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For the moments I feel like letting go

This morning, while I was studying for my Logic class and since I was feeling fine I thought of writing myself a list of things to keep in mind next time I start to feel overwhelmed by everything around me. It served as an excuse to avoid studying, anyway.

  • You don’t know what is going to happen. You despise pseudo-sciences so you might as well admit that you cannot tell the future. Stop pretending that you know that you’re destined to fail if you openly claim that the sole idea of ‘destiny’ is ridiculous and disgusts you.
  • Remember how good it feels when you are calm. See how differently your thoughts can flow when you find yourself in a clear-thinking oasis. Get rid of your depression and anxiety and then try and refute your own depressive claims.
  • Don’t compare yourself. The reason why successful people actually succeed is because they stay loyal to their own goals. After you get rid of whatever is clouding your thoughts set some goals and start achieving them. Don’t be afraid of revising them and change them if you consider them relevant. Try not to change them that often or you’ll be missing the point of having them.

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Video Game Quote #1

Are you sure you want to quit before finishing my story?

After I formatted my PC, installed Windows 7 (best decision I’ve ever made) and reinstalled Prince of Persia: Sands of Time (losing all my progress), I’m back on track with the game.

Although I’ve only completed 25% of the game, it’s the best game I’ve ever played.

The quote I chose is probably the most stupid one I could choose. It’s what the Prince tells you when you want to quit the game, but silly as it sounds, it made me think of tens of ways to use it in real life.
Like I could’ve told my ex girlfriend just that… “Hey… Don’t leave me… Are you sure you want to quit before finishing my story?”, although I could’ve changed “my” for “our”: after all, relationships are something you share and not something that’s exclusive to one of the parts.

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With your every move

Lately I’ve been thinking that it’s while facing everyday decisions that we put who we want to be to test. You define and redefine who you are with your every move.

Just some random Facebook wisdom I put out every once in a while.

Speaking of which, you can add me on Facebook over here.

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Thank you, Sondre!

Look what my sister just brought me from NYC:
love from brooklyn, sondre

I was worried I couldn’t get my hands on this album, but luckily she went to one of the first gigs of the tour in Brooklyn and got to meet him outside the venue.

Thanks to her and Sondre for the special gift.

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About the Proyecto Burbuja

Recently I was contacted by Magalie Pedrono (SEgroup, for SocialDesignSite) for an interview about the Proyecto Burbuja as a part of her research on Social Design.

It took me a couple of weeks and it was a fun interview to do. Hope you enjoy it!

QUESTIONS:

What is the most important element/factor in your project?

I don’t know how accurate it is to say that a project really makes a difference. I believe that what people do with a project (or what they can take from it) is what really makes the difference.

The Proyecto Burbuja (or Bubble Project, as originally created by Ji Lee) depends on people for it to work: they give it a meaning.

What the Bubble Project proposes is to turn a long established monologue (advertising on public spaces or in general) into an open dialogue. This is accomplished by posting stickers that look like speech bubbles from comic strips, so that any given ad can look like a frame taken from a comic book. Once the bubbles are placed on ads, they are left blank so anyone that wants to make them say anything is now able to do so.

With this said, is just a matter of time until someone grabs a marker and makes a famous movie star say what they want them to say, or maybe make a young girl model from a poster wonder about her future (i.e. “What am I gonna do when I’m 23?”)

Although the message – or the lack of one – always matters, the most important thing about the Bubble Project is to give people the chance to say something, anything, intervening ads invading our public spaces.
The passers-by are at a disadvantage against ads: they shout at them, selling them things they not always need, sometimes almost swearing that the guy in the picture is going to save the country (and why not the world), they display pictures of happy people holding cell phones that obviously are the reason of their happiness…

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A lot more questions

Ironically, successful people tend to fail a lot more than unsuccessful people. They also tend to ask a lot more questions.

Seen on Right Wing News

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Breathe in, now breathe out

I woke up.

I’ve been too anxious for the past two weeks, like it’s really starting to bother me. Yesterday I read more than three ‘wikihow.com’ guides on how to deal with anxiety. I didn’t learn as much as I learned from the guide on how to deal with stress, but still I found them enlightening.

I’ll be back home on Monday; I came to Buenos Aires two weeks ago, but since all of my friends are somewhere else and my only friend in the city is leaving for two weeks, I’m going back to see if I can relax in my hometown.

Right now for some reason I’m listening to Augustana, which I haven’t really listened in quite a long time. All The Stars and Boulevards is a great album.

But like I was saying, today after I washed my face with cold water I went to the rooftop and while the sun was already starting to heat the earth, I sat down and stood in a yoga-like position for almost ten minutes, just breathing.

I don’t know if it did something on me, but right now I wouldn’t like for anxiety to take over me once again.

I’ll try just to focus on my breathing when the weakness is coming on.

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My hands all over you

Lately I’ve been listening a lot to Jack’s Mannequin, more specifically to the album ‘Everything in Transit’.

I can’t help but hum or sing those songs all day long.

It’s so weird how we can manage to rediscover our own feelings just by being close to some people that is special for us. It truly feels like you are living a brand new life when you are sure that you have never lived anything like what’s happening to you.

Sometimes it feels like her side is the only place in the world where I fit in, and sometimes I even scare myself by thinking that it’s getting harder to be anywhere if it’s far from there.

You can breathe, you can breathe now.
You can breathe but the air is running out.

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It’s good to be alive

i’m coming home from my hardest year
i’m making plans not to make plans while i’m here
and this life has been no holiday, a complicated situation
i’m fine with all my memories
still i could use vacation

it’s christmas in california
and it’s hard to ignore that it feels like summer all the time
but i’ll take a west coast winter to remove my splinters

it’s good to be alive
it’s good to be alive

i’m coming home to the lights and buzz
streets look the same, still nothing’s as it was
this place is paradise i’m sure, here’s my reservation
i’ve gotten lost here once before
inside a good vibration

it’s christmas in california
and it’s hard to ignore that it feels like summer all the time
but i’ll take a west coast winter to remove my splinters

it’s good to be alive
it’s good to be alive
it’s good to be alive

and time, time it stops for no one
the seasons come and go and that’s just time
yeah time it stops for no one
the seasons keep on going
whether or not we’re blind

christmas in california
and it’s hard to ignore that it feels like summer all the time
but i’ll take a west coast winter to remove my splinters

it’s good to be alive
it’s good to be alive
it’s good to be alive

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This song just sums up in a strange kind of way how I feel and how I felt during 2008.

Happy New Year!

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Thanks to Nic for making me believe in this song even though I used to hate it.

Better thank your lucky stars!

I’m going to start by saying I’m not a big fan of astrology, or in Sheldon Cooper’s words: “the mass cultural delusion that the sun’s apparent position relevant to arbitrarily defined constellations at the time of your birth somehow affects your personality.”

I don’t really think my dad believes in astrology, but there he is every week sending me whatever the astrologist from the Village Voice says about my sign. He justifies this weekly ritual by saying that even though he doesn’t really believe in it, the way this guy predicts your future through astrology is somewhat ‘cool’… And I have to agree.

So enough introduction, this is the astrological prediction for my future according to my sign:

GEMINI [May 21–June 20] According to John Gardner, there are two kinds of stories in literature: 1) You go on a journey; and 2) A stranger arrives in your world. According to my analysis of your destiny in 2009, you will reap rich rewards by including both plotlines in your life story. So let the brainstorming begin: What’s the best journey you could choose for yourself—a journey that will educate, challenge, and delight you? And what can you do to attract the best kinds of strangers into your world—strangers who will educate, challenge, and delight you?

Now I know that this year I will have to go and finally meet with all the people I met through the years via Internet… A long journey awaits for me. And for the strangers part… I guess I’ll have to finally get off my ass and join the circus, I bet I’m going to find so many strangers there or maybe… Maybe just strange people.

Oh! It’s Christmas Eve so I wish you all a Merry Christmas and ‘one of those hangovers‘, like my friend Lindsay Lohan would say.

Now that last sentence gave me an idea…

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