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Nov 14, 2011

My sporadic obsessions



50 comments:

Ludwig Bon Quirog y Migriño said...

Oh my goodness! I love this! I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THIS!!! I totally resonate with you in this!

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Noobos said...

Yes. I was at school, bored in Math, when I just decided to learn Japaneese. I never managed to memorize even one of their letter sets, but it entertained me through the classes.
I always like to learn something new. Even if it's completely useless in real life (as everybody is telling me). Because it's not. It broadens our horizons. Before my "learning Japaneese" I didn't know they are actively using four different alphabets...

Cool Acid said...

So true. Stupid school.

Sydneylk said...

I wish school would hurry up and catch on.
When I was in school I hated it. Even though I attended a very artsy high school and many of the courses were right up my ally, being told that I had to learn it and enjoy it took the fun out of things. I struggled.
Now, however, in my free time I study most of the same subjects I took in High School, expanding my current knowledge. If they hadn't tried to cram it down my throat I might have progressed further in the educational system.

franciscowi said...

Disfruto mucho de estas historias (de vez en cuando)
¡Gracias!

bill g. said...

This is so inspiring, particularly your conclusion. Let's all hope together!

Filhote de Lua said...

You wrote exactly what I think

Annika said...

I am so glad your hobbies do not distract you from making comics!!!

Xero Fernández said...

Brillante, amigo.

Bárbara Porto said...

Wonderful.
I am definitely going to share this with my students. :)

Guía said...

I'm astonished, Mr. Noriega. My sincere congratulations.

Mike Harman said...

What everyone else said, completely amazing!

Carlos Felipe Figueiras said...

I share your vision about the school system as a whole.
But I`ve seen at TED some videos about projects that are already trying to follow Asimov`s prediction.

This site is at my reder`s list. :)

Chila said...

nice thinking! I believe there are indeed some schools that follow a learning system less structured, just like you described. I can´t remember how they are called... I have the feeling it´s the Waldorf Method, but somehow it sounds more like a salad than a learning system...
anyway, love your comics!

My Aisy said...

i like watch dragon ball to..till now..haha..such a kid..

mei said...

ooo! poignant.

I remember freaking out over sailormoon back in the day. actually, I still love it.

I really like the last panel.

perfect.

artika maya said...

so true.. couldn't be agree more.

{ aggie } said...

I agree so much! Although school teaches us the basics about WHY certain things are so-and-so (math, geography, history, languages, science)

I believe that children should have one (or a few!) healthy, non-academic obsession. It fosters self-initiative and curiosity to learn!

yabu said...

You are not alone in your dream. There are a copule of "schools" which follow this philosophy:

Summerhill, Subdury Valley, "Ojo de Agua" in Spain...

There is a lot of information about this topic, I can send you more if you want. I think this is the future of education.

Alex Noriega said...

cool, thanks!

Anton Gully said...

You'd be surrounded my cool, smart, self-motivated people... in your enclave. And that enclave would be surrounded by a bunch of drooling idiots banging on the gates, begging to be told how to work a can-opener.

Kaber Vasuki said...

Yes! I want an organic education system. I do! I know lot's of people who do. It's a brilliant idea whose time has come.

Lila said...

This is my life in comics!

lipsticklori said...

I know exactly what you mean! Since the age of 16, I've been obsessed with many things for a year or two at most. I've tried so many new hobbies, learnt loads at night school, and have always stopped when I realised that there was just too much and I'd never be truly brilliant at any of it. It's good to know it's not just me :-)

FeRosario said...

Totalmente increible!

Pedro said...

You are soooooo going to love this:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zDZFcDGpL4U&feature=relmfu

Pedro said...

My previous link was an animated version of Ken Robinson's famous speech about changing school paradigms...

Black Scorpion said...

so true!! so true!! specially.. internet is such a blessing for third world countries.

Sydney said...

i agree :)

sydsense.blogspot.com

Abhishek said...

NICE !! :) :)

Monica @The List Writer said...

I really, really relate to this as sometimes I feel that I have too many interests and not enough focus. I love the thrill of getting into something new, and having a "project!"

Lately I've been thinking....I'm smarter because of the Internet! Lol

Scoon said...

This is what I hope for too, Alex :) +1 million internets to you

Nolly said...

I don't think anyone involved thinks school curricula are "perfect" for every student. They're trying to get a certain common knowledge into every kid, because without some kind of foundation, one _can't_ go out and explore. If a kid "isn't interested" in learning to read until he's 15, what's he going to be learning in the years up to then?

If you've never heard of Dickens, you can't study his life instead of math.

Paul said...

All your stories are fascinating, I love your art but I beg of you, please, what happened to your sister!!!

Anthonny Arias said...

Hola Alex, me gustó mucho esta viñeta, me identifico mucho con esa historia, yo soy de los que cree que en esta vida hay que hacer de todo un poco, por supuesto sin abandonar tu meta principal.

jill said...

People totally do this. It's called unschooling.

Bogado said...

There is another side to the coin here, abundance of information resembles to no information at all. There is so much noise on the internet that is hard to tell what is what, for each science article there are hundreds, if not thousands, of pseudo-science or anti-science. For each good comic there are also hundreds of bad ones.

Your comic got me thinking that maybe if the information was scarcer, for instance if the companies didn't had jumped into the dragon ball wagon, would you have keep going? If the search for new facts took say a week instead of minutes, each new fact about something would have a much higher value, and maybe the positive feedback would be more positive making it harder to abandon the obsessions.

On the other hand, you would be now a grown man with thousands of dragon ball Z comics and stuff... :P

Alex Noriega said...

which I actually do own :)

bec said...

http://www.miquon.org/index.cfm?organization_id=108&section_id=1517&page_id=6111 The Miquon School in PA has existed since the 1930's. As a homeschooler, I used their math curriculum with my kids and was always amazed at how easily the concepts were realized, and how they were really teaching themselves. Exploring and discovering things on their own kept their natural curiosity alive and bolstered their confidence. Also, some parents in the homeschool community choose to "unschool" entirely, which means setting up a rich learning environment in the home and being willing to follow every curiosity rabbit trail to the end. There are no "grades", and the school calendar years don't end because learning knows no schedule. This is a labor-intensive, very hands-on form of education that reaps great rewards, but I don't know how it could be implemented on a large scale.

Maria said...

Amazing!

Pachi said...

Amo este blog y todas las cosas que posteas, pero este ha sido, por mucho, el que más me ha identificado de todos.
Muchas gracias por compartir tus historias!!

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Azulette said...

No sabes la alegría que me da el hecho de haber encontrado este blog y leer los comentarios que de alguna forma estan en la misma situacion que todas o alguna de tus viñetas, encontre una pequeña imagen tuya en 9gag y esa m trajo aqui, seré una visitante bastante seguido en tu sitio.

Estoy realmente identificada con este en especial, tengo demasiados hobbies, siempre estoy soñando que las se hacer a la perfeccion, quiero saber tantas cosas pero a la vez siento que me falta tanto tiempo, que desearia que no fuese necesario dormir para aprovechar las 7 u 8 hrs

Me has movido el corazón me siento tan identificada :c que estes de lo mejor, saludos!

~Azulette
http://azulettecosplay.deviantart.com/

Sue-Anne said...

I'd add on to this by saying that it may be good to have one core skillset i.e. the one you know will never let you down and you can always fall back on, prioritize that, and then branch out to learn anything else you are interested in.

that way life keeps itself busy and you are never short of new ideas cause one day all these interests are going to build onto each other and the result will be awesome. but you need a strong skillset to start with to make it all possible.

too much scattered exploration without purpose is also not good... many people drop subjects before they can become competent at them, and that is why experts are so prized... it takes lots and lots of time, commitment and energy and precious few people can actually become an expert in more than one area of interest.

Rafael said...

Yeah, you're kind of obsessed with information. This website is one of your obsessions that will end one day.
It is forming part of who you are, like your stuff which you has left behind to someone else when you was moving to Mozambique, to move on.

About this blog: I found so amazing your idea to express your life's impressions in comics.
I really wish I also able to do the same in some moment of my life. I plan in the near future creating something, because the comics can merge the dialogue and graphical representation to illustrate our feelings in a perfect single way.

I know you're Spanish, so I believe that you can understand or translate Portuguese way easier, so I repeat what I said more clearly with my native language:

Sim, você é um obcecado por informações, um curioso nato.
Portanto esse site é uma dessas suas obcessões que acabará um dia.
Ele está fazendo parte de quem você é, e como as suas coisas que você deixou para trás na mudança, você irá dá-lo a alguém e seguir em frente.

Sobre o blog: Achei super bacana a sua idéia de expressar suas impressões da vida em quadrinhos.
Eu gostaria de também poder fazer o mesmo agora. Planejo em breve criar algo assim, pois os quadrinhos unem bem o diálogo e a representação gráfica para ilustrar nossas emoções.

Rafael said...

Revision: I can not say that you are Spanish, but I infer that you are indeed hispanic.

Rafael said...

:) Sorry: I didn't read your about page yet when I posted first (and you say there that you're spanish), and I also forget that Mozamique is part of the CPLP.

Larry Gasik said...

I'm glad I'm not the only one who feels this.

Anonymous said...

omg this is exactly how I feel!! you're truly amazing. Are you spanish?

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