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WOOGIE: the learning assistant for curious kids

Proactive conversations that keep children safe & engaged while studying or having fun at home.

We believe that technology should cultivate our children’s curious natures through fun, exciting & educational interactions. That’s why we created Woogie: a voice-activated AI personal assistant for children ages 6+ that turns curiosity into personalized active learning. It does more than answer questions. Woogie engages children in conversations, interactive games and studying in clever ways, fitting their passions, interests, and hobbies. Come meet Woogie & support his arrival on Earth!

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My life story (past, present day, future)

Past – When I was around 3, I moved from a place and a family where I felt free, and loved (Pîrjol), to another where there were rules, and love (I thought) was conditioned by following them (Năvodari). I detailed this here: My soul. I realized the things written in that article last summer (summer of 2016).

In a nutshell, I felt, then, that I am not loved in either of the places and if I want to be loved by my family in Năvodari I need to follow rules. I thought love was conditioned by good behavior.

I was wrong, I was loved in both places, though the expression of it wasn’t clear to me at that time.

And I’ve built, based on this, a whole set of emotions, and, actually, a life.

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Performance Insights from TeCOMM Bucharest – eCommerce event. How to improve your online store performance?

On April 26 & 27, at Radisson Blu Hotel Bucharest, took place TeCOMM Bucharest, an eCommerce event.

Among the speakers: Richard Prenderville (CMO & Founder, Peloton Digital Marketing Group), Mike Bainbridge (Chief Digital Technologist, Rackspace), Nick Lansley (Innovation Insider, Nick Lansley’s Innovation Lab), Carlo Terreni (General Director, Netcomm Suisse), Jakub Minks (Regional Director, Central & Eastern Europe, Exponea), Sven Bally (Founder & Senior Consultant, XETA) sau Kunle Campbell (Advisor & Ecommerce Growth Consultant, 2X eCommerce).

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Difference of attitude

When you go online on a forum, there are two opposite views:

  • One person comes with an open heart, wants to help, offers resources, gives time, effort and interest to help. That person is positive and welcoming. But, most important, the person’s attitude is “If I can help, I’m willing to help, the world will be better with my input”.
  • Generally, a reply or more comes after that with a sarcastic message, ruining the first impression. Most important, the person feels he/she’s entitled. “I deserve to receive quality posts on the forum, who is this newbie who made a mistake? This is my house, my party, these are my rules.”

Unfortunately, this kind of attitude doesn’t do good for either party, as most people prefer not to join the conversation anymore.

vil.sandi – online,

Deep love for others

There is more than one kind of love for other entities:

  • You can love God.
  • You can love yourself.
  • You can love close relatives, in a context you are born with.
  • You can love your friends.
  • You can love foreigners.
  • You can love certain actions (like hobbies, or eating chocolate).
  • You can love your significant other.

Out of all these types of love, I think the love for your significant other is one has some specifities.

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Extremes and averages

Whenever a party speaks of another party, most often they refer to exterme behaviors.

“Some religious persons do this very offending thing”.

“Some atheists do this very offending thing”.

“A few writers do this, which means that most writers do that”.

It’s very hard to get yourself out of the thinking that extreme behavior does not equal average.

We have it in our system – we look for the error, thinking that the average must follow the same rule. News flash – it doesn’t.

AfonsoMLG – Extreme,

“You are doing something which is wrong!” “No, it isn’t, I abide by Google’s best practices!” “Which version of Google are you referring to?”

At times, I meet this scenario. I go to a client of mine, and I tell him that he/she does something wrong. He looks, surprised, back at me, and he/she tells me that within the company Google’s rules are strictly followed, and this is common practice – there’s nothing wrong with this practice. I go on to explain that Google changes, it’s not the same, as time passes. Unfortunately, if you go to to search for things, you get various articles, with various dates. And what was valid in 2008 is not valid in 2014. And what was valid in 2012 in Romania is not valid in 2014 in Romania. Even some of my own articles are so out-dated that, even though they have a warning right at the top, they might still lead people into potentially dangerous measures. “You are doing something which is wrong!” “No, it isn’t, I abide by Google’s best practices!” “Which version of Google are you referring to?”

I have seen other examples, in which people have tried doing “SEO” based on old practices. Yes, at various times it was OK to do keyword stuffing, have a network of other sites linking to you, get links from web directories, and so on. But these things don’t apply to today’s Google.

Why the long post?

It appears to be futile – writing a long post on a subject. After all, most blog posts, even those with a clear demonstration behind them, can be turned into something smaller.

Well, it helps. It helps you become better in the process of writing. Going through the path of writing a message makes you a better person. You work for it.

Some of my blog posts tend to look rather stupid. Simple ideas, repeated, at times, obsessively. Well, I like them, nevertheless, and I learn from writing them, despite of this.

Case study – sometimes, when I go to an event, I photograph weird things – the entrance, some objects in the room, a logo. Most people would focus a lot on the speaker, less on the organizers, and very few times on the participants.

My focus tends to differ. I don’t go around in the room photographing objects. But I do photograph lots of things, and this helps me make a photo story which tends to be not necessarily easier to follow, but easier to remember.

The photo at the entrance helps you connect with the room. The various photos in the room help you connect with the audience. And so on.

Another case study – yesterday I resized a partition. I thought the process would last for a few seconds, but it lasted for about 15 hours. I couldn’t cancel the operation, once started, so I had to wait to finish. The whole day I checked on the status, to see how much it would last. It brought some frustration. The next time I’ll need to resize a partition, surely, I’ll know more about the process than I know right now.

Writing about things makes you remember those things better. When you are the teacher, you learn some things yourself.