Saturday, November 29, 2008

Friday, November 28, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving!

Today I am thankful for:
- understanding
- having people to share things with
- staying curious
- for being able to laugh
- for having limits
(don't take me wrong, I'm also thankful for sarcasm.)

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

nerdy me.

I came across this website and found it quite interesting.
I've been so anxious lately and this really helps me feel a little useful! :]

Monday, November 24, 2008


Ahhhhh... He said it all. Couldn't have explained myself or my thoughts better!

"the endpoint is ALWAYS infinity."

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

The New York Times' spoof

If you haven't seen this yet, try and take a closer look at the date of issue. The paper was post-dated July 4th, 2009.
I was fooled there for a second, and then I realized it was only a prank (unfortunately) ...

Here's what the Times itself had to say:
In an elaborate hoax, pranksters distributed hundreds or possibly thousands of free copies of a spoof edition of The New York Times on Wednesday morning at busy subway stations around the city, including Grand Central Terminal, Washington and Union Squares, the 14th and 23rd Street stations along Eighth Avenue, and Pacific Street in Brooklyn, among others.
“I would say if you’ve got one, hold on to it,” Mr. Jones, a former Times reporter, said of the fake issue. “It will probably be a collector’s item. I’m just glad someone thinks The New York Times print edition is worthy of an elaborate hoax. A Web spoof would have been infinitely easier. But creating a print newspaper and handing it out at subway stations? That takes a lot of effort.”

I totally agree with Mr. Jones, as well as with one person who commented on the Gawker saying "YEAH!! Print is not dead!" hahaha. One of my biggest concerns in becoming a journalist is the fact that the media is so controlled, and many people are forced to keep their mouths shut or to only transmit the truth to a certain extend. I've had the fear that, if I do choose to become a journalist, I would suffer from not being able to truly express myself (which was the reason why I picked journalism in the first place). Anyways, it's things like this that make me giggle inside and know that there are people out there that are not afraid to expose their feelings and ideas, even if that may cause some trouble. Not to mention the fact that this Utopia is ideal and parallel to what most of us wish would happen.

Aw, I wish I had gotten a copy of it so I could keep for ever and ever, haha.

- watch the video.

*I found out about it here.

yet another 'inconvenient truth'

As stated in the letter written by the organization Action Against Hunger to Al Gore:
Worldwide, some 19 million children under the age of five are afflicted with severe acute
malnutrition. This most serious, life-threatening form of hunger kills a child every four seconds,
resulting in more than 5 million childhood deaths each year.
Yet these deaths are entirely preventable.

Basically, you can make a difference right now (without paying just yet) by simply signing a petition which asks for Al Gore's help in the making of a film which will inform the world about the possible ways to eradicate child malnutrition.

If you have not done so, please check out the film An Inconvenient Truth. Al Gore has done a great job on spreading the word about what our terrible behavior and habits have done to the earth. Not to mention that he does so in an entirely convincing manner, that causes us to understand that THERE IS something we can do about it. Although An Inconvenient Truth has caused an inconvenient controversy, I am sure most of you would agree that informing the nation about what can be done could not possibly cause any harm. It's been said that "Gore was using a biased presentation to exploit the fears of the public for his own political gain"*, but am I the only one that feels like this is just another excuse to keep us from being blamed? Isn't it time to take responsibility for our own actions? Well, it's up to you to decide.

Signing the petition is really fast and easy. Plus you get to see how many people have already signed it:

(the number was actually 9.305)

Oh, and I had fun looking for my name in midst of all the 9.305 other names.

Other people will be able to read what you wrote, and it was awesome to see what others had to say about this issue.

and this is what I wrote in case you are curious:

If you want something done about world hunger but, like me, do not know what to ask Al Gore, just write what comes to mind. Even if it sucks, it's the intention that counts! On the other hand, if you don't think this is a good idea (do not tell me so! hahaha... jk), don't simply sit there and talk about how this will not make the tinniest difference, instead find something that DOES! Please?

*Richard S. Lindzen There Is No 'Consensus' On Global Warming Wall Street Journal, accessed 2007-01-10

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

6 weeks and 4 days left of this place…

My days have been filled with emptiness, shifting things around, shifting feelings around.
I look through the things we’ve gathered throughout 8 long years, things that stayed the same while we went through so many changes, so much moving around. It’s funny to be able to tell what exactly has stuck with us all along (like photographs, friends’ letters, my first pair of tennis shoes as kid, etc), and truly realize what it all comes down to.
I wonder what I will miss, but then again it is hard to know considering I haven’t left yet. I’ve been trying to make up my mind about the things I wish to do as soon as I get there, and so far only a few things have come to mind: eat alfajor; dance to Djobi Djoba by the Gpsy Kings with my grandfather.... And I have the following weeks to think of the rest. As Juno said, "I never realize how much I like being home unless I've been somewhere really different for a while."
{which reminds me of this, and makes me smile :] }

I can barely sleep at this stage of the process. I feel so anxious…
The dreams we spend so much time fantasizing about turn out to be the total opposite of what we wished for. On the other hand, I feel it is better this way. How boring would it be if we always got exactly what we hoped for? Maybe the trick works when you’re still young, when you want nothing less than exactly what you asked for. As you get older, you start playing mind tricks with others and especially with yourself. You ask for something, but you hope that people will reveal the meaning behind your words, analyze how much you really deserve and so on. Nobody is straight-forward these days, at least not in a good way.
Anyways, I’m ready for change...

...a fresh start.

Friday, November 7, 2008