Articles in the Blog category

  1. Public speaking reflection

    I’ve continued with public speaking conquests on two fronts: in the digital medium of a virtual Toastmasters club, and in the physical medium of my locally organized club.

    In …

  2. A modest little table topic

    2018 has turned into 2019. 2017 was still the year a moment ago. 2020 is as surely to follow, and in but a few turns of tide, in but a …

  3. Yearly assessment 2018

    I surpassed the year mark since I started to actively maintain this blog. What has this milestone enabled? What lessons have I captured?

    Initially, I didn’t have a particular …

  4. Creating a public speaking club

    In Curitiba, BR, Toastmasters clubs are scarce. Until recently, a few specialized TM clubs had existed. Now, even those no longer appear in the search.

    While I had transferred my …

  5. At a bunker

    I always enjoyed taking meals in a basement. You could also call it a bunker. It need not be a glorified bunker either. It need not be a Bavarian beer …

  6. Toastmasters from physical to virtual

    I had to transition from my Toastmasters club in presence of impending travels. How was I to proceed with public speaking development, which I had adapted like a healthy sport …

  7. Jazz tastes

    My taste buds for jazz listening have become considerably spoiled. A classic bop composition no longer excites me in the way it used to. Too many chords. Too much rhythmic …

  8. Toastmasters and public speaking

    Having finally attended a Toastmasters meeting after nearly 10 years of deliberation, in my first day in Kraków of all places, I carry no regrets.

    The international organization focuses around …

  9. Be like water

    As I was exploring the Old City in Stockholm, an occasionally recurring situation arose. Having the intention to attend a timely event, in this case the change of guards ceremony …

  10. Ramones cafe

    I’m a sucker for charming cafes with rustic furniture, candle lighting, creaking wood floors, and captivating memorabilia densely spread along the walls… at least for an hour or until …

  11. David Bowie’s Berlin

    I write this from the Neues Ufer Cafe in Schöneberg, Berlin. David Bowie frequented the place while residing next door during his Berlin years of 1976-1978. The residential building seems …

  12. Meta-writing and language conflict

    Once again I let the habit of writing daily slip - a habit that’s meant to reinforce writing abilities and creativity, irrespective of how miserable the day’s output may …

  13. Berlin, German, cohesion

    April has been a month of philosophical reflection, in contrast to the scientifically oriented March. In spirit with the theme, I shall culminate the month with some Berlinesque annotations.

    As …

  14. Priority management and energy dissipation

    I can’t emphasise enough the delicate nature of wisely choosing your priorities. I’m effectively drowning with respect to mine. Either choose 2-3 most critical top-level areas of focus …

  15. Carnaval and Dune

    Escaping the Carnaval on a remote futuristic desert planet.

  16. Accountability and Incentive

    Some tasks are difficult or unpleasant. For that purpose, I believe in the power of social accountability, which can take one of many forms, some more radical (hence effective) than …

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