Having your time back

A few weeks ago, I decided to delete a few apps that are known to be colossal time-sucks. So I said goodbye to Facebook, Twitter, and uhm, Tiktok.

As I write this, I must say, I don’t miss them. I don’t miss the red notifications that…

Initial takes on the Foundation book and the TV series

This was among the first science fiction books I read back in College.

A scientist and an academic, Isaac Asimov is one prolific writer who churned out more than 500 books including the Foundation series, a set of books about a ruling Galactic Empire, robots (humanoids), a mathematician, and a…

Reflecting on the first six months of the year 2021

It’s that time of the year when you do 1–1 with each team member, asking each of them, “How are you doing?”

Six months has passed. It’s time to look back at their “progress.”

Before you jump into the discussion…

Thoughts on language and style in sports writing

Language is the road map of a culture. It tells you where its people come from and where they are going.

–Rita Mae Brown

The Summer Olympics is happening soon in Japan. Preparations are up. Athletes are engaged in exhibition games. …

How and why trust is important at work and in life

Steve made a lot of mistakes. He was not the best manager one could have. But later in his life, he realized important lessons about people.

One of them is about trust.

Trusting people to know what to do is a factor in the success of an organization. If you…

Looking back at 48

He who has a why to live can bear almost any how. Friedrich Nietzsche

When you’re my age, you’re thinking of three things: family, work, and, sleep.

More than a year into the pandemic, my family kept me sane, in checked. They fed me. Entertained me…

How do you judge creative ideas?

Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. –Scott Adams

Every waking day, I have to make decisions between bad and good creative work.

The decisions are based on some loose definitions on clarity, “being on brief,” and one that evokes action.

Written work is easier to judge. Grammar? Check. Length and format? Check. Does it communicate what…

A short review of The Almanack of Naval Ravikant: A Guide to Wealth and Happiness

Book cover from Goodreads.com

It was good until the last two chapters.

Naval’s Almanack is only that–an almanack of his aphorisms.

If you follow him on social, this book is a collection of his tweets.

Explained, expanded, expounded, sometimes, exaggerated, this guide contradicts itself.

Preachy towards the end, Naval subscribes to discovering the original…

Erwin Lemuel Oliva

An ex-journalist. Teacher. Dad. Loves Guitar & Books. Writes when inspiration hits him.

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