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November 18, 2009 |

Why does man kill? He kills for food. And not only food: frequently there must be a beverage.

Woody Allen (1935- ).

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Meet the gang

November 18, 2009

Today I would like to introduce you to some of my friends. Let me bring you up to speed: On occasion, I will need to make up a fictional story in order to prove a point. When that happens, it wouldn’t be nice of me to mention real people because well, chances are they wouldn’t be very happy with how the story ends.

To avoid hurting anyone’s feelings, these stories will be featuring a bunch of guys I’m very familiar with, but that are… let’s just say, slightly less than real. Fictional characters, if you will. They are my buddies, and I usually refer to them as the gang. Over the years they have become an inside joke between my friends and I (the actual ones, I do have some of those, too), and so I have gotten used to mentioning them in my stories.

Please, allow me to introduce you to the gang.

First up are three guys that do everything together. They’re practically inseparable, and whenever one of them is alone it is always because something incredible has happened. Meet Perry, Larry and Clifford.

For some reason, Perry is much more likely to be seen alone than any of the other two. You get the idea.

Then there’s another bunch of guys which are sometimes seen with Perry, Larry and Clifford, whenever the situation calls for it. Because sometimes three people are just not enough. They are McAllister, O’Brian and Numerov.

And finally, the latest additions to the gang are two awesome guys. They’re the players, the ladies’ men. The winners. Meet Elmer and Flanagan.

I do hope you guys get along. You’ll be hearing a lot from them, trust me.

I guess that is all for today, I will leave you now so you can get to know each other better.


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November 17, 2009 |

What we do in life echoes in eternity.

Maximus Decimus Meridius, Gladiator (2000).

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Scattered Thoughts

November 17, 2009


After a weekend trip here we are again. We left off with you hurrying up to watch Lost In Translation so that I could fill your ears with how awesome the movie is, right?

Well, not quite. I mean, the movie clearly IS awesome, and produces what in my opinion is one of the greatest chemistries in a movie couple, but if you’ve seen it you already know that, and if you don’t, well you’re dead inside. Get used to it. Embrace your inner corpse, there’s nothing to be ashamed of. Now go watch some Eddie Murphy masterpiece… oh, wait.

There’s no need to keep going about how unbelievably cool the movie is, or how much I wanted to go to Japan right after I first saw it (I had always wanted to go, but after watching it I SO needed to go…). Suffice it to say, it is one of those viewing experiences that just don’t come very often. Enjoy it, savor every frame of it, and then tell people about it.

Just a teaser. My favorite scene: the karaoke moment, with Bill Murray singing More Than This. A huge distortion of reality that for a brief moment just feels so right…

Anyway, moving on to other stuff. I’ll let you know when I think of something.

Lost In Translation - Murray by Álvaro Serrano, on Flickr

SO good.

Lost In Translation - Murray by Álvaro Serrano, on Flickr

And remember: Be Original. The true you is always good enough. In fact, it’s awesome. How haven’t you noticed before?

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November 13, 2009 |

You want more mysterious? I’ll just try and think, “Where the hell’s the whiskey?”

Bob Harris, Lost in Translation (2003).

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Experimenting a bit

November 13, 2009

Ok, enough with the analog vs digital rant, I don’t want anybody here to think I’m some kind of analog retro-nerd :-P

Besides, it was just a weak attempt at writing something that made reference to the title of the blog. But, like I said in the first post, this is not a technical blog, nor it intends to be a passionate vindication of the old ways. Truth is, I’m very happy to be living in the digital era. But a little reflection on why things are the way they are doesn’t hurt anybody, does it?

Today I would like to talk about something completely unrelated. Because I feel like it. It may take me some time to focus on a theme and a coherent structure for this blog, I need to experiment a bit with different topics, options, and so on, until I find a way to make this an interesting place to spend your fifteen minutes of choice. So I’m afraid you’ll have to bear with me until we get there. Of course, feedback is always appreciated. Let me know what you like, and what you don’t. Thanks.

So, today it’s about writing something entertaining. And short. Short is important. It’s a resolution I’ve made recently, to try and say what I want to say using the smallest number of words possible. Because, frankly, the rest is just noise, and we have enough of that on the Internet already.

I think I’ve got it. Today it’s about a movie: Lost in Translation. If you haven’t seen it, I strongly encourage you to do it like, right now. Seriously. I’ll wait for you to be done and we’ll continue this later.

Lost In Translation - Poster by Álvaro Serrano, on Flickr


How’s that for short? Yeah, I thought so, too…

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November 13, 2009 |

The first step to getting the things you want out of life is this: Decide what you want.

Ben Stein (1944-)

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November 12, 2009 |

The days of the digital watch are numbered.

Tom Stoppard (1937- ).

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Excuse me sir, what's the time?

November 12, 2009

Bvlgari by Álvaro Serrano, on Flickr

It’s funny how in the top-class watch market, analog watches are undoubtely the norm. We are talking about pretty expensive gadgets here, and digital models are virtually non-existent in the catalogs of the first brands.

Analog watches have a more classic appeal, in my opinion, just look at this Bvlgari. After seeing this, why in the world would you want to buy a digital watch?

Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for the digital world… when it makes sense, when it’s necessary, and when it’s adequate. But not on a default basis. Digital doesn’t always mean better, as you can see.

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