Monday, October 4, 2010

This made me laugh so much...

This was the funniest video I've watched lately on Youtube, and considering I'm a FFVII fan and I love Sephiroth to death, I have to say that a cloudxsephiroth is always amusing. Enjoy!

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Germany vs Argentina?

Oh yeah.

(I do not claim property of this image, it was forwarded to me by an unknown source)

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Half Life

I usually don't like FPS games, I find them mindless and shallow. But sometimes a game comes around that completely absorbs me, and that was the Half Life series.

Due to my long standing addiction to WoW, which has subsided on the past month or so (raiding is boring, I still arena but I'm mainly waiting for the xpac), I never played many other games on the side. I have an obsessive-compulsive behavior when it comes to gaming, and I usually pour myself into one and only one game at a time. And when that's an MMO, well, I miss out a lot of other games. But I'm trying to correct that right now.

Half Life has that one feature in games I'm most interested in: storyline. Being a hardcore RPG fan, I'm a sucker for good stories. I don't even care if the controls are bad, or if the graphics are lame. If it has a great storyline, that's all that matters. And so it was with HL. I enjoyed the games very much. The story is compelling, and made me want to keep going just to know what would happen to the main character and the rest related to him. The weapon choices were fun, but they weren't a defining factor (but I did have a fav. weapon, the standard, trustworthy shotgun, nothing more satisfying than annihilating living people AND undeads in their faces with one shot). The gameplay is also satisfying, it rewards smart moves and tactics over mindless, careless "rain of bullets", although I did resource to that a couple of times. Having a quick save/load helps a lot too haha.

I'm not going to go through the storyline here, because if anyone who's interested in playing reads this, I want him/her to do the discovery on their own. I'm just going to say that is completely worth it, and there's a reason why this game is part of the "must play" list.

And in a more personal view, Gordon Freeman is hot. Despite the fact that you NEVER see him in the game, and he never, ever talks, he's still a physicist researcher who kicks ass with weapons. Like a jock with brains. I bet he's as fast to kill zombies as he is to solve difficult equations. If I was Alyx Vance I'd have screwed him the first moment I had the chance. Ok, I'll stop.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Football World Cup 2010!!

I'm not a very assiduous football follower (and yes, football, cause THAT'S WHAT IT IS DAMMIT), but I always look forward to the World Cup. Everybody gathers around to watch these games, and they're entertaining no matter if you are with the teams that are playing or you don't care about them. The matches are interesting by themselves. And I have to add, a bunch of cute guys too heh.

In my case, it has an extra meaning. I'm a chilean living in Texas. Football (soccer) isn't common here. So watching it makes me feel at home again. Specially watching it in spanish. English announcers don't have the spark and the familiarity that latin american announcers have. So I've been following it on the spanish spoken channels they broadcast here. And I just get a kick out of the comments and jokes and the always expected long shout after a goal. It makes me feel in Chile again. And of course I'm waiting for those matches in where my country's team plays. I'll be up no matter what time it is, cheering for them!

Good luck to all of the countries participating in the World Cup!

PS: Go go nordic teams and their blond players! :P

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Dragon Age Origins: Awakening

I just finished the xpac for Dragon Age Origins. Good story. You can pick it up with the character you played with in the original game, or make a new one. Of course is not as long as the original game, but it adds nice content and it has alternative endings depending on what paths you chose. If you get DAO, you should get the xpac too!

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Dragon Age: Origins!!

I haven't posted a thing lately, because I became totally obsessed with Dragon's Age: Origins. Ahhh, good old RPGs, they always get me. I won't say a thing about it because I don't want to spoil anything, but is a great great game and I recommend it!

All I have to say about it, is <3 Alistair!!

There are a lot more at Aimo's DeviantArt website, visit it for a good laugh! (All of the work posted here and on that site belongs to Aimo and I claim no property whatsoever of it)

Tuesday, May 11, 2010


I made a necklace, more specifically a choker, and I added my beloved dragon to it. Check it out

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Computer support!

And that's, indeed, the whole science of it

(From the xkcd webcomic website:

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Humankind in space, a vision of a man, and the hopes of a species

I just finished reading Pale Blue Dot, a vision of the human future in space, written by Carl Sagan. Right now Sagan is kind of a hero of mine, he's a huge source of inspiration, and I love the way he walks you through mathematical, astronomical and biological issues to show you the shortcomings and potential of this species called humans, in relation of spacefaring and exploration of new worlds.

Right now, I believe we're amidst a crucial moment in our history, as Sagan writes in this book and many others. We have the technology, the science and the power to change so many things for better, and yet the same tools can be used to completely wipe us out of the face of the Earth. It is up to us as a collective consciousness, to "wise up" and not destroy ourselves, to leave aside petty greed and lack of long term planning. But would that ever happen? Humans are clearly known for repeating the same mistakes over and over through history. Will we ever learn? It makes me think that the key for us as a species to actually get out and explore/colonize other planets is not only technology, but surviving ourselves.

It is also interesting to think about the subject of other intelligent beings out there in space. I'm a 100% sure they do exist. I refuse to believe we're the one and only intelligent (and I also question that) species in this vast universe. There are millions of stars in this galaxy, and there are millions of other galaxies. A lot of that large number of stars have planets around them. Why only us? it doesn't seem logic.

But leaving that aside, and assuming they do exist, and they're more advanced technologically than us, if they found us without us knowing, what would they do? Some days ago I was watching Larry King on CNN, and Stephen Hawking was there, talking about this same subject, together with several other specialists in astronomy (Mishio Kaku was there too, a theoretical physicist that I also like very much because of his ways to approach "common" people into science). He suggested that we should be careful about approaching other intelligent beings, because they might actually be a threat to us. Although I don't intend to fall in the naive view of that extraterrestrial beings will come here offering us peace and love, I also don't buy the idea of them coming to Earth, kill us all and take our resources. That's so, SO, human to do. WE do that. WE are very well known to have done that in the past, in the present and possibly in the future. Other beings might not. The Earth doesn't offer any resource besides biological life, that other planets with no population might have. Isn't it much better to go somewhere else and NOT deal with earthling natives for resources? I feel that's a much easier and logical way to do it. Or if they discover us, and they just feel like studying us, they really don't need to meddle with earthly affairs. We might not even find out they're around.

Or on a third scenario, they might just take one look at us, and conclude we're so backwards and messed up as species, that they'll just leave us alone and go other ways. Right now, the only threat we pose to others is to ourselves. If extraterrestrial beings can travel through space and actually get here, then they're way more advanced than us. What are we to them? Probably nothing. Probably just a funny thing to watch, like a space soup opera, waiting to see if the drama kill us all or we redeem ourselves.

There are many other issues mentioned in this book, and I don't feel like writing an essay, but I suggest anybody with a little sense of adventure, thirst of knowledge and imagination, should pick up this book and read it.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Interesting .gif

Courtesy of StumbleUpon and Gifbin

Friday, April 30, 2010

My first experience with henna

I use this system, StumbleUpon, to browse random webpages when I feel like looking at different things online. It's very fun and sometimes I find amazing websites. One of them was Henna for Hair. They were showing different experiences with people who used body quality art henna (the one you use to make tattoos on your skin) to dye their hair. The color of the dye from henna is always red.

Dyeing your hair with henna is different than dyeing it with the regular chemical dyes. First, it's not full of, d'uh, chemicals. Henna is a plant. The henna you use is this very plant made a fine dust. Second, henna doesn't "paint" your hair. It is somewhat of a "transparent" dye. Henna is red, and it combines with the color your hair has to create a new one. So if you have dark hair, henna won't make it red, but it will give it shiny red highlights. If your hair is blonde, it will make it orange/copper.

With that in mind, I thought about trying this. I've dyed my hair red for almost 10 years now. Right now I found a nice dye that leaves the hair the color I like, but after a couple of weeks it fades. They always do. So I thought, maybe this would give the hair back the color I love, since I'd be putting the henna over red color.

The experience was fun. What you do with the henna is, they ship you the dust, you combine it with whatever you want, following certain guidelines (check the website). You end up with a mud! and you put that mud in your hair! Luckily I had help to apply it hehe. And let it sit in my hair under a shower cap for 3 hours.

The results: I now have a VERY shiny hair, with a deep red color. I love it. Under the sun, is SUPER bright. The sad part is that I still have to do my roots with normal dyes because henna won't turn my dark brown hair red. But at least now I know what I can do to revitalize the color!

This is the result:

I have absolutely nothing  bad to say about henna. I will use it again, definitely.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Stupid puzzle!!

So I finished my 1500 pieces jigsaw puzzle, only to find at the end that it's missing a piece. MISSING A PIECE. Nothing is more frustrating than building up a nice big rather complex puzzle (lots of green and water reflections) and then find out it will never be complete because it came with one piece less. And it wasn't my fault! I didn't drop any pieces, the place where I worked on it is pretty clear and there aren't many places a piece might have fallen and hid. No, this is not my fault!!

I really hope the next one doesn't have this problem =/

Friday, April 23, 2010

Happy Birthday, Hubble!

Today is the 20th anniversary of the Hubble Telescope. In their website, they have tons of awesome pictures of the Cosmos, and several of them are available for downloading for wallpapers and other purposes. Check them out!

May it stay there for 20 more years, showing us what our eyes can't see, showing us how small and unimportant we are, and yet, so unique in this inmense universe.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Rekindling your love for... maths

I didn't enjoy maths at the U. I surely didn't. But not because I hate maths. I hate TESTS haha. Seems like I just don't perform as well under pressure, I forget things, and then my test results don't show what I actually learned. I also used to study for the test and then forget. Which is not very good.

But I've always liked maths. I think they're the most perfect discipline in the world, and that makes them beautful. And you can do maths just for the sake of it, it doesn't really need to have any applications in the real world, but ultimately they always find one in the several other sciences that rely on this tool. Physics allowed me to understand math more.

With that being said, I'd like to share a link I found in one of the forums I read often. If you feeling up to the task, you can get the open math course of the MIT, is free to download and it has class, assignment and results, so you can study, practice, and compare results.

You can find it at

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Conformism and the task of moving people

A bit ago I got some kind of "15 minutes of fame" in my current server in WoW, because I wrote this big wall of text about what I thought was very wrong in the guild, and I posted the link on several forums for the "public" to read. I did it moved by a need to vocalize what several members of the guild (my ex guild now) were feeling, feelings that I shared with them. That same night, I had a big talk with one of the officers, and then I felt that the purpose of the post was met, and I took it down.

The biggest problem was that these group of people never approached any officer about their concerns and troubles. I understand them because until a bit ago, I thought they just didn't care. At least one of them do. So in the light of this new discovery, I told my ex guildies to talk to him and explain the situation, now from the inside point of view, instead of my outside voice.

But it seems like they just won't do it. They either prefer to leave it as it is, and let it build up until it explodes (or implodes) by itself and everything falls apart, or they don't have the courage to stand up and say "I think this is wrong". I honestly tried to make them move, to stir them up, to give them a little push so they would get things right since I couldn't do it myself anymore. I don't see it happening. And it makes me sad. I feel like my effort just wasn't enough.

Conformism is not something I'm keen with. I agree that I probably should be more aggressive on some issues that affect my real life, but well, I choose my battles. This one was one I was willing to face, but it kind of faded away. Maybe I don't have the leadership skills to rally them up and fight, it might be possible. I wish I did.

In any case, I learned a lesson. If I want to do something like this again, I have to do it from the inside, not from the outside, where my word might be questionable.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

An interesting study

One of my friends linked me this poll from Gallup:

Evolution poll

Amazing how it changes with education, with religious activities, and with age. The theory of evolution is not a theory anymore, there are enough facts that prove it. It's just called that way because it's how it has always been.

If this doesn't demonstrate that the US needs to pick up its education, I don't know what else could.

One day, in the future...

... I'll go back to the university and fulfill a dream of mine: study astronomy. I don't care if I fail, because at least I tried!!

Parenting guide

Thanks to Lyran for this one :P