Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Random reverie - Or memories from a long gone past

I know that this is not at all me, but I was just listening to this song from the Counting Crows and (I'm sounding cheesy as hell, I admit) it just brought me some kind realization from my past moronic behaviour with regards to loving or at least my missconceptions about it. Just this little bit.

And I said mama, mama, mama, why am I so alone
I can't go outside
I'm scared I might not make it home
I'm alive, I'm alive
But I'm sinking in
If there's anyone at home at your place, darling
Why don't you invite me in?
Don't try to bleed me
I've been there before
And I deserve a little more

I belong in the service of the Queen
I belong anywhere but in between
She's been lying and I've been sinking
And I am the Rain King

Now sue me, or at least call me a moron, cheesy writer and whatnot, whatever.


Talk about going postal! I always thought that this expression was coined due to an extreme amount of exaggeration, but this news from the BBC is quite unsettling!

I would definitely appreciate if an american would tell me which other postal incidents like this occurred in order for the term "To go Postal" to have been created.

Friday, January 27, 2006

Private loving good for public speaking

This just in, it is actually good for you to have sex before you go out in public to give a speech. Well, I can only agree with this assertion, and it could not have been a more healthy option. So says the BBC.

I mean, some people take blood pressure pills like Propranolol or other heartbeat moderators, which I bet is not that good for you in the long run. On the other hand, I can see no long term hazards for love making (barring if you are really stupid, you know what I mean).

So female postgrads of the world, I know how hard presenting your thesis can be, but fear not, I am the good samaritan type and I am always happy to help out a damsel in distress.

Monday, January 23, 2006

La Paella a la Marinera

So this is my first incursion into Spanish cousine, and if I may say so myself, it was a damn success. Coincidentally, the Staff Club (local university restaurant) made the very same dish for lunch. I had it, and did not taste nearly as nice as my Paella, and did not look that nice as well. Posted by Picasa

Saturday, January 21, 2006

Rock Stars?

Looks like on of those cheesy covers of CDs from Rock bands in my home town. If I ever learn how to play any musical instrument and start a band, I might as well use this one. Posted by Picasa

Jesus is Alive in Camden Town!

Yeah man! I found Jesus! And in one of the most unusual places in the world. Camden Town, if you've been there, you know what I mean. Just a word of advice, DON'T try and talk to weird guys who mumble some shit to you there, unless of course you are interested in recreational chemicals. Posted by Picasa

A Mummy in the British Museum

Now these Egiptian mummy technicians were a bunch of sickos. Why the hell they had to "highlight" the woman's breasts. Was not that enough that she predated Silicone implants?!?!

Or was that vandalism from her discoverers?

No one knows... Posted by Picasa

Great Conquerors

Now here you can see a line of great coquerors: Alexander the Great, Felipe the Great and some unknown dude in the back. Posted by Picasa

The Rosetta Stone

Yess! The famous stone is in the British Museum, and I have photographed it (yeah, like it is a big deal). Well, it is anyway an important piece of history, and I felt really good having been there. Posted by Picasa

British Museum Reading Room

Very cool and historical place in the British Museum. Despite being located in one of the most representative countries of the capitalist world, this reading rooms had among its users Karl Marx (who wrote his most important book in these very tables, the original ones still there) and Lenin (under a false name).

Pretty Cool. Posted by Picasa

The British Museum

This is the main compartment of the British Museum, an incredibly interesting place in London. I could not have possibly have seen it all in a day, looked at just a couple of rooms before I left. Will definitely return there before my PhD is done. Posted by Picasa

Break step when marching over the bridge

Interesting warning in this bridge, over which I doubt troops would still march today. Posted by Picasa

A silly person in a silly situation

There you see me, trying to watch a whale swim through the Thames. Posted by Picasa

Cetaceans around the world mourn today

Today I went to London mostly for visiting the British Museum, but since the odd always attracts the curious and the simple minded (or both in my case), I went to check out for myself the whale that has made her way upstream the Thames. Quite a disappointing sight if you ask me. Don't take my word for it, look at this photo and decide for yourself, this is probably the best picture I managed to get of the cetaceanPosted by Picasa

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Chuck Norris Facts

This site is the most awesome piece of tribute to the Karate man! Successor to Bruce Lee and all around do gooder Chuck Norris!

And shame on you Fernando for not having sent this link to me before!

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

The filthy critic

This is a recomendation from my friend Paulo, The Filthy Critic a very "unique" perspective on move critic to say the least. It has some pearls of movie description like this one:

Bloodrayne sucks goat tits. It sucks shit and smelly ass. It sucks the husks off corn, the foreskin off dicks, the shit off the submissive in a Dirty Sanchez. It sucks harder and more sloppily than a Bennigan's waitress on her lunch break, but costs slightly less. It is, however, better than Alone in the Dark. That's not to say it's good, it's just that it's like getting a staph infection below the knee instead of the entire leg.

But if you overlook the wording it uses (which I find particularly funny, but some politically correct prudes might find offensive), it is a pretty honest review. And perhaps, not so incredibly, I agree on a lot of what this guy has to say about a load of new movies like Chronicles of Narnia.

Friday, January 06, 2006


Random though from my Irish friend from the department, Origami. Snazzy origami concept, Master Yoda origami model.

On top of that, a very twisted idea, from the same Irishman, origami porn. That's right, Origami Slap the Salami, it's amazing how people can and do twist everything. But I have to givem this one, it's damn original.

Thursday, January 05, 2006

Arc de Triomphe

The Arc de Triomphe on the distance, as seen from La Défense, from the same position the previous picture was taken. Posted by Picasa

La Grande Arche seen from La Défense

The previous arch, seen from the middle of the promenade. Posted by Picasa

Une Ange

A remarcable person, in a very interesting pose and lighting situation. Posted by Picasa

La Grande Arche

Behind me, the Arche de la Défense. An awesomely impressive monument in the axis of monuments in Paris. The sight of this building is completely overwhelming when you come out of the Metro station underneath it, the buildings around the Arche are also very impressive at night, creating an almost surreal environment for the person standing in the center of this great promenade. Posted by Picasa

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Sainte-Chapelle in evil backdrop

The cloudy skies of Paris at this time of the year and the city lights made an impressive effect upon this picture. Very gloomy, evil looking background. It almost looks like a Castlevania scenario. Pretty cool uh? Posted by Picasa

An entrance to the catacombs

This is one of the public entrances to the Paris network of underground tunnels. Geez I hoped I could get into that place, but I don't think this will happen this time. Got to hook up with the right set of people to be able to enter "alternatively" in such place. Posted by Picasa

Me and Our Lady

Again Notre Dame, but this time, with a sleepy-looking person next to it. Walking around town is cool, yet tiresome. Posted by Picasa

Notre Dame Cathedral

Since I've been working with a colleague of mine in LIP6 during the day, most of my pictures will be taken at night, which is in some ways good, as this picture looks very nice if I may say so myself.

Ancient Cathedrals are so gloomy at night, which I find particularly cool. Posted by Picasa

The Seine

Not much to say, just enjoy this night picture of the Seine at night. Behind me, Notre Dame cathedral, to my left, a very nice italian restaurant with a kickass view. Posted by Picasa

The Red Mill

I'm still mesmerised by the cool places in Pigalle, as you might have read, a very quiet neighbourhood (no kidding). Behind me, the Moulin Rouge, which you might remember from that LSD loaded musical from Baz Luhrmann. Unfortunately no Nicole Kidman lookalike floozie was there to meet me, but I'm still hopeful to find me a red-haired freckled beauty. Life goes on. Posted by Picasa

Le Sexodrome in Pigalle

So there was I in Pigalle, the red-light district in Paris. Pretty cool places to visit, and this particular one had something for just two bucks (€2)!! Well, I'm ready with my coins in hand to try that out. But unfortunately, even peep shows cost more than that. Posted by Picasa

French Military Victories

Behind me, a monument to Neapolio Imperator Avgvstvs (July Column) in the Place de la Bastille, right beside the Louvre. Essentially a monument to French military victories, though albino black sheep might differ (check link). Posted by Picasa

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Le Mort

Incredibly interesting stained-glass window in a church in the Place des Abbesses. I always found it very interesting the way in which french sacred artwork mixes grim images with your traditional catholic art. This one is no exception, hopefully I will remember the church name to put a proper link on this post. Posted by Picasa

Démarrer Martre

Well, you can tell by my cheerie face that climbing the stairs to the Martyrs Mount in Paris is a very exciting business, but come on, I was not paying to go through the Funiculaire!


Yeah, damn right you are! Posted by Picasa