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Some meta notices; I added 3 new menus on the bar at the left.

  • Things being consumed. This here will show what is in my plate right now, it will probably be a book and a video game since those usually stay longer “in transit” but might include some TV show that I’m watching.
  • Next in the nightstand. Straight up what I am planning to read up next.
  • Everything I want to read, trying to pick what is next. A very long list of the things I want to read next, after the book shown above.

My idea is to update this just items just as I am doing it in real life. We will see how it goes.

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Written by geminiman

August 30, 2010 at 11:28 am

Posted in House Cleaning

Lovley day for a Guinness

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Veamos que tan horrible sale esto en español.

Así que dicen por ahí que llega el momento en la vida de cada niño donde se hace hombre. Deja de ser libre sin responsabilidades y empieza a ser esclavo de su propia vida adulta. Primero me amenazaron con ese cuento cuando pase a la prepa, después cuando llegue a la carera y después cuando me hice ingeniero. Cuando me mude de mi casa. Y ninguna de esas veces lo eh sentido como realidad. Es increíble como uno se la pasa esperando a que llegue algo y de repente se encuentra viviéndolo.

En fin, en la continua búsqueda por algo más decidí que era tiempo de tener una mascota y obviamente por ahí salieron los incrédulos diciendo que era mucha responsabilidad. No siento que sea lo imposible que dicen, pero si es toda una experiencia.

Nunca me han gustado los perros chicos, para mí un perro tiene que defender la casa, y ser un desmadre. Cuando era chico teníamos un Doberman que obviamente mi mama término regalando, porque era todo un desmadre ese perro.

Resulta de tal suerte que una amiga mía tiene una perrita Pastor Alemán que justo había cruzado cuando yo andaba con la espinita de buscar un “mejor amigo.”

Mira no rompo ni un plato!

Y dicho y hecho un par de meses después de esto, aparece Guinness en mi casa. Obviamente como buen ingeniero que soy para este día ya había usado el poder del internet, y una rápida “googleada” me escupió mil y un artículos sobre lo que me esperaba y todo lo necesario para hacer feliz a mi nuevo perro.

No quería pasar por lo mismo que paso cuando en mi casa tuvimos un perro, donde llegamos al punto de que mi mama no lo aguantaba y lo terminamos regalando. Aunque yo estaba chico, pues en realidad no hice mucho por de verdad cuidar y entrenar a ese perro. Y ahora que lo pienso si quede un poco traumado por el hecho. Así que decidí prepararme como pudiera y hacer todo lo posible para que no pasara lo mismo.

Aunque sé que hay muchos incrédulos y veo en el cybermundo que los perros ah tomado el lugar prácticamente de hijos y que a veces viven mas cómodos que uno, yo soy de la mentalidad de que el perro a fin de cuentas viene de un animal salvaje y que el estar a fuera no lo va a ofender ni a lastimar, después de todo, yo creo que preferiría estar afuera que encerrado todo el día entre 4 paredes.

Así que por no gastar en una casa de perro decidí construí algo yo mismo.

Buen chiste verdad?

Y aunque no son tan malas mis habilidades de construcción, el punto es que el perro no se queda tamaño cachorro, y ese fue un error que cometí, los platos, la correa, el collar todo era para tamaño cachorro, pensando en que el perro al menos tomaría de 12 a 18 meses en crecer. Y  si alguien que sabe de perros me lo hubiera advertido nos hubiéramos dado cuenta que eso era un completo error.

No sera mitad conejo?

Pero como dicen en Jurassic Park: la naturaleza sigue su curso y a fin de cuentas el perro no va a dejar de ser perro, el hace lo que la naturaleza le dice, y el hace saber que es lo que necesita de una forma o otra. Haciendo mucho desmadre, ladrando, llorando, o tranquilo uno se trata de adelantar a lo que va a necesitar el perro para que tenga un comportamiento conveniente para nosotros. Aunque siempre hay que acordarnos también de lo que es conveniente para ellos.

Lo bueno es que mi perro está completamente loco.  Ni el frio ni la lluvia lo aplacan. Cero grados por la mañana y el en medio del patio esperando su desayuno y su paseo mañanero. 3 días lloviendo, y él decide para no aburrirse hacer pozos en el pateo, deja tu el taparse de la lluvia en su casita. (Si termine comprándole una casa de perro y una almohada de perros gigante).

30 kilos de puro desmadre

En fin, los 8 meses que van de compañía con Guinness han sido toda una experiencia, de verdad es la entrada a todo un mundo del que nunca me imagine. Recuerdo un capitulo de Seinfield, donde a Jerry le proponen hacer el famoso Ménage à trois y una de las razones que le da a George es que tendría que entrar a todo ese mundo, solamente podría tener amigos de ese tipo, etc. Aunque es una comparación bastante mala y un poco sucia la idea es la misma. Cuando tienes una mascota la gente se te acerca como si fueran super amigos, te piden consejos, te dan consejos, te dicen que tu perro esta bonito, que si es puro, que si esto, que lo otro.  De repente sin darte cuenta empiezas a usar un lenguaje diferente y palabras y discusiones que jamás pensé que tendría, uno termina haciéndose de platicas con extraños solo porque tienen un perro o perra.

Y aunque de verdad es un trabajo mas no hay nada como reírse después de los desmadres que hace un perro, algo que vez en la tele y no crees que te puede pasar, como romper la llave del agua con la cadena del perro. Pero si algo vale la pena es la compañía y el tener un vehículo para tener experiencias diferentes y nuevas. Poder decir a tus hijos, nietos, sobrinos yo alguna ves tuve un perro. Yo alguna ves quise construir una casa para perros. Yo alguna vez tuve que pagar a un plomero para que arreglara llave y poderme bañar como persona normal.

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February 20, 2010 at 3:43 pm

El PRIismo a vuelto

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Un “rant” rápido, antes que me olvide lo que quiero decir.

El regreso del PRI es anunciado a través de los medios, anunciado como la 2nda llegada del mesías, o como la llegada del apocalipsis. Depende de que “escuelita” sea el medio donde lo leas o veas, depende el mensaje que uno se lleva. Lo que eh notado como dato curioso, un suspiro al final de la noticia es la mención de que los porcentajes de votos nulos incluso superan los porcentajes de votos para algunos partidos.

Pero, ¿Se sienten orgullosos de eso? Supongo que la idea del movimiento de voto nulo era el dejar un mensaje. Creo que el mensaje se dio, pero, ¿a qué costo?

¿Quienes fueron los que tomaron parte en el movimiento del voto nulo? Aquellos que subieron sus fotos al Twitter. Gente con conocimientos tecnológicos, con acceso a internet, celular con cámara y capaz de subir foto. Gente que creo yo haría una decisión informada al momento de escoger regidores.

¿Quien le dio el triunfo al PRI? Pensemos en Nuevo León. N.L. es un estado históricamente PRIista. La raza, la gente que va a vota sin importar que, a los que les prometen despensas, les compran sus votos, esa gente es del PRI. Esa gente no fue a anular su voto, no fueron a dibujar “fail whales” ni tomarle fotos a sus boletas. Esa raza voto por el PRI.

No vengo a decirles que es bueno o malo, no soy partidario de ninguno de los dos. Pero ahí está el precio de dar el mensaje. Y la pregunta más importante será, ¿alguien de verdad va a notar lo paso aquí? ¿Cambiara algo para las próximas elecciones presidenciales?

Written by geminiman

July 6, 2009 at 8:53 pm

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The Time Traveler’s Wife

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Like I’ve written before, I am a sucker for time traveling, and to finish this little trifecta of time traveling reviews I give you The Time Traveler’s Wife.  A novel by author Audrey Niffenegger, who gives us the tale of Henry DeTamble who has a genetic disorder which unexpectedly causes him to time travel without control, and the love of his life Clare Abshire who’s life is interviewed with that of Henry’s from different times. This isn’t a time travel story in pure sci-fi “conventions”. This is not to say this isn’t sci-fi, because, well, there is time traveling involved. The time displacement is just a plot device there to help tell a deeper story, based more on characters and their relations between each other.

There is some time traveling rules that are followed in the novel. My favorite by far it the Terminator rule, where time traveling happens naked, and you are not allowed to bring anything to and from the future, or past. And like the beginning of every Terminator movie, Henry has to go trough all of the trouble of not being seen running around naked like a mad man. Every single time he travels. This of course makes Henry develop certain skills, like lock-picking, pickpocketing, fighting, and generally just running around surviving. The second main rule used in the novel is that no matter how hard you try, or what you do, there is no way to change what ever happened: no changing the past, no affecting the future, nothing. “Causality runs forward” says Henry.

This of course helps to pose the usual questions of choice and free will. There is an accident early in Henry’s life that he keeps coming back to. Useless as he cannot change anything, but haunting his life everyday.

Like I said, this is basically a love story of 2 people weaving in and out of each others life until the moment is finally right for them to be together in the now. I read on the wikipedia article that the author was in some sort of bad moment of her romantic life and used the time traveling as a metaphor for people being apart and getting close. Like anything in wikipedia this may or may not be true, but I can definitely see it in the writing.

This maybe just because of my own romantic mind set at the moment but I think we can all relate to the sort of time traveling made by Henry here. As we all do it at one point or another. For example, we might get thinking about an incident, a defining moment on a past relationship, you think about it long enough that you remember every single detail, as if you were there watching. You think about the things you should have said, or done differently. You try to warn yourself about the things that will happened after, and because of that moment. But in the end it is all a futile attempt to change things that already happened. In the novel Henry goes trough this many times and is forced to watch, or even interact in these situations, knowing what is going to happen and completely unable to change any detail.

This is a decent work of literature, one that can be examined and studied with ease. There is some missed opportunities, I think, with themes and character development that would’ve gone a long way.  There is a whole layer of art, and music, both classical and punk going on in the book, which music fans will eat it up. And helps give the characters a more 3d feel.

The ending left me sort of unsatisfied, but not because it is a bad ending in anyway. And now as I sit here thinking about it, I realize that it is an ending to the love story, a very good one. But no ending to the sci-fi part of it.

I do recommend this book. It is a fun and quick read. And it will make a great gift for your wife or girlfriend and something for you to share with her.  I was thinking how it could probably work well as a movie. Sure enough there seems to be one coming this August, with Erick Bana (modern Hulk) and Rachel McAdams (cute girl from many movies). Which thank god I read about it after I finished the book or it would’ve destroyed the way I imagined the characters. Which now I have ruined for everyone else.

And I’m done. Read a book!

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June 21, 2009 at 7:02 pm

Life on Mars

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*Big time spoilers read at your own risk*

I am a sucker for time traveling. If there is some sort of time displacement story involved I will watch the movie, read the book, or devour an entire season of anything. From Billy and Ted to Lost, to Quantum Leap, and Donnie Darko. I love a good Time traveling TV series. And we are lacking serialized time traveling. Lost made it awesome this year with season 5. But it is a shame that sci fi shows like this end up getting canceled.

Life on Mars is one of these shows, originaly a BBC series that did very well on the UK eventually spawning a 2nd series based on the same universe. ABC “ported” it to the USA where it ran for one season only. Fortunately writers of this kind of shows tend to like giving their series some kind of closure and everything was nicely wrapped in the end.

The story follows Sam Tyler a New York city cop in 2008 who gets ran over by a car and wakes up in New York in 1973. Inexplicably there he has an apartment ready for him and a job as a detective transferring from a place called Hyde. There he works under the L.T. Gene Hunt, a rough sort of old school cop trying to keep order in the city, but who doesn’t care much about police procedures and professionalism, in a way Sam is used to from living the job in 2008. He also works alone side fellow detectives Ray Carling and Chris Skelton. Ray is the macho anti-feminist cop and Chris place the rookie Jr detective. And there it also policewomen Annie Norris who plays the independent woman of the 70s trying to make it in a world exclusive for men.

Each week Sam takes on a different case where he uses his modern detective skills to help him solve the mysteries. While most of the cases have some sort of connection to his future life. Other give him glimpse and clues from the future, like visions of modern events, robots and space gadgets. And of course like any time traveling story worthwhile there are the interconnections with Sam’s own past. He eventually meets his mother and helps her while investigating his father realizing that his was a criminal, and the reason why he left his wife and kid when Sam was young. (He actually uses the name Luke Skywalker as to conceal his real name to his parents).

The final episode wraps everything up, kind of in a rush, but gives answers to everything in a way. Sam’s dad kidnaps him and tries to kill him even knowing that somehow this is his kid from the future. The whole conflict is really about Sam’s issues with his father, the 2 father-like figures in Sam’s world are in a sort of race for Sam’s life. One one side is the criminal and evil dad who Sam resents for leaving him since he was little. And on the other side is Gene Hunt, who acts as a harsh but fair protector of Sam. The sort of father Sam kinda wished he had. In the end Gene kills Sam’s dad before he has a chance to kill Sam, winning over Sam’s life.

The big reveal comes at the end, Sam is standing at the edge of a rooftop convinced that it is the only way home. Annie tries to talk him out of it, but Sam convinces her and they both jump and the reveal comes to us. Turns out everything was a computer generated dream. Sam wakes up in a spaceship on the first maned mission to mars. Turns out there was a computer malfunction that the scenario Sam had chosen was corrupted and to avoid a fatality the computer had to reset the fantasy. Everyone Sam worked with turns out to be astronauts on the spaceship. Including Gene, who turns out to be Sam’s actual dad. Hyde turns out to be the name of the ship, and 2b, Sam’s apartment is actually the number on the pod Sam was sleeping.

The whole “it was all just a dream” is a pretty weak as far as plot lines go, and has used many times. But understandably it had to be done, and it wraps up nicely with all the hints delivered during the show. The vision of space rovers, robots, and the constant hint of Sam and spaceships. So in the end we getting everything tied up in a bow and conveniently delivered to us.

The show is worth watching it, the music is excellent and representative of the times. And the acting is all around very good. While the ending is not the most imaginative one it answers all questions, and doesn’t really leave us with questions and unsatisfied. Definitely worth a rental, or at least a few nights of bittorent if that is your thing.

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June 14, 2009 at 9:18 pm

Batman: The Long Halloween

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Wow, it has been ridiculously long since I posted something here, even then I did not post much before abandoning the blog. Well either way I am back, so lets get cracking.  Someone might actually care about my writing.

Batman: The Long Halloween is a Batman story with villains, mobsters and serial killers. A great detective store grounded in what feels to me a lot like classic episodes of The Batman animated series.

TLH begins like every mob story begins since the Godfather, a mob wedding. From there it tells us the story of Batman, Jim Gordon and D.A. Harvey Dent trying to save Gotham from the grip of organize crime.  The catalyst of the story is the appearance of a serial killer, named Holiday who starts killing mobster, every month on a holiday staring with Halloween. The story unfolds throughout a year as everybody tries to get ahead of the killings.

This is an all out Batman story where all of the familiar villains show up at one point or another, where everybody is a suspect and at the end of the year Batman gets a new villain, and Gotham looses its grip of the Mob, but falls in the hands of the “freaks.”

The story also helps as an origins story for Two-Face. I remember Two-Face being my least favorite of the villains when watching the Batman cartoons. But I never realized how deep of a character it really was.

We have two normal guys: Bruce, and Dent who make an oath to themselves to try and save Gotham from the darkness. They both get caught up in the middle of a war, a war for the city, but also a war with themselves. They agree to bend rules, but never break them. But how far can you bend something before it snaps? Dent gets caught up in all, and when everything starts getting personal for him, he is to far in to be able to escape from falling into the “dark side.”

This could have happen to Bruce too, but the difference between this 2 normal guys is the Batman.  By having Batman, Bruce can let this side of the personality take most of the hits, but he balances it all because the real Bruce Wayne is still “clean.”  The Bruce that saw his parents murdered is there to prevent Batman from going to the other side, it prevents Bruce from crossing that line into villainy.

This also provides a reason as to the importance for a superhero to have a secret identity.  Whenever a heroic character turns to the other side it is when the danger of their hero life starts affecting their private life. Batman can deal with all of it because The Batman personality of Bruce is separated from the rest of his life. No matter how dark everything becomes, or how much he bends the rules in the end there is the comfort of going back to a semi-normal way of life where he is not always around, death, freaks and nightmares. Something Harvey Dent didn’t have here. He took his work home, his wife was endangered and in the end his life was threatened. The is no escaping that. It doesn’t get any more personal than that and the anger and the thirst of revenge turned Harvey Dent into one of the greatest Batman villains.

Unless you are crazy enough to not have seen The Dark Knight movie you will see how much from the comic is in the movie. The whole Harvey story in The Dark Knight, was my favorite part of the movie and I think it is because the character of Two-Face/Harvey Dent works so well to create a bridge, between the old-school gangster Gotham City into the new no-rules “freak-fest” it becomes. It helps to keep the story as grounded as it can possible be. It gives Batman a real, human, and complicated foe. And it is an example of the many things to come, of how easily a regular guy can turn into a super-villain.

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May 17, 2009 at 12:35 pm

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Back in Bussines

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I know I promised myself I would abandon this project like all the rest, and here I am, months after my last post.

While I don’t fell particularly bad seeing as I do not have any readers at all,  I do fell like I’m letting myself down. I’ve always had hopes of Internet fame, as trivial and mundane as that sounds. But I cannot bear myself to promote my blog, even to my friends, as I fell that there is nothing of usefulness in reading it. So I will keep updating this as much as I can, for myself, and hopefully when there is enough quality of entertainment people will come, and I won’t fell guilty for promoting myself

Anyways, I’ve been up to a lot lately so I will have plenty to talk about.

Here is a quick preview of what will come, based and everything I’ve been doing:

  • I got a Xbox 360
  • Got Halo
  • Played some Bioshock
  • Finished Assassins Creed
  • Finished Portal, HL2, Episode 1 and 2
  • Finished Super Mario Galaxy
  • Played Zelda DS
  • Got Mass Effect
  • Got Call of Duty 4
  • Read American Gods
  • Read Batman: Long Halloween and Batman: Dark Victory
  • Read Wicked
  • Read the last issue of Y: The Last Man

So hopefully a lot of updates will be coming over the next days, and the dust will clear of this blog.

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February 8, 2008 at 1:20 pm