Wednesday, October 31, 2007

The Most Unexpected of the Alliances

...and so the unexpected happened. After running from my Destiny for so long, I decided at last to embrace it. I was running from the inevitable, I could not escape from it. Despair and insanity were taking me over. Then, out of nowhere, elucidation filled my mind, my thoughts were clear again, and I could perceive that my situation was not as dire as Reality wanted me to see.

I went to that once dreadful place, where It reigns eternal, silently and unchallenged, brooding over Its countless abyssal minions, devising unfathomable plans of conquest and destruction. I approached It, with no fear in my heart, and with true purpose in my mind. All my willpower was focused in only one thing...

After some deliberation, The Alliance was signed. That Alliance shall create waves of dismay that will resonate throughout the Earth. Tremble! mortals, for now I am allied with The Cube(!!!), the Destruction-Bringer!!

Monday, October 29, 2007

Halloween party

Halloween party. Tequila, cachaça (!) and capirinhas (!!!), more tequila and vodka. Nice people, music, a lot of fun. Totally wasted by the end...

Then... Headache, infinity thirsty, my body entropic levels out of control, laziness... And the worst, a void in my head... Something that should be there, but it is not... Argh!

Lesson learned: The Grinning Reaper does not like alcohol!

Saturday, October 27, 2007

The path to Heavy Metal...

I gained my first Heavy Metal CD in my 18th birthday. It was a CD called "A Real Dead One", a live album from Iron Maiden. I guess I could not have chosen better than that to start. A live CD from Iron Maiden, with many of its great classics... I arrived at home and put it in the player, and then...

"Woe to you, Oh! Earth and Sea, for the Devil sends the beast with wrath, because he knows the time is short... Let him who hath understanding reckon the number of the beast, for it is a human number, it's number is Six hundred and sixty six."

(Then it began: Dave Murray in one guitar, and Steve Harris in the bass guitar. Bruce Dickinson starts to sing. After a while Nicko McBrain in the drums, and Adrian Smith in the other guitar... and this is The Number of the Beast!!)

After that there was no turning back... I was lost forever, and the iron in my blood turned into iridium instantaneously. Heavy Metal running through my veins forever.

Two weeks later I had already other two Heavy Metal CDs. The second one was from a band called White Zombie, the band does not exist anymore, unfortunately, but until today they are one of my favorite bands. The song that lead me to buy that CD was called "More Human than Human" from the album Astro-Creep 2000, and by that time this music was playing on the radio (the dead, but never forgotten 107.5FM), and being aired on the MTV. And here is the video clip.

My life was already doomed, and there was another song playing in the radio that I needed by any means! It was the first track from the album Ozzmosis recorded by the master Ozzy Osbourne. The song's name is "Perry Mason". And that was my third Heavy Metal CD. (The video is slightly out of synchrony... bah!)

As I told you, it was REALLY impossible to turn back after all that. It was almost 12 years ago, a lot of things changed in my life, but Heavy Metal is a quiescent part of my life since that time, and I am sure it still will be when I reach the 250... And a long time after that, too...

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

The 2007 Ig Nobel Prize Winners

Each year the Institue of Improbable Research honors achievements "that first make people LAUGH, and then THINK" with the Ig Nobel Prize. The winners of the 17th First Anual Ig Nobel Prize are:

MEDICINE: Brian Witcombe of Gloucester, UK, and Dan Meyer of Antioch, Tennessee, USA, for their penetrating medical report "Sword Swallowing and Its Side Effects."
REFERENCE: "Sword Swallowing and Its Side Effects," Brian Witcombe and Dan Meyer, British Medical Journal, December 23, 2006, vol. 333, pp. 1285-7.

PHYSICS: L. Mahadevan of Harvard University, USA, and Enrique Cerda Villablanca of Universidad de Santiago de Chile, for studying how sheets become wrinkled.
"Wrinkling of an Elastic Sheet Under Tension," E. Cerda, K. Ravi-Chandar, L. Mahadevan, Nature, vol. 419, October 10, 2002, pp. 579-80.
"Geometry and Physics of Wrinkling," E. Cerda and L. Mahadevan, Physical Review Letters, fol. 90, no. 7, February 21, 2003, pp. 074302/1-4.
"Elements of Draping," E. Cerda, L. Mahadevan and J. Passini, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, vol. 101, no. 7, 2004, pp. 1806-10.

GHofXaos's Note: In some more years, a fully-functional anti-wrinkling bed sheet will be available at the market, and then every kind of anti-wrinkling stuff. The iron will be a thing from the past. Even some kinds of plastic surgery will be a thing from the forgotten past.

BIOLOGY: Prof. Dr. Johanna E.M.H. van Bronswijk of Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands, for doing a census of all the mites, insects, spiders, pseudoscorpions, crustaceans, bacteria, algae, ferns and fungi with whom we share our beds each night.
"Huis, Bed en Beestjes" [House, Bed and Bugs], J.E.M.H. van Bronswijk, Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Geneeskunde, vol. 116, no. 20, May 13, 1972, pp. 825-31.
"Het Stof, de Mijten en het Bed" [Dust, Mites and Bedding]. J.E.M.H. van Bronswijk Vakblad voor Biologen, vol. 53, no. 2, 1973, pp. 22-5.
"Autotrophic Organisms in Mattress Dust in the Netherlands," B. van de Lustgraaf, J.H.H.M. Klerkx, J.E.M.H. van Bronswijk, Acta Botanica Neerlandica, vol. 27, no. 2, 1978, pp 125-8.
"A Bed Ecosystem," J.E.M.H. van Bronswijk, Lecture Abstracts -- 1st Benelux Congress of Zoology, Leuven, November 4-5, 1994, p. 36.

GHofXaos's Note: I guess a lot of people will not be able to sleep at night for quite some time. Some people might turn themselves into psycho-cleaners, and then evolve into psychopaths...

CHEMISTRY: Mayu Yamamoto of the International Medical Center of Japan, for developing a way to extract vanillin -- vanilla fragrance and flavoring -- from cow dung.
REFERENCE: "Novel Production Method for Plant Polyphenol from Livestock Excrement Using Subcritical Water Reaction," Mayu Yamamoto, International Medical Center of Japan.

PRESS NOTE: Toscanini's Ice Cream, the finest ice cream shop in Cambridge, Massachusetts, created a new ice cream flavor in honor of Mayu Yamamoto, and introduced it at the Ig Nobel ceremony. The flavor is called "Yum-a-Moto Vanilla Twist."

GHofXaos's Note: You can't trust nothing vanilla- anymore.

LINGUISTICS: Juan Manuel Toro, Josep B. Trobalon and Núria Sebastián-Gallés, of Universitat de Barcelona, for showing that rats sometimes cannot tell the difference between a person speaking Japanese backwards and a person speaking Dutch backwards.
REFERENCE: "Effects of Backward Speech and Speaker Variability in Language Discrimination by Rats," Juan M. Toro, Josep B. Trobalon and Núria Sebastián-Gallés, Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Behavior Processes, vol. 31, no. 1, January 2005, pp 95-100.

GHofXaos's Notes: I ever thought that rats were one of the most intelligent creatures in planet Earth, superseding by far the human primitive intellect. This just confirms my thoughts. Only sometimes they cannot tell the difference... Amazing!

LITERATURE: Glenda Browne of Blaxland, Blue Mountains, Australia, for her study of the word "the" -- and of the many ways it causes problems for anyone who tries to put things into alphabetical order.
REFERENCE: "The Definite Article: Acknowledging 'The' in Index Entries," Glenda Browne, The Indexer, vol. 22, no. 3 April 2001, pp. 119-22.

GHofXaos's Note: I always had problems with "The" while indexing my songs!! A real must this article. I'm sure it will help me solve a lot of problems with indexing.

PEACE: The Air Force Wright Laboratory, Dayton, Ohio, USA, for instigating research & development on a chemical weapon -- the so-called "gay bomb" -- that will make enemy soldiers become sexually irresistible to each other.
REFERENCE: "Harassing, Annoying, and 'Bad Guy' Identifying Chemicals," Wright Laboratory, WL/FIVR, Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, June 1, 1994.

GHofXaos's Note: Make love, not war!! I hope this hideous device does not befall in the wrong hands. Imagine some gay mob throwing that in the middle of a Hell's Angels meeting, or in the middle of a 90%-male-students class. The consequences could be disastrous to say the least!! (FEAR)

NUTRITION: Brian Wansink of Cornell University, for exploring the seemingly boundless appetites of human beings, by feeding them with a self-refilling, bottomless bowl of soup.
REFERENCE: "Bottomless Bowls: Why Visual Cues of Portion Size May Influence Intake," Brian Wansink, James E. Painter and Jill North, Obesity Research, vol. 13, no. 1, January 2005, pp. 93-100.
REFERENCE: Mindless Eating: Why We Eat More Than We Think, Brian Wansink, Bantom Books, 2006, ISBN 0553804340.

GHofXaos's Note: This device could solve the famine problem in the world!! A self-refilling, bottomless bowl of soup!!

ECONOMICS: Kuo Cheng Hsieh, of Taichung, Taiwan, for patenting a device, in the year 2001, that catches bank robbers by dropping a net over them.
REFERENCE: U.S. patent #6,219,959, granted on April 24, 2001, for a "net trapping system for capturing a robber immediately."

GHofXaos's Note: They will not be expecting that. Unless they read the Annals of Improbable Research (a must reading even for bank-robbers).

AVIATION: Patricia V. Agostino, Santiago A. Plano and Diego A. Golombek of Universidad Nacional de Quilmes, Argentina, for their discovery that Viagra aids jetlag recovery in hamsters.
REFERENCE: "Sildenafil Accelerates Reentrainment of Circadian Rhythms After Advancing Light Schedules," Patricia V. Agostino, Santiago A. Plano and Diego A. Golombek, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, vol. 104, no. 23, June 5 2007, pp. 9834-9.

GHofXaos's Note: A very relevant study about such an extremely intelligent creature that can differentiate between backwards-Japanese and backwards-Dutch, and whatever other misterious backward-language we do not even imagine yet. I am sure they can speak scramblespeak too, and backward-scramblespeak!!

Source: Improbable Research

Monday, October 22, 2007

The Doomguard

These last days I realized that I have never written anything here about the Doomguard, the Faction to which I pledged my unconditional support. But I am sure you might be wondering about what is a Faction.

The meaning of Faction that I am referring to here is a group of individuals who share a common set of beliefs. It has some resemblance to a religion, but these groups usually do not devote themselves to higher entities or gods. Their beliefs are related to concepts and views about what Reality Itself really is, Its real meaning, and what is really true or false about It. Reality in this case encompasses everything: every god, demon, angel, mythological creature in every pantheon that ever existed; every kind of Heavens, Hells, or Planes of Existence ever imagined; the Space-Time Continuum, all the matter and anti-matter (visible or invisible), all strings and/or superstrings, branes and p-branes, quantum singularities, and whatever else exists scattered inside its seemingly infinity boundaries; the Dreamland or Dreamscape; the whole set of local Paradigm-Consciousness Matrixes, and whatever else you can think.

Each Faction base its beliefs in one greater concept, and their actions usually reflects this concept. People are different, so they usually view these concepts in many different ways, and are usually free to share their views with others within the Faction or outside. These distinct sets of philosophical judgments about a single concept create a broader understanding and the correspondent set of small beliefs that defines each Faction, differentiating them among themselves, and even creating small groups inside each of the Factions that share a common philosophical view about the greater concept. As an example of greater concepts usually followed, we have: chaos, order, justice, strength, entropy, harmony, anarchy, and many others.

I have already written about one of these Faction: The Xaositects (or Chaosmen, believers of Chaos). I feel a great sympathy towards the Xaositects, and their chaotic views about Reality. But I pledge my actual and current support to the Doomguard (the followers of Entropy). So, now you can infer the motives for my sympathy for the Xaositects (or Architects of Xaos).

The main belief of the Doomguard is that Entropy leads everything in the Multiverse to its ultimate demise. Decay, Death and Destruction (the 3 D's of Entropy). There is no real means of escape. Entropy can be delayed but never defeated. Nothing is forever, berk! But Entropy is not so simplistic. Entropy also leads to changes, and evolution. Even information is associated with Entropy. Everything has a beginning, evolves, reach its golden age, and then starts to decay, until ruined or dead, and then destroyed and washed way by the waters of oblivion! And when I say everything is everything: objects, lives, cities, civilizations, planets, stars, gods, feelings, and even ideas and dreams, and in the end Reality!

Creation plays a so important part as Destruction. When you create, you also gain a better understanding about the process of destruction, and then a greater understanding about Entropy. The most important thing is to realize that no matter what, nothing is forever. Nor even your ideals, or beliefs would last forever. You will learn, and will change. All these processes are natural steps that will lead EVERYTHING towards Oblivion! So, no need to attach yourself too much to anything.

During all your life you will create, destroy, change, evolve, remember, forget, grow, whither, decay and die. Does it seem too hopeless for you? Well, maybe it is hopeless for you, but not for me. Entropy just give my life a direction, the path, that is what makes life worth, is mine, and only mine to choose!

The Doomguard itself is divided in three groups:
  • the Destroyers: a group that thinks that Entropy is acting too slow, and their objective is to accelerate its natural progress, causing destruction, revolts, and bringing chaos to Reality;
  • the Sinkers: think that Entropy is progressing at a good pace, and often just like to observe the processes of creation and decay. They will usually help either Destroyers or regulators to keep the current pace of progress of Entropy;
  • the Regulators: they believe Entropy is coming too fast, so they are the ones that try to delay the progress of Entropy. It does not mean they are against it, by the contrary, they still like to watch everything decay, but they prefer to see it tiny bits at a time.
I am a Sinker. The current pace of Entropy is just perfect in my point of view. Sometimes, though, I love to see, and to bring some Chaos to the world around me. And at the same time, I am always thinking about ways to delay my Entropy gain, and maybe live for some hundreds of years or more! A Sinker by heart! ;)

P.S.: These Faction ideas were taken from a RPG Setting called Planescape, but they are very interesting, and I really like to read about all the philosophical views of each of the Factions there. All of them make some sense, and are much more interesting, in my opinion, than following most of the worlds religions. Just choose a concept and live by it. The Doomguard and the Xaositects are two of the original Factions of Planescape. I just adapted some of the ideas, and developed others a little more.

P.S.2: The weird seal or symbol in the right corner of the blog is the Doomguard symbol.

Saturday, October 20, 2007

More tornadoes

So, last time I talked about tornadoes, I told that Ann Arbor was surrounded by a pack of three tornadoes. That was past. Last night we had a tornado warning again on the TV. I thought it was just a warning, and that no tornado had really touched the ground. I was wrong!! Totally wrong!!

It was raining last night, but nothing worth of note. No lightning storms or anything heavy. At least, nothing like that while I was awaken. When I woke up this morning the sky was blue, and the sun was shining unhindered. That warning really did not seems so serious, after all. But I was told today that a real heavy rain have struck Ann Arbor while I was asleep, and nothing less than 8(!!!) tornadoes have hit the ground, and wreak "some" havoc around Michigan area. Damn it!! And I have not seen anything yet!! I could have been awakened by the windy weather, flying in the middle of the maelstrom , at night, but no!, they just decided to left Ann Arbor alone again, as last time! (I will not complain too much about it! ) :P

The counting is going up!! Until now eleven tornadoes around the area where I am living! And just on two occasions. An average of 5.5 tornadoes per warning! And I heard no warning sirens! (Of course I could not hear them, I was wearing my headphones hearing Rammstein while the rain was falling! The only thing I could hear was some heavy industrial metal banging in my ears!! Yeah!! Osmium and Iridium flowing in my veins!)

Things are just getting better! Let's see how many more tornadoes there will be next time!

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Regrets from the past.

The mind is really a unpredictable thing. Sometimes it makes you remember things long forgotten for no apparent reason, and it all come out of nowhere. A dream, a smell, a scene, a music, and then you are living ten years back in your past again. You think about it, about correcting those "errors" from the past, but its just a tantalizing feeling, and you really can not do anything about it anymore, time passes by and the feeling of regret and the memories do not go away, they stay around you, haunting you for some time, and then they all go to the limbo again. But there are times, when those things stay more time than usual, and they give no clue at all about going away. Why does it happen? To make you realize that something similar is already happening, and to show you the regret that you would feel ten years from now, if you commit the same old mistake!?

Maybe... Who knows?

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Dreamland reference I

Future reference to access hidden knowledge inside the mindscape:

"Warded" chandelier in the entry hall of an old haunted hotel. Fear. Dormant Evil inside. Not enough willpower to create a protection sigil. Evil disturbed and awakened by the magical energies.

Situação geral do momento...

Após alguns dias sem Internet em casa, estou conectado novamente ao mundo. A temperatura aqui em Ann Arbor tem se mantido abaixo dos 20oC todos os dias, chegando a quase zero durante as noites. Tem uma chance bem grande da primeira neve cair ainda este mês, e eu estou torcendo pra isso. O calor que eu senti aqui, durante o verão, ainda precisa ser compensado, e acho que a partir de agora, só vou sentir calor novamente quando estiver de volta ao Brasil.

O trabalho está andando, finalmente. O meu código, como podem notar pelo "post" anterior, está finalmente funcionando, e aparentemente, funcionando bem. Os resultados do programa começam a fazer sentido, mas alguns detalhes ainda necessitam de ser acertados. Até o final desta semana, pretendo já estar com esta parte toda terminada. Após o término dessa parte, é hora de começar a fazer um estudo do espaço de parâmetros do programa, e comparar com os resultados antigos do programa, e então começar a modelar dados observacionais. Acho que já consigo começar a visualizar um artigo num futuro próximo, e um doutorado quase encaminhado! Oh Yeah!!

Está na hora de começar a pensar no que será de mim, após o doutorado. Adiei demais esse fatídico momento, mas estou ficando sem escolhas. Grande parte das minhas decisões futuras, vão depender diretamente das coisas que ainda estão pra acontecer por aqui, então, só após minha volta é que as coisas devem começar a tomar um pouco mais de forma na minha cabeça. E claro, existem outros fatores não-profissionais que podem influenciar numa escolha, mas só o tempo sabe o que o futuro me reserva, ainda.

Mas de uma coisa eu tenho certeza, após um tempo vivendo aqui, e algumas experiência na Europa, apesar da saudades que eu tenho do Brasil, eu ando ficando com preguiça demais de lá. Sinto saudades da família, de BH, dos amigos e da comida, não fosse isto, eu sinceramente, não teria vontade nenhuma de voltar. A maior diferença, e com certeza a coisa que eu vou mais sentir falta aqui, é o respeito que as pessoas, pelo menos demonstram ter, uma pelas outras. Não é igual no Brasil, onde cada um quer ser mais esperto que o outro, e no fim das contas, o que importa é passar a perna nos outros e sempre sair ganhando. (Este tal de "jeitinho" brasileiro é o que fode com o nosso país.) O grande motivo das coisas funcionarem da maneira correta por aqui está baseado nessa regra básica de convivência em sociedade. Eu vivo numa cidade relativamente pequena aqui, mas é uma cidade pequena que tem toda uma estrutura de cidade grande. Não falta nada aqui, aliás... falta apenas um restaurante com comida brasileira, que definitivamente, é a melhor comida do mundo! Eu não sei como é a vida numa cidade grande americana ainda, com certeza os problemas são parecidos com os problemas de uma cidade grande no Brasil, mas tenho certeza que numa escala menor. Em relação aos americanos estúpidos, felizmente ainda não encontrei nenhum deles, mas existem tantos brasileiros estúpidos quanto americanos e quanto gente de qualquer outra nacionalidade estúpida, o que muda é apenas o tipo de estupidez.

Antes de vir pra cá, eu não nego que tinha um certo preconceito contra os EEUU, mas após um tempo aqui, eu já vejo as coisas de uma maneira muito diferente. Os problemas existem aqui, como em qualquer outro lugar do mundo, mas são problemas que, geralmente, me revoltam menos do que certos problemas básicos brasileiros.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Preeliminary H-alpha line profiles

If you ever wondered about what in the Nine Hells of Baator does a theoretical astrophysicist do, wonder no more. Here is a glimpse of my preeliminary results. Two calculated H-alpha line profiles for a T Tauri star, the filled line shows the profile with only magnetospheric contribution (the original code, before my modifications ), and the trace-dotted line shows the profile with magneto-accretion plus diskwind contributions (after I modified the code). Beautiful, isn't it? A little more thinking is necessary to be sure that my code calculations are right, but at this moment I am almost sure they are.Now you are wondering about what is a T Tauri star, or what is magnetospheric accretion (a.k.a. magneto-accretion), and what is diskwind, right? And surely, you also wonder about why the difference in both plots are so important. Ok. I will explain those issues at another day. But at least, now you know about the kind of results that I am seeking, and that hopefully will grant me a PhD. degree in the near future.

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Pinball Wizard

Elton John singing Pinball Wizard (by The Who) in the Opera Rock "Tommy". Totally AWESOME!! This music is in my list of Best of All Time.

A puppet ?

There are days when it clearly seems that I am nothing but a puppet under control of some Invisible Hands...

Monday, October 8, 2007

A deadly substance

There is a bottle containing one of the deadliest poisons ever know to mankind inside a drawer in my new office's desk. A 10-years old unopenned bottle of Diet Coke!! I sense The Cube's machinations behind such a hideous act. It knew I would take this seat even before the Sun was born... But It also knows that I would never drink such a substance in my life. Now I start to wonder, what sinister plans does The Cube have for me and this deadly substance!? I don't want to be part of The Cube's schemes, but do I have a choice in this matter??

May The Elder Gods help me with their non-logical wisdom, and utmost insanity!!

Confusão de assuntos...

Eu tive várias idéias sobre coisas pra escrever aqui hoje, mas sempre que começava a escrever sobre alguma delas, aparecia outra idéia e tomava o lugar da anterior. Pensei em escrever sobre o atual campeonato de Fórmula 1. Infelizmente, o Felipe Massa não tem mais chances de ser campeão, mas desde 1986 não ocorre do campeonato ser decidido na última corrida e com três pilotos podendo ser campeões. Minhas primeiras lembranças envolvendo F1 datam desse mesmo campeonato. O campeão na época foi Alain Prost, e os outros dois pilotos que ainda tinham chance na última corrida eram Nelson Piquet e Nigel Mansell. Parece-me que os bons tempos da F1 estão voltando. Na última corrida, no Brasil, eu vou torcer pro Massa ganhar a corrida, é claro, e acho que já não me importo muito em quem vai ser campeão não. Independente do resultado, esta temporada está sendo a melhor dos últimos muitos anos. Mas americanos não sabem transmitir corrida de F1. Intervalos comercias a cada 5 minutos, é desesperador! A grande vantagem, e que aqui não tem o Galvão Bueno se achando e narrando as corridas, no lugar deles tem dois narradores ultra-empolgados que ficam se divertindo às custas dos erros dos pilotos, e comentando como se fossem dois telespectadores assistindo na frente da TV, um deles tem um sotaque que parece ser australiano, e que eu mal entendo, o outro é americano mesmo.

Pensei em escrever coisas sem sentido também. Coisas sobre poeira e cinzas. Mas eu não cheguei a lugar nenhum pensando sobre isso. O objetivo em si não era se chegar a conclusão nenhuma, mas também não consegui deixar a coisa caótica o suficiente. Daí veio medo, fantasmas, oblívio, fogo, e outras idéias meio caóticas, mas resolvi que não queria aquilo também. Cansei de medo. Estou saturado de falar sobre fantasmas. Esqueci do oblívio, mas por incrível que pareça ele não se esqueceu de mim. E está muito calor aqui pra eu querer falar de fogo. Ah... 141 = 3 x 47.

Podia falar da aranha que resolveu morar debaixo da minha cama, mas acho que ela resolveu se mudar de novo. Pelo menos assim, eu não preciso me preocupar com o possível fato da aranha ser mais uma das criaturas enviadas pelO Cubo pra me vigiar. Mas eu ainda tenho minhas dúvidas sobre as capacidade miméticas dessa aranha. É bem possível que ela esteja camuflada, observando todos os meus movimentos, e relatando tudo aO Cubo. Espero que isso seja apenas paranóia minha, mas é melhor eu tomar cuidado.

Na minha vida tem uma certa garota que parece que tem um certo prazer em querer me deixar pra baixo. Eu realmente não entendo o porquê dela não me deixar em paz. Ela só me procura pra falar dos problemas dela, e sempre que eu resolvo dar um "oi", ela resolve inventar um problema novo. E não é raro ela vir com ataques meio indiretos direcionados a minha pessoa. Mas desde que eu a conheço, esses tipos de ataque são frequentes, e há alguns anos atrás eles não tinham nada de indireto, eram bem diretos e bem destruidores. Mas o fato é que, depois de aguentar essas coisas por anos, elas têm se tornado mais e mais irrelevantes. Infelizmente, para mim, ela parece que não percebe como estes joguinhos são ridículos, e só ajudam a melhorar minhas defesas, e a destruir o que um dia eu senti por ela. Daqui uns dias eu acabo desistindo de vez de tentar ser amigo da dita cuja, e a mando p'ro grupo dos demônios exorcisados.

O próximo primo é 149.

Sunday, October 7, 2007

A new face...

I have improved the blog a little bit, after playing for some time with the template code. More changes and improvements may come in time. Now this blog is best viewed in 1024 x 768 or better resolutions. Fortunately only 7% of the people who ever visited my blog were using a screen resolution lower than that. Other subtle changes were made throughout the blog too.

Any suggestions about the template and new improvements here are welcome.

Friday, October 5, 2007

Of Denial, Stars, Fire and Madness

How can it be possible that while I have learned so much from one person, that same person had learned nothing from me? Denial, maybe, or just a great waste of time. At least, I have not wasted mine, learning nothing! And I really do not care anymore...

The chain is broken,
The windows are closed.

I don't like to get back a gift after it was given, but a gift makes not sense at all, when its meaning is lost. I had no choice at all...

I see a great conflagration in my future. But I don't know how far is that yet...

For now, let me live in My World, and in The Dreaming... It is hard to walk on the threshold of both Worlds, but it is the only way I know, and I really like it.

Who said Insanity is not a good thing?

Thursday, October 4, 2007

Free Burma

Free Burma!

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Quark Sexy!

Como é sabido, pelo atual modelo padrão, os quarks junto aos léptons são os constituintes básicos da matéria. Para se distinguir os vários tipos de quarks e léptons, deu-se a cada um deles o que a física de partículas chama de sabores. Os sabores dados aos léptons são três: Elétron, Mu (da letra grega, mi) e Tau. Já para os quarks os pesquisadores da época resolveram ser mais engraçadinhos, e deram os seguintes sabores: Up, Down, Top, Bottom, Strange e Charm.

Após uma pequena discussão, numa comunidade da qual eu faço parte no Orkut, chegou-se a conclusão que o melhor sabor oposto para o Quark Strange, não seria o Quark Charm, mas sim o Quark Sexy. A partir dessa discussão, então, foi criada uma petição na Internet, para que o nosso amigo Quark Charm seja renomeado Quark Sexy! Que convenhamos, combina muito melhor com o Quark Strange que o Quark Charm. A petição para mudança de nomes está em:

Ajude a fazer a história da Física, ajudando a escolher um nome mais apropriado para um dos constituintes básicos da matéria. E tenho dito!

P.S.: Valeu por ter criado a petição Quase-Físico!