Monday, May 23, 2011

Movie - Man bites dog

Man bites dog is movie about making a movie, a documentary, to be precise. Its about Ben, who let a crew of filmmakers follow and recording his moves. Why? Ben is a charismatic and vain man who has a unusual way to make money. He is a killer, and he is really good at it. Ben is also a philosofer, art critic, musician, poet and a good son. So, why not make a movie about him?

Friday, May 20, 2011

Brazil, Brazil

I would like to talk with you about my country, Brazil. You guys have probably heard of our carnival, our soccer, our women and that wild animals roam freely on the streets. Also, if you come to Brazil someday, please do not feed the animals, especially the monkeys. But what do you know about Brazilian music? Caetano Veloso, Chico Buarque, Gilberto Gil? Good, but do you know Secos & Molhados?

Any semelhance with Kiss is just a coincidence

The band was formed in 1972, with a mix of psychedelic pop, folk and glam rock (with strong riffs, strong make-up and bizarre outfits). They released only two albums before they got disbanded (in 1974), but it was enough to have great influence on brazilian music until today. Well, no more talk, you've got to hear them.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

pinpim my blogger part 1: free templates

First of all, do you know html? Neither do I, but we don't need to master html or css to make a good blog. All you need is patience and willpower. There's no time for laziness.
Where to start? Assuming that you've already done the most basic things like filling up your profile and keep your archive acessible, you may want to deal with design.
Having a relevant layout is necessary. You want people to remember your blog and not feeling  Déjàvu. There are various ways to achieve that. The easy one is getting a template from web, you just have to search for "blogger templates". After you find a good template,  download and unzip it.

Now go to your dashboard > design > edit html. Before you do anything, you may want make a backup of your now old template, just in case something goes wrong or you want use it again. Now, look for you new XML template. Upload.

Follow the steps

If you see a warning like this:

Click "Keep Widgtes".

Now your blog has a free (and maybe unique) template. BUT BE CAREFUL: free templates often come with unwanted advertising and other unwanted widgets that will mess up your blog. Get ride of them!

Like I said before, that is the easy way, but is NOT the best way to improve your blog. In the next posts I will talk about other ways.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

pimpin my blogger: Intro

Firstly, thanks for visiting. Having readers is important, but I feel that the aesthetics of my blog is not as good as expected. To have a successful blog takes a lot more than just content, so I'm looking for ways to make the blog more presentable. We cannot just ignore the aesthetics, so I decided to do a series of posts about how to improve the experience on blogspot. I hope to help newbies like me as well. So, stay tuned and prepared for great changes!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Why should you read Homunculus?

If you think that mangas=shit, maybe this one can change your mind. Homunculus was created by Hideo Yamamoto and  it's about a homeless man called Susumu Nakoshi, who lives in a car. He agrees to do, for cach, a surgical intervention called 'trepanning", in which a hole of 3mm is drilled in the skull to relieve pressure and increase the flow of the blood to the brain. This process, in theory, should elevate brain's activity to a higher level, "develop the sixth sense".

After surgery, Nakoshi starts to have hallucinations when closing his right eye. He sees people around him as deformed monsters, which are later described as disorders of the mind of these people. Mostly, childhood traumas. There're many references to Freud and Jung's psychoanalysis, making the plot more real and interesting without hampering the understanding.

This plot serves as a background for the true nature of Homunculus. This is not a manga about having super powers, deal with them (Peter Parker, I'm looking at you) and fight some bad guys who says "this cannot be happening, I am invincible ". While getting involved with others' problems, Nakoshi will inevitably have to confront his own traumas.

Björk + Dirty Projectors = awesomeness

Dirty Projectors is my favourite experimental band. Björk is one of the most respect artist of our time. The two together couldn't be nothing less than awesome. Releasing an album to save the whales? The better. Mount Wintenberg Orca hasn't only 7 tracks, It's seven PERFECT in a row.  If you like good music, with good voices and easy to listen, that's what you are looking for.

Let's Go

So, I'm starting a blog again. This time, for real. Actually, this is an experimental blog. There's a lot of things to talk about. I'll talk about music, cinema... things that may interest you and I hope to improve my english as well. Stay tuned for updates.