Why Working Under the Same Roof?

Why Working Under the Same Roof?

If coffee shops are too rowdy and there’s too much activity for you to focus on the work at hand, then you may find the real working mindset in a communal working office space. It is like a library for people with cell phones and a strong desire to meet like-minded people with different background; hence, this style of work offers a solution to the problem of isolation that many freelancers experience while working at home, while at the same time letting them escape the distractions of home.

In an economic sense, early-stage start-ups often cannot afford hefty rents, and their uncertain success makes a long-term lease less desirable.

However, budget is not the only concern at play. The coworking space offers that age-old human connection leading to collaborating with professionals.

What lies behind the growing trend of doing jobs in a coworking space is to actively manage and facilitate presence, as technology allows more people to contribute from around the world. This may have changed the role of place in our work lives.

Amarit Charoenphan completed his degree in accounting from Thammasat University. He helps people realize their dreams and become more successful startups, entrepreneurs, and freelancers through the best coworking spaces, as well as events, education and media. His areas of professional interest include capacity building of start-up social ventures via incubators and accelerator programs, scaling up social enterprise via impact investments as well as the emergence of social venture philanthropy, angel investing and venture capital industry in Thailand. He co-created Hubba, Thailand’s first coworking space for Tech & Creative startups and is actively supporting the Chiang Mai start-up scene through partnership with Pun Space, a coworking space in Chiang Mai. Amarit (and Hubba) has also co-organized and facilitated events such as Echelon Ignite Thailand (e27) and Startup Weekend.

Transcriber: Samson Zhong
Reviewer: Elisabeth Buffard
Language: English

‘Winter’s Tale (2014)’ Review

I have worked as a translator and interpreter for a long time now, offering services to help people speak to different cultures while these experiences lend me some insights into things as restaurants, films, books, concerts, seminars, news coverage and even bodybuilding competitions. This is my first crack at film critics, and I would be lying if I said that I am more than excited about making my debut at Hollywood production, which I used to despise for a lack of great stories and an unhealthy obsession with sex and violence, let alone product placement brought up by commercialism. That said, I am a little shocked but very pleased to tell you that my reservations are unwarranted, as “Winter’s Tale (2014)” is truly a spectacular movie. The performance of Colin Farrell, Jessica Brown Findlay, and Russell Crowe will remain imprinted in my mind.

The story is set in 1916 and present-day Manhattan, and recounts the life of Peter Lake (Colin Farrell), an burglar with the gift of reincarnation, and the romance that has gone out of his raid into a house occupied by Beverly Penn (Jessica Brown Findlay). When Peter finds that Beverly is dying from tuberculosis, he comes to her rescue as the reincarnation of Peter. However, Peter’s memories is being lost in the afterlife…How can a man save his love if he does not even remember her? Everything from the set, costumes and the soundtracks are terrific in this emotional roller coaster, and even though it is a drama, the pace is torrential, so men do not have to worry about being caught falling asleep on a cinema date.
The audience is moved to tears on several occasions, sometimes by moments of despondency and others by the faith shared by both characters and their spectators.

I bill “Winter’s Tale (2014)” as a must see for the upcoming Valentine’s Day. It is suitable for a fate, the whole family and the single. If you forget when is the last time you look into someone’s eyes and retain the touch, then you may find that bond in this great film.

Kelly McGonigal: How to make stress your friend

Stress. It makes your heart pound, your breathing quicken and your forehead sweat. But while stress has been made into a public health enemy, new research suggests that stress may only be bad for you if you believe that to be the case. Psychologist Kelly McGonigal urges us to see stress as a positive, and introduces us to an unsung mechanism for stress reduction: reaching out to others.

The Chinese subtitle was translated by Samson Zhong

Find More Hours in My Days

Find More Hours in My Days
I have always had trouble finishing all the items on my to-do lists, though I really enjoy checking them off at night. It may be that I squeeze too much into the list, or distractions keep me from keeping to the schedule. However, the news clip reminds me of the basics of time management: priority and simplicity.
Have been doing multitasking for a long time: listening to podcast news while doing house chores; typing on my tablet PC during commute and I even read books while sitting on the toilet, I am still desperate for more hours given in each day. Of course, we are all given only 24 and no one can literally buy more.
The problem is that I put ahead the tasks that I enjoy or easy to do instead of those matters of great urgency. I take time to enjoy what I like to do and procrastinate when it comes to tedious jobs.
The time management coach Elizabeth put it in a way that really makes sense: thinking of time like a credit card. Most of us would avoid maxing the card out by budgeting and allocating, and usually the most critical one would stay on top of the list.
Another tip I agree with is that keep life simple. If I can do it only once a day, I should not bother repeating it several times, even meals can be prepared at a time.

Why Bees Are Disappearing_TED Talk

I am so thrilled to see the subtitled video I reviewed being published by TED Talks.

[Introduction]
Honeybees have thrived for 50 million years, each colony 40 to 50,000 individuals coordinated in amazing harmony. So why, seven years ago, did colonies start dying en masse? Marla Spivak reveals four reasons which are interacting with tragic consequences. This is not simply a problem because bees pollinate a third of the world’s crops. Could this incredible species be holding up a mirror for us?

Marla Spivak researches bees’ behavior and biology in an effort to preserve this threatened, but ecologically essential, insect.

A Better Tomorrow

A Better Tomorrow, directed by Mitsuyo Miyazaki, is the fifth film in the Lexus Short Films series, produced in association with the Weinstein Company.

In the near future when water is scarce, Shin and Myra, two orphans following in their scientist father’s footsteps, develop a technology that could turn the tides of time and heal the earth. But when dark forces kidnap them in an attempt to steal their father’s invention, the device is mistakenly activated and a mysterious power unleashed. While trying to escape their captors, they are magically transported on a voyage out of this world.
People tell stories for many reasons, including the sheer delight of talking, but probably most of the best storytelling proceeds from one of two more commendable desires: a desire to entertain or a desire to instruct. “A Better Tomorrow” holds true for all of the three reasons. The dialogue between Shin and his father is shown as a flashback of those sweet memories, but it also sounds poignant for the fact in the words: clean water is in short supply; however, the story is told through two children and their simple wish for a better future in which the audience can reclaim the imagination most people have grown out of. And, this multi-pronged beginning, through matter-of-fact, memories and nostalgia, holds our attention: we sense that something is going to happen during Shin’s journey along a scenic path to somewhere. Perhaps we even sense, somehow, by virtue of the reference to the ocean and bottles, that the journey itself rather than the traveler’s destination will be the heart of the story: getting water will be more than half the fun.
To our surprise, from the setting of 2042, we quickly get the complication; technology does not always bring a better future. There are apparently conflicts between the water rationing scene and an abundance of seawater; the green along the way and the barren landscape around the water tank. The director even takes this conflict a step further, the time machine extend the journey to another world that is rendered in animation, which can be taken for granted because it is a dreamy fantasy. I personally believe it is this contrast and conflict between the animation and real life; we are invited to see ourselves in the plot, and to live our lives in accordance with it. This simple but powerful story, even without too much film shooting techniques and twist in narratives—makes us feel the point in our hearts: to treasure what we have on earth. I think this mantra of environmentalism, though the unique weaving of the story, is reinvented to stand the test of time.

I Translated and Dubbed a TED Talk

What do 24,000 ideas look like? Ecologist Eric Berlow and physicist Sean Gourley apply algorithms to the entire archive of TEDxTalks, taking us on a stimulating visual tour to show how ideas connect globally.

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Blind to See, Feel to Behold

If the world is what it seems, why does each viewer has a perspective?
Why can’t we share a vision?

To see a world in a grain of sand
And a heaven in a wild flower,
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand
And eternity in an hour.
By William Blake

In Lexus Short Film “pupil,” the director Chan Chung Ki devises a method for quicker communications between the audience and the characters—sights and seeing. Rather than telling a story by words, the audience is led by the flow of looks, images and movements to weave a story that is tweaked from individuals. While beholding an oil-painting, the woman sees a multi-colored drawing; however, the fish renders it as a purple hued sketch and her dog a yellow tinged one.

Words prescribe meaning, which varies from perspective to perspective.

Beauty is in truth of needs unsatisfied. It is not what people see, but what people want to entertain themselves with. It is not an image people would see nor a song they hear, but rather an image seen through closed eyes and a song heard by shut ears. This is why after the woman lost her sight and try to present the beauty of a peacock tail with a spontaneous brush of ecstasy; a smear of paint endowed her with the third eye. Most of us were born to have two eyes to see, but only a few have another eye to appreciate the sublime in the universe.

With perspectives people see the beauty while they know what is beautiful with appreciation.

Burned Alive in Love, and Then Arise with a Child’s Heart

Most people have dreamt of being able to fly; in his Lexus Short Film “Swimming in Air,” director Justin Tipping makes that dream come true for a young boy in love. He weaves youthful nostalgia with intricate film making-stunts, fire, kids, dogs-to tell his story.

Justin puts the grand narrative into a nondescript character–a boy; however, this boy talks like a 40-year-old. His opening remark about love reminds me of Bella’s monologue in “Twilight.” (fire and water vs. ice and fire) Added to that, the stunts, children and dog revolve around the seemingly serious motif–love, makes this movie unique.

The dreaming flash back when Victor (the boy) talks about his first sight of love does not make much surrealistic contract as his deep conviction that he can fly and he is bound to do something for Emily, even this may take his life. All the daydreaming has been so illusive until he makes that leap of jump to save Emily from a fire…

To be burned by one’s own understanding of love; and to bleed willingly and joyfully like a winged heart.

No one knows this better than Victor. So, could you please tell me: Who are more mature? Adults or Children?

Too Much to Do, Too Little Time

Why Effective Time Management Needs Albert Einstein

by Jonathon Keats

September 7, 2013, 12:00 AM

Time management is eternally popular. Tim Ferriss’ 4-Hour Workweek is a bestseller. Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People has sold more than 25 million copies. If Benjamin Franklin were alive today, he’d probably make a good living delivering keynote speeches. But time management has always really been a euphemism for discipline, whether imposed by corporate mandate or insinuated through the American work ethic. It’s a psychological trick. That’s why I’m developing new systems to manage time itself.

The essential scientific principles have been in place for a century, ever since Albert Einstein developed his theory of relativity. According to relativity, spacetime is the four-dimensional fabric of the universe, and that fabric is warped by gravity. The greater the warping by a massive object such as a star or planet, the more time dilates: A clock on Earth will run slow relative to a clock in the vacuum of space. The same is true of a clock subjected to centripetal force, which is mathematically equivalent to gravity. The faster it’s spun inside a centrifuge or on a merry-go-round, the slower the clock will run relative to one that isn’t being swiveled. These concepts are so fundamental that they’re now taught in high school physics classes, yet they’ve never been technologically applied to the realm where application is most obvious. You won’t read about relativity in Tim Ferriss’ books, nor has it been built into any of Franklin Covey’s time management tools.

Genuine time management leverages the rate that your clock is running relative to other clocks. And the best way to leverage relativity is as a community. If you build a city on an interconnected set of spinning hubs instead of solid ground, you can zone the fastest-spinning districts as residential neighborhoods and plant farms or build factories in districts that spin more slowly. That way crops will grow quickly and machinery will run efficiently from the perspective of all inhabitants.

In order to encourage this sort of relativistic time sharing, I have produced blueprints for several time-managed cities. All are available for licensing by governments and urban planners, though the technical means of rotating neighborhoods at velocities approaching the speed of light – and physically enduring the gravitational effects – will require refinement by engineers.

Given the technical challenges – and the difficulty of building consensus on anything in the United States – time-managed cities probably still belong to the realm of speculative architecture. That’s why I’ve also developed a product for personal use: a time ingot which can be placed on a desktop or bedstand for temporal micromanagement. The time ingot is gravitational ballast. In other words, the ingot is a high-density alloy that warps the four-dimensional fabric of the universe, dilating time in your immediate vicinity.

The effect is nearly imperceptible. Users can expect a relative time difference of less than one second every billion years, but the maintenance-free simplicity of time ingots should appeal to anyone who values efficiency. Using the same kind of gravitational ballast, I’m now developing relativistic clothing – including a time warp undershirt – that will let the wearer take control of aging. These garments are currently undergoing testing. I’m trying them out myself, and I’ve already noticed a beneficial side effect: The heaviness makes me move more slowly and deliberately.

Technology doesn’t have to make life more frenetic. Harnessing relativity, technology can even give us the time to live.

Jonathon Keats will exhibit his time management systems at Modernism Gallery, 685 Market St., San Francisco, CA. A special launch event will be held on Thursday, September 26th from 5:30 to 8:00 PM. Consultations will be available by appointment through October. More information: http://www.modernisminc.com.

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What I Think of This Strategy

If we look into many job ads, they may read, “The successful applicant for this job must be able to multitask.” This inplies that all potential employees are supposed to be effective workers.

The essence of “employment”, in the most general sense, is that you give someone else the power to control a certain number of hours available to you. A given hour can be used productively or it can lie fallow. The employer who controls working hours will probably take certain steps to ensure that employees produce things of value to him. So, they may carefully prescribe activities that you pursue during that period to achieve this; on the other hand, only if they trusts you, they may allow employees to schedule activities.

“Time management” is simply a buzzword for packing as many value-generating activities as possible into that hour.

Obviously, your employer has a direct interest in your time management, since it’s in his interests that you generate as much value as possible during that hour. If it’s your own hour, it’s pretty much up to you what kind of value-generating activities you want to pack it full of, and how you define “value”.

There’s no question there is psychological time dilation, as any office worker watching the clock tick down toward 18:00 pm can tell you; the more you want something, the longer the wait to get it. On the other hand, sometimes the clock veritably roars toward a deadline, as the same person could tell you while juggle tasks around. I suspect that the psychological time dilation effect would be far more massive than any relativistic effect, unless we are in fact traveling at .9999 times the speed of light. Much of the psychological time dilation is a function of whether your time is owned by yourself or by someone else – again, watch the salarymen as 18:00 approaches.

The best possible time management is owning your own time and being able to select those activities that cause time to be positively dilated for you.

Anything else is simply something done to you for the benefit of someone else. I suspect that this accounts for the relatively low level of success for organizational implemented time management

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