Hello! Is anybody out there?
Don’t worry. The bright spot of colored light around your nose right now, do you feel it tickling? We are beckoning you to listen to our newest adventures. Time to do a little sharing before the year ends!
Last time we took words out of our logbook, our small crew of four was sailing on the high seas aboard a small boat. Today, two years later, we are ten and we are landed on the southeast coast of the Persian Gulf.
So, how did it happen?
Well, at a haute-bakery event hosted by our dear friend Gombby (surely, you remember him) in Green Island, some of his great friends told us about future projects related with people rather gifted in the field of sports, especially football. As we were tasting some new super-quality-croissants, we’ve been told that José Mourinho and Cristiano Ronaldo were two of them. Ouch! To our great surprise, over the course of the animated and colorful event, we were even welcomed through a meaningful involvement as partners. On top of this, we learned that the environment provided to flourish these projects would be someplace in another land, somewhere in a continent we’ve had never been before. A metropolis with people from all over the world. Ideas started to sprout really fast in our minds. Why not pursue our maritime epic and go farther away to accomplish new missions?
Thus, a few months later, we arrived at our new destination: Dubai, one of the seven emirates of the United Arab Emirates. Memories are coming back to us. We remember the first hours in this new land. It was a very sunny day - to say the truth, since our arrival, it only rained three ou four days and we still remember the July 9th 2013 when the thermometer indicated 46ºC (a kind of moment when you feel you’re close to be half-boiled). Desert palms, big engined cars, very high humidity, menus in Arabic language, urban landscapes with hundreds of skyscrapers, different people, lower gas prices … No doubt, we were far away from home and, of course, ready to accomplish.
“There are no foreign lands. It is the traveler only who is foreign.” ― Robert Louis Stevenson, The Silverado Squatters
We are what we do. Give us a space, tools and we create* (and we will not deny a little financial help to maintain ourselves happy and healthy). Our job is to get things well done and on time. That’s the spirit. We learned that it’s not innate and it’s not always easy but we also know it’s part of our growth. It’s all about iteration. It’s about getting better and faster every day because time does not wait. It’s about experience.
“Do not wait until the conditions are perfect to begin. Beginning makes the conditions perfect.”
As we wrote before, as much as we love to live on land, we aspire for more. We love our boat because it allows us to travel to faraway places, binding us to different people and cultures.
Each time we reach a new destination, we’re always cheerful as it’s the culmination of a dream, big or small, we dreamt of achieving.
Hoist the sails! We’re getting ready for the next departure aboard our
See you soon! Someplace, somewhere!
*Here are some of the last projects our ship crew proudly got involved in: Gombby Channel ; Gombby Stickers ; Mourinho and the Special Ones TV Series (Soundtrack & SFX) ; Mourinho and the Special Ones game ( iOS & Android apps) ; The GAME by Ronaldo.
HumanSpotting at 5: Origami (January 2013)
~ HumanSpotting at 5 ~
Open Sessions by the Team for the Team, complete with Tea and Biscuits!
Welcome to the 5th monthly HumanSpotting at 5!
“A simple thing like paper can be beautiful”
HumanSpotter and master paperfolder José Teixeira has been practicing the art of origami for over 4 years. On the last Humanspotting, he taught us how to fold origami shapes.
Origami is the fine art of building sculptures by folding paper. We learned that Ori is the Japanese word for folding and kami is the Japanese word for paper - I already know what I will say to impress my friends next time we eat sushi.
All HumanSpotters battled fiercely to accomplish the goal, following with deep respect the instructions of José-sensei.
Unsurprisingly, they were slow, made a lot of mistakes and one of them was in such despair that he went outside to make a bonfire so he could throw his ‘crane’ in*.
By the way, there is an ancient Japanese legend stating that if someone makes one thousand cranes (Senbazuru), their wish will be granted - if your wish is to actually build an origami crane, then I feel sorry for you right now.
Will José teach us how to draw Manga cartoons in the next HumanSpotting? Or to make sushi, perhaps? Stay tuned and find out!
*: To tell you the truth, everyone except me succeeded. Have a look at their elegant cranes below!:
You didn’t read it in the news but something unusual happened to the white-bearded man during the last Christmas.
You surely know Santa Claus lives at the North Pole with his magical elves and flying reindeers. But were you aware that every year, he invites people from all over the world to join a huge event held in his honor? Like all of us, he likes to socialize, relax and enjoy himself at a party, mostly before traveling around the world on Christmas Eve - Could you imagine the stress of having to deliver 7 billion Christmas gifts in 24 hours?
Last year, among the lucky guests were two HumanSpot party animals and close friends: a donkey named Heehaw and Azulita, a sweet little blue bird. We can guarantee you they had quite a party at Santa’s mansion. So many things have happened, that it’s impossible to tell you every one of them, but we will gladly share with you the next piece.
It was around thirty minutes to midnight when Azulita pulled out the bar soda gun and started to mix carbonated water with everything she could grab. Don’t be misunderstood, Azulita is a master regarding the fine art of mixing drinks! To tell the truth, no one in this world could resist to her super-strong-fruit-hiper-vitaminic cocktails - even more so in the heat of a North Pole cold night. To give rhythm, feeling and groove to the party, Heehaw played a good old classic big band jazz record on the turntable. When the beat kicked in, Heehaw started a crazy tap dance with his hooves! YEAH, party really took off then!
Oh My God! You had to see all the guests putting hands in the air while Azulita's little wings were furiously shaking, mixing and blending cocktails! Everyone one was dancing and drinking all-around: juices, sodas, nectars, syrups made of mixed passion-fruit, wheatgrass, mango, pieces of wet bread, kiwi, apple, grape, sunflower seeds, grapefruit, beech acorns, pineapple, coconut, crushed oats (and many, many, many more).
And there it was Santa Claus, dancing eyes closed, losing himself in the music and in the beat. He was so happy that he couldn’t stop ravishing himself drinking Azulita's godly nectars. Heehaw tried a few times to stop him but, there was nothing to do. Santa Claus was unbridled and even shouted: “My Dear, I believe I’m old enough to take care of me. Nobody has ever seen my birth certificate but I assure you I have many centuries”.
And the North Pole night went on and on.
What?… You don’t believe it? To prove it all, Azulita took a picture and shared with us the captured moment. Take a look above, Santa is resting before giving off the gifts and our friend Heehaw trying desperately to help him. But don’t fear, you don’t have to worry anymore. Your gift has finally arrived. You’ll just have to wait until (January 21) monday five o’clock p.m. to unwrap it here!
~ HumanSpotting at 5 ~
Open Sessions by the Team for the Team, complete with Tea and Biscuits!
Welcome to the 4th monthly HumanSpotting at 5 !
“- Hey dude! Are you ok? You seem kind of disconnected… And why are you lying on the ground with your back bending in a 90 degree angle? I think you know there’s still a lot of work to do, right? Damn! Don’t look at me! You’re scaring me with your bloodshot eyes… OMG! What’s that smell? Is that vodka in your water bottle? …“ - imaginary conversation
HumanSpotter Luis gave us a little help so these words written above will never have a chance to be heard at Humanspot’s office (at least we’re hoping that will be the case). He shared with us a list of simple changes we can make to stay healthy on the workplace. Headaches, blurred vision, red eyes, neck, back and shoulder pain can be felt among all day long
game players coders. To prevent all these symptoms, we learned that we have to invest in our health by: stretching once an hour, looking away from the screen every 20 minutes, correcting wrong seating postures for proper keyboard bashing while looking to our screens, and, of course, never forget to drink water - the elixir of life!
HumanSpotter Pedro gave us a few words about Partychat. An easy, functional way to
share cool videos and funny pictures from the web chat and collaborate between the team while co-working.
Finally, HumanSpotter Paulo talked about HumanSpot. Are we there yet? No … Because growing is something we have to do every day. It’s more than accomplish goals. It’s about an iterative daily process involving learning, adapting, changing and, more importantly, loving what we do. Every end will just be a new beginning.
Can you guess which will be the part of every Humanspotter in this journey?
"No one can whistle a symphony. It takes an orchestra to play it." - H.E. Luccock
Oh oh oh! The HumanSpot team wishes you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!