Halloween in June

So you work in a store, a big store.

It’s June.

A truck delivers big packs of Halloween shit.

Yeah! That’s the way it works today…

You’re like a bit amazed by such an amount of stupidity.

But you’re told to present all this.

Halloween.

In June.

You place it. All of it.

Then, it’s, you can guess, a big failure.

Dust piles up on orange skulls and pumpkins.

Nobody buys it.

Until this angry day in the end of August…

When your good manager says :

“Sales not good, send all this back to the supplier!”.

Well, of course your mind could be full of WTFs.

But it’s not.

You don’t expect common sense from this world.

You just don’t.

You send all back.

This is “normal”.

Because, one week before Halloween…

You install Christmas stuff.

Right?

Right.

That’s the way this world goes.

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#Montessori misinterpretation mess

Nooo it’s not an article against Montessori education, which is great!

Here’s the core of it, copy/pasted from Wikipedia :

Montessori education is fundamentally a model of human development, and an educational approach based on that model. The model has two basic principles. First, children and developing adults engage in psychological self-construction by means of interaction with their environments. Second, children, especially under the age of six, have an innate path of psychological development. Based on her observations, Montessori believed that children who are at liberty to choose and act freely within an environment prepared according to her model would act spontaneously for optimal development.

It’s a very interesting approach, and one of the key word of it is AUTONOMY. Many parents interested by Montessori buy books to understand and use it at home, but some of them just heard about it, or read an half-page article, and they just clicked on two concepts they adoooore :

  • My child (who is already “ahead of others”, of course) will be even better.
  • My child will be more autonomous, and… I will have peace.

This second point is the problem here. Autonomy is very important in this education, but not in the way “he is happy alone and I will have peace to do something else”!

It’s more : freedom to choose and activity and the rhythm, self-discipline (“I notice my mistakes”), experimenting, etc. There are… books about that!

Thanks for reading!

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Simmering & Fermenting Ideas of #LeCorbusier #creativity

Le Corbusier was a French architect. I just found a quote and I try to translate in English. It’s a good tool you can use to be creative (if you need to) :

When a task is given to me, I use to put it inside my memory, which mean I don’t allow myself to draw any sketch, for months. The human head have a certain independence : it is a box in which you can pour loose elements of a problem. One let then “float”, “simmer”, “ferment”. Then, one day, on a spontaneous initiative of the inner being, a click happens : one takes a pen, one gives birth on the paper. The idea comes out, the baby comes out : he comes into the world, he is born.

This is a great tool, and it can be mixed with other “common sense” plans (creative people know, for example, that they “work” in front of their blank page, but also that they get “ideas” elsewhere, walking in the street, washing the dishes or after making love). So, think about your problem and go talk to the birds, or bake a cake!

Also Google : Serendipity

Thanks for reading!

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Good Old #French #Idioms about farting

“Péter plus haut que son cul” means “To fart higher than your ass”. Makes sense? Of course it means “to be pretentious” or “to be vain”. I think you say  “Think you are the cat’s whiskers”. Cute!

“Ça vaut pas un pet de lapin” means “It doesn’t worth a rabbit’s fart”. In English you say “It’s not worth a bean”, which I understand, but is also less funny, right?

“J’en n’ai rien à péter” means “I have nothing to fart about it”, of course it’s the English way to say “I don’t give a shit”. Oohhhh!

“Péter un câble” (“To break a cable”), yes it’s “To blow a fuse”.  Because in French, péter can also mean “To break”. J’ai pété une assiette : I broke a plate. Yessss, I know 🙂

I’ll find more idioms. Idioms are great, right ?

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Enemy Tools & Peace Pipes

There are dozens of tools about Power (48 Law of Power, Greene) or the “Art of War” (Sun Tzu, but the 36 Stratagems is better – I’ll tell you soon). My blog is more about little tools for life. So… Let’s talk about your “enemy”.

ONE

It’s an old trick that all business guys know : when you have exploited everything against your enemy, work with it ! Nelson Mandela goes further :

If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner.

More craftily, if you work/absorb your enemy, you have the possibility to trap it, to watch it, because you’re closer ! There’s something to dig for, here. Your enemy’s is too strong ? Too different ? Too smart ? Open the gates, let him come. Then : hit. Ouch !

TWO

It’s very political. It seems that in History (big H to this word, please), you sometimes have to invent an enemy. Look at Iraq and “weapons of mass destruction” after the 9/11. It’s very useful when you have to regroup and feel safe. Invent an enemy.

THREE

After all, wars and battles are unpleasant. Sometimes it’s very cool to realise that your enemy was… not an enemy. Then you can go to ONE ! Peace ! Talk, find the links, realise that your enemy wasn’t an enemy at all (after all, you invented it, right ?). Shake hands, talk, weave, smile.

OK. Cheers ! Thanks for reading !

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A New Way to Read – A Deconstructionist Approach

OK I’m french. My english is a frenglish, it’s rusty and wobbly, et voilà. Try me, though. I’ll do my best. I promise. If sometimes it’s too bad, just laugh at me or roll you eyes.

Why do people love crime fictions so much?  It must be personal.

First there is a murder, and who likes dead bodies? Then, comes the policeman.  What is so exciting about police officers?  Boring. It’s all boring. Les polars…

But OK, let’s amuse ourselves… Some of you enjoy using your minds to follow the clues and solve the case. Maybe that’s cool, et si vous aimez ça, tant mieux. Readers enjoy living in the pages where crime has happened, within papers, reports, and discussions and then they suddenly understand the mystery and all in the comfort of their homes. Voilà !

Do you believe that the author has just as much of an alibi as the murderer?  Well he does.  The author’s usual alibi is to paint a historic period, show rising suspense, invent action, criticize a way of living, and exploit a setting.
Most writers don’t write a “polar” (as we say in France) to simply write a police story.  They write for other reasons !

I would like to propose another way to interact with this genre.

First :  What if you read the first twenty pages of your crime novel to get an idea of the plot, characters, etc.  You like the idea ? Good.

Second : OK… bear with me… You read the last five pages of the book. YES. OK, you now know “who did it”, but there is a purpose behind it all. Still with me?

Third :  Go back to page 21 and continue to read the rest of the book. Following the writer’s process of unfolding the story.

With this exercise, you the reader, are changed. You cease to be the victim, the writer’s prey.  YOU are now the investigator discovering how the writer pulls his readers this way and that.

Tools :

• Once in a while try to break the old cycle.

• If you’re bored in the world, invent a different approach in order to make your own power and pleasure.

• Don’t be so serious. You can always break the rules by adding casualness to Art. Pick pages in Proust. Vous avez le droit !

• What would it feel like to stop the Pavlovian response to what media proposes. Invent your own style of perspectives. Write something. Deconstruct anything and above all… Play.

Lastly, at the end, you should maybe pick another crime book and read it properly. That is good TOO. The waldgänger is a hidden discreet rebel, but he sometimes quickly reappears from the dark woods and is back, in a second, within the world of humans.

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