Smoking Life

May 06, 2004

May 05, 2004

Extremely cheap pop references

They came into my head yesterday, from nowhere… “Let Me In” (R.E.M.) and “The River” (Springsteen, the last NYC E-Street live version). And they just won’t go away. Go figure.

May 04, 2004

Meanwhile, in the Bat-Cave…

…a new entity is born… more on this later 😉

Aho’, a’nvedi aa’maggica…

Great moments by Irene.

For people like Irene…

This little program can be quite useful. Oh, and fear not, Ken Livingstone actually DOES use the Tube.

This bloody fool does expect from me to remember someone’s birthday (even worse, an un-birthday!) when I spent 24 years trying to remember my parents’ birthdates… Friends’ birthdays are ICQ’s job — too bad I’m currently without it…
Anyway, happy unbirthday! 😛

Carandiru

Been to the Cornerhouse last night, to see Carandiru.
The movie is good, one of those prison films built on the inmates’ lives, with striking resemblances to Mery per sempre; only this time the scenario is Carandiru, infamous brazilian prison in São Paulo in the 80’s-90’s, and the common middle-class narrator is a doctor. It’s obviously a true story, including the final carnage operated by (guess who) the police, whose chicken-shooting left 111 unarmed prisoners dead.

The story is strong enough to live without many special effects or director’s tricks, but all in all Cidade de Deus is a much better movie. There you had different connecting stories, and it was a bravura perfomance by the director to manage them all together, with special effects wisely used to emphasize emotions. City of God is a masterpiece, Carandiru is a good film, and the better box-office performance by the latter is probably due to it being released a few months after the former.

Anyway, if you can, watch both of them; Brazil is not just about Ronaldo, carnival and beaches; it’s a country where 1% of the population owns 50% of the land, and 70% of population is extremely poor. It’s getting better now, and these movies, the quality of them, are signs of renaissance, but there’s still an awful lot of work to do.

May 03, 2004

Had a good weekend “out” between Blackpool (where an expression like “the great unwashed british public” perfectly suits the environment) and Lancaster (nice historic city, full of green areas — but Lancaster Castle still hosts a prison!)…

Being offline at home, I’ve just opened Bloglines to find that the best blogs I monitor had a number of updates!

  • good people (53)
    • Beyond the Beyond (3)
    • die puny humans (3)
    • Joi Ito’s Web (5)
    • Making Light (3)
    • Neil Gaiman’s Journal (2)
    • The Shifted Librarian (3)
    • Whiskey Bar (10)
    • JayAllen – The Daily Journey (12)
    • Electrolite (1)
    • The House of Tomorrow (1)
    • Fafblog (9)
    • BarlowFriendz (1)

Let’s start reading! 🙂

April 30, 2004

Awww, I feel like a baby now… go here and tell me how many items you recognise… My score is 31 😉

just don’t share

that’s the lesson I’ve learnt these days. “Lovers” come and go. “Friends” betray.

I always thought sharing was something you had to do, something you should do with as many people as possible. I’ve always thought your fellow would have done the same, that my friends didn’t care so much about money as long as they can eat and sleep comfortably and have some entertainment, exactly like I do. I especially thought that honesty and loyalty in a friend had to be assumed, at least until proven otherwise.

Wrong. Wrong, wrong, wrong.

Whoever you have around you, they do care about each and every quid they can squeeze out of you. They spend time preparing for the moment they’ll dump you, covering their bases. They will blackmail you if they can, they will threat you and bully you, and they will enjoy fighting to the last pence, to the last space you used to share.

And if it’s not like that and you are still a friend of mine, could you please tell me what I do to make people behave like that?

Per la cronaca, sotto al sedere tengo Movable Type 2.65