Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Idéias à Deriva

Uma lista de textos que eu disse que escreveria, e que até hoje eu não escrevi, mas que podem ser escritos num futuro não tão distante:
  1. Acontecimentos do último Reveillon;
  2. Minha visão sobre a sociedade americana;
  3. Minha opinião sobre a nova edição de Dungeons & Dragons;
  4. Dia de Falar como Físico.
Agora uma lista de textos que eu já pensei em escrever, e nunca escrevi:
  1. A carta aleatória para uma pessoa aleatória;
  2. Sobre Smallville;
  3. Livros que eu li ultimamente: Ensaio sobre a Cegueira, e a trilogia "Legends of Dune";
  4. Sobre a última Escola Avançada de Astrofísica;
  5. Alguma coisa sobre o Batman (pensei neste hoje);
  6. Déjà vu (e neste também).
Devem ter outros, do quais não estou me lembrando no momento, mas pode ser que um dia eu volte a lembrar. Talvez eu utilize esta lista para os meus próximos textos, ou talvez eu nunca escreva nada sobre as coisas nessa lista... Quem sabe?

O pior é eu ter ligado o computador, já indo dormir, só pra escrever essa lista. E "déjà vu" é uma coisa deveras sinistra!

Thursday, August 14, 2008

THE "Mihalas"

Yes!! Now I have an original copy of the "Stellar Atmospheres" book, by Dimitri Mihalas. The book is like The Bible for everyone who works with Radiative Transfer in Astrophysics. Since I first got my hand in this book, 2 or 3 years ago, this is the number ONE book in my wish list, but, unfortunately for me, the book is out of print since a time immemorial, and no one who I knew have this book would sell it. I could find used versions of the book, but always for more than $200.

Last month, I was browsing through Amazon looking for books to buy, and then I decided to look for it again. Then I saw it, a copy of the book being sold there by less than a hundred dollars. The description was saying the book was in good conditions. Then I thought with myself, or I buy it now, or I will never find such a bargain again in my life. I thought for 2 seconds, before adding it to my shopping cart. And then the waiting started...

Today THE book was delivered at my place, here in Brasil, after a little more than 2 weeks. I was just expecting it by the end of August or maybe even mid-september, but it took only 2 weeks! I was also expecting a somewhat used book, maybe a worn used book, but when I look at it, I was stunned... The book was in an almost perfect condition, and seemed to have barely been used at all. Just some small scratches at the edges of the hardcover, and it is a 30-YEARS OLD book. I am gleeful with my new aquisition!!

NOW I HAVE THE LEGENDARY "MIHALAS"! And I can even dream with my PhD, without remorse of not having "THE Mihalas". I swear that I will put the book to good use, and I will not use its power to strengthen the Evil in this world. It will only be used to bring more Entropy to this dimension! =D

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Header Phrases - Battle of Corrin

Greatness had its own rewards... and bears its own terrible costs.
Primero Xavier Harkonnen

The path to victory is not always direct.

The line between life and death is sharp and quick in the desert.
Admonition to Spice Prospectors

The Universe constantly challenges us with more opponents than we can handle. Why then must we always strive to create enemies of our own?
Swordmaster Istian Goss

Those who have everything value nothing. Those who have nothing value everything.
Raquella Berto-Anirul

War is a violent form of business.
Adrien Venport

Technology should have freed man from the burdens of life. Instead, it imprisoned him.
Rayna Butler

Evolution is the handmaiden of Death.
Naib Ishmael

If there is no plausible hope for survival, is it better to know that you are doomed, or simply exist in the blissful ignorance until the end?
Primero Quentin Butler

When men achieve paradise in this life, the result is inevitable: They go soft, lose their skills, their edge.
Zensunni Sutra

Successful creative energy involves the harnessing of controlled madness. I am convinced of this.

The deadliest of poisons cannot be analyzed in any laboratory, for they are in the mind.
Raquella Berto-Anirul

Saturday, August 2, 2008

The Weird that might not be so weird

... and if all those absurd conspiracy theories, that seem to come from the delirious mind of some people, were nothing but a background to confuse, and hide the real conspiracy!?

There are so many weird conspiracy theories around the world, regarding whatever theme suits you best, and most of them are so absurd that it is very easy to simply regard them as just fantasy, bullshit, and the work of a very delirious mind... But, if that was something planned, something carefully woven as the great tapestry of all time. A tapestry of facts, where 99% of them are just too absurd to be believed, but the remaining 1% is not so absurd after all, and actually mirror exactly what is really happening... You look at the bigger picture and all you see is fantasy, illusions, a world that seem so far from the truth that you disregard the whole picture, not even looking at the Real details... Blindness and Disinformation.

Why? Because we think that we are too smart to be deceived. We are simply arrogant in our own blindness. The ones who know the truth, thus can control you, watching your blind life, and laughing at it...