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  Honesta Mente

Brazilian programmer, I live in Champaign, IL. I write what I feel like writing, whenever I have a need to write.

Monday, November 24, 2003

You say you want a revolution?

You can tell how important a piece of technology is by how much it changes people. The first personal computer, the Apple II, was very important in that it changed people's perceptions about computers, from something huge that would occupy an entire floor to a box that sits on a desk. The first Mac changed perceptions again when computers were suddenly friendly, graphical, for everyone, not just the geeks. Those are actual technological revolutions, because they change things as they are perceived by everyone.

More important than those, a cultural revolution fueled by a technological marvel is more rare. The advents of cinema and the automobile changed a lot more than the personal computer, in the sense that people now had places to make out away from home and yet in somewhat private surroundings, which in the Belle Epoque provoked an entire liberation of senses. The first 14 years of the 20th century were probably more liberating in many ways than the 60s, but that was diminished violently by the first world war. What is a cultural revolution if not a change in people's minds so deep that changes their inherent behaviour to that point? I am talking about an actual revolution in thought, not the one forced by the chinese red army.

Well, the iPod might do it. Yeah, I can hear everyone say it's only a simple MP3 player. But it isn't. It's an MP3 player that is stupidly popular, especially in the young layers of the american society. It's also deeply rooted in the Mac community, that likes the term revolution as kids like candy. It connects to the iTunes Music Store, that in itself is amazing, Apple somehow convincing the RIAA that selling high-quality songs with a simplistic encoding scheme would be any different than Napster. But more than all of that, it is slowly changing people.

Yes, I said the iPod is changing people, stop rolling your eyes and read on...

The american culture is a very private one, albeit very open in friendly circles. It is a strange dicothomy, in that it is really difficult to trust someone but once trust's first barriers are overcome, it is a free for all. One finds it difficult to make many good friends in America, but the few that become good friends, become extremely good friends, much closer and open than one would expect. I say that with the eyes of someone that comes from a society with far less barriers for first contact, but some more for deeper contact. An example of that cultural trait is a show like Seinfeild, which clearly shows that something as small as noticing a girl's hands being bigger than usual would make some guy break off a relationship, as in the "man-hands" episode. We laugh because it's funny, but we also laugh because it could be true.

Well, the iPod is changing this, in its own way. As Wired shows, people are walking calmly down the street when a stranger comes to them, unplugs their headphones and offer the jacks to complete strangers, in a strange comunal music introduction ceremony. Plus some people are conjecturing about a possible wireless next step to the iPod, which would definitely make the iPod community a real one.

For communities to develop, there must be some form of communication besides having something in common. The iPod users have iPods, which is cool, they already have something in common. However, there is no form of communication. A wireless connection would allow for that moment in the subway where everyone that has an iPod could be bouncing to the same beat, sent by some young kid in the back, or the 80-year-old lady who idolizes Billie Holliday. Can't you just see the commercial? Yes, that would be amazing. Another insanely great idea, and relatively simple. I wonder why they did not make it yet.

In the meantime, little by little, the iPod is changing culture to a more open standpoint. As far as I'm concerned, that is always a good thing.

by Mau on 11/24/2003 07:17:00 AM | #
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Saturday, November 22, 2003

Today, I miss her

Yesterday I went through the day missing her
Today, I miss her

This morning I woke up missing her smell

Missing the curve of her waist
The smile on her face
The hair that flows with seemless waste

Some days I live and I don't see her
I am too busy, too busy, too busy
Too busy, too busy, too busy

I should never be too busy

Busy I am, nevertheless
For I will never see her chest
While I live where oldies drive sightless

It's a cause and consequence for the living
The same that eventually ends the living
I am not getting any younger
She's not getting any younger
We're just living

I want more
I want a lot more
I want waaaaaay more
I will have more, soon

I won't miss her tomorrow
I missed her yesterday
Today, I miss her

by Mau on 11/22/2003 07:29:00 AM | #
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Friday, November 21, 2003


It's official, I will be personal. After all, the only comments I have ever received happened when I was talking about personal emotions. The last one as well. Thanks, Aninha. Therefore...

I'm watching the MTV Europe Music Awards. Ok, anything that is hosted by Christina Aguilera can't be expected to have any content. But I'd like to leave a comment to any and all rap stars out there that seem to be asking if I know what they are saying every other sentence:

I know what you're saying! You're saying gibberish!

There, I feel better...

Now, a comment to salespeople everywhere:

Remember when your mom and dad used to tell you that lying was a bad thing? That has not changed!

Stop lying, salespeople. Seriously... Nothing is as aggravating as being the subject of a lie and lying will send a customer away faster than you can say "read the fine print". You're lying and you know it. So stop it. Nobody reads the goddam fine print and there should be a law to throw in jail people that tell you you're buying something and write fine print that tells you different, specifically when it has to do with computer products. So, if you're still reading this rant, don't buy the CompUSA warranty if you have a Mac. I have heard horror stories and I was told one thing when I bought my laptop and another when I needed to use the warranty. So, as far as I'm concerned, I'm only buying Macs in an Apple Store.

by Mau on 11/21/2003 08:32:00 AM | #
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Wednesday, November 12, 2003

A change might do you good

I believe I should be writing more personal things here.

I believe I should be writing in English, since my Brazillian friends understand it and my american friends can get it as well.

I believe I might be due for a change soon...

I think I'll change "my clothes, my hair, my face" as in the Springsteen song, only in a blogger way, by probably changing the template and perhaps the name... we'll see...

Tell me what you think...

by Mau on 11/12/2003 12:23:00 PM | #
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Wednesday, November 05, 2003

Thus Spake the Oracle!

Ainda de olho nos e-mails antigos, dei de cara com posts do Internet Oracle. Na época, era o Usenet Oracle, mas os tempos mudam... de qualquer forma, achei particularmente interessantes essas duas respostas:

The Usenet Oracle has pondered your question deeply.
Your question was:

> Oh, all powerful Oracle, whose toe nail clippings I am not worthy
> enough to grind onto my chicken pot pie:
> I suspect that Bill Gates of Microsoft is really a Lemur. Is this
> true? Does his wife know?

And in response, thus spake the Oracle:

Lemurs are of the prosimian branches of the ape family (as opposed to
the arthropoid branches, wherein reside humans). The were so named
because the appeared to the Romans to be the spirits of the unburied
dead. The are extremely territorial and possessive and spend the
entire day eating and making haunting noises to warn off potential
intruders/thieves. As they walk, they urinate on their own paws so
that their scent will be everywhere they have walked, thereby marking
off their territories with widely recognized signs.

It is sometimes difficult to tell what Bill Gates is...I presume he's
some sort of ape. He appears to the public to be some sort of
demonic programmer. He is extremely territorial and possessive and
will sue anyone who "steals his programs." As he codes, he marks
every line he has typed with widely recognized copyright symbols.

Hmmm. Could be.

The Usenet Oracle has pondered your question deeply.
Your question was:

> Dear Oracle,
> Is it just me, or is Bill Gates actually Satan whom is
> coming from his fiery hell to drag all of humanity down with him, and
> use our souls as he pleases for eternity?
> - A religous assasin
> (who is waiting)

And in response, thus spake the Oracle:


William H. Gates III, Chairman of Microsoft Corporation,and Lucifer
Satan, chairman of Hell Ltd., have announced the merger of the two
companies. Satan will be given the title of "Vice President for
Corruption" at Microsoft.

Wall Street looks favorably upon this merger as Microsoft's control of
the material world will now be supplemented by Hell's control over the

"When we agree on methods and motivation, there is no need for us to
compete further", said Gates.

"As an original investor in Microsoft, I have been delighted with its
progress and welcome the opportunity to work with its clients at a more
intimate level", said Satan.

Philippe Kahn, President of Borland International, and Yahweh Elohim,
chairman of Heaven Associates, were not available for comment.
Speculation is rife that a merger between Word Perfect and the Angel
Moroni is to be formalized this week.

PC Week, 3/12/94

by Mau on 11/05/2003 11:07:00 AM | #
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Tuesday, November 04, 2003

Good luck Mr. Gorsky

Isso é um e-mail que recebi, pela primeira vez, vindo de Israel, em Maio de 96. Eu tava pegando meus e-mails velhos e dei de cara, achei que valia um post:

Although everyone remembers Neil Armstrong's "one small step for man, one gigantic step for mankind" phrase, rather fewer listeners noticed an enigmatic remark he made at the end of this moon walk - "Good luck Mr. Gorsky".

Staff at Nasa assumed it was an in-joke addressed to a rival Soviet cosmonaut. They quickly discovered though that there was no Gorsky on either the American or Soviet space programme. Over the years Armstrong has always refused to elucidate - until recently that is as since Mr. Gorsky had died, all could be revealed.

When he was a boy, Armstrong was playing baseball with his brother in the back yard when the ball landed below the neighbour's bedroom window - the neighbours in question being Mr. and Mrs Gorsky. As young Neil leaned down to pick up the ball, he heard Mrs Gorsky shouting at her husband,

"Oral sex? Oral sex? You'll get oral sex when the kid next door walks on the moon!"

by Mau on 11/04/2003 05:18:00 PM | #
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