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October 15, 2007

why following random ways is good for you

Just would like to reflect about and to share briefly an experience I had recently

I signed up to receive those online services you might have heard of “quote of the day” and “word of the day” (you may see it on the left hand side of this blog)

I received them daily and directly to my blog. Sometimes I forget completely about them so for me it is good to have them handy on the web as they are the blog, I remember to look at them occassionally

Recently I had a quick look and found out about the prince of paradox, Chesterton, an Englishman whose work is underrated to say the least.

Apparently he has inspired many big political figures around the word, Gandhi for example

Anyway I wont go into the reasons underlying why his work is underrated and maybe forgotten by the majority. I would like to highlight however that it is quite rare and unique to find an author like him.

This experience seems to be everywhere and to be shared by lots of people, for example, in facebook, just search for “Chesterton” and you will know what I am talking about

The Americans appreciate what is good and there is an American Society of Chesterton, so if they are doing something about it, there must be some good financial reason behind this. Just google “Chesterton” and you will see.

Finding a book or an author that inspires you during your PhD or any research you are carrying out is really a precious gift.

I got a book of him from the internet, I enjoyed reading and think it may be useful for my doctorate studies.

This is just an example of why following random ways can be good for you, you will never know where it would take you unless you try…


December 22, 2006

Starlight by Muse


November 30, 2006

Sit down by James

Sit Down

I’ll sing myself to sleep
A song from the darkest hour
Secrets I can’t keep
Inside of the day
Swing from high to deep
Extremes of sweet and sour
Hope that God exists
I hope I pray

Drawn by the undertow
My life is out of control
I believe this wave will bear my weight
So let it flow

Oh sit downX3

Sit down next to me
Sit down, sit down, sit down, sit down, down
In sympathy

Now I’m relieved to hear
That you’ve been to some far out places
It’s hard to carry on
When you feel all alone
Now I’ve swung back down again
It’s worse than it was before
If I hadn’t seen such riches
I could live with being poor

Oh sit downX3
Sit down next to me
Sit down, sit down, sit down, sit down, down
In sympathy

Those who feel the breath of sadness
Sit down next to me
Those who find they’re touched by madness
Sit down next to me
Those who find themselves ridiculous
Sit down next to me
In love, in fear, in hate, in tearsX3
In love, in fear, in hate

Down
Down

Oh sit downX3
Sit down next to me
Sit down, sit down, sit down, sit down, down
In sympathy

Oh sit downX3
Sit down next to me
Sit down, sit down, sit down, sit down, down
In sympathy

Down


Just can't get enough by Depeche Mode

Just Can’t Get Enough

When I’m with you baby, I go out of my head
And I just can’t get enough, I just can’t get enough
All the things you do to me and everything you said
And I just can’t get enough, I just can’t get enough

We slip and slide as we fall in love
And I just can’t seem to get enough

We walk together, we’re walking down the street
And I just can’t get enough, I just can’t get enough
Every time I think of you I know we have to meet
And I just can’t get enough, I just can’t get enough

It’s getting hotter, it’s our burning love
And I just can’t seem to get enough

I just can’t get enough x16

And when it rains, you’re shining down for me
And I just can’t get enough, I just can’t get enough
Just like a rainbow you know you set me free
And I just can’t get enough, I just can’t get enough

You’re like an angel and you give me your love
And I just can’t seem to get enough

I just can’t get enough


November 15, 2006

Leornardo Da Vinci

Writing about web page http://www.mos.org/leonardo/bio.html

...Leonardo’s interests were so broad, and he was so often compelled by new subjects, that he usually failed to finish what he started. This lack of “stick-to-it-ness” resulted in his completing only about six works in these 17 years, including “The Last Supper” and “The Virgin on the Rocks,” and he left dozens of paintings and projects unfinished or unrealized (see “Big Horse” in sidebar). He spent most of his time studying science, either by going out into nature and observing things or by locking himself away in his workshop cutting up bodies or pondering universal truths.

Recently I have been wondering about this, maybe trying to do too much that at the end I dont finish anything or leave things incomplete. As you see in the paragraph above that happened to Leonardo. I have always find him as an inspiration. Of course, there is a big difference between me and Leo, but there is a big motivation in following what he did and to do many things…but for me all these things will be a bit more related

Between 1490 and 1495 he developed his habit of recording his studies in meticulously illustrated notebooks. His work covered four main themes: painting, architecture, the elements of mechanics, and human anatomy. These studies and sketches were collected into various codices and manuscripts, which are now hungrily collected by museums and individuals (Bill Gates recently plunked down $30 million for the Codex Leicester!).

This a very good reason, why you all should start blogging, you never know, you might end being a genious or you already are


November 06, 2006

Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind

These days, I usually dont come out of the cinema thinking…what are great film. However, this happens with this film. Two years ago, it inspired me to try to erase someone from my memory and I sort of did. However, going over someone is tougher than that, for me at least. I think I have derived a lot from what I wanted to say…

Watching this film made me reflect …more about what I really want out of a relationship. I rarely have come across a film that although I have wacthed a lot of time ago, I still remember for the impact it had in my life. What is more, the Internet helped find it.

This film gives you some insights about working out a relationship. Maybe it is obvious for some, but not for me, I realise that sometime I need somebody to tell me something obvious. After watching this, you ended up thinking, do I really want to erase my memories. Maybe yes, but what happens if the answer is maybe not.

Eternal sunshine is not easy to watch, it is not like Austin Powers or Zoolander (these are good to get a smile and a laugh out of my face) but this touches something that it is common to everybody who has been in love or thought that has been in love. It is also entertaining, complicated and finish with a great song.

Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind


October 31, 2006

Donnie Darko

Why aren’t there more films like this?

This is thinking out of the box. I feel this is a film with no beginning and no end. You ask many people who watched the film and everybody will have a different opinion. Everything in our lives happens for one reason. We can end up being a completely different person depending on who we meet, where we go and what we experience.

No wonder there is a cult in United States of followers of the film. It is a recommended film to be watched when you feel you want a complication. Why not? Is this film complicated? maybe yes maybe not. After watching this, you might want more complications or crazy ideas in your life. Why not?

Being more trivial now, this film has an excellent soundtrack if you love the 80’s music. Have you wondered why nowadays singers (with not too much imagination) seem to remake 80’s songs. Maybe because someone else created wonderful songs that they cannot repeat by themselves and what is worse this is not always very succesful.

Donnie Darko


Farenheit 451

I very much enjoyed watching this film, I am reading the book now and so far the director’s interpretation and vision of the Ray Bradbury’s book is remarkable. Truffault obviously shows us what he sees and even the author of the book was quite pleased with the result and mentioned, in a personal interview, that he has watched the movie at least 20 times and he is always touched by it.

Ray Bradbury shares with us his most terrible fear, what it would happen if libraries and books were illegal and burnt. He expresses that as a self-educated, the only idea of burning books was unimaginable and this really touches a very sensitive point in his heart. In the interview Bradbury mentiones that as self-taught he used to study in libraries and never made it to college.

The director’s choice of the music background couldnt be better, having Bernard Herrmann as a composer for the film made this film to reach the level of Psycho and The birds, in a different theme (or subject) of course. Bernard Herrmann has accompanied Hitchcock’s best films, without mentioning The citizen Kaine by Orson Wells.

During the film I found myself trying the guess the end and thankfully I was nicely surprised. This has no comparison with today’s films in which you see what you expect. Due to the time in which the film was made, the director does not rely on special effects to give us a very special gift to be remembered.

Finally, it is a good way to reflect on what we take for granted (books, feeling, freedom of thought) and how the government can use the media to manipulate people’s lives.

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