31 Oct 2005

How do you own disorder?

I just watched Saw II, and it’s time for some comments starting from the two Saw movies.
I find humans fascinating… I always did.
The key phrase for me is on the tape for Zepp (introduced in Saw): “Hello, Mr. Hindle. Or as they called you around the hospital: Zepp. I want you to make a choice. There's a slow-acting poison coursing through your system, which only I have the antidote for. Will you murder a mother and her child to save yourself? Listen carefully, if you will. There are rules.” Of course, he just chooses to sacrifice those lives for his. And this is why I find people fascinating. Most people are, indeed, ungrateful to be alive. They feel comfortable with living, but they choose a standard level of personal comfort, one that doesn’t imply too many sacrifices or too many risks. Sometimes I have the impression that this happens because they’re scared of the consequences of something done “not according to the book”. But this only means that they are afraid to assume their lives, and in this case, I really don’t understand what’s their point in living after all. This fits the profile of all average people. Why don’t they want more? Why don’t they want to encounter their limits in order to push them afterwards, I don’t know. When John says “Yes, I'm sick, officer. Sick from the disease eating away at me inside. Sick of people who don't appreciate their blessings. Sick of those who scoff at the suffering of others. I'm sick of it all!”, I totally agree with him. However, when the life of these people is in danger, when their comfort, stability and compromises are on the verge of braking, they’re capable of about anything to stay alive. They perceive the tragedy of their imminent death, but they refuse to admit the drama of their petty lives. Interesting. Why don’t they want more, when they can have it? Why don’t they take advantage of the few challenges in their lives, in order to start assuming living? These are questions I’m sure they don’t think about, while too busy with their jobs, families and duties. Every piece has its puzzle.
John is supposed to be the maniac in the movies because he determines his victims to actually kill themselves. In Saw II however, he only asks detective Matthews to listen to him. But people have lost the patience to listen to each other. The ones held captives in Saw II fail to communicate, even though they should have understood that communication is the key to their survival. Discovering things about themselves and the rest should have been the task, but instead they choose to run after the antidote, guide themselves according to personal interests and fugitive clues. People have become too self-sufficient, confident and arrogant to take a minute and look around. And listen. And learn. About life; not just about jobs, and business and so on. They lack the ability to improve themselves by experiencing. They lack the determination to overcome prejudices and tradition and the regulations dictated by the latter. To go against the flow. And so on.“Hello, Michael. I want to play a game. So far, in what mostly could be called your life, you have made a living watching others. Society would call you an informant. A rat. A snitch. I call you unworthy of the body you possess. Of the life you've been given. Now we will see if you are willing to look inward, rather than outward, to give up the one thing you rely on in order to go on living. The device around your neck is a death mask. The mask is on a string timer. If you do not locate the key in time, the mask will close. Think of it like a Venus Flytrap. What you're looking at right now is your own body, not more than two hours ago. Don't worry, you're sound asleep, and can't feel a thing. Taking into account that you are at a great disadvantage here, I am going to give you a hint as to where I have hidden the key. So listen carefully. The hint is this: It's right in front of your eye. How much blood would you shed to stay alive, Michael? Live or die... Make your choice.”

28 Oct 2005

snowboarding madness

First Descent Movie has every chance to be quite interesting and maybe even challenging to watch.

27 Oct 2005

time for indirect celebration

Finally, after a whole year, some news i have been waiting for: Wieden&Kennedy wins the global Coca-Cola ad account!!! Aren't they just great? :D
On the other hand, another reason for celebration is a new album from one of my favourite Romanian jazz&blues&folk singers - Alexandru Andries. Especially since the album will be promoted in a concert on the 5th of December. I can hardly wait!

26 Oct 2005

reverse psychology

While trying to remember a sort of a Google sublink i once used to know, i thought about digging for the first time for all Google facilities. They are indeed many, and i found among them an interesting manner of searching stuff. And it really works! just like reverse psychology :))...
The site i was looking for, though, is one that might actually tell me who i am or who my other me is :)).

waiting for the vibration

25 Oct 2005

Drobeta Turnu Severin

when boredom drives you crazy

There are people who actually put stuff on their cats...and then post the pictures of the poor animals so that everyone can laugh at them. Ah well...although, this site shows us there are better ways to spend your time when you're really bored, like listening to your songs in the reverse mode. Or checking whether internet rumours, history rumours, etc rumours are true or not on the Urban Legends Reference Page. Or check out funny and inspirational quotes. Or viral videos and ads.

give mind a kick

Jason Kottke's blog-site is a very comprehensive and interesting result of the work and preocupations of a guy who enjoys playing, as he says, with hypertext, design, photography, media, text and programming. And not only is the site interesting by itself, but it also provides a great number of sites which undoubtedly deserve some attention, even though they are more or less unconnected to my field of activity, so to say. Among them, Clive Thompson's blog particularly drew my attention as being quite provocative for my thinking. Maybe because by browsing it, i found a very cool presentation of solutions to the famous Milgram's "six degrees experiment" and all sorts of other interesting theories. Quite a complex world we live in!

21 Oct 2005

interesting local blogs...and not only

ok...so here are some Romanian blogs which deal with advertising, marketing, planning and all that. Unfortunately, i don't have the time to read them carefully and express my point of view concerning their validity, so i'm gonna do this later.
This is one of them. Seems to belong to a student in Marketing, whose tone seems to be quite arrogant in comparison with the tone used by the fascinating fereigners whose blogs i read with an enourmous pleasure. This is another. While this (i remembered) is a very interesting site devoted to the branding of the nation. I would add some more, but it's time for me to go home :)).

what's it all about

i found a very interesting article on the meaning of life :).

you can't storyboard a smile

The next phrase in Ad Age's interview with Neil French caught my attention: "I’m well-known for being as outrageous as I can to make the point that I want to make. Advertising is hyperbole and I exercise hyperbole as much as I can, but I laugh when I’m doing it. You can’t storyboard a smile, as somebody said." I simply love the last sentence.

20 Oct 2005

that which we call sin in others is experiment for us

Like all psychological experiments, the Stanford Prison Experiment is very interesting. It is a sort of a variation of The Milgram Experiment, which represents a simulation study of the psychology of imprisonment conducted at Stanford University, which was stopped only after six days, since the dramatic effects on the subjects took hold of them very quickly. I can hardly wait to watch the movie which illustrated the experiment as well. In the mean time, i remembered that i should start a post which should contain a list of classical experiments in psychology and their implications.

worst movie ever

"Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo" is a very bad movie. It's a very good example of bad street "humour" (i suppose you could get some insights for the target who actually enjoyed this crap), it's a disgrace to cinema and to the viewers' time and, in my opinion, it deserves a place among the worst movies ever :)).

Prea mult trecut, nu destul prezent, nici un viitor.

Dupa ce am vazut si apreciat “Bitter Moon”, filmul regizat de Polaski dupa cartea lui Bruckner, am citit bineinteles cu mare interes cartea respectiva. Ceea ce urmaream era deopotriva un contact cu Bruckner, la care avusesem acces numai indirect, dar si formarea unei impresii asupra modului in care Polanski ecranizeaza, transpune romanul in film, dat fiind interesul sporit pe care mi l-a starnit in ultima vreme acest regizor pe care l-am situat in topul preferintelor mele cinematografice. Ceea ce am capatat citind cartea a fost o experienta in toata puterea cuvantului. Romanul are o forta extraordinara. Mi-a reamintit ce inseamna literatura, si mai ales literatura psihologica, mi-a readus pasiunea de a descoperi in fictiune cazuri analizabile si provocatoare din punct de vedere psihanalitic, pasiune de care am nevoie in special acum, inainte sa parcurg din nou “Eseurile de psihanliza aplicata” ale lui Freud. M-a lovit insa mai ales prin precizia cu care descrie o realitate. Oricat de dura, de apasatoare, de murdara, de cruda pana la a taia suflul cititorului initiat, este o realitate. A cuplului modern, dupa cum autoproclama Bruckner, dar si a cuplului traditional, dupa cum sesizeaza si Vasile Dem. Zamfirecu. Prin urmare, o realitate a cuplului. Merg din nou pe cursul pe care il anticipeaza Zamfirecu in postfata sa, pentru a intreba: este cazul din roman unul normal sau unul patologic? Marturisesc ca eu personal cred in foarte mica masura in patologia cazului prezentat. Cred in schimb in normalitatea lui din perspectiva in care apare: un caz al iubirii pana la epuizare, al iubirii pana la epuizarea resurselor psihice, a capacitatii de intelegere ale celor implicati in ea. Cu alte cuvinte, a iubirii asa cum cred eu in ea. Se poate sustine desigur ca implicatia afirmatiilor mele este ca eu cred exclusiv in iubirea patologica. Ceea ce nu ma grabesc sa contrazic. Dar atata timp cat avem de a face cu sentimentul considerat de mii de ani un fel de “sentimentul-cheie”, nu imi place sa cred mai degraba in comunul lui, in intelesul lui asa cum e aplicat de oameni “normali”. Ceea ce demonstreaza si Bruckner. Cuplul Beatrice-Didier, in care Beatrice e numita “harazita”, in care domneste armonia conjugala, nu e nimic altceva decat un exponent oarecare al unui “cuplu normal fericit”, in care afectiunea se impleteste cu compromisul pentru a alunga prejudecati si frici de singuratate, acest intreg amestec, diluat desigur si de “interese comune”, “puncte comune”, “acelasi mod de a privi lumea” fiind luat drept “iubire”, confundat cu “dragoste”. La scara larga, traim intr-o lume in care acest tip de cuplu este cel licitat. Ceea ce este normal, pentru ca el tine de oameni normali, care isi pun intrebari normale, care se confrunta cu probleme normale si pe care intr-o forma a ei sau in alta, traditia i-a invatat sa se adapteze la aceasta maniera de convietuire. Nu neg potentiala trainicie a unui astfel de cuplu, dar ii vad validitatea exclusiv in absenta unor stimuli de genul celor pe care Rebecca si Franz au capacitatea de a-i induce. Pentru ca nu vreau sa fiu inteleasa gresit: cuplul “normal” invocat pana aici nu ii avea in vizor si pe acei oameni dintr-o clasa prea joasa ca sa ii analizez in afara imperecherii instictuale. Ceea ce Bruckner ne pune in fata este o transpunere a unei iubiri reale. Intr-adevar, aceasta relatie este presarata cu elemente de tin probabil de patologic – nu asociez ondinismul sau scatofilia in nici un fel cu manifestari normale – dar ele apar doar in contextul explorarii propriilor fantasme prin celalalt. Poate fi invocat aici si rezultatul de studii, care ne arata ca ondinismul poate aparea ca o consecinta a epuizarii sexuale si psihice dintr-un cuplu, ca o reintoarcere la fantasmele copilariei. Qed. E irelevant de ce Bruckner a ales aceste manifestari sexuale, atata vreme cat ele nu altereaza nici mesajul, nici imaginea de ansamblu. Dar pe de alta parte, ele sunt aduse in scena si ca manifestari de curaj al exprimarii. Franz descrie un adevarat ritual prin care s-a lasat initiat in scatofilie, la care a aderat pentru a avea acces la Rebecca intr-o masura din ce in ce mai mare, in timp de Rebecca apare ca initiatoarea procedeului, care este doar o mostra din capacitatea ei imaginativa pe care o slaveste Franz. Cei doi se lasa prada fanteziilor, cauta sa se satisafaca intr-un grad cat mai mare, sa se exporeze atat individual cat si interuman pana la cele mai impinse cote, sa se foloseasca unul de celalalt intru autosuficienta. Sigur ca au aparut oboseala, epuizarea, nevoia de reafirmare independenta, monotonia. Si pe fondul lor pare ca s-a destramat acest cuplu. Dar s-a destramat doar intru consecinte extreme care nu pot tine decat de o iubire reala: perfidia atroce a lui Franz, renuntarea cu alura sclavagista a Rebeccai duc la distrgerea lor in afara relatiei care le-a dat suflu timp de doi ani. Pentru ca in cadrul respectivei relatii, ei si-au exercitat puterea de a se epuiza ca oameni, sfarsitul cuplului insemnand nimic altceva decat aruncarea lor in diverse intelesuri ale “libertatii”, in diverse manifestari ale unor extravagante de care un om epuizat are nevoie pentru a prelungi perioada de negare a atingerii limitelor sale. Bruckner ne arata ca Franz si Rebecca au atins acel nivel de intelegere psihologica atat de ridicat, incat isi permit sa faca orice vor, dupa bunul plac, sa se joace cum vor, intuind mereu consecintele asupra celor din jur, hranindu-se tot mai mult din distrugerea cuplurilor care vor sa para perfect stabile si organizate pentru simplul motiv ca au capatat intr-un mod atat de aspru abilitatea de analiza. Bruckner da o lectie dureroasa, dar foarte puternica. O lectie buna pentru oricine e deschis sa vada normalitatea in iubire dincolo de patologic, pentru ca eu cred ca intelegerea si experienta acestui sentiment sunt, ca sa il citez pe Nietzsche, “carte pentru toti si nici unul”.

19 Oct 2005

stolen palindrome of the day :D

While browsing as usual, i came across the following palindrome, which i found kind of cute and interesting: "Cigar? Toss it in a can, it is so tragic." This reminded me that i always liked palindromes, so i looked for a comprehensive list of palindromes.

18 Oct 2005


and my memory finally came back to me. i've been trying and trying and trying to remember the name of a movie i watched several years ago. "Sleepers" impressed me deeply and i'm really glad i could remember its name; hopefully i'm gonna watch it again soon. until then, i recommend it with all my heart :).

theater night

Last night i went to the theater and watched "The shape of things"...the good thing however is that i started reading again all sorts of things about Beckett, the author whose plays we chose during highschool as actors.

17 Oct 2005

weekend movies

i finnaly managed to watch Orson Welles' "Touch of evil". And i also watched the Spanish black comedy "Crimen ferpecto", which proved to be a very entertaining way to spend my Saturday evening time.

comics and superheroes again

and once again proving myself that my full-energy-searching-spirit is beyond anything else :D...i found info on Belphegor. I found what i needed on a really cool site, which i'm going to "read" carefully.
i'm very pleased, cause by digging and digging in the fantastic world of comics (and mostly by accessing such sites), i recognise all sorts of characters i used to adore as a child, and about whom i totally forgot over the years or just didn't think anymore, such as Mighty Mightor, Atom Ant, Birdman, Captain Caveman, Captain Planet, The Impossibles, Hong Kong Phooey, Space Ghost and Blackstar.

13 Oct 2005

starting to post pics

my colleagues returned recently from Portoroz. Since they took lots and lots of pictures, and i have spent hours looking at them, i assumed it's high time i posted some pics myself.

i like the one with the cats a lot, cause i generally hate cats, and i particularly hate black cats.

the next picture proudly introduces laura and cristina, copywriters in my dear fellow creative department.

the funny guy who won the rabbit is our account man, PR man and God-knows-what-else man.

the theatrical, artistical man with an umbrella is the so-called Next'Or, one of our almighty art directors...

speaking of art directors...the upside down guy with the musketeer look is Mihai, the one who used to be my art director (when i was still a copywriter :) ). i still regret going to strategy before we could put into practice our mighty plan - an exchange of roles. i was supposed to be the art director, to work in Paint, refuse all his ideas, obsessively ask for headlines and body copies every five minutes, comment, comment, reject...while he was supposed to turn into the humble copywriter with ideas at my mercy. For a whole week!! damn strategy...

God...and i nearly forgot...the man with the pigeons is of course our creative director, Traian. the best creative director of them all :))))))))))))).

Tube gossip

This is a very interesting site, especially for people concerned with the voice of the consumer. it keeps track of tube gossip and all that. And i think that i am going to start a site myself - a Romanian site to contain thoughts and conversations that people hear while using common transportation. i guess it would be funny - especially now, that i'm going to start driving my own car to the work and back.

12 Oct 2005

wishful thinking

wow! Kazuo Ishiguro released a new book and i had no idea. shame on me! The bad part is that i found this out acknowledging the Booker Prize winner, who wasn't Ishiguro :(( !!
However, the reviews sound really promissing. i just have to et my hands on the book now.

oh...and i almost forgot...God knows why last night i had the patience to watch "the incredibles"(2004). I truly fail to understand why people like it so much. and i sincerely fail to understand why this movie is among IMDB's first 250 movies voted by users. i just found it boring and totally unoriginal, although, as previously stated, i am very fond of superheroes. ah well...

and i also watched "the wedding date"(2005), which seemed to me just another romance/comedy thingy which managed to entertain me :)) (seems that i'm getting a lot of them lately...if i think about having just watched wicker park and wedding crashers). but, since i have no expectations from such movies, except for wanting to spend a pleasant time in front of the screen, no further comment/analysis is necessary :).

so what am i supposed to think about smurfs anyway?

i came across an advertising social spot which was shocking for me. Well, it is a social campaign against wars developed by UNICEF, so it is supposed to be shocking (i guess), but the thing is that i've always liked Smurfs. How can they do this to the Smurfs :((? I like those funny little guys, but unfortunatey, it's true: i don't know who they are after all. I've watched the episodes when i was really young, and i don't have any recollections of their plot whatsoever. I just remember they were cute and they seemed awfully funny. I've just bought myself Smurfette, for Heaven's sake.
So, what do i now know about them?
  • the spot i talked about:
  • the explanation of the spot: (unhappy just cause they were not allowed to butcher the little fellows?? :(( )
  • the Smurf Village is a Marxist Utopia (?!?, but the article is quite funny)
  • Donnie Darko impressions: Sean Smith: Beer and pussy. That's all I need. Ronald Fisher: We gotta find ourselves a Smurfette. Sean Smith: Smurfette? Ronald Fisher: Yeah, not some tight-ass Middlesex chick, right? Like this cute little blonde that will get down and dirty with the guys. Like Smurfette does. Donnie: Smurfette doesn't fuck. Ronald Fisher: That's bullshit. Smurfette fucks all the other Smurfs. Why do you think Papa Smurf made her? Because all the other Smurfs were getting too horny. Sean Smith: No, no, no, not Vanity. I heard he was a homosexual. Ronald Fisher: Okay, then, you know what? She fucks them and Vanity watches. Okay? Sean Smith: What about Papa Smurf? I mean, he must get in on all the action. Ronald Fisher: Yeah, what he does, he films the gang-bang, and he beats off to the tape. Donnie: [shouts] First of all, Papa Smurf didn't create Smurfette. Gargamel did. She was sent in as Gargamel's evil spy with the intention of destroying the Smurf village. But the overwhelming goodness of the Smurf way of life transformed her. And as for the whole gang-bang scenario, well, it just couldn't happen. Smurfs are asexual. They don't even have... reproductive organs under those tiny, white pants. It's just so illogical, about being a Smurf, you know? I mean, what's the point of living... if you don't have a dick? Sean Smith: [pause] Dammit, Donnie. Why you gotta get all smart on us?
so what am i supposed to think about the smurfs anyway?

11 Oct 2005

personal T-shirt concept

i'm gonna develop a T-shirt for myself, with Joker's picture and below his statement in Justice League:"And people say I'M crazy."

But...since i brought it up...I cannot help but include some other quotes from Justice League. After all, I am a huge fan of superheroes.
  • Batman: My brain is not a nice place to be.
  • Batman: Don't worry I'm used to late hours.
  • Superman: I once thought I could protect the world by myself, but I was wrong. Working together, we saved the planet and I believe that is we stayed together as a team, we could be a force that could truly work for the ideals of peace and justice. The Flash: What, like a bunch of Superfriends? Superman: More like a Justice League.
  • Batman: I'm not really a people person. But when you need help, and you will, call me.
  • Green Lantern: Flash, don't heckle the super villain.
  • Superman: [referring to Batman] Don't take it personally J'onn, he doesn't trust anyone. J'onn J'onzz: A wise policy.
  • The Flash: If the ring doesn't fit, you must acquit.
  • Hawkgirl: That's fast. The Flash: Yeah, fastest man alive. Hawkgirl: Which might explain why you can't get a date.
  • Hawkgirl: So, you fight crime AND bake cookies. How do you do it?
  • The Flash: That's it. I officially want to go home.
  • Wonder Woman: I am Diana. Princess of the Amazons. The Flash: Somebody pinch me. [Superman elbows him in the ribs] The Flash: Ow.
  • Wonder Woman: [after being turned back into an adult] Circumstances aside, it was kind of... enjoyable to be a kid again. Batman: I haven't been a kid since I was eight years old.
  • Batman: Have you read his mind yet? J'onn J'onzz: Martians don't do that to one another. Batman: Can't... or won't? J'onn J'onzz: Both.
  • inside the Batcave] The Flash: Hey, that's a giant dinosaur! Alfred Pennyworth: And I thought Batman was the detective.
  • [Batman and Wonder Woman are on a rooftop on stakeout. Wonder Woman notices some loving couples coming out of a nearby club] Wonder Woman: Don't you ever wish you were down there? Batman: I'm down there all I need to be. Wonder Woman: Yes, but it's just a job to you. I'm talking about going down there and having some fun. Maybe... maybe with someone special. [pause] Wonder Woman: No. No dating for the Batman. It might cut into your brooding time. Batman: One: Dating within the team always leads to disaster. Two: You're a princess from a society of immortal warriors. I'm a rich kid with issues... lots of issues. And three: If my enemies knew I had someone special, they wouldn't rest until they'd gotten to me through her. Wonder Woman: [crushes the head of a gargoyle with her hand] Next. [an alarm sounds from an alley across the street] Batman: There! [fires his bat rope and swings away] Wonder Woman: Saved by the bell.
  • Green Lantern: Anyway, why are we always talking about my love life? What's going on between you and Diana? Batman: Nothing. She's a respected colleague. Green Lantern: Uh-huh. Batman: I don't have time to pursue a relationship. My work is too important to allow another distractions. Diana is a remarkable woman, she's a valued friend. She's... standing right behind me, isn't she? Wonder Woman: Don't let that stop you - keep digging.
  • Superman: Always have to be the hero, don't you? Batman: Right back at ya.

creative spaces and advice for beginners in anything

I am trying to rearrange my room and try to make it look like a sort of a bar, with old commercials on the walls, and a combination of metal and bamboo and very little light and all sorts of collection objects i've been, well, collecting over the years (pics will soon be added, not that anybody gives a damn :P). Since it's the first time ever when i'm trying to do this, must mean that i'm trying to get a sort of a creative space for myself.
A short Google search helped me get an insight of other people's creative spaces.
On the other hand, (on my cult blog :D) i found this lovely quote coming from The Confusion by Neal Stephenson: "Pay attention, thats all...Notice things. Connect what you've noticed. Connect it into a picture. Think of how the picture might be changed; and act to change it. Some of your acts may turn out to be foolish, but others will reward you in surprising ways; and in the meantime, simply by being active instead of passive, you have a kind of immunity that's hard to explain."

10 Oct 2005

job, job, job

very interesting thingy here:
And, as far as the planning thing is concerced, i've found great ideas here:
Enough for now. I'm gonna start writing more again as soon as i finish my so called holiday, which is more like a mental holiday than anything else.

wear sunscreen and enjoy life

i received the following text in an email while i was on holiday and thought it might be enjoyable to read once in a while.

Ladies and gentlemen of the class of '97:
Wear sunscreen.
If I could offer you only one tip for the future, sunscreen would be it. The long-term benefits of sunscreen have been proved by scientists, whereas the rest of my advice has no basis more reliable than my own meandering experience.
I will dispense this advice now.
Enjoy the power and beauty of your youth.
Oh, never mind. You will not understand the power and beauty of your youth until they've faded. But trust me, in 20 years, you'll look back at photos of yourself and recall in a way you can't grasp now how much possibility lay before you and how fabulous you really looked. You are not as fat as you imagine.
Don't worry about the future. Or worry, but know that worrying is as effective as trying to solve an algebra equation by chewing bubble gum. The real troubles in your life are apt to be things that never crossed your worried mind, the kind that blindside you at 4 p.m. on some idle Tuesday.
Do one thing every day that scares you.
Don't be reckless with other people's hearts.
Don't put up with people who are reckless with yours.
Don't waste your time on jealousy. Sometimes you're ahead, sometimes you're behind. The race is long and, in the end, it's only with yourself. Remember compliments you receive. Forget the insults. If you succeed in doing this, tell me how.
Keep your old love letters. Throw away your old bank statements.
Don't feel guilty if you don't know what you want to do with your life. The most interesting people I know didn't know at 22 what they wanted to do with their lives. Some of the most interesting 40-year-olds I know still don't.
Get plenty of calcium.
Be kind to your knees. You'll miss them when they're gone.
Maybe you'll marry, maybe you won't. Maybe you'll have children, maybe you won't. Maybe you'll divorce at 40, maybe you'll dance the funky chicken on your 75th wedding anniversary. Whatever you do, don't congratulate yourself too much, or berate yourself either. Your choices are half chance. So are everybody else's.
Enjoy your body. Use it every way you can. Don't be afraid of it or of what other people think of it. It's the greatest instrument you'll ever own.
Dance, even if you have nowhere to do it but your living room.
Read the directions, even if you don't follow them.
Do not read beauty magazines. They will only make you feel ugly.
Get to know your parents. You never know when they'll be gone for good. Be nice to your siblings. They're your best link to your past and the people most likely to stick with you in the future.
Understand that friends come and go, but with a precious few you should hold on. Work hard to bridge the gaps in geography and lifestyle, because the older you get, the more you need the people who knew you when you were young.
Live in New York City once, but leave before it makes you hard. Live in Northern California once, but leave before it makes you soft.
Accept certain inalienable truths:
Prices will rise. Politicians will philander. You, too, will get old. And when you do, you'll fantasize that when you were young prices were reasonable, politicians were noble and children respected their elders.
Respect your elders.
Don't expect anyone else to support you. Maybe you have a trust fund. Maybe you'll have a wealthy spouse. But you never know when either one might run out.
Don't mess too much with your hair or by the time you're 40 it will look 85.
Be careful whose advice you buy, but be patient with those who supply it. Advice is a form of nostalgia. Dispensing it is a way of fishing the past from the disposal, wiping it off, painting over the ugly parts and recycling it for more than it's worth.
But trust me on the sunscreen.

4 Oct 2005

worst movies from the best directors

While deliriously keeping on watching movies and getting info on them, i came across a funny and interesting point of view.
Gave me the idea to start my very own investigations, but i'm gonna have to watch more and more movies in order to start such claims. :)

3 Oct 2005

here's a funny one. I love that keyboard. Actually i think it could go amazingly with a S+arck mouse :)). Although Apple's Mighty Mouse looks a great deal better :)).
While looking for the mentioned mouse though, i came across another funny and interesting site. It reminded me of an older entertaining site i used, the world carrot museum, that u can find at .