Discovering a new medium

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Dear Readers,

I started discovering a new medium for blogging and started a vlog last week. It’s been a couple of months that I have been toying with the idea and here it is:

Kika – Cidadã do Mundo

 

It is not a very professional vlog, actually pretty simple and spontaneous, but I like it so far. Even if not instantly, all videos have English subs sooner or later. The vlog title is pretty open, so that just as in I got Daisies, I could fit in almost everything coming to my mind.

I guess all those months of Easy Brazilian Portuguese videos have helped me to prepare for this and gain the self-confidence I needed to try to work with video in a very private way.

 

In consequence, if this vlog should work out after a couple of weeks, I will close down “I got daisies”.  So, feel free to join me on another platform with some other kind of content.

Beijos,

Kika

 

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Recommending Freakonomics Podcasts

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Dear All,

You are gonna like this because you can really learn something. I have been listening to some of the podcasts freakonomics produces and am amazed of how mind changing some content can be. Usually they invite one or two experts and general participants to which we might want to compare with. A topic is analyzed backwards – forwards – backwards, so that you really get a better idea on the matter.

Today I listened to

How to Become Great at Just About Anything

How to Become Great at Just About Anything

No matter how standardized the title is, it is still kind of inspiring. You might wanna gove it a try!!!

 

Kika

36 friends less on Facebook

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I guess I am not the only one who is trying to get the number of Facebook friends down again. Often we have connections we have barely every talked to, sometimes we haven’t talked to them at all but they are friends of friends and you just want to be polite, so you add them. But of course that starts to limit your open expression. Since I got more than 8 students connected to me on my Facebook, I can’t write stuff like “really exhausted today” or “I need more sleep but I am getting up at half past six again”. We start to censor ourselves. I want my Facebook to get back to cosy without having to create separate friend lists. So, from time to time, I will do some radical deleting sessions like today and for professional contacts, there is still LinkedIn.

Nighty-night,

Kika

Photo of the day:
Teatime at O Cha!

Bistro O Cha Sao Paulo

Get your mails to less than five

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I always separate commercial mails from private and professional ones. That is why the number of unread messages in my gmail account is 34 right now. But those 34 mails range from February 2014 until September 2015. Most of them just couldn’t be answered immediately and then they kept waiting for some nicer day, that never came. A week ago my unread mails were about 60, so I managed to reduce them by almost half. Some of them were so old that they did not need any answer anymore. Others were notes, I had sent to myself. Trying to get to five or less unread mails is quite challenging now but that is what I want and need to do. This week I want to ease my conscience by answering all mails I have not answered yet. That hopefully will give me peace when I do other things.

I know that many of you don’t really face this problem. The regular gmail account is a huge mingle-mangle of hundreds and thousands of unread mails and I sometimes wish I wouldn’t care that much, but I do!

In case you care, too, but have no idea how to start reducing your inbox number, try to start by deleting simply all those generic mails from networks such as Facebook, LinkedIn, sales websites and that stuff. Then you will only have left private and professional mails and you can look through them within time. There surely will be one or another surprise.

To be able to maintain order in your inbox in the long term, you have to start creating a new habit. Delete everything which is unimportant as soon as you see it. Don’t bother opening the mail and just move it straight to your trash bin. What helps me, is the division of unread and read mails Gmail offers. The upper part of my inbox shows all unread mails and the lower part shows those read mails that I keep to be able to follow up some projects or other work related things.

Have a great week all together!

Kika

Photo of the day:

View from the beautiful square nearby.

SP_Curujas

Deleting myself from the web – Xing

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Xing is a professional network mainly used by Germans (more than half of its 9 m users). Xing means many thing in Chinese depending on character and pronunciation. The platform chose 行 to bei their idea and it means “it’s ok” or “walking” in its original meaning.

Now I live in Brazil and my relationship with Germany is reduced to a couple of friends and family members. My Xing profile actually has never brought me anything good. Some old fellows connected with me but also many people I don’t know added me and were trying to sell me their stuff or had simply nothing better to do. It was a waste of time! And what I learn these days is to use my time wiser. That is why I try to avoid unnecessary clicks.

Everyday I think about my mum. I think, even though she faces a lot of bureaucratic trouble and has to take care of my grandma all day, she has gained something when moving back to Croatia’s countryside. She is part of a real network where people talk to each other and visit each other on weekends. It is still a bit like it was a long time ago all over the world. How often do I see my friends? I maybe meet one friend once a month. Not much more, really. The problem is not only me working too much but the whole city is working too much and people are simply tired when they get home. The second problem surely is the size of the city. Plus you have all the traffic problems.Yesterday a student of mine told me that she gets up at five in the morning to be at work around 7:30 or 8 o’clock. Even without traffic jams you will have an average distance of 8 km per friend. Alright, I have two friends living within 20 min walking distance. I am very lucky and I should see them more often. I should set up a meeting right now. And I will ^~^!

Maybe that is what I would like you to do as well today. How about contacting a friend? If you think that telephoning is outdated, send a message on What’s App or on Facebook. Almost everybody uses those apps and answers fast. Think of something you and your friend would like to do together. Me and my friend Renata love eating croissants and drinking tea. So we meet in Vila Madalena’s most charming places such as Julice Boulangère and O Chá. When we want ice cream we usually go to Baccio de Latte.

Have a great day tomorrow!

 

PHOTO of the day

tea pot / Pão de Açucar

I bought this tea pot last weekend. My old one from Cunha broke two months ago and superglue did not help this time. These days it is pretty cold for us Paulistanos (about 14 degrees yesterday night) and I am drinking two pots of Chinese green tea every day.

Deleting myself from the web – Twitter

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Of course things don’t change from one day to another. We have to work gradually on freeing ourselves from not needed responsibilities or tasks and of course our actions will have an impact on others.

I woke up early this morning to meet my first students at eight o’ clock near Juscelino Kubitschek. When I opened my eyes I felt more relaxed, more easy-going. When we are easy, we automatically create a friendly atmosphere and the students feel freer. I can feel the idea of changing in my thoughts but not yet in my schedule. I am tired and a little out of breath while writing today.

We have to structure the changes. Changes will involve my professional and private life. They will take time and include many steps. Because it is easier, I decided to start changing my digital life first. The next days I will focus on deleting myself from the web. Don’t you sometimes think that we have far too many sites and profiles and stuff on the internet? I admired Ai Weiwei’s attitude that the only way of fighting against surveillance is actually to publicise your whole life on the web. But even he has limits. There is very little about his private life while you can find all about his work and beliefs online. I don’t have much against online presence. As an international person it helps me not to loose all touch with my past encounters and I also think it is nice to learn from each others experience. But what bothers me is the overload of messages one receives. Many of us get far too many commercial messages a day and imagine it is our birthday: it is not only our facebook friends posting their texts but also this and that website you had registered at some time ago and had started building up a “network”. Ask yourself, if it is a real network you are participating in. Ask yourself: Do I know the people I am connected with or am I just too social to say “no”? Does it bring any real advantages to me? Is it fun to participate in their activities? After dealing with these questions you will be able to identify unneeded social networks.

A week ago I deleted my Twitter account. By then I did not know that I would have this fabulous insight on my life and proceed with deleting myself from the web. Getting rid of Twitter was just getting rid of something I really did not need.

I had registered at Twitter many years ago in order to promote my blog posts and later I kept the account to read Ai Weiwei’s latest news (he is a master tweeter), since my master thesis and some later projects were about his works.

Now I really don’t have much business to do on Twitter. In one of my English classes I watched a TED talk with one of my students. She herself does not even use facebook. Instagram is the only thing she thinks is fun and discrete enough.

The title of the talk we watched is “When online shaming spirals out of control” and in it Jon Robson explains how far reaching consequences misunderstandings can have and watching that made me sad. I have suffered from people’s wrong judgements when I was young and I have observed consequences of spreading false rumours also on other pupils and students. That TED Talk just opened my eyes and I could see how people abuse the system only to give some vent to their feelings. Sometimes it is nothing else than pure boredom of users that can destroy a person’s life. I like Brazil a lot because I think it is far less into bullying and cyber-bullying compared to the US or Germany. I could never write a blog only in German because it would be an invitation for grinches to tell me what they think about it. Discussion should never be a problem but keeping good online manners often is one.

DIGITAL CLEAN UP

I recommend everybody to think about which web profiles are not really needed anymore. Deleting them one by one feels as good as taking out 10 quilos of unnecessary clothes out of your wardrobe and is much more important than that.

I can live without Twitter! Easily! How about you?

Photo of the day:

the first blossom of an orchid I bought last year. Happy it got back to life. It will carry plenty of flowers this year.

Simple happiness

Simple happiness