give up their cars. However, if you don’t want to buy a bike, you can use the bikes the city council offers.
My initial idea of this post was to write about apps for cyclists that want to plan a route to cycle but in the middle I changed my idea and kept writing about commuting and biking. I will write about apps for cyclists in the next posts.
I do not wish to be someone who fear to dare an opportunity yet more if this is a desire I want deeply to pursue. I prefer to take some steps ‘backwards’ in order to have the great sensation I’m doing something really worthwhile than taking big fake steps forward and end up realizing I should’ve done something earlier. I wish to have always challenges to overcome which make me think I have much to learn.
The secret of fortune is joy in our hands. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
What if today, right now, no jokes at all, you were actually in charge, the boss, the Head Honcho. Write the “call to arms” note you’re sending to everyone (staff, customers, suppliers, Board) charting the path ahead for the next 12 months and the next 5 years. Now take this manifesto, print it out somewhere you can see, preferably in big letters you can read from your chair.
Today is the day I would like to share with you all the mission we have to accomplish in the next 12 months from now on. And as every mission, I need the cooperation of everyone’s effort and passion as well, and when I mean passion is the literal meaning that we know.
Staff - Put yourself as a customer and ask yourself how you would like to be treated and assisted if you needed someone to provide support in one thing you do not have the command. Focus on the best you can offer our customer, not just thinking about the money will be paid for it, but in the good experience you will cause on others. Keep improving it every day.
Customer - Why not report us all the flaws you stumble upon as a way to avoid others customers from facing in the same situation as yours. Every product is suposed to be working properly when it gets to the final user, but it is a process that takes time and maturity. This role, which is to test the product in real situations, is best done by you.
Suppliers - The better is the service you do, the better is the reputation you’ll get. Good reputation is the most effective marketing you will ever make. As a company, you have problems as every others do, so try to be more transparent with your customers and deal with the eventual issues as a team.
Board - The paths the company take is totally up to you. Do not take decisions just based on profits, take into deeply consideration the people who surrounds the company. In the end, it all is moved by people.
This is the manifesto to be sticked in you wall and be seen clearly from your desk.
… e creio que não seja indexado também por outros engines de busca.
Desde que criei o blog venho acompanhando para verificar como a indexação pelo google estava indo, mas para minha decepção, os posts que faço no tumblr não aparecem nas buscas do Google. Basta fazer uma busca por “site:roshiro.tumblr.com" para verificar isso, somente a página inicial aparece na busca.
Muito diferente do Tumblr é o Wordpress, aonde tenho outro blog sobre SAP WebDynpro. Se faço a pesquisa no google por ele, site:webdynprodiaadia.wordpress.com, o resultado é bem diferente, todos os posts são indexados.
A verdade é que o Tumblr tem uma idéia um pouco diferente. O foco principal dele é visual, para quem quer postar fotos, links, ditados, e compartilhar posts entre seus followers. Ou seja, seus posts aparecerão para todos seus followers. Se você quiser postar textos e outros materiais no blog e quer compartilhar com todos, pelo google por exemplo, a melhor opção é o wordpress, ou blogger.
Pesquisando um pouco, muitos comentam sobre a opção de criar um sitemap do blog do tumblr através do site tumblrmap.net, que por sua vez, sempre está fora do ar. Criando um sitemap, eu poderia envia-lo para o google webmasters, e assim todos os links seriam indexados.
Bom, acho que em breve criarei um blog pelo Wordpress.