First off I want to apologize to my few but precious followers for being out of the picture in the last days. Sometimes real life stuff happens and you can't do the thing you want to even if means a lot to you.
Now that that's said, I want to talk about stuff that's been going through my mind in the last days. Let's talk about being smart. Now I want to say that a lot of people misjudge "knowledge" for "smarts" and the other way around. There's a huge difference between knowing a lot and knowing what to do with what you do know. I know many "knowledgeable" people who are dumb as shit, and many people who know less but are really smart. I'm not one for bragging but I know I'm in the latter category. Funny thing is I know a LOT of stuff to a certain degree of competence, being self-taught and all, but what makes me good at what I do is HOW I use that knowledge and apply it to different parts of my life. I don't have a degree in this and that, but my friends that work in certain fields of competence still ask me questions about stuff they have an education in. Being smart means knowing that you know little, and the more you know, the more you realize how much you actually don't. Which leads me to something else I want to talk about.
Having a degree in a specific area of knowledge does not make you better than someone who has the ability to research, read and learn on its own from sources outside common teaching areas. I wish there was some profound changes made to the education system where one could take tests in areas of knowledge to see if they have the qualifications and or abilities required by such area, and as such get the according degree plain and simple. Alas, it does not work that way and never will, because it would break too many rules and probably put the education system in a bad economical situation.
There, I said it. You're not smart because you know about a lot of stuff, and not knowing certain thing does not make you stupid either. If you want to learn, if you're curious and ask questions, if you research and try to overcome your limits by learning more every day, that's what being smart is all about. If you don't try, you'll never know!
Now for some random things that I like, enjoy!