For a long time the media of this Pale Blue Dot write about the problems its inhabitants face. Financial crises, conflicts, pollution, poverty, political instability, and the list of bad news goes on and on. Suddenly NASA makes an announcement and the world stands still. Seven Earth-sized exoplanets discovered orbiting their Sun and for a day – at least – the problems and issues of our planet don’t fully dominate the news. Why? Why hundreds of millions of people who possibly have their own important problems consider this discovery important?
For me the answer is simple: It is our nature. Curiosity, exploration, innovation are the defining characteristics of our species. Our whole history has been shaped by visionaries who conceive ideas, innovators who create the means and tools based on the abstract ideas and explorers who enlarge our borders and pave the ground for the next generation of visionaries.
For example, the existence of exoplanets was conceived as an idea by visionary scientists like Carl Sagan, innovators created the means and tools like the Spitzer and Hubble Space Telescopes and now modern “explorers” will study the planets hoping to answer one of the biggest questions of humanity: Does life, as we perceive, it exist elsewhere in the Cosmos?
I believe that this discovery has an even more important aspect. Our world has become too “small”. We can travel to any place in the planet in hours, communicate with anyone instantly and have access to almost any information with few clicks in our keyboard. We need to expand our boundaries again and perhaps the discovery of planets that may support life, “only” 39 Light Years from our home, gives an “impossible” magnificent target to our species. It is not something that our generation will experience but it our generation’s duty to look up to the stars and pave the way for the future.
inside, worlds are spinning… the shapeless is shaping to what I create…
as above so below…
Today, I would like to share some lines of my new book under publication.
Young. I am. I always have been. The sky I touch. I wanted to reach it. Now. I want to live it all. “I” is so confused with all as all is “I”. I see. The clouds. The Sun. The Sea. I see. The limits in mind. Illusions of mine.
I see. You and Me simply be.
We assume limits are real. What are your achievements this year? Did you have goals when you started this year? Have you succeeded in your goals already? Strategy can be separated into three basic steps:
There is no achievement without these steps. Though, there is a trick. You may say that your plan for this year was to reach figure A, and, for next year, to reach figure B. But, who is holding you back from bringing results that are twice or even three times B. Only yourself! Think harder. There is no limit other than the one you set.
And remember all your efforts should be directed on one and only one major accomplishment: your happiness!
Here is an ideal scheddule! Wake up around 5am. Have a coffee at a Starbucks (mocha frappuccino grande… sigh!!!). Work till 12ish. Have a lunch at Camelia Grill. Wander around Royal str. and Jackson sqr. till 3pm. Work till 8ish. Dinner at Court of Two Sister. Live music at Vasso and around Frencman’s str. Repeat. Resting is absolutely prohibited!
It was late at night yesterday as I was reviewing my co-workers deliverable for a new portal that it came to me. We are in 2017 now which means that 20 years have passed since the time I created my first web page for a client. Of course that page does not exist anymore and I wish I had kept it even as a snapshot image. However, I still remember the effort I put to make it look nice and the pride when the client told me how much she liked my work. That praise for a 17-year-old boy was more important than the payment I received and possibly defined my career. I was studying Mathematics and I loved it but I also wanted to do something more creative, something that could combine mathematical models with graphical design and more philosophical concepts.
The internet was growing in 1997 and the .com boom had started but even then few people could imagine how the Net would be the king of communication media and such an important part of our everyday lives. Some people understood the immense advantage of being able to sell and promote products and services all over the world without having to create a physical shop or office. Other – including myself – also believed that the WWW would allow scientists to communicate easier, kids in remote places could be educated, patients could find information and treatment for medical issues and, all in all, a more united, better world. After 20 years we all know that the Net did all of the above and more. Even if there are people who try to use it for political manipulation, for financial fraud or other illegal activities the Net still is one of the most important discoveries and a unique medium that allows distribution of ideas and expression of each one of us.
It came to me that after all these years Net-ing it is time to start my own old fashioned blog in order to keep things from being lost. A page where I can write what I remember from the past years, what I feel now and the places my imagination guides me. It is a page for me, to remember successes, to reflect on my failures and envision my future steps. But if you want and like to read what I write here you are more than welcome to visit.