31 Oct 2005
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
27 Oct 2005
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
The site i was looking for, though, is one that might actually tell me who i am or who my other me is :)).
25 Oct 2005
21 Oct 2005
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 :)).
20 Oct 2005
19 Oct 2005
18 Oct 2005
17 Oct 2005
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.
14 Oct 2005
this is my office desk. pls pay attention to the good fairy - another special gift received from laura and cristina few days ago. they say the fairy resembles me :). i totally doubt it, but i still love them :). they always bring me the cutest presents, improving both my mood and my desk.
13 Oct 2005
the funny guy who won the rabbit is our account man, PR man and God-knows-what-else man.
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...
12 Oct 2005
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 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?
11 Oct 2005
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.
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
Ladies and gentlemen of the class of '97:
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
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
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 .